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

Toronto Public Health Dental Screening Information for Essex School and Hawthorne Alternative School 2018-2019

Spring Fling Sponsorships

The Spring Fling is our extremely well-attended annual fundraiser, and local businesses are invited to sponsor the event in exchange for major exposure. 
Our school families love to support each other’s small businesses, and this is an opportunity to get your name out there!

We are offering Spring Fling Sponsorship spots to Essex/Hawthorne parents and families and friends FIRST before offering them to the larger community. We have a limited number of sponsorships available for $150, $250 and $500 ($500 limited to 3 and includes signage outside the bouncy castle/major attraction)
** Sponsorships are tax deductible and you will be provided with a tax receipt **

Does your business want the chance to connect with over 500 local families, as well as some social media exposure?

Please get in touch with Allison Venditti – by April 17, for full details and to reserve your spot. 

April 2019 Newsletter from Trustee Chris Moise

Parent Council Meeting tonight 6:30pm

Here is the agenda for tonight’s meeting, inclusive of all the items everyone sent (thank you!): AGENDA
Here are the minutes/follow-ups from the last meeting: MINUTES 

Joint Health Ward Forum, Mar 28

Bag2School is back Apr 25-29!

Bring your unwanted clothing, textiles, or shoes (tied together, please) to the guidance room in the Essex kindergarten area, any time from April 25-29. Signs will be posted in the school as we get closer to the date.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Easto at

School Safety – Dogs on School Property

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.



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