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  • What is Going on in the Den May 21st.

    Happy Victoria Day Clarksdale Families! 

     

    We hope you had a wonderful long weekend, that your gardens are planted and that you enjoyed time with friends and family.

     

    Here is What’s Going On In the Den this week:

     


    A reminder for EQAO

    Grade 3 students begin  EQAO on Wednesday.  Our grade 6 students will be writing next week. 

     

    Please note that we will not be able to call into classes during the testing, so please avoid scheduling any appointments or absences during these days.  Announcements will also take place later after second nutrition break during the testing weeks.

     

    Also a reminder that clubs who normally use the library will be cancelled as the library will be in use for testing.

     

    Jump Rope For Heart a big success!

    Many thanks to all families for your support of our annual Jump Rope for Heart.  It was a beautiful afternoon, and the students enjoyed a fitness filled circuit of activities, with the added bonus of supporting an important cause.  Special thanks to Mrs. Whale who organized it and had it all run so smoothly! 


    Calling all Gardeners!

    Spring is here and the gardens at Clarksdale need a little TLC.  We are looking for people to come out and help with clean-up on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00pm.

    Want to help but not into gardening?  We could use donations of mulch (red), soil and plants (your choice, we will find a home for everything!).  Please drop off at Clarksdale by May 23rd.

    Still want to help but not interested in lugging bags of soil or plants to Clarksdale?  Next time you are shopping at Holland Park Garden Gallery on Fairview St. you can donate your points to Clarksdale’s Grow for the Green account, just give them Clarkdale’s phone number (905) 335-5605.  Points earned can be applied to future purchases for the gardens.

     

    If you are interested in helping with the clean-up, please contact Samantha Palmer at Samantha.Palmer19@gmail.com.

     

    Hair Club

    Grade 5 and 6 's interested in learning how to do French and other kinds of braids are meeting in Mrs. Scodeller 's room Thursday during first break. 

     

     

    Final Movie Night

    Our final movie night will be on May 25th.  The movie will be students’ choice and we will announce the winner early this week.  Doors open at 6:30 and admission is $1.00.  A reminder that all students must be accompanied by an adult.  Hope to see you all there!

     

     

    Fun Fair News:

    Our Fun Fair is just a few weeks away!  June 12th is the date!  Watch for an important newsletter coming home this week with details of the big day.

    A few reminders:  1)  We are still in need of a few coffee cans to help as ticket containers.  2) Our next planning meeting is on Thursday, May 24th at 7:15 in the staff room.

    Last call for basket items for our class raffle baskets! 

     

     

    Kindergarten Information Night:

    Do you have a child who will be starting JK next year or is new to SK?

    If so, please join us for our Kindergarten Information night on Wednesday, May 30th, from 6:00-7:00pm.  You and your child will visit each classroom, will hear about Kindergarten “life” and will have a chance to meet our fabulous teachers.  Guests will also be joining us from Halton Health, our bus companies, the Burlington Public Library and members of our school council will be there to share information about their important work.  We hope you can join us!

     

     

     

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

     

    Monday:  Victoria Day – School Closed

     

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    Tuesday:     

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    Wednesday:

                      EQAO begins for Grade 3 students

                     

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    Thursday:

    EQAO continues for Grade 3 Students

    Pizza Day (set up in gym)

    Hair Club for Grade 5/6

                     

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    Friday:       EQAO continues for Grade 3 students

                       Breakfast Club

                      Running Club – Outside if weather permits

     

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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:

    May 28-30th:  Grade 6 EQAO

    May 30th:  FDK Orientation Night

    May 31st:  Ice Cream Treat Day

    June 1st:  PD Day (School Closed to Students)

    June 5th:  Student Vote

    June 6th:  Grade 2 French Immersion Orientation Night

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted by Neil Hammond
  • Halton District School Mobile App
    The Halton District School Board has launched a Mobile App for parents/guardians, staff and students! Report absences, get school news, calendars, social media and more all in one place. The app consolidates important information from schools and the Halton District School Board into one easy-to-access location. The free app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play (search “Halton District School Board” or “HDSB”).
    Posted May 14, 2018, 3:53 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den May 14th

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families! 

     

    We wanted to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all those celebrating today. 

     

    Here is What’s Going On In the Den this week:

     

    Congratulations to our grade 5 and 6 speech finalists

    Congratulations to our public speaking finalists who shared their speeches with us on Tuesday. It was a very difficult decision as each one brought a wonderful combination of information and personal connection.  Special congratulations to Cameron and Shayla, who will be representing Clarksdale at the West Halton Public Speaking finals this week. 

     

    Multilingual Story Time
    Monday, second break will be our first Multilingual Story Time for K - Grade 2 students. This week we’ll be reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in Farsi (Persian) and English.

    If you are interested in sharing a story with our students in a different language, please contact Mrs. Podmore at podmorec@hdsb.ca  Please note that you do need to have a valid criminal record check, including vulnerable sector screening.

