Friday, 6 March 2015

Friday, March 6th

Hawthorne's "Me to We" student committee is planning a coin drive for next week.  All proceeds will be donated to Tekera Primary school in Uganda. This is the second year of our commitment to Tekera and our goal is to raise $2000 in support of their efforts. We are asking for donations of nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies and twoonies. A party will be provided for the primary and intermediate classes with the highest total of donations. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism.  This event was launched by Autism Speaks in 2010 in support of World Autism Awareness Day which takes place each year on April 2.  On this day, over 3000 structures around the world will be illuminated in blue to shine a bright light on autism.  We would like Hawthorne to participate in this day by having staff and students wear blue.  Students will be reminded of the details when we return from Spring Break.

Hawthorne will be hosting its annual Talent Show on Thursday, March 12th at 1:45pm. If your child is participating, please ensure that he/she is prepared with their proper equipment or music for each of the rehearsal times. We hope that your schedule allows you to attend.

We are planning to create some homework guidelines for teachers, students and parents.  With this in mind, we have designed a parent survey to gather input. You can find the survey at this link: This link will closed in two weeks and our staff will  then sift through the feedback. Thank you to those families who have already responded.

On February 25th  students and staff were wearing pink to show that we are all working together to prevent bullying in our school, communities and online.  This initiative began in a Nova Scotia high school when a boy was called "gay" after wearing a pink shirt to school.  His friends and others decided to wear pink shirts the next day to take a stand against bullying.  At Hawthorne we work closely with students, staff and parents to minimize the impact of bullying at our school.    We want every child to attend school without the threat of verbal, physical and psychological abuse.  If you should ever have concerns regarding bullying please contact your child's teacher or Mr. Carruthers at the office.

Your Hawthorne PAC is working with Deltassist to present a series of free parenting workshops for parents of children ages 5-12 years.  These sessions will be held on consecutive weeks in our school from 6-7:30pm. Here is an overview of the session followed by registration information:

April 7:  Self-Care/Stress Management - Learn healthy practices for developing more patience when dealing with stressful life situations and parenting.

April 14:  Healthy Boundaries/Effective Communication - Learn how to set boundaries and communicate expectations of yourself and your children. By learning how to implement healthy boundaries, your children learn how to set appropriate boundaries in their relationships with others.

April 21:  Attachment Parenting - Attachment parenting is the foundation from which you parent. Learn why attachment parenting is important and how to strengthen the attachment between you and your children.

April 28:  Behaviour/Discipline - Learn the 4 Goals of Misbehaviour, the purpose of discipline and how to implement appropriate discipline strategies in your home.

May 5: Parenting Styles/Child DevelopmentExplore your parenting style; learn the stages of child development to assist your child during developmental milestones.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please email Kim Barnes at with your name, school, phone number and the Workshops you would like to attend. You may register for one, some or all of the presentations! If you require Child-minding please advise at time of Registration.


Wednesday, March 11th
Report Cards Issued

Thursday, March 12th
Talent Show
1:45pm Gym

Friday, March 13th
Hot Lunch/Walk to School
Spring Break Begins

Monday, March 30th
School Re-Opens

Friday, April 3rd
Good Friday
School Closed

Monday, April 6th
Easter Monday
School Closed