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). Continue reading

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Spring Fling!

Spring Fling is almost here! Check out all the details below.

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Spring Fling 2017: Calling All Bakers!

We are looking for donations of baked goods for the Bake Sale at Spring Fling on Friday, June 2nd.

There is a Bake Sake sign up sheet on the Essex Parent Council bulletin board in the lobby.

Bake up your favourite goodies with your child and make sure they tell all their friends to buy them at Spring Fling!
All baked goodies must be NUT FREE.

You can drop off your baked treats in the Essex or Hawthorne offices on the morning of the 2nd or bring them to the event itself.

Thank you very much!

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Essex/Hawthorne Screenagers event – for parents only


What: Screening of the critically acclaimed documentary called Screenagers
Where: Essex Gym
When: Tuesday May 23, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Who: This is an adult only event for parents, friends and family members of Essex/Hawthorne students
RSVP: screenagersatessex@gmail.com

Description of movie:
Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
See more at www.screenagersmovie.com or the attached flyer.


Call for volunteers:
IMPORTANT: We are looking for volunteers to help with the setup and tear down, refreshments and hosting. We will also be facilitating a discussion after the film and are open to any volunteers who would like to facilitate this. If you are interested please email screenagersatessex@gmail.com and put “Volunteer” in the subject line. You will receive an email back to confirm. All help is welcome, big and small!

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Gr 3 and Gr 6 EQAO Testing information

For parents of Grade 3 and Grade 6, please see the letters linked here for some additional information.

2017 Grade 3 EQAO Parent Letter

2017 Grade 6 EQAO Parent Letter

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Spring Music Concert

Our spring concert is coming up!  Please mark June 20th, from 6-7:30pm in your calendar.  The students at school are all working hard to make this a great show!

Jessica Arshinoff

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Spring Fling volunteering

Essex and Hawthorne schools will be holding our annual Spring Fling on Friday, June 2nd from 3:30pm-7:30pm. Last year, thanks to the help of many of you, it was a great triumph. The monies raised helped pay for much needed gym equipment. This year 50% of the proceeds will go toward our school library and 50% of the proceeds will go toward the purchase of a school set of 30 Chrome books.

In order to make the 2017 Spring Fling another roaring success, we are putting out a call for volunteers. If you are planning on attending Spring Fling, why not spend an hour or two helping out? We need well over 100 volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up, bouncy castles, food stations, ticket sales and face painting, to name just a few opportunities.

Please email us at springflingeh@gmail.com to offer your services.
Give us your name and preferred hour or hours of service, and we will get back to you with a job.
Food Prep (12:30-2:30)
Set-up (2:30-3:30)
Clean-up (7:30-8:30)

**Additional sign-up sheets are located on the parent council bulletin boards outside the Essex office**

Thank you in advance to our wonderful Essex-Hawthorne community, we know we can rely on you to make this year’s Spring Fling fantastic!

Jessica Haber
Grade 3/4 Teacher
Essex P.S.

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Final K-6 Journée Française

The classes of Janice, Zoe and Janice will be performing in our last Journée Française which will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at 9:10 in the library.
All children from K to 6 will watch the children having fun en français. Parents are invited to attend.

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Student classroom placements for 2017-2018

Please see the attached letter to parents regarding student placements for 2017-2018.

Thank you,
J. Harry Quon
Essex Jr. & Sr. P.S. & Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative Jr. P.S.

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Growing snacks!

Room 101 has being growing vegetables from scraps! The name of the project is “From Scraps to Snacks”. We grew celery, lettuce, and parsley. Some of the plants will be donated to the Gardening Club.


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ASAC Elections

On behalf of Executive Superintendent Manon Gardner

The Alternative Schools Advisory Committee (ASAC) will be holding elections at their upcoming May 15, 2017 meeting for the following positons;

  • Elementary Parent Co-Chair
  • Elementary Staff Co-Chair
  • Elementary Student Co-Chair
  • Secondary Parent Co-Chair
  • Secondary Staff Co-Chair
  • Secondary Student Co-Chair

These positions include the following responsibilities and ideally would be for a term of two school calendar years (2017/18, 2018/19);

  • Organize the ASAC Meeting Agenda
  • Attend scheduled ASAC Meetings
  • Represent ASAC at TDSB meetings/consultation meetings
  • Communicate with ASAC committee members as well as school communities
  • Drafting motions on behalf of ASAC (after consultation)

All interested parties are asked to email  Dawn Mugford-Guay  dawn.mugford-guay@tdsb.on.ca with their nomination details by 12:00 pmon Monday, May 15.

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