Thursday, 19 December 2013

Thursday, December 19th

Last week, parents and other guests enjoyed Hawthorne's festive presentation of "T'was the Night Before Christmas".  The concert involved all of our classes and showed off the talents of our staff and students.   Special thanks to Mrs. Oakley (decorations),  Mrs. Robinson (stage crew) and Mrs. Cherry for coordinating our efforts. Both performances were well attended and we thank you for your support.  We have already received a substantial amount of positive feedback and, after changing the format this year,  we would like to get input from our parent community.  Feel free to send your feedback to so that we can consider this in our planning for next year.

Please note that there are a few special events scheduled for tomorrow, Dec. 20th.  We are hosting our final Walk to School event for 2013 and encouraging students/staff to show their Christmas Spirit by wearing red & green, santa hats, elf hats, reindeer antlers, etc.  Your PAC will also be hosting a festive event after school, offering hot chocolate and treats for students outside our front office.  It should be a fun day!

Please note that our Christmas break begins tomorrow (Dec. 20) at 3pm and students return to school on Monday, January 6th at 8:50am.   We hope that you have a great holiday filled by warm memories shared with family and friends.  Merry Christmas!


Monday, January 6th
Return from Christmas Break

Friday, January 10th
Monthly Assembly

Friday, January 31st
Hot Lunch

Thursday, 5 December 2013

December 5th, 2013


Our 2013 Christmas Concert will be hosted on Thursday, December 12th with shows at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.  Thank you for returning the seating reply forms so promptly as it allowed us to determine our needs.  As it turns out, we expect the same number of people for our afternoon show and evening show.  In advance of the performance, please consider the following:

1. Students will be dismissed at 3pm from their classroom after the afternoon performance.

2. If you are attending the afternoon performance, we ask that you plan accordingly to ensure that your child can attend the evening show.

3. Students should be dropped off for the evening performance no earlier than 6:10pm and they can enter through the office or go directly to their outside classroom door.

4. Students will be supervised during the evening performance by their classroom teacher and parents can pick them up after the show.

5. We anticipate that the show will be 45-60 minutes in length and we ask our audience to stay in their seats until its conclusion.

6. Families are encouraged to walk to school for the performances as our parking lot does not accommodate many cars.

Our classes will be presenting a variety of songs connected to “Twas The Night Before Christmas”.  There will be a few familiar tunes and some unique ones that address the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.   It should be a fun experience and we look forward to hosting you.


We are currently collecting non-perishable food items and wrapped toys for Deltassist. A number of boxes are already full but we hope to see that accumulation grow much larger.  Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciate as we consider the needs of those in Delta who are less fortunate.


Our school met today for our December assembly.  We had a guest speaker from the "B.C. Guide Dog Society" who introduced us to one of her dogs and answered a number of questions from students.  We also discuss the notion of "consideration" with students and asked them to consider ways that they can help others in need.  You can view our latest video here: .


Our students and staff will be experiencing their first "reverse lunch" tomorrow (Dec. 6).  Students will head outside at 12:03pm to play and come back in to eat at 12:38pm.  We will see how this trial goes in December and determine whether we want to continue on Fridays or expand.


Christmas Concert
Thursday, Dec. 12th
1:30pm and 6:30pm

Hot Lunch
Friday, Dec. 13th

Grade 7 Band Concert
Monday, Dec. 16th

Report Cards Issued
Wednesday, Dec. 18th 

Christmas Break Begins
3pm, Friday Dec. 20th
Hot Chocolate Served with Santa

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

November 20, 2013

The devastating typhoon that recently hit The Philippines resulted in thousands of deaths and left towns in ruins. The stories are heartbreaking, with so many people now in desperate need of food, water and shelter. Donations in support of the relief effort can be made online at:

Further to last week's correspondence, we are pleased to announce that Hawthorne will be hosting its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 12th.  There will be two shows (1:30pm and 6:30pm) and a reply form will be sent home next week so that parents can indicate which show their family plans to attend.  Please keep in mind that due to our gym's capacity,  families will only be able to attend one of the shows and we will be restricting families to 2 tickets for the evening show or 4 tickets for the afternoon performance.  We look forward to what should be a fun day of holiday cheer.

