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What is Going on in the Den - September 24 - 28

posted Sep 22, 2018, 10:40 AM by Neil Hammond

Happy “Fall” Clarksdale Families,


Class Re-organizations

As we shared in earlier updates, the Ministry of Education has requirements for class ratios and organizations.  As such, re-organizations of classes are sometimes required after the start of classes, as registrations and numbers are confirmed. At Clarksdale, we did have to re-organize some of our classes and all families involved in these changes have been notified.  The changes will take place starting Tuesday, September 25th.

As a result of the changes, we welcome two new staff members to Clarksdale.  Ms. Evans is joining us in our 2/3 class and Ms. Eby is returning to Clarksdale as a planning and coverage teacher.


School Council Invitation

A reminder to all parents to consider joining our school council.  Nomination forms were sent home, and are due in the office by Friday, September 28th.  Our first council meeting will be held on Monday, October 1st, at 7:00pm.  Please consider joining this fun, enthusiastic and hardworking team!


Rowan’s Law – Wear purple

Mark your calendars!   Wednesday, September 26th is (#RowansLawDay) – a day to engage students, staff, coaches, and parents/guardians to increase awareness about concussions and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

We invite all members of our school community to wear purple (Rowan’s favorite colour) on Rowan’s Law Day too!


QSP Fundraiser begins this week

Looking for great Holiday gift ideas or birthday presents?  Thinking of a new hobby or just wanting to relax with a quick read?  Subscribe to a magazine through QSP and help fundraise for Clarksdale!  Details about how to order will be coming home on Thursday.  Thank you for your support.


Terry Fox Run/Walk – Friday, September 28th

Remember to bring your Toonies for Terry on Friday and join in our walk in support of Cancer research.  The walk will take place during periods 5 and 6.


Movie Night – Friday, September 28th

Our first Movie Night is this Friday.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  We are showing “The Incredibles 2”.  Admission is $1 and there will also be treats, hot dogs, pizza and drinks for sale.  Please bring your blanket and jammies and enjoy an evening of family fun!  Please note that all students must be accompanied by an adult.


Indigo Adopt-A-School

Don’t forget to stop by the Brant Street Indigo and let them know you are supporting Clarksdale’s program.

Why is reading important to you? Share your story here:

For every approved story, Love of Reading will donate a book to your selected school, up to 20 books per school!


Me 2 We Kicks Off

This week, some of our ME2WE students attended the annual We Day in Toronto! It was a great day filled with inspirational speakers like Marc and Craig Kielburger - the founders of the program -, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lilly Singh (along with MANY others). As a treat, there were also many celebrity guests and performances. Be sure to watch for yourself on CTV November 24!

Also, watch for more information about joining this great club – All ages are welcome to join!


Open House and Meet the Teacher Evening on Wednesday, October 3rd

Our family Welcome Open House and Meet the Teacher Night will be held next Wednesday, October 3rd, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Please watch for the order form and join us for a hotdog and drink, courtesy of our School Council.  You are then invited at 6:15 pm to join your child/children in their classes to meet their teachers and take a tour of the school.

**Grade 1-6 teachers will also have sign-up schedules available for the conferences/interviews that take place in November.  Please take a moment while you are touring the class to sign up for your child’s conference.


***Watch for our October newsletter coming home this week (and posted on the website)


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


Here is What’s Going On In the Den this week:


Monday:       Bus Safety Presentations P1 and 2 (gym closed)

                  Cross-Country 2nd break


Tuesday:      Cross-Country 2nd break




Thursday:  Breakfast Club – 8:40 am (please bring your own water bottle)

                  Pizza Day

                  QSP Magazine Kick Off

                  Cross-Country 2nd break


Friday:  Movie Night – Doors open 6:30pm  “Incredibles 2”


Looking Ahead:

Octobere 1st:  School Council Meeting 7:00pm

October 3rd:  Welcome/Meet the Teacher evening 5:30-7:30 pm

October 4th:  Cross Country Meet – Kelso Conservation Area

October 4th:  Darksdale Planning Meeting – 7:15pm Staff Room

October 5th:  PA Day, School Closed to Students

October 8th:  Thanksgiving Monday, school closed  

October 12th:  Photo Day                                                  

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

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