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What is Going On in the Den - Nov 18 - 22

posted by Neil Hammond

November 18th 2019


What's Going On In The Den - week of November 18th, 2019


Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

Many thanks to the parents/family members who joined us for our X-Dance Family Dance Night on Wednesday.  Another great family evening, where we enjoyed a variety of dances from around the world, mixed with fun and fitness. See our pictures on Twitter - @ClarksdaleHDSB.

A busy week to come in the Den.


This week is Bullying Prevention Awareness Week throughout Halton.

At Clarksdale, we continue (as we do each week!) with the promotion of Kindness, Inclusion and Positive Problem Solving in order to help our students feel safe and happy at school – and to feel they belong.  On Wednesday, our students will be leading an assembly to promote our common language in problem solving.  A great example of Students Leading Students, and Student Voice in Action.


Clarksdale’s Angel Tree and Hat/Mitten Tree Begins this week

Clarksdale is a very generous school community and we are so appreciative of the kindness we share.  We have many families in need within our community and each year, we invite all staff, students and parents to take part in our Angel Tree and Holiday Hat/mitten tree.  Bring in a pair of mittens, a hat or scarf and hang them on the mitten tree, located in the library.

Our Angel Tree will be located in the office.  The tree contains paper ornaments that indicate a child (e.g., boy 8, girl 9), mom/dad/guardian.  Come on in, take a card and purchase a gift suitable for the person on the ornament.  Important Reminder:  please wrap the gift and bring it to the school with the ornament card taped to it including a description of the gift inside.  Our Clarksdale elves will then assemble the gifts and distribute them to our families before the holiday season begins.

We also welcome gift cards.  Popular spots include grocery stores, gas stations, Walmart, Chapters/Indigo, The Bay, Canadian Tire.

We always appreciate donations of tape, wrapping paper, cards and bows for any last minute items needed.

We look forward to sharing the kindness of the season with all of our Clarksdale families.  All donations are due in the office by Friday December 6th 


Progress Reports Home this week and Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences this week

Parents are reminded that progress reports are being sent home on Monday and that their student/parent/teacher conference will be held this week.  Please note that students are expected to accompany you to these meetings, unless otherwise arranged with your child’s teacher. Progress reports will be sent home on Monday, so please take a moment to review these with your child prior to your conference. 

**Don’t forget to stop by the office to pick up an Angel Tree card during your visit.

**Please check the lost and found table for any missing items. 


Congratulations to our Caribou Math Contest Participants:

3 of our students participated in the annual Caribou Math contest, with participants from all around the world.  Congratulations to Jack who placed in the top 40% amongst grade 3/4 students, to Valeria, who placed in the top 15% amongst grade 3/4 and to Evan who finished in the top 2% for grade 5/6.  These are world rankings and we are so proud of your accomplishments!


Music News:

Primary choir during on Monday during 2nd break.  

Cast list for Seussical The Musical will be posted on Tuesday outside of the Music Room.  Rehearsal schedule (during break times) will be given out to all cast on Wednesday.


French Immersion Information Sessions 

A reminder that the French Immersion information session is being held on Thursday, November 28th, 6-7 pm at the New Street Education Centre/Gary Allan High School, 3250 New Street.  Please note that individual schools will not be hosting information nights at this time.  Additional information is available on the Halton website at www.hdsb.ca

Registration begins December 6th and the deadline for registrations is January 31, 2020.


Clarksdale Holiday Arts Evening – Wednesday, December 11th, 6:30-8:00pm 

After a successful introduction last year, Clarksdale students and staff will once again be hosting a holiday craft evening, celebrating the many cultures and traditions we enjoy at Clarksdale and beyond.  Students of all grades are invited to join us with parents/guardians for an evening of crafts and song.  More details will follow shortly but we wanted to share this “hold the date” message with you.


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


Monday:      Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week begins

Chefs à l’école – Grade 5/6 FI 

Me2We – 1st break

Primary Choir – 2nd break

Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

Teams playing are Fuzzy Pandas and Happy Unicorns

                  Progress Reports sent home and Conferences all week

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Tuesday:      Hearing and Vision Screening for those who signed up

Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

CHAT team meeting – 2nd break, library 

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Wednesday:  Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

Teams playing are Amazing Narwhals and Fluffy Llamas

Student-Led Assembly – period 5

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Thursday:    Pita Day

                      Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

                   Parent Conferences - evening

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Friday:

PD Day, No school for Students (Conferences)

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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:

November 28th – Pizza Day

November 28th – Grade 2 FI Information Night – New Street Education Centre, 6:00pm

November 29th Mustache Day

November 29th – Movie Night 

                                             

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

What Is Going On In The Den - November 11 - 15

posted Nov 10, 2019, 11:04 AM by Neil Hammond

What's Going On In The Den - week of November 11th, 2019


Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

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


Remembrance Day Ceremony November 11th

We invite all students to join us in wearing red to honour our veterans for our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday at 10:15.  Parents are also welcome to join us as we acknowledge the contributions of our many veterans and current members of our military.

X-Dance coming to Clarksdale this week ~ Families are invited to join us!

X-Dance offers a variety of dance style from all around the world.  The focus of this experience is to celebrate diversity while providing the platform to build inclusion.  Students will explore a variety of dance styles over their 3 X-Dance Sessions. 

