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  • 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 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
  • What is going on in the Den - Nov 5 - 9

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

    We are already into November and our children are busy and active in their learning both inside and outside the classroom. 

    Here is What’s Happening in the Den this Week:

    Our November newsletter was sent home last week, so please take a look for it either in your child’s backpack or online.

    Intramurals start this week!

    Monday/Tuesday - grade 3 and 4 teams

    Wednesday/Thursday - grade 1 and 2 teams 

    Team schedules have been distributed to classes! 

     

    Library club starts on Monday,

    Second half of second break. Come out to help shelve a book or two and then relax with a good book or discuss your favourite books with friends! 

     

    Photo Retake Day Thursday

    Photos from our first photo day were sent home last week.  If you would like a retake or if your child was absent on our first day, please send a note to your child’s teacher and we will ensure that it gets taken.

     

    Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday

    We invite all students to join us in wearing red to honour our veterans for our Remembrance Day Ceremony this Friday at 10:15.  Parents are also welcome to join us as we acknowledge the contributions of our many veterans and current members of our military.

     

    Lockdown Practice – November 14th

    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 14th, 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.

     

    Progress Reports Coming home soon -Conference sign-ups

    Progress Reports are coming home on November 19th and conferences will be held that week. If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s teacher to select a time that works for you.  A reminder notice of your date and time will be sent home soon.

     

    Pick Up and Drop-off Reminders

    We want to remind parents/guardians that when coming into the school, all adults must sign in at the office.  On rainy days, when students enter the school directly, we ask that parents say your good-byes on the blacktop.

    Please do not walk your child to his/her classroom.  This helps reduce congestion in the hallways and safety concerns for our staff and students.

    We ask the same at the end of the day.  Please wait to meet your child outside on the blacktop vs entering the school to the hallways.

    Please note that staff will be asking parents waiting in the hallways to move outside.  We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe.

     

    Amazing Gift from Halton Learning Foundation

    On Thursday evening, I attended the Halton Learning Foundation annual fundraiser and it was a very heartwarming and inspiring evening with stories shared by students of the impact this support has had on their lives. 
    At the end of the evening, prizes were drawn for schools who had supported the HLF last year and Clarksdale was a winner!
    We won a multitude of beautiful books, in both English and French, Indigenous and multicultural —- in total about 6 boxes, which I would estimate is worth at least $3000!  Just amazing!!!  Given the hard work that we are doing to re-build our library resources, this couldn’t have come at a better time.
    It also reinforces the kindness that HLF displays each day to students right here in the Halton District School Board.

    As we begin to think about the holiday season, I would invite you to consider a donation to the Halton Learning Foundation. www.haltonlearningfoundation.ca

     

    Sight and Hearing Tests:

    A form was sent home regarding seeing and hearing tests.  Please note that this is an optional program, offered to schools within HDSB.  If you are interested, please complete the form enclosed in the information package and return to your child’s teacher.

     

    Calling all 3 year-olds:  Kindergarten Information Session:

    Future students and their families are invited to attend the following Kindergarten Open House, to be held November 8th at Alexander’s Public School (2223 Sutton Dr.) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    At the Open House, students and parents will:

    • Explore a Kindergarten classroom
    • Learn about play-based learning
    • Pick up information and resource material in a free backpack
    • Access information about community agencies and resources in Halton
    • Get information about before and after school care
    • Connect with special education staff to discuss any developmental concerns

    Registration for Kindergarten begins in January 2019 and takes place at the school your child will attend. Children born in 2015 can start Kindergarten in September 2019.

    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, Jan. 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

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

    Monday:      Harry Potter Club – 1st break

    Grade 3/4 Intramurals

                      Library Club – 2nd half of second break

                      School Council: 7:00pm-8:00pm.  All are welcome!  

