Video Games and Sleep

Do you ever wonder why your kids are tired and grumpy in the morning? Maybe they are spending too much time on a video game. More and more research is coming out about how detrimental screen time can be for your kids. Some interesting new research is coming out about how video games, especially violent video games can affect the way your child develops and thinks about social situations, compassion, and acceptance of others. Specifically, this article explains how video games can disrupt sleep and make your child grumpy, tired, and unable to cope with daily stressors life presents. I am not suggesting that kids entirely be banned from screen time, but you may want to place limitations and boundaries, including when and how much. A good indicator if your child has spent too much time on a screen is io you call him or her away and he or she comes happily and  willingly. If they refuse, get angry or upset - they've likely spent too much time on a screen.

School News


DDS Art Gallery

Check out our DDS Art Gallery now and regularly for our showcase arts and crafts. You may spot your child's gorgeous artwork!

Our sign is ONLINE!

Our LED sign is up and online!   Please refer to this for news and events.   Thank you to PSBSPB for sponsoring the installation, and the County of Lethbridge for a grant to purchase the sign.    

Director's Cut is in the house!

Welcome to Director’s Cut!   We are excited to have a special event in our school, Director’s Cut. A filmmaking expert comes into our school and works with each grade to create their own films. See the gallery attached for photos.   Thanks to PSBSPB…

2017 Track and Field Day at DDS

Students, staff, parents and spectators enjoyed our annual track and field day at Dorothy Dalgliesh School on June 8. Student competed individually and as teams in dash, high jump, long jump, ball throw, sack races, relays and tug-of-war. Here's how…

Who's Got Talent? DDS students!

Students, parents and guests were entertained for a full hour while DDS students shared their many talents on stage and around the gym! The talents shared included singing, skipping, reading, dancing, playing the piano, joke telling, tumbling and more…

Dorothy Dalgliesh School Talent Show

Friday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Canada Celebrations at DDS

Happy 150th Canada! DDS students enjoyed viewing each other's Canada Day creations by taking a Celebratory Walk through the school. Displays included collages, essays, timelines, flip books, videos, artwork and finger painting. Everyone did such an amazing…

Dorothy Dalgliesh spreads Spring wishes!

Students from Dorothy Dalgliesh School were sharing happy spring wishes today as they delivered potted flowers and cards to town residents. The students got together in their school family groups and were excited to give back to their community. Almost…

Thank you!

DDS Staff would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the parents who made our day a little more special with a catered lunch. It was so nice to have the chance in our busy schedules to sit down and share a meal together. Thanks for the meal,…

Junior ATB Grand Opening at Dorothy Dalgliesh School

Help shape Palliser’s search for a new superintendent!

Palliser Regional Schools will begin an executive search for a new Superintendent of Schools later this spring. As part of that process, an ideal candidate profile will be developed. The Board of Trustees invites our staff, students, parents/guardians…

Mar. 30 Spring Photo Day and Kindergarten Graduation Photos

Spring photos are great! Every child will be photographed but families are under no obligation to purchase the photos after they view the proofs. 

March 29 Mini-basketball tournament begins at 1:30 p.m.

Grade 5 and 6 will be wrapping up their mini-basketball season with a tournament and concession on Wednesday, March 29 beginning at 1:30. Come and cheer on the teams!

Paul Isaak at DDS!

Dorothy Dalgliesh School students and staff were all totally entertained with presenter Paul Isaak and his amazing comedy and juggling show! The gym was filled with laughter, clapping and cheers - they all loved it!  Thank you to our Home and School…

Archery begins!

A big THANK YOU to Mrs. Boras and Mr. Van Dyk for organizing and teaching archery to Grades 1 - 6! We all appreciate you!

ATB Junior Banking Program

ATB has selected its "staff" from Dorothy Dalgliesh students who applied for positions in the ATB Junior Banking Program. Once the training sessions have been completed the bank will be open for business. Watch for more details!  Names and positions…


Friday, Jan. 27, DDS celebrated Family Literacy Day by reading with our school family! Students dressed in comfy P. J.’s, brought blankets and their favorite stuffies to school, and at 11:00 everyone stopped to curl up with their favorite book to…

Smudge Art spends the day at Dorothy Dalgliesh

Thank you to our Home and School Council for giving each student the opportunity to expand their talents and participate in a Smudge Art class. Smudge Art spent the day at Dorothy Dalgliesh School with each classroom as each student created their own…


Dorothy Dalgliesh School wraps up the week with our Christmas Concert, Sock Hop, Community Christmas Delivery and a great Christmas dinner for the staff and students.