We will be collecting food and toys for Deltassist beginning on Monday, December 2nd until Friday December 13th.  We are asking for new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to support Delta families in need. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

A group of grade five girls (Michaela Fischer, Maggie Rennert, Shelby Bains, Sophia Kessler, Kara Kovalick and Ava Da Silva) decided that they wanted to make a difference in this world and support "Kids With Cancer and Blood Disorders". With this in mind they will be selling Rainbow Loom bracelets on Wednesday, November 27th and then donating all proceeds.  The bracelets will come in a variety of sizes and colours with each selling for $1.  Thank you in advance for any support  you can provide and thank you to these girls for trying to make a difference!

Hawthorne hosted its Remembrance Day service on Friday, November 8th at 11am.  The program included presentations by a variety of classes as well as some thoughtful reflections from some of our grade 7 students.  We also had two students, Saje Hunter and Ashley Johnston, who represented Hawthorne at Ladner's service on November 11th.   They can be seen walking towards the cenotaph in the picture below.

Each year at this time, we notice an increase in tardiness and we are asking for parents to help us resolve this issue.  Chronic tardiness impacts the learning of not just the student who is late but also the classroom that is interrupted on a regular basis to accommodate a child who is late in arriving.  Your attention to this issue would be greatly appreciated and we are thankful for the vast majority of students who at school and ready to learn at 8:55am.

We are near the end of our volleyball season for the grade 6 and 7 teams.  Both teams are participating in final tournaments this week to cap off successful seasons.  Congratulations to the students for their success on the court and to the coaches (Mrs. Pipe, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Holliday, Mrs. Mack) for all of their work in preparing our students.  Way to go Hawthorne!
Head lice is a persistent problem in the Ladner community and it requires diligence to eradicate.  This year we have sent home a number of letters with student who had a case of lice discovered in their classroom.  We are asking that all parents at Hawthorne commit to conducting regular lice checks and follow up with the appropriate procedures if necessary.  For more information,  you can click on the following link: . 

SNOW PASSES: Grade 4 and 5
The snow is beginning to fall and winter is just around the corner. Get a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass for your nine and ten year olds  and get them out on the slopes this winter! Pick up a SnowPass for your 4th or 5th grader and save this winter. Snowstorms are already starting to hit parts of Canada and with all this snow comes all sorts of fun! Don't let your kids spend the winter indoors, get them out and active; try skiing and snowboarding this winter with the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass.

Your kids have never skied or snowboarded before? No problem! With all the snow we are expecting this season, it's the perfect time to get them started. The Canadian Ski Council has everything you need to make it easy and affordable for your children to learn. Just register for a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass for your child and receive three free lift tickets at each and every participating ski area, all across Canada. With over 150 locations participating in the program, there are hundreds of opportunities for your kids to ski and snowboard this winter!

Registering your child for a SnowPass is easy and open to any child in grade 4 or 5 (born in 2003 or 2004). Application forms are being distributed at most elementary schools across Canada and can also be found online at: Online registration is fast and easy, just visit, upload your child's picture and proof of age, enter your method of payment and presto, your child's personalized SnowPass will me mailed directly to your home in days.

The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is a national program and is valid at over 150 ski areas across Canada including 32 ski areas in British Columbia, 19 ski areas in Alberta, 1 ski area in Saskatchewan, 2 ski areas in Manitoba, 33 ski areas in Ontario, 57 ski areas in Quebec, 8 in Atlantic Canada and 1 in the Yukon.  With ski areas participating across Canada, families will not have to travel far to put the SnowPass to use. Kids can easily track how many lift passes they have left by visiting

No matter where you live, everyone can take advantage of this fantastic offer. The only cost is a small administration/postage fee of $29.95 including taxes.

If this is your child's first time skiing or snowboarding, the Canadian Ski Council has it covered.  Sign up for a Discover Learn to Ski or Snowboard lesson package, which includes a lesson with a certified ski or snowboard instructor, lift ticket and equipment rental, all for a very low price. Check out for a full list of ski areas that offer Discover lesson packages and their package prices.

