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PIC Conference
The HDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is pleased to be hosting its 11th Annual Parent Engagement Conference on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at Garth Webb S.S in Oakville. This years’ conference theme is Future Global Competencies "Imagining Possibilities, Inspiring Success” Featuring Keynote Speaker Amber Mac on "Relentless Adaptation: Demystifying Our Connected Future"









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  • What is Going on in the Den October 15th - 19th

    What's Going On In The Den -- Week of October 15th

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,


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


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


    Way to go Clarksdale! We have sent 1162 dried out markers from the 2017-2018 school year to Crayola for recycling. 

    This school year we will be continuing the colour cycle to make sure our markers stay out of the landfill. Go green Clarksdale! Special thanks to Ms. Kozsurek for leading this great initiative!


    Civic Election

    The grade 4, 5 & 6 students will be taking part in Student Votes this Friday October 19th where they will be able vote for the Mayor, Councillors and School Board Representative. The Grade 5s will act as poll clerks and the students vote using actual votes provided by Elections Ontario. The school results will be announced during the election coverage on TV and Radio Monday night.

    There will an assembly this week explaining why the adults are voting next Monday October 22nd and who is running in our ward. 


    Kids4Kids begins this Thursday after school. Students who are participating will join Scott Graham in the library from 3:35-5:00 for great team building, self-confidence strategies and fun with friends!  Spots are still available.  If you would like to register, please drop by the office and pick up a form. 


    CCAT Testing for Grade 4s is this week.  All Grade 4 students will be participating in the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) this week.  Participating classes have received a letter outlining the details, so please take a moment to read further.


    Indigo Adopt-A-School a Huge Success

    A tremendous thank you to everyone who supported our library with the Indigo adopt-a-school program! Although I won’t have the grand total until the end of the month, I can tell you that it is over $4000!!! We are so excited to go on a shopping spree and I know our students can’t wait to see the brand new books on our shelves!

    Also, in a “random act of kindness”, we had a delivery today of over 300 new books.  This individual is not affiliated with Clarksdale, but was in Indigo, saw the need, and proceeded to collect new books from her colleagues and family.  She delivered them today with a note that will be shared with students next week.  What an awesome moment!


    Clarksdale Pays It Forward

    This week, the Me2We club had its first meeting. Many students showed up and were excited to get started on our month's initiative - We Scare Hunger. More information to follow next week. Grade 4-6 students are welcome to come forward to be Team Leads this year and a form was sent home to fill out if desired. Our next meeting will be Tuesday October 16th! See you there!


    Darksdale is coming soon!

    Please plan on joining us for our annual Darksdale celebration on Friday, October 26th.  Great family fun and games  --- come on out to Hogwarts and enjoy all the Harry Potter fun!  Watch for details coming this week!  Volunteers always welcome! 


    Free community presentation “Relationships Matter” by Mary Tabak from @OurKidsNetwork  hosted by CAPP for Kids Tuesday Oct 23rd 7 pm at Gary Allan High School.  Relationships with kids play an important role in academic success, bullying prevention, positive mental health and well-being, youth engagement, social emotional learning and many other risk factors.

    The good news is that we can all form strong relationships, but for many of us, it happens by accident. Mary will present, share tips and tell stories about 5 important and easy things you can do to develop more meaningful relationships with your kids today. From babies to teenagers, it is never too early or too late to build relationships.


    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.  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.


    QSP

    QSP Magazine Fundraiser continues this week.  A great way to support the school and take care of some people on your gift lists, or offer fun and interesting reading opportunities for your family. 


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


    Monday:       Harry Potter Club – 1st break

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    Tuesday:      Grade 3s to Royal Botanical Gardens

                      Me 2 We Meeting              

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    Wednesday:         Grade 6 students to Royal Botanical Gardens

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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club

                      SRT all day

                        Pita Day

    Wolfpack 1st assembly 2:00 pm

    Kids4Kids with Scott Graham (3:35-5:05)

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    Friday:        Crazy Lids Day --- Hats or Hair!

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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 25th:  Pizza Day

    October 25th:  Great Big Crunch

    October 26th:  Darksdale

    October 31st:  Halloween and Spirit Parade


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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…


    Posted Oct 14, 2018, 5:58 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is going on in the Den - October 8 - 12

    Happy Thanksgiving Clarksdale Families,

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

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

    Mrs. Parker and Mme Dodgson would like to thank over 100 Clarksdale students in grades 3-6 that represented our school at the Cross Country Meet at Kelso last Thursday.  All the students tried their best and made us very proud of their efforts. Congratulations for working hard and being part of the team! Thank you also to the parents that offered to volunteer, as well as those who came to cheer the team on.

     

    QSP Magazine Fundraiser continues this week.  A great way to support the school and take care of some people on your gift lists or offer fun and interesting reading opportunities for your family.  Please send in your paper order forms for QSP by October 11th.  Please remember ordering is available all year long on their website at www.qsp.ca

     

    Kids4Kids begins nextThursday, October 18th, after school. Students who are participating will join Scott Graham in the library from 3:35-5:00 for great team building, self-confidence strategies and fun with friends!  Spots are still available.  If you would like to register, please drop by the office and pick up a form. 

    Darksdale is coming to Clarksdale on October 26th!  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 7:15 in the staff room.  Adult and grade 6 volunteer sign up forms will be sent home this week.

    Breakfast Club Thursday at 8:40 in the gym.  All students are welcome to join us for a healthy breakfast to start their day.  Bus students are welcome to partake in the “Grab ‘n Go”.  Volunteers are always needed to help set up and serve. 

