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  • What's Going on in the Den - June 25

    Good Afternoon Clarksdale Families,


    Our final week of the year has arrived and we would like to take this time to thank all of our students, parents/families and staff for an outstanding year.  So much great learning both inside and outside the classroom, none of which would be possible without the partnership and teamwork of all of our school community.


    We wish everyone a safe, happy and restful summer.


    Last day of classes is Friday, June 29th, with early dismissal at 2:05pm.  Bus schedules will also be revised so will arriving at their afternoon stops 90 minutes early.


    **Please remember that classes begin on TUESDAY, September 4th.



    Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

    Thanks to all who have contributed already to our upcoming Staff Appreciation Luncheon which is taking place on Monday.  It is not too late:  if you would like to contribute either monetarily or with a food/drink item, please email  Thank you for ending our year on such a great note. 


    Marker Recycling

    Spirit Leaders have collected the dried out markers throughout the year and have begun counting them. So far we have counted 600 markers to send to Crayola for recycling and we still have a second box to count! Thanks to all for supporting this valuable initiative!


    Bee Stand news


    3 / 4 FI and 4 FI would like to thank the Clarksdale community for "Beelieving" and supporting our passion to take action to help save the bees. We were buzzing when we did the math after our second bee stand sold out and we had reached our goal to sponsor a local beehive through HumbleBee in Hamilton. What an amazing community of learners! We are Clarksdale Proud!


    Clarksdale gets ECO GOLD Certification.

    Congratulations to all our students, staff and parents for their hard work in helping Clarksdale achieve this significant milestone. 

    This is a significant accomplishment that involves school-wide teamwork and leadership on the part of students, staff, and community members; energy conservation; waste minimization; school ground greening; environmental lessons and field trips directly connected to The Ontario Curriculum; and/or environmental stewardship projects and events. Congratulations to all!


    Clarksdale Students inspire Land Acknowledgement at Burlington City Hall:

    Students in Mme Dodgson’s class last year (grade 6s this year) wrote persuasive letters to encourage Burlington Mayor Goldring to share and post the First Nations Land Acknowledgement in recognition of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.  Last Monday, our students and families were invited to City Hall to share in the raising of the First Nations Flag and to hear the Acknowledgement read for the very first time.  A very proud moment for our students --- and showed that student voice and perseverance can have a significant impact!  Well done!


    End of Year Reminders:

    Please remember to return all library books.  Also, please ask your child to bring home clothing and other personal items asap, so that they are not loaded down on the last day of school!


    Lost and Found:

    Please take a moment to check out the lost and found items outside the office.  Any items left on Friday will be donated.


    Grade 6 Farewell Celebration:

    A reminder to our grade 6 families that our farewell celebration will be held on Wednesday, June 27th at 9:30 am in the gym. We hope you all can join us to congratulate our Grade 6s and wish them well as they head off to new adventures!


    Summer Watering Help Needed!

    Please see the email from last week.  We need volunteers to help us water our gardens through the summer.  If you can help out, please email Jen Nielsen at



    JK Registration:

    Last call before the summer!  Don’t put it off until the fall!  Come in this week to register ---please!  It helps us greatly in our planning for next year.



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


    Monday:       Staff Appreciation Luncheon




    Wednesday  Report Cards Home

                      Grade 6 Farewell Celebration



    Thursday:  Year End Assembly 11:45 am

                      Final Ice Cream Treat Day




    Friday:  Early Dismissal –2:05 pm   HAPPY SUMMER!!!



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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Jun 24, 2018, 6:16 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is going on in the Den - June 18th

    Good Afternoon Clarksdale Families,


    Hope everyone enjoyed a fantastic weekend and a Happy Fathers’ Day to all of our Clarksdale Dads!


    Only 2 weeks left in our school year!  Hard to believe we are so close to the end, but still lots happening in the Den.


    Bee Stand Continues

    Due to popular demand, our “Bee-autiful” bee stand sold out quickly on Friday so will continue this week.  Our students in Class 3/4-1 FI and 4-1 FI are buzzing to make additional bracelets and magnets to drive awareness of the importance of bees to our ecosystem.  Proceeds from the sale of these items will be going to “The Humble Bee” in Hamilton, whose work supports the preservation and protection of our bee population.


