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What is Going on in the Den - October 28th - November 1st.

posted Oct 27, 2019, 10:50 AM by Neil Hammond

October 28th, 2019

What's Going On In The Den - week of October 28th, 2019

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

Happy Halloween Week!

A busy week to come in the Den – so lots to share this time!

Many thanks for an amazing Darksdale!

A great time was had by all on Friday!  We had a fabulous turnout and lots of costumes with both adults and children.  A HUGE thank you to our organizing team for their hard work in decorating and to our grade 6 students for volunteering to run the activities.  Many thanks also for the large number of contributions to our We Scare Hunger campaign and close to $400 was raised for Halton Learning Foundation.  

“Garden Party” on Sunday

***Weather permitting, please join us on Sunday Morning (October 27th) from 10-noon to help get our gardens ready for the winter.  

Halloween/Spirit Parade Thursday

We will be hosting our Halloween and Clarksdale Spirit Parade on Thursday, following announcements, at around 9:30am.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and join us.  Please sign in at the office and then join us in the main hallway.  Students will make their way around the school, so you will have the chance to see all the great costumes, orange and black or Clarksdale spiritwear.

Please send a change of clothes for your young child as they will be changing out of their costumes once the parade is complete.  We want to make sure they make it to Halloween Night!

Halloween Reminders::

  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 inappropriate character (including scary clowns) or any stereotypes that would be offensive.
  2. For safety reasons, no masks are permitted and make-up can be fun and colourful, but should not depict scary 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, please be diligent in treats you may include in your child’s lunch after Halloween, 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.

We Scare Hunger

A reminder that we are continuing to collect non-perishable food items for our local food bank until November 6th.  Thank you to all those who have sent items in already and we invite you to keep them coming in support of an important need!

Student Vote Canada Results

Students in grades 4-6 participated in the Student Votes program offered across Canada. 1,181,053 student votes were reported from 7,855 schools, with results from 338 federal ridings across Canada.

In the preliminary results, students elected a Liberal minority government: the Liberals won the most seats (110), followed by the NDP (99 seats), Conservatives (94 seats), Green Party (28 seats) and Bloc Québecois (9 seats).

Here at Clarksdale the vote count went as follows:

Karina Gould       57 votes - Liberal

Gareth Williams   40 Votes - Green

Lenaee Dupuis     29 Votes - NDP

Jane Michael        19 Votes - Conservatives

Peter Smetana     4 Votes - Canada Party

So Clarksdale students agreed with the actual election as Karina Gould did win the seat for the Liberals here in Burlington. 

It is the hope that if we get the students interested now that by the time they are 18 and able to vote they will take part in the Municipal, Provincial and Federal elections. At present the 18 - 34 age group has the lowest percentage of people participating in elections.  Many thanks to Mr. Hammond and the grade 4-6 teachers for providing this opportunity for our students!

Council Meeting – Date Change

Our new school council was established at our last meeting.  Please note that our council meetings will be held on the SECOND Monday of the month. We invite all parents to join us at our next meeting, on November 11th at 7:00pm.  

Spirit Leader Colour Cycle Update

We have just sent back to Crayola 1484 dried out markers that were collected last school year. We are still in need of 9 coffee cans so that each class can participate. Please send in any empty cans that you may have.

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

Green Screen Announcements!

Using our new Green Screen technology, Clarksdale is bringing our Friday announcements to students electronically.  Special messages, such as the "We Scare Hunger" campaign have also been communicated to students electronically.   Ask your children about them!  Thank you to Mrs. Vandervelde and the team of students working with her for your leadership!

Musical Auditions Coming Soon!

We are excited to share that Clarksdale will be presenting “Seussical the Musical” this year.  Auditions will be held in mid November and primary choir will be starting as well for all students in grades 1-3. Watch for more details to come!

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 2019 and takes place at the school your child will attend. Children born in 2016 can start Kindergarten in September 2020. 

Reminder to our Kindie Parents:

As our little ones are beginning now to develop their independence and are settling into their morning routines, we remind parents to say their goodbyes before the gate in order to minimize the numbers of adults in the kindie area during a busy time of day.  You are welcome to watch at the fence and give a wave, but we appreciate you remaining in that area. On inclement days, please say your goodbyes at the school door and we will ensure your children get to their classroom.  Thanks for your help as we encourage our children to “grow and succeed”.

Also a reminder to all parents/guardians and YMCA families:

If you come to the school to pick up your child or to drop off something for them, please ensure you sign in at the office and we will call the child down or deliver the item to them.  Even at recess time, we request that you follow this routine vs going on the blacktop or into the classroom.  Safety for all is our first priority and we appreciate your cooperation in this regard.

We also ask parents with children at the Y, to please avoid entering other classrooms after school hours.

Angel Tree is coming soon

An annual tradition at Clarksdale is our holiday angel tree and hat/mitten tree, where we collect hats, scarves and mittens, gift items, toys, donations and gift cards in support of families in our community. If you feel you are in need of support this holiday season, please send a message to Mrs. Reesor at

More information will be coming soon about how to contribute to this much needed and much appreciated school program.

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

Monday:      Me 2 We - 1st break


Tuesday:   Intramurals 




Thursday:    Halloween and Clarksdale Spirit Parade – period 1 (9:30)

                     Kidssentials Lunch



Friday:        Breakfast Club: 8:45

                  Board Games Club – 2nd break (grades 4 and 5)

                  Sir Isaac Newton Theatre presentation (grades 4-6): periods 5 and 6


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

Watch for our November newsletter coming home in Backpacks this week

Looking Ahead:

Weekend of November  2nd:  Clocks go back - One more hour of sleep!

November 5th: Picture Retake Day

November 7th: Kidssentials lunch

November 11th:  Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:00am

November 11th:  School Council Meeting 7 pm                                             

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

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