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  • What's Going On In the Den - January 21 - 25

    What's Going On In the Den

    Happy Snowy Weekend Clarksdale Families, Joyeuse fin de semaine neigeuse à tous!


    January has shaped up to be a very busy month and we are closing it out with lots happening in the Den!


    Mindfulness Minute for this week!

    Magnetic hands.  Put your hands in front of you shoulder width apart with palms facing each other.  Breathe in deeply through your nose 1-2-3-4.  As you breathe in bring your palms as close together as you can without touching them.  Exhale slowly through your mouth 1-2-3-4.  As you exhale bring your hands slowly out to shoulder width again.  Repeat!


    Carnaval Parent Volunteers Needed

    Carnaval is scheduled for Tuesday February 26th.  We are in need of volunteers to help us with preparations beforehand and with some help the day of. Many of the jobs can be done at home on your own time, so please let me know if you can help out.  Some of the jobs we need help with include:

    1. Buying craft materials 
    2. cutting fabric pieces 
    3. serving hot chocolate on Feb 26th (2:00-3:30) 4) 
    4. preparing pancakes on Friday March 1st – breakfast club
    5. We also need someone who is interested in helping us with “bonhomme”.

    Please contact me at reesorj@hdsb.ca if you are able to help with this fun cultural event!


    Kidssentials

    Kidssentials is now ready to order for Term 2.  Reminder that Thursday January 31st is a field trip for Grade 6 students so if you have already ordered for that date you will need to contact Kidssentials to cancel.  https://kidssentials.com/ 

    FYI: Term 2 Kidssentials dates are Feb 7, Apr 4, May 2 and May 30.

    Multilingual StoryTime

    A very big thank you to Mrs. T for volunteering her time to come in and read picture books for Clarksdale's first Multilingual Story-time of the year! The children enjoyed listening to stories in both English and Arabic!

    This Thursday during first break, Mr. M. will be coming in to read in Swahili.

    If you can read in another language and would like to volunteer, please contact our ESL resource teacher, Mrs. Podmore for details at cpodmore@hdsb.ca


    Primary Choir – grades 1-3

    Primary choir is starting on Monday in the music room during first break.  Students should bring their lunch to the music room.


    Silver Birch

    For all those in grades 3-6 who love to read, come on out on Monday at 2nd break to join our Silver Birch club and read the latest and best Canadian novels as chosen by the Ontario Library Association!


    Battle of the Books

    On Wednesday, Junior Battle of the Books starts for our junior team (grades 3,4,5). Please meet Ms. Vandervelde in the library.

    Senior Battle of the books for grade 6s continues on Fridays at 1st break


    First Fun Fair Planning Meeting

    Fun Fair is scheduled for Tuesday June 11th and will be here before we know it!  It's our biggest school fundraiser and is lots of fun for all.  We are very appreciative of the past parent involvement leading up to and during the event over the years.  Please consider joining us at our first planning meeting on Thursday Jan 24th at 7:15pm in the staffroom.  The meetings are a great opportunity to brainstorm and share new ideas.  If you want to help but are unable to attend the meetings please email Beth Revelle at beth.revelle@gmail.com.  


    Driving Safety Reminders:

    Roads and parking lots can be slippery in this wintery weather and visibility is more limited.  We want to remind everyone to please drive and walk with care when picking up and dropping off your children.  We want everyone to be safe!  

    We also remind parents who are in the kiss ‘n ride area that this area is intended for quick pick-ups and drop-offs and parents should not be idling or parking in this area.  It is also used by our daycare buses as well, so we ask that you move to make room for these when they arrive.  If your child is not out yet, please park and wait for your child in one of the parking spaces.


