February’s Principal’s Message

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Our winter weather continued to be a bit unusual, it would seem, in January!  A number of recesses had to be spent indoors due to the cold, while on other days the weather was warm enough to melt much of the snow on our yard.  In the “good old days,” I am pretty sure that a hose would have been taken outside to better ice-up the yard for sliding.  Even without extra water from a hose, our yards were pretty icy places.  Students enjoyed the slippery conditions, though!


January was a busy, but successful month at DGH!  We have summarized events and activities below.


January Happenings


Huskies’ Basketball Teams – our Junior Mixed Team, Senior Boys and Senior Girls teams all competed at the Zone County Tournaments.  Our Junior Team was particularly successful, winning all of its games and continuing onto the County Tournament on January 28th.  The Senior teams ran into tough competition at the Zone Tournaments and neither unfortunately continued on to the County Tournaments.


The Primary team competes at the County Tournament on February 5th (there is currently no Zone Tournament for Primary teams).  Ms. Arscott is looking forward to the tournament!  Her team has been regularly practising and she is proud of their team work already.


Recycling Rangers – visited our primary division in early January.  The Recycling Rangers, as the name implies, are all about encouraging recycling and looking after our environment.


Inspired by the Recycling Rangers, Ms. Schmiegelow’s grade 3 class created recycling posters which have popped up around the school.


Scientists in the School – visited both Ms. Burns’ grade 5/6 class and Ms. McColl’s grade 6 class.  The programme is all about fostering a love of science in students.  Students were involved in hands-on activities that relate directly to the Ontario science curriculum.  The visits are always a hit with students!


Healthy Active Team (HAT) – led by Ms. Hadfield travelled to the northern part of our board to participate in leadership and team building activities.  HAT encourages students to be active at DGH and regularly goes onto the yard at recess and works with younger students, teaching various games and activities.  It is not about competition!  It is about being active and having fun.  The students on HAT are true leaders in the school!


Skipping – has also begun!  Announcements for students interested in the Skipping Team have happened and we have seen students practising on the stage already!  DGH puts forth strong Skipping Teams each year and we are sure that this year will be no different.  Given that the Skipping Competition does not take place until mid-May, you can see how serious DGH is!


Upcoming Events in February


Huskies’ Basketball – the Primary, Junior and Senior teams will soon be starting try-outs and practices.  Zone and County Basketball Tournaments take place in early April.  If you like basketball or just want to keep physically active, then try-out for the team!  Even if you have not tried out before, you never know what basketball skills you might have!


Skipping Practices – will continue throughout February and March.  Skipping is a great way to be extremely physically active and the endurance and coordination required is incredible!  You do not have to be a “perfect” skipper to try-out.  The skills and effort can be taught and if a student is willing to put in the effort they almost always improve tremendously over the course of the practices.


Kids on the Block – puppet presentations were to place for all of our students between JK and grade 6 on February 2nd, but were cancelled because of the snow day.  The presentation is all about encouraging inclusiveness for all members of the school community.  Students always enjoy the puppet-style presentation and it is wonderful for students to hear this positive message from another source.  The presentations have been rebooked to Wednesday, March 4th.


Report Cards – go home on February 20th.  These are the First Term Report Cards and represent all of the learning and work that has taken place between the start of school and early February.


3 Student Teachers – will be at DGH over the course of February.  Staff at DGH are generous in donating their time to take in Student Teachers (we all have to start somwhere!) and we have staff are more than capable of providing the experience and guidance required to be an Associate Teacher.  The extra set of hands in the classroom is always appreciated and even experienced teachers often get a piece of two of learning from the Student Teachers, too.


Grade 7 and 8 Tubing – will take place on February 13th.  This is something of a tradition for the intermediate division.  They will have several outdoor opportunities over the course of February and March and it is something that students look forward to each year.  Thanks to Ms. Read for organizing.