Dunsford District ES


Darin Parish



Bruce Barrett



Judy Saunders



33 Dunsford Road,

Dunsford, Ontario

K0M 1L0,

Tel. 793-2088

Fax 793-2314





Volume 9




May   2, 2011


Message from the Principal


Has it stopped raining yet?  As I sit writing this message it is raining again!  Dunsford DES students can now say that they have experienced the power outage of April 28th!  On April 28th, our school lost its power around 9:45 a.m. and the power did not come back on until about 1:15 p.m..  Although not completely uncommon (I have been through this before) – long power outages at schools do not happen all that often!  A little more information about the power outage will follow in the newsletter; however, students and staff alike did an excellent job of coping with this situation.   


April ended up being an incredibly busy month!  The students and staff of DDES were involved in many worthwhile events and causes this month.  The school’s basketball teams participated in the Zone and County Tournaments (all 3 teams!), the “Clean Water for Haiti” Fundraiser was successfully run, the Skipping Team has been busy practising during recesses and after school and the School Council ran a highly successful Spring Fundraiser.  Quite honestly, April felt like it began and ended. 


May promises to be an equally busy month.  The Skipping Team travels to LCVI to participate in the board wide Skipping Competition on Thursday, May 5th, the Kick-Off Assembly for Jump Rope for Heart takes place on Friday, May 6th, a movie night takes place on May 19th, the DDES Track and Field Day takes place on Thursday, May 20th, County Track and Field Day takes place on May 26th, a Girls Grades 6 to 8 sleep over on May 27th and EQAO begins on Tuesday, May 31st and continues until June 10th.


School Council News


The School Council met on Monday, April 18th.  Although a final decision was not arrived at in terms of what to use its fundraising dollars for (other than the Vesey’s Fundraiser) – the School Council will do so in the May Meeting.  The School Council has narrowed its decision to one of a few choices: supporting the purchase of technology for the school (e.g., SmartBoards or Mini-Laptops), purchasing learning materials to support students in classrooms or providing for a division-wide or school-wide activity. 


The School Council did celebrate the success of its Vesey’s Spring Fundraiser!  A total of $ 5190 was raised!  The profit (the amount the school received) on this was $2590.  Very impressive!  The monies raised from the Vesey’s fundraiser will be used to purchase padding for the stage area of the gym. 


Congratulations go to Xander Thurston, from Ms. Graham’s class, who was the school’s highest individual fundraiser!  Xander sold $570 worth of flower bulbs!  Thank you, Xander!  Xander will receive a $100 gift certificate (either Canadian Tire or Zellers) in recognition of his efforts.


The highest fundraising classroom was Ms. Graham’s, with a total of $1045.  They will receive a pizza party in recognition of their efforts.


Lastly, but certainly not least, special thanks go to Mrs. Carnack-Beaudoin who spear-headed this fundraiser (and organized it from start to finish) and Mrs. Aiabens, Mrs. Jeffrey, and Mrs. Junkin who helped count money and organize the orders when they arrived.  This was no small effort the school certainly benefitted from your hard work!


Character Ed Assembly – April 28th – Citizenship




The following students won Character Ed Certificates for the month of April for Citizenship:  Jamie-Lynn Abbott, William Gahagan, Emily Bolender, Gavin Aiabens,Ethan Boucher, Dylan Bischoff, Kyle Thurston, Megan Bray, Jennifer Ludgate, Emma Becking, Harry Jackson, Stephanie Reynolds, Alexis Gimblett, Brooke Donaldson, Ruth Kelly-Koebel and Christa Hutchinson.  These awards were given to students who demonstrated superb personal characteristics of citizenship. 


Principal’s Awards went to Cole Willis, Jake Tatchell and Madisyn Johnston.  The Principal’s Awards are given to students who have shown outstanding academic achievement for that month.  Excellent work Cole, Jake and Madisyn!




Character Ed Assembly – May 27th – Respect


The Character Ed Assembly for May will take place on Friday, May 27th at 12:00 p.m..  As always, parents are welcome to attend.  The Character Trait for May is Respect.


