Monday, 22 August 2016

Back to School...

Hello everyone.  We hope that you have all enjoyed a tremendous summer filled with plenty of great memories. A special welcome to those families who are new to our learning community. The upcoming school year looks to be an exciting one with new families and staff members. It should be another fulfilling year at Hawthorne and we look forward to working with our parents and students to make it the best experience possible.
Going "back to school" is a highly anticipated event for most of our students as they are eager to re-connect with their friends and the routines of school life. However, we realize that September's arrival can lead to increased anxiety for many children and it is important that the year begin on a positive note. If your child suffers from school-related anxiety, it may be helpful to have some brief discussions now in order to ease them into the change in their schedule. Perhaps have your child create a list (no matter how short:) of items that  they enjoy about school so that they can focus on some of the positives that await.  For more ideas on coping with anxiety in the home,  click here.  

Please note the following points with regard to the opening week for the 2016-2017 school year:

1. The first Day of school is Tuesday, September 6th from 8:55am-12:03pm
2. Kindergarten students will be working on a graduated entry as per the letter those parents should have received prior to the summer break.  They should report to the multi-purpose room at 9:30am.
3. Students will be returning to their 2015-2016 classrooms for the first day and we hope to be in our "new" classes at some point during the second day.  
4. New students report to the gymnasium at 8:55am  and they will be quickly placed into classrooms with their peers for the day.

Tuesday, September 6th
School Re-Opens

Friday, September 16th
Terry Fox Run

Thursday, September 22nd
Open House
6:30 - 7:30pm

Friday, September 23rd
Professional Day
School Closed