Thanks to all the families who have already responded to our evening event.  It will be a great hour of learning, fitness and fun on Wednesday, November 13th , starting at 6:30pm. A flyer was sent home this week, so there is still time to RSVP either on the form or to reesorj@hdsb.ca


School Council Meeting:

Our next council meeting is this Monday, November 11th, at 7:00pm.  Hope to see you there to hear about all the great work happening at the school and within our council.


It’s Recorder Time

Students in grade 5 and 6 are encouraged to purchase their own replacement recorders if they have lost them.  White Soprano Recorders are available at Long and McQuade for $4.99 or can be purchased from the music teacher.  Class recorders are available for use, but it is preferable for each student to have their own to allow for practice. Please do not purchase recorders from the dollar stores as they are tuned differently.


Seussical the Musical is Underway

Auditions for the Seussical will be Tuesday-Friday this week during 2nd break for students in Grades 4-6 that have signed up with Mr. Reaume.

Primary Choir practices have begun on Mondays at second break. All students in grades 1-3 are welcome to participate.


Calling all 3 year-olds:  Kindergarten Information Session:

Future students and their families are invited to attend the following Kindergarten Open House, to be held this Thursday, November 14th at Alexander’s Public School (2223 Sutton Dr.) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Progress Reports and Conferences are next week

Progress reports will be sent home with students on Monday, November 18th. Many of you signed up for your child’s conference/interview while at the Open House in September.  If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s teacher to select a time that works for you. 


French Immersion Information Sessions 

In the Halton District School Board, the entry point for the French Immersion program is Grade 2, where 100% of the instructional day is taught in French.  An information evening is scheduled for Burlington on Thursday November 28th, 2019, from 6:00-7:00 at New Street Education Centre, Brock Room (3250 New Street). This session will help address any questions parents/guardians may have before registering their Grade 1 child(ren) for the French Immersion program.

Registration for the French Immersion program is open to all Grade 1 students and will begin on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.  The deadline for submitting your registration form is Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date.


Please visit the hdsb.ca website for more details (Search “French”). Registration forms are available online or at the office.


Spirit Days

Each class grades 1-6, have two Spirit Leaders. At our first meeting, the spirit leaders shared their ideas of Spirit Days they would like to plan for this school year.

Each month Clarksdale will have a special spirit day. All children are encouraged to show their spirit by participating. This year we will be choosing some charities to support along with our spirit days. All children may participate in all spirit days and if you wish to support the charity of the month, please send in a loonie with your child. Our first spirit day is "Mustache Day." The charity chosen for this month is the Canadian Cancer Society. We are looking forward to seeing all the fun and fancy mustaches on Friday November 29th.


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

Monday:        Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:15 am

Primary Choir – 2nd break

Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break - Teams playing are Fuzzy Pandas and Fluffy Llamas.

School Council Meeting – 7 pm

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Tuesday:      X-Dance begins: continues all week

Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

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Wednesday:   X-Dance continues

Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

Teams playing are Amazing Narwhals and Happy Unicorns

X- Dance Family Night – 6:30 pm                

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Thursday:       X-Dance continues

Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

                  Pizza Day

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Friday:           X-Dance continues

Breakfast Club – 8:45

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:

Bullying Prevention Week:  November 18th -22nd

Progress Reports Home:  Monday, November 18th

Hearing and Vision Screening:  November 19th

Student Conferences:  week of November 18th

PA Day: November 22nd (conferences)

Mustache Day:  November 29th

Movie Night:  November 29th


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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

What is Going On in The Den - November 4th - 8th

posted Nov 3, 2019, 2:45 PM by Neil Hammond

November 4th, 2019


What's Going On In The Den - week of November 4th

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

We are already into November and our children are busy and active in their learning both inside and outside the classroom. 

Here is What’s Happening in the Den this Week:

Our November newsletter was sent home last week, so please take a look for it either in your child’s backpack or online.

Appreciation:

Many thanks to our friends at Faith Church, who joined me at Clarksdale last Sunday to prepare all of our gardens for the winter. In spite of the rain, these wonderful volunteers did a great job of trimming, weeding and mulching ~ and have also volunteered to return in the spring to help us get the gardens ready for summer.  A lovely example of community members helping each other and we appreciate their support.


Treaties Recognition Week: November 4-8

In 2016, the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs declared the first week of November of every year as Treaties Recognition Week to honour treaties, help Ontarians learn about their significance and understand our collective responsibilities as treaty people.  Learning about treaties and the histories, perspectives and contributions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples is an important part of the learning experience for all Ontario students. Throughout this week, our students will be sharing in the learning about the treaties and their significance to our history and future.


Lockdown Practice – November 7th

Each year, as part of our Safety Plan, all elementary schools conduct two lockdown practices.  These planned practices are important in ensuring that staff and students are aware of how to appropriately respond in the event of a real emergency.  Our first lockdown practice will take place on Wednesday, November 7th at approximately 11:45 a.m.  Our Community Police Officer, Constable M. Repta, will be joining us.   The practice will last approximately 15 minutes; however, it is important to note that during this time, access to the school will not be permitted.  Please plan ahead for this as it may affect pick-ups for appointments etc.

Please refer to the separate message sent by Mr. Johnston for more details.


Final Days for We Scare Hunger

Final two days for collecting non-perishable food items.  Please send all donations in by Tuesday, November 6th.  Many thanks for your generous support.


Photo Retake Day Tuesday

If you would like a retake or if your child was absent on our first photo day, please send a note to your child’s teacher and we will ensure that it gets taken.


