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Dear Parents I Guardians, 

Clarksdale continues to be busy with focused learning, many great activities, field trips and events. Inquiry based thinking and learning opportunities have kept our students very en­gaged and the beautiful weather has enabled students to use our outdoor education spaces to support their learning. We are focused on our literacy and math learning as we continue our work on problem-solving, organization of thoughts in writing and number sense/math liter'acy strategies. Our wellness initiatives are focusing on positive problem-solving, build­ing empathy amongst students and fostering a growth mindset in persevering with challeng­ing tasks in all subject areas. The students had a lot of fun participating in our annual Hal­loween and Spirit parade, and Darksdale was a huge success with over 400 people joining us! Many thanks to all the students, parent and teacher volunteers who came to help out with this fun community event. 

Clarksdale is also working hard this year to receive its Healthy Schools Certification for the fourth year. This initiative will focus on both mental and physical wellness. We started things out with our CHAT team, made up of students in grades 4-6, who will be meeting to plan and lead a variety of activities aimed at improving our overall health and wellness. We also are seeing high participation in our weekly breakfast club and our healthy food bins. We thank our enthusiastic parent volunteers for helping to bring these much needed pro­grams to our students. 

You will soon be receiving your child's progress report, which will give you an early indica­tion of how your child's year has begun. Progress reports will be sent home with all stu­dents in grades 1 - 6 on November 18th. Communication of Learning reports will be sent home with kindergarten students at the same time. As a reminder, The Elementary Pro­gress Report Card you receive will not contain grades or numerical marks. The focus of this progress report is on six Learning Skills: responsibility, organization, independent work, col­laboration, initiative and self-regulation. These Learning Skills create the foundation for future success. The focus of subject reporting will be on describing a student's general pro­gress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations. These will be com­municated and organized as strengths and next steps and will focus on Language (English and French) and Mathematics. 

Elementary Provincial Report Cards in February and June will contain letter grades along with descriptive comments. This Elementary Provincial Report Card will also report achieve­ment on the same six Learning Skills. For information visit: www.edu.gov.on.ca All parents/guardians are invited to sign up for a time to discuss your child's progress. Inter­view times are available the week of November 18th. If you have not yet signed up for a time, please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible. 

Please join us on Monday, November 11th at 10:00 am in the gym for our Remembrance Day Assembly .. 

Please also follow us on Twitter @Clarksdalehdsb and check out our weekly What's Going On In The Den for important updates and information.