Announcements for Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Black History Month Announcement!

Viola Desmond was born on July 6, 1914, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  On November 8, 1946 she refused to move in a New Glasgow movie theatre and police officers put her in jail over night.  She paid a $20.00 fine and returned to Halifax.  In 1947 she filed an appeal with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court  and lost.  Her conviction for defrauding the government of one cent remained on her record.  In 1954 Nova Scotia dismantled it’s segregation laws.  In 1965 Ms. Desmond died at age 50 while visiting New York City.  In 2010 she received a posthumous pardon, the first in Canada, and a formal apology was granted to her family for her efforts to stand up for human rights.  In 2012 Canada Post issued a stamp in her honour.

Listen up Danforth girls!  Have you ever thought of taking a women’s self defence course?  Are you interested in learning both physical and verbal self-defence techniques?  Do you want to be able to break a wooden board with your bare hands?  If so, join us today, in the Dance Studio, Room A19, at 3:15 p.m. for Wen Do classes.  Classes are open to all girls at Danforth!  Can’t wait to see you there!  J. Vetsis

The Intramural Ball Hockey schedule is now posted outside of Room Y02, the Phys Ed Office.  All students that signed up should check it.  Games start on Thursday.  T. Beardwood

A reminder of tonight’s rehearsal for “The Odd Couple” after school in the Drama Studio, Room B65.  All cast members are required, although some may be able to leave early.  P. McAlpine

 

Announcements for Thursday, February 11, 2016

A reminder to all students that the last day to register for second semester night school is this Friday, February 12th.  You must bring your signed permission form to Guidance in order for your request to be approved.  J. Romani

Remember the Hospitality Valentine’s Bake Sale is today during lunch in the main foyer.  Hope to see you there!  J. Fineberg

Reminder to students who purchased Match-O-Matics forms to come pick up your results in the Student Council Office, Room B05 at lunch this week.             H. Kwan

Today is the last day for any team rosters to be submitted for the Intramural Ball Hockey league.  T. Beardwood

 

Black History Month Announcement for Feb 11, 2016

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou 1928–2014 Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.
The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own
But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.
The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tomorrow is the last day for any students interested in playing Intramural Ball Hockey to hand in a team roster.  Info is posted outside of Room Y02, the Phys Ed Office.  T. Beardwood

All Prom Committee members must attend a meeting today at lunch in Room B08.  L. Mnyusiwalla

Hockey!  There will be a hockey practice on Thursday at Ted Reeve Arena at 3:00 p.m.  J. Vidovich

Sweet Valentines baked treats for sale this Thursday during lunch in the main foyer.  See and taste creative baked goods from at the Hospitality Bake Sale.        J. Fineberg

All members of the Girls’ Junior Volleyball team are reminded of their 2:15 p.m. dismissal for the semi-final game at Parkdale CI at 3:30 p.m.  T. Jackson

A reminder to all students that the last day to register for second semester night school is this Friday, February 12th.  You must bring your signed permission form to Guidance in order for your request to be approved.  J. Romani

Announcements for Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Black History Month Announcement!

Maxine Tynes (born 1949, Dartmouth, NS) poet and playwright, is a descendent of Black Loyalists who settled in Nova Scotia.  Her poems have been published in numerous literary anthologies and in collections of her own work.  She has co-written and performed in a CBC radio docudrama, and is know for her lively poetry readings.  The following is one of her poems.

Africville

We are Africville, we are the dispossessed Black of the land creeping with shadows, with life, with pride, with memories, into the place made for us, creeping with pain away from our home carrying, always carrying Africville on our backs, in our hearts, in the face of our child and or anger.  I am Africville says a woman, child, man at the homestead site.  This park is green; but Black, so Black with community.  I talk Africville to you and to you until it is both you and me till it stand and lives again, till you face and see and stand on its life and it forever Black past.  No house is Africville.  No road, no tree, no well.  Africville is man/woman/child in the street and heart Black Halifax, the Prestons, Toronto.   Wherever we are, Africville, you and we are the Blackpost homeground.  We mourn for the burial of our houses, our church, our roads; but we wear Our Africville face and skin and hair.  For the world.  For Africville.

The Ski & Snowboard Club needs 6 to 10 more students in order for the March Ski trip to Harper Valley see Mr. Speed, Mr. Jackson, or Ms. Weismiller.             W. Speed

The deadline for Grad quotes is fast approaching.  Submit your Grad quotes by next week, February 8th.  The email for submitting your quotes can be found on posters all around the school and in all Grade 12 classrooms.  Submit before it’s too late.  S. Bain

Sweet Valentine’s baked treats for sale this Thursday during lunch in the main foyer.  See and taste the creative baked goods at the Hospitality Bake Sale.           J. Fineberg

Announcements for Monday, February 8, 2016

The February 9th Ski and Snowboard Club trip has been due to lack of numbers.  If enough students hand in forms for the March trip, we can run it.  See Mr. Speed , Mr. Jackson, or Ms. Weismiller for forms.  There will be a brief meeting in Room A71 at 11:30 a.m.  W. Speed

The Girls’ Senior Volleyball game at Oakwood CI is closed to spectators.  S. Bain

Congratulations to all students who were cast in this year’s production of “The Odd Couple”.  A reminder that our first rehearsal is after school today in the Drama Studio.  Please be on time – we will be starting right at 3:15 p.m.               P. McAlpine

