DGH is a Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School

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Click on the link below to view a copy of the letter that has been/will be sent home with students.


DGH Letterhead Peanut Allergy 2018


DGH endeavours to be a “Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School.”  We encourage all parents to NOT send food containing peanut, peanut products, or tree nuts (e.g., almonds, Brazil nuts) to school.  DGH currently has students attending the school who are highly allergic to nuts and nut products.


Should a student mistakenly/accidentally bring a food item to school that contains or has come into contact with nuts, they will be asked to place the item back in their lunch bag.  Should the student absolutely need to eat that food item, they may do so in the office.


We recognize that it can be an inconvenience not being able to send peanut butter sandwiches or products containing nuts to school; however, we would all agree that if it was our child who had a life-threatening allergy we would want everything reasonably possible done to keep him or her safe.


Should you have any questions regarding our Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School Policy, feel free to contact the school’s office.

DGH Staff for 2018-2019 School Year

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DGH Staff for 2018-2019

Below you will find information on DGH’s current staffing for 2018-2019.  Based on our student enrolment (with the goal being the best overall possible learning environment taking student enrolment and staffing into consideration) our classrooms have been created as noted below.


DGH Staff for 2018 – 2019


Educational Assistants – Mrs. Bowman, Mr. Eagleson, Mrs. Sutherland, Mrs. Walden, and Ms. Sweeney

Office Administrative Assistants – Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Starr

Custodial Staff – Mr. Florence (Head Caretaker), Mrs. Johnston (Night Custodian) and Mr. Sheehey (Night Custodian)

Teaching Staff

JK/SK – Mrs. McGregor and Ms. Wilson

JK/SK – Mrs. Arscott and Ms. Horton

JK/SK – Mr. Costello and Ms. Dillon

1 – Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Gr. 1/2 – Ms. Newell (LTO for Mrs. Marsh)

Gr. 2 – Ms. Armitage (LTO for Ms. Britton)

Gr. 2/3 – Mrs. Little (completing an LTO for Mrs. Ridgway) 

Gr. 3 – Mrs. Alexander 

Gr. 4 – Ms. Clements 

Gr. 4/5 – Ms. Rowsell (LTO for Mrs. Chidley)

Gr. 5/6 – Mrs. Burns

Gr. 6/7 – Mr. Fournier 

Gr. 7 – Ms. Graham

Gr. 8 – Ms. Ayres

Gr. 8 – Ms. Davis

Resource – Ms. Jewell (Primary) and Ms. Cayley (Junior and Intermediate)

French – Still to be hired

Student Services Worker – Ms. Crane (normally at DGH every other week)

Vice-Principal – Mrs. James (however, Mrs. James is acting of principal of Mariposa Elementary for the first few weeks of this school year; Ms. Jewell is filling in at the DGH office during this time)

Principal – Mr. Parish

DGH Bell Times for 2018-2019 School Year

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Parents, guardians and students, class times, nutritional and recess times at DGH are as follows:

Entry Bell 8:55 a.m.
Period 1 9:00 – 9:50
Period 2 9:50 – 10:40
First Nutrition Break 10:40 – 11:00
First Recess 11:00 – 11:25
Period 3 11:25 – 12:15
Period 4 12:15 – 1:05
Second Nutrition Break 1:05 – 1:25
Second Recess 1:25 – 1:50
Period 5 1:50 – 2:40
Period 6 2:40 – 3:30
Dismissal 3:30

Please Call Safe Arrival Line if Your Child Is Going to be Absent

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Please remember to post the safe arrival number by your phone so you can call and leave a message should your child(ren) be absent.  When a student is late or absent and the school has not been informed, office staff go to great lengths to determine if the student is safe.  A short message on the Safe Arrival Line helps eliminate this issue.


The Safe Arrival Line is:


(this is the main line for the school – the voice box will be on before 8:15 a.m. and after 4:15 p.m.)

Welcome Back Tomorrow, Students!

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Make sure the lunches are packed, the backpack is ready and the pencils are sharpened, students!  School resumes tomorrow!  Staff and classrooms are ready for the big day!  We are looking forward to having you back!

School Resumes on Tuesday, September 4th!

