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  • What is Going on in the Den - December 9 - 13

    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:  Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30.  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 7:00pm in the gym for a sing-a-long, drink 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:

    3:45 to 5:00 pm on Monday 

    9:30 to 5:00 pm on Tuesday

    9:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday 

    9:30 to 3:00 pm on Thursday

    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 are still in need of gifts for all ages. All donations are due by Friday, so please consider donating a gift or gift card to this important cause. As a reminder, please wrap your gifts and include a card indicating the contents and age that the gift is designated for.


    Pizza and Milk orders available online

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


    Bus Reminders

    Please make sure you inform the school on days your child is not going home on the bus (i.e., getting a drive home; going to childcare; going home with another student; being signed out early).  Thank you!


    Early Dismissal next Friday, December 20th

    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.



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


    Monday:    Grade 3/4 Ball Hockey Finals are today at Second Break.

    Fluffy Pandas vs. Amazing Narwhals!

    Spectators from grade 3 and 4 are welcome to attend. Please come down at the bell to go outside. Everyone is reminded to continue to show great sportsmanship.

                     Diversity Club – 1st break

    Primary Choir 1st break

    School Council Meeting – 7pm


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    Tuesday:     Grade 1 trip to RBG

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    Wednesday:  Book Fair open

                        Holiday Craft Evening:  6:00 -7:30 pm

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    Thursday:    Book Fair Open

       Pita Day

                       Me 2 We – 2nd break

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    Friday:        Breakfast Club: 8:45 am

                      Board Games Club – 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:

    December 20th:  Early Dismissal – 2:05 pm

    January 6th:  Return to School

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Dec 8, 2019, 11:49 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going On In The Den - Dec 2-6

    December 2nd 2019


    What's Going On In The Den - week of December 

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

    A very busy December ahead!

    Sanctions Update

    As you may have seen from the Board’s communication, we are currently facing the possibility of a one-day withdrawal of service by members of the OSSTF on Wednesday. While elementary schools will remain open, please be aware that school office staff (e.g. school secretaries, technical staff in school libraries) and student services staff (e.g. Psychologists, Social Workers, Child & Youth Counsellors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Facilitators) in elementary and secondary schools are members of OSSTF and will therefore also be on strike. As a result, parents/guardians can expect disruption to normal school activities.

    Without office staff in elementary schools, parents/guardians are reminded of the following: 

    • If your child will be absent or late, you must report the absence/late arrival through SchoolMessenger (Toll-free at 1-877-409-6310, online at go.schoolmessenger.ca or on the HDSB Mobile App). 
    • School phones may not be answered in a timely manner.
    • Exterior doors of schools will be locked. If your child is arriving late, you must wait at the door with them until it is opened by a staff member. Please expect delays.
    • We encourage parents/guardians to avoid non-urgent school visits/communication on this day. 


    Holiday Multicultural Craft Night is Coming:

    A reminder of our holiday craft night and sing-a-long on Wednesday December 11th, from 6:00-7:30pm.  Please make sure you have returned your registration form so that we can plan the right number of crafts and snacks.  Hope to see you all there!


    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. Please consider donating a pair of mittens, hat or scarf to our mitten tree, located in the library.  Or come to the office and select a card from our angel tree.  Then, simply purchase a gift, suitable for a child of that age, wrap it and place it with the card (and description of gift) attached back under the tree. New toys, Lego, craft items, clothing, books (from our book fair!) etc. are all great suggestions. Gift cards are also welcome (e.g. grocery stores, Chapters, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Toys R Us).  We thank you in advance for your kind support of this important event. The last day for donations is Friday, December 13th.


    Book Fair Coming Soon!

    Please support the Clarksdale Library by coming out to our December Book Fair!  We will have a wide selection of books that will appeal to readers at every level.  Picture books, easy readers, chapter books, junior novels and other popular must-read titles are feature online.  Flyers are on their way home. The students will be previewing the fair this Friday the 6th and Monday the 9th. The fair will be open for sales Monday evening until 5pm, Tuesday until 5pm, Wednesday until 8pm during our craft night and Thursday until 3pm. Come on out and support Clarksdale’s library!

