GDHS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, September 22nd
We have been notified by the company that has been contracted by the school board to run the school cafeteria that there has been a delay in opening due to equipment delivery. We have emphasized the need for this service to begin in our school as soon as possible. We will pass along further updates as we get them. Thank-you for your continued patience.
Before and After School
Please use the pool entrance off of Guelph St., or the field entrance off of Maple Ave when you are picking up or dropping off your student. The main driveway off Guelph St. will be closed to car traffic. This will help the directional flow of traffic. We are also concerned with the safety of our bus pickup zone near the library used by our CPP students. We ask that cars do not use the area of the map below marked in red at the beginning and the end of the school day. Thank you for helping keep GDHS students safe. See image below.
Our Well-Being Team is excited to announce that we will be meeting on October 4th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in the main office conference room. If you are interested in supporting the development of a comprehensive plan to create a positive school climate focused on safety, inclusivity, and the well-being of students - this opportunity is for you!
We are in need of representation from a variety of groups, ie. staff (all staff are welcome), students, parents, community. Please reach out to Ronda Rumig (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Save the Date!
Parents Night - October 18th
Gr 12 HDSB Post-Secondary Exploration Event Field Trip
On Thursday, October 26, all Gr 12 Students will be participating in an in-person post-secondary event at Sheridan College Oakville Trafalgar Campus. Field Trip forms were distributed in Period 1 Gr 12 Homeroom Classes this week and must be signed by parents and returned to their student's homeroom teacher. Gr 12s with a Period 1 spare or eLearning course have been emailed a copy of the field trip form and must submit the completed form to the Guidance Office. Additional copies of the field trip form and letter to parents and families are available in the Guidance Office and are linked below. Forms are due by Thursday, October 5th.
Ensembles are up and running, we are always looking for singers and instrumentalists. The ensembles run all year and are as follows:
Choir - Rehearses Mondays from 3:30-4:30, open to any singers.
Concert Band - Rehearses Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30, open to any band players.
Wind Ensemble - Rehearses Wednesdays from 4:30-5:00, open to senior musicians.
Jazz Band - Rehearses Thursdays from 7:45-8:45am, open to anyone in another ensemble.
If you are interested, come to a rehearsal and speak to the director!
Angel Fund Support
Every year we have families reach out looking for financial support for their children through this fund. If you would like to contribute to the Parent Council Angel Fund, please do so through School Cash Online - specific instructions are linked here (please read carefully). Last year was a particularly challenging year for many and we anticipate even higher needs this year. Thank you in advance for all your support.
Community Fundraiser tomorrow!
Former GDHS student Kathryn Stewart founded Kathryn’s Krop 4 a Kure to raise funds for neuroblastoma research at SickKids Hospital. Her family is restarting this event this year in her memory. Please click on this link for more information, and come join in the fun tomorrow!
From Halton Student Transportation Services
Notification of Delays to Families:
Every September, when students and drivers are getting accustomed to new routines, there tends to be a higher frequency of delays. We thank families for their ongoing patience and understanding during this time. We expect Bus Operators to promptly communicate any delays and provide updates so that families have the chance to make necessary adjustments to their plans. We encourage families who have not already done so, to sign up for a Parent Portal account and add their child(ren). This will ensure they are automatically signed up to receive email notifications when delays are posted. For detailed instructions please click here.
We highly encourage anyone with a mobile device to download the free BusPlanner Delays app and sign up to receive instant notifications of route delays affecting their family. For detailed instructions please click here.
The deadline to order Spirit Wear has been extended to Sunday, September 24th. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to purchase a GDHS t-shirt, hoodie or jacket! See this link to access the store.
Bus Drivers Needed
Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a bus driver? First Student Transportation is hiring drivers. See this FLIER for details
-Your GDHS Admin Team