Send A Change of Clothing to School, Please!

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Parents and guardians of students at DGH, please send a change of clothing with your son or daughter on Monday as we return to school after the March Break.

Our yard is extremely wet and muddy (thank goodness the snow has finally melted for the most part!) and it is inevitable that at least one (but probably several) student will fall or slip into the water and mud each day.  Having a spare set of clothing at the school eliminates the need for the school to call a parent to bring in clean clothes.  Simply put a spare set of clothes into a grocery bag (or any kind of bag, really) and place it in the bottom of your child’s backpack.

At what grade should you stop doing this?  There is NO perfect answer to that question!  However, it is not a bad idea for students as old as grades 5 and 6.

It really is not any fun sitting around in wet clothing all day (which is what happens if we are unable to contact a parent)!

DGH in the News! Write To Give!

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DGH school community – you can check out our primary classes in the news!  Check out the link below in order to read the article in Kawartha Lakes This Week.

Write To Give is a project in which students from a number of schools contribute to the creation of a book.  For example, one class might write the introduction, another class might develop the problem, another class might write the conclusion and a final class might create the illustrations.  Students are truly authors in Write To Give and they contribute to what will become a finished book.  Students even have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book in which they contributed.

Each year, Scholastic chooses several books (out of the many created) to publish and sell on a large-scale, with the profits raised through this used to build schools, provide school resources and support for breakfast programs in Africa.  This is truly an activity in which student involvement has an incredibly world-wide impact.

Be sure to check out the link above!

March Break Has Started!

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Parents and guardians, the sounds you hear are the excited sounds of students preparing to begin their March Break!  Let us hope that the decent weather will continue so that everyone can enjoy the break.


Regardless of your plans for the week, the staff of DGH wish you and your family a safe and happy March Break.  We look forward to seeing everyone back on March 23.  We will be heading into the “backstretch” of the school year!

Rock Climbing!

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Mrs. Read has shared some pics of the rock climbing!  She tells me the kids are having a fabulous time.  The kids are braver than I!  Electives day seems to be a success so far.  Parents, are you ready to go rock climbing over the March Break?!?

Grade 7 and 8 Bowling for Electives

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So close!  The intermediates who signed up for bowling are having a great time.  Carter C already has 2 strikes.  Jordan F has one strike so far, as does Sam H and Sam S!  They are having fun!

Kindergarten Sugar Bush Trip

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Our Kindergarten students will be heading out on their Sugar Bush trip on Wednesday, March 25th.  This is one of the highlights of the year for our youngest students!  Becoming aware of life cycles is a part of the Kindergarten curriculum and there is no “sweeter” way to do this than a trip to the Sugar Bush!


Kindergarten students will learn how trees are tapped, the sap collected and how it is boiled into maple syrup.  Hopefully whoever takes part will get a taste of the final product!


Given the rural nature of our school, I am guessing that more than a few of our families make their own syrup.  A number of our Kindergarten students will probably be able to provide their own family’s experience in making maple syrup.

Grade 7 and 8 Electives Tomorrow (Friday)

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Grade 7 and 8 parents, tomorrow (Friday, March 13th) is Electives in the morning.  Intermediate students have a variety of activities to choose from, including bowling, rock climbing, cooking and road hockey.  Road hockey will be taking place at the school, while the other activities will take place “on location.”  Students will be returning to the school around noon and the remainder of the day is a “regular” day in class.


It looks to be an “awesome” day!  Thank you to the intermediate staff for organizing this day.  Our intermediates are having a pretty fabulous week – given that they had tubing on Tuesday already.  This is certainly the way to lead into the March Break!


Students, please make sure that you dress appropriately for whatever activity in which you are involved.



March Break Begins Monday, March 16

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Parents, guardians and students – March Break begins on Monday, March 16th.  The March Break is Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th (inclusive).  Let’s hope that the weather stays decent for the March Break!  Of course, decent weather means different things to different people!  Those of us who are done with the cold would like to see some warmer temperatures and sunshine.  Those of us who would like to squeeze out a little more skating, snowboarding and skiing will be okay with the weather staying colder and getting more snow.


On behalf of the DGH staff, I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Autism Posters

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World Autism Day takes place on Thursday, April 2ndMs. Cayley, one of our Special Education Resource Teachers, has helped arrange for students in Ms. Alexander’s, Ms. Karklin’s, Ms. Read’s and Mr. Hetherington’s class to create posters in preparation for World Autism Day.  The posters are being made for the Lindsay Autism association.  Ms. Cayley is a true advocate for ALL students at DGH and the larger community.  Students in these classes will be working on these posters during this week.


The goal of the posters is to raise awareness of autism.


As World Autism Day draws closer, this is a perfect time to consider why this day has become a major day around the world.  The except below is from the Autism Speaks website.


Want to learn more?  Check out the Autism Speaks website at:


On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, supported the campaign for a World Autism Awareness Day through the current 62nd UN General Assembly Session, garnering consensus support from all United Nations Member States.

This UN resolution declares WAAD as one of only four official health-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges.

World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to inspire compassion, empowerment and hope.

February’s Principal’s Message

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This February felt like the coldest that we have had in a long, long time!  It may have also been the longest string of indoor recesses that I have had in almost 18 years of working in schools!  Staff and student alike were going a little stir crazy due to the number of indoor recesses.  When we finally made it outside there were some AWFULLY large smiles on the faces of our students.

