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…)

Information about the Karen Kain School of the Arts

Karen Kain School of the Arts Flyer PDF

Information about the Claude Watson School of the Arts

Letter from the Principal of Claude Watson School of the Arts PDF

REMINDER: BAG2SCHOOL Textile Recycling Drive November 15th-19th

Remember to bring your unwanted clean clothing, shoes (tied together please), linen, belts, purses and soft bags to your parent-teacher interviews next week. Instead of being thrown into landfills as garbage, quality textiles can be re-used as affordable second-hand clothing both in North America and overseas. Any items deemed unsuitable for resale will be taken to textile recycling facilities where they will be broken down and remade into useful materials, such as fleece jackets. As an added bonus the school council is paid a small amount per kg that goes back into funding enrichment programming for our students.

Items will be collected starting Thursday Nov. 15th- Monday Nov. 19th. All bags can be dropped off on the First Floor in the Essex Primary Hallway (Guidance Room). Look for yellow signs to guide you from the front foyer.

Lost and found items will be on display in the front hall during the Bag2School Drive.  Any unclaimed items will go to Bag2School on Thursday.


PA Day Chess Tournament coming up!


November 16th is a PA day for the TDSB, the TCDSB and the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde – many, many school kids and their families will be looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend the day.

The Chess Institute of Canada (CIC) has just the thing – our popular PA Day Chess Tournaments offer students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 a fantastic day of chess lessons, strategy learning, creative challenges, CFC ranked tournament games, outdoor games & physical activities, pizza lunch & healthy snacks, ribbons, medals and more!

While we may not be currently running a chess club in your school this season, I thought I would share the PA Day Chess Tournament information with you, as it may be of interest to your school community.

If you feel that this information would be of benefit to your school community, I  would be very happy to provide you with a newsletter blurb and/or printed flyers as well as the attached eflyer to help communicate this opportunity.

New PA Day flyer – Nov 16

Depliant PA Day – Nov-Dec

If you have any questions about the upcoming PA Day Chess Tournament, or about any CIC chess programs, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Katya Rudzik
Director of Outreach
Chess Institute of Canada

Eco committee update

•Boomerang/ Waste Free Lunches are going well.

We noticed that there was a problem on Friday with pizza lunch.
We would like all children to bring their lunch boxes on Friday to ensure that pizza is eaten and there is no recycling or landfill left in the lunch room.
•Skate/ Helmet Exchange will happen in the front foyer from November 9th- November 15th.
Please bring your skates and/or helmet to exchange.
•Please be sure that your children dress for the weather, raincoats, boots, if needed.  Ensure that your children are wearing outdoor and indoor shoes to help keep the dirt outside rather than bring it into the school.There will also be a sign up sheet where you can indicate what you are bringing and what you would like to receive.
Thanks for helping in our Eco Initiatives
Eco Committee

Photo retakes Wed Nov 21

2018 Photo Retakes reminder PDF

FFFF Harvest Today

FRESH From the FARM bundle pick up
3:00-6:30 pm under the overhang behind school facing Garnet street.
Please contact Katie Kerr kathleenkerr@sympatico.ca if you are running late for pick up. All produce must be claimed. We can not store food overnight. All remaining produce will be donated.
Thanks and Happy Harvest

The Me to We, WE Scare Hunger Food Drive! Oct 29-Nov 2

This Halloween Essex and Hawthorne will be participating in the Me to We, WE Scare Hunger Food Drive!

Hunger affects people from all walks of life, including those you might not suspect. People who experience food insecurity are often forced to make difficult choices. Parents choose between skipping meals and feeding their children. Do they buy groceries or pay the rent or electricity bill? When we come together to collect food for people struggling with hunger, we can help ensure they have the resources to feed themselves and their families. By supporting WE Scare Hunger, you can contribute to your community and also raise awareness of the root causes of hunger.

We appreciate all donated food, but there are certain items that are always in need because of their high nutritional value.

  • Baby food and formula
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fish and meat
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Rice, grains, lentils, beans
  • Dried pasta
  • Pasta sauce and canned tomatoes (whole or crushed)
  • Cans of soup and stew
  • Powdered, canned and tetra pak milk

Teachers will have food collection boxes set up to receive donations from Oct 29th to Nov. 2nd. Let’s all work together to support families in need!

Monster Mixer Oct 26

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!

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

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!


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


<< Nov 2018 >>
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 1 2

Follow me on Twitter