Friday, October 22nd - Weekly Parent Newsletter
Hello GDHS Families,
As sports return, field trips begin, and events such as the Terry Fox Colour Run take place, we gradually continue to move back to “full speed” at GDHS. We are so happy that students are once again beginning to have these opportunities and hope that this trend continues. To ensure the continuation of this positive trend, it is important to remind students the importance of masking while indoors and maintaining physical distancing whenever possible. We continue to be impressed with the way our student community has met these COVID-related challenges and attribute the above-mentioned positive trend to their efforts.
On Monday, students received an email to their HDSB addresses inviting them to choose a locker for this year. If your student would like a locker and has not yet chosen one, please direct them to this email which contains details regarding how to make a locker request.
On Thursday, October 28th, GDHS will flood the school with pink outfits and decorations to spread awareness and raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Society. Please get your pink attire ready!
For those interested in Spikeball or Kanjam, there will be a “buy-in event” in the afternoon. Students can participate for one hour of their afternoon class by giving a small donation and getting a waiver. Waivers can be found in the Phys. Ed. office. There are limited spots available so don’t delay!
Livestream Lunches are coming to GDHS starting November 4, 2020 from 12:00 to 12:30pm
These 30 minute sessions will allow students to learn about certain careers from people who are currently working in the industry. Sessions will involve a 20 minute conversation between a GDHS host and our guest. Students will then have the opportunity to ask questions for approximately 10 minutes.
Students are welcome to bring their lunch to 224 on Thursdays to observe the google meet or can watch from any device using this livestream link. Students coming to room 224 will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions through the google meet and will need to sign in for contact tracing.
Adam Greenhill - GDHS Graduate, Cyber Security
Chris Rastin - Elevator Technician / Emergency Trainer / Entrepreneur
Jason Messier - Owner, The JayCliff Group Ltd.
Kelly Straughan - Executive Artistic Director of Workman Arts
Tino Scanferla - Owner, Bratin Automotive
Do you know someone that would be inspirational and willing to share their story with our students? If yes, please contact Donna Norrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905 875-8706.
Terry Fox Colour Run
The GDHS Student Athletic Council ran a very successful Terry Fox Colour Run yesterday afternoon raising $3850 for cancer research. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the 300 students who participated and everyone who contributed to organizing this event.
HDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
The HDSB is looking for parents/guardians to join the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). PIC supports, encourages, and enhances parental engagement at the Board level to improve student achievement and well-being. In the past, PIC has focused on a well-attended parent conference covering a wide range of subjects, as well as parent information evenings. This year, much of our work will be undertaken virtually.
Although this year will look different from years past, we still plan to achieve our purpose by communicating with and supporting school councils, undertaking activities to help parents/guardians support their children’s learning, and providing information and advice on parent engagement to the Board.
If you are interested in becoming a member of PIC, please complete this form by October 29, 2021.
Please join PIC for our first Public meeting on November 18 (live stream details to follow).
To learn more, please visit the PIC page on the HDSB website or reach out to your school Principal.
HDSB Code of Conduct
Please be reminded of the HDSB Code of Conduct for all members of our community.
Next week, students have period 3 in the morning, and period 4 in the afternoon.
Please see here for a detailed semester calendar and key dates.
-Your GDHS Admin Team