Scholastic Book Fair at DGH Runs September 13th, 14th, 15th and 18th

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Mrs. Starr is excited to host our first Scholastic Book Fair of the year between Wednesday, September 13th and Monday, September 18th.  Classes will be able to book a time to visit the Book Fair and Mrs. Starr will have it open during recesses.


The Book Fair will also be open during our Meet the Staff Night on Wednesday, September 13th.


The Scholastic Book Fair will be setup in the room beside our Main Office (just past the office when you walk down the north hallway towards the Junior/Intermediate end).  As always, there will be a wide selection of books to meet the interests of readers from Kindergarten to grade 8.  Mr. Parish (who is writing this post) will, as always, be on the hunt for new Star Wars books!


Mrs. Starr is passionate about reading and loves books – so this is an event she organizes each year.  Our school receives a percentage from the books sold, with this money being used to purchase additional books for the library.  All profits from the Book Fair go back into the Library.


Thank you, Mrs. Starr, for organizing!





Cross-Country Team Try Outs

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Parents and guardians of students in grades 4 to 8 – your children are able to sign-up for try-outs for the DGH Cross-Country team.  The Senior (Intermediate) teams are being coached by Ms. Graham and Mr. Eagleson and the Junior teams by Ms. Davis and Ms. Armitage.  Thanks to all of our coaches!


DGH has fielded many strong Cross-Country teams in previous years through practices, hard work, coaching and talent.  This year’s team will, no doubt, put in just as effort!  The Cross-County team, along with the Skipping Team and Track and Field Team, is one of DGH’s largest each year.


Encourage your kids to sign-up, please!  Not every student will make the teams (there are a limited number of spots); however, it is the trying out and effort that counts.


The CKL Cross-Country Run takes place at Ken Reid Conservation Area on October 4th.

DGH’s Meet the Staff Night is Wednesday, September 13th

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The DGH staff is looking forward to this Wednesday – our Meet the Staff night!  Please join us between 6:30 and 7:30 pm.  This is an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and meet our staff members.


Mrs. Starr will also be running a Scholastic Book Fair during the evening.  The Book Fair will be located in the room beside the Main Office.


Click on the link below to view the letter which will be sent home with students on Monday.


Meet the Staff Night 2017-2018 Letter

Valuables and Technology Use 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.


Cell Phones, Technology and Electronics Letter


Individual staff members may give permission for certain electronics to be used in the classroom (e.g., a phone).  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 a phone 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.


All of the above being written, the majority of our students do a great job with technology – which we greatly appreciate!

Students Signed Out at 2nd Nutrition Break

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If you are new to DGH or your child has reached the age where they are allowed to sign out for our 2nd Nutrition Break, some of the basic information is provided below.  A letter will be going home with students soon after school starts with more detailed information.


You can click on the link below to access the letter that was sent home or will soon be sent home.


Students Walking to Local Stores Letter


  • students will be permitted to sign out to go to the stores/restaurants or their own home for the 2nd Nutrition Break/Recess only.
  • students should NOT be travelling any further than the 4 “corners” as there are no stores or restaurants beyond this point (the only exception is if his/her home is beyond the 4 corners).  In NO case should students be playing by the river or playing around the bridge as this represents a serious safety concern.  As well, the area around the arena is out of bounds.
  • if your son/daughter is going to be allowed to sign out and visit the stores/restaurants or their own home on a regular basis (e.g., any day of the week), please provide a note stating that they will be allowed to do so.  Please include your child’s name, your name, and the date in neat and legible handwriting.  A list will be compiled from these notes and kept at the office.
  • if your son/daughter is only going to be allowed to sign out once in a while, please write a note and indicate that it is only for that day that he/she may sign out.  Your son/daughter should bring the note to the office and give to Mrs. Starr or Mrs. Taylor.

DGH is a Peanut/Tree Nut Safe School

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Click on the link below to view a copy of the letter that has been/will be sent home with students.


DGH Letterhead Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy


DGH endeavours to be a “Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School.”  We encourage all parents to NOT send food containing peanut, peanut products, or tree nuts (e.g., almonds, Brazil nuts) to school.  DGH currently has students attending the school who are highly allergic to nuts and nut products.


