Dunsford District ES


Darin Parish



Bruce Barrett



Judy Saunders



33 Dunsford Road


K0M 1L0  

Tel. 793-2088

FAX 793-2314






Volume 5




December 23, 2010


Message from the Principal


The Christmas Holidays are fast approaching!  There are only 2 more sleeps until Christmas!  Students and staff alike are looking forward to the break.  On behalf of the Dunsford staff I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and welcome everyone in the school community to the New Year.  It seems hard to believe that the year 2011 has arrived! 


December was an incredibly busy and rewarding month for students and staff at the school.  A highly successful Christmas Hamper program was organized by Mrs. Loucks with more than 500 pounds of food collected.  Mrs. Loucks organized a Cookie and Muffin Mix Fundraiser for the Grade 7 and 8 students.  The Christmas Concert was a tremendous success.  Candy Grams were sold between December 13th and 17th with the proceeds going to a foundation which purchases gifts for children who are in Sick Kids Hospital over the holidays.  The Shopping Spree took place on December 15th and 16th.  Students were involved in a number of other activities during December.  The Volleyball Teams have been selected and have begun practising (thank you to Mrs. McFarland and Ms. Anderson for coaching the Junior team, Mr. Prins for the Intermediate Boys team and Mrs. Loucks for coaching the Intermediate Girls team). 


Finally, on Thursday before the holiday a staff-student Volleyball game was held against the school volleyball teams.  As of press time the game had not yet been played…but the students were feeling very confident!


I would like to welcome Mrs. Lisa Hatfield to DDES.  Mrs. Hatfield accepted the Library Clerk position (from Mrs. Maclean’s transfer to Central) and will be working in the Library and office.


Do not forget that the holiday begins on Friday, December 24th and students return to school on Monday, January 10th.  Friday, January 7th is a PA Day (staff will be at school – but students will still be on holidays).



School Council News


The School Council met on Monday, December 13th for its annual potluck dinner.  At the meeting the Council discussed the Christmas Hamper program and its ideas for supporting it next year, the School Council’s budget for the remainder of the year (what its priorities will be) and the possibility of running a Spring Fundraiser.


Our next School Council meeting is Monday, January 17th at 6:30 p.m..  It will be held in the school’s library.


November and December Character Ed Assembly – Friday, December 17th 


November and December’s Character Education Assembly took place on Friday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m..  This Character Education Assembly recognized those students who demonstrated outstanding qualities of Responsibility and Compassion.


Winners of the Character Ed certificates for “Responsibility” were: Cameron Dudman, Hailey Bennett, Skylar Mehnert, Taylor Thurston, Jeffery Benoit, Mackenzie Beaudoin, Matt DeBlock, Michael Brooks, Samantha Hutchinson, Hailey O’ Halloran, April Powell, Megan Spence, Jordyn Wokral, Peyton Fanning, Julia Freeburn, Elyssa Patrick and Colton Swann.



Winners of the Character Ed certificates for “Compassion” were: Cole Willis, Lexie Brittain, Alexus Conners, Chloe Scott, Grace Thurston, Leah Cooper, Stephanie Stickland, Cameron Reid, Jen Ludgate, Reece Towle, Elizabeth LaMothe, Breanne Abercrombie, Kobi Golzlin, Annaliese Mackey, P.J. McArthur and Zacherie LaMothe.


Winners of the Principal Award for December were: Sarah Freeburn, Alexius Hutchinson, Kailyn Brooks and Julian Snarr.


Our next Character Education Assembly will be on Friday, January 28th at 2:00 p.m..  Parents are always welcome to attend.


Christmas Play – “My Christmas Penguin Osbert”


The Christmas Play was a great success!  “My Christmas Penguin Osbert” played to a packed and very appreciative house on Monday, December 20th and to the school on the Monday afternoon.


Written and co-directed by Mr. Avery and co-directed by Mlle. Hainer, the play kept the audience’s attention throughout.  Special mention goes to Katie Taylor who played the lead role of “Kristy” and Jenna DeMaeyer who played the lead role of “Osbert.”  Katie showed great poise and confidence acting and solo singing during the performance.  Jenna showed no less confidence in playing a penguin that could not talk!  Emma Cooper also sang a solo and did a wonderful job!



