Thursday, 30 April 2015

April 30, 2015

The Delta School District recently sent out a notice regarding  a convicted sex offender now residing in Delta.  This information was based on a press release from the Delta Police department.  Our staff and students were made aware of this news.  We have reviewed our "stranger danger" behaviours (canadasafetycouncil)  and reassured students that the police are doing all that they can to supervise this situation.  We ask that you please follow up at home with your children if you have not already done so.  Thank you.

In the coming weeks, our teaching staff will be meeting to create tentative class lists for next year.  The classes will be determined by considering the following factors:

- Learning styles and strengths
- What the child can do in relation to the program
- Degree of independence in work habits
- Social and personal needs
- Age and physical maturity
- Previous year's placement
- Previous teachers input
- Parent input / requests
- Establishing a balanced group academically
- Male/Female balance
- Friendship groupings
- Equalizing class size
- Siblings/Twins
- Special needs
- Medical needs

If you have some information that you would like to include in this process,  please forward a note to Mr. Carruthers at the office or correspond via email at  We would only ask that you please refrain from making a "teacher" request and focus on what you believe to be the best learning environment for your child.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this.

Families are invited to paricipate in the Pedalheads Bike Safety Clinic that is being held free of charge on Wednesday, May 6th from 3:15p-4:30pm.  Students must have a bike, helmet and an accompanying adult.  There will be a number of stations set up for the students to learn various skills and safety techniques.  Special thanks to our parent volunteer, Mrs. Brookes, for coordinating this event.  If you should have any questions feel free to contact her at

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 students 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:

In an effort to address this problem, we are asking for parent volunteers to conduct "lice-checks" and follow ups with students or classes. These volunteers would be trained by Hawthorne's Public Health Nurse.  Please contact Mr. Carruthers (  if you are able to volunteer in support of this effort. 

Hawthorne will be hosting a school-wide emergency drill on Thursday, May 7th at approximately 2:20pm.  This exercise will involve the following:  duck and cover in the classroom, evacuation to marshalling area, building assessment, search and rescue.  We should be completed our drill within 20 minutes and it will provide our staff with a good opportunity to review emergency procedures and what students can do to keep themselves safe.  With this in mind,  you may want to follow up with your child after checking out these emergency preparedness tips.

May 4-8, 2015 is emergency preparedness week in Canada. In the Delta School District we take emergency preparedness very seriously. All of our schools conduct emergency drills throughout the school year. Some of these drills may be full emergency release drills, meaning that parents are involved in the drill because we are practicing how students will be safely released to their parents in the event of a disaster. It is important that if a school has a full release drill, that parents take part. Our students, staff and parents need to be ready in case disaster strikes.

*** It is important that all parents understand that all students, whether in kindergarten or grade 12, will only be dismissed from school in emergency situations to their parents or designated emergency release adult. Students cannot be released to an older sibling who is still under the age of 19. Students will not be allowed to leave school property until a pre-designated adult retrieves them. In order to maintain the safety of your children, there can be no exceptions.

This means that parents need to regularly plan for who will be able to pick-up their child in an emergency situation and that the information needs to be reviewed and updated annually. If both parents do not work close to the school, then they should designate another trusted adult who will, most likely, be in the area if disaster strikes during school hours. Again, this person cannot be an older sibling who is under the age of 19. Parents need to inform the school of who their Emergency Release designated adult is and they need to review this information annually and update it if necessary. They should do so via Parent Connect (instructions are listed below). This needs to be done for each child you have in the Delta School District and you need to inform each child of who his/her Emergency Release adult is.

Parent Connect Instructions:
1.     Sign on to Parent Connect
2.   Click on the BASIC tab on the main toolbar
3.   Click on the blue "Emergency/Out of Prov/Other Contacts" button
4.     Click on the Edit button to the left side of a blank line to add a new record, or on an existing line to change the information. Use the drop down option box to choose the appropriate option for this record; choose ER-Emergency Release. Fill in all of the fields.
5.     Click the Save button to update the changes. If you close the screen or go to another screen before saving, the changes will be lost.
Note: This needs to be completed separately for each child.
For more information about emergency preparedness in the Delta School District visit the DeltaPrepared website:

Please note that we have received a noise complaint from some of our neighbouring homes as they have noticed an increase in noise outside of school hours.  Of particular concern is the "squealing" that can happen with our younger students on the new playground near the kindergarten classes.  This playground is in very close proximity to  the fence line.  We will be addressing this issue with our students and ask that families are mindful of our neighbours when playing on the grounds.  Thank you.

