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  • What Is Going on in the Den - January 20 - 24


    What's Going On In The Den - week of January 20th, 2020

    Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

    Winter has definitely returned and we hope all are safe after yesterday’s storm.


    Here is What’s Going On In the Den: 


    New Sanctions:  Important Notes

    Unfortunately, due to the new sanctions, the following activities are affected:

    **As of now, elementary schools (including Clarksdale) will be closed for a one-day strike on THURSDAY, January 23rd.  Please ensure to check the HDSB website for any updates and ensure that alternate care arrangements are made if necessary.

    Please note that we will advise of next steps regarding the pita day, currently scheduled for Thursday.


    As a reminder:

    **Movie Night Cancelled

    **Field Trips Cancelled: any field trips that were scheduled between now and February 14thare cancelled.  Decisions regarding field trips after that date will be determined as we get closer to the date

    ** Extra-curriculars that take place during the day will currently continue.  This includes choir, the musical, lego robotics, clubs and teams.  After-school activities are cancelled.


    The following are not affected:

    ** Social Media presentation on January 22nd will continue as planned

    ** Scott Graham Kids4Kids Program will continue as planned.


    Good News and Bad News on the Gym

    The bad news is that the company has encountered some issues with the paint for our logo – it is not adhering to the floor.  They are coming in tomorrow to assess the situation.  The good news is that we will be re-opening the gym (minus the logo) on Tuesday so students can once again use it for phys ed and YMCA programs etc.


    Driving Safety Reminders:

    Roads and parking lots can be slippery in this wintery weather and visibility is more limited.  We want to remind everyone to please drive and walk with care when picking up and dropping off your children.  We want everyone to be safe!  

    We also remind parents who are in the kiss ‘n ride area that this area is intended for quick pick-ups and drop-offs and parents should not be idling or parking in this area.  It is also used by our daycare buses as well, so we ask that you move to make room for these when they arrive.  If your child is not out yet, please park and wait for your child in one of the parking spaces.

    Thank you from our Spirit Leaders

    The Spirit Leaders would like to say thank you for the donations during Mustache Day and Pajama Day! We raised $67.25 for the Canadian Cancer Society!

    Our next two spirit days we will be supporting the Halton Learning Foundation. Stay tuned for our January Spirit Day!


    Reminder: Digital Intelligence Presentations: Wed. Jan. 22 

    A final reminder of our presentation on Social Media, including a real-time, screen-by-screen visual walk-through of the features, functionality and best practices of apps such as Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.  If you have not already done so, please RSVP to the office or to Mr. Johnston at johnstonja@hdsb.ca

    7pm Parent Presentation in the library 

    Students in grades 4-6 will also have a presentation in the afternoon.


    Silver Birch Club Begins

    Silver Birch club starts on Monday: second half of second break. This includes Silver Birch Express for grades 3&4. Silver Birch, Golden Cedar and Le Prix Meleze for grades 5&6!


    Breakfast club

    Breakfast Club will return on Friday, January 24th, 8:45 in the gym.


    Caribou Math – Congratulations!

    Congratulations to our Caribou Math Students on their success in the most recent competition:

    Evan Top 2% in world rankings for Grade 5/6; Jack top 15% in world rankings for Grade 3/4; Valeria top 40% in world rankings for Grade 3/4

    Great job by all!


    Kidssentials Update

    The Kidssentials menu for February to April is now available online for you to order hot and nutritious lunches for your children.  Ordering is easy, go to www.kidssentials.com to either log in or register for an account. For more information visit the website, and if you have any questions you may always call Kidssentials directly at 905.855.1914.


    Kids4Kids

    A reminder to send in your Kids4Kids registration if interested in participating.  Program begins on Friday February 7th.


    Reminders:

    • Continuing in French Immersion Forms Due
    • Grade 2 French Immersion Registration Forms Due
    • Kindergarten registration is underway


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


    Monday:      Gym Closed 

                      Silver Birch club begins – 2nd half of second break

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    Tuesday:      Gym re-opens

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    Wednesday:          Lego Robotics – 10:55

                               Social Media Presentation – students grades 4-6

                               Parent Presentation – 7 pm

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    Thursday     SCHOOL CLOSED due to one-day strike (unless we receive news to the contrary)

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    Friday:    

    Breakfast Club – 8:45 am

    Board Games Club – 2nd break, room 211

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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:

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    January 30th – Pizza Day

    January 31st – Grade 2 French Immersion Registrations Due

    January 31st – Optional Attendance request forms due 

                                                 

    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 - January 13 - 17

    What's Going On In The Den - week of January 13th

    Happy New Year Clarksdale Families, Bonne année à tous!


