DGH’s Skipping Team – TLDSB Skipping Champions!

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Ms. Burns’ and her “Husky Hoppers” (the DGH Skipping Team) achieved incredible success again this year at the County Skipping Championship.  The event, which took place last Thursday, involved more than 600 students (!) from more than 20 schools!


All 4 DGH teams won their respective divisions: Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Open.  95 ribbons were won by DGH Skippers, along with 7 medals!!!!


This is an INCREDIBLE accomplishment!  Winning any single division is tough enough, let alone all 4!  The competition at this event is extraordinarily high, with skippers becoming ever more skilled each year.


Firstly, congratulations to the ENTIRE team.  These are team events where all of the competitors’ scores go towards team totals (no single skipper is going to win it for a school!).  Secondly, congratulations to those students who went above and beyond and won ribbons and medals!  Thirdly, thank you to the countless hours of practice put in by the Skipping team.  The Skipping Team practices longer than any other athletic team at the school.  Your efforts obviously paid off!  Lastly, congratulations to Mrs. Burns.  Mrs. Burns gave up recesses after recesses in coaching the team and was in long before school started in the morning and long after the school day ended in the afternoon – working with the teams.  Regardless of the hours of practice put in by the team, they would not have performed on the level that they did without your positive attitude and the passion you bring for the team.


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Junior/Intermediate Track and Field on Thursday, May 12th

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With the nicer weather and green grass comes a very popular event for many of our Junior and Intermediate students – Track and Field Day!  This Thursday, May 12th, will find students competing in a wide variety of events (both track and field events).


While a large number of students will qualify for the County Event (on June 8th), the day is really about doing one’s best and being physically active!


Please make sure that you pack a full lunch for the day, lots of water, a hat and sunblock.  Even if the day is cloudy, students will be out long enough to get easily get a sunburn.  Please also dress for the weather.  If it is cooler in the morning students will want to wear a sweater and track pants; as it warms up during the day students will likely want to wear a t-shirt and shorts.

Principal’s Message for May

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I apologize for the tardiness of this posting – there were some technical difficulties.


Quite honestly, there is too much to discuss in May’s Principal’s Message!  The accomplishments of April and the number of upcoming events in May are extraordinary!  April and May (and likely June) are going to easily out do all of the month’s of the school year in terms of activities and opportunities for students.


Rather than recapping April’s events, I would ask that you simply review DGH’s website and Facebook page for the many, many activities that took place.  This is not to diminish these accomplishments; rather, they would fill an entire page in their own right.  All I will say is thank you for the incredible efforts put forth by staff and students alike in the many different activities in which you were involved.


May’s Events and Activities

• May kicks off with DGH’s “Week of Kindness.”  Staff have put together 3 separate events (on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) which involve students in “Feed All Four” (mind, body, spirit and emotions).  Gaining a better understanding of feeding all four, being physically active and considering their classroom community are major goals of the Week of Kindness.  This should truly be a fun and worthwhile experience.

• our next DGH Spirit Day takes place on Friday, May 6th – Western Day!  Cowboy attire, I am guessing, will be popular.  But, knowing our students and staff, there will likely be a great deal of creativity going on that day!

• the DGH Band and Intermediate members of the VOICES choir will be participating in a Mass Band event on Wednesday, May 11th.  Ms. Lucas and the participating students will be travelling to Rolling Hills to participate with a number of other local school bands.

• Ms. Graham and Mr. Hetherington are extremely excited that Junior and Intermediate Track and Field Day takes place on Thursday, May 12th.  As two of are more athletically driven teachers, both of them will be heavily involved in the day and encouraging our athletes to do their best.  While a number of students will be seeking to set records and do their absolute best, the day is really about encouraging physical activity in all students.

• Primary Track and Field Day follows on Tuesday, May 17th.  Our younger students are no less athletic than our older students and this is a very popular day for many of them!  Students did an outstanding job at last year’s event and we are sure they will do equally well this year.

• our next Parent Council Meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 18th.  It starts at 6:00 p.m. and takes place in the DGH Library.  Topics up for discussion will likely include fundraising, where to spend fundraising money that has been raised and events taking place in the school for the remainder of the year.

• the Parent Council’s Little Caesars Fundraiser kicks off on Thursday, May 19th.  This is a very popular fundraiser (the product is tasty and practical)!  All profits raised from any Parent Council fundraiser go DIRECTLY back to supporting students.  What has this looked liked in the past?  SmartBoards, data projectors, hydration station, the purchase of school sports uniforms, a large school tent, recess equipment and pavement painting are just some of the items made possible because of Parent Council fundraising.  Information will go home in the form of a brochure and ordering form.

• students in grades 7 and 8 will be visiting the Highland Cinema (in Kinmount) and enjoying a picnic lunch on Friday, May 20th.  For those that have visited the theatre before, you know about the incredible movie memorabilia collected by the owners.  It will be a great day!

• grade 7 and 8 students who are participating in TLAC (Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp) will be at the camp from Sunday, May 22nd to Friday, May 27th.  Students who are interested in the Arts (everything from music to drama) LOVE this camp!