February was a busy month at DGH!

Primary Volleyball – the Primary Volleyball team competed in the first week of February.  The DGH team did well – making it to the semi-finals.  Ms. Arscott reported that the team worked extremely hard, worked well together and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship.  Ms. Arscott could not have been more proud of the team’s efforts!

Speeches – class level and school level speeches were a tremendous success.  Each junior and intermediate class sent either 2 or 3 students to compete at the school level speeches in the gym on Tuesday, February 24th.  Speakers presented in front of approximately 250 people, as DGH had our junior and intermediate speech givers go during the same block this year.

Simply getting to the school level competition is an accomplishment.  However, Gavin G and Caitlyn O did an especially outstanding job and were our 2 junior students who moved onto the Woodville Legion’s Competition.  Mackenzie W and Amanda C moved onto the Woodville Legion competition for the intermediate level.  The Woodville Legion Competition took place on Wednesday, March 7th.  While none of our DGH speakers will be moving beyond the Woodville competition, Gavin did place 2nd and Amanda placed 3rd in their respective divisions.  That is an impressive accomplishment given the talent level at this competition!   Congratulations to all of you!

Thank you to Reverend Denise Boyd and Mr. Adams (Mrs. Adams’ husband) for judging speeches at DGH.

Skipping – I was forewarned that skipping is a BIG deal at DGH!   This is definitely a warning to be heeded!  The Skipping Team has already been hard at work the past month and shows no sign of letting up in March.

It is great to see so many students involved!  Having the athletic ability to skip competitively is impressive enough.  What makes skipping all the better is that it helps make students even better in other sports, too.  The physical conditioning aspect is outstanding, it improves “footwork” (critical in most other sports) and the perseverance required to be good at skipping is needed in all other sports.  Given the number of indoor recesses we had in February, I appreciated the number of students actively involved in the skipping club at recesses!

Thank you, Ms. Burns and Ms. McColl, for coaching the Skipping Team.  There seem to be many, many Skipping practices!

Basketball – the basketball teams have been chosen and they have been hard at work in February with regular practices.  Ms. Carruth has taken on the Primary and Junior Basketball teams, Mr. Hetherington has taken on the Senior Girls Basketball team and Ms. MacEachern has taken on the Senior Boys Basketball team.

For those that tried out for the basketball teams – thank you!  The competition was tough, as the number of players on a basketball team is small.  For those that made the basketball teams – congratulations and thank you.  Your commitment level is high as basketball practices are tough!  There is no escaping the high level of conditioning required and the focus needed to learn the strategies and plays of basketball.

March Events

As the end of the school year begins to loom ever closer (as scary as that sounds!), the number of activities in the school seems to ramp up!

Intermediate Tubing/Cross-Country Skiing and Electives Day – now that the weather has hit relatively balmy temperatures (i.e., not -30 with the wind chill!), the Intermediates are finally able to have their postponed activities.  The Horseshoe Valley Tubing and Cross-Country Skiing trip was twice postponed due to the cold weather, but will take place on Tuesday, March 10th.  It looks to be an outstanding day!  Thanks, Mrs. Read, for your awesome organizing.  The Intermediates will also enjoy an Electives Day on Friday, March 13th.  Students can choose from a variety of activities (e.g., bowling, cooking, floor hockey, and rock climbing) and the day is always a hit.  Thank you, Ms. Graham, for organizing this day.

March Break – a sure sign that Spring is around the corner is the March Break.  March Break begins on Monday, March 16th and continues through to Friday, March 20th.  Students return to school on Monday, March 23rd.

Easter Holidays – Good Friday is on Friday, April 3rd and Easter Monday on Monday, April 6th.  Both days are holidays, so students will enjoy an extra-long, long weekend.

Basketball Zone and County Tournaments – all of the basketball teams will continue their regular practices.  Zone and County tournaments take place in April:

Junior Zone Basketball                 –              Tuesday, April 7th in the p.m. at Mariposa

Senior Girls Zone Basketball        –              Wednesday, April 8th in the a.m. at DGH

Senior Boys Zone Basketball        –              Wednesday, April 8th in the p.m. at DGH

Primary County Basketball           –              Tuesday, April 21st (all day) at Mariposa

Note: Junior, Senior Girls and Boys County Basketball Tournaments take place on Thursday, April 16th.  There is only one Primary Basketball Tournament (the Zone and County Tournaments are “wrapped up” in one event because not every school has a Primary team).

Kindergarten Sugar Bush Trip – takes place on Wednesday, March 25th.  Students in both Kindergarten classes (and hopefully staff members, too!) will be putting on snow boots or rubber boats and heading out to learn about one of Canada’s most beloved traditions: observing the magic of maple sap being turned into maple syrup.

This fits nicely into the Kindergarten curriculum of observing life cycles in nature.  Ms. McGregor’s and Ms. Hadfield’s classes have been reading books on this topic lately and, I am sure, the students will have lots to say about their trip!  Having grown up making many, many gallons of maple syrup, I am happy to see our Kindergarten students getting a “taste” of this tradition.

As you can see, DGH has been a happening place!  Keep up the great work, Huskies!

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