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What is Going On In The Den - Dec 2-6

posted Dec 1, 2019, 10:08 AM by Neil Hammond

December 2nd 2019

What's Going On In The Den - week of December 

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

A very busy December ahead!

Sanctions Update

As you may have seen from the Board’s communication, we are currently facing the possibility of a one-day withdrawal of service by members of the OSSTF on Wednesday. While elementary schools will remain open, please be aware that school office staff (e.g. school secretaries, technical staff in school libraries) and student services staff (e.g. Psychologists, Social Workers, Child & Youth Counsellors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Facilitators) in elementary and secondary schools are members of OSSTF and will therefore also be on strike. As a result, parents/guardians can expect disruption to normal school activities.

Without office staff in elementary schools, parents/guardians are reminded of the following: 

  • If your child will be absent or late, you must report the absence/late arrival through SchoolMessenger (Toll-free at 1-877-409-6310, online at or on the HDSB Mobile App). 
  • School phones may not be answered in a timely manner.
  • Exterior doors of schools will be locked. If your child is arriving late, you must wait at the door with them until it is opened by a staff member. Please expect delays.
  • We encourage parents/guardians to avoid non-urgent school visits/communication on this day. 

Holiday Multicultural Craft Night is Coming:

A reminder of our holiday craft night and sing-a-long on Wednesday December 11th, from 6:00-7:30pm.  Please make sure you have returned your registration form so that we can plan the right number of crafts and snacks.  Hope to see you all there!

Angel Tree and Hat/Mitten Tree:

Thank you to those who have already participated in the hat/mitten tree and the angel tree.  We still have lots of cards available. Please consider donating a pair of mittens, hat or scarf to our mitten tree, located in the library.  Or come to the office and select a card from our angel tree.  Then, simply purchase a gift, suitable for a child of that age, wrap it and place it with the card (and description of gift) attached back under the tree. New toys, Lego, craft items, clothing, books (from our book fair!) etc. are all great suggestions. Gift cards are also welcome (e.g. grocery stores, Chapters, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Toys R Us).  We thank you in advance for your kind support of this important event. The last day for donations is Friday, December 13th.

Book Fair Coming Soon!

Please support the Clarksdale Library by coming out to our December Book Fair!  We will have a wide selection of books that will appeal to readers at every level.  Picture books, easy readers, chapter books, junior novels and other popular must-read titles are feature online.  Flyers are on their way home. The students will be previewing the fair this Friday the 6th and Monday the 9th. The fair will be open for sales Monday evening until 5pm, Tuesday until 5pm, Wednesday until 8pm during our craft night and Thursday until 3pm. Come on out and support Clarksdale’s library!

Also, our library collection has recently been weeded due to the age of the books and would really appreciate any donations of new books!  Please consider buying an extra book at the fair to donate to our school collection and help refresh our library!

Bus Reminders

Please make sure you inform the school on days your child is not going home on the bus (i.e., getting a drive home; going to childcare or after-school activities; going home with another student; being signed out early).  Thank you!

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

**Please also check our December newsletter and calendar

Monday:      Dental Screening:  JK, SK and grade 2

Me 2 We – 1st break

                  Diversity Club – 1st break

Primary Choir 1st break

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

Teams playing are Fuzzy Pandas and Fluffy Llamas


Tuesday:     Polo Broomball at second break for grades 1 and 2

Chat team meeting, 2nd break


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


Thursday:    Polo Broomball at second break for grades 1 and 2

Pizza Day


Friday:        Breakfast Club – 8:45 a.m.


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

Looking Ahead:

December 9th-13th –Scholastic Book Fair

December 11th- Holiday Multicultural Craft Night and Sing-a-long

December 12th: Pita Day

December 20th:  Early Dismissal – 2:05 pm                                     

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

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