    Also, our library collection has recently been weeded due to the age of the books and would really appreciate any donations of new books!  Please consider buying an extra book at the fair to donate to our school collection and help refresh our library!


    Bus Reminders

    Please make sure you inform the school on days your child is not going home on the bus (i.e., getting a drive home; going to childcare or after-school activities; going home with another student; being signed out early).  Thank you!


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

    **Please also check our December newsletter and calendar


    Monday:      Dental Screening:  JK, SK and grade 2

    Me 2 We – 1st break

                      Diversity Club – 1st break

    Primary Choir 1st break

    Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

    Teams playing are Fuzzy Pandas and Fluffy Llamas

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    Tuesday:     Polo Broomball at second break for grades 1 and 2

    Chat team meeting, 2nd break

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    Wednesday:  Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

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    Thursday:    Polo Broomball at second break for grades 1 and 2

    Pizza Day

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    Friday:        Breakfast Club – 8:45 a.m.

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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 9th-13th –Scholastic Book Fair

    December 11th- Holiday Multicultural Craft Night and Sing-a-long

    December 12th: Pita Day

    December 20th:  Early Dismissal – 2:05 pm                                     

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Dec 1, 2019, 10:08 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going On In The Den - Nov 25 - 29

    November 25th, 2019


    What's Going On In The Den - week of November 25th


    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,


    It is hard to believe we are almost into December!  And another busy week to come in the Den! 


    Lots of Ways to share kindness at Clarksdale!

    We appreciate all of the opportunities for students and families to Pay It Forward --- we recognize that supporting each one can be difficult--- so please know we are sharing these as options to consider, but there is of course no requirement for students to do all of these!


    1)  Mustache Day November 29th!

    For this month's Spirit Day, Mustache Day, the Spirit Leaders will be accepting donations for the Cancer Society and students are invited to wear their craziest mustaches on Friday.

    2) Angel Tree and Hat/Mitten Tree:

    We invite all families to participate in our fourth annual angel tree and hat/mitten tree collections.  Many families within our community need help over the holiday season and throughout the year and this is a wonderful way to do so.  Please consider donating a pair of mittens, hat or scarf to our mitten tree, located in the library.  Or come to the office and select a card from our angel tree.  Then, simply purchase a gift, suitable for a child of that age, wrap it and place it with the card attached (including a description of what is in the package) back under the tree. New toys, Lego, craft items, clothing, books etc. are all great suggestions. Gift cards are also welcome (e.g. grocery stores, Chapters, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Toys R Us).  We thank you in advance for your kind support of this important event.  We know that last year, we were able to support close to 25 families – and their appreciation was tremendous.

    Movie Night

    This Friday November 29th will be our second movie night of the school year. Doors open at 6:30pm and the movie starts at 7:00pm. The movie is Angry Birds 2 and is sure to be fun to watch!  Food and refreshments will be available to purchase.  A reminder that all students must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission is $1 per person.


    Pets on School Property

    We are so happy to see so many families walking to school, instead of driving! Thank you for helping to keep our parking lot traffic to a minimum. We know that many of you have special 4-legged members of your family that often come for the walk to school. Many of our students love dogs; however, we do have some students who are fearful of pets or have allergies to pets. For this reason, we do ask that you please keep your dog on leash at all times.  We also ask that you avoid walking through the kindergarten area with dogs and remain at the edge of the blacktop.

    Thank you for helping our children feel safe!

    Music News:

    Primary choir during on Monday and Wednesday during 1st break in the music room. 

    Cast list for Seussical The Musical was posted last week.

    Seussical rehearsals begin this week during 2nd break in the Music Room.