Remembrance Day Ceremony November 11th

We invite all students to join us in wearing red to honour our veterans for our Remembrance Day Ceremony next Monday at 10:15.  Parents are also welcome to join us as we acknowledge the contributions of our many veterans and current members of our military.


X-Dance coming to Clarksdale week of November 12-15 and Families are invited to join us too!

X-Dance offers a variety of dance style from all around the world.  The focus of this experience is to celebrate diversity while providing the platform to build inclusion.  Students will explore a variety of dance styles over their 3 X-Dance Sessions. 

Families are also be invited to share in the learning, fitness and fun on Wednesday, November 13th , starting at 6:30pm. A flyer was sent home this week, so please make sure you RSVP either on the form or to reesorj@hdsb.ca so we have a sense of numbers.


Progress Reports Coming home soon -Conference sign-ups

Progress Reports are coming home on November 18th and conferences will be held that week. If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s teacher to select a time that works for you.  A reminder notice of your date and time will be sent home soon.


Pick Up and Drop-off Reminders

We want to remind parents/guardians that when coming to the school, all adults must sign in at the office.  On rainy days, when students enter the school directly, we ask that parents say your good-byes on the blacktop.

Please do not walk your child to his/her classroom.  This helps reduce congestion in the hallways and safety concerns for our staff and students.

We ask the same at the end of the day.  Please wait to meet your child outside on the blacktop vs entering the school to the hallways.

Please note that staff will be asking parents waiting in the hallways to move outside.

We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe.


Sight and Hearing Tests:

A form was sent home regarding seeing and hearing tests.  Please note that this is an optional program, offered to schools within HDSB.  If you are interested, please complete the form enclosed in the information package and return to your child’s teacher.


Calling all 3 year-olds:  Kindergarten Information Session:

Future students and their families are invited to attend the following Kindergarten Open House, to be held November 14th at Alexander’s Public School (2223 Sutton Dr.) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

At the Open House, students and parents will:

  • Explore a Kindergarten classroom
  • Learn about play-based learning
  • Pick up information and resource material in a free backpack
  • Access information about community agencies and resources in Halton
  • Get information about before and after school care
  • Connect with special education staff to discuss any developmental concerns

Registration for Kindergarten begins in January 2020 and takes place at the school your child will attend. Children born in 2016 can start Kindergarten in September 2020.


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


Monday:          Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break

Teams playing are Fuzzy Pandas and Amazing Narwhals.                  

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Tuesday:         Photo Retake Day

Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

CHAT team meeting – 2nd break

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Wednesday:    Ball Hockey for grade 3 and 4 at second break today! 

Teams playing are Fluffy Llamas and Happy Unicorns                       

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Thursday:        Polo-broomball at 2nd break today for grade 1 and 2.

                  Kidssentials lunch

                  Spirit Leaders Meeting – 1st break

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Friday:

Breakfast Club – 8:45

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:

Remembrance Day Ceremony: Monday, November 11th, 10:15 am

School Council Meeting: Monday, November 11th, 7:00pm

X-Dance family fun night:  Wednesday, November 13th, 6:30-7:30 pm

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

What is Going on in the Den - October 28th - November 1st.

posted Oct 27, 2019, 10:50 AM by Neil Hammond

October 28th, 2019


What's Going On In The Den - week of October 28th, 2019

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

Happy Halloween Week!

A busy week to come in the Den – so lots to share this time!


Many thanks for an amazing Darksdale!

A great time was had by all on Friday!  We had a fabulous turnout and lots of costumes with both adults and children.  A HUGE thank you to our organizing team for their hard work in decorating and to our grade 6 students for volunteering to run the activities.  Many thanks also for the large number of contributions to our We Scare Hunger campaign and close to $400 was raised for Halton Learning Foundation.  


“Garden Party” on Sunday

***Weather permitting, please join us on Sunday Morning (October 27th) from 10-noon to help get our gardens ready for the winter.  


Halloween/Spirit Parade Thursday

We will be hosting our Halloween and Clarksdale Spirit Parade on Thursday, following announcements, at around 9:30am.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and join us.  Please sign in at the office and then join us in the main hallway.  Students will make their way around the school, so you will have the chance to see all the great costumes, orange and black or Clarksdale spiritwear.

Please send a change of clothes for your young child as they will be changing out of their costumes once the parade is complete.  We want to make sure they make it to Halloween Night!


Halloween Reminders::

  1. please ensure your child’s costume does not create fear in others.  We are a kindergarten – grade 6 school, so please make sure you consider the age of all of our students when choosing your costume. Please avoid any costume that portrays a frightening image or inappropriate character (including scary clowns) or any stereotypes that would be offensive.
  2. For safety reasons, no masks are permitted and make-up can be fun and colourful, but should not depict scary images
  3. Please ensure that no toy weapons (i.e swords, toy guns, sabres etc) are brought to school

Lastly, a reminder that, due to allergies, we ask that you do not send in candy or food for Halloween.  Also, please be diligent in treats you may include in your child’s lunch after Halloween, to ensure they continue to be nut free.  We do have many children and staff with life threatening allergies and we want to ensure everyone is safe.

We look forward to a fun celebration and a safe and happy Halloween.


We Scare Hunger

A reminder that we are continuing to collect non-perishable food items for our local food bank until November 6th.  Thank you to all those who have sent items in already and we invite you to keep them coming in support of an important need!


Student Vote Canada Results

Students in grades 4-6 participated in the Student Votes program offered across Canada. 1,181,053 student votes were reported from 7,855 schools, with results from 338 federal ridings across Canada.

