Dunsford District ES

Darin Parish



Bruce Barrett



Judy Saunders



33 Dunsford Road


K0M 1L0  

Tel. 793-2088

FAX 793-2314






Volume 5



December 22, 2011


Message from the Principal

We have made it to the Christmas Holidays!  For Christmas, though, the ground seems awfully green (at least at the time I write this newsletter).  Mr. Imrie claims that he will be celebrating part of Christmas with lawn chairs on his lawn…but I am waiting to see that! 


December was a great month at DDES!  School spirit shone brightly throughout the month.  DDES students showed their Compassion (this month’s character trait) by bringing in a huge amount of food (540 lb’s at last count) – all of which went towards the Christmas Hamper programme and a local food bank.  In addition, school community members donated many gifts for the Christmas Hampers and Toy Drive encouraged by the Student Leadership Council.  Thank you to all of you who were able to so generously donate.  As well, the Christmas Shopping Spree (organized by Mrs. McReelis and the EcoClub) raised more than $350.  At 25 cents a gift, that is a whole lot of gifts!  Again, thank you to all who donated to the Shopping Spree (and again showed Compassion)!  The Christmas Concert (Frosty the Snowman) was a huge success!  A large portion of the school population participated from JK to Grade 8 and in many different ways.  School spirit was also evident in the “cheeiest/tackiest” Christmas clothing competition at DDES.  The competition really began with staff members in mind, but many students ended up participating, too!  What a great amount of fun!  I think it has been a long time since Mr. Prins wore a tie to school several weeks in a row (thank you for bringing in so many ties, Mrs. Loucks). 


As we head into the New Year, I look forward to the DDES community continuing on its academic, social and athletic path.  There are wonderful things happening here! 


January will inevitably (hopefully?) bring snow and icy conditions.  Please read the end of this newsletter to learn how to best find out about when snow days are called in our school board.


Kindergarten Registration -January 23 – 27, 2012


What do I need to bring


Proof of age for each child

Name and phone number for family Doctor

Ontario Health Card ( optional)

Child’s Immunization Record

Residence Road Name and 911 address


Kindergarten students need to be 4 years-old by December 31st, 2012.


If you have a child (or know parents with a child) who will be enrolling in Kindergarten, please register on the above dates.  Knowing how many students will be attending Kindergarten next year is very important to our class organization and staffing organization for the upcoming year (we have already started planning!). 


Dunsford’s Kindergarten programme next year will be full-day, every-day.  We are both excited and happy to have our JK and SK students with us every day!


School Council News


The School Council met on December 5th the next School Council meeting will be Monday, January 16 at 6:30 pm.


Character Ed Assembly


Dunsford celebrated students who demonstrated outstanding character in Compassion on Friday December   23st.  The winners of the Character Education Certificates will be announced in the next newsletter.


The Character Trait for January is Trustworthiness.  The Character Education Assembly will be on Friday, February 3rd at 10:00 a.m. and parents are welcome to attend.  Parents of Character Education certificate winners will normally receive a phone call from his/her homeroom teacher a few days prior to the assembly.


Boys & Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes

Steve Nash Basketball


The Kawartha Lakes Boys and Girls Club is organizing a “Steve Nash Basketball” program at the DDES gym starting on Tuesday nights on January 17th.  This is a fun skill development program with equal game play that is a great choice for beginners to the great game of basketball!  For more information about Steve Nash Basketball please visit


Location:  Dunsford District Elementary School Gym


Ages:  5-8yrs & 9-14yrs


Day:  Tuesdays starting January 17, 2012


Time:  6:00-7:00 for Ages 5-8

           7:00-8:00 for Ages 9-14


Cost:  $35 for 6 weeks (Each participant receives their own basketball and reversible jersey)


Register now at Boys & Girls Club office at 107 Lindsay Street South, Lindsay or at the Open House on January 17 during above age group times!


Note:  Financial Assistance available for all please inquire with Trevor for more information.


For registration inquiries please contact our office staff at (705) 324-4493 & press 0.

For specific program information please contact Trevor Tompkins @ (705) 324-4493 ext.

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Forms are also available at the school.  Both the forms and the registration fee can be dropped off at the DDES office and the Boys and Girls Club will collect them there.


Christmas Play – The Concert!


