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what is Going on in the Den - October 21 - 25

posted Oct 20, 2019, 6:47 PM by Neil Hammond

October 21st, 2019

What's Going On In The Den - week of October 21st

Happy Sunday Clarksdale,

Thanks to all who joined us for our first movie night on Friday.  It was a great success with close to 200 Toy Story Fans!  Many thanks to our volunteers and families for coming out.

Another busy week ahead in the Den.

CCAT Testing for Grade 4s continues this week, October 22nd and 24th. Participating classes have received a letter outlining the details, so please take a moment to review it.

Clarksdale Pays It Forward

From Me 2 We:

Every month, food banks help more than 850,000 Canadians. When people have access to food and achieve food security, they can thrive and lead healthier lives.  

We will be starting our “We Scare Hunger” campaign on Wednesday, October 23rd.  Me 2 We volunteers will be collecting canned foods and other non-perishable food items until the week of November 3rd. All collected food items will be donated to a local food bank. Please consider making a donation to this great cause. 

CHAT team

The Clarksdale Healthy Action Team (CHAT team) is starting up and  will meet every 2 weeks during a nutrition break to plan activities around mental health awareness, healthy eating and healthy living.  The team will look at what Clarksdale is already doing, look at school data, survey students and staff to see what else we can do, and then plan events and activities. 

The first meeting is Tuesday, October 22 at 2nd break.  Two students in each of the grades 4, 5, and 6 classes have been selected to represent their classes on the team and all students will be invited to participate in the activities developed by the team.

Gardening Day – Sunday, October 27th:

This Sunday, from 10-noon, we will be joining together to help prepare our school gardens for winter.  If you have a couple of hours to spare, please come on out with a pair of gardening gloves!

Darksdale is coming soon!

Please plan on joining us for our annual Darksdale celebration this Friday, October 25th. Great family fun and games - come on out to the Kingdom of Clarksdale and enjoy all the fun! Watch for details coming this week. Admission is free, but we invite families to make a donation to Halton Learning Foundation and bring non-perishable food items to support We Scare Hunger.

Halloween Reminders:

With Halloween just over a week away, we wanted to remind parents and students of a few things regarding costumes.  We will be hosting a parade on October 31st:  students are invited to wear a costume, their spirit wear, orange and black or just “come as they are”.  All students who choose to participate will be part of our parade.


  1. please ensure your child’s costume does not create fear in others.  We are a kindergarten – grade 6 school, so please make sure you consider the age of all of our students when choosing your costume. Please avoid any costume that portrays a frightening image or character.
  2. For safety reasons, no masks are permitted and make-up can be fun and colourful, but should not depict scary or inappropriate images
  3. Please ensure that no toy weapons (i.e swords, toy guns, sabres etc) are brought to school

Lastly, a reminder that, due to allergies, we ask that you do not send in candy or food for Halloween.  Also, after Halloween, please be diligent in treats you may include in your child’s lunch, to ensure they continue to be nut free.  We do have many children and staff with life threatening allergies and we want to ensure everyone is safe.

We look forward to a fun celebration and a safe and happy Halloween.

Interview sign-ups

Many of you signed up for your child’s conference/interview while at the Open House last week.  If you have not yet signed up, please contact your child’s teacher to select a time that works for you. 

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.  Students are encouraged to celebrate the unique parts of themselves, to express their true essence and empower others to do the same.  The focus of this experience is to celebrate diversity while providing the platform to build inclusion.  It encourages our young leaders to choose to include, not exclude.  X-Dance provides students with tools to create an inclusive environment with acceptance and respect, to build confidence and empower students to stand up for their beliefs and to form a world where everyone feels safe to be who they are – one X-Dancer at a time.  Students will explore a variety of dance styles over their 3 X-Dance Sessions.  These styles include: South Asian, Latin, Caribbean, French African and Top 40s.

Families will also be invited to share in the learning, fitness and fun on Wednesday, November 13th , starting at 6:30pm. More details will follow,  but mark your calendars now!

These programs are being offered free of charge to all students and their families, thanks to a grant generously provided by our board.

Crayola Recycling

The spirit leaders are in need of 10 coffee cans to get our Crayola Colour Cycle marker recycling program up and running again this school year. Please check your recycling boxes and send any empty coffee cans to school with your child. Thank you very much! Mrs. Snider and Mrs. Kozsurek. 

Grade 4&5 Board Games Club

Gr 4 & 5 board games club beginning Friday 2nd break - bring your lunch and come and play! Bring your own game or play one of ours. 

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

Monday:       Grade 4-6 trip to Burlington Performing Arts Centre     


Tuesday:      CCAT testing – grade 4s (period 3)   

                    CHAT team meeting – 1:15 pm




Thursday: CCAT testing - grade 4s, period 3    

Pizza Day


Friday:          Board Games Club – Grades 4 and 5 – 2nd break

                     Darksdale 6:30-8:00pm


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

Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​     

October 31st:         Halloween and Clarksdale Spirit Parade

October 31st:         Kidssentials lunch

November 1st:        Sir Isaac Newton Theatre presentation (in-school); grades 4-6

November 5th:       Picture Retake Day


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

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