Elmira Chicken Fundraiser is Still On!

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The Elmira Chicken Fundraiser is still on, DGH community. It ends on Tuesday, April 2nd. The profit from each chicken product sold goes to the student selling, with it going towards year-end school trips. Interested in purchasing product but do not have a student selling? Simply call the office at 705-786-1915 and we can assist you.

World Autism Day on Tuesday, April 2nd – Wear Blue!

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A reminder, DGH community, that we are asking you to wear blue on Tuesday, April 2nd in recognition of World Autism Day. We want to make DGH a sea of blue next Tuesday.

Why recognize World Autism Day? Checkout the website Autism Speaks at https://www.autismspeaks.org/ to learn more. Below is information regarding Asperger Syndrome.

Asperger syndrome, or Asperger’s, is a previously used diagnosis on the autism spectrum. In 2013, it became part of one umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-5).

Typical to strong verbal language skills and intellectual ability distinguish Asperger syndrome from other forms of autism.

It generally involves:

  • Difficulty with social interactions
  • Restricted interests
  • Desire for sameness
  • Distinctive strengths

Strengths can include:

  • Remarkable focus and persistence
  • Aptitude for recognizing patterns
  • Attention to detail

Challenges can include:

  • Hypersensitivities (to lights, sounds, tastes, etc.)
  • Difficulty with the give and take of conversation
  • Difficulty with nonverbal conversation skills (distance, loudness, tone, etc.)
  • Uncoordinated movements, or clumsiness
  • Anxiety and depression

The tendencies described above vary widely among people. Many learn to overcome their challenges by building on strengths.

Grade 8 Grad Photo Day – Wednesday, April 3rd

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How do we know the end of the school year is coming (in fact, it feels like it is coming a little too fast!)? Because grade 8 Grad Photos take place next Wednesday, April 3rd! Breakout the dress shirts and ties! Photos will take place after announcements.

DGH’s April 5th PA Day Agenda

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On Friday, April 5, 2019, DGH’s education staff will be focusing their learning primarily on School Improvement Planning. Please see agenda below.

9:00 am – School Improvement Planning and Improvement

-Planning for Teaching and Learning With High Expectations

-Continue our Learning in Math

-Monitoring Student Progress in Learning

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – School Improvement Planning (cont’d)

Mathify – Online Math Help For Grades 7 to 10

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Parents – do you have a student in grades 7 to 10? Are you a student in grades 7 to 10? Then you can access TVO’s Mathify programme. Check the image below or go to the Mathify website at https://www.tvomathify.com/students. For those who have not accessed this website before, it is an excellent Math resource. For a student to access the Mathify website they will require their OEN (Ontario Education Number) and an email address. It is easy to setup and access. If your child has not accessed this programme before, please consider checking it out!

Grade 3 Swim to Survive on March 25, 26 and 27!

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Whoops! The previous version of this post said that Swim to Survive was April 25, 26 and 27. THAT WAS WRONG! Swim to Survive is MARCH 25, 26 AND 27! Sorry for any confusion that this created.

Thank you, Mrs. Alexander and Ms. Little, for organizing our Grade 3 Swim to Survive for this year. Swim to Survive is a program that aims to offer all grade 3s in the TLDSB the opportunity to learn basic swimming survival skills should someone fall into a pool, lake, or other water body. Given the number of water bodies in our local area, Swim to Survive is an incredibly important opportunity. Our grade 3s will be headed to the Lindsay Recreation Centre on March 25, 26, and 27.

World Autism Day on Tuesday, April 2nd – Wear Blue!

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DGH community, in the past 4 years, our school has done an OUTSTANDING job of recognizing World Autism Day. We are looking to do the same this year. How can you do this? BREAK OUT YOUR BLUE! Blue shirt! Blue pants! Blue socks! Perhaps you are feeling more creative? Then do something with blue!

Why has World Autism Day become so recognized? Check out the facts below to learn why. Want to learn even more? Go to the website Autism Speaks at https://www.autismspeaks.org/

  • In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 
    • 1 in 37 boys 
    • 1 in 151 girls 
  • Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.  
  • Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.  
  • 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above average range (i.e., IQ >85). 
  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. 
  • Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often. 
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