Last Day of School is Thursday, June 28th

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DGH community, the day that our students have been waiting for is rapidly approaching!  The last day of the 2017-2018 school year is Thursday, June 28th!  Summer holidays for our students begins on Friday, June 29th.


The 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, September 4th.  We will see all of our DGH school community members back then!

Grade 8 “Grad Breakfast” – Tuesday, June 26th

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One of DGH’s graduation traditions continues next Tuesday, June 26th: our “Grad Breakfast”!  The Parent Council will provide a pancake breakfast for our soon to be grads.  With only 3 days left of school (including Tuesday), this is a chance for graduates to enjoy those final moments of elementary school.

Kindergarten Peterborough Zoo Trip on Monday, June 25th

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Our Kindergarten staff have planned another great experience for their students: a trip to the Peterborough Zoo on Monday, June 25th!  The Peterborough Zoo is the perfect size for our youngest learners.  There are a wide variety of animals to see, but the zoo’s size is not going to exhaust our students.  The play area is always a big hit, too!  Thanks for organizing, Kindergarten staff, and thank you to the many volunteers who make this trip possible!  Should the weather not cooperate, the rain date will be Tuesday, June 26th.

2018 Graduation Events and Activities!

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DGH community, our soon to be graduates will be involved in a number of activities in the final week of school.  Check out this posting to keep on top of all the events!


• Tuesday, June 26th – “Grad Breakfast” right after announcements in the front foyer – thank you, Parent Council, for organizing!


• Wednesday, June 27th – is our Graduation Walk-Through in the 1st Block.  Please schedule appointments for after the 1st Block (which ends at 10:40 am).


• Wednesday, June 27th – our Graduation Ceremony begins at 7:00 pm.  The Graduation Dance will begin immediately after the ceremony (as soon as the chairs are put away!).  The dance ends promptly at 10:00 pm.


• Thursday, June 28th – is our graduates’ final day of elementary school!  Clap out will begin around 3:00 pm.  Parents and relatives are welcome to join us!  Students, parents and relatives line up on the sidewalk along the front of the school to celebrate and clap them out.


• Friday, June 29th – enjoy the first day of Summer Vacation!



Grade 7 Trip to Niagara Falls on June 19th and 20th

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Our grade 7s will enjoy their year-end trip on June 19th and 20th – visiting Niagara Falls.  For those of who have gone on this trip, you know how much Ms. Graham packs into 2 days! Having gone with last year’s grade 7s (it is Mr. Parish writing this post), it is hard to believe what students see in these 2 days: the Falls, attractions associated with the Falls, the cable car trip across the gorge, the wax museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, to name a few.  Staying at Great Wolf Lodge and enjoying the water park definitely does not hurt, either! Thank you for organizing, Ms. Graham!

Grade 8 Quebec City Trip – June 18th to 21st

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Our grade 8s will soon be headed off to what is sure to be a highlight of their school year and something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.  Leaving early on Monday, June 18th and not returning until late on June 21st, our grade 8s will be visiting Quebec City. During this trip, organized by Mrs. Read, students will visit the many incredible attractions of Quebec City and gain an even greater appreciation for French culture and its contribution to Canada.  Enjoy your time, grade 8s!

Recycling Captains to Skyzone on Friday, June 15th

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A big thank you to our Recycling Captains!  Over the course of the year, these students put out out large recycling bins and collect the smaller recycling bins from classrooms and other rooms in the school.  They perform an important role in the school; every recyclable item that goes into recycling does not end up at the dump.  As a thank you for their efforts, Ms. Graham has organized a trip to Skyzone.

Ms. Phendler’s Class to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

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There are a few class trips that seem to never go away!  I can vividly remember visiting this historical site in grade 5 (it is Mr. Parish writing this post)!  Ms. Phendler’s class is headed to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons on Thursday, June 14th. This historical site complements the grade 5 Social Studies curriculum extremely well.  Interactive and hands-on, this site will give students an outstanding practical understanding of contact between Indigenous Peoples and European explorers and settlers. Have a great time on your year-end trip, students!  Thanks for organizing, Ms. Phendler.

Jump Rope for Heart on Monday, June 11

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Our grade 5s to 8s did an outstanding job at our Jump for Heart Activity Day today!  Participating students from grades 5 to 8 were involved in basketball, volleyball and dodgeball games over the course of the day.  It was a ton of fun!  Sportsmanship seemed to be great as students realized the day was about being physically active and enjoying themselves.

Check out Jump Rope for Heart Photo Album on the DGH Facebook page, located at  A huge thank you goes out to Ms. Graham for putting many, many hours into organizing.  Your efforts helped make this an incredible for all involved.

Grade 7 and 8 CAMH Presentation on Wednesday, June 13th

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DGH’s grade 7s and 8s welcome Jack Veitch, from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, on June 13th during the 1st Block.  Jack will be speaking about depression and anxiety, both of which are extremely relevant topics in our society today. A letter was sent home with each of our grade 7s and 8s a couple of weeks ago; however, if a copy of the letter is also attached to this post.  Thank you, Ms. Graham, for arranging for Mr. Veitch to speak at our school.

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