Thursday, 4 May 2017

May 4th, 2017

Our regional track meet is fast approaching and we seem to be short on our supply of team uniforms.  Can you please check the laundry and your child's room for any Hawthorne uniforms and have them returned to the school ASAP?  Thank you in advance for your attention to this.

We are excited to announce that Hawthorne will be recognizing Canada's 150th Anniversary with a week of celebrations that culminates with our Spring Fair on Friday, May 12.  Here's a quick look at what is planned:

  • Monday 
      • morning kick off assembly at 9:30am
      • Canadian themed stations for students to rotate through
  • Tuesday
      • Drop Everything and Read Something Canadian...students are reading Canadian literature throughout the day
      • Canadian Authors will be presenting to students 
  • Wednesday
      • Red and White day for students and staff to wear their Canadian colours
      • "Canada" challenge which will send students outside to solve a puzzle using posted clues
  • Thursday
      • Regional Track Meet for Intermediate students
      • Canadian themed classroom activities for those remaining at school
  • Friday
      • Kite Flying: students construct and fly their "Canadian-themed" kites outside on the school grounds
We are also planning to provide some Canadian music and trivia each day.  It should be a fun, patriotic week!

On Tuesday May 16th Hawthorne will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness drill which will involve a full response from staff and students.  We may also be asking for parental involvement so that we can practice our "student release" procedures.  This will be restricted to certain grades and we plan to inform those families in advance via email.

*** It is important for parents to understand that all students, whether in kindergarten or grade 12, will only be dismissed from school in emergency situations to their parents or designated emergency release adult. Students cannot be released to an older sibling who is still under the age of 19. Students will not be allowed to leave school property until a pre-designated adult retrieves them. In order to maintain the safety of your children, there can be no exceptions.

This means that parents need to regularly plan for who will be able to pick-up their child in an emergency situation and that the information needs to be reviewed and updated annually. If both parents do not work close to the school, then they should designate another trusted adult who will, most likely, be in the area if disaster strikes during school hours. Again, this person cannot be an older sibling who is under the age of 19. Parents need to inform the school of who their Emergency Release designated adult is and they need to review this information annually and update it if necessary. They should do so via Parent Connect (instructions are listed below). This needs to be done for each child you have in the Delta School District and you need to inform each child of who his/her Emergency Release adult is.

Parent Connect Instructions:
1.   Sign on to Parent Connect
2.   Click on the BASIC tab on the main toolbar
3.   Click on the blue "Emergency/Out of Prov/Other Contacts" button

4.   Click on the Edit button to the left side of a blank line to add a new record, or on an existing line to change the information. Use the drop down option box to choose the appropriate option for this record; choose ER-Emergency Release. Fill in all of the fields.
5.  Click the Save button to update the changes. If you close the screen or go to another screen before saving, the changes will be lost.
Note: This needs to be completed separately for each child.

For more information about emergency preparedness in the Delta School District visit the DeltaPrepared website:

Students and parents are reminded that "wheels" should not be ridden on the school grounds before or after school.  This includes scooters, skateboards and bikes.  The great weather of late has brought a dramatic increase in this type of activity on the grounds and it can present as a hazard.  Thank you for your attention to this. 

In the coming weeks, our teaching staff will be meeting to create tentative class lists for next year.  The classes will be determined by considering the following factors:

  • Learning styles and strengths
  • What the child can do in relation to the program
  • Degree of independence in work habits
  • Social and personal needs
  • Age and physical maturity
  • Class Size and Composition guidelines
  • Previous year's placement
  • Previous teacher's input
  • Parent input / requests
  • Establishing a balanced group academically
  • Male/Female balance
  • Friendship groupings
  • Equalizing class size
  • Siblings/Twins
  • Special needs
  • Medical needs
If you have some information that you would like to include in this process,  please forward a note to Mr. Carruthers at the office or correspond via email at We would only ask that you please refrain from making a "teacher" request and focus on what you believe to be the best learning environment for your child.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this.


Monday, May 8th
Monthly Assembly 

Thursday, May 11th
Regional Track Meet
Delta Secondary

Thursday, May 18
District Track Meet
South Delta Secondary

Friday, May 19
Professional Day
School Closed

Monday, May 22
Victoria Day
School Closed

Tuesday, May 30
Kindergarten 2017-2018 Orientation
Sessions: 9am / 10am / 11am

Tuesday, May 30
PAC Meeting
6:30pm Library

Friday, June 9
Sports Day
2:15pm dismissal (approx.)

Friday, June 16
Final Monthly Assembly

Thursday, June 29th
Grade 7 Assembly (9:15am)
10:30am dismissal for all students