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  • What is Going on in the Den September 17 - 21

    Happy Friday Clarksdale Families,

    Welcome to our 3rd What’s Going On In the Den Update.

    **A reminder that Monday is a PD day, so the school is closed to students.


    Are you new to the Clarksdale Family?  If so, please join us for a coffee and welcome on Friday September 21st at 9:30 am in the library.  It is a chance to meet other new families, and to learn a little more about Clarksdale and how you can become involved in our school community.  If possible, please RSVP to the office or me at if you plan to attend.

    Clubs are already up and running here at Clarksdale.  Please remind your child to listen attentively to announcements to know what is happening.  So far, we have Cross-country, Announcers and Spirit Leaders on the go --- with lots more starting in the coming weeks.

    Cross Country started this week and is for Grades 3-6 students. The practices are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 2nd break. Ensure you have running shoes at school to practice throughout the week. The event is on October 4th.  Permission forms will come home next week, please return them ASAP.  Thank you!  Mrs. Parker & Mme Dodgson


    Our Terry Fox Run/Walk is Friday October 28th at 2:00pm.  Please consider sending in a “Toonie for Terry” and help in the fight against cancer.  Look for the option of donating online as well!


    Library News:

    We are looking for library volunteers! If you have an hour or two you could spare in your week to help out in the library, we would really appreciate it. Please contact Mrs. Vandervelde at


    The Indigo Adopt a School Program starts tomorrow! Send those stories into Mrs. Vandervelde. We can win up to 20 books, 1 book for each small story written about what reading or the library means to you! We are so excited to have this opportunity!


    School Council:

    Please take a look at the invitation to join our School Council.  All members of the Clarksdale community are welcome to attend council meetings.  If you would like to be a voting member of Council, watch for the nomination form that was sent home this week.  Also, please visit our school council kiosk at the welcome open house next week.  Nomination forms are due on Friday, September 29th.  If necessary, an election will be held.  Our first council meeting will be held on Monday, October 2nd, at 7:00pm.


    A reminder that breakfast club day has changed to Thursdays, 8:40-9:10.  Please bring your reusable water bottle to help us reduce waste!


    Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington and the City of Burlington and are teaming up to encourage healthy active lifestyle behaviours to grade 5 students by offering a FREE access pass into the City of Burlington’s Drop-In recreational swimming, skating, and open gym times.

    The Active5 pass is available to any Burlington student currently in grade 5 in the 2018-19 school year.

    For information visit

    Darksdale- Join the planning team for this year's event, meeting on Thursday, September 20th at 7pm in the staffroom!


    Our family Welcome Open House and Meet the Teacher Night will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Please join us for a hotdog and drink, courtesy of our School Council, then join your children in meeting their teachers and take a tour of the school.

    **As a reminder, grade 1-6 teachers will also have sign-up schedules available for the conferences/interviews that take place in November.  Please take a moment while you are touring the class to sign up for your child’s conference.


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

    Monday:        PD Day – No School                


    Tuesday         Cross Country second break


    Wednesday: Spirit Leaders meet first break 


    Thursday:    Breakfast Club –8:40 am

    Pita Day Lunch (1st break)

                      Cross Country (2nd break)


    Friday:        Welcome Coffee 9:30 am


    Looking Ahead:


    Thursday, September 27th:      QSP Magazine kick-off

    Friday, September 28th:           Terry Fox Walk/Toonies for Terry

    Friday, September 28th:           Our first Movie Night – movie TBD

    Wednesday, October 3rd:         Welcome Open House 5:30-7:30 pm


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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 

    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 8:44 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What's Going on in the Den - September 10-14

    Hello Clarksdale Families,


    Welcome to our second “What’s Going On In the Den”, our weekly update on all the activities and information from Clarksdale.

    You will notice a change in timing --- for this year, we will be sending out our WGOITD on Friday afternoons, so that you can plan for the week ahead.


    We had a very successful first week!  Staff and students are settling in to our new year of learning and shared happy adventures from their summers. We heard many positive comments about the improvements in and around the school, particularly our beautiful garden and our new parking lot/Kindie area!

    Things are not quite complete and we appreciate your patience as we finish up our work in these areas.


    A quick reminder that the creative playground is closed in the mornings before school and that car pick-up and drop-offs should be from the west parking lot only.


    Clubs and Teams are beginning, the library is set to open after a summer of major construction, and the school is buzzing with excitement about the year ahead.  Our Terry Fox Event will take place on September 28th and we invite you to start collecting your “Toonies for Terry”.


