HEP B and HPV Needles on Monday, October 3rd

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The Health Unit will be here on Monday, October 3rd to provide our 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.

As always, thanks to our local Health Unit nurses who operate this programme!

Ms. Graham and Girls By Design – September 30th

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Ms. Graham will be taking 4 grade 7 and 8 girls to a “Girls By Design” conference in Bracebridge.  Natalie Panek, a true rocket scientist, is the keynote speaker.  She will be discussing the importance of women seeking careers in science.  As well, students will be participating in 2 different design challenges.  Grade 7 to 10 students from across our board will be meeting in Bracebridge for this conference.


It should be great!  If you are interested, you can learn more about Natalie at http://nsb.com/speakers/natalie-panek/.



Zone Soccer Tournaments – Week of October 10th

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DGH’s Soccer Team Try Outs have also already been taking place!  It seemed like the school year had no more than started than the coaches were inviting students to sign-up for the try outs.


While the precise dates and times for the Zone Soccer Tournaments haven’t been set yet, we do know that all of the Zone Tournaments will be taking place during the week of October 10th.  As a board, we have to work around having enough school fields and supply teachers to make all of the tournaments happen (no easy feat!).


Thanks to Ms. Cogar who is coaching the Intermediate Boys Team, Ms. Graham who is coaching the Intermediate Girls Team and Ms. Arscott who is coaching the Junior Mix Soccer Team.


Thanks to the many students who are trying out.  The amount of running involved in soccer means that it isn’t for everyone; we appreciate the students who are willing to put the “sweat” into this sport!

October 4th – Cross Country Run Date!

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The date for the Cross Country Run has been selected – Tuesday, October 4th!


Our Cross Country Team coaches are already holding try outs and this year’s team looks to be strong again.  Thanks to Ms. Marsh, Ms. Alexander and Mr. Hetherington for coaching the various teams.  The time between the start of the school year and the Cross Country Run isn’t that long – so the training and time commitment is intense; thanks to both coaches and students for putting their effort into this competition.


Whether you make the team or not, it is a GREAT thing that you try out.

Parent Council Meeting – Wednesday, September 21

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DGH school community, the first meeting of our DGH Parent Council will be on Wednesday, September 21st (this Wednesday).  We will be meeting at 6:00 pm in the school’s library.


Our Parent Council meets on Wednesdays and normally meets roughly 5 times a year.  The Parent Council is a GREAT way to gain a better understanding of the “workings” of a school.  The meetings are low key and offer you the opportunity to provide input.  There are up to 4 elected positions (Chair or 2 Co-Chairs, Secretary and Treasurer).


If you are interested, please drop by this Wednesday night in the library.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office at 705-786-1915.

DGH’s Terry Fox Fundraiser is On!

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DGH school community, do not forget that our Terry Fox Fundraiser is on!  Mr. Hetherington is again spearheading this year’s Run.


He is asking that:


• families donate what they can (loose change is always a great thing!).  Every cent truly counts!  Our school goal is $1200, so if every student donates roughly $4 (on average), we will reach our goal.


• students either bring in the change and give it the grade 7/8 students who visit classrooms each morning to collect the money OR donate online following the instructions that were posted in the school’s original Terry Fox Post.  The school isn’t doing pledge forms this year, so we are REALLY encouraging the online submissions this year.


• students get ready for our run on Thursday, September 29th.  Walk, jog or run – we just our kids to be active that day!  We will be heading out a little after 2:00 pm and be outside until roughly 3:15 pm.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 705-786-1915.

DGH Parking Lot Routines

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The DGH parking lot is a busy place in the morning and afternoon!  For that reason we are asking that all visitors to our school respect our parking lot routines.  This will help to keep our students safe during drop off and pick up times.


ŸONLY buses should be coming into the area immediately beside the school (the bus loading zone) between 8:30 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.


ŸIf your vehicle is parked in the bus loading zone when the buses arrive and students are loading, please leave your vehicle parked until the buses have completely loaded or unloaded and have left the area.


ŸCars should NOT be parking along the north side of the parking lot in front of the garbage containers and along the grass leading to the road.  A number of our students walk along this area (especially in winter) and it is dangerous to have cars parking and exiting here.  We usually place orange traffic cones in this area; however, even if the cones are not out there people should not park along there.


The parking lot area directly in front of the school is designated as a “fire truck zone” – meaning that any vehicle (other than a bus) that is parked there can be ticketed.  A number of tickets have been issued in the past few years.

DGH’s School Council for 2016-2017

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Parents and Guardians,


Below you will find a link to the letter that was sent home with students today regarding Dr. George Hall PS’ School Council for the 2016-2017 school year.  If you are interested in being on the School Council (it is a worthwhile experience and provides great insight into how schools operate), please complete the nomination form that went home with your son or daughter and return it to the school.


Our first School Council meeting takes places on Wednesday, September 21st.  Meetings begin at 6:00 pm and usually last until 7:00 or 7:30 pm.


Should you have any questions regarding the Council, please feel free to contact the office at 705-786-1915.


DGH School Council Letter for 2016-2017 

DGH’s Terry Fox Run is September 29th

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DGH – The Terry Fox Challenge is Out There!


DGH has already kicked off its annual Terry Fox Fundraiser.

Dr. George Hall students will be participating in our school’s Terry Fox Run in the 3rd block of Thursday, September 29th.


Terry Fox might just be Canada’s greatest hero!  Did you know that he ran for 143 days – running a marathon each day.  He stopped only when the return of cancer forced him to end his run.


So, Huskies, how can you keep Terry Fox’s dream alive?  By raising money and donating it to the Terry Fox foundation.  You can raise money in 2 different ways:

– by getting a pledge sheet from Mr. Hetherington and returning the pledge sheet and money to the school, or

– by donating money via the Terry Fox website (more Information will be on this below).




TO DONATE ONLINE CLICK ON THIS LINK! This will take you to the Terry Fox Organization’s webpage.  You will then follow the steps below to donate!

1.  On the website that appears click on “Sponsor a Student” on the right-hand side of the page.

2. Type “Dr. George Hall Public School” into the “School Name” box.

3.  Choose “Ontario” from the Province/Territory Box.

4.  Click on the “Dr. George Hall Public School” from the “School Name” box.

5.  On the right-hand side of the page that appears, click on the “Sponsor Us” link and follow the directions.


If you have any difficulty or require assistance, please feel free to contact the office or Mr. Hetherington at 705-786-1915,

Dr. George Hall PS thanks you for your support!





Valuables and Technology at DGH

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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.


Please click on the link below to view a letter that was sent home (or will be soon)  with students with respect to technology use at our school.


Technology and Valuables Letter


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 given during nutrition breaks 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.


The majority of our students do a great job with technology – which we greatly appreciate!

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