In the preliminary results, students elected a Liberal minority government: the Liberals won the most seats (110), followed by the NDP (99 seats), Conservatives (94 seats), Green Party (28 seats) and Bloc Québecois (9 seats).

Here at Clarksdale the vote count went as follows:

Karina Gould       57 votes - Liberal

Gareth Williams   40 Votes - Green

Lenaee Dupuis     29 Votes - NDP

Jane Michael        19 Votes - Conservatives

Peter Smetana     4 Votes - Canada Party

So Clarksdale students agreed with the actual election as Karina Gould did win the seat for the Liberals here in Burlington. 

It is the hope that if we get the students interested now that by the time they are 18 and able to vote they will take part in the Municipal, Provincial and Federal elections. At present the 18 - 34 age group has the lowest percentage of people participating in elections.  Many thanks to Mr. Hammond and the grade 4-6 teachers for providing this opportunity for our students!


Council Meeting – Date Change

Our new school council was established at our last meeting.  Please note that our council meetings will be held on the SECOND Monday of the month. We invite all parents to join us at our next meeting, on November 11th at 7:00pm.  


Spirit Leader Colour Cycle Update

We have just sent back to Crayola 1484 dried out markers that were collected last school year. We are still in need of 9 coffee cans so that each class can participate. Please send in any empty cans that you may have.


X-Dance coming to Clarksdale week of November 12-15 and Families are invited to join us too!

X-Dance offers a variety of dance style from all around the world.  The focus of this experience is to celebrate diversity while providing the platform to build inclusion.  Students will explore a variety of dance styles over their 3 X-Dance Sessions.  

Families will also be invited to share in the learning, fitness and fun on Wednesday, November 13th , starting at 6:30pm. More details to follow, but mark your calendars now!


Green Screen Announcements!

Using our new Green Screen technology, Clarksdale is bringing our Friday announcements to students electronically.  Special messages, such as the "We Scare Hunger" campaign have also been communicated to students electronically.   Ask your children about them!  Thank you to Mrs. Vandervelde and the team of students working with her for your leadership!


Musical Auditions Coming Soon!

We are excited to share that Clarksdale will be presenting “Seussical the Musical” this year.  Auditions will be held in mid November and primary choir will be starting as well for all students in grades 1-3. Watch for more details to come!


Calling all 3 year-olds:  Kindergarten Information Session:

Future students and their families are invited to attend the following Kindergarten Open House, to be held November 14th at Alexander’s Public School (2223 Sutton Dr.) from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

At the Open House, students and parents will:

  • Explore a Kindergarten classroom
  • Learn about play-based learning
  • Pick up information and resource material in a free backpack
  • Access information about community agencies and resources in Halton
  • Get information about before and after school care
  • Connect with special education staff to discuss any developmental concerns

Registration for Kindergarten begins in January 2019 and takes place at the school your child will attend. Children born in 2016 can start Kindergarten in September 2020. 


Reminder to our Kindie Parents:

As our little ones are beginning now to develop their independence and are settling into their morning routines, we remind parents to say their goodbyes before the gate in order to minimize the numbers of adults in the kindie area during a busy time of day.  You are welcome to watch at the fence and give a wave, but we appreciate you remaining in that area. On inclement days, please say your goodbyes at the school door and we will ensure your children get to their classroom.  Thanks for your help as we encourage our children to “grow and succeed”.


Also a reminder to all parents/guardians and YMCA families:

If you come to the school to pick up your child or to drop off something for them, please ensure you sign in at the office and we will call the child down or deliver the item to them.  Even at recess time, we request that you follow this routine vs going on the blacktop or into the classroom.  Safety for all is our first priority and we appreciate your cooperation in this regard.

We also ask parents with children at the Y, to please avoid entering other classrooms after school hours.

Angel Tree is coming soon

An annual tradition at Clarksdale is our holiday angel tree and hat/mitten tree, where we collect hats, scarves and mittens, gift items, toys, donations and gift cards in support of families in our community. If you feel you are in need of support this holiday season, please send a message to Mrs. Reesor at reesorj@hdsb.ca

More information will be coming soon about how to contribute to this much needed and much appreciated school program.


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


Monday:      Me 2 We - 1st break

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Tuesday:   Intramurals 

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Wednesday: 

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Thursday:    Halloween and Clarksdale Spirit Parade – period 1 (9:30)

                     Kidssentials Lunch

                    Intramurals

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Friday:        Breakfast Club: 8:45

                  Board Games Club – 2nd break (grades 4 and 5)

                  Sir Isaac Newton Theatre presentation (grades 4-6): periods 5 and 6

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Don’t forget to check out our website at cla.hdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter at  @ClarksdaleHDSB


Watch for our November newsletter coming home in Backpacks this week


Looking Ahead:

Weekend of November  2nd:  Clocks go back - One more hour of sleep!

November 5th: Picture Retake Day

November 7th: Kidssentials lunch

November 11th:  Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:00am

November 11th:  School Council Meeting 7 pm                                             

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 


what is Going on in the Den - October 21 - 25

posted Oct 20, 2019, 6:47 PM by Neil Hammond

October 21st, 2019


What's Going On In The Den - week of October 21st


Happy Sunday Clarksdale,

Thanks to all who joined us for our first movie night on Friday.  It was a great success with close to 200 Toy Story Fans!  Many thanks to our volunteers and families for coming out.

Another busy week ahead in the Den.


