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Wednesday Principal Update - December 7

Dear DGS Families,  

Not that anyone is counting, but did you know there are only 11 more get-ups until Winter Break? This year’s calendar is a bit different in that we finish off 2022 on Thursday the 22nd of December, with all school sites closed on Friday December 23. The next two and a half weeks are filled with learning, fieldtrip adventures and fine arts- we are thrilled to be able to share all of this with you.  

Shuddersome Tales of Poe  

Students have been hard at work blocking scenes, building sets and props and memorizing the “Shuddersome Tales of Poe.” We are excited to host a public performance of the play on Thursday December 15, 2022, at 7:00pm. Tickets are $2 at the door- there are no advance sales for the evening performance. All students will have an opportunity to see the play on Friday December 16, when our performers take the stage for our in-house shows.    

Toy Mountain  

This year, Grade 9 Leadership is organizing a Toy Mountain Donation Drive. Fundraising will run from December 8th to 22nd @ the DGS front foyer. Cash donations should be left with the front office. The goal of this fundraising drive is to make holiday dreams come true for less fortunate children by donating a new unwrapped toy, teen gift, or cash donation.  

Happy Holidays from the Grade Nine Leadership class!  

Spirit Week  

Grade 8 Leadership is thrilled to be organizing our Countdown to Winter Break Spirit Week! Here are the Spirit Week events:  

Friday Dec. 16th - Holiday Door Decor  

Monday Dec. 19th - Ugly Sweater and/or Hat Day  

Tuesday Dec. 20th - Twin Day (or Triplet Day… or Matchy-Matchy in a Group Day)  

Wednesday Dec. 21st - Pyjama Day  

Thursday Dec. 22nd - Movie Day

DGS Parent Fundraising Society  

The Dr. George Stanley Fundraising Society is excited to announce a 50/50 cash raffle! Please see the attachment for all the information you need to enter.  

DGS Dec 2022 50 50 QR code ad.pdf  


Yearbooks for 2022-23 – must be PREPURCHASED prior to Feb 10-2023. You will need to self-add the yearbook to your account following these simple steps:  

1. Login to your MyCBE/PowerSchool account, using your username and password  

2. Click the box “Fees, Waivers & Service Registration”   

3. Select your student  

4. Click on “School Based Optional Fees”  

5. Click on the box “Yearbook 2022/23”  

6. Click “Add to Cart” and proceed to payment  

Digital Citizenship and Social Media   

Parents are very much encouraged to check in with their children regularly around their social media use and presence. How teens represent themselves on platforms such as TikTok and SnapChat can often follow them back to school and be the source of unwanted attention, conflict and harm. One thing we always should keep in mind as adults is that ultimately, the young person’s mobile device is registered to an adult who ultimately becomes responsible for what is on the device and how it is used. Another great resource is our digital citizenship presentation which can help guide a conversation around digital citizenship. Being an away-for-the-day school is one of the ways we work to alleviate some of the “digital complexities” students experience every day. This is also a good time to remind families that we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen devices or accessories such as earpods.  

Demographic Verification Forms   

There are still a number of forms that are outstanding. Please sign into your MyCBE/PowerSchool account to complete these forms as soon as possible. If you are having trouble completing them, please contact the office for assistance. As a reminder, these forms are legally required to be completed each school year.   

Cold Weather Preparation  

With the onset of this cold weather, we want to make sure everyone has the same information around soft entry, lunchtime, etc. Soft Entry starts at 8:00. We do not open the doors before this time. As of 8:00, teachers are on supervision inside and outside of the building. At lunch, all students are expected to be outside for half of their lunchtime unless the temperature with windchill is colder than -20 degrees Celsius. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. We do provide outdoor supervision at lunchtime for students who are committed to being polar bears.   

Keeping Sick Students Home  

We continue to see a trend of absence due to illness. We ask that if your child is sick, please keep them home from school, as we want to see all of our community make it through cold and flu season safely. Please continue to phone or email the school each day that your child will be absent, with the reason for the absence (examples: illness, medical appointment, etc.). Teachers will continue to post assignment basics in Google Classroom by 4:00 each day for students to access.  

Got Lunch?  

We remain a closed campus at lunchtime. We want to remind families that students need to bring their lunch or have it ordered through Healthy Hunger for distribution through the servery. We do have a variety of lower cost items for purchase at the server including Cheese Buns, Ham and Cheeses Buns, and Chocolate Chip Buns from Glamorgan Bakery. Hot water is available for soup through the servery. We are not able to provide access to microwaves for student use. As a reminder, we are not able to receive Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. in the main office. The driver will be asked to return the delivery to the restaurant.   

Course Fees and Lunch Supervision Registration  

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so.  

Fees and registration can be found on your MyCBE account.  

Upcoming Dates:    

December 7  

  • 50/50 Raffle Tickets available for purchase  

December 8  

  • Toy Mountain Fundraiser begins  

December 15                   

  • Evening Performance of “Shuddersome Tales of Poe” ($2 at the door- Doors open at 6:30pm, Performance at 7:00pm)   

December 16   

  • Daytime Performance of “Shuddersome Tales of Poe"  

  • Holiday Door Decor  

December 19  

  • Ugly Sweater and/or Hat Day  

December 20  

  • Twin Day (or Triplet Day… or Matchy-Matchy in a Group Day)   

December 21  

  • Pyjama Day  

  • Last day to purchase 50/50 Tickets 

December 22                  

  • Movie Day  

  • Hot Chocolate Fundraiser   

  • Last day to donate to Toy Mountain  

  • Winner of 50/50 Raffle will be contacted 

  • Last Day of Classes before Winter Break (Full Day of School)   

January 9                            

  • Classes Resume  

As always, please feel free to contact me at OR 403 817 3556.    

Chantal Malette   

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School 


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