    French Immersion Information Sessions 

    A reminder that the French Immersion information session is being held on Thursday, November 28th, 6-7 pm at the New Street Education Centre/Gary Allan High School, 3250 New Street.  Please note that individual schools will not be hosting information nights at this time.  Additional information is available on the Halton website at www.hdsb.ca

    Registration begins December 6th and the deadline for registrations is January 31, 2020.


    Clarksdale Holiday Arts Evening – Wednesday, December 11th, 6:00-7:30pm 

    This year Clarksdale students and staff will once again be hosting a holiday craft evening, celebrating the many cultures and traditions we enjoy at Clarksdale and beyond.  Students of all grades are invited to join us with parents/guardians for an evening of crafts and song.  Registration forms will be sent home this week.


    Book Fair Coming Soon!

    Please come out to support Clarksdale's library! Last year was a huge success and we are hoping for a repeat this year!  Details regarding Book Fair hours will be shared next week.

    Also, our library collection has recently been weeded due to the age of the books and would really appreciate any donations of new books!  Please consider buying an extra book at the fair to donate to our school collection and help refresh our library!


    Last call for Lost and Found

    Many thanks to those who have visited our Lost and Found table to retrieve missing items.  We still have items left, so if you have not done so, please take a moment to come by.  Any items left unclaimed by November 29th will be donated. 


    Optional Attendance

    We have just received confirmation that Clarksdale is open to optional attendance for grades 2-6 English students for 2020-2021.  If you have a new student who would like to register for optional attendance here for next year, please visit your child’s home school and fill out an optional attendance form.  You can then still submit them to us, for consideration once we see the projected numbers and registrations for the upcoming year.  Please note, optional attendance requests should be made between December 1st and January 31st.


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


    Monday:      Me 2 We – 1st break

                      Diversity Club – 1st break

    Primary Choir 1st break

    Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at 2nd break:  Teams playing are Fuzzy Pandas and Amazing Narwhals

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    Tuesday:     Polo Broomball at second break for grades 1 and 2

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    Wednesday:  Ball Hockey for grades 3 and 4:  Teams playing are Fluffy Llamas and Happy Unicorns

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    Thursday:    Polo Broomball for grades 1 and 2 at 2nd break

                      Pizza Day

                      Grade 2 FI Information Night – New Street​​​​​​​            

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    Friday:        Mustache Day

                      Breakfast Club 8:45am

                      Movie Night Doors open at 6:30pm      

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


    **Watch for our December newsletter and calendar being sent home this week (and posted on our website)


    Looking Ahead:


    December 2nd – Dental Screening for JK, SK and Grade 2 students

    December 5th – Pizza Day

    December 9th-14th  – Scholastic Book Fair

    December 11th- Holiday Multicultural craft evening 

                                                 

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Nov 24, 2019, 2:59 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going On in the Den - Nov 18 - 22

    November 18th 2019


    What's Going On In The Den - week of November 18th, 2019


    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

    Many thanks to the parents/family members who joined us for our X-Dance Family Dance Night on Wednesday.  Another great family evening, where we enjoyed a variety of dances from around the world, mixed with fun and fitness. See our pictures on Twitter - @ClarksdaleHDSB.

    A busy week to come in the Den.


    This week is Bullying Prevention Awareness Week throughout Halton.

    At Clarksdale, we continue (as we do each week!) with the promotion of Kindness, Inclusion and Positive Problem Solving in order to help our students feel safe and happy at school – and to feel they belong.  On Wednesday, our students will be leading an assembly to promote our common language in problem solving.  A great example of Students Leading Students, and Student Voice in Action.


    Clarksdale’s Angel Tree and Hat/Mitten Tree Begins this week

    Clarksdale is a very generous school community and we are so appreciative of the kindness we share.  We have many families in need within our community and each year, we invite all staff, students and parents to take part in our Angel Tree and Holiday Hat/mitten tree.  Bring in a pair of mittens, a hat or scarf and hang them on the mitten tree, located in the library.

