Spirit Day Tomorrow – PJs Day!

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Don’t forget, DGH community, that the DGH Student Council has set tomorrow as its next Spirit Day: PJs Day!  The Student Council is asking for a $1 donation.  All money raised goes to the WE Charity that our Student Council supports.


Check out the link below to learn more:


WE Charity


For example, the WE Charity helps to provide clean water in developing areas around the world.  This would include providing hand pumps to provide drinking water, hand washing stations and even latrines – all things that we take for granted.

DGH’s Student Council’s Christmas Families Program Needs Your Help!

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DGH community, do not forget that our Student Council is asking for help in supporting its Christmas Families program.  Each year our Student Council supports local families who need help in making their Christmas a special one – this is truly an opportunity for our students to show their compassion.


How can you help?  Below you will find all of the information from our original post.  No donation, whether food, a toy, a gift card or money, is too small to help!  All donations will be appreciated and will help others.


We are asking that all items be sent into the school by December 14th.  Soon after this date, the Student Council will be putting the Christmas baskets together and shopping for additional items.


Original Post Information is Below


DGH community, our school has an outstanding tradition of helping those less fortunate.  The Student Council has begun its annual Christmas Families food and toy drive for families in need.  How can you help?  We are asking that those who can donate food (non-perishable food items are best), toys, gift cards or money.


Click here for a copy of the letter that went home 2 weeks ago.


Our Student Council would like all donations into the school by December 14th.  This will allow sufficient time for the baskets to be put together and shopping to be completed.


Food items are distributed between the various families that the school supports.  Toys are divided according to age.  We often struggle to provide items for older students (teenagers) – so any donations in this area is always appreciated.  Sports and hygiene items tend to be quite popular for students in this age group.  We get a number of gift cards each year (thank you!) and they are given directly to the families being supported, or the Student Council purchases items using the cards.  Finally, we also receive money donations (again, thank you!) and this, too, is used to buy items for the families.


ALL of the food, items, money and gift cards is used exclusively for the Christmas Families program.


Simply send any donations in with your child to their homeroom, or items can be dropped off directly at the office.


The Student Council appreciates any support that you are able to provide!

Poinsettia and Chicken Pick Up is Friday (December 1st)

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A reminder to all those who purchased poinsettias for the Parent Council’s Fundraiser and/or Maple Lodge Chicken Fundraiser.  Pick up will be Friday afternoon in the school’s front foyer or stage area.  Mr. Boudreault, one of our Parent Council’s Co-Chairs, will be there to organize and distribute poinsettias and Ms. Graham, the Chicken Fundraiser Queen, will be looking after the chicken orders!  Thank you, Mr. Boudreault and Ms. Graham!

TLAC Registration is Still Open for Grade 7 and 8 Students – Early Bird Registration Ends December 22

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A reminder, for parents of students in grade 7 and 8, that TLAC (Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp) Registration is still going on.  You can register up until January 19th; however, the early bird discounts ends on December 22.  Below you will find the information from the original post.  Should you have any questions, you are welcome to call our office at 705-786-1915.


TLAC 2018 Student Registration Forms are now available online!

What is TLAC?  TLAC is an arts camp for Grade 7 through 12 students that will take place on May 20 to 25, 2018 at Camp White Pine in Haliburton. TLAC offers specialized instruction for Music, Drama, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Visual Art within an exciting camp experience. The arts camp is set up as a typical high school day with four periods. There are evening concerts featuring performances from major artists, a presentation from local visual artists, and an art display. This enriched arts experience is enhanced by the summer camp atmosphere.

Early Bird registrations are due December 22, 2017 for a $50 savings.

The deadline for all registrations is January 19, 2018.

Registrations are available online or in your school office.  Visit http://tldsb.ca/tlac for a link to the online registration, or for more information contact Sandra Corry at 1(888)526-5552 x21257 or email at [email protected].  Those on Twitter can follow #TLAC2018 and facebook patrons can follow us at https://www.facebook.com/TLDSB.TLAC

A link to the paper copy of the registration can be obtained by clicking here.

Smencils for Sale!

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Ms. Arscott, on behalf of the Cheer Team, would like to remind the DGH community that Smencils are still for sale.  They make wonderful stocking stuffers!  All of the profits raised go towards supporting the DGH Cheer Team.  Smencils cost $2 each and come in a variety of delectable scents.


