DGH Skipping Team Competes on Thursday, May 5th

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All of the hard work is about to pay-off!


The DGH Skipping Team has been practising for 3 months and is getting ready to compete in the board-wide competition on Thursday, May 5th.  The Skipping Competition is probably the single largest sports event in the TLDSB with hundreds of students involved!


The commitment of the DGH Skipping Team is impressive; they have been practising before school, at recesses and after school.  Ms. Burns’ commitment is even more impressive as she is at almost every single practice.  She is passionate about the sport and the confidence that it builds into our students.



Skippers will be competing in different age categories:

• Primary

• Junior

• Intermediate

• Open (which is a mix of ages)


Skippers will be competing in many different events: 

• Individual events: 30 second speed and double unders

• Team events: Speed Relay, Double under relay, freestyle (dance routines), double dutch

• Master Events: 3 Minutes speed, 3 minute double under, 3 minute double dutch

• Endurance event: double unders

DGH’s Earth Day Clean Up on April 22

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The post is a little belated, but DGH’s contribution to the environment was not!  Last Friday, on April 22nd, DGH’s students participated in Earth Day by picking up garbage around our yard and the local area.  Bags and bags of garbage were collected!  The yard and the tall grass around our yard is definitely cleaner because of this.


Thank you to Ms. Chidley and Ms. Britton for organizing.


Some pics from the day are below.





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DGH’s Cardboard Boat Racing Teams!

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Ms. Read took two teams of grade 8 students to the TLDSB’s annual Cardboard Boat races yesterday.  What did the students have to do?  Each team had to construct cardboard boats designed to carry the maximum amount of weight and to be the fastest to cross the pool.  It is all about the creativity and planning.  In the pics below you will see boats in various states of design and action.


The Girls’ Team won their heat for weight bearing.  The Boys’ Team won their heat for speed.  Great work by both teams!


Pictures from the day are below the students’ names.


The Girls’ Team consisted of:

Samantha B

Mackenize B

Samantha L

Chelsea P


The Boys’ Team consisted of:

Connor F

Curtis G

Sebastian J

Dakota T




















April 28th – National Day of Mourning for Workers Injured or Killed on the Job

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DGH school community, DGH (and all of the TLDSB) will be participating in the National Day of Mourning for workers injured and killed on the job.


“The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world. The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Businesses and organizations are asked to participate by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning and to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses, and injuries.”  www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning  



Heart Healthy – Spirit Day on Friday, April 29th

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This is an interesting DGH Spirit Day!  The theme is “Heart Healthy” in honour of Thursday and Friday being Jump Rope for Heart days.


Wearing red would be a great choice.  But I am guessing that students can be much more creative than that!  Get the creative thoughts going, DGH students!

Grades JK to 4 Jump Rope Takes Place on Thursday, April 28th

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Students in grades JK to 4 will be participating in their Jump Rope for Heart activities on Thursday, April 28th.


Students will be involved in a dance during the middle block (11:25 a.m. to 1:05 p.m.).  This is a great opportunity for students to be active and to have some fun after raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  There is going to be A LOT of energy being expended in the gym during this time!


Thank you to Ms. McColl for organizing and arranging this activity and the overall Jump Rope for Heart events.  This is no small task – as it is one of the largest (maybe largest) logical event at our school this year.



Ms. Read at Cardboard Races on Wednesday, April 27th

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Ms. Read will be taking 2 teams of intermediate students to the Lindsay Recreation Centre on Wednesday, April 27th.  Each team will consist of 4 students.


Why?  It’s the TLDSB’s annual Cardboard Race Competition!  For the past several years, the TLDSB has organized a competition in which students have to use limited materials (just cardboard and tape, I believe) to plan and build a cardboard boat which will travel the length of the pool.  Aside from the obvious fun involved, there is also a great deal of skill and creativity required.  This “thinking outside of the box” is a highly valued skill in school and life – which makes this an outstanding event for students.


Enjoy yourselves, students!

1st Place for DGH Choir at Kiwanis Music Festival!

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Belated congratulations, Voices!

On Monday, April 4th Voices (the DGH Choir) travelled to Peterborough to participate in the Peterborough Kiwanis Music Festival.  The Kiwanis Music Festival is a massive music festival, with schools from all over the Peterborough and Kawarthas participating.  The competition is intense, with choirs practising throughout the year in preparation.

Not only did our choir come home with a first place ribbon, but they were complimented throughout the day on their poise, professionalism and good manners! Way to go, DGH! They sang a beautiful rendition of an old Irish Folk Song called Sally Gardens arranged by Benjamin Britten, then picked up the tempo with an upbeat swing song called Sing Me a Song by Leonard Enns. The adjudicator thought they had a fabulous sound, great diction and wonderful musicality!

All of your hard work and practising paid off!

Below are 2 pics of Voices.

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EQAO Dates in May and June

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Another sure sign that the school year’s end is coming is EQAO.  Below the main body of this post is a link to the EQAO information letters that should have gone home with all grade 3 and 6 students.  Simply click on the link to view the letter.  Directly below is some of the key information contained in the letter.


Important Dates and Times

• the EQAO Assessments must take place between May 25th and June 8th

• the assessments involve Reading, Writing and Mathematics

• Primary students (grade 3s) write in the 1st Block (9:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.)

• Junior students (grade 6s) write in the 2nd Block (11:25 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.)


Our current intention (it is subject to change) is for the assessments to take place on:

Ÿ • Wednesday, May 25th (Language Book A)

Ÿ• Thursday, May 26th (Language Book B)

•Ÿ Monday, May 30th (Math Book 1)

Ÿ • Wednesday, June 1st  (Language Book C)

Ÿ • Thursday, June 2nd  (Language Book D)

•Ÿ Tuesday, June 7th  (Math Book2)


Ÿ • Friday, May 27th is a “catch-up day” (for students who missed who a part of the assessment due to absence)

Ÿ • Tuesday, May 31st is a “catch-up day” (for students who missed who a part of the assessment due to absence)

Ÿ • Friday, June 3rd is a PA Day (no school)

Ÿ • Monday, June 6th is a “catch-up day” (for students who missed who a part of the assessment due to absence)

Ÿ • Wednesday, June 8th is a “catch-up day” (for students who missed who a part of the assessment due to absence)


DGH Letterhead EQAO Primary

DGH Letterhead EQAO Junior

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