• the Victoria Day holiday falls on Monday, May 23rd.  Take a moment, if you are a history buff, and check out Queen Victoria (the queen for whom the holiday is named).

• EQAO begins on Wednesday, May 25th and the EQAO “window” for the assessments run through to Wednesday, June 8th.  Students do not write on all of these days.  There are 4 language parts (written on 4 separate days) and 2 math parts (written on 2 separate days).  So, students normally write on 6 of the 9 available days.  Grade 3  students usually write in the 1st Block and Grade 6 students in the 2nd Block.  Additional information has been sent home to grade 3 and 6 students.  Should you have any questions, please free to contact the office.

• on Friday, May 27th, Ms. Chidley’s class heads off to the Ken Reid Conservation Area for an environmentally themed class trip.  Ms. Chidley is a passionate scientist and environmentalist, so the Ken Reid trip is a personal favourite!

• Friday, May 27th is also a DGH Spirit Day – Break the Rules Day!  This is a new spirit day at DGH, I believe, so I do not really know what to expect.  Mr. Boudreault, one of our Parent Council’s Co-Chairs, assures me that he is hard at work planning for this day!?!

• the grade 7 and 8 DGH Golf Qualifier takes place on Wednesday, June 1st.  Interested Intermediate students will be vying to join the DGH Golf Team, which compete at the County event later in June.  Thank you to Ms. Graham for organizing.

• Friday, June 3rd is a PA Day.  Staff will be beginning work on Report Cards while students enjoy their final long weekend of the school year.  We can probably all agree that students will be having a great deal more fun than staff!

DGH’s Band is Off to “Mass Band” on Wednesday, May 11th!

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The DGH Band, with Ms. Lucas, is headed off to the Mass Band event on Wednesday, May 11th.  What is Mass Band?  Multiple schools gather to show their musical chops and be together with other students who share their interest in music.  This is an extremely popular event.  Thanks to Rolling HIlls for hosting this year’s event.

Week of Wellness Canvas and Picnic

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The creative staff of DGH have put together the third and final installment of the Week of Wellness for today!


At the beginning of the 2nd Block, each class will be creating a canvas which represents their class.  We are hoping to be able to display these representations in the school.  Afterwards, all students will be headed outside for a school-wide picnic.  Students will be on their usual yards; however, older students may be invited by primary teachers to eat with their younger learning buddies.


All in all, a great wrap up for a great week!


Thank you to all those staff who contributed to making this week such a success!

Your Voice Matters

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Your Voice Matters!


Trillium Lakelands District School Board wants to hear from you!


At Trillium Lakelands District School Board we want to know what we’re doing well and how we can continue to improve our schools. To do this we want to hear from you, our valued stakeholders. We’re using Thoughtexchange – an online stakeholder engagement tool – to help us better understand your thoughts and priorities at this time.

We’re now in the second stage of this process. If you didn’t participate in the first stage (SHARE), it’s not too late. You can participate in STAR by registering here: http://tldsb.thoughtexchange.info/invitation/
Step Two – Star: May 2 – May 8, 2016


As of May 2, you are invited to star (prioritize) your own thoughts and some thoughts from other community members. If you participated in Share, you will automatically be sent a Star invitation. If you are new to the Thoughtexchange, you can register through our website. You will have until May 8 to complete this step.


Step 3 – Discover is when we will communicate back the prioritized thoughts we have heard from you.

Please know your identity will remain private throughout this process, and your name will never be associated with your input.

We greatly appreciate your time spent engaged in this process. Thank you for your support!

Good Luck, Senior Girls Volleyball Team!

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Mr. Eagleson and the Senior Girls Volleyball Team are headed off to the Trillium Cup this Friday, May 6th – the first ever truly boardwide volleyball championship!  As mentioned in a previous post, the top 4 teams from the CKL/Haliburton area of the board will be competing against the top 4 teams from the Bracebridge/Huntsville area of the board.


Good luck, Senior Girls!  Your sportsmanship and hard work are what have made you the success that you are!



Good Luck Skipping Team at County!!

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The many, many weeks of hard work are about to pay off for the DGH Husky Hoppers (our Skipping team)!  On Thursday, May 5th, the Skipping team heads off to the County Competition.  This is the single largest elementary event in terms of numbers for the TLDSB throughout the entire year!


DGH has sent a large and competitive team for the past many years.  Ms. Burns has again taken the lead in organizing and coaching the team – taking recess after recess and times before and after school to work on routines.  To be honest, there have been times where we have barely seen Ms. Burns for days on end!


Our students have put in many hours of practice in preparation for the event.  Win or lose, Skipping team, we are incredibly proud of your dedication and efforts this year.  You will be great representatives for our school.

Week of Wellness and Stations Today!

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DGH’s Week of Wellness will have its second assembly today!  Students will meet at the beginning of the 2nd Block to rev up their energy levels.  Students will then be participating at stations which are tied to the 4 domains: body, spirit, mind and emotions.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to choose an activity that appeals to them.  There really is something for everyone!


After their stations, students will come back to the gym to enjoy a smoothie courtesy of the Parent Council.  If all goes to plan, a slideshow will be shown, containing pictures of Monday’s and Wednesday’s activities.


Should be a fun day!

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