December and January’s Principal’s Message

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What a difference a year makes!  By this point last year, we had a great deal of snow already (and a snow day or two).  Late November and December of this year have been spectacular if you like warmer weather, although not so great if you enjoy true winter sports.  It seems a bit hard to believe, quite frankly, that we are the better part of 4 months into the school year.  When we return from the Christmas Break the rest of the year will literally fly by.

As you read the information below, you will certainly get a sense of happenings at DGH.  As always, DGH remains a place where students have the opportunity to involve themselves in a variety of activities.  Academics…the arts…athletics (and not just your “traditional” sports)…there really is something for almost everyone!

By the time this post is completed Progress Reports will have gone home.  Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.  The open line of communication easily resolves the vast majority of potential issues.  Parents and staff share the same goal – for your children to do as well as possible at school.

To say that activities at Dr. George Hall PS are fully underway again would be an understatement!


With December always comes DGH’s tradition of compassion and giving.  Our school community show its compassion in a variety of ways:


• numerous local families were support through the Christmas Families programme.  Whether it was food or gifts (such as toys and clothing), the DGH school community contributed in many ways.


• our Voices Choir and Band visited Retirement Homes on Monday, December 14th, bringing good cheer to local seniors.


• Intermediate students visited Retirement Homes on Thursday, December 10th.  This has been a DGH Intermediate tradition for years and gives our oldest students a chance to learn about the Christmas traditions of Retirement Home residents.  The connection between youth and our older generations is one that should be fostered and encouraged.


• the Christmas Shoppe especially gives our younger students the opportunity to purchase a gift (for a low cost) for immediate family members.  Thanks go to Ms. Walden for organizing this important event!


Students also found themselves engaged in many activities at the school:


• Ms. Arscott has started a new team at DGH – the very popular Cheerleading Team!  The team has proved to be extremely popular with our students – many have joined and the number of students doing cartwheels and rolls around the school has certainly increased!


• Mr. Hetherington is again coaching the Senior Girls Basketball team.  The girls have already had exhibition games and the team looks to be strong again this year.


• Ms. Brabin has taken over the Senior Boys Basketball team and they have begun their try-outs.


• our basketball teams will be competing in the Zone (and hopefully County) tournaments in late January.  Once the basketball season ends we move right into volleyball!


• Mrs. Burns’ and Ms. McColl’s classes held a Cookie Cafe and performance in the 3rd Block on Thursday, December 10th.  The cookies, according to Ms. McColl and Mrs. Burns, were delicious and the performances outstanding.  Over 100 parents, relatives and friends of the families came to the school for the Cookie Cafe.


• The Voices Choir and DGH Band have been practising for many weeks already and are sounding great!  Ms. Brabin is looking after the Voices Choir and Ms. Lucas the Band.


• Jimmy Chapman was a hit again.  Our Junior and Intermediate students completed their final breakdancing session last week – but are already looking forward to next year’s sessions!


• students in Mrs. Burns’, Ms. McColl’s, Ms. Graham’s and Ms. Read’s classes participated in the Elmira Chicken Fundraiser to raise money for end of year trips.  The fundraiser was a huge success!  Thank you to Ms. Graham for organizing.  In spite of the delivery arriving late, Ms. Graham had the chicken orders organized in record time and almost everything was picked up by 5:00 p.m.!


• on the same day and afternoon as the Chicken Fundraiser pick-up, Mr. Boudreault of the Parent Council organized the Poinsettia Fundraiser pick-up.  With the chicken being organized in the front foyer and the poinsettias being picked up on the stage, the front of the school was a little on the crazy side!  Ms. Starr and Ms. Taylor kept Mr. Boudreault organized!


• we should not forget the Christmas Activity Day which took place on Friday, December 11th.  More than half of our students participated – pictures of the day have been posted to the website and Facebook already.


Great things are happening at DGH every day!

Happy Holidays DGH School Community!

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On behalf of the DGH staff, I would like to wish our entire school community all the best over the holiday season.  Whatever your beliefs, we hope that your holiday season is a relaxing and enjoyable one with time spent with family members and friends.  Life seems ever busier and more stressful – so having at least a few days to unwind over the holidays will surely be appreciated by all.


That our students will enjoy the 2 week break from staff, schoolwork and homework is probably a safe bet!  But we also know that they will come back from the break rested and ready for the remainder of the year.  They may not admit it, however, most (or all!) students love the routine that comes with school!


