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…)

August Kindergarten Meet Up

You are all invited to a KINDERGARTEN MEET UP on Tuesday Aug. 28th between 4 and 7pm at the Hawthorne school playground facing Garnet Street. We have invited all of the new JK families in hopes of getting the children together for a fun play date before school starts the following week. It will be a good opportunity for parents to meet other parents, and of course for the children to meet one another.

Please come prepared for the hot weather with sunscreen, sun hat, water, & a snack. The rain date will be Wednesday August 29th same time & place.

NO RSVP NECESSARY just show up and have fun!

This year’s organizers are Nadia Staikos, Safire Naranjo, & Dustin Baldwin

End of year potluck @Christie Pits Thursday June 28th

Let’s break bread together as a community one last time before summer break! Meet @Christie Pits Thursday June 28th | 4:30-8:30pm for an end of year potluck. We have permitted the covered picnic area in front of the playground. This is a green event- please bring plates, utensils,  etc for your family. See you there!

Volunteers and food donations needed for our Staff Appreciation Luncheon 

Volunteers and food donations needed for our Staff Appreciation Luncheon

MONDAY JUNE 18, 2018 in the Peace Lounge. Please contact Elli elli.afshar@gmail.com

If you are able to donate food & Cyndi cynduck@gmail.com if you are available to volunteer to: Set up & serve 11-12:30 or Clean up 12:30-1:30. If these times do not work for you please reply with what works for you. We cannot put on this amazing event with out you. If you are able to donate food. We are looking for main dishes, salads, cheese plate, desserts, or anything yummy you’d like to share!

If you are able to contribute please provide Elli a description for the luncheon menu. She’ll provide info on food drop off and serving suggestions. Please consider helping out. Thanks, Cyndi and Elli

Summer Watering Sign-Up

Hello Gardeners!
Summer is approaching and once again the Garden Committee is looking for parents to sign up for a week of summer watering.  By signing up for the summer watering schedule your job is to make sure the front gardens (outdoor classroom garden boxes, new shade perennial garden beside the bike rack, blue canoe) get watered as needed (probably 2-3 times per week depending on rain).
It would also be helpful to do a bit of weeding when you are in the garden.
When you get to the garden, open the storage box and find a bag with the hose and the water key (it looks like a tool more than a key). Hook up the hose, turn the key and the water should be flowing. During the week from 7:30 am-6:00 pm the daycare is open so you are able to find the caretakers if you have any difficulties with the water hook up.
For those of you who are new to summer watering, we will hold a brief orientation from 8:15-8:45 am in the front garden/outdoor classroom on Tuesday June 26th. Please feel free to forward this schedule to any other parents you think would be interested in helping out.  It is a fun way to stay connected to the school in the summer and get your kids involved in caring for the school grounds.



Thank you very much,

The Garden Committee

P.S. You are free to help yourself to peas, greens, herbs, cucumbers and any tomatoes that may come to fruition, and don’t forget the Saskatoon berries!

Coffee talk-Part Deux!

Today Friday May 25th @8:30 am

Under the overhang (Door #6)

Join fellow Hawthorne parents for coffee talk-Part Deux!


3 years ago the entry policy at Hawthorne changed.

Dropping off our kids outside has taken away many opportunities for spontaneous chats and socializing with fellow parents. Since then parents have noticed a loss of a community feeling at Hawthorne.

At the March Parent council meeting attendees were brainstorming on how to create the opportunities to

re connect with one another and we decided on a morning coffee talk.

Our first coffee talk in April was hit! We are hoping with enough advance notice and an invitation from your class reps that even more parents can make it out for Part Deux!! Complimentary Hot Coffee and light snack will be on offer. Please bring a cup/mug as this is a litter-less event!

Hope to see you there

Opportunities for Scribing: Urgent

Essex and Hawthorne are looking for parent volunteers to help with scribing for EQAO.  You would work a grade 3 student in the library and help them complete their booklets.  We need people Monday May 28th through Wednesday May 30th, 9-10 or 12:40-1:40

Please email leslie.tumangday@tdsb.on.ca if interested.

Lunchroom Supervisor Positions Available

We are currently looking to hire 3 lunchroom supervisors, to start immediately or in September.  You must enjoy working with students.  Time: 11:20 to 12:35 each day.  Must be available at least 3 days a week, and you will need your police clearance if you do not have it currently.

Please contact leslie.tumangday@tdsb.on.ca if interested.

June 4th Pow Wow Experience

Please join us in the school yard on June 4th from 10:00-11:30 for our annual Pow Wow Experience, to celebrate National Indigenous History Month.  Our Pow Wow will be performed by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto “Indigenize Our Minds” educational outreach programme, or IOMEOP.

This is a not for profit program committed to providing an Indigenous perspective to Indigenous history, culture and language in North America to the Toronto community. IOMEOP delivers the understanding of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people by engaging our audience with cultural academic educators through experiential, interactive and holistic learning. All of the presentations meet the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum and provides Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity training and customized presentations based on the requests of Organizations, Agencies & Businesses.

There will be 4 drummers, 4 dancers, and an opening presentation.

We hope you can come and take part in this Indigenous cultural experience!

Door replacement schedule

May 23-24 Door 8

May 24-25 Door 7C

May 28-29 Door 11

May 30 Door 7A

May 31 Door 7

June 1 Door 5C

June 4 Doors 5A and 5B

June 5 Door 4

June 6-7 Door 3A

June 8 Door 3

It’s Spring Fling Book Drive time!

You know what that means…We need your books (and board games, and DVD’s)!

From Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 1, we are asking for donations of gently used, or new adult and children’s books, board games, and DVD’s to benefit the outdoor play space.

***Students are encouraged to participate in the drive by bringing items to the drop-off table in the lobby.***

The sale will take place on Friday, June 1 at the Spring Fling. All unsold items will be stored, and sold at the next sale.

Thanks on behalf of everyone on the Spring Fling organizing team!


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