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For more information on the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass program, contact the Canadian Ski Council, tel: 705-445-9140, e-mail:, web:

The Canadian Ski Council is a national, not-for-profit ski and snowboard organization whose mandate is to increase participation in recreational skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing in Canada. The Canadian Ski Council was founded in 1977.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

November 7, 2013

We will be hosting our Remembrance Day Service tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 8) at 11am and parents are welcome to attend.  We will be reflecting on our past and looking toward a more peaceful future.   Our service will feature students from the following classes:  Mrs. Robinson, Mr. Bourgeois, Mrs. McGill, Mrs. Retallick,  Mrs. Emigh and Mrs. Cherry.  Please note that Ladner will be hosting its own ceremony on Monday,  November 11th beginning with a flag ceremony at 10:10am.  Two of our intermediate students, Ashley Johnston and Saje Hunter, will be representing Hawthorne at this event.

Each of our grade 3-7 classrooms have now chosen two representatives to work on Hawthorne's student council.   These students will be working together to plan spirit days, fundraising events and  our Talent Show in March.  They have already hosted a successful Halloween event and we look forward to the next school spirit day in November.

Student Council Representatives
2013-2014 School Year

Dylan Broad
Sophie Hornby
Jack Morgan
Owen Badenhorst
Ava Manzur
Matthew Fischer
Kira Wong
Carly Mountain
Colton Turrell

Jake Stamatiou
Taylor Li
Madelyn Hunter
Teah Bryce
Kylie Christopherson
Michaela Fischer
Lauren Amundsen
Braedyn Jones
Gabrielle Valle

Please note that students are discouraged from bringing valuables of any kind to the school.  This includes electronic equipment such as iPods or headphones.  Cell phones are allowed as long as they are stored in backpacks and turned off from 9am-3pm.  We are also asking that students please keep their card collections (Pokemon, Magic, Hockey, etc.) at home as we have had a few too many go missing or get damaged.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this issue.


Parents are invited to check out your PAC's new website that provides our community with all the information needed to be an informed parent at Hawthorne.  Thank you to Leanne Pryce for coordinating this effort. 

PAC website address:

I was recently forwarded an interesting article from a British author who speaks passionately about the importance of reading.  You can learn more about Neil Gaiman's perspective at the following link.  Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Graham for bringing this to my attention.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

October 24, 2013


Mrs. Robinson's class is currently hard at work setting up the 2013 edition of Hawthorne's Haunted House.  Class will be touring through the "House" during the day on Thursday, October 31st.  There will also be an opportunity for parents or former students to tour through from 3-3:30pm on that same day.  This is a fundraiser for our grade 7 class and a $1-$2 donation is suggested.  It should be scarrrrry kids:)


Our student council will be hosting a "Halloween Spirit" day on October 31st and we are encouraging all of our staff and students to participate by wearing a costume.  Prizes will be drawn for some lucky participants.   We are looking forward to what should be a fun day.

Coming up with a creative disguise doesn't mean that safety needs to be forgotten, so here are some safety tips to keep in mind.
  • October 31 can be a chilly night so make sure that costumes are loose enough to be worn over warm clothing but not so baggy or long that trick or treaters can trip over their costumes.
  • Trick-or-treaters should wear sturdy walking shoes.
  • Choose brightly-coloured costumes that will be clearly visible to motorists. For greater visibility, add or incorporate reflective tape into the costume.
  • Make-up and face paint are better than wearing masks which can restrict breathing and/or vision. If you choose to use a mask make sure it is one that allows the child to see and breathe easily.
  • Swords, knives and similar accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.
  • Look for costumes, beards and wigs labelled "Flame-Resistant" -- nylon or heavyweight polyester costumes are best. Flame Resistant does not mean 'fire proof'. Avoid costumes with baggy sleeves or flowing skirts to minimize the risk of contact with candles and other fire sources. Costumes made of flimsy materials have been found to burn more quickly when exposed to fire sources.
Think twice before changing the colour of your eyes with cosmetic contact lenses. These cosmetic lenses should be used only under the supervision of an eye-care professional. In addition, wear time should be limited to the shortest duration possible. The lenses must never be worn while asleep, and cosmetic contact lenses should not be shared with others. 


During the past two weeks of fog we have seen the temperature dropping steadily.  As the weather takes a turn for the worse, we are asking parents to ensure that our students are coming to school with clothing that is appropriate for the conditions.  As well,  it would be helpful if your child had a change of clothes left at the school to account for those occasions when they might get wet or muddy from outdoor play.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.


