Terry Fox Run Tomorrow (Friday, September 29th)

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DGH community, the Terry Fox Run will be weather dependent tomorrow!  The forecast for tomorrow afternoon is for rain and to be cooler.  If the weather is decent we will attempt the run.  Please dress appropriately for the weather (bringing warmer clothing).  If we are unable to conduct the run, we will let our community know which day next week it will take place.

Terry Fox: “I want to set an example that will never be forgotten.”

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It kind of puts a chill down your spine, doesn’t it, DGH community?


37 years after Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope, few would argue that Terry Fox is one of Canada’s greatest and most recognizable symbols.  I can’t think of a better quote by Terry Fox that sums up what he has achieved.  More than $750 million raised and major breakthroughs in the battle against this horrific disease – all because of his dream.


Support Terry’s dream and recognize his accomplishments.  Fundraise and donate what you can for DGH’s Terry Fox Run this Friday, September 29th.

Terry Fox Run This Friday, September 29th

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DGH’s Terry Fox Run takes place this Friday, September 29th at 2:15 pm.


The caption that goes with the picture on this post is “David who is a cancer survivor at seven years old. After being diagnosed with a Wilms tumour on his kidney at two, he went through ten rounds of chemotherapy and a surgery to remove the cancer. Today, he enjoys horseback riding, running and learning French in school.”


Did you know that DGH has raised just over a total of $60 000 in the years that we have been doing the Terry Fox Run?  That’s an incredible amount of money going towards cancer research!  There is no doubt that this money has helped extend the lives of many of those fighting cancer (if not entirely beating this terrible disease) – including David.


The 5 year survival rate of children with cancer is now 83% – up almost 20% from the 1980s!


To date, over $750 million has been raised by the Terry Fox Foundation!  Schools and students, like ours, have raised a large portion of this money.


Ms. Prins’ goal is to raise $1500 this year!  Let’s help her reach this goal, DGH community.

Practice Fire Drills and Practice Lockdown Drills at DGH

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Students and staff at DGH will be practising Fire Drills and Lockdown Drills over the course of the school year.  For those with older students, you know that we hold several practices for both situations early on in the school year and then a few more as the year continues.  We update and maintain our emergency procedures each year.


The goal in doing so is to give students and staff the knowledge and confidence to react appropriately should the need arise.


Students become quite good at knowing how to react in these situations and the practices help to reduce a great deal of stress.


Should your daughter or son come home and mention having taken part in these practices, please feel free to discuss what has taken place.


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

Terry Fox Foundation Fundraiser – “Every Cent Counts!”

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DGH community, we were a little slow in getting going with the Terry Fox Run this school year – but we are quickly amping things up!  Our Terry Fox Run takes place this Friday, September 29th beginning around 2:15 pm.


Sadly, cancer has impacted almost every Canadian family.  The Terry Fox Foundation (which is where the money we raise will be donated to), donated $26.6 million to cancer research projects in 2015-2016 alone.  This money is used for a wide range of cancer research.  The advances made through research benefit people throughout the world.


Remember what Jack Prins told us at our assembly on September 22nd: “Every cent counts.”


You can learn more about Jack’s courageous fight against cancer by clicking on this link to a local newspaper article from 2009.


Ms. Prins has set a goal of $1500 this year (about double what we raised last year).  DGH community – let’s meet the goal!

DGH’s Parent Council Little Caesars Fundraiser is…ON!

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DGH community, one of our Parent Council’s major fundraisers has begun!  The Parent Council’s Little Caesars Fundraiser began on Friday, September 22nd.  Forms should have gone on Friday, but if yours did not, it should make it home on Monday.  The information letter is provided below.


Little Caesars Parent Council Information Letter


Why Support This Fundraiser?

ALL of the profits go back into supporting the school and our students


• for example, the ALWAYS popular Jimmy Chapman Breakdancing Classes are supported by the Parent Council.  The Council covers half the cost of Jimmy Chapman coming to the school!


This fundraiser has been a consistent performer for the Parent Council and it provides a quality product at a reasonable price.


All of the important information is contained in the link above (which brings you to our information letter).


As always, if you have any questions, please contact the school at 705-786-1915.

DGH’s Terry Fox Fundraiser Has Begun!

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DGH community, our school has kicked off its fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation.  Ms. Prins is heading up the Terry Fox Fundraiser and Terry Fox Run this year.  Ms. Prins is completing an LTO at DGH this year for Ms. McColl (Ms. McColl is working as a consultant for the TLDSB this year).


