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).

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.

Watershed on Wheels

On Thursday, January 24 the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will bring its Watershed on Wheels program to some of our junior students. It’s a half day program that connects to the Science and Technology curriculum.

Grade 1 and 1/2 will participate in A Season of Change: Students have the opportunity to learn through games and activities how plants and animals prepare for the 4 seasons in Canada. Discussions include why we have seasons and how nature can be used to forecast weather. Participants will have the opportunity to touch animal furs and skulls.

Grade 2/3 will be participating in Water Cents: an exciting indoor program where the students use play money to buy and sell shares of environmental companies on the stock market. Through a water conservation survey; skits; active games; and an interactive model; students learn ways to conserve water and how a company’s success can be determined by their environmental ethics.

TRCA will be back on February 14 to lead sessions for Grades 3,4,5,6

For more on the TRCA:

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


New Date For Planting Daffodils

On Monday, October 22nd in the morning, the kindergarten, grade 1 and 2/3 classes will be planting daffodils in front of the school. A big thank you to Tammy from Green Here and to Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation  for providing the bulbs.
If you are available to come help us dig, please stop by and see Murielle, Sheila, Janice or Catherine.

Times are

Catherine’s class 9:15

Sheila’s class 9:45 

Janice’s class 10:15

Murielle’s class 10:45

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