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  • What is Going on in the Den - October 14 - 18

    October 14th, 2019


    What's Going On In The Den - week of October 14th


    Happy Thanksgiving Clarksdale Families,

    We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful long weekend with friends and family.

    This week brings many activities, as we continue our learning together


    Cross Country

    Congratulations to the Cross Country team this year.  You did your best and it really showed!  We were so proud of your athleticism, teamwork and Clarksdale spirit! Thank you also to the parent volunteers who came and offered their time as well as the parents who came to cheer Clarksdale on.  Special thanks to coaches Ms. Parker, Mme Dodgson and Mme Clarke.


    Election

    The grade 4, 5 & 6 students will be taking part in Student Vote Canada this Wednesday, October 16th where they will be able vote for their Members of Parliament for this year’s federal election.  Results will be kept secret until the actual election is completed and then we can compare our results to those across the country! 

      

    CCAT Testing for Grade 4s.  All Grade 4 students will be participating in the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) this week and next.  Dates are October 18th, 22nd and 24th.   Participating classes have received a letter outlining the details, so please take a moment to read further.


    Clarksdale Pays It Forward

    The Me2We club is excited to get started on our month's initiative - We Scare Hunger. More information to follow next week. 


    Movie Night:

    Mark your calendars as our first Movie Night of the year is this Friday October 18th.  Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:00pm. The movie is Toy Story 4 and is sure to be a favourite with our kids!


    Darksdale is coming soon!

    Please plan on joining us for our annual Darksdale celebration on Friday, October 25th.  Great family fun and games  --- come on out to Kingdom of Clarksdale and enjoy all the fun!  Watch for details coming this week!  Our next planning meeting is this Thursday at 7:00pm.  Volunteers always welcome!  


    Interview sign-ups

    Many of you signed up for your child’s conference/interview while at the Open House last week.  If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s teacher to select a time that works for you.  


    Breakfast Club Reminder

    Breakfast Club continues 8:40 in the gym on Fridays.  All students are welcome to join us for a healthy breakfast to start their day.  Please remind students to bring a water bottle as we continue to be eco-friendly. Bus students are welcome to partake as “Grab ‘n Go” as they arrive; however, we are having challenges with garbage being left on the blacktop in the mornings.  Please remind your children to help us take care of our school by putting their garbage in the appropriate bins.  


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


    Monday:       Happy Thanksgiving  - School Closed     

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    Tuesday:      1st Popcorn Day           

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    Wednesday:  Monday Schedule

    Student Vote Canada – grades 4- 6                    

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    Thursday:    Friday Schedule

    Grade 6 students to Royal Botanical Gardens

                      Spirit Leaders Meeting – 1st break

                      SRT all day

                        Pita Day

                      Darksdale Planning Meeting – 7 pm

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    Friday:        1st Movie Night – Toy Story 4, 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


    Looking Ahead:

            

    October 21st:        Grade 4-6 trip to “Twin Flames” at Burlington Performing Arts Centre

    October 24th:        Pizza Day

    October 25th:        Darksdale, 6:30 pm

    October 31st:         Halloween and Clarksdale Spirit Parade

    October 31st:         Kidssentials lunch

                                                 

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Oct 14, 2019, 6:22 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - October 7 - 11

    October 7th 2019


    What's Going On In The Den - week of October 7th

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,


    I apologize for the delay in sending this week’s WGOITD. I was hoping to have an update on the CUPE situation; however, at this point we have no news so we are preparing for an upcoming strike.  That said, our school will be open and the before and after school YMCA program will continue on Monday. We understand that things will not be as usual; however, we want to assure you that our students’ and staff safety is our first priority.  Please see the end of this Den for a message from Stuart Miller, Director of Education for HDSB (sent October 2nd).

    Many thanks to all the families who joined us for our Welcome Open House and BBQ.  Despite the cold and wet weather, we enjoyed a great hot dog snack in the gym and then time to meet teachers, see all the great work already underway and sign up for a November conference.  The students were so excited to share their classrooms with you and we appreciate you joining us!  If you were not able to attend and/or have not signed up for an interview in November, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. Thanks to our parent volunteers who helped organized the bbq and special thanks to the entire Thistle family for leading the set-up!

