Music Monday!

Music MondayThanks to Jessica (Gr. 6) and the Grade 5 and 6 classes for a sunny outdoor band performance to celebrate Music Monday! The band just keeps getting better and better and both Essex and Hawthorne students were able to sit outdoors and enjoy some afternoon tunes.

Also, thanks to Catherine Cyr (Gr. 2/3) for organizing our first ever Earth Week film festival … many great films were viewed by all grades throughout the week.  Let’s hope we can make this an annual event!!

Track and Soccer Updates

Track Meet May 16th  Grades 4-5-6 only

Track practice is always Mon/ Wed & Friday for Grades 4-5-6 at 8:20am. Parent volunteers are needed — please come out and join or check with Ian about volunteering needs.

Grade 4/5 Girls soccer tournament May 6th Boys  Grade 3/ 4/5 Soccer May 8th

 For the schedule of soccer practices see your coach’s door as it changes weekly

Sports teams are underway!

MESSAGE FROM IAN! The following are sports teams are underway!

Soccer – grades 4 and 5 – sign up now on Ian’s door. Keen Grade 3’s can try out too, but it’s officially for grades 4 and 5.

Track – grades 4, 5, 6 – watch for a sign-up sheet on Ian’s door next week.

Frisbee – grade 6 – sign up on Ian’s door.

Please note that Ian announces all extra curricular teams in gym class. Sign-up sheets help him get an idea of interest levels but your child can still participate if they miss signing up – just have them let Ian know they are interested.

App recommendations from Hawthorne teachers

Here are some recommended ipad apps from Hawthorne teachers. We hope to make this a regular feature!

From Allister: 53 paper is an ecofriendly paperless app that allows kids to draw and create anything they want using their hands. I use it all the time!

From Sylvain: StoryKit is a great app for story writing and reading. You can create your own story book, including pictures and/or drawings. We will be using it in the Primary grades for a project in Math.


The Great Big Crunch on March 7th – morning apple transport support required for classes!

Hawthorne and Essex schools are taking part in a cross-country event sponsored by Foodshare called The Great Big Crunch, happening this Thursday, March 7. It’s a special day of good food education, ending with a massive, synchronized bite into a crunchy fruit (or vegetable) at 2:30.  More info here:
We need a parent volunteer from each class to pick up apples from Joan’s office on Thursday morning before 9 AM and deliver them to your child’s classroom. Please confirm with or your parent rep by Wednesday morning that there is a volunteer for your class (it could also be a student for senior grades).

Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild Presentation – Feb 22

Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild Presentation – Feb 22

Presentation Times:
AM Kindergarten 10:00 -10:20 am
Gr 1-4 10:30-11:30 am
Gr 5-8 12:50-1:50 pm
Full Day Kindergarten and PM Kindergarten 2:00 – 2:20 pm

Earth Rangers are coming to Hawthorne and Essex on Friday, February 22 for an inspiring eco-presentation featuring live animal ambassadors, environmental educators, and videos with awe-inspiring animals and their habitats from around the globe. Students will learn about about the biodiversity crisis, why it’s important to take action, and how to make a real impact . After the presentation, there will be a fundraising event for Earth Rangers. Students can purchase buttons for $2 to raise funds to help protect animals and their habitats in Canada. Please return your order forms and money to school by Tuesday, February 26 to get your buttons and help support these wonderful programs. Here’s a link for more information:

Watershed on Wheels for Juniors on Feb 14th – Wetlands we love you…

TRCA’s Watershed on Wheels program is back with junior grades on Thursday, Feb 14. Here’s a description of what will be happening in your children’s classes!


Grades 3 & 4: Wetland Ecosystems: Children participate in activities and lessons that focus on the  importance of Ontario wetlands. Topics explored include types of  wetlands; the importance and role of wetland habitats; historical  destruction of wetlands; diversity of types of plants and wildlife;  invertebrates; indicator and alien species.


Grade 5:
Climate Calamity: When it comes to climate change, we can’t afford to wait and learn about this important topic. Through a trivia game, an interactive greenhouse  gas activity, media reviews and citizen role-plays, this innovative  program helps students understand their environmental footprint and  explore ways we can be solution oriented in deailing with this  environmental reality.


Grade 6:
Diversity of Living Things: Teaching children about complex things such as biological classification systems can be a difficult task. Allow our trained staff to help  simplify it and make it fun and exciting. Students learn about  classification systems used in every day life as well as those used by  biologists to classify all living things.

Journée Française and Atelier Events

Journée Française: AM, Murielle AM,Catherine, Sylvain, Janice ,Friday, Feb 1, day 5, 9:10 in Library. Parents are invited.

Atelier:PM Thursday, February 28, day 2, 12:45 all classes, 10:30 am KG classes in classrooms

Atelier: AM Thursday, April 11, day 5, 9:30 all classes, 12;45, pm kg class in classrooms

Journée Française: PM, Samarra, Murielle PM, Ana,, Sheila, Thursday, May 9, 12:50 in Library. Parents are invited.