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    Tuesday:     Dental Screening (JK/SK/Grade 2)

    Grade 3/4 Intramurals

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    Wednesday:  Grade 1/2 Intramurals

                        Spirit Leaders Meeting – 1st break

                      Paper Airplane Club – 2nd break

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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club

                      Photo Retake Day

                      Pizza Day

    Grade 1/2 Intramurals

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    Friday: Remembrance Day Assembly:  10:00 am

     

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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:

    Movie Night:  November 16th

    Progress Reports Home:  Monday, November 19th

    Student Conferences:  week of November 19th

    PA Day: November 23rd (conferences)

    Have a wonderful week, Clarksdale.  Imagine, Believe Achieve in all you do! Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Nov 4, 2018, 1:23 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What's Going On In The Den -- week of October 29th

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

    Happy Halloween “Eve”!  A busy week to come in the Den!


    Many thanks for an amazing Darksdale!

    A great time was had by all of Friday!  We had a fabulous turnout and lots of costumes with both adults and children.  So fun!  A HUGE thank you to our organizing team for their hard work in decorating and volunteering to run all of the activities.  Many thanks also for the large number of contributions to our We Scare Hunger campaign.  Our Me to We club will be organizing them for donation this week.


    Staffing Update:

    We wanted to let families know that Ms. Konopka will be away on a temporary leave.  While Ms. Konopka is away, Mrs. Toal will be joining us as our Music Teacher.  We welcome Mrs. Toal to Clarksdale and we invite you to take a moment to introduce yourself!


    Halloween/Spirit Parade Wednesday

    We will be hosting our Halloween Parade on Wednesday, following announcements, at around 9:30am.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and join us.  Please sign in at the office and then join us in the main hallway.  Students will make their way around the school, so you will have the chance to see all the great costumes, orange and black or Clarksdale spiritwear.

    Please send a change of clothes for your young child as they will be changing out of their costumes.  We want to make sure they make it to Halloween Night!

    Halloween Reminders::

    1. please ensure your child’s costume does not create fear in others.  We are a kindergarten – grade 6 school, so please make sure you consider the age of all of our students when choosing your costume. Please avoid any costume that portrays a frightening image or inappropriate character or any stereotypes that would be offensive.
    2. For safety reasons, no masks are permitted and make-up can be fun and colourful, but should not depict scary images
    3. Please ensure that no toy weapons (i.e swords, toy guns, sabres etc) are brought to school

    Lastly, a reminder that, due to allergies, we ask that you do not send in candy or food for Halloween.  Also, please be diligent in treats you may include in your child’s lunch after Halloween, to ensure they continue to be nut free.  We do have many children and staff with life threatening allergies and we want to ensure everyone is safe.

    We look forward to a fun celebration and a safe and happy Halloween.


    Intramurals are Starting:

    Intramurals will begin the first week of November! Grade 3 and 4 students will be playing ball hockey on Monday or Tuesday at second break. Grade 1 and 2 students will be playing polo broom ball on Wednesday or Thursday, also at second break. Sign up sheets have been delivered to each class for teams to be created. 


    Calling all 3 year-olds:  Kindergarten Information Session:

    Future students and their families are invited to attend the following Kindergarten Open House, to be held November 8th at Alexander’s Public School (2223 Sutton Dr.) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    At the Open House, students and parents will:

    • Explore a Kindergarten classroom
    • Learn about play-based learning
    • Pick up information and resource material in a free backpack
    • Access information about community agencies and resources in Halton
    • Get information about before and after school care
    • Connect with special education staff to discuss any developmental concerns


    Registration for Kindergarten begins in January 2019 and takes place at the school your child will attend. Children born in 2015 can start Kindergarten in September 2019.


    Reminder to our Kindie Parents:

    As our little ones are beginning now to develop their independence and are settling into their morning routines, we remind parents to say their goodbyes before the gate in order to minimize the numbers of adults in the kindie area during a busy time of day.  You are welcome to watch at the fence and give a wave, but we appreciate you remaining in that area. Thanks for your help as we encourage our children to “grow and succeed”.


    Reminder to all parents/guardians:

    If you come to the school to pick up your child or to drop off something for them, please ensure you sign in at the office and we will call the child down or deliver the item to them.  Even at recess time, we request that you follow this routine vs going on the blacktop or into the classroom.  Safety for all is our first priority and we appreciate your cooperation in this regard.