After presenting the best Christmas Concert ever we just kept on rocking onto Wednesday with a Sock Hop in the gym. Thanks to everyone for donating socks to the annual Sock It To 'Em campaign. With your help we donated over 110 pairs of socks to help…

December 20 Christmas Concert 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Dorothy Dalgliesh School presents "Jingle Bell Juke Box"! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the evening performance.

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas....

Dec. 1 Mini volleyball tournament

Our mini volleyball season wrapped up with a four team tournament at Dorothy Dalgliesh School on December 1. The players were awesome and showed so much improvement and good sportsmanship. A big THANK YOU to Mr. Van Dyk for organizing the league and…

Favorite Book Character Day!

What could be more fun than dressing up as your favorite book character, partnering up with someone in your school family, being served juice and cookies and READING YOUR FAVORITE BOOK!

November 25 - School Spirit Day

Dress up as your favorite book character and join in the fun!

Gr. 4 Worm Farm

Dan Rollingson from Earthly Matters presents and sets up a worm farm in the Gr. 4 class.

PSBSPB Receives Cheque!

The Public School Betterment Society of Picture Butte were delighted to receive a donation of $1000.00! Mrs. Kelly McLeod graciously accepts the cheque from Blackspring Wind Project. Thanks Blackspring – the staff and students at Dorothy Dalgliesh…

We Remember...

DDS will be joining PBHS on Thursday, November 10 at approximately 11:00 am to participate in Remembrance Day Observances. Please join us as we remember....

Monday, Oct. 31 School Spirit Dress-up Day

Wednesday, Oct. 26 is Picture Retakes

The Mon/Wed ELP class will be having their class photo taken along with individual pictures. Retakes will be available directly following the ELP class.

Terry Fox t-shirt winner and Run Results

Congratulations to Jasper van der Smit - Grade 6 winner of the Terry Fox t-shirt. Look who ran the most laps: Kindergarten: 6 laps - Sage, Marenthe and Isaiah Grade 1: 8 laps - Lauren and Henry Grade 2: 8 laps - Lavena, Valeria, 6 laps - Dom Grade 3G:…

Sept. 30 - Terry Fox Walk/Run

Join us on Friday, September 30 for our annual Terry Fox Walk/Run. Donate a Toonie for Terry and your name will go in the draw for a Terry Fox t-shirt. Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, Sept. 8 Cobs 'n Dogs - Meet the Staff

All Dorothy Dalgliesh School families are invited to "Meet the Staff" and enjoy some corn on the cob and hot dogs on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6.00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Welcome back!

School begins Tuesday, September 6 at 8:30 a.m. for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. Home time dismissal is 3:25 p.m. Early learners begin on Wednesday, September 5. We are all excited to start another great year at Dorothy Dalgliesh! See you then!

Open for registrations!

DDS school office will be open for registrations and inquiries on Aug. 29, 30, 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and September 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please bring your child's Birth Certificate. There is a $10.00 non-refundable registration fee…

Grade 6 Awards

Three Grade 6 students were recognized for their accomplishments at the Grade 6 farewell on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Dakota Ylioja received the Library Citizenship Award presented by Mrs. Elaine King. Dakota best exemplified the following criteria for…

Dorothy Dalgliesh presents the Grade 6 graduating class of 2016!

We will miss you all and wish you the best in Grade 7!

Literacy report celebrates culture of reading and writing

Palliser Regional Schools is pleased to provide its annual update on the division’s literacy work, supporting all students to be readers, writers and critical thinkers for success in school and in life. The third annual Leadership in Literacy report…

Gr. 3 class getting BUGGED!

Scientists in Schools visited the Grade 3 class and Scientist Mark shared tons of interesting facts about bugs. The students couldn't wait for their turn to "hold" the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and the Stick Bug!

Track and Field Day 2016

Team results of the annual Track and Field Day at DDS: 1st place  THUNDERBOLTS with 1291 points 2nd place  COBRAS with 1090 points 3rd place BOBCATS with 1066 points 4th place CHEETAHS with 933 points

Safety Day at DDS

Eight stations were set up and ready to roll at Dorothy Dalgliesh School this morning as the students learned all about SAFETY!  Small groups of eager students rotated through the stations; fire safety, chemical safety, grain safety, large farm equipment…

Anyone order pizza?

