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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.


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 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.                  


Tuesday:         Photo Retake Day

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

CHAT team meeting – 2nd break


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

Teams playing are Fluffy Llamas and Happy Unicorns                       


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

                  Kidssentials lunch

                  Spirit Leaders Meeting – 1st break



Breakfast Club – 8:45

Board Games Club – 2nd break


Don’t forget to check out our website at 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!

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