    Kindergarten registration is underway

    If you have a child who will be 4 by December 2019, then you do need to register them for FDK.  Children already in JK do not need to register again.  Please ensure your child is registered as soon as possible, and no later than February 1st, 2019


    Grade 2 French Immersion Registration Forms Due

    A reminder that parents of students currently in grade 1 that you must submit a registration form if you are planning to register your child for French Immersion in Grade 2.  These registration forms are due no later than February 1, 2019


    Here’s what’s going on in the Den this week:

    Monday:      Silver Birch Club – 2nd break

                      Primary Choir – 1st break

                      Harry Potter club – 1st break

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    Tuesday:     Fishing club – 1st break

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    Wednesday: Lego Robotics – 1st break

                      Colour Me Calm – 1st break

    Junior Battle of the Books – 2nd break

                      Chess Club – 1st break

                      Grade 6 volleyball – 2nd break

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    Thursday:     Pizza Day

                       Multilingual Story Time – 1st break

                        Grade 6 Lego Robotics – 1st break

                      Me2We – 2nd break

                      Fun Fair planning meeting – 7:15 pm

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    Friday:         

                      Breakfast Club 8:45

    Senior Battle of the Books – 1st break

    EcoClub – 1st break

                      Grade 6 volleyball – 2nd break

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    Don’t forget to check out our website at cla.hdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter at  @ClarksdaleHDSB


    Looking Ahead:

    January 30th:  Girls’ Volleyball tournament at Orchard Park

    January 31st:  Jersey Day

    January 31st:  Kidssentials

    January 31st:  Grade 6s to Warplane Museum

    February 1st:  PD day, school closed to students

    February 7th:  Boys’ grade 6 volleyball tournament at Orchard Park

                                                 

    Have a wonderful week, Clarksdale.  Imagine, Believe Achieve in all you do!

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 


    Posted Jan 19, 2019, 6:38 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - January 14 - 18

    What's Going On In the Den - week of January 14th 2019

    Happy New Year Clarksdale Families, Bonne année à tous! We had an excellent return to school.  The students and staff are already busy with their learning and activities around the school.

    Here is What’s Going On In the Den:

    Mindfulness Minute:

    In support of our focus on wellness, each week, we will share a quick tip/activity that you can do with your children to help promote mindfulness.  Enjoy!

    Deep Breathing -Take a Big Breath

    The more strategies a child has for calming their amygdala the better. Deep breathing teaches children to focus their attention and relax.

    What to say:

    Taking big breaths can help calm us down and focus.

    Stand with your feet apart. Cross one wrist over the other. Slowly breathe in through you nose. Lift your arms so they meet over your head. Let out your breath slowly. Bring your arms down and cross over your wrists again. Repeat at least 10 times.

    Continuing in French Immersion Forms Due

    A reminder to parents of students in Grades 2-6, to please return the Yellow "Registration for Continuing in French Immersion" forms, ASAP.  These help us in our planning for next year.

    Grade 2 French Immersion Registration Forms Due

    A reminder that parents of students currently in grade 1 that you must submit a registration form if you are planning to register your child for French Immersion in Grade 2.  These registration forms are due no later than February 1, 2019

    Kindergarten Registration is underway

    If you have a child who will be 4 by December 2019, then you do need to register them for FDK.  Children already in JK do not need to register again.  Please ensure your child is registered as soon as possible, and no later than February 1st, 2019.  As a reminder, all JK students must register at their home schools.

    Junglesport here this week

    Junglesport arrives this week.  All students should have received an information letter and permission forms.  Please ensure you return the form by Monday as this will be required in order for your child to participate.

    Helmets are provided by Junglesport (and are cleaned in between uses); however, students are also welcome to bring their own helmet if they prefer. Please ensure you know when your child is participating and that they dress comfortably on those days.

    Breakfast Club

    With Junglesport here this week, Breakfast Club on Friday will be “Grab ‘n Go” vs a sit down.  As a result, students should not come until 9:00 when there will be supervision available.


    Winter Weather Reminders:

    With the cold weather now back, just a few reminders to ensure your children are properly dressed – boots, hats, jackets, mitts and snow pants.

    Also, in the event of snowy weather, please make sure to check the website for information regarding bus cancellations and school closures.

    And a driving safety reminder… Roads and parking lots can be slippery in this wintery weather and visibility is more limited.  Please drive and walk with care when picking up and dropping off your children.  We want everyone to be safe!

