DGH’s WE Day Team!

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DGH’s WE Team headed to WE Day yesterday. Despite the early start to the day, they had an amazing time! Now that they have been energized by the inspirational speakers, they return to DGH ready to make positive changes in our school, our community and internationally. Ms. Cayley thought the speaker from Doctors Without Borders had a truly amazing message. Nav “The Superfan” spoke powerfully about the impact of bullying. Thank you, Ms. Cayley and Ms. Graham, for organizing! Check out the photos below.

DGH’s WE Team was:

Hunter V, Aiden W, Emma H, Katie W, Danika M, Tera F, Madelyn B, Cassidy M, Brooke W and Katelyn R.

Terry Fox Run “By The Numbers”

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Would you like even more incentive for contributing to DGH’s Terry Fox Run? Check out the image below for some numbers around the Terry Fox Run and its fundraising. 33 countries around the world hold Terry Fox Runs with an amazing 10,000 runs happening each year! An incredible 361 researchers are funded by the Terry Fox Foundation – all of whom are making contributions to fighting cancer. Every cent counts when you fundraise, DGH!

Camo Day Tomorrow!

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Have you found your camo shirt yet, Huskies? Do not forget that tomorrow (Friday, September 20th) is Camo Day. Camo Day recognizes Canada’s hunting, fishing and trapping heritage – a legacy that many of our students carry on to this day. If you have camo, tomorrow is the day to wear it!

DGH’s WE Team Is Headed To Toronto’s WE Day Tomorrow!

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Ms. Cayley and DGH’s WE Team are headed to Toronto’s WE Day tomorrow, Thursday, September 19th. The goal of WE Day is to empower students to be a positive change in their communities and the world. This year’s speakers are an impressive and diverse group, including: David Suzuki, Sarah McLachlan, Penny Oleksiak, and Nav Bhatia. To receive tickets to each year’s WE event, school teams must commit to doing local and international charity work. You will hear more about this as the school year continues. You can learn more about WE Day by clicking here.

Camo Day On Friday, September 20th!

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In what is sure to be a popular spirit day at DGH, this Friday, September 20th is CAMO DAY! Why wear camo? To recognize Canada’s hunting, fishing and trapping heritage. Would you like to learn more? Check out the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters website. Do you have a camo hat, shirt or pants? Then Friday will be the day to wear them! We are looking forward to seeing an awful lot of greens and browns on Friday, Huskies!

“It’s got to keep going without me.” DGH’s Terry Fox Run is Friday, September 30th

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DGH has participated in the annual Terry Fox Run for more than 20 years (an impressive accomplishment!). We are participating again this year and looking forward to being part of an incredible movement created by Terry Fox. How can you help? Fundraise to support the Terry Fox Foundation. All money fundraised goes to the Terry Fox Foundation and is used to battle cancer. The money fundraised has helped accomplished extraordinary advances in medicine.

Our annual run takes place on Friday, September 30th! Huskies – let’s show our school and community spirit and make this day a success!

School Book Fair – September 17th to 20th

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Thank you, Mrs. Starr, for organizing our Fall Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair is located in our Huskies’ Lodge (which is in the junior/intermediate hallway). Primary students can visit the Book Fair during morning recess; Junior and intermediate students during afternoon nutrition break). The Book Fair will also be open during our Meet the Staff Night on Tuesday, September 17th between 5:30pm and 7:00pm. As always, all profits from the Book Fair will go right back into the Library. Anyone who knows Mrs. Starr knows how much she loves books! As I check out the possible books at the Book Fair, I think the book “Allies” will be on my shopping list (it’s Mr. Parish writing this post)!

Violence Threat Risk Assessment Fair Notice and Letter

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DGH parents and guardians, included in this post is a copy of the letter sent home today (or will soon be sent home) regarding the TLDSB’s Violence Threat Risk Assessment policy. The purpose of the letter is to provide background information regarding this policy. Anyone interested can use the link provided in the letter to obtain the full procedure on the TLDSB’s website. A copy of the letter will also be sent via SchoolMessenger.

Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check Requirements

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A letter with additional information on Police and Vulnerable Sector Checks has either already been sent home or will be sent home soon.  The same letter can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check Letter

Volunteers at the school must have both the Police Check and the Vulnerable Sector search done.  If you need these checks to be completed, please request the letter from our office indicating that you wish to volunteer at the school.

Please be aware that DGH will continue to follow a “NO POLICE CHECK – NO VOLUNTEERING AT THE SCHOOL OR FOR CLASS TRIPS THIS YEAR” (this is a board policy).  If you think that you may volunteer at DGH in any way this year, you MUST have an original and updated police and vulnerable check completed and on file at the office.

Please be aware that Police and Vulnerable Sector checks can take several weeks to be completed and returned to the applicant.

Police Checks continue to be processed in the manner they have been previously.  However, volunteers now must also have a Vulnerable Sector search completed.  A volunteer would typically have the Police Check and Vulnerable Sector search completed at the same time.  We have heard that the Vulnerable Sector search can take several weeks to process, so if you are interested in volunteering in the school (e.g., in classrooms, for class trips, the snack program) you will need to have both checks completed.

DGH Parking Lot Routines

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The DGH parking lot is a busy place in the morning and afternoon!  For that reason we are asking that all visitors to our school respect our parking lot routines.  This will help to keep our students safe during drop off and pick up times.

• ONLY buses should be coming into the area immediately beside the school (the bus loading zone) between 8:30 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

• If your vehicle is parked in the bus loading zone when the buses arrive and students are loading, please leave your vehicle parked until the buses have completely loaded or unloaded and have left the area.

• Cars should NOT be parking along the north side of the parking lot in front of the garbage containers and along the grass leading to the road.  A number of our students walk along this area (especially in winter) and it is dangerous to have cars parking and exiting here.  We usually place orange traffic cones in this area; however, even if the cones are not out there people should not park along there.

The parking lot area directly in front of the school is designated as a “fire truck zone” – meaning that any vehicle (other than a bus) that is parked there can be ticketed.  A number of tickets have been issued in the past few years.

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