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


    Photo Day is Tomorrow:

    A reminder that class and student photos are tomorrow!  Practise your best smiles
    After Picture Day, order your pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.


    Cross Country

    Our cross country meet is this Tuesday at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington!

    All runners need appropriate running shoes, water bottles and lunches. Please have your child prepared and dressed for the weather.

    SPECTATORS PARKING:    
    Schools West of Burloak Drive MUST use the West entrance to Sherwood off Appleby Line and along Fairview Street. 


    Map-Cross Country


    Movie Night:

    Mark your calendars as our first Movie Night of the year is on Friday October 18th.  Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:00pm.


    Darksdale:

    Darksdale is coming to Clarksdale on October 25th!  An annual tradition is returning soon and we need your help.  Volunteers wanting to help with this year’s event can join us for a planning meeting on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the staff room.  (*Please note this meeting is pending the status of the strike action).  Adult and grade 6 volunteer sign up forms will be sent home this week.

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


    Monday:  Photo Day

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    Tuesday:

                      Cross Country Meet – Sherwood Forest Park

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    Wednesday: 

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    Thursday:    

    Pizza Day

                     Darksdale Planning Meeting 7:10 pm, staff room (pending strike)

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    Friday:        PD Day, School Closed to Students

                    

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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:​​​​​​​

    October 14th:        Thanksgiving Monday, school closed

    October 16th:        Student Vote Canada

    October 17th:        Grade 6s to RBG

    October 17th:        Pita Day

    October 18th:        First Movie Night  

    October 18th, 22nd and 24th:  CCAT testing for grade 4 students

                                                 

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 


    Message from Stuart Miller, sent October 2nd

    In the Halton District School Board, CUPE represents custodial staff in elementary and secondary schools. It does not represent educational assistants, early childhood educators, or school support staff as it does in some other Ontario school boards.

    At this time, the HDSB intends to be open on Monday, Oct. 7. 

    Please be aware that this is a fluid and changing situation. As labour action is unpredictable, we do encourage parents/guardians to make contingency plans in the event that it becomes necessary to close schools. 

    We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep our schools open. Our highest priority remains the safety and well-being of our students and staff. 

    The HDSB will monitor the situation daily and decisions will be made accordingly. We will continue to provide you with accurate and timely information as we are able through SchoolMessenger, the HDSB web​​site​ and the Board’s social media pages (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram).

    To learn more about the Collective Bargaining process and current status updates, please visit this page: https://www.opsba.org/advocacy-and-action/labour-relations

    Thank you for your support and understanding.

    Sincerely,
    Stuart Miller
    Director of Education​ ​​​

    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:16 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going On In The Den - October 30 - October 4

    September 30th, 2019


    What's Going On In The Den - week of September 30th


    Happy “Almost October” Clarksdale Families,

    We have already completed our first month together and summer has finally turned to fall!

    With fall comes lots of activity at Clarksdale and our learning together continues.


    ***Watch for our October newsletter coming home this week (and posted on the website)


    Safety Reminder for all Families:  

    The kiss ‘n ride area is busy in the mornings and after school and we ask you to drive slowly and cautiously through the area. Please do not speed around childcare vans or other vehicles as children and families are crossing the area. We also remind you that it is an “idle-free” and no parking zone.  If you wish to walk your child in, please park to do so.  We appreciate your support in keeping our children and environment safe.


    Orange Shirt Day — Monday is Orange Shirt Day, a day on which we commemorate the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who were removed from their homes at this time of the year and forced to attend residential schools. Students will be sharing announcements and reflections and all members of our community are invited to wear orange to support “Every Child Matters”.


    School Council - Monday

    Thank you to all parents who have submitted nominations to join our school council for this year.  Our first meeting is on September 30th, at 7:00pm and we welcome everyone to attend.  It is a wonderful way to become involved in the school and to hear of all of the work and learning that is taking place. 


    Open House/Meet the Teacher Night - Wednesday

    Our family Welcome Open House and Meet the Teacher Night will be held on Wednesday, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Please join us for a hotdog snack, courtesy of our School Council (from 5:30-6:15pm) , then join your children in meeting their teachers and take a tour of the school (6:15-7:30pm).