    Chess and Checkers Club:

    Chess and Checkers Club starts this week for students in grades 4-6.  All are welcome to come and learn (or teach others!). Students in Grade 4-6 are invited to sign up for Chess and Checkers Club on Monday at first break outside of Room 211. We will be playing once a week in the library. The day of the week that chess is held will depend on the number of students interested in participating. Many thanks to Mrs. DeRoo for helping with this club.

    Battle of the Books

    Battle of the Books is a competition put on by the Burlington Public Library. Schools that participate send teams of 6 students who compete against other schools. The competitions take place in April. Each team is asked 10 questions about books (New, Classics, Canadian, Award Winners). The students have to identify the Title of the Book and the Author based upon the question asked. Usually each school competes against four other schools.  eg. A boy wizard has to defeat a large snake - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.  Clarksdale will be entering 2 teams. A Junior Team Grade 3,4,5 and Senior Team Grade 6 (7,8).  Senior Battle starts this Friday at first break.  Thanks to Mr. Hammond and Mrs. Vandervelde for leading these teams.

    Lego Robotics

    Lego Robotics for grade 6 students has started.  A wonderful chance for students to combine science, technology and teamwork as they design Lego robots to complete specific tasks.  A team will be representing Clarksdale at an upcoming Lego Robotics competition.  Thanks to Mr. Hammond for leading this team as well!

    Volleyball Teams:

    Volleyball is underway for our grade 6 boys and girls.  Practices are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please remind your child to have proper footwear (and optional knee pads).  We will be returning to practice w/o January 21st, once Junglesport is complete. Mlle Jickels and Mrs. Reesor will be sending further information home regarding game schedules as they are confirmed.

    Here’s what’s going on in the Den this week:

    Monday:      Junglesport begins

                      Chess and Checkers club sign up – first break

                      Harry Potter club – 1st break

    School Council – 7 pm in room 208

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    Tuesday:      Fishing Club – 10:55

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    Wednesday:         Lego Robotics – 10:55

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    Thursday     Pita Day

    Lego Robotics – 10:55

    Me To We Club – 1:15 pm

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    Friday:       

    Breakfast Club 9:00 – Grab and Go only

    Senior Battle of the Books – 10:55 am

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    Don’t forget to check out our website at cla.hdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter at  @ClarksdaleHDSB


    Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​

    January 24th:  Fun Fair kick off meeting:  7:15 pm in the staff room

    January 31st:  Jersey Day

    January 31st:  Kidssentials Lunch

    January 31st:  Grade 6s to Warplane museum

    February 1st:  PD Day – school closed to students

                                                

    Have a wonderful week, Clarksdale.  Imagine, Believe Achieve in all you do!

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…


    Posted Jan 13, 2019, 9:14 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - January 7 - 11


    Happy New Year Clarksdale Families, Bonne année à tous!


    We hope you enjoyed a restful holiday with family and friends and are energized and ready to go!  School resumes on Monday, January 7th at 9:15 am

    Lots happening right away in the Den. 

    First, a special welcome back to Ms. Nalsok, who will be returning from maternity leave to our Special Education Resource team, partnering with Ms. Springmann. 

    Also, welcome back to Mme Clarke, who is returning to her grade 2 FI class.


    Parent Reminders:

    If you are driving your child to/from school, please drive slowly and be extra careful in the parking/kiss and ride area.  With the winter weather that is soon to return, visibility is limited and we want to ensure our children are safe as they move to and from school.

    Also, a reminder that the bell rings at 9:15 and students are expected to enter the school on time and independently with their teachers.  Parents are asked to only enter/exit the school through the main entrance and are required to sign in at the office.  This step is to keep all children safe and we appreciate your support of this process.

    Kindergarten registration is underway

    Please check our website for details regarding registration.  If you have a child who will be 4 by December 2019, then you do need to register them for FDK.  Children already in JK do not need to register again.  Please ensure your child is registered as soon as possible, and no later than January 31, 2019.


    Grade 2 French Immersion Registration

    All students currently in grade 1 are eligible to register for Grade 2 French Immersion.  Please check the Halton website (hdsb.ca) for more information about the program.  Please note that there is a firm deadline of January 31st, 2019 for applications.