Over the last two weeks our students and staff have been engaged in some emergency planning.  We participated in the "Shakeout B.C." initiative last week and hosted our own earthquake drill.   The drill consisted of an initial "duck, cover, hold" response followed by an evacuation, building assessment, search and then rescue.  On Monday of this week, we were engaged in "code yellow" lockout drill.  Our police liaison officer,  Cst. Doolan, was on site to oversee our efforts which involved securing/locking the school and each individual classroom.  We also worked through our communication plan with staff providing updates from their classroom via an email conference.    

Both drills have left us all feeling better prepared for an emergency.  If you should have any questions or concerns with regard to our emergency planning, please contact Mr. Carruthers at the office (


Friday,  October 25th
Professional Day
School Closed

Wednesday,  October 30th
PAC Meeting
Library  6:30pm

Thursday, October 31st
Halloween Spirit Day

Friday, November 1st
Monthly Assembly
Gymnasium 11am

Friday, Nov. 8th
Walk to School Day
Remembrance Day Assembly
Gymnasium 11am

Monday, Nov. 11th
Remembrance Day
School Closed

Thursday, 10 October 2013

October 10th, 2013


The early reviews for our traffic circle are quite positive.  The re-located crosswalk seems to be simplifying the process for everyone and helping to maintain a steady flow of traffic.  Despite the early success, we ask that you still consider the following:
  • have your child walk or wheel to school every day
  • drop off your intermediate child at either the path on Grove Avenue or at the parking lot near the Hawthorne Park tennis courts
  • do not leave your car unattended in the roundabout
  • watch carefully for guidance from our adult and student crossing guards
  • do not park in the staff parking lot between 8:30-9am
Thank you in advance for your attention to these points.  Through our collective efforts we are working to make the traffic circle as safe as possible for our students.


Parents are reminded that they can call in tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 11th) from 9am-noon and 1- 3:45pm to book your conference(s) time.   We will be hosting our conferences on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd and Thursday, October 24th and this will result in an early dismissal on both days (2pm).


We would like to make a correction on some information that was provided in our previous blog entry.   As of last year,  Delta Council expanded the Recreation Pass Program and the municipality is now offering a free year pass for both grade 5 and grade 6 students.  They are also providing 10 free passes for grade seven students.  To obtain a pass,  families can visit a Delta Recreation Centre and present proof of birth date and residency in Delta.


On Friday, October 18th we will be taking twenty students from Hawthorne to participate in the annual WE Day event scheduled for Rogers Arena.  Students will be engaged with leading activists, speakers and entertainers. This year's event features: Kofi Annan,  Martin Luther King Jr. III, Hedley, Down With Webster and so much more.  WE Day is hosted by Craig and Marc Kielburger who have been inspiring young people for many years. We will soon be following up with our own WE Day initiatives at Hawthorne and do our part to change the world in a positive way.


Mrs. Ratzlaff will once again be hosting a book fair in the library on Oct. 23 and 24.  We are in need of volunteers to assist with this event and you can contact Mrs. Ratzlaff directly ( if you are able to help.  Thank you in advance for your support.


You are invited to visit a farm to see where food comes from, learn how to plant, harvest and prepare fresh produce.  The Earthwise society has also developed a program to support families in need.   Family members can "work" the farm in exchange for a Family Harvest Box.  This program is coordinated by The Delta Food Coalition and you can find more information at the following link:


Monday, October 14
Thanksgiving Day
School Closed

Thursday, October 17
Shakeout BC Emergency Drill

Wednesday, October 23
Parent/Teacher Conferences
2pm Dismissal

Thursday, October 24
Parent/Teacher Conferences
2pm Dismissal

Friday, October 25
Non-Instructional Day
School Closed

Thursday, 26 September 2013

September 26th, 2013


Thank you to all of the families who joined us for last week's Open House. It was a great night for people to get re-acquainted with each other and check out some of the happenings at Hawthorne.   We had a great response to our first Scavenger Hunt with hundreds of participants.   Special congratulations to the Ranu, Kollinsky, Wiggesworth, Barton and Mountain families.  They successfully completed the challenges and have each won two front row seats to our Christmas Concerts in December.