    **Grades 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.


    Walk/Wheel to School Day – Wednesday October 2nd

    Please join us in supporting healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment by walking or wheeling to school on Wednesday.  If you normally drive, consider walking or riding your bikes.  Or consider parking a few blocks away to have a short walk before starting the day. Bus students are invited to go for a walk before getting to the bus stop – a brisk walk in the morning is shown to wake up our minds and get us ready for a great day of learning!


    Spirit Wear Orders due Friday

    A great chance to show your school spirit!  Get your Clarksdale Wolves t-shirt, sweats, or tuque!

    Order forms due Friday and sizing shirts are available in the office.


    Terry Fox Update

    Our Terry Fox Walk/Run was held last Friday and we are delighted to share that we raised $584.75, which will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society on Clarksdale’s behalf.  Many thanks to all for your support of this important cause.


    Cross Country

    Cross Country Forms are now overdue.  Please return them by Monday so we can organize volunteers and bus information.  If you offered to volunteer and have a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening on file at the office we will be in touch early this week to confirm.  Looking forward to a great Cross Country Meet on October 8th!

    SPECTATORS PARKING INFORMATION:    


    Schools West of Burloak Drive MUST use the West entrance to Sherwood off Appleby Line and along Fairview Street.


    Map-Cross Country


    Kidssentials lunch starts this week - Thursday

    Please be advised that our first Kidssentials lunch date is scheduled for Thursday October 3rd.  It is a great way to provide a hot, nutritious lunch for your kids --- without you making it!  Online ordering is still available.  If you have any questions regarding ordering, preparation or cancellation, please contact Kidssentials directly.  Kidssentials offices: 905-855-1914 Monday - Friday 9:30 – 3:30

    mail@kidssentials.com


    Breakfast Club - Friday

    Breakfast Club is up and running once again.  Many thanks to the volunteers who provide this important support to all our children.  As a reminder, we are an eco-school so we ask students to bring a refillable water bottle.


    Darksdale:

    Our next planning meeting for Darksdale is on October 10th at 7:00 in the staff room.  Please join in the fun of planning this popular family event!  Darksdale takes place on Friday, October 25th, from 6:30-8:30pm


    Movie Night:

    Mark your calendars as our first Movie Night of the year is on Friday October 18th.  Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:00pm.


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


    Monday:       

                      Orange Shirt Day

                      Cross-Country Practice – 1st break

                      School Council Meeting – 7 pm library           

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    Tuesday:      Cross-Country Practice – 1st break

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    Wednesday:  Walk/Wheel to School Day

                      Welcome BBQ and Open House: 5:30 – 7:30pm 

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    Thursday:    

                      Kidssentials lunch

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    Friday:        Spirit Wear orders due

    Breakfast Club – 8:40 am

    Cross-Country Practice – 1st break

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    Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​

    October 7th:          Photo Day

    October 8th:          Cross Country Meet – Sherwood Forest Park

    October 10th:        Pizza Day

    October 11th:         PA Day, School Closed to Students

    October 14th:        Thanksgiving Monday, school closed

    October 16th:        Student Vote Canada

    October 17th:        Grade 6s to RBG

    October 18th:        First Movie Night  

                                                 

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 

    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 10:44 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in The Den Sept. 23 - 27

    September 23rd, 2019


    What's Going On In The Den - week of September 23rd

    Happy “Fall” Clarksdale Families,


    Class Re-organizations

    As we shared in earlier updates, the Ministry of Education has 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. At Clarksdale, we did have to re-organize some of our classes and all families involved in these changes have been notified.  The changes will take place starting Monday, September 23rd.

    As a result of the changes, we must say goodbye to one of our amazing staff:  Ms. Nalsok.  We are so sad to say goodbye and thank her for her commitment to our students, families and staff, for her passion for Me2We and her true belief that all students can succeed.  We wish Ms. Nalsok well in her new school/grade at Florence Meares. We will miss you!


    School Council Invitation

    A reminder to all parents to consider joining our school council.  Nomination forms were sent home, and are due in the office by Friday, September 27th.  Our first council meeting will be held on Monday, September 30th, at 7:00pm.  Please consider joining this fun, enthusiastic and hardworking team!