    Volunteer Tea on Friday

    A reminder that our volunteer tea is scheduled for this Friday, June 22nd at 10:45. Please join us in the library for some treats and coffee/tea.  We would love to be able to take this time to thank you for all of your hard work in supporting our staff and students.  If you plan on attending, please return the form or contact the office.


    Staff Appreciation Luncheon date has been changed

    The staff appreciation luncheon date has been changed to Monday, June 25th.  The team will be sending out an invitation for donations of food, gift cards and/or volunteers.  A lovely way to show our appreciation for our awesome staff.  Many thanks to all for helping out!


    Running Club final week

    Please remember to bring a water bottle, as it is already hot at 8:15am!


    Breakfast Club final week

    The Breakfast Club resumes this week, 8:45 in the gym.  This will be our final breakfast club for the year. 

    Every Friday morning this year, our students have been enjoying healthy breakfast options, prepared by our Breakfast club team.  This dedicated team comes every Thursday to prepare and then each Friday to provide this service for our students.  Over 100 students enjoy it each week, and many others enjoy the items as snacks later in the day.  In doing this each week, we are helping to ensure our students start the day on a healthy and positive note, which has also been proven to help their learning.  So a tremendous appreciation to our Breakfast Club Volunteers and to Halton Food For Thought for making this possible for our students.


    Final Spirit Day

    Join us this Friday for our final Spirit Day:  Beach Day!  Wear tropical colours, sunglasses and hats (no bathing suits please!).  Perfect for our Year end Wolfpack play day, which will take place period 5 and 6!

    End of Year Reminders:

    Please remember to return all library books.  Also, please ask your child to bring home clothing and other personal items asap, so that they are not loaded down on the last day of school!


    JK Registration:

    PLEASE come in to register if you have not already done so.  We have heard that there are young brothers or sisters out there who have not yet done so!  We are building the classes now so please come in asap to register.


    Important Construction Notice

    Clarksdale will be undergoing some renovations/construction over the summer.  In order to get the work underway as quickly as possible, the construction is set to begin the week of July 9th. This means that the school will not be accessible until August 19th.  We ask that students take all of their belongings home before the end of the year. We also ask that if you are registering your child for next year, please make sure to do so this week as the school will not be open after July 6th.


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


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



     Tuesday:    Spirit leaders meeting


    Wednesday: K-3 Water Safety Presentation 9:45 am



    Thursday     Final Pizza Day



     Friday        Final Breakfast Club – 8:45 am

    Volunteer Tea – 10:45am

    Wolfpack Play Day – 2:00pm



    Looking Ahead:

    June 25:  Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    June 27:  Grade 6 Farewell Celebration

    June 27:  Report Cards home

    June 28:  Year End Assembly Period ¾

                    Final Ice Cream Day

    June 29:  Early Dismissal (2:05pm)  -- School’s out!



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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 7:42 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - June 11th

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families! 


    It looks like summer has finally arrived!  We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend and are ready for a busy and exciting “Fun Fair” week here at Clarksdale.


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


    Fun Fair is Tuesday!


    Any donations for the cake walk or bake sale please drop off at school anytime on Tuesday, if you have a bussed student tell them to bring them to the office.

    Any kind of cakes, cupcakes or baked goods are appreciated.


    Make sure any coolers you are dropping of on Monday have your name clearly marked on them, they will be used to store ice for our drinks and sno-cones and will be available to be picked up on Wednesday from the staff room.


    Thank you for all your help and support, hope to see you all on Tuesday at the Fun Fair, 5:30-8:30pm

    Please make sure to check out all the great activities and come and see our Clarksdale Mural in the main foyer --- and don’t forget to check out the lost and found.   


    Track and Field Meet this week

    Good luck to our team and coaches at this year’s Track and Field Meet, taking place on Wednesday, June 13th.  They have been working hard for the last several weeks and we know they will do their best!  Go Wolves!  Many thanks to our coaching team for making this possible, and for giving up every nutrition break to help our students prepare!  And thanks to many other staff for covering duties etc for the coaches --- a real team effort!