This year’s Christmas presentation of Frosty the Snowman was so successful that even a little freezing rain could not stop it.  The performances on Wednesday night and Thursday went off without a hitch.   Mr. Avery did an amazing job adapting and directing Frosty to the stage, Mrs. McReelis also did a fabulous job in co-directing, and Mrs. Thomas had Karen and Frosty (Julia and Sarah Freeburn) singing like angels.  Frosty looked so calm and cool on the outside even though she was a little hot under that costume.   There are many other people who worked very hard to put his production together: the students have spent so much time learning lines and proper stage positioning, the crew and Mrs. Anderson who had to work hard to keep the play running smoothly, the choir and Mrs. Forget who sounded and looked breathtaking, Mrs. Lang and the dancers, and the rest of the staff who gave up their time to help.  We would like to give a big thank you to the parents for allowing their children to be a part of such a great experience.  We know it was a lot of picking up and listening to lines being practiced.  The time and effort put in to the production was definitely evident during the performances.  As Frosty said, “We’ll be back again someday.”


Christmas Play – The Dancers!


It’s cold outside, but this past month has been “HOT, HOT, HOT” for the dancing crew in the school play!  I would personally like to thank each and every student who practiced really hard for the whole month of December.  Dancers were very dedicated by coming to rehearsals (sometimes even twice a day!) for their  very short part in the school play.  Even though they shined for less than 4 minutes, their role was VERY important to the play.  Dancers worked very hard on their synchronization, facial expressions, and basically showed a love for dance and rhythm.  It was evident after the 4 performances, that dancing is just one of the many talents Dunsford students have!  Thank you to the following dancers:

Anna-Belle Jones, Ashley Reynolds, Ashley Francis, Liam Henry Dawson, Emma Downer-Price, April Patrick, Taylor Moran, Brittany King, Payton Ward, Jennifer Ludgate, Jessica Ludgate, , Sally Falzon, Carissa Moore, Stephanie Reynolds, Courtney Kirley, Graeme Lee, Harley Jeffrey, Megan Bray, Simplicity Ashton, Dawson Coe, Kenneth Francis, Victoria Hall, Brianna Billings, Braeley Fitzpatrick, Jordyn Wokral , Torin Wokral, Matthew DeBlock, Julia Freeburn, Leah Cooper, Magnolia Golzlin, Reed Cooper, Jackson Allen, Kate Taylor, and Sarah Freeburn.


Yours in Dance, 


Mrs. Lang


Christmas Shopping Spree


The Christmas Sale was an unbelievable success this year.  We were amazed by the amount of items that were donated to the sale. The items were not only plentiful but of outstanding quality.   There was not one student in the school that could not find something for everyone in their family.  There was so much donated that we were able to keep the shop open for students to visit for a second time.  It was heartwarming to experience the support and charity of the Dunsford community.  The students had a great time picking out gifts and were very excited that they could do this for their families.  It was a day full of Christmas spirit, as many left jumping up and down eager to share what they had bought.  Thank you for all those extremely special people that donated items for the sale.  It was truly inspiring and greatly appreciated.


The grade 5 class and the EcoClub did a great job helping the little ones shop and making sure that everything got wrapped.  We would like to give a huge thank you to them for all their hard work and Christmas spirit.  We would also like to give a huge thank you to the Quast family for donating the cloth bags.  Every child got to put their presents in their “Red Christmas Bag.”  Thus, making them feel extremely special and also having a great way to take their presents home.  Thank you can only begin to express the joy and happiness you brought to our students this holiday season.


Happy Holidays from Mrs. McReelis and the EcoClub


On behalf of the students and school, thank you to Mrs. McReelis, the EcoClub and the Grade 5 class for organizing the Christmas Shopping Spree.  It was a great success and event!


Parents Volunteering to Read with Students at School


As we approach Christmas and the New Year, this is a perfect time to thank a number of parents who have been volunteering with the home/school reading programme at DDES.  Mrs. Ciesielski and Mrs. Jeffrey have organized a program where parents at home have been reading with their child. We also have parent volunteers reading with children at school.  The goal is to increase their confidence in reading and reading fluency.  Students definitely look forward to their reading time with these parents – it’s a great thing! 


Thank you to Mrs. Curnuck, Mrs. Aiabens, Mrs Milley, Mrs. DeBlock, Mrs. Jeffrey and Mrs. Reynolds    who have been regularly coming to the school to switch books and reading with our students!  Mrs. Curnuck and Mrs. Aiabens have also been volunteering in the school library, helping to organize and keep things running smoothly!



Dunsford Stinger’s and Dunsford Fire Department’s Christmas Hamper Program


Thank you Dunsford!  The Christmas Hamper program was a success again this year because of your support.  The Dunsford Volunteer Fire Department’s generous financial support got the ball rolling again on the Christmas Hamper program and Mrs. Loucks kept it rolling!  Between the Fire Department and the school, Christmas Hampers were provided for local families and the remaining food (from our food drive) was donated to a local food bank.  This is quite an impressive accomplishment and one our students should be proud of.  Between the Halloween for Hunger and Christmas Food Drive, an incredible amount of food was donated – which helps many families.  The Christmas Hampers contain a variety of fresh foods and non-perishable food items – which is intended to provide for an excellent Christmas dinner.  Gifts are also included in the hamper.  Thank you for truly demonstrating Compassion.