    We are very excited to announce that our school has been “adopted” by the Brant Street Indigo! From September 15 to October 7, this store is going to fundraise on our behalf.  There are also several ways we can raise funds to support our library online which you can find at More information will be coming out via Synermessages.  We arelooking forward to seeing what our amazing community can raise!


    Please review the invitation to join our School Council sent home this week.  All members of the Clarksdale community are welcome to attend council meetings.  If you would like to be a voting member of Council, watch for the nomination form being sent home this week.  If necessary, an election will be held. Our first council meeting will be held on Monday, October 1st, at 7:00pm.


    As a reminder (from the letter shared on the first day), the Ministry does have requirements for class ratios and organizations.  As such, re-organizations of classes are sometimes required after the start of classes, as registrations and numbers are confirmed.  If this is required at Clarksdale, it will take place over the next couple of weeks and may involve class switches for students and staff.  We understand this can be a difficult time for students, families and staff and will do everything we can to ensure it is as smooth as possible.  We appreciate your understanding.


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


    Monday:    Happy Rosh Hashana

          Please return information forms to office asap


     Thursday:  First Pizza Day

    Looking Ahead:

    Monday, September 10th:  Staff Meeting 4:00pm

    Monday, September 17th:  PA Day – No school for students

    Thursday, September 20th:  First Pita Day

    Thursday, September 27th:  Pizza Day

    Friday, September 28th:  Toonie for Terry/Terry Fox Run


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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Sep 7, 2018, 11:15 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is going on in the Den September 4th

    Welcome Back Clarksdale Families and a Warm Welcome to all our New Families joining us for the first time.

    For those who are new, “What’s Going On In the Den” is a weekly update sent to families to keep you informed on what is happening in and around Clarksdale.

    Please make sure that you configure your email to ensure these messages are received and not put in your “junk” folder!

    Please follow us on Twitter @ClarksdaleHDSB as we also post important information there


    A few important messages for our first day:

    Class lists have been posted on the school front doors and on our website.  Please ensure you have checked the lists to know who your child’s teacher is.  You will need your OEN number (which is your child’s student number, listed on your report card).

    Students in grades 1-6 should meet their teacher on the rear blacktop.  Supervision will begin at 9:00 am Tuesday.  Teachers will be outside with signs and Class lists to help students find them.  The entry bell rings at 9:15 and we will make our way in to begin our first day together shortly after.

    SK students are asked to meet their teachers on the kindie blacktop between 9:00 and 9:15.  JK and new SK students are asked to come at 9:30am in order to allow the returning students to get organized and settled.  It will help our little ones settle more easily into their big day!  Each kindergarten student should have received an email confirming your teacher.  If you did not receive it, please don’t worry.  We will have lists at the kindie area to help you.

    Our school schedule is as follows:

    9:15am entry

    10:55-11:35:  first nutrition break

    1:15-1:55:  second nutrition break

    3:35 dismissal

    Please ensure your child knows how he/she is getting home at the end of the day.  Bussed students will be escorted to the bus lines to ensure they get on the right bus.

    **If you are picking up your child by car, please note that the Kiss ‘n Ride area (for drop-off and pick up)  is only on the West side parking lot.  The east Parking Lot is reserved for staff and is not designed to safely accommodate pick-ups.

    If the west lot is full, please consider parking on a side street and walking your child to the school  --- or better yet, leave the car at home and walk the whole way!!

    Please look for important information being sent home on the first day.  Lots of forms to fill out, so please take the time to do so as soon as possible.

    We look forward to a wonderful day and a year full of learning, growth and success!

    Happy First Day, Clarksdale!​​​​​​​

    Imagine, Believe Achieve in all you do!

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Sep 2, 2018, 7:30 PM by Neil Hammond
  • Class Lists
    Class lists will be posted on the doors and on the website by 4:00 pm on Friday August 31st. 
    Parents will require their child’s OEN number which is located on their June report card. 
    New kindergarten students without OEN numbers will receive a letter electronically and by mail to indicate their child’s teacher and the first day routines.
    Posted Aug 20, 2018, 4:42 PM by Neil Hammond
  • School Office is Open
    New to the Clarksdale neighbourhood?
    Our office is open daily for registrations starting August 20th, from 9:30-2:30 pm. Please bring documentation showing proof of address and proof of child’s age. Welcome to Clarksdale!
    Posted Aug 20, 2018, 3:40 PM by Neil Hammond
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