Kindergarten play date today Tuesday Aug. 29th 5pm

You are all invited to a Kindergarten play date today Tuesday Aug. 29th between 5 and 7pm at the Hawthorne school playground facing Garnet Street.
The rain date will be Wednesday August 30th same time & place.

We have invited all of the new families as well as all returning SK families, in hopes of getting the children together for a fun play date before school starts the following week!

It will be a good opportunity for parents to meet other parents, and of course for the children to meet one another.
Please come prepared for the hot weather with sunscreen, sun hat, water, & a snack.
NO RSVP NECESSARY just turn up ready to play…Hope to see you all there!
There will be 2 Kindie parent reps attending in case you have any questions: Annette Broderick SK parent, Leona Breslaw JK parent 
See you there!

Chance to try out the Co-Treasurer position without a full year commitment!

Chance to try out the Co-Treasurer position without a full year commitment!


Our co-treasurer is making a big move to Victoria and will not be able to finish out her term (which ends in January).

This position involves the “front-office” treasury work, writing cheques, depositing cheques, and doing the related paperwork.

The bank we use is TD which has fantastic hours before and after regular work which makes it easy to do a deposit.

Most of the work can be done from the comfort of your couch while watching TV!

The “front-office treasurer” hands off the paperwork to our “back-office treasurer” who does the Quicken book keeping, and generates the reports.

The position will end in January (unless you love it and want to keep it!)

If you are considering this and want to ask any questions or get any reassurance please feel free to contact Kate at

End of year potluck @Christie Pits NEW LOCATION rain or shine!

Today is our end of year potluck.
It is a rain or shine event.
We have moved the permit.  We are still at Christie Pits but are now using Picnic area #1- the covered picnic area facing the playground.
We are hoping for Sunshine! But bring your umbrellas and wellies just in case 🙂
We have decided to give Sylvain his gift at pick up today at the grade 3 exit doors in case it’s raining heavily later this evening.
Hope to see you at the park later.
Have a great final day of school!

You’re Invited! Hawthorne End of Year Pot Luck

Let’s celebrate the end of a fantastic school year with our School Community!

Join us for a potluck and playdate in Christie Pits Park on the last day of school.
Thursday, June 29,
between 5 and 7 PM
at picnic area #2 (in front of the pizza ovens)

Bring finger foods if you have them, run the kids in the park, and raise a toast to having made it through another school year!

See you there!

Parent Tips

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share this resource to support “Parent Tips for Navigating Healthy Relationships” with younger children. The target age is for parents of children aged 3-8. I have attached a PDF of the file as well as a link to the page on the TDSB website. Some schools are sharing this resource with parents in their elementary schools prior to the start of summer, and some are planning to use it with incoming JK families. It can also be linked to a school’s twitter page or website, if they are interested.

Thank you to everyone who supported the review and distribution of this document, and thank you Suzy Brotman for helping putting it together.

Please feel free to distribute it widely.

Thank you for your support!

Gaela Mintz MSW, RSW
Social Worker- Gender-Based Violence Prevention Office
Toronto District School Board
Tel: (647) 215-5918

Thank you!

We had another successful Teachers Appreciation Lunch yesterday.  Our menu was full of delicious goodies, thanks to those of you who contributed food!
We had several parents volunteers who did the setup, serve and clean up.  Thank you!
Our teachers and school staff really enjoyed the lunch.

Visit our parent Facebook page to check out some photos of our table.

Have a happy summer!
Elli Afshar and Cyndi Cornblit

Seeking Volunteers for Staff Appreciation Luncheon Wed Jun 21

Volunteers needed for our Staff Appreciation Luncheon this Wednesday June 21, 2017 in the Peace Lounge
We are short on volunteers for this event… Please consider helping out for an hour?
Contact Cyndi if you are avail to volunteer to:
Set up & serve food from 10:30 am- 12 pm
Or clean up from 12 pm -1:30 pm
If these times do not work for you pls reply with what works for you 🙂
We can not put on this amazing event with out you. Please consider helping out!

Summer Watering Sign-up

Hello Gardeners!
Summer is approaching and once again the Garden Committee is looking for parents to sign up for a week of summer watering.  By signing up for the summer watering schedule your job is to make sure the gardens (outdoor classroom garden boxes, new shade perennial garden beside the bike rack, blue canoe, shrubs and troughs in the kindergarten yard) get watered as needed (probably 2-3 times per week depending on rain).
It would also be helpful to do a bit of weeding when you are in the garden (if you have questions about what to weed and what to keep in the ground, please ask!).
When you get to the garden, unlock the box (The code for the lock box is 1-3-5-7) and find the water key (it looks like a tool more than a key). Hook up the hose, turn the key and the water should be flowing.
For those of you who are new to summer watering, we will hold a brief orientation from 8:15-8:45 am in the front garden/outdoor classroom on Tuesday June 27th.

Please feel free to forward this schedule to any other parents you think would be interested in helping out.  It is a fun way to stay connected to the school in the summer and often our kids love joining in to care for the school grounds.

During the week from 7:30 am-6:00 pm the daycare is open so you are able to find the caretakers if you have any difficulties with the water hook up.  Often if you set up the hose in the kindergarten yard during daycare hours, you will have plenty of children who will do the job for you!

We urge you to donate a week of your time!


Thank you very much,

The Garden Committee

P.S. You are free to help yourself to peas, greens, herbs and any tomatoes that may come to fruition, and don’t forget the Saskatoon berries.


National Aboriginal History Month Celebration

National Aboriginal History Month Celebration for both Essex & Hawthorne schools

Tuesday, June 13th from 9:30-10:30 a.m

We are honoured to have elder Jimmy Dick, Cree, from Moose Cree First Nations, James Bay, Ontario, along with students from First Nations Jr & Sr. School of Toronto, visiting us as part of the National Aboriginal History Month Celebrations. They will be performing traditional song and dance, ending with student participation. We welcome parents, caregivers and friends to join us. We do ask that visitors sit outside the 2 inner circles, as those 2 rows are reserved for students and staff.

We hope to see you there!

Ward 10 School Council Celebration June 12

You are invited to our TDSB Ward 10 School Council Celebration!

Monday June 12 2017
6:00PM Doors | 6:30PM Start
Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst St. | TTC: Bathurst Station

Dinner will be served. All welcome!
Child care will be provided. | Interpretation upon request.

We will be recognizing the leadership of your School Council and our Ward Council representatives, and the achievements of your School Councils.
To that end, please RSVP with your name and your School Council’s proudest achievement here, by Thursday June 1 2017

Plus: we will be offering a unique tour of Central Tech, for those interested!

Look forward to seeing you there, and celebrating your commitment this year!

Ausma Malik
Trustee, TDSB Ward 10, Trinity-Spadina



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