Jan 25
Wednesday Principal Update - January 25

Dear DGS Families,  

This week is the last week of Semester 1 Exploratories for students. It has been wonderful to see the variety of project work and learning experiences students have had over the last 5 months. Students will review their Semester 2 Exploratories with their homeroom teachers at the end of this week in preparation for Monday. We will not be making changes to student selections, unless there are very exceptional circumstances at play. In part, this is because we have experienced a significant increase in student enrolment since September, and we have worked carefully to ensure we have been able to offer all students an opportunity to access spaces in high demand classes. 

Winter Concert 

Our instrumental music program is pleased to present our 2023 Winter Concert on February 2. All DGS students will be attending afternoon performances of the concert on this day so that they can celebrate the success of their siblings and friends. The evening performance is reserved for parents, guardians and family members who are not DGS students. This is to support there being enough space for our audience. DGS students who are not in the instrumental music program will not be admitted to the evening performance. There is no charge to attend this event. Doors will open 30 minutes before the performance. Full details for the performance will be sent in a separate message. 


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

1. Login to your MyCBE 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   

Stay Safe, Stay Off Storm Ponds 

Before heading outside to play this winter, The City of Calgary wants to remind all of us to be safe while enjoying outdoor skating. City of Calgary and community-designated outdoor skating rinks are open, offering fun, free skating for all skill levels. Rinks maintained by The City are checked daily for ice thickness and quality, and surfaces are flooded as needed to make sure they’re safe for skating. Prior to lacing up, it’s important to remember that not all ice surfaces are safe. While our community storm ponds may look inviting, the City of Calgary wants to remind us that recreational activities are not allowed on them. Storm ponds play an important role, providing protection from overland flooding while returning cleaner water back to the river, but they have hidden hazards that make them dangerous to people and pets. Rapidly changing water levels cause unstable air gaps and quickly changing depths. The ponds also have sediment and contaminants (e.g., bacteria, fertilizers, pesticides, vehicle fluids, metals and road salt) that are collected as water travels across properties, streets, and roads that can weaken the ice. That’s why it’s not safe to skate, walk or play on storm ponds. 

Keeping Sick Students Home     

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.  

Upcoming Dates:       

January 26  

  • Grade 9 Tours of Joane Cardinal Schubert  

January 30  

  • Report Cards released for viewing in PowerSchool  

January 31  

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings  

February 2  

  • Winter Concert  

February 3  

  • Professional Learning Day (no school for students)  

February 8  

  • Grade 6 Open House for Parents (6:00pm in Learning Commons)  

February 10 

  • Cut-off for ordering Yearbooks 

February 16  

  • Teacher’s Convention (no school for students)  

February 17    

  • Teacher’s Convention (no school for students)  

February 20  

  • Family Day (school closed)  

As always, please feel free to contact me at csmalette@cbe.ab.ca OR 403 817 3556.     


Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


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