    Photo Day is Friday!  All students will be invited for a photo with their class and individually.  Bring your best smiles!

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

     

    Monday:  Thanksgiving:  School Closed

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    Tuesday:

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    Wednesday:  Walk to School Day

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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club – 8:40am

    Pizza Day

                      Darksdale Planning Meeting 7:15 pm, staff room

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    Friday:        Photo 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:

    October 15th – 19th:  Grade 4 CCAT Testing

    October 17th:  Grade 6s to RBG

    October 18th:  Pita Day and Wolfpack Assembly     

    October 19th:  Crazy Lids Day

    October 25th:  Pizza Day and Great Big Crunch

    October 26th:  Darksdale

    October 31st:  Halloween and Spirit Parade at 9:30 am                                            

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 5:44 PM by Neil Hammond
  • Cross Country Meet

    Good evening Clarksdale,

    This message is for all members of the Cross Country Team

    The meet is currently scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, October 4th, at Kelso Conservation Area.

    We understand there may be some concerns for weather on Thursday.  We are monitoring everything closely. In the event of a cancellation, we will notify you by 7am Thursday. 

    Assuming the meet proceeds, students will need to dress appropriately for rainy weather, with umbrellas/rain jackets etc. but also will need to ensure they have running shoes to be able to run the event.  Please also pack extra socks and a change of clothes in order to keep students warm and dry.

    Students will need to have a lunch and water bottle with them as we don't return to the school until approximately 2:30pm.

    We will be handing out jerseys on the morning of, which will need to be returned to us after the meet when we return to school. 

    We know you have all worked hard to be ready for tomorrow and we are proud of each of you as you represent Clarksdale.

    Special thanks also to your coaches:  Mrs. Parker and Mme Dodgson

    Sleep well tonight and see you tomorrow!

    Posted Oct 3, 2018, 5:53 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - October 1st - 5th

    Happy 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.

    Thank you to all parents who have submitted nominations to join our school council for this year.  Our first meeting is on October 1st, 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. 

    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 and drink, courtesy of our School Council, then join your children in meeting their teachers and take a tour of the school.

    **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.

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

     Safety Reminder for all Families:  Parents/Guardians are reminded that students are to enter and exit the school with their teachers -  parents are not to enter the school by the rear/side doors.  We ask that you say your goodbyes on the blacktop/kindie gate/kiss ‘n ride.  If your child is late, please come to the office to sign him/her in, and we will gladly ensure they get to their class.  We appreciate your support in ensuring all students are safe. 

     Just got this exciting message from Indigo:


    As of close last night our store has raised $1515! We had one donation of $100 last night, from a parent of an alumni student. 
    I did notice that there are still free books available at www.adoptaschool.indigo.ca, please let parents know that if they donate 2 books ($20) online, Indigo will donate 1 book ($10). You can achieve 100 free books this way, so far only one has been used! 
    So, please consider an online donation!

     

    Home | Indigo Adopt a School

    www.adoptaschool.indigo.ca

    Support a local participating school and its library at adoptaschool.indigo.ca. #adoptaschool

     

     

     

     

     

    Cross Country Meet this Wednesday:  Best of luck to our Clarksdale Wolves as they compete at this year’s meet.  We know that students and coaches have been working hard to prepare and you will show your best athleticism and sportsmanship!  Special thanks to Mrs. Parker and Mme Dodgson for coaching this year’s team.

    Kidssentials lunch starts this week

    Please be advised that our first Kidssentials lunch date is scheduled for Thursday October 4th.  Some of our Grade 3-6 students will be attending a cross country meet on that day and will not be in the school for lunch. 

    Please note that any Kidssentials order can be cancelled up to 8:00am each lunch date.  If your child is attending the Cross Country meet or if they are absent for other reasons, please contact Kidssentials to cancel your order for that day.

    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

    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.

     

    QSP Magazine Fundraiser kicked off last week.  A great way to support the school and take care of some people on your gift lists, or offer fun and interesting reading opportunities for your family.  Packages were sent home on Thursday.

     

    A reminder that Friday is a PD day, so schools are closed to students.  Monday is Thanksgiving and schools are closed.  We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, October 9th.

     

    Scott Graham is once again offering his Kids4Kids program to students in grades 1-6,  after school on Thursdays, beginning October 18th.  A wonderful program that promotes self-confidence, strategies for positive relationship building and fun!  Registration forms were sent home, and more are available in the office if you need one.  

    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 Practice – 2nd break

                      School Council Meeting – 7 pm library           

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    Tuesday:      

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    Wednesday:  

                      Orange Shirt Day – listen for announcements this week

                      Spirit Leaders Meeting – 1st break

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    Thursday:    

                       Breakfast Club 8:40-9:10

                      Cross-Country Meet

                       Kidssentials lunch

                       Darksdale Planning Meeting – 7:15pm in the staff room

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    Friday:  PD Day – school closed to students

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    Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​

    October 8th:  Thanksgiving Monday, school closed

    October 11th:  Pizza Day   

    October 12th:  Photo Day

    October 25th:  Big Crunch Day in Support of Healthy Eating and Halton Food for Thought

    October 26th:  Darksdale

                                                          

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 


    Posted Sep 29, 2018, 2:11 PM by Neil Hammond
  • Correction to the Den

    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 Tuesday, September 25th.

    As a result of the changes, we welcome two new staff members to Clarksdale.  Ms. Dennis is joining us in our 2/3 class and Ms. Eby is returning to Clarksdale as a planning and coverage teacher.


    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 5:46 AM by Neil Hammond
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