Toronto Public Health: Eye See Eye Learn for JK Students

Attention Parents/Caregivers of Children in JK (born 2014)

Is your child currently in Junior Kindergarten and has not had their vision checked this year by an Optometrist?  Be sure to book an appointment by June 30th to take advantage of the Eye See Eye Learn program.  Students born in 2015 and starting JK in the fall can participate any time after July 1st 2019.

Eye See Eye Learn® is a program through the Ontario Association of Optometrists that provides an eye exam and a free pair of eye glasses if required.  Find a participating  Optometristnear you.

For more information about Vision Health in School Age Children, please visit the Toronto Public Health website.

Spring Fling Thank You!

Thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who made this years Spring Fling a huge success!

Thank to those of you who filled in when we needed you, stayed longer than you had to, and ensured that our students had an incredible time! 

Big hits this year included the awesome prizes, all the new carnival games, and Karaoke! (expect to see more of that next year!!) 

We are still calculating our expense and finalizing our total amount raised, we will have the amount out to you soon. Without dedicated volunteers this event could not happen, so thank you again for contributing your time and energy to help celebrate our EH schools! 


Join us in celebrating an amazing year at the Essex & Hawthorne Schools and kicking off the warm weather together as a community!

We will have two bouncy castles – one for smaller kids and one for older ones! 

Food for sale will include Pizza, Samosa, Veggies, Watermelon, Popcorn, Ice Cream, and Freezies!

We will have TONS of new carnival games and a circus tent full of prizes! The nose game will be back! Lots of free fun including games with the staff from Central Tech Stadium, an Adventure Playground from our OPAL team, and a GIANT Jenga!

We still need more adult volunteers to make this event happen – especially for the 5:00-6:30 time slot. We also need more help for clean up! Please click the link to sign up

What do a tax lawyer, realtor, comedy bar, auto shop, realtor and contractor have in common?


A huge thank you to all our sponsors for being a part of this year’s Spring Fling. To all our families, thank you for taking the time to check out their websites and support local businesses who give so generously to our school community!

Thank you to…..

Rosen Kirshen Tax Law
Lead Sponsor

Rosen Kirshen Tax Law is a boutique tax law firm that represents taxpayers in disputes against the Canada Revenue Agency.

Their focus and expertise is centered around the complex area of tax law placing Rosen Kirshen Tax Law (“RKTL”) in a unique position to deliver the quality of service and legal tax defense rightfully expected by hardworking Canadians.

They provide tax advice to domestic and international clients alike. Their practice encompasses all aspects of taxation including tax planning and restructuring, tax litigation at all court levels, and advice on compliance obligations.

Get in touch!

Toll – Free: 844 53-TAXES

Mike Dunford Construction
Lead Sponsor

MDC is a full-service general contracting company. We specialize in complete renovations, from restructuring to create more space and openness, to modernizing all facets of a home. Our crew and our extensive network of licensed sub-trades can help you turn your ideas into beautiful results.

With MDC, you can rest assured that you are dealing with a fully-insured professional company that ensures the job is done right. Mike is involved in every step of a project, doing everything it takes to keep his clients happy. Phone for a free quote, and see how MDC can help you to utilize the full potential of your home.

Get in touch!

Phone: 416-886-5050


Josee Couture Realty
Lead Sponsor

Please meet Josee Couture! Here is what Josee had to say about her business:

“Having sold real estate in Toronto for the past 25 years, I must confess one of my favourite things about my job is that so many clients have become close friends with me. That’s because I regard my clients as more than simply people hunting for a new home or selling their current one. When people come to me, they’re entrusting me with their hopes and dreams and I feel a real commitment to fulfill those.

Not only am I an accomplished real estate salesperson, I’m trained in both interior decoration and as a Master Gardener which allows me to maximize my clients’ experience. Whether you’re buying or selling, I have a wealth of information to share with you.”

Josee can be reached at:

Phone: 416.564.9450

OK Tire
Event Sponsor

Located at Dupont and Bathurst. Vince and his team at OK Tire are here to help with all your tire and automotive needs! Fast, friendly and well priced services in addition to being a part of our community makes OK tire a good choice!