CCAT Testing for Grade 4s continues this week, October 22nd and 24th. Participating classes have received a letter outlining the details, so please take a moment to review it.

Clarksdale Pays It Forward

From Me 2 We:

Every month, food banks help more than 850,000 Canadians. When people have access to food and achieve food security, they can thrive and lead healthier lives.  

We will be starting our “We Scare Hunger” campaign on Wednesday, October 23rd.  Me 2 We volunteers will be collecting canned foods and other non-perishable food items until the week of November 3rd. All collected food items will be donated to a local food bank. Please consider making a donation to this great cause. 


CHAT team

The Clarksdale Healthy Action Team (CHAT team) is starting up and  will meet every 2 weeks during a nutrition break to plan activities around mental health awareness, healthy eating and healthy living.  The team will look at what Clarksdale is already doing, look at school data, survey students and staff to see what else we can do, and then plan events and activities. 

The first meeting is Tuesday, October 22 at 2nd break.  Two students in each of the grades 4, 5, and 6 classes have been selected to represent their classes on the team and all students will be invited to participate in the activities developed by the team.

Gardening Day – Sunday, October 27th:

This Sunday, from 10-noon, we will be joining together to help prepare our school gardens for winter.  If you have a couple of hours to spare, please come on out with a pair of gardening gloves!

Darksdale is coming soon!

Please plan on joining us for our annual Darksdale celebration this Friday, October 25th. Great family fun and games - come on out to the Kingdom of Clarksdale and enjoy all the fun! Watch for details coming this week. Admission is free, but we invite families to make a donation to Halton Learning Foundation and bring non-perishable food items to support We Scare Hunger.

Halloween Reminders:

With Halloween just over a week away, we wanted to remind parents and students of a few things regarding costumes.  We will be hosting a parade on October 31st:  students are invited to wear a costume, their spirit wear, orange and black or just “come as they are”.  All students who choose to participate will be part of our parade.

Also 

  1. please ensure your child’s costume does not create fear in others.  We are a kindergarten – grade 6 school, so please make sure you consider the age of all of our students when choosing your costume. Please avoid any costume that portrays a frightening image or character.
  2. For safety reasons, no masks are permitted and make-up can be fun and colourful, but should not depict scary or inappropriate images
  3. Please ensure that no toy weapons (i.e swords, toy guns, sabres etc) are brought to school

Lastly, a reminder that, due to allergies, we ask that you do not send in candy or food for Halloween.  Also, after Halloween, please be diligent in treats you may include in your child’s lunch, to ensure they continue to be nut free.  We do have many children and staff with life threatening allergies and we want to ensure everyone is safe.

We look forward to a fun celebration and a safe and happy Halloween.


Interview sign-ups

Many of you signed up for your child’s conference/interview while at the Open House last week.  If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s teacher to select a time that works for you. 


X-Dance coming to Clarksdale week of November 12-15 and Families are invited to join us too!

X-Dance offers a variety of dance style from all around the world.  Students are encouraged to celebrate the unique parts of themselves, to express their true essence and empower others to do the same.  The focus of this experience is to celebrate diversity while providing the platform to build inclusion.  It encourages our young leaders to choose to include, not exclude.  X-Dance provides students with tools to create an inclusive environment with acceptance and respect, to build confidence and empower students to stand up for their beliefs and to form a world where everyone feels safe to be who they are – one X-Dancer at a time.  Students will explore a variety of dance styles over their 3 X-Dance Sessions.  These styles include: South Asian, Latin, Caribbean, French African and Top 40s.

Families will also be invited to share in the learning, fitness and fun on Wednesday, November 13th , starting at 6:30pm. More details will follow,  but mark your calendars now!

These programs are being offered free of charge to all students and their families, thanks to a grant generously provided by our board.

Crayola Recycling

The spirit leaders are in need of 10 coffee cans to get our Crayola Colour Cycle marker recycling program up and running again this school year. Please check your recycling boxes and send any empty coffee cans to school with your child. Thank you very much! Mrs. Snider and Mrs. Kozsurek. 

Grade 4&5 Board Games Club

Gr 4 & 5 board games club beginning Friday 2nd break - bring your lunch and come and play! Bring your own game or play one of ours. 

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


Monday:       Grade 4-6 trip to Burlington Performing Arts Centre     

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Tuesday:      CCAT testing – grade 4s (period 3)   

                    CHAT team meeting – 1:15 pm

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Wednesday: 

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Thursday: CCAT testing - grade 4s, period 3    

Pizza Day

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Friday:          Board Games Club – Grades 4 and 5 – 2nd break

                     Darksdale 6:30-8:00pm

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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:​​​​​​​     

October 31st:         Halloween and Clarksdale Spirit Parade

October 31st:         Kidssentials lunch

November 1st:        Sir Isaac Newton Theatre presentation (in-school); grades 4-6

November 5th:       Picture Retake Day

                                            

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

What is Going on in the Den - October 14 - 18

posted Oct 14, 2019, 6:22 PM by Neil Hammond

October 14th, 2019


What's Going On In The Den - week of October 14th


Happy Thanksgiving Clarksdale Families,

We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful long weekend with friends and family.

This week brings many activities, as we continue our learning together


Cross Country

Congratulations to the Cross Country team this year.  You did your best and it really showed!  We were so proud of your athleticism, teamwork and Clarksdale spirit! Thank you also to the parent volunteers who came and offered their time as well as the parents who came to cheer Clarksdale on.  Special thanks to coaches Ms. Parker, Mme Dodgson and Mme Clarke.


