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