Thursday, 26 November 2015

November 26th

As many of you may already know,  the Ministry of Education is in the midst of rolling out a new curriculum for B.C. students.  This has been phased in slowly over the last two years with full implementation to begin in September 2016.  The district has created a helpful parent resource for information on the new curriculum and you can find it by clicking here.


Our student council will be hosting it's second Spirit Day on Friday, December 4th.  With this in mind we would like to invite staff and students to wear a "crazy" hat.  Some examples could be: a bowler, a sombrero, a grad cap, a tiara, etc.  Some students may want to make their own hat out of paper or accessorize one that they already own.  In the end,  any hat will do as long as it is appropriate.  We look forward to what should be a fun day/

Our student "We Day" committee will be collecting food and money for Deltassist beginning on Monday, November 30th until Friday December 11th.  We are hoping for donations of non-perishable food items and/or a loonie or twoonie to support Delta families in need. Your support would be greatly appreciated. If you, or someone you know, is in need of extra support during the holiday season, please consider Deltassist's Christmas programs.   Registered families can have access to food and toys. You can click here for more details and to check the eligibility requirements.

A Ladner Elementary student by the name of Tru Wilson was recently profiled in Vancouver Magazine's Power Top 50 list.  She is a transgendered girl who has courageously challenged conventional views on gender.   You can read more about her story by clicking here.    You can find the Delta School District's Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity procedures by visiting this link: SOGI procedures.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries and serves as a 60 minute introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.   We are encouraging students, staff and parents to check out the following website for some very easy to follow tutorials:  Our gr. 2-3 students will be engaged with this initiative during the week of December 7-11th and their parents are invited to attend the sessions.  This schedule will be confirmed soon and parents will be notified.

Our "We Day" committee is currently collecting used batteries for the Zinc Saves Lives program.  Each year, nearly 450,000 children die due to complications associated with zinc deficiency.  On AA batter contains the amount of zinc that can save the lives of six children.  This We Day,  Teck has partners with Call2Recycle to help keep batteries out of landfills and get zinc to the children who need it.  For every battery recycled, Teck will donate the value of zinc it contains to UNICEF in support of our Zinc and Health partnership.   Hawthorne has had  great response so far to this initiative and any support from families would be greatly appreciated.

Deltassist provides parenting support through its "Nobody's Perfect" course.  This programming is free with babysitting services provided.  You can find out more on the Deltassist website.


Friday, Nov. 27
Professional Day
School Closed

Friday, Dec. 4th
Crazy Hat Day
All Day

Friday, Dec. 4th
Monthly Assembly
11am Gymnasium

Thursday, Dec. 10th
Christmas Concert
1:30pm and 6:30pm

Friday, Dec. 18th
Hot Lunch / Walk to School