Monday, 17 November 2014

November 17, 2014

Further to last week's email, we are pleased to announce that Hawthorne will be hosting its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 11th.  There will be two shows (1:30pm and 6:30pm) and a reply form will be sent home on November 24th 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.

Our student "We Day" committee will be collecting food and money for Deltassist beginning on Monday, November 24th until Friday December 5th.  We are hoping for donations of non-perishable food items and/or a loonie or toonie to support Delta families in need. Your support would be greatly appreciated. If you, or someone you know, is in need of extra support during the holiday season, please consider Deltassist's Christmas programs.   Registered families can have access to food and toys. You can click here for more details and to check the eligibility requirements.

On Wednesday, November 12th our Student Council met for the first time this year.  Their initial responsibility was hosting a vote in their classroom to choose a new school logo.  All of our students were provided with a vote and the school-wide results were tabulated. In the end, students have chosen the logo on the right.  This logo will be personalized to include "Hawthorne" along with our gold and navy blue colour scheme. We will also be removing the basketball. Our plan is to order school jerseys and offer this new logo on a line of clothing in the spring.

Our students also met to plan a "spirit day" for Friday, November 28th.  We will be asking staff and students to dress up their hair for crazy hair day. Some ideas may include: temporary colour, braiding, spiking, curls, 80's feathering or wearing a wig, fake moustache or beard.  We will have prizes for some lucky participants and it should be a fun day at Hawthorne.
Here is our student council for this year:

Grade 3:  Alexis Valle, Mattais Ljungberg, Dimitri Boufeas, Erin Wingham, Avani Johal

Grade 4: Sean Fraser, Taylor Butcher, Alyssa Aulik, Rio MacDougall

Grade 5: Tye Hemenway, Brianna Barnes, Caden Pacaud

Grade 6: Reece Palmer, Ava Da Silva, Sierra Lunan-Bramwell,  Zion Fairs-Prasad

Grade 7: Brooklyn Drake, Levi Froude, Carson Hemenway, Carson Gray, Emily Morris, 

You can view the latest monthly video by clicking here.

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 are at school and ready to learn by 8:55am.

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 2004 or 2005). 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 be 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 www.snowpass.caNo 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.



Wednesday, Nov. 19th
Picture Retake Day

Friday, November 21st
Professional Day
School Closed

Tuesday, Nov. 25th
DEAR (Drop Everything & Read) DAY

Tuesday, Nov. 25th
PAC Meeting 
6:30pm Library

Friday, Nov. 28th
Hot Lunch Day

Thursday, Dec. 11
Christmas Concert
1:30pm / 6:30pm

Please note that the 828 Hurricane Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, November 26th from 6:30-9:30pm.  As Canada's largest youth program, the Air Cadets offer exciting opportunities for students aged 12-18.  For more information visit or contact via email at