Other cast members included (in order of appearance): Kristen Holmes (Narrator), Elyse Mann (Miss Graham), Julia Freeburn (Student #1), Magnolia Golzlin (Student #2), Ruth Kelly-Koebel (Elf #1), Leah Cooper (Elf #2), Daniel Woodhead (Santa Claus), Sarah Freeburn (Mrs. Claus), Jessica Nelson (Father), Jordyn Hay (Zookeeper), Emma Becking (Penguin #1) and Emma Downer-Price (Penguin #2).  


A great number of students were involved in other parts of the play, including the Dancers (Mrs. Swartman’s class), the Choir and the Crew.  All of you contributed to the play’s overall success.  Your enthusiasm was appreciated and noted!


Last, but not least, thank you to Ms. Anderson and Miss Graham as the Stage Directors and Prop Directors, Mrs. Forget and Ms. Barnes as the Musical Directors and Mrs. McFarland as the Sound Director.


The play’s success was due to the hard work and many, many hours of practices!  Students and staff gave up many recesses and stayed after school on many occasions to do their best and it certainly showed.



Christmas Hamper Program and Staff-Student Volleyball Game (December 23rd)


The students and larger school community delivered!  The school goal was to raise Mr. Thompson’s and Mr. Parish’s weight in food (both staff members agreed to eat extra helpings to pack on a few extra pounds).  More than 500 pounds of food was donated – a very impressive amount!  As well, a wide variety of foods were brought in.  Students also contributed numerous gifts to the Christmas Hamper program.  Thank you to all those who so generously supported the Christmas Hamper program.  The recipients were extremely grateful.


Thanks also go out to the School Council and Dunsford Volunteer Fire Fighters who donated money to purchase food for the Christmas Hampers (e.g., milk, eggs and other perishable type foods).


Finally, thank you to Mrs. Loucks who spent a significant amount of time organizing the food into the hampers and ensuring that the hampers were distributed.  This involved many hours of work!

Muffin and Cookie Mix Sales


Thank you to Mrs. Loucks for organizing the Muffin and Cookie Mix Fundraiser in support of the Grade 7 and 8 year-end trips.  The mixes arrived and were distributed on Tuesday, December 21st.  Thanks also to the many students and parents who supported the fundraiser by selling and purchasing these mixes. 


Candy Grams Sold!


The Student Council sold Candy Grams during the week of December 13th to 17th.  All of the proceeds (profits) from



the Candy Gram sales went towards a toy drive that buys toys and necessities for those children that have to spend the holidays in Sick Kids Hospital. 


More than $100 was raised for this worthy cause!


Dunsford’s Christmas Shopping Spree – December 15th and 16th


The Dunsford Christmas Shopping Spree was also a huge success!  Families donated new and gently used items such as books, games, board games and other items that they were no longer using to the Shopping Spree.  On Wednesday, December 15th, students then had the opportunity to purchase items donated by others.  Students loved it!  Almost everyone walked away with something that they wanted!  A number of hard working students also wrapped presents for students. 


In total, $213.33 was raised for the Student Council by the Shopping Spree.


Pizza and Milk


Cheques for Pizza and Milk will not be cashed until January 7th. 


Information on the School Website


Do not forget that we are doing our best to keep the school website up to date with current information.  There are a number of important items that you can find out about on the school website, including: 


Ÿ The Newsletter


Ÿ Calendar


Ÿ Community News





Bus Cancellations


The information below refers to bus cancellations in the event of poor weather (e.g., heavy snow or icy conditions).  The school is normally open even  when buses are cancelled.  


Every attempt will be made to have the decision made by 6:15 a.m.


In the event of school bus service cancellation, the following notifications are sent out and parents can access any of these for the information:


BOB FM – 91.9 FM

CBC – 98.7 FM

Country 105 – 105.1 FM

EZ Rock – 105.9 FM

The Wolf – 101.5 FM


For TLDSB schools:


Milk / Hot Lunch / Healthy Snack

Forms for milk and hot lunches will go home on January 24th for February and due back January 27.  The choice for pizza is ham and cheese or cheese and peppers.