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. A strong emphasis is also placed on social justice and environmental education. Learn more about our school or find out how to apply.

This site is a work in progress run by parent volunteers and we appreciate your patience as we develop it over the coming school year. To share your comments or suggestions please Contact us!

 

Parent Council Meeting #4, COVID edition

All Hawthorne parents are welcome to join the meeting! Pull up a chair and get comfy. 
Thursday, May 28, 20207:30–8:30 p.m.

The meeting will be hosted on Zoom. Please check your email from your class reps for joining details! 

A Zoom account is not required for those who wish to join by audio by using the call in number, meeting ID and password below.

Topics to discuss:

  1. Finances – where do we stand with all the cancellations
  2. Maintaining community – how much do we want and how can we do it? 
  3. Contributing to our community
  4. Next year – what can we prepare for? What are our goals?
  5. Hear details about next year’s plans (whatever is known now) from Mr. Quon and Ms. Culp

See you there!

Parent Council 

Learn About TDSB Digital Tools – Sessions for Families

We are pleased to announce upcoming sessions for families on some of the digital tools available to students throughout the TDSB. Discovery Education and Knowledgehook will share tips on using these tools to enhance the remote learning experience.  

On Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30pm Discovery Education will host an information session to explore  Discovery Experience, STEM Connects and Math Techbook (Grades K-12). Please register for the Discovery Education session here.

On Wednesday June 3, at 11:00 am and Thursday, June 4 at 4:00 pm Knowledgehook will be hosting a session with tips on how to use key features within the digital resource (Grades 3 – 9).  Please register for the Knowledgehook sessions here.

Please check our TDSB Mathematics for Families website for upcoming sessions.

If you have any questions please contact Centrally Assigned Principal, Wendy Terro.

Parent Council Meeting #4, COVID edition

We hope you are all safe and well.
 
We have one last Parent Council Meeting for this school year and we hope you’ll be able to join us online. Details to join the meeting will be provided by your class reps by email closer to the date.
 
Parent Council Meeting #4, COVID edition
All Hawthorne parents are welcome to join the meeting!
Thursday, May 28, 2020
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Online meeting joining details to come
 
Topics to discuss:
  1. Finances – where do we stand with all the cancellations
  2. Maintaining community – how much do we want and how can we do it? 
  3. Contributing to our community
  4. Next year – what can we prepare for? What are our goals?
  5. Hear details about next year’s plans (whatever is known now) from Mr. Quon and Ms. Culp
Hope to see you there!
Parent Council

Director’s Updates to Parents/Guardians: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

The Toronto District School Board is committed to keeping all parents/guardians updated on the impact of COVID-19 on schools and any developments with regard to remote learning. Below are the recent updates from Director of Education John Malloy:

For on-going updates, more information and resources, please visit tdsb.on.ca/coronavirus and tdsb.on.ca/remote-learning.

Community Supports and Resources

The Toronto District School Board is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and families, while continuing to support students learning at home in a variety of ways. To ensure access to information on essential services and supports, we have developed a list of external community-based resources that we hope can offer assistance during this period.

For the most updated list, please visit the webpage for Community Supports and Resources.

PA Days and Examination Days

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has directed school boards that all remaining professional activity days and examination days for the current school year (2019-2020) are to be used for instruction. This is to maximize instructional time for students during this unprecedented time. As a result, amendments have been made to RRO 1990, Regulation 304 (School Year Calendar, Professional Activity Days) under the Education Act.

2020-21 School Year Calendar

The Ministry of Education also advised that 2020-2021 school year calendar submissions are not being considered for approval at this time. The TDSB’s draft 2020-2021 school year calendar was approved by Trustees at the March board meeting and submitted to the Ministry for approval. The Ministry has committed to providing school boards with additional information once decisions on the 2020-2021 school year have been made.

Update on Labour Negotiations

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and the government of Ontario have reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) at both the teacher/occasional teacher and education worker central bargaining tables. OSSTF has indicated that the new contract will be put to a ratification vote in May.

