Ace Your Money Workshop, Thursday October 29th

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Parents of Students in Grades 8 to 12


Please click on the link below for information on a FREE workshop put on the by the TLDSB at Fenelon Falls High School during the evening of Thursday, October 29th.  The workshop is all about increasing financial literacy in students from grades 8 to 12.  It looks to be an outstanding evening on an extremely important topic.


The link below will take you to the poster for this event.  Check it out!





Hepatitis B and HPV Needles – Friday, October 2nd

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The Health Unit will be here on Friday, October 2nd to provide the Grade 7 students with their first stage of the Hepatitis B shot.

Grade 8 girls will be provided with the HPV needle.

Watch for the paperwork that comes home with permission forms for these needles.  Students must have completed paperwork in order to receive these needles.

Valuables and Electronics

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A reminder that students are encouraged to NOT to bring valuables (e.g., money, jewellery, expensive sports equipment) or electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, and MP3 players to school.  We cannot be responsible for the loss of any of these articles and the cost of these items can run into the hundreds of dollars.


Individual staff members may give permission for certain electronics to be used in the classroom (e.g., an iPod).  Students (and parents) should be aware that:


  • this permission may be revoked (on an individual or class basis),


  • this permission applies during specific class times and may not be applicable during nutrition break or indoor recesses,


  • these electronics should not be taken outside of the classroom (e.g., because you are permitted to use an iPod in class does not mean that you can take it outside onto the yard) and


  • the school cannot be held responsible for damaged or lost items.

Dropping Off and Pick-Up Routines at DGH

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DGH is a busy place at the day’s beginning and end!  Following our routines helps us to ensure that all students are safe and accounted for.  School staff put a great deal of effort into making sure all students have ended up where they are supposed to be at the day’s end (whether that is walking home, taking the bus, going to daycare or getting picked up at school).  If a student is not where they are supposed to be, staff go to great lengths to determine where he/she may have gone (so it is much easier and less stressful for staff when we know where each student is supposed to be).

Parents dropping off students are reminded that students and parents are to use the crosswalk at the middle of the bus loading area to cross from the parking lot to the school.

Parents dropping off Kindergarten students in the morning or picking up Kindergarten students in the afternoon are asked to remain outside the fenced area.  This allows our staff to monitor the students very closely.  Please respect that we need these restrictions in order to ensure everyone’s safety.

Parents meeting students at the end of the day are asked to meet the students in the main entrance foyer.  This ensures student safety.  Office staff appreciate a quick “I have my daughter/son” comment from parents/guardians when students are picked up at school.

Parents picking up students during the day are asked to report to the office and sign them out.  Office staff will call students from class and the students will meet their parents in the office.


Parents, please note that if your transportation plans change in the afternoon and you have to get a message about transportation to your child, please be sure to call by 2:15 p.m. at the latest.  This will help us ensure that your son/daughter receives the appropriate message.

Volunteers Wanted at DGH!

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As always, we depend on parent volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks in the school.  If you are interested in supporting programs or assisting with supervision on field trips by volunteering your time, please complete the volunteer form which is available from the school.  There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available – some which require only a small time commitment, while others can involve a more significant involvement.  Really, almost all volunteering benefits students in the school!

All volunteers are required to have a current criminal reference check (and vulnerable sector check) on file with the school.  A letter indicating that you are requesting a police and vulnerable sector check for the purpose of volunteering at DGH is available upon request from the school office.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 705-786-1915.  Volunteering is incredibly worthwhile and the efforts are greatly appreciated!


This year we would like you to consider volunteering for Head Checks which is a very important part of our volunteer program.

Police and Vulnerable Sector Checks

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A letter with additional information on Police and Vulnerable Sector Checks will be sent home soon after school starts.  The same letter can be obtained by clicking on the link below:


Information Letter on Police and Vulnerable Sector Checks


Please be aware that Police and Vulnerable Sector checks can take several weeks to be completed and returned to the applicant.


Police Checks continue to be processed in the manner they have been previously.  However, volunteers now must also have a Vulnerable Sector search completed.  A volunteer would typically have the Police Check and Vulnerable Sector search completed at the same time.  We have heard that the Vulnerable Sector search can take several weeks to process, so if you are interested in volunteering in the school (e.g., in classrooms, for class trips, the snack program) you will need to have both checks completed.


Volunteers at the school must have both the Police Check and the Vulnerable Sector search done.  If you need these checks to be completed, please request the letter from our office indicating that you wish to volunteer at the school.


Please be aware that DGH will continue to follow a “NO POLICE CHECK – NO VOLUNTEERING AT THE SCHOOL OR FOR CLASS TRIPS THIS YEAR” (this is a board policy).  If you think that you may volunteer at DGH in any way this year, you MUST have an original and updated police and vulnerable check completed and on file at the office.