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DGH community, the days seem a little shorter and the nights a little longer.  The weather is also beginning to cool off a little bit.  That can only mean one thing: school will be starting soon!  Parents and guardians will almost universally be excited to see school start back up.  Most of our students will be, too (even if they won’t admit it at first).  The opportunity to meet and play with friends is always a great day.  Staff have been in over the last bit and will be putting the final touches on their classrooms in preparation for school resuming.  Students, see you back next Tuesday, September 4th!

Enjoy a Safe and Happy Summer, DGH Community

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On behalf of the DGH staff, I would like to wish our entire DGH community a safe and happy summer.  10 long months of the 2017-2018 school year have ended, with our students about to enjoy the fruits of their labour with 2 months to relax and involve themselves in our opportunities.  I know that many of our students will have screen time (Mr. Parish is writing this post and has 2 kids – both of whom love their television and video game time), but do not forget to encourage physical activity and reading time!  I played more than my fair share of video games as a student (ah, Pac Man, Defender and Ultima bring back fond memories), but read a great deal (the Shannara series, Belgariad series and anything written by Isaac Asimov), too.  Whether riding a bike, swimming, playing sports or just running around with friends, get outside and enjoy the summer weather.


We are looking forward to seeing all of our DGH community members back in September!

Another Amazing Year at DGH!

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Another amazing year at Dr. George Hall PS!  As the 2017-2018 school year draws to a close, this is the perfect time to reflect on our school community’s many successes and celebrations.  Our first celebration would be the wonderful and caring students we work with each day.  Lunchroom monitors help out in our Primary classrooms, our recycling captains help set a great environmental tone for our school, our older students work with our younger students as Reading Buddies and our older students so often set excellent examples for our younger students on activity days, like the Olympics.  Our younger students do equally great things!  From their high level of participation in school activity days (I defy you to keep up with our grades 1 and 2 students when they are running around!) to the incredible amount of fundraising they do, they, too, set a wonderful example for others.


The number of extracurricular opportunities and activities available for our students would be our next celebration.  Dr. George Hall PS is definitely a school in which students can involve themselves in a little bit of almost anything!  The Band, the Yarn Club, the Choir and the Wizard of Oz all provided the chance for students to enjoy the Arts.  As always, DGH offered students the chance to participate in pretty much all of the sports that the TLDSB offers.  Our Primary students continued to participate in County Track and Field, and our Junior and Intermediate students had teams in everything from Soccer to Skipping.  Students and staff alike put tremendous effort in these extracurriculars, giving up many recesses and coming before/after school for practices.  Academics are the core of our business; however, we know that so many of our students derive great satisfaction from extracurriculars.


Thanks to staff and our Parent Council for offering a wide variety of other fun activities and events.  Breakfast with Santa and the Christmas Shoppe, for example, make the holiday season just that much more fun and enjoyable for our students.  Whether meeting Santa, enjoying pancakes or purchasing a special gift for a special person, these events make the holiday season that much more wonderful.  Our Olympics Week was a tremendous success!  Our Intermediate students acted as event and team leaders – doing an outstanding job; our Primary and Junior students had an incredible amount of participation.  Track and Field Days (from Kindergarten to Grade 8) gave our track and field athletes the opportunity to shine (which is all about doing your personal best).  Add in other activities such as Scientists in the School and Jimmy Chapman, not to mention a number of different trips, and our students get to sample a little bit of everything.


Our Student Leadership Council helps to make our school a fun place to be.  Organizing activities like the Christmas Candy-Grams and Christmas raffles helps to add some fun to the school year, while raising money for the We Charities that they support.  They were also involved in the Loonie Line and Walk for Water assembly.  Not only did they raise money for the We Charity, they also helped our students understand the amount of work people go through in obtaining clean drinking water each day in the developing word.  They are amongst the most enthusiastic helpers and event/team leaders in activities like the Olympics – setting a positive tone for others.


A final note of thanks to all of you: the parents, guardians and relatives who are so heavily involved in school life.  Sports teams cannot run if students are not dropped off early or picked up after school.  Activities that involve fundraising or donations cannot happen without your efforts.  Field trips cannot run without volunteer supervisors.

Grade 8 Clap Out is Thursday, June 28th at 3:00 pm

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DGH community, don’t forget that our grade 8 clap out takes place tomorrow, June 28th at 3:00 pm.  This is our opportunity to say good-bye to our graduates and we invite parents, guardians and relatives of our grads to participate along with us.  Weather permitting, we will be lining up along the sidewalk in front of our school and you will want to join us there.  If this time of the day brings rain, we will do the clap out inside.

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