    We had an excellent return to school.  The students and staff are already busy with their learning and activities around the school.


    Here is What’s Going On In the Den: 


    New Sanctions:  Important Notes

    Unfortunately, due to the new sanctions, the following activities are affected:

    **Movie Night Cancelled

    **Field Trips Cancelled: any field trips that were scheduled between now and February 14thare cancelled.  Decisions regarding field trips after that date will be determined as we get closer to the date

    ** Extra-curriculars that take place during the day will currently continue.  This includes choir, the musical, lego robotics, clubs and teams.  After-school activities are cancelled.

    The following are not affected:

    ** Social Media presentation on January 22nd will continue as planned

    ** Scott Graham Kids4Kids Program will continue as planned.

    Please also ensure to read all communication from the board as there may be rotating strikes beginning next week in elementary schools.


    Continuing in French Immersion Forms Due

    A reminder to parents of students in Grades 2-6, to please return the Yellow "Registration for Continuing in French Immersion" forms, ASAP.  These help us in our planning for next year.


    Grade 2 French Immersion Registration Forms Due

    A reminder that parents of students currently in grade 1 that you must submit a registration form if you are planning to register your child for French Immersion in Grade 2.  These registration forms are due no later than January 31st


    Kindergarten registration is underway

    If you have a child who will be 4 by December 2020, then you do need to register them for FDK.  Children already in JK do not need to register again.  Please ensure your child is registered as soon as possible, and no later than January 31st, 2020.  As a reminder, all JK students must register at their home schools.


    Reminder: Digital Intelligence Presentations: Wed. Jan. 22 

    Want to learn more about Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram and how our children are using it? Please join us for a real-time, screen-by-screen visual walk-through of the features, functionality and best practices of apps such as Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.

    7pm Parent Presentation in the gym – free for all Clarksdale parents

    Students in grades 4-6 will also have a presentation in the afternoon.

    This has been brought to you by our Clarksdale Healthy Action Team (CHAT) and a generous grant from HDSB.


    Breakfast club

    With the additional delay in completing the gym, breakfast club will be cancelled for one more week.  We should be all ready to resume on January 24th.


    Kidssentials Update

    The Kidssentials menu for February to April is now available online for you to order hot and nutritious lunches for your children.

    Kidssentials has just added more delicious entrees to the menu including Butter Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki, Chana Masala, Pineapple Curried Meatballs and if you like you can order a side of soft Naan bread.

    Kidssentials serves fresh food – not fast food. Winter is here and it is great to have a hot meal on a cold day!

    Ordering is easy, go to www.kidssentials.com to either log in or register for an account. For more information visit the website, and if you have any questions you may always call Kidssentials directly at 905.855.1914.


    Kids4Kids

    We are happy to once again be offering the Kids4Kids program with Scott Graham.  This is an after-school program for students in grades 1 - 6, running on Fridays from 3:45-5:15, starting February 7th.  It focuses on building student leadership, conflict resolution and self-confidence --- all in a fun and active way. Flyers were sent home last week.  Please return them to the office.


    Popcorn Orders Due:

    Our popcorn program has been very popular and we wanted to remind you that the next order is due on January 16th.  Please check school cash online to place your order.


    Lego Robotics

    Lego Robotics for grade 6 students has started.  A wonderful chance for students to combine science, technology and teamwork as they design Lego robots to complete specific tasks.  A team will be representing Clarksdale at an upcoming Lego Robotics competition.  Thanks to Mr. Hammond for leading this team.


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


    Monday:      Gym Closed all week

                      Freeze DNA – 11:45 in the library

    School Council – 7 pm in room 208 (due to gym closure, the girl guides are in the library)

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    Tuesday:      Gym closed all week


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    Wednesday:          Gym Closed all week

    Lego Robotics – 10:55

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    Thursday     Gym closed all week

    Pizza Day

    Lego Robotics – 10:55

    Me To We Club – 1:35 pm

    **Popcorn orders due


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    Friday:        Gym closed all week

    Breakfast Club cancelled

    Board Games Club – 2nd break, room 211

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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:


    January 22nd:  Chris Vollum Social Media Presentation

    January 23rd:  Pita Day

    January 30th – Pizza Day

    January 31st – Grade 2 French Immersion Registrations Due

    January 31st – Optional Attendance request forms due 

                                                 

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… ​​​​​​​   

    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 10:28 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - Jan 6 - Jan 10

    What's Going On In the Den - week of January 6th

    Happy New Year Clarksdale Families, Bonne année à tous!


