January’s Principal’s Message
Welcome to the New Year and Welcome Back to DGH!
As expected, the month of December passed quickly! The number of activities and events that took place had a large role in this (although our students’ excitement as Christmas closed in certainly played a large role, as well!). December saw our students involved in:
• the Student Leadership Group organized DGH’s annual Food and Toy Drive for local families. The drive was a success with a number of local families supported,
• the volleyball teams (Primary, Junior, Intermediate Boys and Intermediate Girls) continued their practices in preparation for January’s Zone and County tournaments,
• Voices, the DGH choir, completed their practices and visited a number of local retirement homes,
• Breakfast with Santa – which was a huge success! Every student in the school received a pancake breakfast courtesy of the Parent Council. Santa even dropped by for a visit (all of our primary students had a picture taken with Santa)!,
• the Christmas Shop. Mrs. Walden said that she probably had the largest number of donations this year. Thank you, DGH community!,
• our first Character Education Assembly of the year. Amanda and Fiona did an outstanding job hosting!,
• the grade 6s visiting the new Lindsay OPP station. This was a significant honour as DGH was the only elementary school invited to the official opening! The grade 6s received a tour courtesy of Constable Lanning.
Upcoming January Events
There is no “easing” into the New Year at DGH! Our students will be involved in a number of activities upon returning to school.
• Each of our volleyball teams will be finishing up practices in preparation for the Zone Volleyball Tournaments (Junior and Intermediate teams play on Tuesday, January 20th) and the County Tournament (Wednesday, January 28th). DGH will be hosting at least one of the tournaments.
• The grades 3 to 5 classes will have a visit from the Recycle Rangers on Tuesday, January 6th in the first block. Students will be learning about the importance of recycling, with a particular focus on battery recycling in this visit.
• The LCVI Instrumental Band visits DGH on Friday, January 9th in the middle block. While this is a fun visit for our students, it is also a great opportunity for our grade 8 students to get a taste of what is available to them in high school!
• Friday, January 30th is our next PA Day. While students will enjoy a long-weekend, staff will be hard at work on First Term Report Cards.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their family and enjoyed at least a little downtime in our often busy lives. With the first term Report Cards soon going home it is a reminder that almost half of the school year is finished (which seems a little scary, to be honest!).
I am definitely happy to hear that the weather will cool off during our first week back and that our yards will finally freeze! The mud bowl that was our yards prior to the Christmas break was not enjoyable for anyone (least of all the custodians dealing with all of that mud in the school). Then again, if it is as cold as the weather stations predict we will wearing our snow pants and mittens!