Should a student mistakenly/accidentally bring a food item to school that contains or has come into contact with nuts, they will be asked to place the item back in their lunch bag.  Should the student absolutely need to eat that food item, they may do so in the office.


We recognize that it can be an inconvenience not being able to send peanut butter sandwiches or products containing nuts to school; however, we would all agree that if it was our child who had a life-threatening allergy we would want everything reasonably possible done to keep him or her safe.


Should you have any questions regarding our Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School Policy, feel free to contact the school’s office.

Lockdown Practices at DGH

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DGH students will be involved in a number of “Lockdown” (Code Red) Practices throughout the year.  In a Lockdown Practice, students are taught find a safe location in which to stay while the Lockdown has been announced.  Lockdown announcements are usually announced over the school’s PA system.  A typical Lockdown announcement would be “Staff and students we have a Lockdown situation.”


A Lockdown might be announced if there was a danger in the school or local area.


The goal in practising Lockdowns is that students know exactly what to do should a Lockdown be announced.  Should your child come home and have questions or concerns regarding Lockdown practises (or his/her involvement in one) please discuss this with him/her and always feel free to contact the school if you require further information.

DGH Staff for 2018-2019

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DGH Staff for 2017-2018

Below you will find information on DGH’s current staffing for 2017-2018.  Based on our student enrolment (with the goal being the best overall possible learning environment taking student enrolment and staffing into consideration) our classrooms have been created as noted below.


DGH Staff for 2017 – 2018


Educational Assistants – Mrs. Bowman, Mrs. DeGroote, Mr. Eagleson, Mrs. Walden, Mrs. Sutherland

Office Administrative Assistants – Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Starr

Custodial Staff – Ms. van Hamburg (Head Caretaker), Mrs. Johnston (Night Custodian) and Mr. Florence (Night Custodian)

Teaching Staff

JK/SK – Mrs. McGregor and a DECE to be determined

JK/SK – Mrs. Arscott and Ms. Horton

1 – Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Gr. 1/2 – Mrs. Marsh

Gr. 1/2 – Mrs. Britton

Gr. 2/3 – Ms. Davis (completing an LTO for Mrs. Alexander) 

Gr. 3/4 – Mr. Fournier (completing an LTO for Mrs. Sornberger)

Gr. 4 – Ms. Anckaert (completing an LTO for Ms. Chidley)

Gr. 4/5 – Ms. Chidley

Gr. 5/6 – Mrs. Burns

Gr. 6/7 – Ms. Prins (completing an LTO for Ms. McColl)

Gr. 7 – Ms. Graham

Gr. 7/8 – Mr. Brown

Gr. 8 – Mrs. Read

Resource – Ms. Jewell (Primary) and Ms. Cayley (Junior and Intermediate)

French – Madame Ellis 

Student Services Worker – Ms. Thexton (normally at DGH every other week)

Vice-Principal – Mrs. James

Principal – Mr. Parish

Safe Arrival Line – Please Call If You Child Will Be Late or Absent

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Please remember to post the safe arrival number by your phone so you can call and leave a message should your child(ren) be absent.  When a student is late or absent and the school has not been informed, office staff go to great lengths to determine if the student is safe.  A short message on the Safe Arrival Line helps eliminate this issue.


The Safe Arrival Line is:


(this is the main line for the school – the voice box will be on before 8:15 a.m. and after 4:15 p.m.)

DGH Bell and Class Times for 2017-2018

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Parents, guardians and students, class times, nutritional and recess times at DGH are as follows:

Entry Bell 8:55 a.m.
Period 1 9:00 – 9:50
Period 2 9:50 – 10:40
First Nutrition Break 10:40 – 11:00
First Recess 11:00 – 11:25
Period 3 11:25 – 12:15
Period 4 12:15 – 1:05
Second Nutrition Break 1:05 – 1:25
Second Recess 1:25 – 1:50
Period 5 1:50 – 2:40
Period 6 2:40 – 3:30
Dismissal 3:30

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