Welcome to the Hawthorne II Alternative Bilingual School website.

Our school is a unique K to 6 school in that it offers a bilingual program in French and English. As well, a strong emphasis is placed on social justice and environmental education. We invite you to follow Hawthorne happenings via this website. You can subscribe to receive the latest postings to the site by email or subscribe to the Hawthorne Events calendar (using Outlook, Google Calendar, or your iPhone). (more…)

Community Environment Days in our Hood

The City of Toronto puts on Community Environment Days every spring – a great opportunity to recycle effectively.  Here are some dates coming up near us:
Sun. Apr 15 10am- 2pm Wychwood Barns Along Wychwood Ave. (South of St. Clair Ave. W)
Sat. May 5 10am- 2pm Fred Hamilton Park Along Shaw St. (South of College St.)
Sat. May 26 10am- 2pm Central Technical School 725 Bathurst St. (enter off Harbord St. & Borden St.)
Sat. June 23 10am -2pm Dufferin Mall parking lot 900 Dufferin St. (south of Bloor St.)

Drop off for recycling or proper disposal

  • Electronic Waste
    • Cell phones, home phones
    • Computer cables
    • Laptop computers & accessories
    • VCR/DVD players
    • Video recorders
    • TVs
    • Desktop computers, monitors
    • Printer & Fax machines
    • Accessories
    • Cameras
    • Receivers, speakers
    • Stereos, tuners, turntables
  • Household Hazardous Waste
    • Paint, primers, stain, turpentine, glue
    • Household cleaning products, drain cleaners, bleach
    • Motor oil, gasoline, windshield fluid
    • Propane and helium tanks/cylinders
    • Air fresheners, swimming pool chemicals
    • Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), batteries
    • Syringes, medical sharps, medication
    • Aerosol cans
    • Lighter fluid
    • Pesticides and garden products
    • Cooking oil

Donate items to local schools for reuse

  • Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
  • Children’s books, musical instruments
  • CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
  • Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
  • Arts and crafts supplies: pencils, crayons, markers
  • Corks, cork boards, clipboards
  • Dress up clothing: costumes, prom dresses, uniforms

Donate items for reuse

Please keep these separate from other items.

  • Sporting goods (e.g., skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
  • Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
  • Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
  • Small household items (e.g., dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
  • Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
  • Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

Note: You can recycle plastic shopping bag, foam polystyrene, empty paint and aerosol cans in your blue recycling bin.

Please do not bring construction waste, air conditioners, garbage, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/ industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Khalsa Day Parade – April 29, 2018

Sikh Heritage Month is recognized at the TDSB during the month of April.  

The Sikh Heritage Committee is extending an invitation to all TDSB staff, and its community, to join us by participating in the Khalsa Day Parade scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 29th 2018!     This parade celebrates the Sikh New Year and the establishment of the Sikh community in 1699.  Interested individuals are asked to come to the CNE grounds by 1:00 pm and gather at the TDSB Sikh Heritage booth.   Everyone is asked to join the walk as a TDSB group and is asked to wear casual clothing consisting of a blue T-Shirt (or a blue item) and covered head.


Khalsa Day Parade  

29 April 2018

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Walk will begin at 1:00 pm starting from CNE grounds and head towards Toronto City Hall – Nathan Phillips Square where the parade will end.  

Should additional information be required, please  contact Gurjeet Kahlon, Vice-Principal, gurjeet.kahlon@tdsb.on.ca or 647-746-4243

Parents as Partners Conference 2018

Registration is still open for the Parents as Partners Conference!

The Parents as Partners Conference 2018 is on Saturday, April 28 and all parents are welcome!

This free conference – planned by parents, for parents – includes a variety of workshops and resources that will help any parent support their child in their achievement and well-being at school and at home.

Please inform parents and families about this exciting and valuable opportunity. Registration closes on April 16!

Transportation, childcare, food and translators are all provided. Register now at www.parentsaspartners.ca

Upcoming Sports Events

Wednesday April 4th  Grade 5 Co-ed volleyball tournament at Winchester PS
Thursday morning 8:15am Grade 4& 5 boys Slo-pitch
Friday morning 8:15am Track & field begins for Grade 4-5 & 6 only.
We practice every Mon-Wed- Fri at 8:15am until May 16th Track Meet at Birchmount Stadium!