    Grade 6 Parent Information Session – Rolling Meadows

    A reminder to parents of students in grade 6 who will be attending Rolling Meadows next year. You are invited to an information session on Wednesday, June 13th, 6:30 pm, at Rolling Meadows.



    Volunteer Tea

    Please join us for our annual Volunteer Tea on Friday, June 22nd  at 10:45am in the library.  It is our way of saying “thank you” to all the members of our school family who help our students and staff in so many ways.  Please RSVP to the office if you will be joining us.


    Staff Appreciation Luncheon Reminder

    A reminder that the luncheon is coming up on June 20th.  Please watch for a form to indicate what you may be able to donate and if you are able to assist on the day of.  Many thanks for showing your appreciation to our awesome staff here at Clarksdale.



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


    Monday:      Free to Be Me:  1:15pm



    Fun Fair --- 5:30-8:30



    Wednesday:    Track and Field Meet – grades 3-6 team

                          Grade 6 Parent Info Night at Rolling Meadows:  6:30 pm




    Pita Day

    Coding Club – 2nd break

    Superintendent Pennyfather Year End Visit





    Ice Cream Treat Day

    Running Club

                      Breakfast Club




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


    Looking Ahead:

    Tuesday, June 19th:  Volunteer Tea 1:15 pm in the library

    Wednesday, June 20th:  K-3 Water Safety Presentation 9:45am

                                           Staff Appreciation Luncheon 11:00 am

    Thursday, June 21st:  Final Pizza Day

    Friday, June 22nd:  Beach Day

    Volunteer Tea

                                   Wolfpack Play Day


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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Jun 10, 2018, 6:27 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is going on in the Den - June 4th

    Happy June Clarksdale Families! 


    It is hard to believe we are beginning our final month of the school year!  That said, there is still lots of learning and activities are going on in the Den.


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


    This week is Ride to School Week

    Starting tomorrow, Monday June 4th, Clarksdale is participating in Bike to School Week!  We are celebrating all the fun ways to roll to school!   The Clarksdale Health Action Team (CHAT) will be outside by the bike racks before the bell rings every morning to give out stickers to those who bike, scooter or skateboard to school.  CHAT will also put your name into a draw to win fun prizes.  Don’t forget to wear your helmet and lock your bike up!


    Grade 2 French Immersion Information Evening

    If your child is registered to be attending Grade 2 French Immersion next September, please join us on Monday evening, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  The meeting will be reviewing the program and plans for next year.


    Reminder: Talent Show


    Grade 5 students in the Talent Show your rehearsal is Monday June 4th at the first nutrition break in the Gym. Bring your lunch and music.


    Grade 6 students in the Talent Show your rehearsal is Tuesday June 5th at the first nutrition break in the Gym. Bring your lunch and music.



    Election Day – Thursday

    A reminder that election day in Ontario is Thursday and Clarksdale is a polling station.  As such the gym area will be closed to students and staff all day and the YMCA will be relocated to the kindie classrooms and library.


    Fun Fair is next week!

    Mark your calendars --- our 32nd Fun Fair is just a week away, on Tuesday June 12th!  Please join us for fun, games, bouncy castles, food and fun!  A wonderful way to end the year as a great big Clarksdale Family!  We hope to see you all there:  5:30-8:00.


    Final call for volunteers.  We appreciate all those who have signed up.  And we still need more!  We'll also need coolers to be dropped off by Monday June 11th (labelled with name and oldest child's class code).  There is a newsletter coming home early this week with more details.  The next fun fair meeting is Tues June 5th at 7:15 in the staffroom.



    Lost and Found Items

    Our lost and found is overflowing!  We have many tables full of clothing etc.  Please come and take a look.  Thank you!


