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…)

Oct 26 Terry Fox Run

Dear Parents,

Our 15th annual Terry Fox event is happening on Friday October 26.

We will begin at 1 pm with a kick off assembly in the Gym. Then, kindergarten to Grade 2 students will walk run around the school while Grade 3 to 8 students will walk run around Christie Pits.

Our school is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run. Please join our school community and support this worthy cause, click:


to be taken to our school’s fundraising page.

Please feel free to share this link with friends and family to encourage online donations.

The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation with 82 cents of every dollar going directly to cancer research. You will receive your income tax receipt immediately.

If you prefer to send in cash or cheque donations, please have your child return donations with pledge forms to his/her teacher. Donations over $20 will receive a receipt in the mail.

Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer.


Should you wish to volunteer to help supervise your child’s class during the Terry Fox school run, please send Ana a message at ana.neves@tdsb.on.ca.

We also require 2 parents to help cut up oranges for snack that morning. If you would like to help do this, please send Ana a message asap.


Thanks so much!

Warm regards,

Ana Neves

Oct 22 Municipal Election will be using the Gym

The municipal election will be taking place on Monday, October 22.

Election Canada will be using the west side of the East Gym for the entire day.

As a result, the lunch program will take place ONLY on the east side of the East Gym (stage side).

The lunch program will be staggered between Essex & Hawthorne due to space limitation.

Hawthorne students will have lunch from 11:35 – 12:00 so they will enter the gym on the east side.

They will have lunch recess from 12:05 – 12:35.

Essex students will have lunch recess first from 11:35 – 12:00p.

Students are to bring their lunch and baskets down to the gym door to have attendance done by the LRS staff.

Essex students will have lunch from 12:05 – 12:35

Due to the limited LRS (Lunch Room Supervisors) staff on yard supervision and the safety of our students, the Grade 2-3 & Junior Playscapes will be closed during the lunch recess for this day.

Thank you!

Parent Council Meeting

The next Parent Council Meeting is set for Tuesday Oct 30, 6:30-8:30.
Child care will be provided.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monster Mixer

The Monster Mixer is just around the corner! On October 26th join us for family fun!
and back by popular demand we will have a haunted locker room featuring a halloween character..this year Zorgox the Astro Phantom will give us a spook!

And if you prefer treats over tricks enjoy the many other fun and exciting parts of our Monster Mixer!
Dj’s will play your favourite songs and you can monster mash the night away! 
Touch up your costume at the face paint station.
Enjoy some treats from Pizza Pizza, popcorn, and Banjara!

More fun announcements to come!

Parents – Visit this volunteer sign up sheet to help make this event happen!

Upcoming Soccer Games

Girls soccer Tournament   Monday Oct 1st at Dovercourt

Grade 6 boys play 3 games – Sept. 27. / Oct 3 / Oct. 10 all at Hawthorne
Grade 5 boys soccer Tournament – Tues Oct. 9th  TBA

Cross Country Meet Information

MEET DATE: Tuesday October 2nd at Ashbridges Bay


Meet in the Gym at 8:15 am on Oct. 2nd if you are travelling on the bus.  We will hand out jerseys and runner competitor numbers then.

If you are driving your child, you may sign out a jersey at 3:20pm on Monday Oct. 1st from Ana in Room 311.  


Please note we cannot give you permission to drive another child, you must make arrangements with that child’s parents or the child must bring a note providing them permission to go in a specific friend’s car.


MOST IMPORTANTLY, you need to get your child/group to the starting line (on the sand, in front of the washrooms/changerooms) 15 minutes before their race time.  When the team arrives, we will set up a tent on the grass near the boardwalk/playground. You may call 416-434-9417 if you are looking for our home base. The coaches will look for runners at the home base before each race.


Grade 1 Girls 10:00 am SHARP
Grade 1 Boys 10:15
Grade 2 Girls 10:30
Grade 2 Boys 10:45
Grade 3 Girls 11:00
Grade 3 Boys 11:15
Grade 4 Girls 11:30
Grade 4 Boys 11:45
Grade 5 Girls 12:00
Grade 5 Boys 12:15
Grade 6 Girls 12:30
Grade 6 Boys 12:45

An awareness of allergies, use of puffers etc. is VERY important. Students needing puffers or epi-pens should run with them in fanny packs.  Please let the coaches know if this is the case.