Student Council News – Clean Water Project for Haiti


Student Council members were overwhelmed by the generosity of our school.  At the beginning of April, we set a goal to raise $300.00 to bring clean water to three families in Haiti.  In order to do this, we placed recycled change jars in each classroom and students brought in their spare change to contribute to our goal.  From our Change for Haiti jars, we were able to raise $248.05!  Top classes were Mrs. Bent’s class raising $28.39, Mr. Thompson’s class raising $35.18, and Mr. Prins’ class raising $48.91.  A huge thank you to each and every student for their generous and kind donations.


Furthermore, Smencils have been selling like hot cakes!  After three days of sales, we sold almost all of the 500 Smencils ordered.  The students are loving the Smencils (apparently they make them think better!) and they are showing outstanding citizenship by supporting our Clean Water goal.  In total, we have raised $248.05 from Smencil sales.  This means that we exceeded our goal and are able to bring clean water to five families in Haiti as we raised $529.57 in total.  Thank you to all of our Dunsford “super citizens” for your contributions to our Clean Water Project!  You continue to amaze us with how supportive and caring you all are!


A Special Shout Out to Mrs. Bent’s Grade 3’s! 

Student Council would like to say a special thank you to Mrs. Bent’s grade 3 class for their generous donation to our Haiti project.  They graciously donated their $50.00 Scholastic Gift Card that their class won to buy pictures books for the students in schools in Haiti.  What a great example of students showing amazing citizenship!



Dunsford Basketball Teams – Great Job, Stingers!


Senior Boys Basketball


The Senior Boys Basketball team had a very successful year, finishing second in their Zone Tournament and advancing to the County Championship Tournament for the first time in three years.


The Division Tournament was held at I. E. Weldon Secondary School on April 14th.  The first game was against Central and our team played well.  The teams were tied at half time, but the Senior Stingers ended up losing by 11 points.   The second game was against J.D. Hodgson and the Stingers took the Haliburton team into overtime.  Dunsford unfortunately lost by 3 points.  Our last game was against Lady Mackenzie.  The Lady Mac squad had to win to advance to the Semi Finals and they came out playing very hard and strong.  While our Dunsford team played strong (with everyone getting playing time), they were beaten by Lady Mac.






The Senior Boys Basketball team consisted of: Matt Junkin, Curtis Potter, Lucas Koutsokostas, Addison Shankland, Brett Pasquino, Tyler Junkin, Cole Willis and Daniel Woodhead


Special recognition goes to Tyler Junkin, Brett Pasquino, Curtis Potter and Addison Shankland who will be moving onto high school next year.   


Thank you for the hard work put into this season.  Mr. Prins was extremely proud of your efforts and commented on the team’s growth throughout the season.  Thank you also to Mr. Prins for coaching the team.





Senior Girls Basketball


The Senior Girls basketball team had a successful season.  They worked extremely hard with numerous practices throughout the weeks before the Zone Tournament.  They were successful in the Zone Tournament and placed second overall allowing them to proceed to the County Tournament in Fenelon Falls.  They showed extremely strong defensive skills and tremendous sportsmanship throughout the day.  We wish our leaving seniors: Hannah Tatchell, Alyssa Harrington, Kristen Holmes, Emily Bolender, Laura Mitchell and Jenna DeMaeyer the best of luck in their high school basketball careers.  We look forward to seeing the grade 7’s: Sarah Freeburn, Nicki Castagne, Lexi Britian and Laura Ham next year!  Way to go girls!


Thank you for the effort put into your season, Senior Girls!  Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Baldwin both commented to me on your incredible sportmanship and ability to play as a team.  Thank you to both Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Baldwin for the many hours devoted to Senior Girls team this year.


Junior Mixed Basketball


The Junior Mixed Basketball Team had a strong showing at Zone and County tournaments.  The Juniors took first place in their Zone tournament which was held at Dunsford.  At the County tournament, the Juniors lost two very close games to Parkview and Lady Mackenzie – but played very strong in their 2 victories.  The Stingers defeated Bobcaygeon 34 to 4 and also defeated (in their 4th and final game) the previously undefeated team from Leslie Frost!  The Juniors came very close to going on to the Semi-Finals.  Great work, Juniors!


