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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). Continue reading

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Essex & Hawthorne: Wear an Orange Shirt this Friday September 30th

Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in British Columbia, was forced to attend St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, as her relatives before her. She entered the school in 1973 wearing a brand new orange shirt which was immediately confiscated by the staff and replaced with a uniform.  She never saw the shirt again, and began to associate the colour with the traumatic experiences in the school and the loss of language and cultural identity she suffered.

In 2013, Webstad transformed her negative experiences into something positive by creating a Nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day.  Celebrated annually on September 30th, this day acknowledges the residential school system in Canada, honours those who survived, and remembers those who did not.  It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.

Orange Shirt Day has been marked in schools across Canada in a variety of ways, including Orange Ribbon campaigns, commemorative walks, and wearing orange shirts. Over 6,500 survivor statements have been collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which concluded in 2016 after six years of research and testimonies.  Senator Murray Sinclair has stated that “reconciliation must fall in the hands of Canadians, not solely with Indigenous peoples.”  Ultimately, wearing orange shirts on 30 September is a visual reminder of our shared past as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and provides an opportunity for dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in shaping our shared future.

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The Stop Community Food Center merges with FFFF!

Great News, our Fall Farm Fresh Fundraiser has just become a food drive supporting The Stop!

Now, not only can you support our school and local farmers by buying a bundle (or many) for $12 but you can also place an order for additional bundles on the same form and list the beneficiary as ‘The Stop’ or ‘Food Bank’.

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.

For over 30 years, The Stop Community Food Centre has been at the forefront of dignified, innovative programs that provide access to healthy food; build skills, health, hope, and community; and confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger. Their wide range of programs include drop-in meals, a food bank, community kitchens and gardens, perinatal and family support, civic engagement, and children and youth programs.

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

The Farm Fresh Fundraiser replaces the QSP magazine program and represents a major contribution to our fundraising efforts for the year so lets all do our best to support a fundraiser that puts wholesome food in the bellies of our children, supports farmers and an organization working for social justice.

This may be our best one yet! 

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Cross Country Meet this Friday September 30th at Ashbridges Bay

All runners are to meet their coaches in the East Gym (by the school office) at 8:00 am SHARP on Friday September 30th.  You will receive your jerseys, competitor numbers and instructions for the day.  Please remember to dress in layers (the beach can be chilly), wear good running shoes, bring a water bottle, snacks, lunch and items for entertainment (books, cards, soccer balls).  Please DO NOT bring electronic devices. The meet is RAIN or SHINE.  If it is raining bring waterproof gear, umbrellas, and extra dry clothes in a plastic bag for after your race. If any team parents have a pop-up tent we can borrow for the day, please email jessica.haber@tdsb.on.ca as there may be rain in the forecast and we would love to have shelter.

If you would like to look at the route maps ahead of time.  Here are the various runs for each age grouping:

Grade 1/2
Grade 3
Grade 4-6

Looking forward to a great day and race!

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Ian’s Sports Update

Hawthorne Grade 6 baseball practice Grade 6’s only Tuesday 8am.

Hawthorne Grade 6 baseball home game (vs Frankland) at 4pm-5pm Tues Sept. 27

Hawthorne Grade 6 baseball away game at Rosedale Pk (vs Whitney ) Thur. Sept. 29

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Chess Club

Chess Club is back at Essex and Hawthorne.  Please see the attached flyer for information: chess-club-flyer

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Open Houses for Alternative Schools

Please see the attached list of open houses for TDSB alternative schools: 2016-2017-alternative-schools-open-house-dates

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Letter to Parents Grades 1-3

Please see this letter explaining the realignment changes made to grades 1-3: 2016-hawthorne-september-realignment-parent-letter

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Terry Fox Run

Looking forward to another fun TERRY FOX RUN next month!

Date: Thursday October 6th
Time: 1:30-3:20pm
Where: Grades K-3 on the school track Grades 4-6 at Christie Pits 

Letters and Pledge sheets will go home this week. Volunteers needed to walk/run with the students and cheer them on as well as cut and serve orange slices! Please contact ana.neves@tdsb.on.ca if you can help out

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Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday September 29th from 6:15-7:15pm. Join us to meet your children’s teachers, hear from School Council, and find out more about school programs. See flyer for more details: 2016-curriculum-night-flyer

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Update on Syrian Sponsorship

Hello new and returning families.  Last year the Essex and Hawthorne Communities worked together to sponsor a Syrian refugee family.  The Breim/Khouja’s, a family of 6, arrived in Toronto on June 20.  Over the summer, they have been busy settling in.  They have moved into their apartment, and the three eldest children started school in September.  The youngest is in daycare while his parents attend ESL.  They have made a number of friends and are quite social.  The children are looking forward to experiencing winter and trying out skating and tobogganing.

We are looking for a few donated items.  With such a large family and the cost of Laundromats, they would really benefit from a full sized washing machine.  They also need a couch.  The apartment has stairs and a narrow hallway, so it can’t be too big or bulky.  Finally, if someone has a working laptop, it would be a great help to the eldest son and his school work.  Please email  hawthorne2sponsorship@gmail.com if you have anything to donate.

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