Garden Re-opening Ceremony June 14th 1 pm

Please come and join us for the launch of the Hawthorne II and Essex Schools garden! There will be a special ceremony to officially reopen the garden on June 14th, held in the gym at 1 pm.

The garden is a collaborative effort of parents, teachers, administrators and school children. We have come together to create a space where students can engage with and learn about local and sustainable food, increase their environmental awareness and build a sense of community responsibility. Above all, we hope the garden is fun, beautiful and inspirational for all of us at the school and the surrounding community!

We hope you can join us for this celebratory occasion!

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!!

Get Outside! The 30×30 Challenge starts with meeting friends outside before school!

The David Suzuki Foundation is encouraging people to start to today to find an additional 30 minutes a day, for the next 30 days, to get outside! For Hawthorne kids, 15 minutes before school and after, to run and play outside would meet the challenge!

The Suzuki Foundation challenge is part of a Trent University research study looking at the benefits of outside time for overall health and well-being — something we all know pretty instinctively! Read more here: http://30× And try it yourself!

Encourage your kids to stay outside before the bell in the morning and/or leave some time to run around outside before heading home at the end of the day!




Full Day Kindergarten at Hawthorne

Our March Parent Council Meeting featured a Special Topic Presentation on Full Day Kindergarten

The notes from that discussion, which included a presentation from Marc Green (Principal), Diane Peters (Hawthorne-on-Essex Daycare Board Member), and Caitlin Paterson (an ECE working in an Essex FDK classroom), are linked below. The notes include the Q&A session with meeting participants.

FDK at Hawthorne – Notes from Council Meeting (PDF)

Thanks to everyone who came out. It was an interesting and informative conversation.

Please also see the presentation on Full Day Kindergarten given at our winter school open house: Sharing the Learning – FDK



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

Update from the Hawthorne II and Essex School Garden Committee

The extended glimpses of sun, warming weather and persistent rain mean only one thing . . . time to start planting seeds!

In response to the survey sent out in November, we received about 75 responses from both schools that gave overwhelming support for the idea of revitalizing the Hawthorne II and Essex School gardens. With that vote of confidence and support from the school’s teachers and administration, our renewed efforts have gotten underway.

As a first step, a number of classes at Hawthorne II and Essex will be planting seeds in their classes. Since there is still not enough sunlight and warmth to plant outdoors, starting seeds inside is a way to begin growing seedlings early to ensure they will be ready for outdoor planting in mid-May. The students will be planting tomatoes, edible flowers and a variety of other herbs and veggies.

The next step will be to hold a community cleanup in late April or early May to prepare the garden for planting. More info to come!