Junior Mixed team members this year for the boys were: Andrew Middleton, Jeff Benoit, Reid Cooper, Jake Hodgson, Tyson Jeffrey, Christian Keast, Jake Tatchell, Dylan Bischoff, Anthony Bischoff and Ethan Boucher.  The girls team consisted of Sam Hutchinson, Payton Ward, Emma Downer-Price, Livia Karklins, Katie Taylor, Julia Freeburn, Magnolia Golzlin, and Braely Fitzpatrick. 


Mr. Thompson and Mr. Avery were extremely please with the team’s efforts.  They congratulate those team members moving on to the Senior teams next year, but are excited about those team members returning to Junior squad next year.  Thank you to Mr. Avery and Mr. Thompson for the coaching effort put into the Juniors this year!  All of your hard work clearly paid off!




Grade 6’s Educating Others About Being More Eco-Friendly in the Month of April


The grade 6 class is taking “Being Environmentally Friendly” to a new level.  Mrs. Swartman’s class recently visited Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay to learn about the Atlantic Salmon project taking place there.  They got to visit the hatchery there and learn about the release of Atlantic Salmon into Lake Ontario in the month of April.  The class continued with their eco-friendly studies by educating other classrooms in the school.  Each day, a grade 6 student read their eco-friendly tip over the announcements and on April 21st, every grade 6 student visited classrooms from JK/SK to grade 5/6 with an eco-friendly presentation.  The grade 6’s have enjoyed the leadership role and have learned many eco-friendly tips that they can be doing around the home and school. 


“The Great Power Outage” – April 28th


Along with much of the Dunsford area, Dunsford District ES was affected by the power outage on April 28th.  The power went out at DDES at about 9:45 a.m. and did not come back on until about 1:15 p.m.. 


Staff and students handled the situation very professionally and effectively.  When the emergency lights ran out of power in the primary bathrooms, staff used flashlights to provide sufficient light.  The most major issue seemed to be the lack of water to flush the toilets.  Unfortunately when the school loses power its water system does not operate – meaning no running water in the school.


Once it seemed that the school would be without power for a significant period of time, the board office was contacted and drinking water and hand sanitizer was brought to the school.


This was a great opportunity, however, for staff and students to handle a difficult situation and to employ emergency procedures.


Upcoming Fire Drill and Lockdown Practises


Please be aware DDES students and staff will be practising a number of fire drills and lockdown practices during the next 2 months.  The purpose of these drills are so that staff and student are fully prepared and able to calmly follow the necessary steps as required.  Lockdowns (or Code Reds) are when classrooms doors are locked and shut, with students remaining in classrooms (or whatever room they happen to be in when it occurs) until the “all clear” is given.  Should a staff member not be in a classroom (e.g., during a nutrition break), students would close the door and move to a safe location in the classroom.  Classroom doors are now routinely kept locked at all times for precisely this reason.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Parish at the office.


EQAO Dates – May 31st to June 10th


This year’s EQAO dates for Grades 3 and 6 students have been set.  EQAO must be administered (by provincial requirement) between Tuesday, May 31st and Friday, June 10th.  There are 4 parts to the Language assessment.  1 part will be completed on each day on May 31st, June 1st, June 2nd and June 3rd.  There are 2 parts to the Math assessment.  1 part will be completed on each day on Tuesday, June 7th and Wednesday, June 8th.  June 6th and June 9th and 10th will be kept as “make-up” and “catch-up” days.  The assessments will be written in the First Block of the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.. 

Grade 3 and 6 parents, please avoid scheduling any appointments which may require your child to be out of school on EQAO dates (particularly during the morning).  Your support and understanding is appreciated.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the school.


For all other parents, it would also be appreciated if you could minimize dropping off or picking up students between May 31st and June 10th on EQAO writing days.  While our students are well prepared, it is always beneficial to minimize any possible disruptions. 


