Last Chance for Lost and Found

There is a large pile of lost and found spread out for viewing on the third floor. There was a significant fruit fly problem that needed to be dealt with. The caretakers will leave it until friday, then it will be taken “away.” Teachers are being asked to bring their classes by to claim their belongings. If parents could also check before friday it’s your last chance to claim items before they go.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch Dec 14th – Volunteers and Contributions Needed

Tis the season to say THANKS! Please contribute to our traditional Hawthorne staff lunch this Friday, December 14th.  Holiday inspired dishes are needed –mains, veggies & desserts (for a potluck style luncheon).  Anyone who would like to contribute please e-mail Jane, ASAP, at


Halloween Events

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Once again, we are coming upon Hallowe’en and organizing school-wide activities/events on October 31, 2012. We are aware that some families in our schools’ communities do not participate in programs intended for Hallowe’en. As such, teachers will engage in rich conversations with their students that will encourage students to make connections to the origins of Hallowe’en based on their own cultural and or religious perspectives and experiences. To help celebrate the festivities, we will be having the following events: Read more

TDSB Takes a Stand Against Bullying

Wear Purple to School on Oct 19, 2012 – Ahead of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, the Toronto District School Board wants its students, community and country to know that, as Canada’s largest school board, we stand firmly against bullying.

We work hard every day to ensure our schools are caring, safe and inclusive environments and have the programs in place to achieve that, but occasionally we have to do more.

This Friday, October 19, at 11am, we are asking all 250,000 TDSB students and 40,000 staff members to pause for one minute of silence in remembrance of bullying victims who are no longer with us and to support those who are being bullied right now. We are also asking schools across the province to join with us in this initiative.
While a moment of silence won’t stop bullying altogether, it is our hope that it will be a powerful message to those affected by it that we, as students, as teachers, as administrators, as people, will not stand by and let this happen.

For more information visit:

La Francophonie Mondiale

La Francophonie Mondiale
1:00- 3:00 pm

A school wide expo! Teachers and students have been working hard on projects that showcase Francophone countries from around the world. Explore France! Haiti! Burkina-Faso! Classes will visit throughout the afternoon. Families are invited to a self-guided tour of the work located in the West Gym. Please enter through the outside doors only.


1:00 to 1:30 performances by students
1:30 to 2:00 tour of the exhibits with students explaining their work
2:00 to 3:00 self-guided tour

Pennies for Water

Leah and Johnny went to WeDay organized by Free the Children to learn about how we can help people in other countries that are in need.  Leah and Johnny got an empty bag to fill up with pennies.  After the bag is filled, it is given to the Royal Bank of Canada who will then give it to Free the Children.  Free the Children will use the money to provide clean water to one person for the rest of their life.  When each bag is filled, it is a total of $25 in pennies.  We decided to make this a class project in which Leah and Johnny will be in charge of dropping off all filled bags and getting new bags.

Room 302 has already filled one bag!  We are about to give it to the Royal Bank of Canada so that we can get a second bag.  We are planning on keeping track of how many bags we fill over the course of the year.

Class Reps Needed

We are currently looking for class reps for every grade except Catherine Cyr’s 2/3 class. A class rep serves as a liaison between teachers and parents (helping to find volunteers for class trips, sending reminders from the teacher out to class parents etc.) and also as a liaison between parents and the parent council (attends parent council meetings and lets class parents know about relevant issues that are discussed; passes along important dates, reminders etc.) This is an important role as teachers and parent council depend on the class rep to share/distribute timely information to class parents. Please note that this role can be shared between two parent volunteers.

If you would like to be a class rep please contact: