From time to time, it is helpful to review school policies to ensure that the safety of all students and staff at Essex Jr. & Sr. P.S. & Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative Jr. P.S. is a top priority.
Our staff will continue to demonstrate that priority by ensuring that proper procedures are in place to ensure that our school is safe. There are so many factors to consider in maintaining a nurturing learning environment including the health and safety of students and staff.
As such, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of our school policy that dogs are not permitted on school property and emphasize our ongoing expectation that parents shall not bring their dogs on school property when dropping off or picking up their children or while school is in session.
Our schoolyard provides a safe clean area for students to learn and play. Parents are asked to comply with all signs posted when on or around school property during and after school hours.
We are asking for everyone’s co-operation in following this policy so that working together we can help keep our students, staff and parents safe while at school.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.
On June 4th, 5th and 6th the students of Essex and Hawthorne will be performing the Lion King. We are looking for volunteers who can help us with costuming. If you are crafty, like to sew or are creative with constructing costumes, we need your help! Please email Jessica.email@example.com
Date and time: February 5, 2019, 6:30pm ET
|Welcome and approval of the agenda||Chair||5 mins|
|Approval of the minutes of the December 4th meeting (available here)||Chair||5 mins|
|Report from the Administration and Teachers||Carol Culp (TBD)Sheila||20 mins|
|Approval of the 2018-19 budget||Treasurer||15 mins|
|Update on the Hawthorne banner and newsletter||Tania||15 mins|
|Update on enrichment activities||Jennifer and Andrea||10 mis|
|Discussion of potential spring events||Cyndi||15 mins|
|Discussion on management of council work/agree on rotating chairs for remaining meetings (April 2, June 4)||Chair||10 mins|
|Agreement on approach for pizza subsidies||Maya (note: Maya cannot join until 8pm)||10 mins|
|Agreement on next steps; adjournment||Chair||5 mins|
Bingo night will place next Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30 – 7:00pm in the East Gym.
Hello Essex & Hawthorne Families!
Do you have some items in your home that no longer “spark joy”?
We are holding a drive to collect items to use in our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) program as upcycled loose parts. Metal, plastic, or wooden items only, please.
Examples of needed items:
- Baking pans
- Cake moulds
- Ice cube trays
- Muffin tins
- Kitchen tools (spoons, spatulas, tongs, etc.)
- Measuring spoons
- Pots and pans
- Milk crates
Please bring the items to Tracey in the Hawthorne office during the week of January 28-Feburary 1.
Please see Trustee Moise Ward 10 Update below and the direct link to the Update here: https://t.e2ma.net/message/d3gyv/he4emnb
|Happy New Year!|
Welcome back from the holidays! As you know, I have been re-elected as TDSB Trustee and I would like to thank all of you again for your support. The ward boundaries have been changed and our new ward includes the ridings of Toronto Centre and University-Rosedale. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you to ensure that we provide our students the best possible education today so that they can be the leaders of tomorrow.
Since my election I have already started the hard work of advocating for you at the TDSB. I have begun to amplify our voice by being elected as Vice-Chair of the TDSB. This means that I will be working with all of the standing committees like the Finance, Budget, and Enrolment Committee; the Program and School Services Committee; and the Governance and Policy Committee. Additionally, I have taken on the responsibilities of working on the Community Use of Schools Committee, the Black Student Achievement Advisory Committee, and the Toronto Lands Corporation.
As your advocate at the TDSB I would like to hear from you through Twitter, Facebook, or atChris.Moise@tdsb.on.ca, so that I can respond to any inquiries, suggestions or concerns you may have. The feedback that you provide is vital in my decision-making.
I have also already begun visiting schools across the Ward to learn from Principals, students and teachers about the issues effecting their schools. I will continue to make these school visits throughout the year, so please do say hi if you see me in the hall. I also look forward to engaging with you at my first Ward Forum on January 24th, 2019 so that we can continue to work together and improve our schools and communities.
My first Ward Forum will be held on January 24th, 2019 from 6-9pm at Kensington Community School (401 College St.). Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided on-site. This first forum will include a discussion of the findings about the recently completed Parent Student Census, which is done every four years. We will also have an informal conversation about the cuts to the TDSB budget introduced by the province. We will also be holding elections for PIAC, Special Education Advisory Committee, French Second Language Committee representatives. This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in the TDSB and I encourage you all to consider running for these positions. Please rsvp by contacting me at my at Chris.Moise@tdsb.on.ca.
|Invitations & Events|
1. Chinese Heritage Month: Attend the Launch – February 2019
The TDSB is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month during the month of February. The theme selected by the planning committee for this year is Year of the Pig – Happy, Easy Going, Honest, Trusting, Sincere, Optimistic & Sociable.
During this month, we celebrate the energetic culture and traditions of the Chinese community with students, staff and community members of the TDSB and the City of Toronto.
Chinese Heritage Month Launch
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Location: Kennedy Public School
Address: 20 Elmfield Crescent, Scarborough, ON, M1V 2Y6
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
2. African Heritage Month: Attend the Launch and Save the Dates – February 2019
February is African Heritage Month at the TDSB. This is an opportunity to recognize the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians. This year’s theme is Out of Many We Are One. Throughout the month of February, we will be having many educational opportunity for students, staff and the TDSB community to attend. Please see the flyer that outlines some of these events and note the dates and times. Additional information will be shared once it is finalized.
African Heritage Month Launch
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Downsview Secondary School
Address: 7 Hawksdale Road, North York, ON, M3K 1W3
Information & Updates
Supporting the Engagement of TDSB’s Multi Lingual Families
A recent study, conducted by Social Planning Toronto (2018), indicated that Toronto is home to a large and a diverse population speaking more than 200 different languages. Over 130,000 individuals living in Toronto are unable to have a conversation in English or French (2016 census).
At the TDSB, there are over 120 languages spoken by students and their families. Over 46% of our K – 6 families have a first language other than English or French. Between September 1 and December 31, 2018, there were approximately 3700 interpretation requests covering 60 languages.
This chart highlights the top 15 languages supported across the system.
Hello Essex & Hawthorne Chess Club parents!
We are excited to be launching Chess Club at Essex/Hawthorne today at lunchtime. Chess Club will run for Grades 1-6 in the Library on Tuesdays for 10 weeks until March 26th, skipping March 12 for March Break.
The chess club at Essex starts today at lunch time. The program runs for 8 weeks, and is open to students in grades 1 to 6. Registration is available at https://chessinstitute.ca/register.
The Chess Club leader will collect students from the lunchroom and bring them to Chess Club. Please remind your young chess player to look for the Chess Club leader tomorrow while they are eating lunch.
It’s going to be a great season of chess skill building and life skills development at Essex/Hawthorne.
If you have any questions or comments about Chess Club, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Director of Outreach
Chess Institute of Canada
647 852 2428