    **Our June newsletter is going home this week.  Please read for important information about year end and next year


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


    Monday:      Grade 6s:  RM Grade 7 Ambassador visit to Clarksdale

    Grade 5 Talent Show Rehearsal -first break

                      Free to Be Me Club – 2nd break


    Tuesday:     Spirit Leader Meeting – 1st break

                      Grade 6 Talent Show Rehearsal – first break



    Wednesday:    Reading Club – 2nd half of first break

                          Talent Show – 2:00pm


    Thursday:    Election Day – gym closed to students

    Grade 6s to Mountsberg

    Pizza Day

    Coding Club – 2nd half of second break




    Friday:        FDK to Royal Botanical Gardens

    Grade 6s to Rolling Meadows for Orientation

    Running Club

                      Breakfast Club




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


    Looking Ahead:

    Tuesday June 12th Fun Fair

    Wednesday, June 13th: Track and Field Meet

                                  Grade 6 Parent Meeting at Rolling Meadows:  6:30 pm

    Thursday, June 14th:  Superintendent Pennyfather visit

                                   Pita Day

    Friday, June 15th:  Ice Cream Treat Day

                               Volunteer Tea 11:00 am



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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Jun 4, 2018, 3:45 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den May 28th.

    Good Afternoon Clarksdale Families,


    It is hard to believe we are about to begin our final month of the year!


    That said, there are still lots of activities and learning going on throughout the month of June.


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


    A reminder to parents of students in grade 6 that EQAO is taking place this week, Monday-Wednesday.  Also, any grade 3 students who were absent last week will be writing this week as all students are expected to participate.  Please avoid booking appointments or travel during these times.

    Also, to all parents, please note that we cannot make school-wide announcements during the testing or call into classes participating in the testing.


    FDK Information Night

    A reminder to all new incoming JK or SK students that our orientation evening is on Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00-7:00pm.  If you have not yet RSVP’d please call the school.


    JK Registration:

    Registration for JK continues.  If you have a child who will be entering JK next year, please come to the office to register as soon as possible.  Also, if you have friends or neighbours who have JK-aged children, please remind them to come in now too. This is the time when class numbers are being determined, so it is really important to register in order for us to appropriately staff for these classes.


    Bike to School Week – next week!

    Clarksdale is participating in Bike To School Week June 4th-8th.  Please consider riding to school instead of driving. Biking to school is one way to enjoy the outdoors and be physically active before and after the school day.  A team of volunteers will be outside the school each morning next week to hand out stickers and put students’ names into a raffle for a chance to win prizes. Please remember to wear a helmet and bring a lock to keep your bike safe while at school. 


    Grade 2 French Immersion Information Night:

    We will be hosting a grade 2 FI information evening next Monday, June 4th, from 6:00-7:00pm in the library.  This meeting is for all parents who have registered their child for the Grade 2 French Immersion program for this coming September. Please RSVP to Mrs. Reesor


    Fun Fair Update


     Last call for donations for baskets.  Please send items to the office or to your child’s teacher.


    Volunteers welcome!

    It's never too late to lend a hand. Fun Fair Committee is still in need of adult volunteers and high school students who may want volunteer hours. If you can help out, please contact Beth Revelle at


    Please return pre-order forms asap!


    For more Fun Fair Updates, please see the update newsletter that was sent home last week. 


    Breakfast Club cancelled this week

    The Breakfast Club is cancelled this week due to the PD day on Friday.


    Ontario Election Next Week:

    On June 7th, Ontarians will be going to the polls.  Clarksdale is once again a polling station and our gym will be out of use for the day.  Please know that voters will enter and exit from the rear doors, and the hallway doors connecting to the school will be locked.  The students will not be using the gym or the hallway/stairwell during voting day and Mrs. Reesor and Mrs. Rhodes-Foley will be actively present to ensure all are safe.

    Our students will also be participating in the “Student Vote”, led by Mr. Hammond.  These results will be shared after the official election is complete.




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


    Monday:         EQAO begins – Grade 6



     Tuesday:      EQAO Grade 6




    EQAO Grade 6



    Thursday     EQAO make-up day

                      Ice Cream Treat Day


     Friday        PD Day – school closed to students    




    Looking Ahead:


             June 4:  Flip day for FI students

       Grade 2 FI Information Night – 6:00pm

             June 5:  Student Vote

             June 7:  Pizza Day

                         Grade 6s to Mountsberg

                Ontario election (gym area closed)

             June 8:  FDKs to Royal Botanical Gardens

                         Grade 6s to Rolling Meadows

             June 12: Fun Fair 5:30-8:30

    June 13: Track and Field Day

       Grade 6 Parent Information Night at Rolling Meadows


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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted May 27, 2018, 6:28 PM by Neil Hammond
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