    Our Angel Tree will be located in the office.  The tree contains paper ornaments that indicate a child (e.g., boy 8, girl 9), mom/dad/guardian.  Come on in, take a card and purchase a gift suitable for the person on the ornament.  Important Reminder:  please wrap the gift and bring it to the school with the ornament card taped to it including a description of the gift inside.  Our Clarksdale elves will then assemble the gifts and distribute them to our families before the holiday season begins.

    We also welcome gift cards.  Popular spots include grocery stores, gas stations, Walmart, Chapters/Indigo, The Bay, Canadian Tire.

    We always appreciate donations of tape, wrapping paper, cards and bows for any last minute items needed.

    We look forward to sharing the kindness of the season with all of our Clarksdale families.  All donations are due in the office by Friday December 6th 


    Progress Reports Home this week and Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences this week

    Parents are reminded that progress reports are being sent home on Monday and that their student/parent/teacher conference will be held this week.  Please note that students are expected to accompany you to these meetings, unless otherwise arranged with your child’s teacher. Progress reports will be sent home on Monday, so please take a moment to review these with your child prior to your conference. 

    **Don’t forget to stop by the office to pick up an Angel Tree card during your visit.

    **Please check the lost and found table for any missing items. 


    Congratulations to our Caribou Math Contest Participants:

    3 of our students participated in the annual Caribou Math contest, with participants from all around the world.  Congratulations to Jack who placed in the top 40% amongst grade 3/4 students, to Valeria, who placed in the top 15% amongst grade 3/4 and to Evan who finished in the top 2% for grade 5/6.  These are world rankings and we are so proud of your accomplishments!


    Music News:

    Primary choir during on Monday during 2nd break.  

    Cast list for Seussical The Musical will be posted on Tuesday outside of the Music Room.  Rehearsal schedule (during break times) will be given out to all cast on Wednesday.


    French Immersion Information Sessions 

    A reminder that the French Immersion information session is being held on Thursday, November 28th, 6-7 pm at the New Street Education Centre/Gary Allan High School, 3250 New Street.  Please note that individual schools will not be hosting information nights at this time.  Additional information is available on the Halton website at www.hdsb.ca

    Registration begins December 6th and the deadline for registrations is January 31, 2020.


    Clarksdale Holiday Arts Evening – Wednesday, December 11th, 6:30-8:00pm 

    After a successful introduction last year, Clarksdale students and staff will once again be hosting a holiday craft evening, celebrating the many cultures and traditions we enjoy at Clarksdale and beyond.  Students of all grades are invited to join us with parents/guardians for an evening of crafts and song.  More details will follow shortly but we wanted to share this “hold the date” message with you.


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


    Monday:      Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week begins

    Chefs à l’école – Grade 5/6 FI 

    Me2We – 1st break

    Primary Choir – 2nd break

    Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

    Teams playing are Fuzzy Pandas and Happy Unicorns

                      Progress Reports sent home and Conferences all week

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    Tuesday:      Hearing and Vision Screening for those who signed up

    Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

    CHAT team meeting – 2nd break, library 

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    Wednesday:  Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

    Teams playing are Amazing Narwhals and Fluffy Llamas

    Student-Led Assembly – period 5

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    Thursday:    Pita Day

                          Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

                       Parent Conferences - evening

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    Friday:

    PD Day, No school for Students (Conferences)

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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:

    November 28th – Pizza Day

    November 28th – Grade 2 FI Information Night – New Street Education Centre, 6:00pm

    November 29th Mustache Day

    November 29th – Movie Night 

                                                 

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Nov 17, 2019, 2:56 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What Is Going On In The Den - November 11 - 15

    What's Going On In The Den - week of November 11th, 2019


    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

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


    Remembrance Day Ceremony November 11th

    We invite all students to join us in wearing red to honour our veterans for our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday at 10:15.  Parents are also welcome to join us as we acknowledge the contributions of our many veterans and current members of our military.

