Friday, 6 January 2017

Friday, January 6th

We hope that you enjoyed  a wonderful holiday break filled with great memories and time to relax with those closest to you.  The New Year will bring countless opportunities to Hawthorne and its students.  We are excited about what lies ahead and look forward to working with our student and parent community to make this next term a memorable one for everyone involved.

The New Year has brought with it some very icy conditions which have improved dramatically at Hawthorne over the course of the week.  There remain some areas (gravel field, primary sandpit) that are frozen solid however so we have used cones to restrict student access.  We are also reminding students of safety expectations in the classrooms and during P.A. announcements.

Falls are a serious concern. Falling can result in bruises, sprains, or more serious injuries like broken bones or concussions.  Melting snow can freeze overnight, forming a thin layer of ice that is hard to see. The ground can then become very slippery in the morning when the ice starts to melt. No matter how well the snow is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, there will still be places that are slippery. What you wear on your feet can make a difference whether you fall or not. Boots or shoes that are well fitting and have a good grip are the best choice. Special items like shoe grips or ice cleats can give you extra traction when you are walking on snowy or icy surfaces. ​You can buy these items from many different places like department or sporting good stores. Remove these grips or cleats when walking inside because they can make you slip on indoor flooring.

How can I avoid slipping and falling on snow or ice?

  • Whether you use a gait aid or not, find a path around the snow or ice when you can.
  • Walk slowly and take small steps. Point your toes out slightly to make yourself more stable on icy paths.
  • Keep your head up and don’t lean forward.
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets to help keep your balance.
  • If you use a cane, you can buy an ice pick for the cane.
  • Learn how to walk like a penguin.

More tips for winter walking

  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough time to get where you are going.
  • Assume that all wet, dark areas on the pavement may be slippery or icy. If you can, walk around them.
  • Walk on cleared walkways—avoid shortcuts that have not been cleared.
  • Do not text and walk at the same time.
  • Use handrails on stairs and ramps.
  • If you are walking on a slope where there are no handrails, take extra caution.
  • Consider carrying a small shaker or container of sand or grit to sprinkle on icy or sloped surfaces that you cannot walk around.
  • Use sand or grit on your steps and walkways.
  • Avoid carrying heavy things or large objects that block your view. They can also make you lose your balance.

Your PAC will be hosting a Movie Night for families on Friday, January 20th.  Doors will open at 6pm with the movie 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.  It should be fun and we hope your family can attend.

We will be conducting a follow up "lice-check" for all of our classes within the next two weeks.   We  ask that parents check their children regularly so that we can limit the spread of head lice in January.  For more information, check out this Fraser Health link: head lice checks/treatment.

Please note that community volunteers will be on site (bright yellow jackets) over the coming months working in concert with Delta Police's traffic safety program. They will be monitoring parking/driving habits and issuing warning tickets to any traffic violators.  With this in mind,  please abide by the following traffic guidelines.

  • The curved lane in front of the school has been designated for "drop-off and pick-up" only.  This is a FIRE LANE and there is NO PARKING ALLOWED, however, we are allowing  drop-off, pick-up and exiting.  Do not leave your vehicle unattended, including Daycare providers
  • Please note that the elevated area and the end of the roundabout is RESERVED for Daycare Providers.
  • Enter the “Drop-off – Pick- up” lane and proceed forward as far as possible to the next car ahead so that other cars can enter the lane.
  • Do not leave your vehicle (NO PARKING), as this blocks others from exiting.
  • Keep your place in the line up. Do not cut in front of another vehicle
  • Please do not idle your car.
  • When driving, please do not use your cell phone.
  • Follow the correct flow of traffic indicated by the arrows on the road.
  • Children should use the passenger side car doors that open to the sidewalk.
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.  Our next “Walk to School” event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18th.

Mrs. Ratzlaff will once again be hosting a Book Fair in our library during Hawthorne's Student-Led Conference on February 8th and 9th.   Proceeds will support the purchase of new library resources.  Volunteers are needed and parents are asked to contact Mrs. Ratzlaff ( if you are able to help out.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Please note that kindergarten registration at Hawthorne will be held on Friday, February 17th from 9:30am-Noon.  More details to follow in our next blog post.


Wednesday, Jan. 18th
Walk to School Day

Friday, January 27th
Hot Lunch Day

Monday, January 30th

Professional Day

Wednesday, February 8th
Parent Teacher Conferences
2pm Dismissal

Thursday, February 9th
Parent Teacher Conferences
2pm Dismissal

Monday, February 13th
Family Day
School Closed

Friday, February 17th

Kindergarten Registration
9am - NOON