     

    Ontario EcoSchools Visit

    The EcoSchools assessors will be coming to visit Clarksdale on Monday, May 14. It is a time to celebrate our Eco Club's leadership and achievements and also allows Ontario EcoSchools the opportunity to provide comprehensive evaluation, rich feedback, and verify our school’s certification application. The assessors will have a conversation with members of the Eco Club and will then be taken on a walkabout of the school. It is an opportunity for our Eco Club to highlight their successes, reflect on their experience, plan for next year, and provide feedback on the Ontario EcoSchools program. Thank you to our Eco Club members for their hard work on all of our environmental initiatives this year! Go Green Clarksdale!

     

     

    Good luck to our Relay Team

    Students in grades 3-6 will be representing Clarksdale at our upcoming Relay meet on Tuesday at Frank J. Hayden SS.  They have been training hard to be ready for the big day and parents are invited to come and see this fun event.  Special thanks to Mme Dodgson, Mrs. Plas, Mr. Cassidy and Mr. Jivraj for coaching our teams.

    Please remember that parking is limited, so please park on side streets as posted by parking signs and city bylaws, as well as the Norton Community Field across from the High School. The library and school lot are to remain open for patrons of the library and school staff.  City bylaw officers have been notified of the event and will ticket if bylaws are not being followed.

     

    Fun Fair is just around the corner!

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 12th for our annual fun fair.

    Pre-order forms for food will be sent home soon and we really hope families will take a moment to fill these out and send them in.  It helps us to estimate quantities and make sure we have it all ready for when you arrive!

     

    Also, a reminder that each class is creating a basket of prizes for the fair.  Please ask your child about their theme and consider sending in a few items towards it.

     

    And we are still in need of volunteers, so please send in your forms this week.

     

    Final Movie Night

    Our final movie night will be on May 25th.  The movie is students’ choice, meaning we will be letting the students vote on their favourite.  We will let you know the winning choice next week!

     

    Jump Rope For Heart is Here!

    A reminder that Jump Rope for Heart is this Friday, May 18th Please make sure all pledge envelopes are returned --- and a reminder that online donations through Heart and Stroke website are welcome! 

     

    A reminder for EQAO

    A reminder to parents of students in grade 3 and grade 6 that EQAO (the Ontario Provincial Language and Math Testing) will take place starting next week.  Our grade 3 students will be writing May 23-25 and our grade 6 students will be writing May 28-30th. 

     

    A reminder to parents that we will not be able to call into classes during the testing, so please avoid scheduling any appointments or absences during these days.  Announcements will also take place later after second nutrition break during the testing weeks.

     

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

     

    Monday:      Free to Be Me Club – 1:15 pm

                  School Council Meeting – 7 pm

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    Tuesday:     Relay Meet – Hayden SS

                              

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    Wednesday:

    Ramadan begins

    Chess Club – 2nd break, grades 4-6

     

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    Thursday:   

                      Pita Day

    Grade 2 trip to RBG                

     

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    Friday:       

    Running Club

                      Breakfast Club

                        Ice Cream Treat Day

                      Jump Rope for Heart – periods 5 and 6

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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:

    Monday, May 21st:  Victoria Day:  Schools Closed

    Wednesday, May 23- Friday May 25th:  EQAO testing for Grade 3 students

    Friday, May 25th:  Movie Night

    Wednesday, May 31st:  6:00pm-7:00pm  FDK Orientation Evening

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted May 14, 2018, 3:50 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What's Going On In The Den - May 7th

    Good Afternoon Clarksdale!

    Power Off and Play!

    We had a successful week of Power Off and Play.  Don’t forget to send in your contract for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

    Mental Health Awareness Week

     

    This week across Canada is Mental Health Awareness Week.  Every day this week we will be playing a song in the morning to raise awareness about Mental Health, we will have daily announcements, and students will complete activities in their classrooms.

     

    One in five Canadians lives with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. But all of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Our focus this year will be “Bounce Back”! Bounce Back means being resilient and getting back on your feet after a tough time.

     

    On Saturday, Clarksdale families who have pre-registered will meet at Spencer Smith Park for the Team Unbreakable Run/Walk for Youth Mental Health.

     

    Fun Fair News:

    As part of our fun fair, classes are invited to gather items to create baskets that are then part of our penny sale.  Each class has chosen a theme and will be sharing that theme with you. Families are then invited to send in new/unused items to help fill the class basket.

    Our next planning meeting is Thursday, May 10th at 7:15 pm in the staff room.  See you there!

     

    Clarksdale GSA

    Students in Grades 4-6 who are interested in joining the Clarksdale GSA are invited to meet Ms. Lukawecky and Mme Clarke in the library at 2nd nutrition break on Mondays starting this week.

     

    Jump Rope for Heart

    Clarksdale will be participating in Heart and Stroke's 2018 Jump Rope for Heart.  This year Jump Rope for Heart is striving to get 1 million students jumping in close to 4000 schools across Canada.  We are excited to be a part of it!   Envelopes were sent home this week --- we encourage students to try the online fundraising option as a quick and safe option!  Our skipping event will be on Friday May 18th. 

