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Dear Parents / 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 ceremony. The students did a marvelous job preparing wreaths and the classes performed beautifully in both English and French. Many thanks to Mlle Jickels and Mr. Hammond for leading the organization and to the teachers who prepared their children so well for presenting and participating in this lovely ceremony.

We were also happy to see so many of you attending your children's conferences, or observations in kindergarten, and sharing in their successes and goals for the upcoming months. The students and staff worked very hard to prepare for these, and our students were walking a little taller after sharing all their accomplishments with you!

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. Stay tuned in the New Year for news of our second 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.

Our book fair is coming up, December 12th to 17th. 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 multicultural craft evening, on December 13th, at 6:30 pm. Families are invited to sign up to do 2 crafts and then join us in the gym for a sing-a-long and snack. Our book fair will also be "open late" that night for your shopping convenience! A wonderful way to kick off the holiday season! Please make sure to return a form for each child.

Warmest regards and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Meilleurs voeux et bonnes vacances!

Janet Reesor, Principal          Cynthia Rhodes-Foley, Vice Principal