Monday, 15 May 2017

May 15

Last Friday,  Hawthorne hosted a very successful Spring Fair.  This was a great community event as those in attendance enjoyed the sunny weather and fun-filled environment.  As you can imagine, this event would not be possible without the hard work of so many individuals.  We would like to thank all the families who attended in support and provided donations of goods or time. We are also very appreciative of the many staff, parent and student volunteers putting in shifts thoughout the night to keep things moving.  We would also like to recognize  our set-up and clean-up crews :

Set-up Crew:  Sandy Hodge, Michelle Hackett, Sheila La Rosa, Shari Li, Danielle Dodds, Tia MacDonald, Amy Lockhart, David Barton, Marlee Cartwright, Steve Barnes, Susan Paul

Clean-up Crew:   Heather Morris, Steve Barnes, Brianna Barnes, Ethan Pryce, David Barton, Dorothy Fu, Paula Kolisnek, Garett Gaytmenn, Kenny Fu

As well,  a special thank you goes out to Kyla Pitman,  Kim Barnes and Leanne Pryce who coordinated all of these efforts and fostered such a positive spirit.  Well done Hawthorne!

The 2017-2018 school calendar has officially been released to the community.  Hopefully this will assist families with their planning for next year.  The calendar will also be posted on our website.

The Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair is one of British Columbia's largest free family fairs.  This year's festivities will be held May 26-28 and Hawthorne will be proudly represented by Taylor Butcher.  She will be joining other grade 6 girls from throughout Delta as a Princess vying for the title of May Day Queen.  The festivities begin on Friday evening and continue throughout the weekend with plenty of free family entertainment.

Due to the postponement of our Regional Track Meet, we will now be hosting our Emergency Preparedness Drill on Tuesday, May 23rd.  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:

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.


Tuesday, May 16th
Regional Track Meet Part 2
South Delta Secondary
9:30am - Noon (approx.)

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

Monday, June 5th
PAC Meeting
6:30pm Library

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

Friday, June 23rd 
Final Monthly Assembly

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