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  • 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
  • What is Going on in the Den - Dec 3 - 6

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

    A very busy December ahead!


    Grade 2 French Immersion Registration:

    A reminder that the French Immersion information session is being held on Thursday, December 6th, 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 atwww.hdsb.ca

    Deadline for registrations is January 31, 2019.


    Holiday Multicultural Craft Night and Sing-a-long is Coming:

    A reminder of our holiday craft night and sing-a-long on Thursday December 13th, from 6:30-8:00pm.  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 14th.

    **Please note:  if you know of a family in need, or if you feel you could use a helping hand yourself, please contact me at reesorj@hdsb.ca or call the school.


    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. 

    Each class will have time to visit the fair and make their purchases.  The fair will also be open during our craft night for additional shopping!

    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!


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

    **Please also check our December newsletter and calendar that was sent home last week (and shared on the website)


    Monday:      Hanukkah begins – Happy Hanukkah!

    Harry Potter Club – 1st break

    Library club – 2nd half of second break

    Grade 3/4 intramurals

                      **Please note no School Council meeting this month

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

                      Grade 3/4 Intramurals

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    Wednesday:  Grade 1/2 Intramurals

                        Paper Airplane club – 2nd half of 2nd break

                        Spirit Leaders Meeting – first break

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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club – 8:40 a.m.

                       Grade 1/2 Intramurals

                      Pizza Day

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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 12th-17th –Scholastic Book Fair

    December 13th- Holiday Multicultural Craft Night and Sing-a-long

    December 13th: Pita Day

    December 21st:  Early Dismissal – 2:05 pm

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 11:53 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - Nov 26 - 30

    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 30th!

    For this month's Spirit Day, Mustache Day, the Spirit Leaders will be accepting donations for the Cancer Society. They will be accepting donations at the beginning of first nutrition break from Monday November 26 to Thursday November 29th.  We ask that the donation be a minimum of 25 cents.  With each donation, the children will receive one of the hand designed mustaches made by the Spirit Leaders.


    1. Angel Tree and Hat/Mitten Tree:

    We invite all families to participate in our third 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.


    1. A Message from the Me2We team:

    From November 26th to November 30th, the Me2We team will be selling Rafiki chains. Order forms will be sent home Monday. Rafiki chains are long, beaded chains, that can be used as a bracelet or a necklace, and are made by mothers in Kenya to raise money to send their children to school. To help support them, we are selling the Rafikis for $10 eachWe hope you will help us make a difference around the world."


    French Immersion Information Sessions 

    A reminder that the French Immersion information session is being held on Thursday, December 6th, 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

    Deadline for registrations is January 31, 2018.


    Clarksdale Holiday Arts Evening – Thursday, December 13th, 6:30-8:00pm 

    This year Clarksdale students and staff will 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 were sent home last 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!

    On Tuesday, December 11, the book fair will be open for students to come down and make a wish list. The fair will be open for business starting Wednesday, December 12th at 11:45. It will also be open during our Holiday craft night on December 13th. The last day of the fair is Monday December 17th.

    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 30th will be donated.


    Optional Attendance

    We have just received confirmation that Clarksdale is CLOSED to optional attendance for 2019-2020.  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:      Hearing/Vision Tests (optional)

    Harry Potter Club – 1st break

    Library club – 2nd half of second break

    Grade 3/4 intramurals



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    Tuesday:     Hearing/Vision Tests (optional)

    Fishing Club – 1st half of 1st break

    Grade 3/4 intramurals




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    Wednesday:  Grade 1/2 intramurals

    Paper Airplane club – 2nd half of 2nd break


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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club – 8:40 am

                      Kidssentials – 1st break

                      Grade 1/2 intramurals


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    Friday:        Mustache Day               

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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 6th:  FI Information evening – New Street

    December 11th-17th –Scholastic Book Fair

    December 13th- Holiday Multicultural craft evening

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…


    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 5:07 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - Nov 19th - 23rd

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,


    Many thanks to the parents/family members who joined us for our Movie Night on Friday.  Another great family evening, with all proceeds going to support the Halton Learning Foundation.