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

    Monday:      Harry Potter Club – 1st break

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    Tuesday:     Me2We: 2nd break

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    Wednesday:  Halloween Parade – period 1 (9:30)

                       Paper Airplane Club – 2nd break

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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club

    Kidssentials Lunch

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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 November newsletter coming home in Backpacks this week


    Looking Ahead:

    Weekend of November  3rd:  Clocks go back - One more hour of sleep!

    November 5th:  School Council Meeting 7 pm

    November 6th:  Dental Screening for JK/SK/Grade 2

    November 8th: Picture Retake Day

    November 8th: Pizza Day

    November 9th:  Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:00am

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 2:16 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What's Going On In The Den -- week of October 22nd

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

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

    Lots happening in the Den this week!

    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.  See last week’s “Den” for more details.

    Great Big Crunch Thursday

    On Thursday, our students will be participating in the Great Big Crunch, in support of Healthy Eating.  At 2:00pm we will join together outside with our apples and enjoy a simultaneous C-R-U-N-C-H.  Apples have been donated by Drummond Farms, a local orchard, and will be washed and sent to classes, ready to eat.  Please watch the attached video – you will even see some Clarksdale faces in it!  If you do not want your child to receive an apple, please contact their teacher before Thursday’s event.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lk5-ctaoNg

    Many thanks to Halton Food For Thought for supporting our school’s healthy eating.

    New Club Starting Thursday

    Students in grades 4-6: The Paper Airplane club will be “taking off” this Thursday at 1st break.  Learn about flight and how to design a great flyer!  Thanks to Ms. Vandervelde for leading this fun new club.

    Darksdale is this Friday!

    Please plan on joining us for our annual Darksdale celebration on Friday, October 26th, from 6:30-8:00pm.  Great family fun and games  --- come to Hogwarts and enjoy all the Harry Potter fun!   Please feel free to bring a canned or boxed item to help our local food bank as we support We Scare Hunger.


    Halloween Reminders:

    With Halloween just over a week away, we wanted to remind parents and students of a few things regarding costumes.  We will be hosting a parade on October 31st:  students are invited to wear a costume, their spirit wear, orange and black or just “come as they are”.  All students who choose to participate will be part of our parade.

    Also

    1. please ensure your child’s costume does not create fear in others.  We are a kindergarten – grade 6 school, so please make sure you consider the age of all of our students when choosing your costume. Please avoid any costume that portrays a frightening image or character.
    2. For safety reasons, no masks are permitted and make-up can be fun and colourful, but should not depict scary or inappropriate images
    3. Please ensure that no toy weapons (i.e swords, toy guns, sabres etc) are brought to school

    Lastly, a reminder that, due to allergies, we ask that you do not send in candy or food for Halloween.  Also, after Halloween, please be diligent in treats you may include in your child’s lunch, to ensure they continue to be nut free.  We do have many children and staff with life threatening allergies and we want to ensure everyone is safe.

    We look forward to a fun celebration and a safe and happy Halloween.


    We Scare Hunger/Me2We

    Clarksdale is once again collecting non-perishable canned and boxed items in support of our local food banks.  More details will follow, but please consider donating an item or bringing one to Darksdale on Friday!  Please ensure you check the best before dates as they do not accept past date products.  Thank you for your help and kindness!

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

    Monday:     Harry Potter Club – 1st break  

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    Tuesday:     Paper Airplane Club – 1st break

                      Me2We Club – 2nd break

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    Wednesday: 

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    Thursday:    Breakfast Club continues – please bring your own water bottle

    Pizza Day – 1st break

    Great Big Crunch – 2:00 on the blacktop

                         Kids4Kids with Scott Graham – 3:35-5:00pm

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    Friday:

    Darksdale:  6:30-8:00 pm (please note gym will be closed all day Friday for set up)

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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 31st:  Halloween and Spirit Parade

    November 5th:  School Council 7 pm

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Oct 21, 2018, 5:51 AM by Neil Hammond
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