    As part of our spirit days, please plan to wear red/white or pink!

     

     

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

     

    Monday:  GSA 1:15pm

     

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    Tuesday:    

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    Wednesday:

                      FDK Trip to MagicGym

    Coding Club for grade 3s – 2nd half of first break

    Chess Club – 2nd break

                      Skipping Club – 2nd break

                     

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    Thursday:

    Pizza Day

    Coding Club continues – 2nd half of second break – grade 4s

    Fun Fair Meeting – 7:15 pm Staff Room

                     

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    Friday:        Breakfast Club

                      Running Club – Outside if weather permits

     

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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:

    May 14th:  School Council meeting 7 pm

    May 15th:  Relay Meet

    May 16th:  Ramadan begins

    May 17th:  Pita Day

    May 17th:  Grade 2 trip to RBG

    May 18th:  Jump Rope for Heart (wear red/white/pink)

    May 18th:  Ice Cream Treat Day

    May 21st:  Victoria Day:  Schools Closed

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…


    Posted May 6, 2018, 1:40 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What's Going On In the Den -- week of April 30th

    Many thanks:

    Thank you to all families who contributed to our Library Refreshment Fund during our Musical.  We collected $1170 which will be used to purchase new resources for our library!  See below for another opportunity to support our library!

     

    SK Photo Day

    Reminder that our SK’s will be having their photos taken this Tuesday May 1st


    POWER OFF AND PLAY!

    Last week, your child was given a "Family Screen Time Contract" to bring home in their bag.  If you would like to participate, please fill in the contract and carry it out this week (April 30th-May 4th)

    Return the contract by May 8th and be eligible to win fabulous prizes, including:

    -Family Membership to the Royal Botanical Gardens

    -Halton Parks Family Membership

    -Bronte Creek Annual Pass

    -Burlington Recreation Gift Cards (used for City Swim Pass, towards summer camps, etc.)

    -Chapters/Indigo Gift Cards

    -Family Croquet Set

    -Volleyball/Badminton Set

     

    Thank you for your interest and we sincerely hope that this challenge will allow for more power off and play as a family:)

     

    Movie Night Friday – “May the 4th be with you”

    In honour of May 4th, we will be showing Rogue One – A Star Wars Story at our next movie night.

    In lieu of $1 admission, we will once again be collecting donations in support of our library refreshment fund.  Many thanks to School Council for dedicating the proceeds from this event to our library.

    Doors open at 6:30pm and the movie begins at 7:00pm.

    As a reminder, students must be accompanied by an adult.

    Looking forward to seeing all of our jedi’s there!

     

    Jump Rope for Heart

    Clarksdale will be participating in Heart and Stroke's 2018 Jump Rope for Heart.  This year Jump Rope for Heart is striving to get 1 million students jumping in close to 4000 schools across Canada.  We are excited to be a part of it! Our kick-off assembly is this Thursday at 9:45 am.  Students from Clarksdale's skipping club will launch the assembly and students will receive pledge envelopes to begin fundraising.  Our skipping event will be on Friday May 18th. 


    Fun Fair News:

    Fun Fair is fast approaching and we are in need of volunteers to help!  Forms went home last week, so please take a moment to fill it out and let us know how you can help --- just taking one shift at a booth, helping with prizes, games, food preparation etc. would be appreciated.

    Our next planning meeting is Thursday, May 10th at 7:15 pm in the staff room.  See you there!

     

    Class Placement Requests – final reminder

    Each year, our staff spend a great deal of time building classes and consider the learning and social needs of all students.  That said, if you have a specific request regarding your child’s placement, please send it to Mrs. Reesor in writing, no later than April 30th.  As a reminder, please do not include requests for specific teachers.  As you can appreciate, teacher assignments do change from year to year and we therefore cannot accommodate such requests. We will consider parent requests when creating classes; however, the final decision regarding placement does remain with the school.

      

     

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

     

    Monday: (Friday Schedule)

    Grade 5s:  Scientists in School 

     

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    Tuesday:     Spirit Leader Meeting – 1st break

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    Wednesday:

                      Coding Club for grade 3s – 2nd half of first break

    Chess Club – 2nd break

                      Skipping Club – 2nd break

                     

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    Thursday:

    Jump Rope Kick Off Assembly:  9:45 am

    Coding Club continues – 2nd half of second break – grade 4s

                     

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    Friday:        Breakfast Club

                      Running Club – Outside if weather permits

    Green Screens Program – K-6 in the gym

    Movie Night:  6:30pm doors open; movie at 7:00pm

     

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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:

    May 9th:  FDK Field Trip to GymMagic

    May 10th:     Pizza Day

                      Student of Excellence Evening – MM Robinson 7:30 pm

    Fun Fair Meeting:  7:15pm in Staff Room

    May 14th:  School Council meeting 7 pm

    May 15th:  Relay Meet

    May 17th:  Pita Day

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Apr 30, 2018, 10:49 AM by Janet Reesor
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