Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Tuesday, January 19

Your PAC will be hosting a FREE Movie Night for families on Friday, January 22nd.  Doors will open at 6pm with the movie (Inside Out) set to begin at 6:30pm. There will be a limited concession on site featuring popcorn, pizza, chips and juice boxes. Families can also bring their own snacks to this event.  We will also have a fundraising table set up by some of our grade 4 students. They will be selling decorative magnets with proceeds donated to Children's Hospital.  Any support would be greatly appreciated. It should be a fun night and we hope your family can attend.

Last week, a number of parents volunteered to conduct a "lice check" at Hawthorne. We'd like to thank Ms. Barton, Ms. Barnes, Ms. Ranu, Ms. Kolinsky, Ms. Sigouin, Ms. Pryce, Ms. Brookes and Ms. Gaytmenn for their efforts.  Our volunteers checked each class and a number of cases were found however the overall results were encouraging. We did notice more cases with our primary students however and we will be taking the following precautions at the school:

- hanging coats on the back of chairs rather than in the cloakroom
- not sharing hats, headphones, pinnies, combs, coats and dress up clothes for centre time
- regularly cleaning carpet and upholstery
- discussing this issue openly so as to remove the stigma that may prevent disclosures
- enlisting the support of our Public Health Nurse to support families with chronic cases

Here are some considerations for families at home:

- please keep long hair tied up in ponytails, braids or in a bun
- lice tend to avoid certain hair products: hairspray, gel, shampoo with lavender, coconut/tree tea oil
- regularly clean hair care accessories
- regularly clean bedding, coats, hats and upholstery

Head lice is an ongoing concern within the Ladner community but by following some of these preventative measures, we should be able to minimize its impact at Hawthorne. Thank you in advance for your support and feel free to contact Mr. Carruthers if you should have any further questions or suggestions.

A number of Hawthorne classes were involved in the Hour Of Code initiative before Christmas.  That work will continue in the New Year and it has been recognized within a story for the Surrey/Delta Leader.  You can read the story at this link:  Hour of Code at Hawthorne Elementary.  Special thank to Ms. Harris for spearheading our efforts:)

If you wish to meet with a teacher or visit a classroom, please be sure to set up an appointment prior to arriving at the school.  As well, we would ask that visitors report to the office before heading to the classroom. Parents are always welcome at Hawthorne but impromptu visits can be disruptive to classroom routines.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

We will be hosting our student-led conferences on Feb. 3rd and 4th. As we get closer to the date,  parents will be provided with instructions on how to book their appointment online through Parent Connect.

We would like to remind parents and students to refrain from riding their scooters, bikes, skateboards, etc. while on the school grounds.  Families are also asked to keep their dogs on a tight leash when visiting the school  We have some students who are allergic to dogs while others have a fear of canines. 

So you want to be a babysitter? Or, your parents want you to take this course so they feel confident leaving you at home alone? Babysitting with First Aid Hero emphasizes learning through real life scenarios. information covered includes: Exploring the business of babysitting, creating safe environments, safely caring for ages 0-12, and first aid skills.

Red Cross Babysitting Course
Hawthorne, Feb.19th, 2016, 8:30-3:30                        
Grade 6+     
$60 + GST online registration

Mrs. Ratzlaff will once again be hosting a Book Fair in our library during Hawthorne's Student-Led Conference on February 3rd and 4th.   Proceeds will support the purchase of new library resources. Volunteers are needed and parents are asked to contact Mrs. Ratzlaff (jratzlaff@deltasd.bc.ca) if you are able to help out.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Please note that kindergarten registration at Hawthorne will be held on Monday, February 15th from 9am-Noon.  More details to follow in our next blog post.


Friday, January 22nd
Walk to School Day
Movie Night at 6pm

Friday, January 29th
Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday, February 3rd
Parent Teacher Conferences
2pm Dismissal

Thursday, February 4th
Parent Teacher Conferences
2pm Dismissal

Friday, February 5th
District Closure Day
School Closed

Monday, February 8th
Family Day
School Closed

Monday, February 15th
Kindergarten Registration

Friday, February 19
Professional Day
School Closed

Monday, February 22
Professional Day
School Closed