As we approach the end of our second week, most of our programs are now up and running. I would like to thank you parents, students and staff for making the return to school so successful.There is always a substantial amount of positive energy to be found in September and Hawthorne is off to a great start. We are excited about the year ahead and plan to keep parents informed via our blog and website. Please note that Hawthorne will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, September 24 from 6:30-7:30pm. We hope that you can join us and participate in a family scavenger hunt. There will be more details sent out soon.
We are pleased to announce that a number of new staff members have joined our school community. Please join us in welcoming:
Mr. Haydon, School Counsellor
Ms. Sundaran, Grade 2 Teacher
Ms. Bains, Grade 5 Teacher
Ms. Rennie, Learning Support Teacher
Mr. Neufeld, Learning Support Teacher
Ms. Corrigal, Learning Support Teacher
TERRY FOX RUN
Parents are invited to join us for our Terry Fox Run scheduled for Friday, September 18th at 2:15pm. We will first be gathering with all of our students in the gymnasium and then head out for a run on Hawthorne's fields. We will be collecting "Toonies for Terry" until Thursday, September 24th and any support would be greatly appreciated.
Many families have already received a letter advising them that a student in their child's classroom has a life-threatening allergy. These allergies vary from student to student and it is important that all of us at Hawthorne work to ensure a safe learning environment for every child. Aside from some food restrictions we are also asking that dogs are brought to the school with extra care. We have students who are severely allergic to canines and it is important that pets are secured on a leash and kept well away from entrances to the school building so that everyone feels safe. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
TRAFFIC REMINDERInternational "Walk to School" Month is coming up in October and we are encouraging all students to walk, ride or roll to school as much as possible this year. Walking to school has very clear health benefits, is better for the environment and creates a safer space for our school community. We hope that you can support this initiative and continue to do so for the balance of the school year.
As students adjust to the routines and expectations of the new school year, they do not always pay attention to the safety rules when they walk to and from the school. Please take some time to discuss safety rules with your child(ren) and please drive carefully. As you are aware, we are very concerned about the safety of our students during the peak periods of drop-off and pick-up in our school driveway. The capacity of our driveway is not sufficient to accommodate the growing numbers of vehicles that use it for drop-off, pick-up, and visitor parking. In order to improve safety for our students and other pedestrians at school, and to increase the traffic flow in the roundabout, we are asking all drivers of vehicles including daycare, to observe the “Drop-off – Pick up” rules. These have been discussed by The Delta Police and Traffic Engineers from the Corporation of Delta. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We will monitor this and make the necessary changes where needed.
DROP-OFF / PICK-UP RULES IN SCHOOL DRIVEWAY:
Our parking lot is restricted to staff for 30 minutes before and after school. The existing parking stalls are needed for school staff as well as district staff who arrive and leave our school at different times throughout the day. If possible, please consider having your child(ren) walk to school or walk to school with them. We will continue to participate in initiatives and events that promote walking to school, teach environmental responsibility and reduce car dependency. Please watch for an announcement, regarding our first “Walk to School” event.
There are four important issues to consider as you try to determine if your child is too ill to attend school:
Please keep your child home if he/she:
Should the school find it necessary to send your child home because of illness, please make sure you have made alternate arrangements when you are not available. Please inform the school of these arrangements.
EXTRA CURRICULAR BAND GRADE 4-7
Once again, starting, Thursday, Oct 15, an extra-curricular band program will be offered to all Ladner children taught by Curt Jantzen and Margaret Behenna.will be offered at the following times if there is sufficient enrollment:
Hawthorne Elementary 3:15-4:15 p.m. Thursdays
This beginner program is mainly for children in Grades 4 & 5 but any child in Grades 4 and up interested in learning a band instrument can participate. As well, , will once again be offered. This program is for any student with one year or more of Band experience. The Advanced Band will take place at Hawthorne Elementary on Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., also starting Thursday, October 15. The Advanced Band typically has children in Grades 5 – 8 who are looking for an enrichment experience in instrumental music.
Tuition for the year is $295 payable at or before the first class. Mr. Jantzen and Mrs. Behenna will visit your child’s school earlier in October. They will demonstrate all the instruments that are taught in the program and will hand out registration information. Children need to provide their own instrument and these are available for rent from major Lower Mainland Music companies at a very reasonable rate.
For further information, please contact:
Curt Jantzen firstname.lastname@example.org 604 946 2309
Margaret Behenna email@example.com 604 946 7304
Friday, September 18th
Terry Fox Run
Friday, September 25th
Monday, Sept. 28
Friday, Oct. 2
Individual Student Photos
Wednesday, Oct. 7th
Safer School Presentation for Parents
Wednesday, Oct. 7th
Safer School Presentation for Parents
Friday, Oct. 9th