    X-Dance coming to Clarksdale this week ~ Families are invited to join us!

    X-Dance offers a variety of dance style from all around the world.  The focus of this experience is to celebrate diversity while providing the platform to build inclusion.  Students will explore a variety of dance styles over their 3 X-Dance Sessions. 

    Thanks to all the families who have already responded to our evening event.  It will be a great hour of learning, fitness and fun on Wednesday, November 13th , starting at 6:30pm. A flyer was sent home this week, so there is still time to RSVP either on the form or to reesorj@hdsb.ca


    School Council Meeting:

    Our next council meeting is this Monday, November 11th, at 7:00pm.  Hope to see you there to hear about all the great work happening at the school and within our council.


    It’s Recorder Time

    Students in grade 5 and 6 are encouraged to purchase their own replacement recorders if they have lost them.  White Soprano Recorders are available at Long and McQuade for $4.99 or can be purchased from the music teacher.  Class recorders are available for use, but it is preferable for each student to have their own to allow for practice. Please do not purchase recorders from the dollar stores as they are tuned differently.


    Seussical the Musical is Underway

    Auditions for the Seussical will be Tuesday-Friday this week during 2nd break for students in Grades 4-6 that have signed up with Mr. Reaume.

    Primary Choir practices have begun on Mondays at second break. All students in grades 1-3 are welcome to participate.


    Calling all 3 year-olds:  Kindergarten Information Session:

    Future students and their families are invited to attend the following Kindergarten Open House, to be held this Thursday, November 14th at Alexander’s Public School (2223 Sutton Dr.) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


    Progress Reports and Conferences are next week

    Progress reports will be sent home with students on Monday, November 18th. Many of you signed up for your child’s conference/interview while at the Open House in September.  If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s teacher to select a time that works for you. 


    French Immersion Information Sessions 

    In the Halton District School Board, the entry point for the French Immersion program is Grade 2, where 100% of the instructional day is taught in French.  An information evening is scheduled for Burlington on Thursday November 28th, 2019, from 6:00-7:00 at New Street Education Centre, Brock Room (3250 New Street). This session will help address any questions parents/guardians may have before registering their Grade 1 child(ren) for the French Immersion program.

    Registration for the French Immersion program is open to all Grade 1 students and will begin on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.  The deadline for submitting your registration form is Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date.


    Please visit the hdsb.ca website for more details (Search “French”). Registration forms are available online or at the office.


    Spirit Days

    Each class grades 1-6, have two Spirit Leaders. At our first meeting, the spirit leaders shared their ideas of Spirit Days they would like to plan for this school year.

    Each month Clarksdale will have a special spirit day. All children are encouraged to show their spirit by participating. This year we will be choosing some charities to support along with our spirit days. All children may participate in all spirit days and if you wish to support the charity of the month, please send in a loonie with your child. Our first spirit day is "Mustache Day." The charity chosen for this month is the Canadian Cancer Society. We are looking forward to seeing all the fun and fancy mustaches on Friday November 29th.


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

    Monday:        Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:15 am

    Primary Choir – 2nd break

    Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break - Teams playing are Fuzzy Pandas and Fluffy Llamas.

    School Council Meeting – 7 pm

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    Tuesday:      X-Dance begins: continues all week

    Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

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    Wednesday:   X-Dance continues

    Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

    Teams playing are Amazing Narwhals and Happy Unicorns

    X- Dance Family Night – 6:30 pm                

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    Thursday:       X-Dance continues

    Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

                      Pizza Day

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    Friday:           X-Dance continues

    Breakfast Club – 8:45

    Board Games Club – 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:

    Bullying Prevention Week:  November 18th -22nd

    Progress Reports Home:  Monday, November 18th

    Hearing and Vision Screening:  November 19th

    Student Conferences:  week of November 18th

    PA Day: November 22nd (conferences)

    Mustache Day:  November 29th

    Movie Night:  November 29th


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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 11:04 AM by Neil Hammond
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