It’s a wrap! As this post comes out, the 2018-2019 school year has officially ended! While the busses are rolling down the road for the last time this school year, our staff wished to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and safe summer. Keep your fingers crossed that we will receive more sun and heat like last weekend, and that we can get outside to enjoy a wonderful Canadian summer. Get outside and be physically active! Rainy days are perfect days for reading! We look forward to seeing all of our students and parents beginning on Tuesday, September 3rd.
As hard as it seems to believe, the 2018-2019 school year is about to finish! The purpose of this post is to say goodbye to a few of our staff members who are retiring, moving to a different school or whose LTO assignment has ended..
As has been noted in a separate post, we wish only the best for Mrs. McGregor as she heads into retirement. The impact on her students and our school has been tremendous. For those who have been fortunate to have been taught by Mrs. McGregor, or who have worked with her – you know what an extraordinary teacher she is and her impact.
Ms. Little’s LTOs in both the grade 2/3 classs and the 6/7 class will come to an end. This was her second year at DGH and her efforts and energies were always appreciated. Making the shift from Primary to a Junior/Intermediate class is not the easiest, but Ms. Little handled it with skill. We appreciate all that you have done at DGH over these 2 years, Ms, Little!
Ms. Armitage, who has now spent almost 3 full years at DGH as an LTO, will be moving to a different school in September. Ms. Armitage will be teaching, at least part of the day, at Leslie Frost. She has contributed a great deal to our school and has done an outstanding job working in our primary division over these 3 years! We wish you good luck at your new school, Ms. Armitage!
We are also losing Ms. Rainey, whose passion for and skill in music will be missed. Due to DGH having one less homeroom classroom next year, Ms. Rainey was one of the staff members affected. Ms. Rainey is headed to Central. Our music classroom definitely will not be the same next year without Ms. Rainey!
Ms. Newell, who did an LTO in our grade 1/2 class this year, will soon have a very exciting addition to her family – her due date is not that long after the school year! A great addition to the DGH team, Ms. Newell was a good fit for both students and staff. Your sense of humour will be missed, Ms. Newell!
Ms. Rowsell’s LTO at DGH also finishes at the end of this school year. Definitely a person who enjoys whatever adventure life brings, Ms. Rowsell has truly enjoyed her year at DGH and the students of her grade 4/5 classroom. She is looking forward to whatever school and classroom next year brings!
Ms. Wilson, Early Childhood Educatior who worked with Mrs. McGregor for the past 2 years (and who has been at DGH for the past 2 years), will be headed for a maternity leave. Her baby is due soon and she is looking forward to being a first time mother! Based on her work in the classroom, we are sure that she will be an amazing mother!
Mrs. Hamer’s LTO in one of our grade 8 classrooms also concludes with the end of this school year. She was part of our school last year (completing a 0.33 LTO in our grade 1/2 class). She also filled in at the year’s beginning until we were able to hire a new French teacher and she also filled in for several weeks in our grade 6/7 class until we were able to hire an LTO. We have kept her busy these past 2 years!
And, finally, we wish good luck to Ms. Anckaert who finished the roughly last 1/3 of the year in our grade 5/6 class for Mrs. Burns. Ms. Anckaert also completed full year LTOs at DGH in the past 2 years (in grade 4) and we did not think it would be that easy for her to get away!
On behalf of the DGH community, we wish all of you the best in your future endeavors.
One of the best events of the school year takes place tonight: the Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations to our soon to be graduates! The ceremony takes place in our gym and starts at 7:00pm (although we ask our students to be at the school for 6:30pm so that we can get them organized). The dance takes place immediately after the ceremony ends and continues to 10:00pm. We are looking forward to seeing our grade 8s make this significant step forward in their lives.
Check agendas and backpacks tomorrow after school, parents and guardians. Report cards will be going home for all students except our grade 8s (they receive theirs during the graduation ceremony). If at all possible, please fill out, detach and send back the section for student and parent comments.
Just as our grade 8s will soon be graduating, we have a special staff graduation of our own. Mrs. McGregor, after a truly impactful and extraordinary teaching career, will be retiring at this school year’s end. Beginning her career at Mariposa in 1988, she moved over to Dr. George Hall Public School when our school opened in 1995. One of DGH’s rocks, for those who had a child go through her classroom, you know the passion, love and skill that she brought to teaching our youngest students. A mentor to many younger educators who joined DGH, and especially the Kindergarten team, she is, quite simply, impossible to replace. Her legacy, of course, is the students and staff who she has made all the better!
She is looking forward to travelling with her husband, Mr. McGregor, who is one of LCVI’s vice-principals. He too is retiring at the end of this school year. In addition to travelling, she is looking forward to having more time to spend with their two children (well, who are actually adults now!).
Mrs. McGregor – we truly wish you all the best, and a long and happy retirement.
Our grade 4s should have a great time today as they are headed off to Skyzone! Pretty hard to beat this for a school trip on the second last day of school! Thanks for organizing, Ms. Clements.
One of the best times of the school year takes place this week (at least if you are a grade 8!)! Our grade 8s will be involved in a number of graduation related activities this week. On Tuesday morning, our grade 8s will enjoy a pancake breakfast courtesy of our DGH Parent Council – not a bad way to start your graduation activities! On Wednesday morning, our grade 8s will be involved in their Graduation Rehearsal and Walk Through during the 1st Block. The Graduation Ceremony takes place at 7:00pm (but we ask our grade 8s to be at the school for 6:30pm). Grade 8 Clap Out takes place around 3:15pm on Thursday afternoon. And, with that, our school year ends and our graduates will be soon headed off to high school!
Another sure sign that the year’s end is rapidly approaching? The grade 7 trip to Niagara Falls is happening soon! The trip takes place on June 19th and 20th. Ms. Graham, who organizes the trip, packs in an INCREDIBLE amount of activities into 2 days! Students will be visiting the Falls, crossing the gorge, visiting other attractions and enjoying an evening at Great Wolf Lodge. All in all, it should be a spectacular trip for our grade 7s!
Students in Ms. Clements’ class will be welcoming parents and guardians into the classroom on June 19th (3pm to 5pm) and June 20th (9am to 3pm) to show off their artwork. Ms. Clements’ student are excited for this opportunity; we have many incredible artists!
In a true sign that the school year is coming to a rapid close (scary, but true!), our grade 8s are preparing to head off to Quebec City from Monday, June 17th to Thursday, June 20th. The trip should be, as always, an amazing one, and one that students will remember for the rest of their lives.