Our first Journée Française will be on Jan 29 at 9:10 in the Library. Parents are invited to see the classes of Murielle and Janice, Samarra, Catherine and Brian perform in French.
For more information see: http://www.hawthorne2bilingual.com/events/journee-francaise-feb-1-910-a-m-in-the-gym-3/
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.
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
This month’s Parent Council meeting (Wednesday March 20, in the library, from 7-9 pm) will be two part: the first hour will involve a discussion of full day kindergarten, and the second hour will address regular council business.
While some of the particular details of how full day kindergarten will be run at Hawthorne next year are still be ironed out, Principal Marc Green will provide brief information on some of the logistics and plans in place to date.
We will also have an ECE from Essex who works in one of the full day kindergarten classes there coming to talk about the full day kindgarten classroom. She will speak to the following key topics:
- What does a day look like in a full day kindergarten class?
- What changes have been made to curriculum and the approach to teaching to curriculum in the full day kindergarten model?
- What types of things are possible to do in a full-day kindergarten that aren’t possible to do in a half-day?
We may also have a representative from the daycare board who can speak to some of the details around the pre and post care and, hopefully, some thoughts about strategies to support transitioning children to full day kindergarten.
There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Hope to see you there!
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.
The school holiday concert will be on Monday Dec 17th at 1:00 instead of Tuesday. This time was booked in the gym for the dress rehearsal so it will now be the official concert (unrehearsed!).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be reminded that this year’s holiday concert will be held in the gym at 1 pm on December 18th.
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.
Catherine’s class 9:15
Sheila’s class 9:45
Janice’s class 10:15
Murielle’s class 10:45