A special thank you goes to Mrs. Loucks who organized the overall program and put the individual hampers together.  This takes many hours of organization and her efforts are greatly appreciated.


A special thank you also goes to Mrs. Golzlin, of the Parent Council, who purchased perishable food items (such as the turkey, milk and bread) for the hampers.


With such a successful food drive, the students have definitely earned a Staff-Student Volleyball game (with the student team made up of the Junior and the Intermediate Girls and Boys teams).  The game is to take place on Friday, December 23rd and is sure to be competitive!


New Hoops on the Primary Yard


My apologies to a number of members of the Parent Council who contributed to the purchase of the new hoops on the primary yard.  Last month I had thanked Mrs. Ciesielski for organizing staff lunches last year which had paid for the these hoops.  I missed mentioning that Mrs. Jeffrey, Mrs. Junkin, Mrs. Brittain and Mr. and Mrs. Aiabens had cooked and donated much of the food that went into the staff lunches (which staff paid for) which paid for the hoops.  Staff lunches were popular – no doubt, because of the great food.  Please accept my apologies for missing this last month.  Some of the ladies who organized the staff lunches last year are pictured below.  These ladies seem awfully tall compared to the hoops! 





Best Wishes for Mrs. Thomas


With the end of December, we bid a fond adieu to Mrs. Thomas who begins her maternity leave in January.  Staff and student wish her all the best as her and her husband begin their own family.  Of course, we are expecting to see mom and baby in the New Year!


Welcome to Mrs. Karklins


I would like to welcome Mrs. Karklins to DDES.  She will be taking over for Mrs. Thomas in the JK/SK for the remainder of the year.  She comes to us after completing an LTO in a JK/SK class at Parkview.  She is excited about coming to Dunsford and she knows a little bit about the school (her children attended DDES!).  Having worked with Mrs. Karklins before, I know she brings many wonderful qualities and a caring attitude towards her students.  She is a perfect fit after Mrs. Thomas!


It was Christmas “Cheesy and Tacky” at DDES in December!


Thank you to the awesome school spirit shown by staff over the month of December.  The challenge was thrown out to staff to top Mr. Parish’s cheesey Christmas tie collection (although some of the ties are quite nice).  Staff more than delivered and created great school spirit in the process.  Mr. Prins, for the first time in many, many years, wore ties at school several weeks in a row.  Mrs. Loucks (hands-down) had the most extensive collection of Christmas clothing (from socks to earrings) and wore a different Christmas outfit each day.  Mr. Welker (following Mrs. Loucks’ and Mr. Prins’ lead) wore perhaps the most impressive male Christmas ensemble (matching vest and tie, no less).  The picture below pretty much says it all. 




Mr. Imrie was, by far, the most inventive, with Christmas ties ranging from real to fake (I think he cut up strips of tablecloth to turn into a tie).  Not to be outdone, the Primary Division bought an entire collection of Christmas ties and wore them for most of December – thank you, Ms. Graham, for purchasing!  I think the tie trend and female teachers is one to be continued…!  The Junior Division was creative, to say the least.  Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Ciesielski and Mr. Tomlinson turned one of their literacy stations into a paper tie-making operation (I hope the board’s curriculum department isn’t reading this newsletter).  Mrs. McReelis took a page from Mrs. Loucks’ book and wore a Christmas shirt/sweater each day (she claims they were tacky, but they looked pretty classy to the rest of us).  Mr. Herbert was original – his “cheesy tie” was hard to beat.  Not to be outdone Ms. Power rocked a green dress shirt and tie! 


At the time of writing, one class and teacher clearly stood out from the rest and deserves special mention.  Ms. Ray’s Grade 6/7 class came decked out in Christmas attire on Friday, December 16th and it was IMPRESSIVE!  Every single student participated with Christmas hats to Christmas socks and they looked AWESOME!  Thank you for showing such school spirit!  A class picture is on the last page of this newsletter – a larger sized-picture was the only way to do it justice!





Parent Engagement Tips    


What does engagement mean to you?


At TLDSB schools we want to help all parents become fully engaged in children’s education. Research has proven that having engaged parents, results in students doing much better in school and in life. 


January – The Ties That Bind


As kids enter the tween years, they are keen to establish their independence, and friends are becoming increasingly important. That’s a good thing; we want our kids to be able to build healthy relationships outside the family. At the same time, we know that strong parent-child bonds are important as kids move into the teen years. Here are some ways to stay connected:

— Ask good questions. Closed questions — those that can be answered with a yes or no — get closed answers. Open-ended questions invite conversation. “What did the guys do at the break today?” is more likely to get a response than “Did you eat your lunch?” Asking about other people’s experience is another way to draw kids out. “What did Sally think of the movie?”

