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…)

Scholastic Book Fair, Wed Dec 12-Wed Dec 19

The Scholastic Book Fair! It’s back just in time for your holiday gift shopping! Find great gifts for family, friends and even yourself. Select a book from your child’s classroom wishlist. All while supporting our literacy programming at Essex and Hawthorne.
The Book Fair will be open in the Library 3:05-4:00 starting Wednesday, Dec 12 until Wednesday, Dec 19. It will also be open an hour before and a half hour after the winter concerts on Dec 18 (5-6, 7-7:30 and 19th (4:30-5:30, 6:30-7) Looking forward to seeing you there!


Hawthorne Winter Concert Dec 18th 6-7pm

Our winter concert is coming up on Tuesday, December 18th at 6pm to 7pm.

All students at Hawthorne are a part of this concert.

Looking forward to sharing some of what we are learning with all of you!

Jessica Arshinoff
Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School


FORWARD – Join the final TDSB ward council meeting with Trustee Ausma Malik

Inclusivity Club

Staff and students are invited to participate in a positive space lunch ongoing in 307 on Mondays at lunch.  Please feel free to share your ideas about this space going forward….either in person or via email.  All are welcome.


The goal of the positive space is to provide an opportunity for safe and inclusive discussion around issues facing our community with focuses on issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, issues relating to racism, sexism, and ableism.  We can also make art and listen to music.


Thank you for your support!


Sarah Cervinka

Grade 2/3 Teacher

Essex Public School

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


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