An agreement between the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), OPSBA and the government of Ontario has also been reached. This agreement was ratified on April 28.

For more information, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/labour.

Bicycle Safety

With warmer weather approaching, children may be participating in more outdoor activities like bike riding. To help keep children safe while playing outdoors this summer please follow social distancing and all other guidelines provided by Toronto Public Health.

When children are riding their bicycles, parents and caregivers can take steps to protect them.

Here’s how:

  • An adult should always supervise children 10 years of age or younger when they are using a bicycle or other wheeled sports equipment. Even older children may need on-going supervision when riding near the road.
  • Make sure children wear the correct helmet properly when they ride. Ontario’s bike helmet law requires all children and youth under age 18 to wear an approved bike helmet when riding a bicycle.
  • Keep children away from traffic when they use wheeled sports equipment. Make sure they ride in a safe place.
  • Teach children how to:
    a. steer, brake and ride in a straight line
    b. wear the right safety gear, and
    c. do a safety check every time they ride a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, use in-line skates or wear shoes with wheels.
  • Be within arm’s reach when your children are learning to ride any wheeled equipment.
  • Always walk a bicycle, scooter or skateboard across a street intersection, instead of riding across.
  • Tell children that you are happy when you see them riding safely.
  • Remind children of the safety rules when they forget.
  • Be a good role model – wear a helmet and safety gear yourself. Children copy what adults do.

Pedestrian Safety – Safety Tips for Parents

Children under nine should be accompanied by adults or older children when crossing the street. At this age, their judgment and perceptual skills are still immature, yet they often eagerly try to cross streets on their own in order to demonstrate some independence.

Teach your children the rules of the road – start when they’re young. Think of it as gradually training your children about safety until all the connections are in place. By the time your child reaches age nine, and can act independently, the road safety rules will be second nature.

Teach children how to cross the street safely. Teach them to stop (before stepping onto the road), look left, right and left again, and listen for traffic before stepping out into the street. Teach children to wait until the street is clear and to keep looking until they have crossed the street. They should also look the driver in the eye before crossing.

Teach children to recognize pedestrian crossing signals but not rely on them. Before crossing, children should also be sure the traffic has stopped. Remind them to continue across if the light changes to “Don’t Walk” while they are in the crosswalk.

Teach children to be extra alert when crossing at a corner with no traffic lights.

Teach your children to stop at driveways, alleys and areas without curbs and to never run out onto the street.

Teach children about the dangers of crossing the street between parked cars or when not at a corner. Children should cross only at corners and pedestrian crosswalks, not diagonally or between parked cars.

Teach children to respect the role of the crossing guard and to understand his/her signals.

Teach children that wherever possible they should walk on the sidewalk. In areas without sidewalks, teach children to walk as far away from the road as possible, facing approaching traffic (when there is no choice but to walk on the road).

Teach children that playing games at railway crossings or around trains can be deadly. Teach children that the only way to cross railway tracks is to use designated railway crossings.

Follow the same rules that you want your child to follow. You may want to cut across the street in the middle of the block, but you want your child to learn to cross at the intersection. Be a good role model.

Reprinted with the permission of Safe Kids Canada. Visit http://www.safekidscanada.ca for more safety tips on keeping children safe.

TDSB Recognizes Children’s Mental Health Week

This week, we recognize Children’s Mental Health Week in the TDSB. 

During these challenging times while our schools are closed, the mental health and well-being of our students is a priority in the TDSB. Caring for others and being cared for is one of the most powerful protective factors for everyone’s mental health and well-being. Research shows that providing a caring, inclusive and welcoming climate improves resilience and the ability to achieve.

We want everyone to focus on noticing, encouraging and acknowledging caring and kind interactions. We need to help ensure that every student feels that they are valued and that they matter. Caring matters now more than ever!