Welcome to Kindergarten – May 5th


All parents of students beginning Junior Kindergarten at Dunsford next year are asked to join us for Welcome to Kindergarten on Thursday, May 5th at 6:15 p.m..  Welcome to Kindergarten gives parents an opportunity to meet our school’s JK/SK teacher (and principal) and to get a sense of what the JK/SK program will look like next year.  Having your son or daughter beginning JK is a big step and this is one way to help reduce some of that stress!


Call the office at 793-2088 to let us know if you can come.  If you have not registered your daughter or son for JK, it is still not too late.  Please call the school and the necessary forms can be filled out.  Knowing exactly how many JK’s the school will have for next year is extremely important for staffing the school with the appropriate number of staff members next year. 


Movie Night – Thursday May 19th, 2011


Time:  Doors open at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 7 p.m.


Entry:  a donation at the door – $2/person or $5/family


Raffle Tickets:  $2 each or 3 for $5.


Popcorn and drinks will be  available to be purchased.


Raffle prizes include:  gift baskets, gift certificates, Blue Jay tickets.


Dunsford’s Got Talent is Back with a Vengeance


You heard it, folks!  The 2nd Annual “Dunsford’s Got Talent,” hosted by your AMAZING, and not to mention good-looking Student Council, is approaching quickly.  Our talent show will take place on Friday, June 17th.  So to all you crazy, adventurous, and talented risk-takers, dust off your dance shoes and musical instruments, tune up your vocals and get ready to wow the crowd!


Auditions will take place on May 19th and 20th in the Activity Room.  Start thinking of your act so that you are ready to impress the Student Council during auditions.  Students should listen to announcements for more information.


~ Daniel Woodhead & his assistant Willy Wonka


Grades 6-8 Girls Sleepover – May 27th


In September, the girls on Student Council applied for a Speak-Up grant through the Ministry of Education to host a sleepover for girls in grades 6-8.  The purpose for the night is to boost self-esteem and confidence, to bond with each other, and to celebrate being who you truly are.  We are still in the planning stages, but the night is shaping up to be a great one!  Possible activities throughout the night are self-defense, pilates, healthy eating and self-image, games and movies.  The date of the sleepover is planned for Friday, May 27th.  Please look for a newsletter and a permission form to come home soon with more information.


~ Hannah, Kristen H., Alyssa, and Elyse


Visitors to the School


A reminder to parents/guardians and others visiting the school that we require all visitors to sign in at the office.  We discourage visitors from going to classrooms unless absolutely necessary (e.g., picking your son/daughter up early for an appointment).  This is for safety purposes – as the fewer non-staff members walking around the school the better.  It is usually easier for the office to call a student down to the office where the parent/guardian can pick them up.


If it is absolutely necessary for a parent/guardian to visit a classroom, you will also need to obtain a “Visitor’s Badge” from the office secretary.  Individuals without Visitor’s Badges will be immediately redirected to the   office.


Milk / Hot Lunch / Healthy Snack


Forms for milk and hot lunches will go home on May 24 for June and due back May  27th.  The choice for pizza is ham, pineapple and cheese or cheese and pineapple.

When sending back pizza orders could they please be put in an envelope or zip lock bag, as this makes it easier to track.  Thanks!


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: 


— The Newsletter

— Calendar

— 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:


City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library – April  Events

Dunsford Library


Spring is Here

Saturday, May 21

Drop –in anytime between 10 am. – 12 p.m.



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






Fourth Annual Parent and Community Symposium for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education


An Evening with David Bouchard

Monday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m.

Rene M.   Caisse Memorial Theatre, Bracebridge


Enjoy renowned author David Bouchard’s performance on native flutes and presentation on celebrating literacy.  Learn how Trillium Lakelands District School Board is supporting First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education.

Tickets $5:00  Available from the Rene Caisse Theatre Box Office 645 8400 or Toll Free 1 877 645 8440


Parents use code P1 for preferred seating.