Volunteers needed for costuming for the Lion King

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.arshinoff@tdsb.on.ca

Agenda for the Meeting of the Hawthorne II Alternative Bilingual Junior School

Parents’ Council

Date and time: February 5, 2019, 6:30pm ET

Agenda ItemLeadTiming
Welcome and approval of the agendaChair5 mins
Approval of the minutes of the December 4th meeting (available here)Chair5 mins
Report from the Administration and TeachersCarol Culp (TBD)Sheila20 mins
Approval of the 2018-19 budget Treasurer15 mins
Update on the Hawthorne banner and newsletterTania15 mins
Update on enrichment activitiesJennifer and Andrea10 mis
Discussion of potential spring eventsCyndi15 mins
Discussion on management of council work/agree on rotating chairs for remaining meetings (April 2, June 4)Chair10 mins
Other businessAllTBD
Agreement on approach for pizza subsidiesMaya (note: Maya cannot join until 8pm)10 mins
Agreement on next steps; adjournmentChair5 mins

Bingo Night rescheduled, Tuesday Feb 5th

Bingo night will place next Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30 – 7:00pm in the East Gym.

Mountview Alternative Junior School Open House Events

Community Connections Fair Open House

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) item drive

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
  • Funnels
  • Strainers
  • Buckets
  • Shovels
  • Milk crates
  • Baskets

Please bring the items to Tracey in the Hawthorne office during the week of January 28-Feburary 1.

Trustee Moise Ward 10 Update

Please see Trustee Moise Ward 10 Update below and the direct link to the Update here: https://t.e2ma.net/message/d3gyv/he4emnb

Ward 10 newletter header
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 TwitterFacebook, 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.

Yours sincerely,
Chris Moise
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.

Ward 10 Council Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Kensington Community School

Trustee Moise will be holding a Ward 10 Council Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Kensington Community School, 401 College Street from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Child care will be available and light refreshments will be provided. 

Chess Club starts today Tues Jan 15th

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.

Katya Rudzik
Director of Outreach
Chess Institute of Canada
647 852 2428

Chess Institute of Canada

Downtown Alternative School, Open House Jan 29

Downtown Alternative School is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019, 6pm-8pm


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