Grade 4"P" are working on a cool way to share what books they've read. Instead of doing a traditional book report, Ms. Murray and the 4"P"'s are doing Pizza Report! Check out the cool photos below. First, the kids chose a favorite book to read. Then,…

Go WILD at our local library this summer!

Chinook Arch Regional Library visited DDS to invite all the students to go WILD at your local library this summer! Children  will have endless opportunities to try something new with a variety of games, crafts, books and activities.  Please contact…


The grade 5 class would like to thank the Public Schools Betterment Society of Picture Butte for generously purchasing Chromebooks for the classrooms. As you can see, we have happy, engaged kids!

May 23, 24 - No School

Monday, May 23 (Victoria Day) is a holiday for staff and students. NO SCHOOL. Tuesday, May 24 is a Professional Development Day for staff. There is NO SCHOOL for students.

Fort McMurray firefighter Nathan Gilchrist visits Dorothy Dalgliesh School

An exhausted but brave, Nathan Gilchrist stopped in to visit his nephew, Gavin, at Dorothy Dalgliesh School on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. As a child Nathan attended Dorothy Dalgliesh School but for the past six years has resided in Fort McMurray.  When…

DDS students spread kindness into the community

Today was our semi-annual school family activity where students came together in their school family groups and went out into the community of Picture Butte delivering potted plants and spring wishes to residents. Each resident in the designated area…


Dorothy Dalgliesh School hosted our annual Volunteer and Bus Driver Appreciation Tea on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Guests were invited to kick back, relax and enjoy having a snack while being entertained by performances from each of our classes.  We really…

Mrs. Brau Rocks!

Mrs. Brau read with the Kindergarten kids, and you can see how popular she was! We love you and miss you, Mrs. Brau!

Books and Kabobs

Our school families met in the gym and grouped up to read fantastic stories to each other and make fruit kabobs. Students filled their minds, brains and bodies with delicious nourishment!

Kindergarten Buddies

The Grade 6 students paired up with their Kindergarten buddies and searched all through the school for letter sounds. "Q" was a tough one! 

Thursday, Apr. 7 - Spring Photo Day!

This is a great opportunity to get some wonderful casual snaps of your children! Every child gets their picture taken with no obligation to purchase. Also, for every picture taken, our school gets cash back!

Spring is in the Air!

Thank you, Mrs. Phillips, for the cheerful bulletin board - sure makes us think of spring!

Is It Bullying?

When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that is RUDE.   When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that is MEAN.   When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful…

Happy Easter!

Easter break begins with no school on Good Friday, March 25 and continues on with no school from March 28 through and including April 1. School will resume on April 4. 

March 17 Student-led Conferences

Come and celebrate you child's successes as you are introduced to their classroom and view their projects. Your child(ren) are excited to share their accomplishments with you! Conferences take place from 3:30 - 8:00. If you have not confirmed your appointment…

Come to the Book Fair!

Our "Feeling Groovy" Book Fair is open from Tuesday, March 15 through Thursday, March 17. You are invited to come shopping with your child during their assigned class visit, recesses or noon hour. Also, for your convenience, the Book Fair will be open…

Feb. 10 - Home and School Council Meeting

Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting beginning at 3:40 in the school library. Hope to see you  there!

Feb. 8 - Mini-basketball league begins for Grade 5 and 6 students.

Practice runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:45 with the exception of Feb. 15, 17, 29 and Mar. 7. The tournament will be on March 23 beginning at 2:00.

Monday, Feb. 1 - No School for students

Skating Gr. 1 - 6

Grades 1 through 6 will be skating at the North County Recreation Complex in Picture Butte on Wednesday, Jan 20, Thursday, Jan. 21 and Tuesday, Jan. 26. The students are looking forward to it and always have lots of fun! Here is the schedule:  Time…

PBHS Grade 8 students share writing talents with DDS Grade 2 students!

In December our Grade 2 classes bussed over to PBHS to be individually interviewed by PBHS Grade 8 students. Today, the PBHS students returned to DDS with a personal storybook for each child highlighting all about them! The Gr. 2 class were thrilled…



School is back in Monday, January 4th at 8:33am. We will be having an assembly at 8:40am.  We hope you had an amazing holiday and the staff are looking forward to welcoming all of our students back for an incredible 2016!!  



