February’s Principal’s Message

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Since many in our school community read this message via our school website or Facebook page, you likely already know that January was a busy month and the posts that you will soon be reading over the course of February will probably convince you that our school is about to become even busier!

 

You can always check previous posts to the webpage and Facebook for additional information on all of the events taking place at our school.

 

January Recap

While I will not recap everything that took place in January, I would like to thank our volleyball teams for their efforts and their successes at the County tournaments.  Our Junior Mixed team finished in the top 4 for the CKL area.  The Senior Girls played several close games in the round robin portion of the tournament.  While they did not qualify for the semi-finals, they nonetheless demonstrated hardwork and sportsmanship.  The Senior Boys played well and made it to the semi-finals.  Facing tough competition, they were unable to pull off a win to make it to the finals. DGH plays in a division containing other similarly sized schools, with a great deal of talent, so County tournaments are tough!  All of our coaches commented on the outstanding representatives our students were for Dr. George Halls PS – something that we place a great deal of value on.  Thank you to our coaches for their commitment over the course of the season.

 

February’s Upcoming Events

The first two weeks of February will see an incredible number of activities taking place at the school!  It seems like there is something happening almost every day.

 

Our grade 7s and 8s are headed off to Horseshoe Valley for a day of tubing and cross-country skiing.  Unfortunately they have to go on separate days due to a lack of availability in buses.  Our grade 8s go on Monday, February 5th and our grade 7s go on Thursday, February 8th.  Our thanks go to Ms. Graham for organizing this activity.

 

Jimmy Chapman brings back his high energy and extremely popular breakdancing sessions to DGH during February and March.  He is always one of the hits of the year, with pretty much every student appreciating his talent and passion for what he teaches.  Each class will have 3 sessions with Jimmy.

 

Our grade 3s will be participating in Swim to Survive on February 16th, 23rd and March 2nd.  We thank the TLDSB for again supporting this program which is provided to students at no cost.

 

Ms. Graham and her Olympic Organizing Committee have Opening and Closing Ceremonies, along with activities, planned between February 9th and 16th.  Staff are extremely excited about the event and its activities and we know students will be too!  Keep your fingers crossed that we have lots of new and fluffy snow by then and that the weather is not too cold!  This really should be an outstanding time for students!  Along with this comes the opportunity for all of our students to skate at the Little Britain arena.  Other than our Kindergarten students (who had separate skating dates booked already), all other classes have an hour skate booked at the arena.  Please remember that all students require a CSA approved helmet.

 

Ms. Prins’ grade 6/7 class is headed off to Yearley on February 13th and 14th.  Students will enjoy the outdoor activities!

 

Students continue reading and preparing for the Battle of the Books.  We are really excited to have this activity back at DGH as it gives our readers the opportunity to read new, and usually great, books, not to mention get into the competitive spirit!  Thank you to Ms. Elliot, Ms. Phendler and Ms. Starr for looking after this activity.

 

Ms. Graham’s “WE” Volleyball Intramural continues into February.  Over 60 players are participating on 16 teams!  Students pay a $1 to participate, with the money going to the charities supported by the Student Council.  This is a great way for students to be active, develop volleyball skills and support a great cause!  Like all intramurals, “WE” volleyball is all about the fun!