This fundraiser has special meaning for Ms. Prins and her family.  In the kickoff assembly last Friday, Ms. Prins’ brother, Jack, came to speak about his fight with cancer.  For those with much older sons and daughters, you may remember schools across the TLDSB raising money for Jack, in 2003, as he fought and successfully beat cancer.  Years later, Jack remains cancer free and is a passionate speaker on behalf of the Terry Fox Foundation.


Jack spoke about “how every cent counts” in the fight against cancer.


Ms. Prins’ goal for DGH this year is to raise $1500 (double what we raised last year).


How can you fundraise and donate money to the Terry Fox Foundation?  Just click on the link below to find out the important information.


Terry Fox Letter 2017


Terry Fox Pledge Sheet Information for 2017


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

DGH’s 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.


• ONLY 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.

• If 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.

• Cars 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.

Police Checks and Vulnerable Sector Checks

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A letter with additional information on Police and Vulnerable Sector Checks will be sent home soon after school has started.  The same letter can be obtained by clicking on the link below:


Police and Vulnerable Sector Checks Letter


Please be aware that Police and Vulnerable Sector checks can take several weeks to be completed and returned to the applicant.


Police Checks continue to be processed in the manner they have been previously.  However, volunteers now must also have a Vulnerable Sector search completed.  A volunteer would typically have the Police Check and Vulnerable Sector search completed at the same time.  We have heard that the Vulnerable Sector search can take several weeks to process, so if you are interested in volunteering in the school (e.g., in classrooms, for class trips, the snack program) you will need to have both checks completed.


Volunteers at the school must have both the Police Check and the Vulnerable Sector search done.  If you need these checks to be completed, please request the letter from our office indicating that you wish to volunteer at the school.


Please be aware that DGH will continue to follow a “NO POLICE CHECK – NO VOLUNTEERING AT THE SCHOOL OR FOR CLASS TRIPS THIS YEAR” (this is a board policy).  If you think that you may volunteer at DGH in any way this year, you MUST have an original and updated police and vulnerable check completed and on file at the office.

DGH’s Staff for the 2017-2018 School Year

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The start of the 2017-2018 has seen a number of staffing changes to Dr. George Hall PS!  Below you will find a list of our staff members.


We welcome a number of new staff members who are completing LTOs at DGH.  An LTO teacher is one completing a Long Term Occasional teaching position (kind of like being a supply teacher, but the LTO can last from a few weeks to the entire year).  Ms. Anckaert, Ms. Phendler and Ms. Armitage were at DGH last year and know many of our students, not to mention our school and its routines.  Ms. Elliot, Ms. Prins, Ms. Davis and Mr. Fournier are new to DGH, but our excited to join the Huskies team!  Ms. Elliot and Ms. Davis have supplied many times, in previous years at DGH, so they too know much about our school.  Our LTOs are looking forward to contributing to the DGH community and being a part of the Huskies team.


We also welcome Mrs. Bowman to an Educational Assistant position.  Mrs. Bowman worked at DGH previously (not to mention that her children attended our school), so this is a homecoming for her!  Last, not least, we are happy to have Ms. James onboard as our new Vice-Principal.  Ms. James knows many already in our school community as she lives in the area and her family has been active in the local sports scene.  She has also taught at DGH previously.


Our new staff members are looking forward to meeting the DGH school community this Wednesday at our Meet the Staff Night.


Educational Assistants

Mrs. DeGroote

Mrs. Sunderland

Mrs. Walden

Mrs. Bowman

Mr. Eagleson



Mrs. Taylor (Head Secretary)

Mrs. Starr (Assistant Secretary and Library Clerk)


Custodial Staff

Ms. Van Hamburg (Head Custodian)

Mr. Florence (Night Custodian)

Mrs. Johnston (Night Custodian)


Teaching Staff

JK/SK – Mrs. McGregor (teacher) and Ms. Wilson (early childhood educator)

JK/SK – Mrs. Arscott (teacher) and Ms. Horton (early childhood educator)

Grade 1 – Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Grade 1/2 – Mrs. Marsh

Grade 1/2 – Mrs. Armitage

Grade 2/3 – Ms. Davis

Grade 3/4 – Mr. Fournier

Grade 4 – Mrs. Anckaert

Grade 5 – Ms. Phendler

Grade 5/6 – Mrs. Burns

Grade 6/7 – Ms. Prins

Grade 7 – Ms. Graham

Grade 7/8 – Ms. Elliot

Grade 8 – Mrs. Read



Vice-Principal – Mrs. James

Principal – Mr. Parish

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