I cannot express how appreciative and humbled I am by Home and School Council and all they do for DDS all year. I am especially thankful for their hard work in raising money through the silent auction and student raffle. Most of it goes right back to…

Dorothy Dalgliesh shares the Christmas spirit through GENEROSITY!

Holiday Raffle

DDS Home and School Council is having a Student Raffle to raise funds for DDS. Tickets will be sold at lunch today through to Wed., Dec. 16. Draws will be made at the DDS turkey dinner at 12:00 noon on Thur., Dec. 17. Tickets are $1.00 each. Many prizes…

2015/2016 Mini-Volleyball Tournament

Fun was had by all at the DDS/St. Catherine's annual mini-volleyball tournament!    Thank you to Mr. Van Dyk and all the coaches. Thanks to the grade 5/6 participants who showed great competitive spirit and sportsmanship. Thanks to all the parents…


The Picture Butte Betterment Society is having an online auction! Stay tuned for details!    

New Bus Status is Here!

  The time has come, Dorothy Dalgliesh School Bus Status users! The new and improved Bus Status is available Friday, November 28, 2015.   In case you missed our first announcement, the new Bus Status features: Sleek, modern design enjoyable through…


Our school is supporting the 13th Annual Operation SOCK IT TO 'EM again this year by collecting new socks to make someone's Christmas a little warmer! We will be holding a SOCK HOP on Dec. 10 during noon hour recess (12:20-12:40) and having lots of fun…

December 1 School Council Meeting 3:40

Everyone Welcome!

Sound off!

Here is your opportunity to sound off!   The Picture Butte Parks, Culture, and Recreation Council have posted a "Sounding Board" here at DDS. Please take this opportunity to share your ideas and concerns by writing it on the poster that is posted in…


That's BACKWARDS DAY this Friday, November 27.    Have fun wearing your togs backwards. Be creative! How sdrawkcab can you go?!?  

Operation Christmas Child Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone for supporting our 1st annual Operation Christmas Child! We are so overwhelmed and excited with the positive response from students and parents. It warms our hearts and will give many children something extra special on Christmas…

Brand New Bus Status!

Coming Soon: A Brand New Bus Status   Dorothy Dalgliesh School Bus Status users, we have some exciting news!   A better looking, faster and more personalized version of Bus Status will be available on Friday, November 27th @ 5PM!   New Features: Sleek,…

Monday, Nov. 16 Fall Fundraiser Pick Up from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The apples etc. are scheduled to arrive Monday, Nov. 16, so please make arrangements to pick up your orders between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. in the school gym. Home and School council will not be responsible for any items left after 4:30 p.m. Thank you for…

Happy Halloween!

Thank you to the parent volunteers and School Council for making this year's Halloween Carnival a smashing success! Fun was had by all!


Keeping your children safe is our number one priority. With societal safety issues on the rise, we have chosen to increase safety measures at DDS. We are not being alarmists, but instead, proactive. As a result, DDS will be locked AT ALL TIMES. If you…


Check out our new link "The Literacy Corner". This will be regularly updated to help you support your child's literacy journey at home. Currently we have articles on supporting your child's reading at home, as well as the movement to no more spelling…

Sigmund Brouwer in the DDS House!

We are so excited to have Sigmund Brouwer joining us on Tues., Oct. 27. He is an Albertan author who has written some pretty cool books for kids. Check out his website here:   Also watch this video called Rock the Boat…

Operation Christmas Child

Please watch your child's backpack for information on the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign. Please help a child in need by packing a shoebox. Shoeboxes need to be returned to DDS by Monday, November 16.

Scholastic Book Fair!

DDS is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Tuesday, October 20 - Thursday, October 22. It will be located in the library. All classes will have the opportunity to browse as a class, but you are welcome to come at noon hour or after school to shop with your…

DDD Is Up and Running on Facebook!

Please like us on Facebook if you are a Facebook user! DDS has joined the ranks of several other Palliser Schools and is moving into the social media world!  Please note, people other than the administrators on our FB page will ONLY be able to comment…

Save the Wolves!

The Eastern Wolf is an endangered animal due to trapping, habitat loss, and interbreeding with coyotes. I will be doing a raffle to raise money to help these wolves. The draw for a goodie basket and 2 mystery envelopes will be held at the October 30th…

Terry Fox Run - a perfect day!

All students had a great time participating in our annual Terry Fox Run! Thank you to all those who donated a Toonie for Terry! Congratulations to Brandt for winning the Terry Fox t-shirt. Thanks to our Home and School Council mom's for the yummy snack…