Election

The grade 4, 5 & 6 students will be taking part in Student Vote Canada this Wednesday, October 16th where they will be able vote for their Members of Parliament for this year’s federal election.  Results will be kept secret until the actual election is completed and then we can compare our results to those across the country! 

  

CCAT Testing for Grade 4s.  All Grade 4 students will be participating in the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) this week and next.  Dates are October 18th, 22nd and 24th.   Participating classes have received a letter outlining the details, so please take a moment to read further.


Clarksdale Pays It Forward

The Me2We club is excited to get started on our month's initiative - We Scare Hunger. More information to follow next week. 


Movie Night:

Mark your calendars as our first Movie Night of the year is this Friday October 18th.  Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:00pm. The movie is Toy Story 4 and is sure to be a favourite with our kids!


Darksdale is coming soon!

Please plan on joining us for our annual Darksdale celebration on Friday, October 25th.  Great family fun and games  --- come on out to Kingdom of Clarksdale and enjoy all the fun!  Watch for details coming this week!  Our next planning meeting is this Thursday at 7:00pm.  Volunteers always welcome!  


Interview sign-ups

Many of you signed up for your child’s conference/interview while at the Open House last week.  If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s teacher to select a time that works for you.  


Breakfast Club Reminder

Breakfast Club continues 8:40 in the gym on Fridays.  All students are welcome to join us for a healthy breakfast to start their day.  Please remind students to bring a water bottle as we continue to be eco-friendly. Bus students are welcome to partake as “Grab ‘n Go” as they arrive; however, we are having challenges with garbage being left on the blacktop in the mornings.  Please remind your children to help us take care of our school by putting their garbage in the appropriate bins.  


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


Monday:       Happy Thanksgiving  - School Closed     

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Tuesday:      1st Popcorn Day           

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Wednesday:  Monday Schedule

Student Vote Canada – grades 4- 6                    

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Thursday:    Friday Schedule

Grade 6 students to Royal Botanical Gardens

                  Spirit Leaders Meeting – 1st break

                  SRT all day

                    Pita Day

                  Darksdale Planning Meeting – 7 pm

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Friday:        1st Movie Night – Toy Story 4, Doors open at 6:30pm

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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:

        

October 21st:        Grade 4-6 trip to “Twin Flames” at Burlington Performing Arts Centre

October 24th:        Pizza Day

October 25th:        Darksdale, 6:30 pm

October 31st:         Halloween and Clarksdale Spirit Parade

October 31st:         Kidssentials lunch

                                             

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

What is Going on in the Den - October 7 - 11

posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:16 PM by Neil Hammond

October 7th 2019


What's Going On In The Den - week of October 7th

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,


I apologize for the delay in sending this week’s WGOITD. I was hoping to have an update on the CUPE situation; however, at this point we have no news so we are preparing for an upcoming strike.  That said, our school will be open and the before and after school YMCA program will continue on Monday. We understand that things will not be as usual; however, we want to assure you that our students’ and staff safety is our first priority.  Please see the end of this Den for a message from Stuart Miller, Director of Education for HDSB (sent October 2nd).

Many thanks to all the families who joined us for our Welcome Open House and BBQ.  Despite the cold and wet weather, we enjoyed a great hot dog snack in the gym and then time to meet teachers, see all the great work already underway and sign up for a November conference.  The students were so excited to share their classrooms with you and we appreciate you joining us!  If you were not able to attend and/or have not signed up for an interview in November, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. Thanks to our parent volunteers who helped organized the bbq and special thanks to the entire Thistle family for leading the set-up!

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


Photo Day is Tomorrow:

A reminder that class and student photos are tomorrow!  Practise your best smiles
After Picture Day, order your pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.


Cross Country

Our cross country meet is this Tuesday at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington!

All runners need appropriate running shoes, water bottles and lunches. Please have your child prepared and dressed for the weather.

SPECTATORS PARKING:    
Schools West of Burloak Drive MUST use the West entrance to Sherwood off Appleby Line and along Fairview Street. 


Map-Cross Country


Movie Night:

Mark your calendars as our first Movie Night of the year is on Friday October 18th.  Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:00pm.


Darksdale:

Darksdale is coming to Clarksdale on October 25th!  An annual tradition is returning soon and we need your help.  Volunteers wanting to help with this year’s event can join us for a planning meeting on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the staff room.  (*Please note this meeting is pending the status of the strike action).  Adult and grade 6 volunteer sign up forms will be sent home this week.

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


Monday:  Photo Day

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Tuesday:

                  Cross Country Meet – Sherwood Forest Park

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Wednesday: 

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Thursday:    

Pizza Day

                 Darksdale Planning Meeting 7:10 pm, staff room (pending strike)

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Friday:        PD Day, School Closed to Students

                

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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:​​​​​​​

October 14th:        Thanksgiving Monday, school closed

October 16th:        Student Vote Canada

October 17th:        Grade 6s to RBG

October 17th:        Pita Day

October 18th:        First Movie Night  

October 18th, 22nd and 24th:  CCAT testing for grade 4 students

                                             

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 


Message from Stuart Miller, sent October 2nd

In the Halton District School Board, CUPE represents custodial staff in elementary and secondary schools. It does not represent educational assistants, early childhood educators, or school support staff as it does in some other Ontario school boards.

At this time, the HDSB intends to be open on Monday, Oct. 7. 