    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.  Each day, we will be sharing a special message with students and will be focusing on recognizing the random acts of kindness that students, staff and parents do for each other every day.


    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.  New this year:  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, Walmart, Chapters/Indigo, The Bay, Canadian Tire, Toys R Us, Mall cards or gas stations.

    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 7th


    Clarksdale Holiday Arts Evening – Thursday, December 13th, 6:30-8:00pm 

    This year Clarksdale students and staff will 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.


    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. 


    French Immersion Information Sessions 

    A reminder that the French Immersion information session is being held on Thursday, December 6th, 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

    Deadline for registrations is January 31, 2019.


    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

                      Progress Reports sent home

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    Tuesday:     Grade 3/4 intramurals

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    Wednesday:  Grade 1/2 intramurals

    Paper Airplane club – 2nd half of 2nd break

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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club – 8:40 am

                      Grade 1/2 intramurals

                      Pizza Day

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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 26/27 Hearing and Vision Clinics

    November 29th Kidssentials Lunch

    November 30th – Mustache Day

                                        

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…


    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 9:09 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den Nov 12 - 16

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

    Many thanks to the parents/family members who joined us for our Remembrance Day Ceremony.  It was a beautiful assembly, and we thank our grade 6 leaders, as well as all the classes who presented and created wreaths of remembrance.

    Goodbye and Hello

    We wanted to thank Mrs. Sinclair for her support as General Secretary and wish her well in her new position at Garth Webb S.S..  We would like to welcome Ms Buonomo, who will be joining us starting Monday in the afternoons.  We are delighted to have Ms. B. join our team and please take a moment to introduce yourself when you are in the office.

    A busy week to come in the Den

    Lockdown Practice this week

    Each year, as part of our Safety Plan, all elementary schools conduct two lockdown practices. These planned practices are important in ensuring that staff and students are aware of how to appropriately respond in the event of a real emergency.  Our first lockdown practice will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m.  Our Community Police Officer, Constable M. Repta, will be joining us.   The practice will last approximately 15 minutes; however, it is important to note that during this time, access to the school will not be permitted.  Please plan ahead for this as it may affect pick-ups for appointments etc. 


    Please refer to the separate message sent by Mrs. Rhodes-Foley for more details. 


    Our Next Movie Night of the Year is This Friday!

    Our next movie, “Wreck It Ralph” is this Friday.  Doors open at 6:30 and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase.  Admission is $1.  Bring your favourite blanket and jammies and join us for a fun family evening!  A reminder that all students must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from this movie night will be directed to the Halton Learning Foundation, so we invite you to make an additional donation to support this important cause that helps our students directly.  


    It’s Recorder Time

    Student 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.


    Progress Reports and Conferences are next week

    Progress reports will be sent home with students on Monday, November 19th. 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.  In the Grade 2 French Immersion program, 100% of the instructional day will be taught in French. 

    A series of community information evenings are scheduled to help address any questions parents/guardians may have before registering their Grade 1 child(ren) for the French Immersion program. The Burlington session will be held on Thursday, December 6th, from 6-7pm at New Street Education Centre, 3250 New Street (Brock Room).  Registration for the French Immersion program will begin on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.   The deadline for submitting your registration form is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date.


    Moustaches For Cancer!

    November 30th is Moustache day.  Please wear your craziest moustache and bring a toonie for cancer research.  


    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:     Grade 3/4 intramurals

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    Wednesday:  Lockdown practice – 10:30

     Grade 1/2 intramurals

    Paper Airplane club – 2nd half of 2nd break  

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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club – 8:40 am

                      Grade 1/2 intramurals

    Pita Day

                     

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    Friday:        Movie Night:  6:30 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:

    November 19th– Progress Reports Go Home and conferences

    November 22nd– Pizza Day 

    November 23rd – PD Day – conferences

    November 26/27 – Optional Hearing and Vision Clinics

    November 29th – Kidssentials Lunch


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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Nov 11, 2018, 9:18 AM by Neil Hammond
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