Thank you to the many, many students and parents who take a moment or two to pop into the office or see us in the hallway to wish us Happy Holidays.


Christmas holidays begin on Monday, December 21st and go through to Sunday, January 3rd.  School resumes on Monday, January 4th.


TLAC Information for 2016 (Grade 7 and 8 students)

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TLAC 2016 Student Applications are now available!

What is TLAC?  TLAC is an arts camp for Grade 7 through 12 students that will take place on May 22 to 27, 2016 at Camp Whitepine in Haliburton. TLAC offers specialized instruction for Music, Drama, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Visual Art within an exciting camp experience. The arts camp is set up as a typical high school day with four periods. There are evening concerts featuring performances from major artists, a presentation from local visual artists, and an art display. This enriched arts experience is enhanced by the summer camp atmosphere.

The deadline for applications is January 29, 2016.

Applications are available online or in your school office. Visit for more information or contact Wendy Browne at 1(888) 526-5552 x22121 or [email protected].  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  A waiting list will be kept for any forms received over and above our maximum capacity.  Applications that are not complete will be returned, so take your time and complete all sections accurately!  We are very excited about the new programs in this year’s schedule!

Christmas Shoppe / Santa Store – Wednesday, December 16th

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Another of DGH’s beloved traditions takes place on Wednesday, December 16th! – the Christmas Shoppe!  Mrs. Walden has been busy organizing the Christmas Shoppe for the past several weeks – gathering the items for the Shoppe, wrapping paper, tape and volunteers to help.


The Christmas Shoppe begins with our JK and SK students and works it way through to our older students.  The intent of the Christmas Shoppe is that students have the opportunity to purchase items (through the donation of a “Toonie”) for immediate family members.  The pride and joy students feel in purchasing their very own gift for a family member is priceless!


It is not too late to donate items!  We are always looking for gently used and new items for the Shoppe!  Simply bring them into the school’s office and we will add them to the collection.



Mrs. Burns’ and Ms. McColl’s Wrapping Paper Fashion Show

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With the rest of the school involved in holiday activities, Mrs. Burns’ and Ms. McColl’s classes got into the spirit by holding a wrapping paper fashion show.  While I do not have photos of the fashion show itself, I do have photos of students preparing.


There is some serious creativity taking place here!  Perhaps the Paris and New York fashion shows are not so far away?


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Intermediate Gingerbread Houses from Friday, December 11th

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Our Intermediate students were busy on Friday, December 11th, as well!  While many of our younger students were involved in holiday activities, our Intermediate students were busy building their own gingerbread houses.


Below you will find photos from this creative (and tasty!) day.


Thanks for organizing Ms. Graham and Mrs. Read!

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Christmas Activity Day at DGH last Friday

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Last Friday, December 11th was a great day at DGH!   Below this post you photos from the day.


Students in JK through to grade 4 and Mr. Hetherington’s grade 5/6 class participated in a variety of activities:


• carolling

• races in the gym

• dance and movement activities in the Music Room

• Drum Fit on the stage

• holiday crafts

• cookie decorating

• and more!


All in all, it was a spectacular day at DGH.  Thanks to the staff involved for organizing and to the many parents and relatives who volunteered to help with our younger students!  The day would not have been the success it was without all of your efforts!

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DGH Spirit Days All This Week!

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Parents and students – do not forget our Spirit Days this upcoming week!  We LOVE it when our students get into the school spirit and deck themselves out for our Spirit Days!  Get creative, students…


Monday, December 14th – Christmas Sweater Day


Tuesday, December 15th – Christmas Hat Day


Wednesday, December 16th – Reindeer Day


Thursday, December 17th – Christmas Ornament Day


Friday, December 18th – Red and Green Day



DGH Choir and Band Visit Local Seniors’ Homes – Monday, December 14th

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The DGH Choir and Band will be visiting local Seniors’ Homes to bring good cheer on Monday, December 14th.  Both Band and Choir have been practising for the past several weeks and are ready to show off their skills.  They are a very talented group!  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to foster connections between different generations and to bring good cheer to our seniors.


Thanks to the students who have given up many recesses to practise, to Ms. Lucas who supervises the Band and Ms. Brabin who looks after the Choir.

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