Please be aware that this is a fluid and changing situation. As labour action is unpredictable, we do encourage parents/guardians to make contingency plans in the event that it becomes necessary to close schools. 

We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep our schools open. Our highest priority remains the safety and well-being of our students and staff. 

The HDSB will monitor the situation daily and decisions will be made accordingly. We will continue to provide you with accurate and timely information as we are able through SchoolMessenger, the HDSB web​​site​ and the Board’s social media pages (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram).

To learn more about the Collective Bargaining process and current status updates, please visit this page: https://www.opsba.org/advocacy-and-action/labour-relations

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Sincerely,
Stuart Miller
Director of Education​ ​​​

What is Going On In The Den - October 30 - October 4

posted Sep 29, 2019, 10:44 AM by Neil Hammond


September 30th, 2019


What's Going On In The Den - week of September 30th


Happy “Almost October” Clarksdale Families,

We have already completed our first month together and summer has finally turned to fall!

With fall comes lots of activity at Clarksdale and our learning together continues.


***Watch for our October newsletter coming home this week (and posted on the website)


Safety Reminder for all Families:  

The kiss ‘n ride area is busy in the mornings and after school and we ask you to drive slowly and cautiously through the area. Please do not speed around childcare vans or other vehicles as children and families are crossing the area. We also remind you that it is an “idle-free” and no parking zone.  If you wish to walk your child in, please park to do so.  We appreciate your support in keeping our children and environment safe.


Orange Shirt Day — Monday is Orange Shirt Day, a day on which we commemorate the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who were removed from their homes at this time of the year and forced to attend residential schools. Students will be sharing announcements and reflections and all members of our community are invited to wear orange to support “Every Child Matters”.


School Council - Monday

Thank you to all parents who have submitted nominations to join our school council for this year.  Our first meeting is on September 30th, at 7:00pm and we welcome everyone to attend.  It is a wonderful way to become involved in the school and to hear of all of the work and learning that is taking place. 


Open House/Meet the Teacher Night - Wednesday

Our family Welcome Open House and Meet the Teacher Night will be held on Wednesday, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Please join us for a hotdog snack, courtesy of our School Council (from 5:30-6:15pm) , then join your children in meeting their teachers and take a tour of the school (6:15-7:30pm).

**Grades 1-6 teachers will also have sign-up schedules available for the conferences/interviews that take place in November.  Please take a moment while you are touring the class to sign up for your child’s conference.


Walk/Wheel to School Day – Wednesday October 2nd

Please join us in supporting healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment by walking or wheeling to school on Wednesday.  If you normally drive, consider walking or riding your bikes.  Or consider parking a few blocks away to have a short walk before starting the day. Bus students are invited to go for a walk before getting to the bus stop – a brisk walk in the morning is shown to wake up our minds and get us ready for a great day of learning!


Spirit Wear Orders due Friday

A great chance to show your school spirit!  Get your Clarksdale Wolves t-shirt, sweats, or tuque!

Order forms due Friday and sizing shirts are available in the office.


Terry Fox Update

Our Terry Fox Walk/Run was held last Friday and we are delighted to share that we raised $584.75, which will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society on Clarksdale’s behalf.  Many thanks to all for your support of this important cause.


Cross Country

Cross Country Forms are now overdue.  Please return them by Monday so we can organize volunteers and bus information.  If you offered to volunteer and have a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening on file at the office we will be in touch early this week to confirm.  Looking forward to a great Cross Country Meet on October 8th!

SPECTATORS PARKING INFORMATION:    


Schools West of Burloak Drive MUST use the West entrance to Sherwood off Appleby Line and along Fairview Street.


Map-Cross Country


Kidssentials lunch starts this week - Thursday

Please be advised that our first Kidssentials lunch date is scheduled for Thursday October 3rd.  It is a great way to provide a hot, nutritious lunch for your kids --- without you making it!  Online ordering is still available.  If you have any questions regarding ordering, preparation or cancellation, please contact Kidssentials directly.  Kidssentials offices: 905-855-1914 Monday - Friday 9:30 – 3:30

mail@kidssentials.com


Breakfast Club - Friday

Breakfast Club is up and running once again.  Many thanks to the volunteers who provide this important support to all our children.  As a reminder, we are an eco-school so we ask students to bring a refillable water bottle.


Darksdale:

Our next planning meeting for Darksdale is on October 10th at 7:00 in the staff room.  Please join in the fun of planning this popular family event!  Darksdale takes place on Friday, October 25th, from 6:30-8:30pm


Movie Night:

Mark your calendars as our first Movie Night of the year is on Friday October 18th.  Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:00pm.


Here is What’s Going On In the Den this week:


Monday:       

                  Orange Shirt Day

                  Cross-Country Practice – 1st break

                  School Council Meeting – 7 pm library           

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Tuesday:      Cross-Country Practice – 1st break

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Wednesday:  Walk/Wheel to School Day

                  Welcome BBQ and Open House: 5:30 – 7:30pm 

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                  Kidssentials lunch

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Friday:        Spirit Wear orders due

Breakfast Club – 8:40 am

Cross-Country Practice – 1st break

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Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​

October 7th:          Photo Day

October 8th:          Cross Country Meet – Sherwood Forest Park

October 10th:        Pizza Day

October 11th:         PA Day, School Closed to Students

October 14th:        Thanksgiving Monday, school closed

October 16th:        Student Vote Canada

October 17th:        Grade 6s to RBG

October 18th:        First Movie Night  

                                             

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 

What is Going on in The Den Sept. 23 - 27

posted Sep 22, 2019, 1:32 PM by Neil Hammond

September 23rd, 2019


What's Going On In The Den - week of September 23rd

Happy “Fall” Clarksdale Families,


Class Re-organizations

As we shared in earlier updates, the Ministry of Education has requirements for class ratios and organizations.  As such, re-organizations of classes are sometimes required after the start of classes, as registrations and numbers are confirmed. At Clarksdale, we did have to re-organize some of our classes and all families involved in these changes have been notified.  The changes will take place starting Monday, September 23rd.