Families are invited to enjoy some YOGA in the PARK on Sunday, May 10 from 1-3pm at Memorial Park.  These classes will be free of charge and located close to the playground with small "kid-friendly" refreshments available.  For more information you can contact


Friday, May 1
Monthly Assembly

Tuesday, May 5
Regional Track Meet
Delta Secondary

Monday, May 4
Class Photos

Thursday, May 14
District Track Meet
South Delta Secondary

Friday, May 15
Professional Day
School Closed

Monday, May 18
Victoria Day
School Closed

Tuesday, May 26
Parent Appreciation Tea
2pm Library

Friday, June 5
Sports Day
(9:30am-2:15pm approx.)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

April 16, 2015

Our students and staff began training last week for the track and field season.  Coaches have been working with students in a number of areas:  sprints, distance, relays, long jump, shot put and softball throw.  Our first "mini-meet" will take place at 3:20pm on Tuesday, April 21st at Delta Senior Secondary. This will be an opportunity for some of our students to practice on the track but only a few events will be run:  100m sprints for gr. 6/7, 60m Shuttle and 60 m Sprint for our gr. 4/5 students.   The regional track meet is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th with the district event taking place on Thursday, May 14th.  We hope that your schedule allows you to attend some of these events to support the team.  Thank you to all of our coaches!

With warmer temperatures looming, students are often tempted to wear beach-like clothing to school. Please help us to maintain an age- appropriate dress code for all grades at Hawthorne by ensuring that strapless, spaghetti-strapped, midriff-like tops and “too-short” shorts or skirts are not worn to school. The midriff should be covered at all times. As well, T-shirts with contentious slogans may be deemed  inappropriate. We wish to work with the parent community in helping to ensure the students wear clothing that is respectful of and appropriate to the school learning environment. These guidelines are intended to maintain a wholesome environment where children can be children without the pressure to hurry up and be young adults.

A number of our students have spent the last few weeks preparing for the Delta School District's Math Celebrations event.  Our Hawthorne will join other South Delta elementary schools on the afternoon of Thursday, April 23rd at Port Guichon Elementary.  We wish them well as they test their math skills and tackle some challenging word problems.  Special thanks to Mrs. Retallick for coordinating our efforts.  

Participating Students:

Grade 7: Carson Gray, Matt Cossenas, Roman Bains, Sena Kholmatov

Grade 6:  Harvir Panesar, Nathan Pannell, Angie Francis

Grade 5: Chloe Koekemoer, Dawson Chung, Riley Arlitt, Keily Hutt, Mackenzie Gray, Ekhtiar Nijjar, Gabrielle Valle, Suneil Dhaliwal, Kaitlyn Kitigawa, Mya Hol 

Grade 4: Matt Fischer, Kaity Morris, Annise Gill, Jessica Khu, Aidan Lockhart, Sean Fraser, Taylor Butcher, Frankie Asquith, Colton Mclean, Alex Pryce, Anita Van Wieringen

You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair which will be takingplace on April 30th at the Sungod Recreation Centre in North Delta from 9am-8pm.  This is a unique and exciting event that gives hands-on experience with dozens of potential career paths.  We encourage you to bring your child(ren) with you to the event. All grade 7 and 10 students are already attending the fair during the school day. For older children and teenagers this is a great opportunity to educate themselves about the many meaningful, well-paying and fulfilling jobs available in the trades and technical areas.  For younger children, childminding is available from 5-8pm and a food truck will be on site during the evening hours.  

The Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair is spearheaded by the Corporation of Delta in partnership with the Delta School District, Vancouver Community College, BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and local employers. The event is incredibly interactive, featuring ‘Try a Trade’ activities and dynamic presentations on the main stage. The Delta School District will also have a career booth at the event.

We invite you to have a look at the Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair website for more information:


    We would like to recognize all of those Grade 4 and 5 students who competed in the Reading Link Challenge. The students had a list of 6 books to read and were quizzed with questions challenged their comprehension skills.  We held our school challenge where the teams competed to see who would become the  Hawthorne champs.  Congratulations "The Once Upon A Readers" team that advanced to face 19 other schools in the Delta School District finale.  Special thanks to Mrs. Ratzlaff for all of her support in coordinating these teams! 

    Hawthorne's Reading Link teams:

    The Big Bang Bookers:  Taylor, Roshan, Priyanshu, Keira, Jeremy, Michael

    The Yoda Unicorns: Gabby, Finn, Jessica, Hayden, Ava, Ally, Ella

    The Reading Machines: Kaity, Caitlin, Turner, Reanna, Annise, Sean

    The Brainiacs: Alyssa, Ayven, Jordyn, Sophia, Sara, Holly

    The Once Upon a Readers: Aish, Gabrielle, Samira, Carly, Mackenzie, Lauren

Please contact Mrs. Page at the office ( if your family is considering a change of schools next year.  This information is an important part of our planning for the 2015-2016 school year.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Please note that the Delta Secondary gym will be open for some "drop-in" basketball on Monday nights for the Spring.  The doors will be open from 7-9pm beginning April 20th.  Basketballs will be provided but students are able to bring their own if they would prefer.  This opportunity is being provided by the Delta Alumni Basketball Committee.


