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

posted Nov 17, 2019, 2:56 PM 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

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


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 


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


Thursday:    Pita Day

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

                   Parent Conferences - evening



PD Day, No school for Students (Conferences)


Don’t forget to check out our website at 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!

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