    Breakfast Club Day Change:

    Our breakfast club day is changing to Friday.  Students are invited to join us in the gym at 8:40 for breakfast.  Bus students are also welcome to “grab and go” as they arrive.  A healthy breakfast is proven to help concentration and learning and we appreciate our Breakfast Club volunteers for their hard work in providing this each week.  If you are able to help out (even one Friday a month, or with shopping or prep), please contact Kat Thistle at katthistle86@gmail.com


    Council Reminders

    Our first council meeting of the new Year is on Monday, January 14th at 7:00pm.  All are welcome

    First fun fair planning meeting is on January 24th at 7:15 pm in the staff room


    Flexible Thinkers Group

    We are introducing an after-school Math support group for students in grade 3 or 4.  If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact Mr. Thompson at thompsonjr@hdsb.ca


    Here’s what’s going on in the Den this week:


    Monday:


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    Tuesday:      


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    Wednesday:  Spirit Leader meeting first nutrition break in the library 




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    Thursday:    Pizza Day

                     


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    Friday:  Breakfast Club 8:40

              

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    Don’t forget to check out our website at cla.hdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter at  @ClarksdaleHDSB


    Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​

    January 14th:  School Council, 7 pm

    January 24h:  Fun Fair Planning Night

                                                 

    Have a wonderful week, Clarksdale.  Imagine, Believe Achieve in all you do!

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 


    Posted Jan 6, 2019, 11:01 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - Dec 17 - 21

    Happy December Clarksdale Families,

    Our last “Den” for 2018 and still lots happening!

    We want to wish all of our families a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season!  See you again on January 7th.


    So Many Thanks

    A huge thanks to staff, students and parents for their support of our holiday craft evening and book fair.  Both were huge successes and we appreciate your participation.  Hope you all enjoyed them as well!  Book Fair is open for one final day on Monday (9:30-1:15 pm, excluding nutrition breaks). While we don’t have the final totals, it looks like sales will surpass last year.  WOW!

    Special thanks again to Ms. Gibbs for taking the lead on the evening and to Mrs. Vandervelde for her leadership of the bookfair.


    Angel Tree

    Also many thanks to those who have supported our hat and mitten tree, and our angel tree.  Tomorrow (Monday) is the last day for donations as we will be busy organizing and sharing the amazing gifts that we have received with those in need. Thank you again for helping to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter.


    No Breakfast Club this week

    There will be no breakfast club this week.

    Also, our breakfast club “chair” will be leaving us in January.  We wanted to thank Tara for her hard work and leadership in supporting hundreds of students with a nutritious and delicious breakfast each week.  We will miss you!   The team is in need of helpers in order to continue the program.  If you are able to help out please contact the school by emailing me at reesorj@hdsb.ca.  We need help on Thursday mornings (from 8:30am – 9:30 am) and on Wednesday afternoons for preparation.


    PJ Day Thursday

    Thursday is PJ Day at Clarksdale.  Enjoy wearing your coziest and comfiest PJs! 


    Early Dismissal on Friday

    A reminder to all families that it will be early dismissal on Friday.  This means that school will end 90 minutes early --- at 2:05.  Bus times will also be adjusted by 90 minutes, so please ensure your pick-up times are adjusted as well.

    Nutrition Break #1:  10:25-11:05

    Nutrition Break #2: 12:15=12:55


    Milk Orders Due

    A reminder from Mrs. Frawley that all milk orders are due and will still be accepted on Monday


    Here’s what’s going on in the Den this week:


    Monday:      Last day of Bookfair

    Deadline for Angel tree and mitten tree donations

    Harry Potter Club – 1st break

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    Tuesday:     Fishing Club – 1st break          

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    Wednesday:

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    Thursday:    PJ Day

                      Pizza Day

                      Winter Singalong for students:   12:30-1:10pm

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    Friday:        Early Dismissal 2:05 pm             

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    Don’t forget to check out our website at cla.hdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter at  @ClarksdaleHDSB


    Looking Ahead:

    January 7th – return to school

    January 10th – Fun Fair Kick-off meeting 7:15pm staff room

    January 14th – School Council 7pm

    January 31st – Grade 2 French Immersion Registrations Due

    January 31st – Optional Attendance request forms for new students due (Clarksdale closed to Optional Attendance)               


    Have a wonderful week, Clarksdale.  Imagine, Believe Achieve in all you do!

