Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thursday, April 14th

On Thursday May 5th Hawthorne will be hosting a day for awareness on Emergency Preparedness.   Parents and families are invited to join in with the various activities. Here are some of the key details:

- this event will run from 2:30-5:30pm
- there will be a free Family BBQ with one hotdog and drink per person
- there will also be a small concession selling: chips, pop, candy bags, popcorn, hot dogs
- family emergency kits and information will be available
- games and prizes for kids
- door prizes for adults
- bouncy castle
- the community emergency bin will be open for viewing
- Delta Police will be in attendance

With the timing for this event,  we will be asking available parents to arrive early this day to "pick up" their child(ren).  This will provide Hawthorne staff with an opportunity to practice our student release program for emergencies.  Please do not arrive earlier than 2:30pm.  When you do arrive,  a staff member will direct you to your child and have him/her released.   For those students who do not have a parent picking them up, they will remain with their teacher and return to the classroom until dismissal at 3pm.

As you are likely aware, there is a redesigned curriculum in British Columbia.  This curriculum is he result of the years of hard work on behalf of teachers and the goal is to ensure all students are prepared to reach their full potential in an interconnected and ever-changing world.  The 2016-2017 school year marks the start of a three-year implementation of the curriculum and the Delta School District invites parents to attend one of the free information sessions listed below.

South Delta Secondary           April 21, 2016      6:30pm – 8:00pm
North Delta Secondary           April 28, 2016      6:30pm – 8:00pm
Ladner Elementary                 May 3, 2016         6:30pm – 8:00pm
Sunshine Hills Elementary     May 5, 2016         6:30pm – 8:00pm

To learn more about these sessions and to RSVP, please visit:  new curriculum parent sessions. 

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 Wednesday, April 27 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 10th with the district event taking place on Thursday, May 19th.  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 clothes  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.

You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair which will be takingplace on April 28th 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 the Grade 4 and 5 students who competed in the Reading Link Challenge this year. The students had a list of 6 books to read and were quizzed with questions to test their comprehension skills.  We held our school challenge recently and the teams competed to see who would become the  Hawthorne champs.  Congratulations to the "The Book Thieves" 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 Book Thieves:  Kaity Morris, Alyssa Aulik, Gabby Ranu, Sophia Lawton, Jessica Khuu, Alex Halket, Sean Fraser

    The Page TurnersAmorey Cronmiller, Aiden Sigouin, Jack Piskor, Caitlin Jerret, Ava Manzur, Elena Amundsen

    Reading Power Pandas: Yooie Mak,  Hayden Reid, Anita Van Wieringen, Finn Maxwell, Ajaydeep Pannu, Elizabeth Graham

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 2016-2017 school year.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Friday, April 15th
Professional Day
School Closed

Monday, April 18th

Professional Day
School Closed

Friday, April 22nd 
Hot Lunch Day

Monday, April 25

PAC Meeting

Wednesday, April 27
Track Mini-Meet
3:20pm Delta Secondary

Friday, May 6
Monthly Assembly

Tuesday, May 10
Regional Track Meet
Delta Secondary

Friday, June 3
Sports Day