Please make sure your child has a water bottle, snacks and lunch if they are staying to take the bus home.  Older students will be encouraged to have a snack in the morning and a late lunch after they run. Students should be dressed for the weather. Layers are a good idea as runners will be warm when they are competing but it can be chillier by the lake.  Also students are free to bring books, balls, cards etc. to keep them occupied while they wait for their race. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ELECTRONIC DEVICES.

Driving Directions (if you are taking your own child):

From school take Shaw St. South to Douro Ave. and turn left

Make your next right on Strachan Ave.

Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Lake Shore Blvd W

Use the right lane to take the Gardiner Expressway E ramp

Use the right 2 lanes to take the Lake Shore Blvd exit

Turn right into Ashbridges Bay Park

(1561 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M4L 3W6)


Please let coaches know asap if you are planning to come on the bus and can supervise a group of students at the race.  Please also let us know (if you haven’t already) if you will be driving your child and any other children.


If your child is in Grade 1, parents are asked to drive their child or arrange for another parent to drive your child to Ashbridges Bay.  The TDSB bus will arrive at school at 9:15 am (at the earliest). This means that we cannot guarantee to deliver Grade 1 students to the start line on time.  Girls must be there by 9:45 am.


Also, all schools are asked to contribute one parent volunteer to marshal the course.  This ensures student safety during the race. If a few parents from Essex/Hawthorne are willing to share this role, it would be much appreciated.  Basically you stand on the course and direct the students as they run. Please speak to the coaches if you can help out.



Please email jessica.haber@tdsb.on.ca or ana.neves@tdsb.on.ca

Support for Khouja-Breim family as they welcome baby Areen!

Dear Hawthorne families

As many of you are aware, Hawthorne and Essex schools sponsored a Syrian refugee family two years ago. The Khouja-Breim family have recently welcomed a new addition to their family – a baby girl, Areen!

A group of Hawthorne and Essex families continue to support the Khouja-Breim family. The family continues to struggle to find sufficient work income to support the family independently.

We are asking families to contribute a little something to help the family with the new baby and to feed everyone.
We are collecting diapers (size 1 and up), baby wipes, and Gift cards to Freshco, Rexall, and Shoppers Drug Mart. The family also needs a baby bath if anyone has one to donate.
Donations can be dropped off at the Hawthorne office.

Families can also make a small donation through GoFundMe.

All your contributions, big and small, are very greatly appreciated and definitely put to good use.
Thanks to everyone at Hawthorne and Essex for all your lovely support!
The Sponsorship Team.


Get out your favourite Fall recipes and fire up the slow cooker. The FRESH FROM the FARM FUNDRAISER & FOOD DRIVE is back for it’s 3rd year!
Families can purchase fresh Ontario produce from local farmers at an affordable price and have it delivered directly to school.
Click on the link below to learn more about the Fresh from the Farm Fundraiser
Please find attached an order form. Once forms are submitted we can prepare for harvest day/ pick up!
Please note, in order to keep the Harvest day manageable all orders must be picked or they will be donated. We can not store food overnight!
  • Please return forms NO LATER than Friday, Oct 12th
  • Please make cheques payable to Hawthorne II School Council 
  • Harvest pick up day will take place under the overhang behind school in November (date TBD)
  • Please contact Katie Kerr kathleenkerr@sympatico.ca if you are able to help sort or hand out veggies on harvest day.
Did you know that FFFF is also a food drive supporting The Stop Community Food Centre!

Not only can you support our school and local farmers by purchasing Fresh Ontario produce at a great price, now you can also place an order for additional bundles on the same form and list the beneficiary as ‘The Stop’ or ‘Donate’.

There are few programs in Toronto that provide fresh food through food banks and this partnership is a unique opportunity to support one that services our immediate community.

The Stop works to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality.

For more information on The Stop, visit their website at www.thestop.org

Happy Harvest!

Sidewalk, Curb and Road Repair

City of Toronto Construction Notice – Sidewalk, Curb and Road Repair.

Construction work will be done on the south side of Essex from September 26 – 30.

City of Toronto Construction Notice.pdf

Lice Screening

Lice Screening will take place at Essex and Hawthorne on Tuesday, October 9th.


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