Friday, April 17
Professional Day
School Closed

Tuesday, April 21
Track Mini-Meet
3:20pm Delta Secondary

Friday,  April 24
Hot Lunch Day

Monday, April 27
PAC Meeting

Friday, May 1
Monthly Assembly

Tuesday, May 5
Regional Track Meet
Delta Secondary

Friday, June 5
Sports Day

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wednesday, April 1st

Hawthorne's "Me to We" student committee hosted a very successful coin drive prior to Spring Break.  Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser. With your help we were able to raise almost $2000 in support of the Tekera Primary School in Uganda.  We hope to provide them with clean drinking water, medicine, eye glasses, shoes and many other items in support of their daily life.   Our efforts are being coordinated through ICEF Canada ( Thank you to Mrs. Retallick for coordinating our efforts.  We would also like to recognize a few students who went above and beyond in support of this worthy cause.  Jake Williams and his sister, Hannah, set up a lemonade stand.  Aidan Pau raised over $100 through his Boy Scouts troupe. Jacob Retallick held a birthday party and donated half of his birthday money.  Elizabeth Graham also set up a Lemonade stand.   Thanks again for your support of this fundraising initiative.

Track and Field practices are about to begin to prepare our participating students for the May 5 Regional Track Meet.  We will meet with all of the interested students on Thursday, April 2nd for a preliminary session and our full schedule of practices will begin next week.   Please note the following points regarding Track and Field:

  • students are required to attend 80% of the practices in order to participate in the Regional Track Meet (there may be some exceptions due to extenuating circumstances)
  • all students who meet the attendance requirement will be placed into an event for the regional meet
  • students who are training for a "field" event must also attend one running practice per week
  • there will be a Ladner Mini-Meet hosted on Tuesday, April 21 from 3:30-4:15pm at DSS that will feature a 60m race for gr.4/5 students and a 100m race for gr. 6/7 students

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 Elementary will be hosting a Ready, Set, Learn event for "3 year olds" and their parents.  This is happening in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Health Services.  These organizations have joined forces to celebrate literacy and assist you in the teaching role that you play for your child. British Columbia’s Ready, Set, Learn program recognizes that families need positive connections with the school system and community agencies that provide early childhood development resources, support, and services.

Hawthorne's event is scheduled from 9:30-11am on Friday, April 10th.  This session will begin with brief introductions followed by hands-on-learning opportunities for the children that will model fun and effective literacy strategies. A "nut-free" snack and drink will be provided during the session.  We will also include a brief explanation of the kindergarten program and discuss strategies that will help to prepare your preschooler for elementary school.  Those who attend will receive a literacy kit for use at home. 

For planning purposes we ask that you please advise Mrs. Fast  ( if you are planning to participate.  Please note that parents are required to attend with their child.  We hope to see you on April 10th.

On Thursday, March 12th we hosted our Talent Show and were treated to a great variety of performances.  Our participants are to be commended for their efforts and the positive risk-taking that they modelled for the rest of the school.  You can find an edited version of the Talent Show at this link:  Special thanks to the following students who helped this event run so smoothly:

Hosts:  Sean Fraser, Brianna Barnes, Koby Grounds
Sound crew: Carson Gray, Dylan Broad
Stage Crew: Brooklyn Drake, Levi Froude, Sierra Lunan-Bramwell

Talent Show Participants:

Ms. Emigh and Ms. Cherry's grade one students, Ryan Begg, Lexi Granum, Mackenzie Gray, Lauren Amundsen, Keily Hutt, Frankie Asquith, Abby Malesku, Ella Quigley, Jesse Jensen-White, Morgan Regalado, Taylor Butcher, Makaila Shaw, Caitlin Jerret, Caden Pacaud, Charley Pacaud,  Suneil Dhaliwal, Jaya Dhaliwal, Marlena Loewen, Tiffany Leung, Sena Kholmatov,  Skye-Ann Persad,  Priyanshu Chugh, Nick Regalado, Mattais Ljungberg, Jacob Frank, Liam Froude, Demitri Boufeas, Ryley Ferguson, Aiden Sigouin, Karsten Sparkes, Owen Camp, Mitchell Kolinsky, Helix Hunter, Kiya Brodowich, Alyssa Cocking, Skye Ann Persad, Jack Morgan, Elizabeth Graham, Amorey Cronmiller, Teala Pannel, Erin Wingham, Kasey Kitagawa and Michaela Fischer.

Please contact Mrs. Page at the office ( if your family is considering a change of schools next year.  This information is an important part of our planning for the 2015-2016 school year.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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. We have had a great response so far with over 45 registrants. Here is an overview of the sessions 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 Development – Explore 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.


Friday, April 3rd
Good Friday
School Closed

Monday, April 6th
Easter Monday
School Closed

Friday, April 10
Ready, Set, Learn

Friday, April 10
Monthly Assembly

Tuesday, April 14
Walk To School

Friday, April 17
Professional Day
School Closed

Friday,  April 24
Hot Lunch Day

Monday, April 27
PAC Meeting