    We hope you enjoyed a restful holiday with family and friends and are energized and ready to go!


    Lots happening right away in the Den. 


    Kindergarten registration is underway

    If you have a child who will be 4 by December 2020, then you can register them for FDK.  Children already in JK do not need to register again.  Please ensure your child is registered as soon as possible, and no later than January 31st, 2020.


    Grade 2 French Immersion Registration – deadline is end of January

    A reminder to grade 1 parents to register for French Immersion by January 31st, if you plan on having your child join the FI program.


    Gym renovations underway

    The new gym floor has been installed and we are now just waiting for the lines to be painted before we can use it.  As such, the gym will remain closed this week and the Y program will be relocated for the week.

    There will also be NO breakfast club this week due to the gym closure.


    Movie Night January 17th:

    A great way to beat the winter blahs and have a fun family night out!  Mark your calendars for our next movie night on January 17th.  Doors open at 6:30 and movie starts at 7:00pm.  We will let you know the movie this week!


    SAVE THE DATE!  Digital Intelligence Presentations: Wed. Jan. 22 

    Want to learn more about Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram and how our children are using it? Please join us for a real-time, screen-by-screen visual walk-through of the features, functionality and best practices of apps such as Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.

    7pm Parent Presentation in the gym – free for all Clarksdale parents

    Students in grades 4-6 will also have a presentation in the afternoon.

    This has been brought to you by our Clarksdale Healthy Action Team (CHAT) and a generous grant from HDSB.


    Winter Weather Reminders:

    Although it doesn’t feel like January quite yet, the cold weather is still upon us.  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.


    Kids4Kids

    We are happy to once again be offering the Kids4Kids program with Scott Graham.  Information will be sent home shortly.  This is an after-school program for students in grades 1 - 6, running on Fridays from 3:45-5:15, starting February 7th.  It focuses on building student leadership, conflict resolution and self-confidence --- all in a fun and active way. Please contact the office if you would like more information.


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


    Monday:       Gym Closed


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    Tuesday:      Gym Closed


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    Wednesday:

                               Gym Closed

                               Grade 6 Lego Robotics – 1st break


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    Thursday:    Gym Closed

                      Grade 6 Lego Robotics – 1st break

                      Kidssentials lunch

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    Friday:        Gym Closed

                      Breakfast Club Cancelled

                      RBG trip – grade 4s

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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:​​​​​​​

    January 13th – School Council meeting 7:00pm

    January 16th - Pizza Day

    January 17th – Movie Night 

    January 23rd – Pita Day

    January 30th – Pizza Day

    January 31st – Grade 2 French Immersion Registrations Due

    January 31st – Optional Attendance request forms due 

                                                 

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Jan 5, 2020, 1:53 PM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - Dec 16 - 20

    Happy December Clarksdale Families,


    Our last “Den” for 2019 and still lots happening!

    We want to wish all of our families a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season!  See you again on January 6th.


    So Many Thanks

    A huge thanks to staff, students and parents for their support of our holiday craft evening and book fair.  Both were huge successes and we appreciate your participation.  Hope you all enjoyed them as well!  The Book Fair was also a big success with sales exceeding $6300, which will earn us $3700 in books for the library!

    Special thanks again to Ms. Gibbs for taking the lead on the evening and to Ms. Vandervelde for her leadership of the bookfair.  Thank you also to our parent and family volunteers who helped with the fair and to our awesome library technician, Ms. Mills for running it on Tuesday and Thursday!


    Angel Tree

    Also many thanks to those who have supported our hat and mitten tree, and our angel tree.  Tomorrow (Monday) is the last day for donations as we will be busy organizing and sharing the amazing gifts that we have received with those in need. Thank you again for helping to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter.


    Bussing and pick-up reminders

    If your child is changing his/her routine for after school, please let the school and teachers know.  This helps us to avoid making calls and trying to locate students who usually take the bus.  Thank you for helping to keep all our children safe.


    Wednesday, OSSTF day of strike

    Please note that this coming Wednesday, there is another planned one-day strike with OSSTF workers.  While our school will be open, our secretaries will not be at work, nor will our Child Youth Worker.

    We thank you in advance for your support with calling in absences to the absence line, ensuring your child is on time and for your patience with us as we answer the phone and door.


