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What is Going on in the Den October 15th - 19th

posted Oct 14, 2018, 5:58 AM by Neil Hammond

What's Going On In The Den -- Week of October 15th

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful weekend with friends and family.

This week brings many activities, as we continue our learning together

Way to go Clarksdale! We have sent 1162 dried out markers from the 2017-2018 school year to Crayola for recycling. 

This school year we will be continuing the colour cycle to make sure our markers stay out of the landfill. Go green Clarksdale! Special thanks to Ms. Kozsurek for leading this great initiative!

Civic Election

The grade 4, 5 & 6 students will be taking part in Student Votes this Friday October 19th where they will be able vote for the Mayor, Councillors and School Board Representative. The Grade 5s will act as poll clerks and the students vote using actual votes provided by Elections Ontario. The school results will be announced during the election coverage on TV and Radio Monday night.

There will an assembly this week explaining why the adults are voting next Monday October 22nd and who is running in our ward. 

Kids4Kids begins this Thursday after school. Students who are participating will join Scott Graham in the library from 3:35-5:00 for great team building, self-confidence strategies and fun with friends!  Spots are still available.  If you would like to register, please drop by the office and pick up a form. 

CCAT Testing for Grade 4s is this week.  All Grade 4 students will be participating in the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) this week.  Participating classes have received a letter outlining the details, so please take a moment to read further.

Indigo Adopt-A-School a Huge Success

A tremendous thank you to everyone who supported our library with the Indigo adopt-a-school program! Although I won’t have the grand total until the end of the month, I can tell you that it is over $4000!!! We are so excited to go on a shopping spree and I know our students can’t wait to see the brand new books on our shelves!

Also, in a “random act of kindness”, we had a delivery today of over 300 new books.  This individual is not affiliated with Clarksdale, but was in Indigo, saw the need, and proceeded to collect new books from her colleagues and family.  She delivered them today with a note that will be shared with students next week.  What an awesome moment!

Clarksdale Pays It Forward

This week, the Me2We club had its first meeting. Many students showed up and were excited to get started on our month's initiative - We Scare Hunger. More information to follow next week. Grade 4-6 students are welcome to come forward to be Team Leads this year and a form was sent home to fill out if desired. Our next meeting will be Tuesday October 16th! See you there!

Darksdale is coming soon!

Please plan on joining us for our annual Darksdale celebration on Friday, October 26th.  Great family fun and games  --- come on out to Hogwarts and enjoy all the Harry Potter fun!  Watch for details coming this week!  Volunteers always welcome! 

Free community presentation “Relationships Matter” by Mary Tabak from @OurKidsNetwork  hosted by CAPP for Kids Tuesday Oct 23rd 7 pm at Gary Allan High School.  Relationships with kids play an important role in academic success, bullying prevention, positive mental health and well-being, youth engagement, social emotional learning and many other risk factors.

The good news is that we can all form strong relationships, but for many of us, it happens by accident. Mary will present, share tips and tell stories about 5 important and easy things you can do to develop more meaningful relationships with your kids today. From babies to teenagers, it is never too early or too late to build relationships.

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.  

Breakfast Club Reminder

Breakfast Club continues 8:40 in the gym.  All students are welcome to join us for a healthy breakfast to start their day.  Please remind students to bring a water bottle as we continue to be eco-friendly. Bus students are welcome to partake as “Grab ‘n Go” as they arrive; however, we are having challenges with garbage being left on the blacktop in the mornings.  Please remind your children to help us take care of our school by putting their garbage in the appropriate bins.


QSP Magazine Fundraiser continues this week.  A great way to support the school and take care of some people on your gift lists, or offer fun and interesting reading opportunities for your family. 

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

Monday:       Harry Potter Club – 1st break


Tuesday:      Grade 3s to Royal Botanical Gardens

                  Me 2 We Meeting              


Wednesday:         Grade 6 students to Royal Botanical Gardens


Thursday:    Breakfast Club

                  SRT all day

                    Pita Day

Wolfpack 1st assembly 2:00 pm

Kids4Kids with Scott Graham (3:35-5:05)


Friday:        Crazy Lids Day --- Hats or Hair!


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

Looking Ahead:

October 25th:  Pizza Day

October 25th:  Great Big Crunch

October 26th:  Darksdale

October 31st:  Halloween and Spirit Parade

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

Imaginer, Croire, Atteindre…