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What's Going On In The Den -- week of October 29th

posted Oct 28, 2018, 2:16 PM by Neil Hammond

Happy Sunday Clarksdale Families,

Happy Halloween “Eve”!  A busy week to come in the Den!

Many thanks for an amazing Darksdale!

A great time was had by all of Friday!  We had a fabulous turnout and lots of costumes with both adults and children.  So fun!  A HUGE thank you to our organizing team for their hard work in decorating and volunteering to run all of the activities.  Many thanks also for the large number of contributions to our We Scare Hunger campaign.  Our Me to We club will be organizing them for donation this week.

Staffing Update:

We wanted to let families know that Ms. Konopka will be away on a temporary leave.  While Ms. Konopka is away, Mrs. Toal will be joining us as our Music Teacher.  We welcome Mrs. Toal to Clarksdale and we invite you to take a moment to introduce yourself!

Halloween/Spirit Parade Wednesday

We will be hosting our Halloween Parade on Wednesday, 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.  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 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.

Intramurals are Starting:

Intramurals will begin the first week of November! Grade 3 and 4 students will be playing ball hockey on Monday or Tuesday at second break. Grade 1 and 2 students will be playing polo broom ball on Wednesday or Thursday, also at second break. Sign up sheets have been delivered to each class for teams to be created. 

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 8th 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 2015 can start Kindergarten in September 2019.

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. Thanks for your help as we encourage our children to “grow and succeed”.

Reminder to all parents/guardians:

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.

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

Monday:      Harry Potter Club – 1st break


Tuesday:     Me2We: 2nd break


Wednesday:  Halloween Parade – period 1 (9:30)

                   Paper Airplane Club – 2nd break


Thursday:    Breakfast Club

Kidssentials Lunch




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  3rd:  Clocks go back - One more hour of sleep!

November 5th:  School Council Meeting 7 pm

November 6th:  Dental Screening for JK/SK/Grade 2

November 8th: Picture Retake Day

November 8th: Pizza Day

November 9th:  Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:00am


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

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