    Rowan’s Law – Wear purple

    Mark your calendars!   Wednesday, September 25th is (#RowansLawDay) – a day to engage students, staff, coaches, and parents/guardians to increase awareness about concussions and to share Rowan Stringer’s story. 

    We invite all members of our school community to wear purple (Rowan’s favorite colour) on Rowan’s Law Day too!


    Darksdale is Coming!

    Our annual Halloween celebration is being held on Friday, October25th.  The planning is starting this week and we invite you to join the team on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 pm in the staff room.  We will be coming up with a theme and brainstorming activities for our annual Halloween celebration.  Please join us!


    Kidssentials

    The first Kidssentials lunch day will be on October 3rd.  Paper order forms are due September 24th but you can place your order online up until two days before the scheduled lunch day(s).  


    Cross Country

    Cross Country practices continue this week for our runners in grades 3-6. Permission forms will be sent home Monday to be returned this week.  Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear for practices.  Keep up the great effort Clarksdale!


    Me2We:

    This week some of our students participated in the Annual WE Day celebration as a kick-off to the exciting year planned.  Although Ms. Nalsok is leaving, Me2We will continue its important work with the support of Mme Brown and her team.


    Open House and Meet the Teacher Evening on Wednesday, October 2nd

    Our family Welcome Open House and Meet the Teacher Night will be held next Wednesday, October 2nd, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Please watch for the order form and join us for a hotdog and drink, courtesy of our School Council.  You are then invited at 6:15 pm to join your child/children in their classes to meet their teachers and take a tour of the school.

    **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.


    Orange Shirt Day — September 30, 2019 is Orange Shirt Day, a day on which we commemorate the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who were removed from their homes at this time of the year and forced to attend residential schools. Students will be sharing announcements and reflections and all members of our community are invited to wear orange to support “Every Child Matters”.


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


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


    Monday:       Cross-Country 1st break

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    Tuesday:      Cross-Country 1st break

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    Wednesday:  Rowan’s Law Day – please wear purple in support of concussion awareness                

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    Thursday:    Spirit Leaders Meeting – 11:15 in the library 

                        Pizza Day

                      Darksdale Planning Meeting – 7:00pm                

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    Friday:        Breakfast Club – 8:40 am (please bring your own water bottle)

                      Cross Country – 1st break

                      School Council Nomination Forms due

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    Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​

    September 30th:    Orange Shirt Day

    September 30th:    School Council Meeting: 7:00 pm

    October 2nd:         Welcome/Meet the Teacher evening 5:30-7:30 pm

    October 3rd:          Kidssentials Lunch

    October 7th:          Photo Day

    October 8th:          Cross Country Meet – Sherwood Forest Park

    October 10th:        Pizza Day

    October 11th:         PA Day, School Closed to Students

    October 14th:        Thanksgiving Monday, school closed     

                                                          

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Sep 22, 2019, 1:32 PM by Neil Hammond
  • Student Environmental Rally - Letter to Families

    Student Environmental Rally - Letter to Families


    Dear Clarksdale families,

    We have been informed that some of our students may plan to participate in rallies regarding climate change on Friday, Sept. 20 and/or Friday, Sept. 27.  Some of these rallies are titled Fridays for Future, Global Climate Strike Canada, and Strike for Climate.

    While the rallies mentioned above are not sanctioned by the HDSB, we recognize that by participating, students are exercising their democratic right to protest. As always, students under the age of 18 require parental permission to leave class. Any students who are not in attendance at school will be marked absent. 

    Parents/guardians should be assured that regular, scheduled classes will continue. As always, absent students will be responsible for making up any missed work. ​​​​​​​

    Please note that there are many other ways to support initiatives concerning climate change and the environment across HDSB schools. These include joining or starting an EcoSchools team (environmental certification program for schools), developing an environmental or social action club, participating in school ground greening projects, outdoor experiential learning, efforts to walk/wheel to school, and support of events such as Generation Green Youth Un-Conference hosted by Halton Climate Collective. We encourage students to discuss these options and others with their families and school staff. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school. 

    Sincerely,

    J. Reesor

    Posted Sep 19, 2019, 1:01 PM by Neil Hammond
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