On Friday, September 13th Hawthorne participated in its annual Terry Fox Run.  Our grade seven students led us through a warm-up and then the course.   Thank you to the many parents who joined in the fun.  Special thanks to those families that supported our fundraising efforts which led to a $600 donation to the Terry Fox Foundation.


Parent are invited to join us for our Monthly Assemblies which take place on the first Friday of every month (with some exceptions).  These assemblies feature different discussion topics, student activities, video highlights and a group dance.  We hope that your schedule allows you to attend.


Grade 5 students can drop by any Delta Recreation facility and activate a one-year Grade Five Pass.  With the pass, students can skate, swim or enjoy time in the Open gym.  Accompanying youths or adults can also participate for free.   A 10 Pass Admission Card is also available for Grade 6 students.  For more information you can visit .


Deltassist is hosting free "Positive Parenting Workshops" for Delta families with children aged 5-12.  Parents will have an opportunity to meet others, feel empowered as a parent, share stories/experiences and build on skills.  The 5 sessions will run weekly beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 8th from 6:30-8pm at 9097 120th Street in North Delta.  For more information you can contact Suzy at 604-594-8455 ext. 156.


Parents are reminded to check in at the office whenever they visit Hawthorne so that our office staff can provide you with a visitor's badge.  If you are bringing a lunch for your child, please drop it off on the table provided outside the office.


Please note that individual photographs will be taken on Wednesday, Oct. 9th.  Please remind your children to wear their "photo bests" on that day.  Proofs will arrive back at the school then sent home for you to peruse.  Information regarding the ordering of portrait packages will follow with the proofs.


Oct. 7-11
Walk to School Week

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Monday, Oct. 14
Thanksgiving Day
School Closed

Wednesday, October 23
Parent-Teacher Conference
Early Dismissal 2pm

Thursday, October 24
Parent-Teacher Conference
Early Dismissal 2pm

Thursday, 12 September 2013

September 12, 2013


As we approach the end of our second week,  most of our programs are now up and running. I'd like to thank our parents, students and staff for making the return to school so successful. There is always a substantial amount of positive energy to be found in September and Hawthorne is off to a great start.  We are excited about the changes designed to address the traffic concerns (increased parking, daycare pull out, crosswalk relocation) as they are already having an impact. We hope to have a path installed soon to address the uneven ground that can be found between the school and the new crosswalk.  Thank you to all of the families who have chosen to walk to school so far this year!



We are pleased to announce that a number of new staff members have joined our school community.  Please help us in welcoming:

Ms. Fisher, Vice-Principal / Grade 6 Teacher
Miss  Eppler, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Cherry, Grade one Teacher
Mrs. Uppal, Grade 3 Teacher
Mrs. Quelch, Grade 3/4 Teacher
Mrs. Isopp, Supportive Learning Teacher
Mrs. Goldschmidt, Learning Assistance Teacher
Mrs. Collins, Education Assistant

Parents are invited to join us for our Terry Fox Run scheduled for Friday, September 13th at 2:15pm. We will be gathering with all of our students outside to share a few words and then head out for a run on Hawthorne's fields. We will be collecting "Toonies for Terry" until Thursday, September 19th and any support would be greatly appreciated.


Many families have already received a letter advising them that a student in their child's classroom has a life-threatening allergy.  These allergies vary from student to student and it is important that all of us at Hawthorne work to ensure a safe learning environment for every child.  Aside from some food restrictions we are also asking that dogs are brought to the school with extra care.  We have students who are severely allergic to canines and it is important that pets are secured on a leash and kept well away from entrances to the school building so that  everyone feels safe. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.  


International "Walk to School" Month is coming up in October and we are encouraging all students to walk, ride or roll to school as much as possible this year.  Walking to school has very clear health benefits, is better for the environment and creates a safer space for our school community.  We hope that you can support this initiative and continue to do so for the balance of the school year.

As students adjust to the routines and expectations of the new school year, they do not always pay attention to the safety rules when they walk to and from the school. Please take some time to discuss safety rules with your child(ren) and please drive carefully.  As you are aware, we are very concerned about the safety of our students during the peak periods of drop-off and pick-up in our school driveway.  The capacity of our driveway is not sufficient to accommodate the growing numbers of vehicles that use it for drop-off, pick-up, and visitor parking. In order to improve safety for our students and other pedestrians at school, and to increase the traffic flow in the roundabout, we are asking all drivers of vehicles including daycare, to observe the “Drop-off – Pick up” rules. These have been discussed by The Delta Police and Traffic Engineers from the Corporation of Delta. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We will monitor this and make the necessary changes where needed.