    PJ Day Thursday

    Thursday December 19th is our next school-wide spirit day, Pajama Day!  The children and staff are encouraged to wear their cozy pajamas to school to show their Clarksdale Spirit. Also, if you wish to make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, please send your child to school with a loonie.


    Early Dismissal on Friday

    A reminder to all families that it will be early dismissal on Friday.  This means that school will end 90 minutes early --- at 2:05.  Bus times will also be adjusted by 90 minutes, so please ensure your pick-up times are adjusted as well.

    Nutrition Break #1:  10:25-11:05

    Nutrition Break #2: 12:15-12:55


    Kidssentials

    Term 2 ordering will be available shortly after we return from the winter break.  There is still time to order for the January 9th lunch date.  You can place your order up to two days before any Kidssentials lunch day.  To order go to https://kidssentials.com/


    Gym Floor Replacement

    We are very excited to share that our gym floor is being replaced over the holidays with a brand new spring floor, complete with our Clarksdale Wolves logo!  In order to accommodate this renovation, the gym will be closed on December 16th and 17th, and then from December 23rd – January 11th.  This will mean the after school YMCA program will be relocated to classrooms and gym classes will be held outside for that week. Also our breakfast club will be cancelled for the first week back. We thank everyone for their flexibility as we get ready to enjoy a great new floor!


    SAVE THE DATE!  Digital Intelligence Presentations: Wed. Jan. 22 

    Want to learn more about Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram and how our children are using it? Please join us for a real-time, screen-by-screen visual walk-through of the features, functionality and best practices of apps such as Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.

    7pm Parent Presentation in the gym – free for all Clarksdale parents

    Students in grades 4-6 will also have a presentation in the afternoon.

    This has been brought to you by our Clarksdale Healthy Action Team (CHAT) and a generous grant from HDSB.


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


    Monday:      Deadline for Angel tree and mitten tree donations

                      Grade 3 field trip to Art Gallery of Burlington

                      Gym closed

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    Tuesday:     CHAT team 1:15 pm

                      Gym closed              

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    Wednesday:  Grade 6 Lego Robotics 1st break          

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    Thursday:    PJ Day

                      Pizza Day

                      Grade 6 Lego Robotics 1st break

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    Friday:        Breakfast Club – Grab ‘n Go only this week

    Winter Singalong for students:   11:15 – 11:45 am

    Early Dismissal 2:05 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:

    January 6th – return to school (gym closed all week)

    Janurary 10th – Breakfast Club CANCELLED

    January 13th – School Council meeting 7:00pm

    January 17th – Movie Night

    January 31st – Grade 2 French Immersion Registrations Due

    January 31st – Optional Attendance request forms due


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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 9:59 AM by Neil Hammond
  • What is Going on in the Den - December 9 - 13

    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:  Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30.  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 7:00pm in the gym for a sing-a-long, drink 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:

    3:45 to 5:00 pm on Monday 

    9:30 to 5:00 pm on Tuesday

    9:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday 

    9:30 to 3:00 pm on Thursday

    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 are still in need of gifts for all ages. All donations are due by Friday, so please consider donating a gift or gift card to this important cause. As a reminder, please wrap your gifts and include a card indicating the contents and age that the gift is designated for.


    Pizza and Milk orders available online

    Please note that pizza and milk orders for the New Year are available online. 


    Bus Reminders

    Please make sure you inform the school on days your child is not going home on the bus (i.e., getting a drive home; going to childcare; going home with another student; being signed out early).  Thank you!


    Early Dismissal next Friday, December 20th

    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.



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


    Monday:    Grade 3/4 Ball Hockey Finals are today at Second Break.

    Fluffy Pandas vs. Amazing Narwhals!

    Spectators from grade 3 and 4 are welcome to attend. Please come down at the bell to go outside. Everyone is reminded to continue to show great sportsmanship.

                     Diversity Club – 1st break

    Primary Choir 1st break

    School Council Meeting – 7pm


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    Tuesday:     Grade 1 trip to RBG

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    Wednesday:  Book Fair open

                        Holiday Craft Evening:  6:00 -7:30 pm

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    Thursday:    Book Fair Open

       Pita Day

                       Me 2 We – 2nd break

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    Friday:        Breakfast Club: 8:45 am

                      Board Games Club – 2nd break

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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 20th:  Early Dismissal – 2:05 pm

    January 6th:  Return to School

                                                

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

    Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

    Posted Dec 8, 2019, 11:49 AM by Neil Hammond
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