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What is Going on in the Den - Nov 26 - 30

posted Nov 25, 2018, 5:07 PM by Neil Hammond

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

It is hard to believe we are almost into December!  And another busy week to come in the Den!

Lots of Ways to share kindness at Clarksdale!

We appreciate all of the opportunities for students and families to Pay It Forward --- we recognize that supporting each one can be difficult--- so please know we are sharing these as options to consider, but there is of course no requirement for students to do all of these!

  1. Mustache Day November 30th!

For this month's Spirit Day, Mustache Day, the Spirit Leaders will be accepting donations for the Cancer Society. They will be accepting donations at the beginning of first nutrition break from Monday November 26 to Thursday November 29th.  We ask that the donation be a minimum of 25 cents.  With each donation, the children will receive one of the hand designed mustaches made by the Spirit Leaders.

  1. Angel Tree and Hat/Mitten Tree:

We invite all families to participate in our third annual angel tree and hat/mitten tree collections.  Many families within our community need help over the holiday season and throughout the year and this is a wonderful way to do so.  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 attached (including a description of what is in the package) back under the tree. New toys, Lego, craft items, clothing, books 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.  We know that last year, we were able to support close to 25 families – and their appreciation was tremendous.

  1. A Message from the Me2We team:

From November 26th to November 30th, the Me2We team will be selling Rafiki chains. Order forms will be sent home Monday. Rafiki chains are long, beaded chains, that can be used as a bracelet or a necklace, and are made by mothers in Kenya to raise money to send their children to school. To help support them, we are selling the Rafikis for $10 eachWe hope you will help us make a difference around the world."

French Immersion Information Sessions 

A reminder that the French Immersion information session is being held on Thursday, December 6th, 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

Deadline for registrations is January 31, 2018.

Clarksdale Holiday Arts Evening – Thursday, December 13th, 6:30-8:00pm 

This year Clarksdale students and staff will 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.  Registration forms were sent home last week.

Book Fair Coming Soon!

Please come out to support Clarksdale's library! Last year was a huge success and we are hoping for a repeat this year!

On Tuesday, December 11, the book fair will be open for students to come down and make a wish list. The fair will be open for business starting Wednesday, December 12th at 11:45. It will also be open during our Holiday craft night on December 13th. The last day of the fair is Monday December 17th.

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!

Last call for Lost and Found

Many thanks to those who have visited our Lost and Found table to retrieve missing items.  We still have items left, so if you have not done so, please take a moment to come by.  Any items left unclaimed by November 30th will be donated.

Optional Attendance

We have just received confirmation that Clarksdale is CLOSED to optional attendance for 2019-2020.  If you have a new student who would like to register for optional attendance here for next year, please visit your child’s home school and fill out an optional attendance form.  You can then still submit them to us, for consideration once we see the projected numbers and registrations for the upcoming year.  Please note, optional attendance requests should be made between December 1st and January 31st.

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

Monday:      Hearing/Vision Tests (optional)

Harry Potter Club – 1st break

Library club – 2nd half of second break

Grade 3/4 intramurals


Tuesday:     Hearing/Vision Tests (optional)

Fishing Club – 1st half of 1st break

Grade 3/4 intramurals


Wednesday:  Grade 1/2 intramurals

Paper Airplane club – 2nd half of 2nd break


Thursday:    Breakfast Club – 8:40 am

                  Kidssentials – 1st break

                  Grade 1/2 intramurals


Friday:        Mustache Day               


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

**Watch for our December newsletter and calendar being sent home this week (and posted on our website)

Looking Ahead:

December 6th:  FI Information evening – New Street

December 11th-17th –Scholastic Book Fair

December 13th- Holiday Multicultural craft evening


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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…