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!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH DUE TO A NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY.
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
TERRY FOX RUN
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.
DROP-OFF / PICK-UP RULES IN SCHOOL DRIVEWAY:
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.
There are four important issues to consider as you try to determine if your child is too ill to attend school:
Please keep your child home if he/she:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 604 946 2309
Margaret Behenna email@example.com 604 946 7304