As a result of the changes, we must say goodbye to one of our amazing staff:  Ms. Nalsok.  We are so sad to say goodbye and thank her for her commitment to our students, families and staff, for her passion for Me2We and her true belief that all students can succeed.  We wish Ms. Nalsok well in her new school/grade at Florence Meares. We will miss you!


School Council Invitation

A reminder to all parents to consider joining our school council.  Nomination forms were sent home, and are due in the office by Friday, September 27th.  Our first council meeting will be held on Monday, September 30th, at 7:00pm.  Please consider joining this fun, enthusiastic and hardworking team!


Rowan’s Law – Wear purple

Mark your calendars!   Wednesday, September 25th is (#RowansLawDay) – a day to engage students, staff, coaches, and parents/guardians to increase awareness about concussions and to share Rowan Stringer’s story. 

We invite all members of our school community to wear purple (Rowan’s favorite colour) on Rowan’s Law Day too!


Darksdale is Coming!

Our annual Halloween celebration is being held on Friday, October25th.  The planning is starting this week and we invite you to join the team on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 pm in the staff room.  We will be coming up with a theme and brainstorming activities for our annual Halloween celebration.  Please join us!


Kidssentials

The first Kidssentials lunch day will be on October 3rd.  Paper order forms are due September 24th but you can place your order online up until two days before the scheduled lunch day(s).  


Cross Country

Cross Country practices continue this week for our runners in grades 3-6. Permission forms will be sent home Monday to be returned this week.  Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear for practices.  Keep up the great effort Clarksdale!


Me2We:

This week some of our students participated in the Annual WE Day celebration as a kick-off to the exciting year planned.  Although Ms. Nalsok is leaving, Me2We will continue its important work with the support of Mme Brown and her team.


Open House and Meet the Teacher Evening on Wednesday, October 2nd

Our family Welcome Open House and Meet the Teacher Night will be held next Wednesday, October 2nd, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Please watch for the order form and join us for a hotdog and drink, courtesy of our School Council.  You are then invited at 6:15 pm to join your child/children in their classes to meet their teachers and take a tour of the school.

**Grade 1-6 teachers will also have sign-up schedules available for the conferences/interviews that take place in November.  Please take a moment while you are touring the class to sign up for your child’s conference.


Orange Shirt Day — September 30, 2019 is Orange Shirt Day, a day on which we commemorate the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who were removed from their homes at this time of the year and forced to attend residential schools. Students will be sharing announcements and reflections and all members of our community are invited to wear orange to support “Every Child Matters”.


Don’t forget to check out our website at cla.hdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter at  @ClarksdaleHDSB


Here is What’s Going On In the Den this week:


Monday:       Cross-Country 1st break

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Tuesday:      Cross-Country 1st break

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Wednesday:  Rowan’s Law Day – please wear purple in support of concussion awareness                

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Thursday:    Spirit Leaders Meeting – 11:15 in the library 

                    Pizza Day

                  Darksdale Planning Meeting – 7:00pm                

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Friday:        Breakfast Club – 8:40 am (please bring your own water bottle)

                  Cross Country – 1st break

                  School Council Nomination Forms due

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Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​

September 30th:    Orange Shirt Day

September 30th:    School Council Meeting: 7:00 pm

October 2nd:         Welcome/Meet the Teacher evening 5:30-7:30 pm

October 3rd:          Kidssentials Lunch

October 7th:          Photo Day

October 8th:          Cross Country Meet – Sherwood Forest Park

October 10th:        Pizza Day

October 11th:         PA Day, School Closed to Students

October 14th:        Thanksgiving Monday, school closed     

                                                      

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…

Student Environmental Rally - Letter to Families

posted Sep 19, 2019, 1:01 PM by Neil Hammond

Student Environmental Rally - Letter to Families


Dear Clarksdale families,

We have been informed that some of our students may plan to participate in rallies regarding climate change on Friday, Sept. 20 and/or Friday, Sept. 27.  Some of these rallies are titled Fridays for Future, Global Climate Strike Canada, and Strike for Climate.

While the rallies mentioned above are not sanctioned by the HDSB, we recognize that by participating, students are exercising their democratic right to protest. As always, students under the age of 18 require parental permission to leave class. Any students who are not in attendance at school will be marked absent. 

Parents/guardians should be assured that regular, scheduled classes will continue. As always, absent students will be responsible for making up any missed work. ​​​​​​​

Please note that there are many other ways to support initiatives concerning climate change and the environment across HDSB schools. These include joining or starting an EcoSchools team (environmental certification program for schools), developing an environmental or social action club, participating in school ground greening projects, outdoor experiential learning, efforts to walk/wheel to school, and support of events such as Generation Green Youth Un-Conference hosted by Halton Climate Collective. We encourage students to discuss these options and others with their families and school staff. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school. 

Sincerely,

J. Reesor

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