April’s Principal’s Message

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The warm(er) weather has finally arrived!  When we left for the March Break temperatures had finally hovered around zero (or a bit above).  Returning from the March Break brought temperatures that were several degrees above zero.  As I put on the finishing touches for this message the temperature is projected to it +14°C today.  We are excited to say the least!  March felt like it flew by!  Aside from the March Break, the number of activities taking place at the school contributed to the speed with which the month passed.


Our grade 8s enjoyed both their tubing/cross-country skiing and electives day in the week before March Break, the 6s participated in the Yearley Trip at the beginning of March, the grade 6s, 7s and 8s undertook their Elmira Chicken Fundraiser, not to mention the number of students involved in skipping and basketball.  The always popular Battle of the Books school level competition took place prior to the March Break with the winning DGH Junior and Intermediate teams being chosen.


April promises to be as busy, or busier, than March!  As the end of the year approaches the number of activities and events happening will only increase.  Hold onto your hats because the next 3 months are going to be a blur!


Things to take place in April include:


  • Dance-A-Thon and Jump Rope for Heart Fundraising has begun and continues for much of April!  JK to Grade 5 students will be participating in a Dance-A-Thon on May 1st in the 1st Block and Grades 6 to 8 students (who fundraise) will participate in activities in the 2nd or 3rd Block (with the activities dependent on the number of students participating)


  • Grade 8 grad photos took place on April 1st (and, no, this is NOT a joke!)


  • we are asking STUDENTS AND STAFF TO WEAR BLUE on April 2nd in recognition of World Autism Day.  Why not replace one (or more) of your outdoor lights with a blue lightbulb to show your support?


  • Easter Holidays are on Friday, April 3rd and Monday, April 6th.  For those who like chocolate, we hope that the Easter Bunny visits


  • International Day of Pink is on Wednesday, April 8th.  It is to show support against all forms of bullying.


  • the Skipping team will be continuing their high-intensity practices.  Skipping, along with Cross-Country and Track and Field, has the largest number of students on the team.  The County Skipping Competition does not happen until April


  • the Basketball teams will also be continuing their practices in preparation for the Zone and County tournaments in April.


  • Junior Zone Basketball is on the afternoon of the April 7th


  • Senior Girls and Senior Boys Zone Basketball is on April 8th (a.m. and p.m. respectively)


  • Junior and Senior teams County Basketball is on April 16th (all-day for all teams)


  • Primary Basketball (Zone and County) is April 21st (all day)


  • Mr. Hetherington takes the Robotics Team to the board-wide competition on April 13th.  Mr. Hetherington is VERY into this competition!


  • 2 DGH grade 7 students will be attending the Northern Lights Leadership meeting April 22nd and 23rd


  • Ms. Chidley will be taking a group of students to the Earth Summit on April 22nd

All in all, the many things happening at Dr. George Hall PS are a reflection of student and staff involvement (with the support of parents and guardians always being critical!).