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…)

Rose Reisman Kids Lunch Program may be cancelled

In order for Hawthorne and Essex to remain in the Kids Lunch Program, there must be a minimum of 35 orders per day the program is on (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). Currently, we are not meeting this minimum. If there isn’t an increase over the next 3 weeks, we will no longer be part of the program.


Allowances, Chores and Money Skills Workshop

Join us for a Hawthorne / Essex Parenting Workshop hosted by the Parent Education Network!


Allowances, Chores and Money Skills:

Money management is a key life skill. Come for some great ideas on how to explain earning money, wants versus needs, setting money goals, budgeting and making a savings plan!


Date: February 22, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Place: Library on the 2nd floor


Children are also welcome to attend the workshop. Everyone is welcome to the school Library for 6 pm for light refreshments. The workshop will begin by 6:30 pm. Childcare provided in the Library.

This is an interactive presentation that you won’t want to miss!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Family Adventure Passports 2018

As valued partners of the Model Schools for Inner Cities program we are committed to support your students and families during this transition year.

As such, you will be receiving copies of this year’s Family Adventure Passport this week for distribution to your students and their families in the February report card package.

This passport offers families discounted offers to many area attractions across the GTA! We remind you that these passports are for family distribution.


Parents as Partners Conference 2018  

The Parents as Partners Conference 2018 is on Saturday, April 28 and all parents are welcome!

This free conference – planned by parents, for parents – includes a variety of workshops and resources that will help any parent support their child in their achievement and well-being at school and at home.

Two colour posters are also on their way to all schools! Please keep your eyes open for these and hang them in prominent areas of the school. And don’t forget to use all your school-based channels (school council, newsletters, voice mails, signage, report cards, websites) to help inform parents about this exciting and valuable opportunity.

This year’s keynote speaker is Unstoppable Tracy, an award-winning educator and leader in schools, business and in sport, humanitarian, advocate, decorated athlete and international speaker.

Transportation, childcare, food and translators are all provided. Registration opens in February at  www.parentsaspartners.ca

PAP Poster

Painting of Primary Wings

The School has been notified by TDSB Facilities that they will be painting the walls of the Primary wing on the first and second floor.

The painting will take place in the evening, beginning this Tuesday, February 20th. The painters will start on the first floor wing.

Staff have been advised to remove any materials from the walls during the painting.  The School has been informed that the painting will not interfere with student learning.

However, please advise the Office if your child has any allergies or sensitivity to possible paint smell.

Thank You
J. Harry Quon

African Heritage Month and Lunar New Year assembly – Tuesday February 20th

Please join us in celebrating African Heritage Month and the Lunar New Year with a presentation in the gym at 10:30.  There will be a rousing Lion Dance, followed by the choir presenting ‘Foggy Birthday Shuffle’.  It features ‘scat’ singing which was developed by some singers/musicians who were inspired or participated in the Harlem Renaissance.  The performance will be accompanied with a short book about the roots of Jazz and their African American beginnings and have a student introduce the song and it’s link to African Heritage Month.

Hope to see you there!

Need labels for kid’s stuff? Support our Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser

Spring Fling

While winter continues its mission to keep us cold and bundled, dreaming of spring can bring us warmth! Some of us have already been thinking, planning, and preparing for spring – the Spring Fling to be exact!
Every year Essex and Hawthorne collaborate to create a fun family event called the Spring Fling!
On Friday June 1st we celebrate our school, play carnival games, bounce on inflatables castles, eat together, and have a lot of fun!
This is event is also a fundraiser for our school. Last year we were able to buy two sets of Chrome books for our classrooms…(stay tuned for more information of what the money will be allocated for this year)
An event like this requires lots of planning and we are reaching out to you the caregivers of Essex and Hawthorne students to help us. Below you will find a link to a task sign up list – Have a look and see what task or project is exciting for you – and sign up! Each task will be a small piece of the larger event. Some tasks are to be completed before the event, some will happen on the day of the event — Most will require only a small amount of your time and energy. Together we can show our students what working like a team can really accomplish – a fun day for everyone!!
Here is the link:
(If you would like a paper copy of the task list it will be available in both school offices)
(If you require a translation of the task list one can be provided for you – please inquire at your students school office)
There are MANY exciting things in development for the Spring Fling – Stay tuned for more details!
Thank you in advance for committing to help make this event happen!

Registration is open for School Council Appreciation & Information Evening Thursday, February 22, 2018

Registration is now live  for the School Council Appreciation & Information Evening at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/community/howtogetinvolved/schoolcouncils.aspx.

Kindly  forward registration link to your School Council. A maximum 2 school council parent representatives per school may register.

Child care and interpretation available through on-line registration only.

If you have any questions, please contact sacappreciation@torontopiac.com

Hawthorne’s social event/fundraiser

Save the Date
Please mark Tuesday, April 10 on your calendars. That’s the night of Hawthorne’s social event/fundraiser, and it’s going to be uproarious! This year’s venue is the Comedy Bar (on Bloor, just west of Ossington). The evening is going to be hosted by our very own sketch/improv talents, Jim Annan (SK/Gr 2 parent), and Liz Whitmere (Gr 1 parent) with a roster of comics that you will not want to miss! 
Stay tuned for details.


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