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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Clarksdale continues to be a busy spot with many great activities and events.

 

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Remembrance Day gathering. The students did a marvelous job preparing wreaths and the classes performed beautifully in both English and French. Many thanks to Mr. Hammond for leading the organization and to the teachers who prepared their children so well for presenting and participating in this lovely ceremony.

 

Inquiry based thinking and learning opportunities, including outdoor education at the woodlot, number talks and readers' writers' workshop have kept our students very engaged. Families are encouraged to support these key areas at home through the daily use of Dreambox in Math, reading each night with your child and continued use of Raz Kids for students in K-3.  Our commitment to health and wellness continues this year, with particular focus on belonging, mental health and healthy living. Our mental health focus will be on continuing to develop self-regulation strategies through mindfulness, restorative practices and collaborative problem solving. Doing so will help our students and staff decrease stress, quiet their minds and improve their focus and attention. As part of our healthy living focus, we are participating in a healthy eating campaign in order to motivate students and staff to eat more fruits and vegetables. Thank you for your support in encouraging your children to eat more healthy veggies and fruit each day! Stay tuned in the New Year for an exciting evening of cooking and eating in support of our healthy schools initiatives. The students are having a lot of fun participating in our many clubs and teams, as well as our intramural programs. We also enjoyed our second Wolfpack activity, with students joining together in cross-grade teams -- this time creating a flag to represent their packs and Clarksdale.

We are delighted to share that our students will all be participating in the creation of a School Mural. This initiative is being graciously sponsored by ArtHouse. All students in grades K-6 are invited to share their ideas of what it means to belong at Clarksdale and what they love about our school community. These ideas and images will be compiled into a large mural design, which will then be painted by each of our students and displayed in the foyer to welcome all to our Clarksdale Community. We are really excited about this project -- not just the end product, but the entire process which engages and includes all students.  Our book fair is coming up, December 11th to 15th. Thanks to Mrs. Vandervelde for organizing it and we hope you will come out and support this event.  We also invite you to take part in our holiday giving tree and mitten tree. By bringing in a pair of mittens, a hat, scarf, or by selecting a card from our Giving Tree, families can help out those in need within our community. We look forward to sharing the kindness of the season with all of our Clarksdale families.

This year, we are pleased to invite you to our holiday concerts, on December 13th, at 6:30 pm and December 14th at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm. These concerts are for students in grades K-3, with some students in recorders and ukuleles. Ticket Order forms were sent home last.

week. We hope that you will be able to join us for these performances and share in the celebration of the winter season. Our Junior Students are busy auditioning for our Spring Musical and we look forward to that musical celebration as well!

Warmest regards and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. Meilleurs voeux et bonnes vacances!

 

Janet Reesor, Principal    Cynthia Rhodes-Foley, Vice Principal