Holiday Drive for Christie Refugee Centre  

The Social Justice Committee is a joint effort of members of the parent community from both Hawthorne and Essex. This Holiday Drive is one of their initiatives.

This holiday season please consider donating one (or parts) of these two kits described below in support of the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre.


Every family arriving at Christie receives a kit filled with personal care items. If you’d like to put together a kit please keep in mind that we serve more women than men. Families share the washroom on their floor so hygiene items should fit in the shower basket for easy transport. Residents access language, immigration and other services across the city by public transport, a presto card is a wonderful gift.

  • $25 PRESTO card
  • Shower caddy
  • Flip Flops
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush


As refugee families move out of the Christie Shelter into local neighbourhoods

the high cost of living can make it hard to make ends meet. Grocery gift cards are one of the ways we support families in distress.

  • $25 Grocery Gift Card
  • Reusable Grocery Bag
  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt

Boxes will be beside the holiday tree in the entrance of our school starting this week until December 19th. Gift cards may be left in an envelope labelled Christie Refugee Fundraising in Tracey’s (the Hawthorne) office.



Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Essex & Hawthorne!

The Book Fair will be set up in the library and in the foyer on concert nights.  Monday to Wednesday, December 16–18

This is an opportunity to peruse and buy Scholastic books directly. 

We are looking for parent volunteers to be cashiers. Our Librarian Sheila will have everything set up–all you need to do is handle the money and you can chit chat about books if you want. 

Please contact Sheila if you can be a cashier for any time slot:

Dec 16 Monday 

Dec 17 Tuesday 
5:15-5:45 before Hawthorne concert
7:00-7:30 after concert

Dec 18 Wednesday 
4:45-5:15 before Essex concert
6:30-7:00 after concert 

This is a fundraiser for both schools. All fundraising is people powered.

Mind Your Bees Wraps Fundraiser – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, DECEMBER 9!

The deadline for the Bee Wrap Fundraiser has been extended to Monday, December 9 for any last minute orders! Bee Wraps will be delivered and given to parents the last week before the Holiday Break.

2 options available:
Small set (3 piece): 8×8, 10×10, 13×14 – $20
Bread wrap: 22×18 – $18 

Pay by: 
Cash- Cheque made out to Hawthorne II School Council or
eTransfer Tania (details in your class rep emails)

Please include your name and email address regardless of which payment method you use.

Order forms due December 9th.
More details and forms on the blog:

Your Harvest is Ready!

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Fresh From the Farm pickup Tuesday, December 3

Come get your tasty local harvest between 3 pm and 6 pm under the overhang.

NOTE: All produce must be claimed. We can not store food overnight. All remaining produce will be donated. 

Can you volunteer? Running late for pickup? Contact Katie—her email address will be in your reminder mail from your class rep.

FFFanks for your support!

Hawthorne Parent Council Meeting #2

Hawthorne Parent Council Meeting poster

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 (UPDATED)
6:30-8:30 pm
Childcare provided

Attend in person on online!
Log in details will be in your email from your class rep.

Some topics include:
-Special needs funding
-Peace Lounge
-Snack program funding
-Update on enrolment/late admissions
-Enrichment activities
-Hawthorne visioning exercise
-After-school programming

And so much more!

Everyone is welcome to attend and have your say!

Questions or comments?
Something to add?
Drop us a line at


Le Marché d’Hiver: Vendor submission deadline extended until Friday, November, 22nd!

We are still looking for vendors for Le Marché d’Hiver. Do you bake, knit, or make crafts? Why not get busy, make things as a family, and set up a table at Le Marché?  

Keep it simple or make it sassy! You do not need to be an established business or have any prior sales experience. In fact, extended family are welcome to vend as well. 

Got a crafty grandma/grandpa, aunt/uncle, sister of brother? Why not encourage them to join and make some extra money! So far we have 9 vendors. We were hoping for at least 6 more. We would prefer to keep it simple and not open the vendor option to outside businesses beyond extended family and close friends. 

To vend at Le Marché please contact Cyndi
Hope to see you at Le Marché d’Hiver Thursday, December 5th | 5-8 pm | in the east gym