May’s Principal’s Message

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DGH community, the school year is about to officially kick into overdrive!  The month of May sees DGH become an even busier place (if that is really possible!) than normal.  As always, there is much to look forward to and appreciate in the upcoming month.  Highlights of the month are noted below.  Our DGH website and calendar, and DGH Facebook are usually the best and most up to date sources of information for our school.

 

Wizard of Oz practices will continue for the first couple of weeks.  Students have been hard at work memorizing lines, learning the moves and getting all of the backstage materials ready.  This is all in preparation for the performances!  A full dress rehearsal takes place on Tuesday, May 15th (tentatively scheduled for 11:30 am) and a night time performance takes place at 7:00 pm on this day.  A second night time performance takes place on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 pm.  All of our students’ efforts are going to pay off!  Thank you to Ms. Ellis and Mrs. James for directing this outstanding opportunity.

• the DGH Husky Hoppers Skipping Team competes at the TLDSB competition on Thursday, May 3rd.  The Skipping Competition is one of the largest sports competitions in the TLDSB, with hundreds of students competing.  Our Hoppers have been practising for several months; the dedication of these students is incredible.  We appreciate your efforts!  Thank you to Ms. Arscott, Ms. Horton, Ms. Anckaert and Ms. Burns for the time and effort you have put into our Skipping team.

• the DGH Parent Council kicks off its Spring Little Caesars Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 8th.  Why support this fundraiser?  All of the profits always go back into supporting students.  Fundraising money in the past has been used to purchase technology (SmartBoards for classrooms), paint the tarmac for recess games and activities and the purchase of the DGH logo’ed tent used for outdoor sporting events and activities.  More information on this fundraiser will be coming out soon.

Ms. Cayley and the Student Leadership team are busy organizing a WE Assembly for May 11th.  Along with the Assembly, this will also be a Spirit Day – Neon Day!  One can almost feel their eyes burning from the fluorescent pink and yellow already…!  More details will follow regarding activities on this day.

DGH’s Track and Field Day for grades 4 to 8 students is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 16th (all day) and May 17th (part of day).  Both these dates are tentative as we will need to see what the weather will bring for these days.  More details will follow as we get closer to these dates.  Thank you Junior and Intermediate staff for organizing this day.

EQAO for our grade 3 and 6 students takes place between May 22nd and June 4th.  Please check out the DGH calendar for the specific days on which students will write and which part of the assessment is being written each day.  We always ask that parents of grades 3 and 6 students avoid scheduling appointments on EQAO writing days.  Grade 3 students write in the 1st Block (9:00 am to 10:40 am) and grade 6 students in the 2nd Block (11:25 am to 1:05 pm).

grades 7 and 8 students are headed off to a Blue Jays game on Thursday, May 24th.  Let’s hope for a sunny day so the dome will be open!  As always, this should be a great for students!  Thank you, Ms. Graham, for organizing!

our Kindergarten students are headed off to the Ken Reid Conservation Area for an outdoor learning experience.  The trip takes place on Friday, May 25th; however, it is weather dependent as students are outside for the entire day.  Should the weather not cooperate, the raindate is Monday, May 28th.  Ms. Arscott, Ms. Horton, Mrs. McGregor and Ms. Wilson are excited for the trip!  Our Kindergarten students and families then have the opportunity to participate in a Kindergarten Family Gardening day, which takes place on Thursday, May 31st.  Taking place in the 1st Block, this is always a popular event for our youngest students and their families.

 

The busy month of May ends and the month of June begins with a PA Day on Friday, June 1st.  Students will enjoy a long weekend; staff will be beginning work on report cards.