Ian Barnes

Hawthorne PhysEd & Resource

Hawthorne Comedy Night Fundraiser Next Week

We’re in the home stretch with just 1 week until the evening of the Hawthorne Comedy Fundraiser! on Tuesday, April 10!
Please buy your tickets at http://comedybar.ca/show.php?Event_ID=9450  There is a limit to tickets due to venue size and you surely don’t want to be disappointed.
Both the comedy night (with professional comics!) and the auction are open to all.  Please share the links and invites to your friends and family.  Not only will you be supporting the school but will ALSO be supporting Jim Annan, SK and Grade 1 parent and Liz Whitmere and Terry McGurrin, parents of Ruby in Grade 2.
Continue bidding on auction items at: 32auctions.com/haw  There has been some activity over the last week but of course with the weekend, the activity subsided a bit.  So, time to get back in there and bid for some great items!  Look for some new items to be added to the auction site including a gift certificate to Universal Grill, Passage Tattoo and Datenight Babysitting Services.
We will continue to accept auction donations this week.  Please feel free to send the item/value/picture to Maria at pendrith32@sympatico.ca.  The auction will close the evening of April 10 at the Fundraiser event.
Thanks everyone and see you next Tuesday!

Family Math Night

To all Essex and Hawthorne Families: Please come to our Family Math Night!  Learn strategies to encourage a mathematical mindset with your children and help them at home!

Date:  Tuesday, April 17th

Time: 5:00-7:15 pm

Programme of Events:

5 pm – all families meet in the gym.  Robert Durocher and Beryl Cohen, TDSB Learning Coaches for K-12, introduce the evening.

5:15- 6 pm – breakout sessions in designated classrooms (Kindergarten, Primary, Junior, and Intermediate) about ways to help your children at home

6 pm:  Come back to the gym for pizza!

6:00 – 7:15 – mix and mingle while your children play mathematical games with the Mathematical Jester, Sunil Singh, in the gym

A small RSVP slip has gone home.  If you could kindly return it by APRIL 10,  we will know how much pizza to order.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Tumangday,  leslie.tumangday@tdsb.on.ca

French Review

With over 90,000 students in Core French and another 28,000 students in French Immersion/Extended French programs come system successes and challenges. We are proud of the Board’s successes in retention rate, inclusion of students with special education needs as well as accessibility and transportation. At the same time, challenges include multiple entry points, equity of access, and transportation.

As part of the Director’s Response to the Enhanced Equity Task Force Report, a review of all French Programs will begin in Spring 2018. In collaboration with the TDSB Research Department, this review will focus on the current status of all French Programs, including the structure, content of the teaching and learning, and policies and procedures related to French. We look forward to receiving feedback about the successes and challenges of the various French Programs through face-to-face consultation with parents/guardians, Trustees, staff, students and community members and an online survey (available soon!).

View last year’s report here: Annual Report: Enrolment, Successes, Challenges of French Programs .

You are invited to join any of the consultation meetings available throughout May 2018. All meetings will be led by TDSB staff and held in the school cafeteria from7 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1 Danforth CTI (800 Greenwood Avenue)
Thursday, May 3 Etobicoke CI (86 Montgomery Road)
Tuesday, May 15 Birchmount Park CI (3663 Danforth Avenue W)
Thursday, May 17 Northview Heights SS (550 Finch Avenue W)
Thursday, May 24 Advisory Committees Consultation
(5050 Yonge Street – Committee Room A)
Wednesday, May 30 John Polanyi CI (640 Lawrence Avenue W)


For more information, please contact:

Manon Gardner, Executive Superintendent, Teaching & Learning, Alternative and International Education

Spring Fling Sponsorships Available

The Spring Fling is our extremely well-attended annual fundraiser, and local businesses are invited to sponsor the event in exchange for major exposure. Our school families love to support each other’s small businesses, and this is an opportunity to get your name out there!

We are offering Spring Fling Sponsorship spots to Essex/Hawthorne parents and families and friends FIRST before offering them to the larger community. We have a limited number of sponsorships available for $150, $250 and $500. ** Sponsorships are tax deductible and you will be provided with a tax receipt **

Does your business want the chance to connect with over 500 local families, as well as some social media exposure? Please get in touch with Allison Venditti – allison.venditti@gmail.com by Thursday April 5th, for full details and to reserve your spot.

DATE CHANGE Lice Screening April 4th

There are a number of classes on excursion for Tuesday, March 27th.

So, the Lice Screening date has been changed to Wednesday, April 4th.

Thank you

There will be Lice Screening taking place at school on Tuesday, March 27 for the day.

(This was a date change from March 22.)

Volunteer help during the day would be greatly appreciated!

Please contact Harry Quon.

Mindful Parenting: Increasing wellbeing for parents and kids alike

Mindfulness workshop coming to the next School Council meeting – April 19.

On April 19, the School Council meeting will begin as usual at 6:30 pm. The business of Council will be covered from 6:30 – 7:00. At 7:00, we are excited to welcome Sue Hutton who will lead a workshop on mindful parenting!!!!

Everyone is welcome to join us for a mindfulness program specifically designed for parents. Come learn about the research behind it and experience some of the techniques to bring mindfulness into your busy parenting life and increase wellbeing for you and your children.

Sue Hutton – Mindfulness Bio Sept 2017


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