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What is going on in the Den - Nov 5 - 9

posted Nov 4, 2018, 1:23 PM by Neil Hammond

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.

Intramurals start this week!

Monday/Tuesday - grade 3 and 4 teams

Wednesday/Thursday - grade 1 and 2 teams 

Team schedules have been distributed to classes! 


Library club starts on Monday,

Second half of second break. Come out to help shelve a book or two and then relax with a good book or discuss your favourite books with friends! 


Photo Retake Day Thursday

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


Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday

We invite all students to join us in wearing red to honour our veterans for our Remembrance Day Ceremony this Friday 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.


Lockdown Practice – November 14th

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 14th, 2018 at approximately 10:30 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 Mrs. Rhodes-Foley for more details.


Progress Reports Coming home soon -Conference sign-ups

Progress Reports are coming home on November 19th 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 into 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.


Amazing Gift from Halton Learning Foundation

On Thursday evening, I attended the Halton Learning Foundation annual fundraiser and it was a very heartwarming and inspiring evening with stories shared by students of the impact this support has had on their lives. 
At the end of the evening, prizes were drawn for schools who had supported the HLF last year and Clarksdale was a winner!
We won a multitude of beautiful books, in both English and French, Indigenous and multicultural —- in total about 6 boxes, which I would estimate is worth at least $3000!  Just amazing!!!  Given the hard work that we are doing to re-build our library resources, this couldn’t have come at a better time.
It also reinforces the kindness that HLF displays each day to students right here in the Halton District School Board.

As we begin to think about the holiday season, I would invite you to consider a donation to the Halton Learning Foundation.


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 8th 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 2015 can start Kindergarten in September 2019.

French Immersion Information Sessions 

In the Halton District School Board, the entry point for the French Immersion program is Grade 2.  In the Grade 2 French Immersion program, 100% of the instructional day will be taught in French.  A series of community information evenings are scheduled to help address any questions parents/guardians may have before registering their Grade 1 child(ren) for the French Immersion program. The Burlington session will be held on Thursday, December 6th, from 6-7pm at New Street Education Centre, 3250 New Street (Brock Room). Registration for the French Immersion program will begin on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.   The deadline for submitting your registration form is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

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

Monday:      Harry Potter Club – 1st break

Grade 3/4 Intramurals

                  Library Club – 2nd half of second break

                  School Council: 7:00pm-8:00pm.  All are welcome!  


Tuesday:     Dental Screening (JK/SK/Grade 2)

Grade 3/4 Intramurals


Wednesday:  Grade 1/2 Intramurals

                    Spirit Leaders Meeting – 1st break

                  Paper Airplane Club – 2nd break


Thursday:    Breakfast Club

                  Photo Retake Day

                  Pizza Day

Grade 1/2 Intramurals


Friday: Remembrance Day Assembly:  10:00 am



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

Looking Ahead:

Movie Night:  November 16th

Progress Reports Home:  Monday, November 19th

Student Conferences:  week of November 19th

PA Day: November 23rd (conferences)

Have a wonderful week, Clarksdale.  Imagine, Believe Achieve in all you do! Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…