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Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Clarksdale Staff, 

We have had a busy and successful start to our year and we have seen great learning in our classrooms. It was certainly a warm September and our outdoor classroom was in use every day! Students and staff spent time establishing their classroom routines, building teamwork within their communities and beginning their work in literacy and numeracy. Nous avons aussi fait beaucoup de travail en frani;ais et nous parlons chaque jour! We began our Wolfpacks with an assembly and team building activity and we look forward to more activities this year. Our teams and clubs have also been busy. Our cross-country team has been "up and running" and will participate in their meet on October 4th. We also began our yoga club, announcer teams and lunchroom monitors. And our choirs and musical preparations will begin soon! Clarksdale is a busy place! 

For parents, we hosted our first Parent Coffee Chat, where parents had the opportunity to learn about the school, understand the volunteer opportunities available and ask questions. We look forward to hosting a variety of these chats throughout the year, so if you have any suggestions for topics you would like discussed, then please email me at reesorj@hdsb.ca. We will be offering these chats at a variety of times in order to meet the scheduling needs of all of our family partners. 

We were also happy to see so many families join us at our Welcome BBQ and Open House on Wednesday. It provided a wonderful, relaxed and informal way to meet teachers and other school staff and to establish a positive connection as we begin our year together. Many thanks to our school council members for preparing for and running the bbq for us. 

A HUGE thank you for your support of our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk. On Friday, September 22nd, all of our students, staff, and some parents joined together in our fight against cancer. We also successfully raised $550 to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society. While the weather was a bit hot, we all agreed that Terry had run through sun and rain and we would do the same. Mr. Hammond provided the music and we enjoyed a great time outside, doing something great for our community. Way to go Clarksdale! 

October will continue to be a busy month, with our Big Crunch Event to promote healthy eating, the kick-off to our breakfast club and healthy eating baskets, and Darksdale celebrations. We will also enjoy our School Parade, where students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes, dress in orange and black, or wear their Clarksdale school colours. A wonderful way to share our school spirit! More clubs will start up including Running Club, lntramurals, Safe Schools and Wellness Team and Student Parliament. 

We look forward to continuing to work with you to build the best possible learning environment for our students. Nous vous souhaitons une excellente annee et nous avons hate de travailler ensemble pour assurer le succes de nos enfants. 

Please remember to check out our website at cla.hdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter 

@ClarksdaleHDSB 

Best Regards, Mrs. J. Reesor, Principal, Mrs. C. Rhodes-Foley, Vice Principal