Ms. Arscott thanks anyone, in advance, for those who are able to support the DGH Cheer Team.


The DGH Cheer Team has definitely become a popular and successful school team!  The team is already hard at work practising.

Battle of the Books is BACK at DGH!

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Do you love to read?  Do you love competition?  Are you in grades 4 to 8?  Then Ms. Elliot, Ms. Phendler and Ms. Davis have just the opportunity for you: Battle of the Books!


Battle of the Books (BOB) is back at DGH this year!  BOB is a great program for Junior and Intermediate students that aims to inspire our students to read quality literature.  BOB truly develops a reading community within our school, provides an opportunity to recognize students who enjoy reading and promotes academic excellence. Ms. Elliott, Ms. Davis and Ms. Phendler are thrilled to be leading the program at DGH and cannot wait to launch BOB on Dec 7th!


Students interested in learning more about BOB can meet today at first recess in the Library.

Spirit Day This Friday – PJs Day!

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Our DGH Student Council, always looking to build and maintain school spirit, has organized its next Spirit Day for this Friday: PJs Day!  The Student Council is asking for a $1 donation.  All money raised goes to the WE Charity that our Student Council supports.


What is the WE Charity and why is it so important?  Check out the link below to learn more:


WE Charity


Earlier this year, members of our Student Council received tickets to and attended WE Day in Toronto.  In order to participate, the Student Council agrees to support local and international charities.

Christmas Events and Activities at DGH

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We would like to give our DGH community advanced notice for the many activities that will be taking place in the week before Christmas Holidays.  As always, at this time of the year, DGH is going to be incredibly busy!  Thank you to the many staff who are making these events and activities possible – your efforts help to make DGH an amazing place to be.


Carols are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday thru Friday between roughly 9:00 and 9:30 each morning.  This has been a DGH tradition for many years.  Students gather in the front foyer after coming inside and getting their outdoor clothing off.


Christmas Concert Practice takes place on Monday, December 18th after morning announcements.  Individual classes will be coming down to practice their portion of the Christmas Concert and then returning to class.


Christmas Concert Full Dress Rehearsal takes place on Tuesday, December 19th soon after 1st recess.  The entire school will be coming down to the gym to watch a full dress rehearsal of the concert from start to finish!


The Christmas Concert takes place Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00 pm.  The concert will begin with the Kindergarten performances and then work its way through the participating classes.


Breakfast with Santa happens on Wednesday, December 20th.  We are hoping that the man in the red suit will have the time to arrive at some point during the day!  Once our carolling is over, students will be heading down for a pancake breakfast, courtesy of the Parent Council.  Our Kindergartens start at the breakfast and we then work our way through the grades.


The ever popular Christmas Shoppe will be running on Thursday, December 21st.  It kicks off as soon as our carolling is done for the day.


And with that we will be ready to head into the Christmas Holidays (Friday, December 22nd is the final day of school before the holidays begin)!  This should be a memorable week for all involved!

Poinsettia and Chicken Delivery is December 1st

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Thank you to all those who were able to support the Parent Council’s Poinsettia fundraiser and/or the Maple Lodge Chicken fundraiser!  Both poinsettias and chicken will be delivered on December 1st and can be picked up in the front foyer/stage area of the school.  Pick up time is between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.

DGH’s Christmas Shoppe Needs Your Help!

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DGH’s Christmas Shoppe is one of the highlights of the year for our younger students!  For those who are new to the DGH community, the Christmas Shoppe is an opportunity for students, for a $2 donation, to purchase donated “gently used items” for immediate family members.


Please click here for a copy of the letter that went home last week.


This year’s Christmas Shoppe takes place on Thursday, December 21st.


How can you help?  Simply donate gently used items to the school.  You can send items in with your kid(s) to the school, or you can bring them in yourself if you have lots to donate.  The sky is the limit in terms of what is donated and this is a great time to empty out the closets that contain items which haven’t been used in years!


The Christmas Shoppe is often in need of:

  • gifts suitable for fathers and older brothers
  • mugs (the elves fill these and use them as fathers’ gifts)
  • gift bags, tissue and tape (gift bags are extremely helpful to speed the wrapping process)


We thank you in advance for any support that you are able to provide!

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