Terry Fox – “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!

How to donate? Go to our fundraising page on the Terry Fox website:

https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?Referrer=%26Referrer%3dhttps%253a%252f%252fterryfox.org%252fschoolrun%252f&TeamID=910535

Terry Fox: “It’s Got To Keep Going Without Me.” DGH’s Terry Fox Run Is Friday, October 2

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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.

How to donate fundraising? Our school’s fundraising page on the Terry Fox website is at:

https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?Referrer=%26Referrer%3dhttps%253a%252f%252fterryfox.org%252fschoolrun%252f&TeamID=910535

Our annual run takes place on Friday, October 2! Huskies – let’s show our school and community spirit and make this day a success!

Got Orange? Wear It On Wednesday, September 30

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DGH community, we are asking all of our students to wear orange on Wednesday, September 30 to recognize Orange Shirt Day.  Orange Shirt Day is all about raising awareness of the impact of the Residential School System on the First Nations.  This time of the year is chosen as this was the time of the year that children were removed from their homes and placed in residential schools.  Orange Shirt Day also hopes to encourage all to come together in reconciliation.  If you are interested in learning more, please click here to visit the Orange Shirt Day website.

Terry Fox: “I want to set an example that will never be forgotten.”

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Terry Fox, as demonstrated by this quote, is truly a Canadian hero.

40 years after Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope, few would argue that Terry Fox is one of Canada’s greatest and most recognizable symbols.  I can’t think of a better quote by Terry Fox that sums up what he has achieved.  More than $750 million raised and major breakthroughs in the battle against this horrific disease – all because of his dream.

Support Terry’s dream and recognize his accomplishments.  Fundraise and donate what you can for DGH’s Terry Fox Run on Friday, October, 2.

How to donate? Whenever possible, we are asking families to donate online this year (due to difficulties around fundraising due to Covid-19). Our school’s fundraising page on the Terry Fox website is at:

https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?Referrer=%26Referrer%3dhttps%253a%252f%252fterryfox.org%252fschoolrun%252f&TeamID=910535

Every cent truly counts.

Orange Shirt Day is Wednesday, September 30

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Time to kick our school pride into gear, DGH!  Wednesday, September 30 will truly be a day to show caring and compassion.  For the third year, DGH will recognize Orange Shirt Day.  The purpose of Orange Shirt Day is to recognize the negative impact of the Residential School system on Canada’s Indigenous people.  How can you demonstrate your understanding?  Simply wear an orange shirt to school and then Click here to learn more about Orange Shirt Day. 

Critical Read – Student Attendance – Covid-19 Information

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Good Morning DGH Community,

Please find attached critical information regarding school attendance and students exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.  I would encourage all of our parents and guardians to carefully this 1 page document (it has a front and back side) as it contains key information as to how our school (and all schools in the TLDSB) will handle attendance in which a student has Covid-19 symptoms.  While all of the information is extremely important, I would draw particular attention to the second page and the section titled “Expectations prior to return to school following an illness that involves Covid-19 symptoms.”  This policy begins its implementation today (September 24, 2020).  You can access the document online by clicking here.  The policy has been developed in conjunction with our local unit.  Should you have any questions, you can also contact our local health unit at 1-866-888-4577 ext 5020.

Police and Vulnberable Sector Checks

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Good afternoon DGH Community,

While parents and guardians volunteering with the school is not taking place yet, I still wanted to send out our annual reminder letter regarding Police and Vulnerable Sector checks. 

Unlike previous years, where a paper copy of the letter is sent home, I am only sharing the letter via email distribution and posting on our website.  

The same letter can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

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.

Local Health Unit Information

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While this message is primarily intended for our families with students who are physically coming to school, it certainly does not hurt for this information to be sent out to our entire school community.

Our local heath unit sent our school information around the daily screening tool for students and a contact number.

As you know, our the TLDSB has a daily screening assessment tool located here (https://www.tldsb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Daily-Health-Assessment-Checklist.pdf).  

For parents and guardians with questions for the local health unit, the number to reach them is: 1-866-888-4577 ext 5020.  You can also email questions to [email protected].on.ca.

Additional information is available at their website: www.hkpr.on.ca

Welcome Ms. Morrison to Ms. Clements’ Class

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DGH community, we welcome Ms. Morrison as a student teacher in Ms. Clements’ class for the next few weeks. All student teachers complete several placements with different teachers over the course of their Bachelor of Education programme. Ms. Morrison is happy to be coming to our school and ecstatic to be working with and learning from Ms. Clements! It should be a great fit for all involved. Ms. Morrison will follow all of the same protocols as our other staff members.

VTRA Fair Notice Letter

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Please find attached our annual letter regarding VTRA (Violence Threat Risk Assessment) and how it is used within TLDSB schools to maintain the safety of our school’s members.  The purpose of the VTRA letter is let our school community know about the procedure and why it might be used.

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