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 11:41 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going On in the Den - December 10 - 14

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

    Our second last week before the holiday break --- and LOTS going on in the Den! 

    Holiday Craft Night this week

    We are excited for our upcoming holiday multicultural craft and sing-a-long this week:  Thursday 6:30 – 8:00pm.  If you have not sent in your craft registration form, please ensure you do as we are only preparing enough crafts for those who registered.  Please also plan to join us at 7:30pm in the gym for a sing-a-long, hot chocolate and cookie to kick off the holiday season!


    Book Fair This Week!

    Wow, we are so excited! The Book Fair is finally here! 

    We will be open on:

    Wednesday December 12th from 11:45 - 6:00

    Thursday December 13th from 9:30 - 8:00

    Friday December 14th from 9:30 - 3:30

    Monday December 17th from  9:30 - 1:15

    Come on down, buy some books and help support Clarksdale’s library!


    Angel Tree and Hat/Mitten Tree:

    Thank you to those who have already participated in the hat/mitten tree and the angel tree.  We still have lots of cards available. All donations are due by Friday, so please consider donating a wrapped gift or gift card to this important cause. We are looking to support over 20 families, so we really appreciate all help!  **Please note:  if you know of a family in need, or if you feel you could use a helping hand yourself, please contact me atreesorj@hdsb.ca or call the school.


    Pizza and Milk orders available online

    Please note that pizza and milk orders for the New Year are available online. 


    Spirit Leader News:

    Everyone looked fabulous on Mustache Day and the Spirit Leaders would like to thank everyone for the donations for the cancer society. We raised $149.00.

    Our next event is PJ Day on December 20th .


    Early Dismissal next Friday, December 21st

    A reminder that we have early dismissal next Friday, December 21st.  School ends at 2:05pm.  Bus times will also be adjusted to arrive home 90 minutes earlier. 


    Grade 2 French Immersion Registration:

    As most should know, French Immersion begins in Grade 2 and requires registration.  If you would like to register your child for grade 2 FI, please do so between December 1st and January 31st.  Late applications will not be accepted.


    Winter Weather Reminders:

    With the snow, just a few reminders to ensure your children are properly dressed – boots, hats, jackets, mitts and snow pants.

    Also, in the event of snowy weather, please make sure to check the website for information regarding bus cancellations and school closures.


    Parking Safety Reminders

    We are continuing to have parents park along the side of the west parking lot in the emergency route instead of in parking spaces.  On Friday, we also had someone park in between the two, which totally blocked entry/exit.  Please ensure you park in designated parking spaces only, or better yet, walk to school or park a few streets away to enjoy some fresh air at the end of the day. Please help us to keep all of our children safe and to model kindness to each other.


    Here’s what’s going on in the Den this week:

    Monday:      Harry Potter Club – 1st break

    Library club – 2nd half of second break

    Grade 3/4 intramurals


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    Tuesday:     Fishing Club – 1st half of 1st break – room 108

                      Grade 3/4 Intramurals   

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    Wednesday:  Book Fair open

                        Grade 1/2 Intramurals

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    Thursday:

                      Breakfast Club: 8:40 am

    Book Fair Open

    Pita Day

                      Holiday Craft Evening:  6:30 -8:00pm

                      Grade 1/2 Intramurals

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    Don’t forget to check out our website at cla.hdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter at  @ClarksdaleHDSB


    Looking Ahead:


    December 17th:  Last Day of Book Fair

    December 20th:  PJ Day

    December 21st:  Early Dismissal – 2:05 pm

    January 7th:  Return to School

                                                

    Have a wonderful week, Clarksdale.  Imagine, Believe Achieve in all you do!

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…


    Posted Dec 9, 2018, 3:16 PM by Neil Hammond
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