March’s Principal’s Message

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Double-digit temperatures on the plus side of the thermometer.  Temperatures around -30 Celsius.  Rain in the morning, freezing rain by noon and snow by afternoon…  Some snow to play in on the yard one day and bare grass the next!  You name the weather this winter and we have pretty much had it. All in the month of February no less!


All that being said, this month was a successful one.  Our school community was involved in a variety of activities and opportunities over course of the month.  As always, there seemed to be something for just about everyone!


Do not forget that there are website posts for most of the items discussed below.  Be sure to check out the DGH website regularly for posts.  All posts are also automatically sent to our Facebook page.  


• students in the Junior and Intermediate Divisions were involved in speech writing and presentations throughout the month.  This culminated with our gym level speeches on February 23 with each division’s top speakers presenting.  The quality of speeches was impressive (some of the best we have ever heard).

Our top 2 speakers from each division move onto the Woodville Legion’s Speech Competition on Wednesday, March 2.


• Mrs. McGregor’s / Mrs. Hadfields and Mrs. Arscott’s / Ms. Horton’s, and Ms. Stebbins’ classes enjoyed 3 skating days at the Little Britain Arena.  Staff and parents alike commented that the kids truly enjoyed themselves and a number of our younger students had large smiles on their faces when they returned to the school after each session.


• our grade 8’s have completed their course selections for grade 9 (graduation cannot be far away now!).


• Ms. Graham’s Intramural Floor Hockey for grade 6, 7 and 8 students was a huge success!  Thanks for organizing and running, Ms. Graham! Volleyball with be coming next.


• Mr. Boudreault and the Parent Council ran the always successful Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser which was delivered on February 11th.  The good news is that it was about -20 that day, which kept the product extremely frozen.  The bad news is that Mr. Boudreault had to be outside to get the product to parents who purchased!


• Mr. Boudreault and the Parent Council also began its Spring Flower Fundraiser on February 22nd, with forms and money due into the school on March 10th.


• Report Cards went out on Friday, February 19th.


• school volleyball teams have also been selected, with DGH fielding a Junior, Senior Boys and Senior Girls team this year.  Each of our teams look to be quite competitive this year!


March looks to be an equally busy month for the school community!  

• Ms. Graham already has her 4 on 4 intramural Volleyball league up and running for grades 6, 7 and 8 students.  A significant percentage of our students are participating (and loving it!).


• the grade 6s head to Yearly on March 1st and return on March 2nd.  The Yearly Trip is a GREAT opportunity for grade 6s, with all kinds of outdoor activities for students!


• the Parent Council’s Spring Flower Fundraiser ends on March 10th, with delivery taking place on March 23rd.


• the next Elmira Chicken Fundraiser for students in Mrs. Burns’, Ms. McColl’s, Mr. Hetherington’s, Ms. Graham’s and Mrs. Read’s classes will begin on Wednesday, March 9th.  Forms and money are due back into the school on Wednesday, March 30th.  Students receive a portion of each product sold towards the cost of his/her year end trip.


• our next Spirit Day takes place on March 10th: PJ Day!  For the low cost of $1, students can wear their PJs all day!  Money raised goes toward charities supported by the Student Council.


• our Parent-Teacher Interview Night is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, March 10th.  Staff will be meeting with parents to discuss students’ progress over the course of the year.  By now, an Interview Form letter should have come home providing parents with additional information.  If you have not received this letter, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.


• the following day, March 11th, is a PA Day for students.  Students will enjoy an early start to their March Break.  Staff will be focused on Math initiatives on this day.


• March Break runs from March 14th to March 18th.  School resumes on March 21st.


• our Jump Rope for Heart kick-off Assembly is on Wednesday, March 23rd.  This is a successful event each year at DGH and one that raises a great deal of money to fight a disease which has affected almost every family.  All of the money raised through Jump Rope for Heart goes directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


• a school-wide Skating Day at the Little Britain Arena has been arranged by Ms. Graham on Thursday, March 24th.  A letter will be going home soon with additional information.  Students in JK through grade 2 will be participating in the 1st Block, students in grades 3 to 5 will be participating in the 2nd Block and students in Mr. Hetherington’s grade 5/6 class and grades 6 to 8 will be participating in the 3rd Block.  The cost is $1 per student.


• Good Friday is on Friday, March 25th and Easter Monday on Monday, March 28th, with students returning to school on Tuesday, March 29th.  I hope the Easter Bunny visits all of our families (as I enjoy chocolate as much as anyone!).


• Zone Volleyball Tournaments for each of our teams takes place in the final week of March.  The top 2 teams from each of the Zone Tournaments will continue on to the County Tournaments.