DGH Staffing Changes

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With each new year come staffing changes.  Ms. McFaul replaces Ms. MacEachern as DGH’s vice-principal.  Ms. MacEachern, after 2 years at DGH, is moving to Mariposa (who we shared Ms. MacEachern with last year).  We, of course, wish Ms. MacEachern the best and thank her for all that she did at DGH over the past 2 years.  To say that we will miss her energy and enthusiasm would be an understatement!  That being said, Ms. McFaul is an excellent addition to our school!  She brings a wealth of primary experience to the position.  Having worked at Queen Victoria and Lady Eaton as a teacher and Central as a vice-principal, Ms. McFaul is prepared for the Huskies experience having worked with students from JK to grade 8!


A number of other staff members are moving on, as well.  Ms. James who worked at DGH for several years (and was an Instructional Leader for the past several years) has moved into the role of vice-principal at Parkview Public School.  She is excited to move onto her new role, but is sad to leave DGH.  Who knows…she may well be back at DGH as an administrator in the future!  Ms. Karklins, who taught grade 4 last year, is moving to Fenelon Township Public School (she had to relocate due to staff reductions at DGH).  Having worked with Ms. Karklins in 3 different schools (!), I am sad to see her go!  Ms. Gilpin and Ms. Staples were also lost to DGH due to staff reductions and we wish them all the best in the future.


Two other staff members will be missing for all or most of the 2015-2016 school year for entirely different reasons: babies!  Ms. Alexander welcomed a baby boy into the world last June (congratulations!).  Ms. Carruth will be welcoming a new baby soon.  We wish nothing but the best for both of them!


Ms. Brabin will be taking over for Ms. Carruth in French this year.  Ms. Stebbins will be teaching the SK/1 class while Ms. Alexander looks after the new addition to her family!  Ms. Lucas will be completing a 0.3 LTO at DGH – looking after music for our junior and intermediate classes.  We also welcome Ms. Ray who will be sharing Ms. Marsh’s class this year.  Ms. Marsh has a part leave this year and Ms. Ray will be teaching the grade 2 class during the “leave” part of Ms. Marsh’s day.

DGH’s School Staff for 2015-2016

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Below you will find information on DGH’s current staffing for 2015-2016.  Based on our student enrolment (with the goal being the best overall possible learning environment taking student enrolment and staffing into consideration) our classrooms have been created as noted below.


DGH Staff 2015-2016


Educational Assistants – Mrs. DeGroote, Mr. Eagleson, Ms. Thurston, Mrs. Walden, Mrs. Sutherland and Ms. Johns


Office Administrative Assistants – Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Starr


Custodial Staff – Mrs. Johnston and Mr. Florence


Teaching Staff


JK/SK – Mrs. McGregor and Mrs. Hadfield

JK/SK – Mrs. Arscott and Ms. Horton

SK/1 – Mrs. Stebbins (LTO for Ms. Alexander)

Gr. 1/2 – Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Gr. 2 – Mrs. Marsh & Ms. Ray

Gr. 2/3 – Ms. Britton

Gr. 3 – Mrs. Adams

Gr. 4 – Mrs. Chidley

Gr. 5 – Mrs. Burns

Gr. 5/6 – Mr. Hetherington

Gr. 6 – Ms. McColl

Gr. 7 – Ms. Graham

Gr. 8 – Mrs. Read

Junior and Intermediate Music –Ms. Lucas (0.3 at DGH)

Resource – Ms. Jewell (Primary) and Ms. Cayley (Junior and Intermediate)

French – Madame Brabin (LTO for Ms. Carruth)

Instructional Leader – Mrs. Sornberger


Student Services Worker – Ms. Thexton (at DGH every other week)


Vice-Principal – Ms. McFaul

Principal – Mr. Parish

Fifth Disease (Confirmed Case at DGH)

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Members of the DGH school community,


Please be aware that there has been a confirmed case of Fifth Disease in the Dr. George Hall Public School building.  This was confirmed last week (a sign has been up on the DGH front doors all of this week).


An information sheet on Fifth Disease was placed in a folder on the front doors and additional information can be located by searching “Fifth Disease” on the internet or by clicking on the link below.  Please note that the person posting this message (Mr. Parish) is definitely not a doctor (!) and is providing this link for informational purposes.  Should you have any medical concerns or questions, please contact a doctor.


If, after 20 days from diagnosis, there are no additional cases of diagnosed Fifth Disease in the DGH building, the sign will be removed.


Should your child have a diagnosed case of Fifth Disease or if you have any questions, please contact the DGH office at 705-786-1915.


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