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Mural Project Almost Complete

mural2If you haven’t seen them yet, the mosaic murals that are being created collaboratively by students and parent volunteers are in the lounge area on the third floor.

Today and tomorrow are the last days to finalize the work, which is being guided by Chantal LaBlanc, an artist from La Muse Studio.  Volunteers are still needed!

The mosaic panels will be installed on the exterior of our school and they look great! Featuring native plants, they were created with instruction in French.

Come out and help to finish them if you can. Ask your kids what part they created! Mine proudly told me he made an acorn…

The mural project was funded by your Enrichment donations.


Enrichmend Fund only Half Way to Target

Our Enrichment Drive continues and if you have not yet contributed please do so as soon as possible.  Every dollar counts and every donation goes towards great programming for your child.  Our goal this year is $8,000 and we’re confident that with your tax deductible contributions we will reach that goal … but we still have a long way to go.  Please use our easy new e-mail money transfer option (see instructions in letter below) or drop off a cheque to Joan’s office.
The recommended amount is $50 per child or $100 per family, but any donation is gratefully accepted.
Since we need to pay for programs soon, we really hope to receive your contributions by October 18th. If you can’t donate at this time, it is possible to donate later in the year.
For more details on programming and payment, please read the Enrichment Letter 2013-2014.

Mural Project Rescheduled

Due to illness, artist Chantal Leblanc has had to reschedule our dates.  We are hoping to have a new schedule soon and will let everyone know as soon as possible. Please keep your eyes out for the schedule (it will be sent via e-mail) later today or tomorrow.

This is a great opporunity for student to work en francais on this great art project that will beautify our school. Parent volunteers will be needed for class sessions and for final installation (on October 21, 22). The last two days (Oct. 21/22) in particular will require parent assistance to finalize the panels.

Email chairs@hawthorne2bilingual.com to be connected to the organizing group. We will post more info on classroom and group collaboration times as it becomes available.

Hawthorne Enrichment Fund Donation Drive is Open

What is the Enrichment Fund?

The Enrichment Fund is a separate collection of money from Hawthorne families that funds hands-on arts workshops and activities. Every year, a fabulous array of Enrichment Activities is programmed by the Enrichment Committee, a dedicated and hard-working group of parents and teachers.

This year workshops include Scientists in the School and fabulous Theatricks Drama Program, a collaborative mosaic mural project for the outside of the school run by Chantal Leblanc involving all grades and instruction in French, dance instruction with Jessica Runge and Ugly Duckling play by Little Red Theatre for grades K to 2. Also, You Dance and Break Dance instruction with Event Horizon for grades 3 to 6.

These activities are only made possible through the Enrichment Fund, a separate collection of money from Hawthorne families to fund hands-on arts workshops and activities.

Why is it important to contribute?

These activities are not funded by the TDSB and it is only through donations that we can continue to provide such wonderful programs. Every year, Hawthorne families are invited to contribute to this fund.

We ask each family to donate $50 per child or $100 per family. If you want to contribute more than the suggested amount, your generosity would be accepted happily. Because Hawthorne has charitable status, you will get a tax receipt for your donation amount.

***This year we need to raise $8,000 to fund our programmed activities. Your donation is required to meet this goal.***

For more details on charitable receipts and payment donations, please see the attached letter and form for this year’s Enrichment Fund donation campaign: Enrichment Letter 2013-2014

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: www.earthrangers.org/our-programs/school-program/

Parent Council Election – Nominations Due Jan 21 for Election on Jan 28

The Hawthorne Parent Council Election will be held on January 28th, at the start of the Council Annual General Meeting.

This year we are introducing a new election process for Council Executive.

Candidates for positions will be nominated in advance of the meeting (due Jan 21) and information about them will be circulated to parents in advance of the election (by Jan 23). (more…)

Big thanks for your generosity!

To the Hawthorne Community,
The enrichment committee would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to Hawthorne families that donated to the enrichment fund this year. At this time we are only $300 short of our fundraising target, enabling us to fund all of our planned programs for this year. We’ve recieved $7 700.00 thus far, with 73% of all Hawthorne families contributing.
It’s never too late to donate if you haven’t gotten to it yet! Remaining funds to be raised contribute half the budget for next year’s enrichment events. We’re also exploring opportunities for an additional arts activity for this spring if funds allow.


Enrichment Update – Donations Still Needed to Meet Budget Targets

Dear Hawthorne Parents,

We’d like to give you an update on the Enrichment Fund and if you haven’t yet donated, ask for your donation. We’d also like to thank all those families who have already donated. As of October 26, we have received donations from 61% of Hawthorne families and this far we have raised$6200. Our target for this year is $8000, which covers the remaining cost of booked programs for this year and provides half the funding for programs to be booked for next year.
Unfortunately, if we don’t reach our goal, we may be forced to cancel some of the great enrichment activities booked for this year and scale back our plans for next year.


Enrichment Week

This week is Enrichment Week!! On Wednesday, October 17th there will be an information booth (with free coffee!) in the main lobby (just outside the gym). Please drop by to learn more about our very important Enrichment events and what this program brings into the school for our kids. You can pick up a form or make your donation at this time. Thanks in advance for your support!


Annual Hawthorne Enrichment Fundraiser – Reminder to submit your form by Oct 19th

Please donate $50 to the Hawthorne Enrichment Fund. The Enrichment Program funds special performances and workshops for students that enhance their educational experience through a range of media and arts, science and technology, and outdoor education opportunities. Enrichment activities are often bilingual or French and address social justice, ecology, diversity and other key themes that align with the values of our alternative school. These activities are not funded by the TDSB. Please use the Enrichment Letter 2012-2013 and donate by October 19, 2012 to help us budget and book ahead. Tax receipts are issued for all donations to the Enrichment Fund.


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