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What is Going on in the Den - October 7 - 11

posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:16 PM by Neil Hammond

October 7th 2019

What's Going On In The Den - week of October 7th

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

I apologize for the delay in sending this week’s WGOITD. I was hoping to have an update on the CUPE situation; however, at this point we have no news so we are preparing for an upcoming strike.  That said, our school will be open and the before and after school YMCA program will continue on Monday. We understand that things will not be as usual; however, we want to assure you that our students’ and staff safety is our first priority.  Please see the end of this Den for a message from Stuart Miller, Director of Education for HDSB (sent October 2nd).

Many thanks to all the families who joined us for our Welcome Open House and BBQ.  Despite the cold and wet weather, we enjoyed a great hot dog snack in the gym and then time to meet teachers, see all the great work already underway and sign up for a November conference.  The students were so excited to share their classrooms with you and we appreciate you joining us!  If you were not able to attend and/or have not signed up for an interview in November, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. Thanks to our parent volunteers who helped organized the bbq and special thanks to the entire Thistle family for leading the set-up!

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

Photo Day is Tomorrow:

A reminder that class and student photos are tomorrow!  Practise your best smiles
After Picture Day, order your pictures on using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.

Cross Country

Our cross country meet is this Tuesday at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington!

All runners need appropriate running shoes, water bottles and lunches. Please have your child prepared and dressed for the weather.

Schools West of Burloak Drive MUST use the West entrance to Sherwood off Appleby Line and along Fairview Street. 

Map-Cross Country

Movie Night:

Mark your calendars as our first Movie Night of the year is on Friday October 18th.  Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:00pm.


Darksdale is coming to Clarksdale on October 25th!  An annual tradition is returning soon and we need your help.  Volunteers wanting to help with this year’s event can join us for a planning meeting on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the staff room.  (*Please note this meeting is pending the status of the strike action).  Adult and grade 6 volunteer sign up forms will be sent home this week.

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

Monday:  Photo Day



                  Cross Country Meet – Sherwood Forest Park





Pizza Day

                 Darksdale Planning Meeting 7:10 pm, staff room (pending strike)


Friday:        PD Day, School Closed to Students



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

Looking Ahead:​​​​​​​

October 14th:        Thanksgiving Monday, school closed

October 16th:        Student Vote Canada

October 17th:        Grade 6s to RBG

October 17th:        Pita Day

October 18th:        First Movie Night  

October 18th, 22nd and 24th:  CCAT testing for grade 4 students


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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre… 

Message from Stuart Miller, sent October 2nd

In the Halton District School Board, CUPE represents custodial staff in elementary and secondary schools. It does not represent educational assistants, early childhood educators, or school support staff as it does in some other Ontario school boards.

At this time, the HDSB intends to be open on Monday, Oct. 7. 

Please be aware that this is a fluid and changing situation. As labour action is unpredictable, we do encourage parents/guardians to make contingency plans in the event that it becomes necessary to close schools. 

We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep our schools open. Our highest priority remains the safety and well-being of our students and staff. 

The HDSB will monitor the situation daily and decisions will be made accordingly. We will continue to provide you with accurate and timely information as we are able through SchoolMessenger, the HDSB web​​site​ and the Board’s social media pages (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram).

To learn more about the Collective Bargaining process and current status updates, please visit this page:

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Stuart Miller
Director of Education​ ​​​