  • The curved lane in front of the school has been designated for "drop-off and pick-up" only.  This is a FIRE LANE and there is NO PARKING ALLOWED, however, we are allowing only drop-off, pick-up and exiting.  Do not leave your vehicle unattended, including Daycare providers.
  • Enter the “Drop-off – Pick- up” lane and proceed forward as far as possible to the next car ahead so that other cars can enter the lane.
  • Do not leave your vehicle (NO PARKING), as this blocks others from exiting.
  • Keep your place in the line up. Do not cut in front of another vehicle.
  • Please do not idle your car
  • When driving, please do not use your cell phone
  • Follow the correct flow of traffic indicated by the arrows on the road.
  • Children should use the passenger side car doors that open to the sidewalk.
Our parking lot is restricted to staff for 30 minutes before and after school. The existing parking stalls are needed for school staff as well as district staff who arrive and leave our school at different times throughout the day. If possible, please consider having your child(ren) walk to school or walk to school with them. We will continue to participate in initiatives and events that promote walking to school, teach environmental responsibility and reduce car dependency.  Please watch for an announcement, regarding our first “Walk to School” event.  


Again this year our newsletters and school bulletins, as well as many PAC notices, will be posted on the Hawthorne website.  You can access the website by going to  There are also many other interesting and helpful links on the site for both parents and students.

This is also our third year with the Parent Connect program so this program will be familiar to most of you.  For those who are new to the school, you will be receiving letters giving you all the information you need to begin using this program.  We have posted three items on Parent Connect which we ask you to review and update.  Please make sure to sign in to Parent Connect, make the changes and then sign off on the forms before exiting the program.  Thank you in advance for taking care of these items.


 There are four important issues to consider as you try to determine if your child is too ill to attend school:
  1. The protection of your child.  Their recovery could be delayed and their resistance to other illnesses reduced if they are unable to rest and recover in their home environment.
  2. The ability of your child to function and learn at school.
  3. The inability of the school to meet the emotional and physical needs of a sick child.
  4. The protection of other children.
Please keep your child home if he/she:
  • Has symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sneezing, etc.  If these symptoms do not clear up within a reasonable time, please see your family doctor.
  • Has a fever.
  • Is too sick to participate in all normal school activities.
  • Has a suspected or know communicable disease (i.e. strep throat, pink eye, chicken pox or any other undiagnosed rash).  Keep them home until they are no longer infectious.
  • Students who have vomited at home or school should remain at home until they are symptom free(48 hours is recommended).
  • If your child has exhibited symptoms of the H1N1 virus, they should be staying home for 5-7 days until they are able to return to day to day activities.
Should the school find it necessary to send your child home because of illness, please make sure you have made alternate arrangements when you are not available.  Please inform the school of these arrangements.

Extra-Curricular Band for GRADE 4-7

The Beginner Band program is for children in Grades 4 – 7 with no previous band experience.   Parents can choose to enroll their child in classes offered at Hawthorne Elementary, Holly Elementary or Ladner Elementary.  Enrollment per class must be 15 children or more.

Hawthorne Elementary: Thursdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m. beginning October 24
Ladner Elementary: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m. beginning October 23 
Holly Elementary: Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m. beginning October 24

The Advanced Band program is for students in Grades 5-7 from all our local elementary schools plus home schooled children with one or more years of band experience.  These children are encouraged to continue with their musical training in Advanced Band meeting at Hawthorne Elementary after school from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on THURSDAY’s starting October 24th. A registration notice will be emailed to all of last year’s band students and/or distributed at the school assemblies in the middle of October.

The teachers of the program are retired high school band directors, Curt Jantzen and Margaret Behenna. They have been teaching elementary band in Ladner now for a number of years.  Mr. Jantzen and Mrs. Behenna will make a presentation to students at an assembly in mid October to demonstrate the instrument choices and explain the program. Tuition is $295. 

 For further information, please contact: 
Curt Jantzen                          604 946 2309
Margaret Behenna              604 946 7304