Check out his website HERE

Or call to book a service: 416- 964-2250

Alex Beauregard
Event Sponsor

Alex Beauregard is the familiar go-to guy in our neighbourhood when it comes to real estate. You won’t just see his name on ‘sold’ signs around the area, you can find him at school/community fundraisers, local BBQs, on bike rides with his family, or walking to the pool to swim laps in the morning.  He’s an upfront, honest, top-producing Toronto real estate professional offering a full-service experience with proven results (he currently holds the record for highest sales price in Seaton Village!)

Connect with Alex through his website HERE

By Phone: 647-898-4663

By Email:

Comedy Bar
Event Sponsor

Comedy Bar is Toronto’s premier venue for independent comedy hosting over 150 shows per month featuring the best Sketch, improv and Stand Up Comedy in Canada, 7 nights a week.

Located just down the street at 945 Bloor Street check out their shows, workshops and comedy classes

Visit their website HERE to see all the exciting things they have to offer!

Spring Fling baking


The Bake Sale is an integral part of Essex-Hawthorne’s Spring Fling, coming very soon on Friday May 31st (3:30 – 7:30 pm) 

We’re asking, please, for yummy, baked good donations (sweet and/or savoury), but most importantly NUT FREE! 

And if you’re not into baking or pushed for time, please bring store bought goodies, as long as they are nut free (and better still, made in a nut free facility). 

Sign up sheet is on the Essex notice board in the main foyer.

Please drop off baked goods on the day of Spring Fling in the Essex office or bring them directly to the Bake Sale table at the event. 

Thank you!

Lion King Jr. Tickets on sale!

Attention all Essex and Hawthorne families: the Lion King Jr. performances are just around the corner (June 4, 5, 6) and tickets go on sale this week! 

There will be a table set up under the overhang every morning and afternoon this week and next (May 21-31).  Find the table to get your tickets. $5 each. Find us there between 8:30-8:45am and 3:00-3:30pm. 

If you are available to help sell tickets during one of these times, please email
If you are unable to get to school to buy tickets during these times, please send in money with your child and have them find Jessica (room211). 

Staff Appreciation Luncheon Thurs Jun 6th

Volunteers and Food Donations needed for our Staff Appreciation Luncheon Thursday June 06, 2019 in the Peace Lounge. 
Please contact Elli  if you are able to make a dish and provide her a description for the luncheon menu. Please contact Cyndi if you are available to volunteer to: Set up & serve food from 10:45 am- 12 pm Or clean up from 12 pm -1:30 pm
If these times do not work for you please reply with what works best.
We cannot put on this amazing event with out you. Please consider helping out!  
Thanks,Cyndi and Elli 

Spring Fling prep and volunteers

SPRING FLING is less than TWO WEEKS away & there’s still tons of fun prep to do. Please consider donating your time to help make this the best event possible. There are tons of great ways to get involved in advance AND on the day. This event simply can not happen without significant support from our community. 

Check out the SPRING FLING VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM HERE for a list of everything that could use more hands and hearts –

Thanks in advance,
The Spring Fling Planning Committee

Lion King Jr. – The Musical

Attention all families and friends of Hawthorne and Essex students:

The whole school has started to prepare for our upcoming Lion King Jr. show. It’s a full musical and every student in the building (Essex and Hawthorne) will have a part to play in the performance.

There are three nights of performances. Tickets will go on sale in the middle of May for $5 each to help us cover the cost of rentals and rights for the production. 

The dates are:
Tuesday, June 4th 6pm classes 7/8A, 7/8B, 212, 101, 214, 303, 302
Wednesday, June 5th at 6pm classes 308, 204, 209, 102, 114, 115, 112, 113, 307, 306
Thursday, June 6th at 6pm classes 7/8C, 210, 213, 215, 310, 301, 311

Looking forward to sharing this amazing show with you! The students have all been working hard in preparation!


Jessica Arshinoff
Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School