Q:  What did the paper clip say to the magnet?                                                            A:  I find you very attractive!!     It the day you’ve been waiting for Danforth – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Why not send a card and some candy to someone special.  The Prom Committee will be selling candy grams in the front foyer, at lunch, every day this week.  Cards and candy will be delivered on Thursday February 11th during first period.  J. Vetsis

 

Announcements for Friday, February 5, 2016

Congratulations to our Senior and Junior Girls’ Volleyball team who will be playing in their playoff games after school on Tuesday, February 9th.  Students interested in attending the Junior game at Danforth or Senior game at Oakwood CI, must bring and show their students activity card to be admitted.  Students who do not have their school student activity card will not be admitted.  B. Hill

Have you ever been to Alaska in January?  Watching Godzilla with the Japanese Culture Club in Room B37 is the next best thing!  Come continue our time-honoured tradition of watching this fine piece of historical cinema.  But wait – there’s more!  Some of our members will no doubt provide an original and insightful commentary track.  Experience Godzilla like you’ve never experienced it before!  A. Ravera

Ultimate Frisbee!!  There is a Friday pick-up game in the North Gym at lunch today.  All are welcome.  A. Charbonneau

“The Odd Couple” Drama Mainstage Production!   Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the play this week.  We were very impressed with the courage and preparation shown by all actors.  The cast list has been posted on the Drama Room door.  Reminder that rehearsals start Monday after school.  P. Mildebrath

Q:  Do skunks celebrate Valentine’s Day?                                                                     A:  Sure, they’re very scent-imental!     It’s the day you’ve been waiting for Danforth – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Why not send a card and some candy to someone special.  The Prom Committee will be selling candy grams in the front foyer at lunch every day this week.  Cards and candy will be delivered on Thursday, February 11th during first period.  J. Vetsis

Announcements for Thursday, January 4, 2016

Black History Month Announcement!

William Hall was a “Freedom Fighter” who through military service and good character achieved the highest military honour of Canadian in his time.  While in the British Navy, Hall served in the Crimean War and was involved in the siege of Sevastopol (in present-day Ukraine).  Hall was presented the Victoria Cross on October 28, 1859.  He was the first Black and the first Canadian sailor to receive that famous medal, William Hall was the first Black person, first Nova Scotian and third Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross.  Here is a quote from William Hall; “We go on and on about our differences, but, you know, our differences are less important than our similarities.  People have a lot in common with one another, whether they see that or not.”

Hockey!~  There will be a hockey game today at Ted Reeve Arena at 2:30 p.m.  Dismissal is at 1:00 p.m.  J. Vidovich

Come by the front foyer today at lunch.  Help celebrate the Danforth launch of Black History Month!  H. Kwan

All payment and forms must be returned for the Ski and Snowboard Club trip by Friday at lunch or the trip will be cancelled.  W. Speed

A reminder to any students signed up for night school that you must return your signed permission form to Guidance.  You are not officially registered for night school unless you have returned this form to Guidance.  C. Bickle

Q:  What did the boy owl say to the girl owl on Valentine’s Day?                            A:  Owl be yours!   It’s the day you’ve been waiting for Danforth – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Why not send a card and some candy to someone special.  The Prom Committee will be selling candy-grams in the front foyer, at lunch, every day this week.  Cards, and candy, will be delivered on Thursday, February 11th during this period.  J. Vetsis

All Prom Committee members must attend a short meeting at the end of lunch in Room C10.  Please come at 12:00 noon.  L. Mnyusiwalla

 

Announcements for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Black History Month Announcement!  In 1972, Rosemary Brown became the first black female to win election to a provincial legislature in Canada.  She was an activist MLA in British Columbia for 14 years.  She also ran for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party in 1975 finishing a close second to Ed Broadbent.  Here is a quotation we should all reflect upon:  “We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.”

A reminder to students enrolled in E-Learning that your courses start this week, February 4th.  Be sure to log in on this day.  C. Bickle

Intramural Ball Hockey info is posted outside of Room Y02, the Phys Ed Office.  T. Beardwood

All payment and forms must be returned for the Ski and Snowboard Club trip by Friday at lunch or the trip will be cancelled.  W. Speed

A reminder to any students signed up for night school – you must return your signed permission form to Guidance.  You are not officially registered for night school unless you have returned this form to Guidance.  C. Bickle

 

Announcements for Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Black History Month Quotation!  Please take a minute and reflect.  “Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you in the same way.”  Nikki Giovanni

Anyone with forms for the Ski and Snowboard Club trips needs to bring them back ASAP with the payment to Mr. Speed.  W. Speed

A reminder to all students that if you are interested in taking a night school course this year that the deadline if fast approaching.  Please register on-line.  Also, once you have registered, please don’t forget that you MUST bring your signed permission form before it is approved by Guidance.  J. Romani

Q:  What did the stamp so the to the envelope on Valentine’s Day?                       A:  I’m stuck on you!  It’s the day you’ve been waiting for Danforth – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Why not send a card and some candy to someone special.  The Prom Committee will be selling candy-grams in the front foyer, at lunch, every day this week.  Cards and candy will be delivered on Thursday, February 11th during first period.  J. Vetsis