Thursday, 6 November 2014

November 6, 2014

Hawthorne will be hosting its Remembrance Day Service on Monday, November 10th beginning at approximately 11am in our gymnasium.  We have a number of classes and students who will be presenting in honour of the many Canadians who have provided service for our country.  Parents are welcome to attend this service.   We will also be providing students and staff with poppies to be worn on this day.  These poppies are provided by the local legion and donations will be collected on November 10th.  Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated.  Please note that the school will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th.

Over the summer Hawthorne saw its traditional garbage cans replaced by 5 new recycling centers.  Staff and students have been adjusting to the new disposal routines over the first month of school and outside of a few hiccups, the program is running quite smoothly.   Each recycling centre provides us with 4 bins to choose from: refundables, non-refundable recyclables, organics and general waste.  We had some fun with this at our last assembly when we created two teams and had them correctly sort some "waste" as quickly as they could.

This effort is all part of a greater waste reduction initiative for Metro Vancouver.  With this in mind,  we are asking for parents to assist us by working towards a litterless lunch.  Here are some ideas to consider for litterless/no waste lunches:

- a reusable lunch bag or box (not a throw-away, single-use bag)
- reusable containers for packing food (no plastic wrap/bags, foil, pre-packaged foods)
- reusable drink containers for drinks
- organic waste that can be taken home or recycled at school
- non-disposable cutlery and cloth napkins

We understand that busy lives can make this a challenge but any support for this initiative would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

We will be celebrating our 4th annual DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Day at Hawthorne this year on Tuesday, November 25.  Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in school than those who don’t, but also increase their general knowledge, develop a broader vocabulary and a better understanding of the world around them.  We have invited several influential people from our community to read to our students and also share personal experiences of how reading has helped them in their chosen career.  We are excited to welcome retired Hawthorne staff, Canadian National Soccer goalie and Sportsnet broadcaster, Paul Dolan, The Beat 94.5 radio morning show personality Jonny Staub, Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford, local author Ashley Spires and Mayor Lois Jackson just to name a few. Special thanks to Mrs. McGill and Mrs. Ratzlaff for coordinating this event.  We look forward to an incredible day of celebrating reading.

Twenty students from Hawthorne participated in the annual WE Day event  hosted at Rogers Arena on Wednesday, October 15th. Students were engaged with leading activists, speakers and entertainers. This year's event featured: Selena Gomez, Spencer West, Jennifer Lopez, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Mustafa the Poet and so much more.  WE Day was 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.  Special thanks to our teacher sponsors, Ms. Retallick and Mr. Granum, for their work in coordinating this effort.

This is just a reminder that teachers are available to meet with parents outside of the parent/teacher conferences that were recently held.  Please be sure to arrange an appointment with a teacher rather than arrive at the classroom for a "quick chat".  Unfortunately,  these conversations can often disrupt classroom routines for the teacher and students.  If you would like to meet with your child's teacher,  please send a request through the communication book (planner), via email or by phone. Thank you for your consideration.


Friday, November 7th
Monthly Assembly
Gymnasium 11am

Monday, Nov. 10th
Walk to School Day
Remembrance Day Assembly
Gymnasium 11am

Tuesday, Nov. 11th
Remembrance Day
School Closed

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