Take a look at our COVID-19 specific resources as well as resources that support students’ ongoing mental health and well-being needs. Follow #TDSBwellness online too, and on our website, and learn practical tips and strategies for well-being.

Join the conversation, online too, at #TDSBcaringmatters! 

Celebrate Education Week

Education Week in Ontario kicks off on Monday and runs May 4 to 8, 2020. This week is an opportunity to highlight the work and initiatives underway in the TDSB in support of equity, and students’ well-being and achievement. 

This year, school closures and remote learning have had a significant impact on our lives and have dramatically changed how we connect, collaborate, learn and support each other. With that in mind, the focus of this year’s Education Week in the TDSB will celebrate how, in this new environment, we are coming together as an education community and are:

  • Supporting and prioritizing the health and well-being of students and staff
  • Focusing on continuation of learning in a variety of ways
  • Maintaining relationships and connection to one another
  • Engaging all students 
  • Supporting all partners in this work, including parents and families

Each day, the TDSB will highlight a different aspect of this work to help inspire, celebrate and connect with our students, staff and TDSB community.

Follow along on social media at #TDSBEdWeek and tag and share stories of success in your ward.

Heritage and History Months

May

TDSB Update

Sign-up for TDSB Update and stay informed about recent Board decisions and district-wide news.

Follow the TDSB

Join the conversations happening on TDSB’s social media communities. You’ll find the most up-to-date information about us on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

Letter from John Malloy Director of Education about Important School Closure Update

Important School Closure Update

NOTE: All TDSB schools and sites will be closed, the following programs and services will also be closed/cancelled from March 14 to April 5, 2020: 

• All Continuing Education and Night School Courses 
• All permits 
• All Authorized Recreation Programs 
• All EarlyON Child and Family Centres 
• All TDSB eLearning courses 
• All field trips, athletic events, and arts performances 
• All school-based meetings and other public meetings and consultations 

For more information, including a complete list of impacted programs and services, please visit the TDSB website.

Letter from Toronto Public Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Travel Over March Break

Letter from Toronto Public Health

Please read the letter from Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health

This letter discusses:
• Advice for Travel Over March Break 
• How can I help my family deal with their concerns about COVID-19? 
• How can I protect myself and my family from this virus? 
• Do people who have come into contact with someone who does not have COVID-19, but who was exposed to someone with COVID-19 need to take any precautions? 
• What are other things that I can do for this situation? 

For the latest factual information go to www.Toronto.ca/coronavirus 

Reminder: Please sign in when you enter the school

All visitors—including caregivers picking up children—are to follow the school safety procedure.

All caregivers picking up children must wait outside until the children are dismissed by staff. Please do not come into the building to wait, even if the weather is not favourable.

If you are visiting or need to come in to the school, please follow our safety procedure:
– Enter through the Essex doors (you’ll need to be buzzed in)
– Sign in at the Hawthorne Office 
– Get a visitor badge and ensure it is visible while you visit the school

Thanks for your support in keeping our kids safe!

Spring H2E Afterschool Program decision to be made after March Break

Dear Parents of Hawthorne II and Essex,

Thank you for a great response to our first round of afterschool programming. We’ve been running the KINDERart program on Thursdays and the Chess Club on Wednesdays with over 20 students in each. The vendors tell us this is great turnout for a school of our size. 

Our plan for spring 2020 was to continue with KINDERart and Chess as well as relaunch EXPLORUM cooking and EXPLORUM science in French. However, after discussions with school administration we’ve decided to postpone a decision on our Spring 2020 programming until after March break. 

This decision is solely related to the labour dispute, the difficulty running programs in this environment and potential inability to find space for make up classes. The feedback we are receiving on the programming itself is very positive. 

Please email h2eafterschool@gmail.com if you have any questions. Otherwise, stay tuned after March break for an update on Spring 2020 programs! At the very least we plan to bring programs back for Fall 2020.

Thanks,
-Dayna
H2Eafterschool