— Schedule time together. Whether it’s a weekly breakfast date or movie night, one-on-one time is more important now, especially if there are other siblings in the family. You might also try to find a passion or interest to share. If he loves basketball, maybe the two of you can attend games together.

— Respect the need for privacy. Bedrooms are becoming private domains as kids approach the tween years. Remember to knock on the door and ask for permission to come in, or tidy up.

— Find new ways to be affectionate. At this stage kids want the hugs, but they want them on their terms. If you try to hug her in the school hallway, she’s likely to resist; instead, ask if she’d like a hug. Remember too that there are all kinds of ways to be affectionate — a high five, a nudge or a wink — can be like a secret code. They’re fun, they’re not obvious to other people, and they still say I love you.


Over the next few months we will be providing parents with interesting ideas on how to engage with their children about their education and what’s happening at school.


For more ideas on how to engage with your child’s education go to


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


Nut and Peanut Safe School


Dunsford DES endeavours to be a “Peanut Safe School.”  We encourage all parents to NOT send food containing peanut, peanut products, or tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, etc…) to school.  Some students are highly allergic to these types of nuts.


Should a student mistakenly/accidentally bring a food item to school that contains or has come into contact with nuts, they will be asked to place the item back in their lunch bag.  Should the student absolutely need to eat that food item, they may do so in the office.


Should you have any questions regarding our Peanut and Tree Nut Safe School Policy feel free to contact the office.


Police Checks and Vulnerable Sector Checks and Volunteers at the School


Please be aware that the format for Police Checks and Vulnerable Sector checks changed last year.  It can take several weeks for these checks to be completed and returned to the applicant.


Police Checks continue to be processed in the manner they have been previously.  However, volunteers now must also have a Vulnerable Sector search completed.  A volunteer would typically have the Police Check and Vulnerable Sector search completed at the same time.  We have heard that the Vulnerable Sector search can take several weeks to process, so if you are interested in volunteering in the school (e.g., in classrooms, for class trips, the snack program) you will need to have both checks completed.  The Police and Vulnerable Sector checks are kept on file at the school.


Volunteers at the school must have both the Police Check and the Vulnerable Sector search done.  The form for the Vulnerable Sector search can be obtained from the school and requires the school to fill out certain sections before taking to the OPP.  Up to this point, volunteers have been able to obtain a letter on school letterhead indicating that he/she is volunteering for the school and the police/vulnerable sector checks have been done without cost (at the local OPP station).



City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library

Dunsford Library     

January Events


Craft & Storytime

Saturday, January 14 at 10 am



Dunsford Library Hours

Tuesdays                     2:30 – 7:30 pm

Wednesdays                10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturdays                    9:00 am – 1:00 pm


For information please call the Dunsford Library at 705 793-3037.



Search the Library Catalogue at    


Pizza and Milk Orders


Thank you for continuing to send in money in the manner requested.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT  THE STUDENT’S NAME AND TEACHER’S NAME IS ON THE ENVELOPE.  Milk is still $.75 a day or $3.75 a week.  Cheques should be made out to Dunsford D.E.S.


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:


Book Fair


Dunsford will be having a Book Fair on the first week back to school.  Each class will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair on either Wed. Jan. 11th or Fri. Jan. 13th during the day.  You might find something to spend some money you received over the holidays on.  Teachers have a schedule and will inform their classes of when they will be going to the Book Fair.  The Book Fair will also be open to families after school on Thurs. Jan. 12th.  On Friday night, a special case of books will be revealed to the intermediate boys during their “Boys Night” at Dunsford D.E.S.  A representative from Scholastic will also be available on this night to discuss some of the new books that will be coming to the fair. Look for more information to come home in the New Year.  Don’t forget that a large percentage of the money raised from the Book Fair goes directly back to D.D.E.S.

Thank you for your support!

Miss W. Anderson



Grade 4 Medieval Castle Project – Outstanding!


Congratulations to Mr. Herbert’s class which ended their Medieval Times unit with a castle creation and oral presentation project.  Students created their castles at home and then presented what they knew and had learned.  Most classrooms and staff in the school visited and asked questions – with the Grade 4 students teaching us new vocabulary in the process.  I didn’t know what the gate on the front of a castle is or what the top of a castle is called, but I do now!


Mr. Herbert’s class took this assignment very seriously.  Aside from the hard work demonstrated in castle building and presentations, many also dressed up to look “professional” and practised what they were going to say.  The class and projects looked awesome!