Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April 18

Our PAC members, led by the efforts of Kyla Pitman and Kim Barnes, are busy at work planning the 2017 edition of Hawthorne's Spring Fair.  This event has been established as a great tradition for our school and we are looking forward to a night full of fun on Friday, May 12.  Please note the following important dates and deadlines:
  • April 10 to April 21: Pick a Jar Collection *All jars due by April 21st
  • April 24 to May 5: Raffle Tickets on Sale *All tickets due back (sold or unsold) by May 5th
  • May 1 to May 5: Pre-sale Concession Tickets on Sale *Forms due back by May 5th
  • May 11 to May 12: Cake Walk Donations *Donations can be dropped off in Multi-purpose room
  • May 12: SPRING FAIR!! 
We hope that you and your family can make plans to join us on what should be a great night at Hawthorne!

As in past years,  we will be recognizing a number of students with year-end awards.  Typically this group would consist of grade 4-7 students however this year it will only involve our grade 5-7 classes as the new reporting procedures are not compatible with the awards criteria. Next year, every class at Hawthorne will be engaged with the new reporting guidelines and we will adjust our awards accordingly in the fall.  In the meantime,  you can view the current criteria that teachers will be referring to for this year.

o   Student must hold a B or A average over the course of the school year in: Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies & Science.

o   Student must receive a “G” in every subject over the last two terms of the school year.

o   Student must consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and good sportsmanship.
o   Grade 4- 7 students must receive an A or B average in P.E. over the course of the school year
o   Gr. 6-7 students must participate in at least 2 school teams (volleyball, basketball, track)

o   Student must be friendly and kind to peers.
o   Student must be inclusive of peers and works well with them.
o Student is engaged with school activities and opportunities.
o Student demonstrates a number of problem-solving strategies.
o   Student demonstrates empathy and consider various perspectives.
o   Student has provided school service as a scheduled monitor or helper.
o   Student is a helpful presence for the classroom teacher

o   Grade 7 students meeting criteria in citizenship, academic achievement and/or fully meeting IEP goals and three other areas:

o   service , effort, improvement, fine arts, athletic

With warmer temperatures looming (we hope:), 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.

The Indigenous Education Department would like to hear the voices of the families with Indigenous ancestry to hear your thoughts for the future of Indigenous Education in the Delta School District. This survey has 16 questions and should take approximately 10 minutes of your time. Your comments will be used to help us develop the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA) for the next 5 years. 

If you complete the survey, your name will be entered into a draw for a mini i-pad to be drawn at a community on May 31, 2017. More information on this will follow. If you would prefer to answer the survey questions over the phone instead of electronically, we will be conducting phone surveys during the month of April after dinner. Someone from the Indigenous Advisory Committee will be calling for this purpose. 

If you would prefer to get in touch with the Indigenous Education Department at a time that is more convenient to you, please call Diane Jubinville, District VP, Indigenous Education at 604-952-5058 or email: djubinville@deltasd.bc.ca. Link for the survey:

In the New Year, a number of our intermediate students committed to the Math Celebrations program which involved regular meeting for ath problem solving.  Last week these students attended the Math Celebrations challenge at South Park Elementary to compete against students from other schools.  It was a great success.  Here are the names of our participants:

Grade 4:  Ronin, Johnny, Trey, Aneil, Braeden, Jordyn, Valentina, Ella, Sara

Grade 5:  Teala, Amorey, Demetri

Grade 6:  Kaity, Jessica, Alex, Pawan, Makaila, Yooie, Colton, Lucas, Taylor, 
                Reanna, Ally

Grade 7:  Chase, Yunus, Dawson, Sunil, Priyanshu, Michael

You are invited to attend the 4th Annual Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair which will be takingplace on April 27th 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: www.delta.ca/careerfair

    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 our efforts!

    The Original Team of TinfoilsAmorey Cronmiller, Teala Pannell, Maddox Nicholas, Kaitlyn Wilford, Braeden Cole,Noah Reid

Please contact Mrs. Tennant at the office (ktennant@deltasd.bc.ca) if your family is considering a change of schools next year.  This information is an important part of our planning for the 2017-2018 school year.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Friday, April 21
Hot Lunch Day

Monday, April 24

PAC Meeting

Wednesday, May 3

Track Mini-Meet
3:20pm Delta Secondary

Monday, May 8

Monthly Assembly

Thursday, May 11

Regional Track Meet
Delta Secondary

Friday, May 12
Spring Fair

Friday, June 9

Sports Day

Thursday, 30 March 2017

March 30th

Track and Field practices are about to begin to prepare our participating students for the May 11th Regional Track Meet.  We met with interested students today for a preliminary session and our full schedule of practices will begin next week.  Please note the following points regarding Track and Field:
  • gr. 4-7 are invited to attend  running practices held from 8-8:50am on Wednesday and Friday mornings
  • students are required to attend 80% of the practices in order to participate in the Regional Track Meet (there may be some exceptions due to extenuating circumstances)
  • all students who meet the attendance requirement will be placed into an event for the regional meet
  • there will be a Ladner Mini-Meet hosted later in April at DSS that will feature a 60m race for gr.4/5 students and a 100m race for gr. 6/7 students
Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism.  This event was launched by Autism Speaks in 2010 in support of World Autism Awareness Day which takes place each year on April 2.  On this day, over 3000 structures around the world will be illuminated in blue to shine a bright light on autism.  We encourage families to dress up in blue on Sunday, April 2nd to help recognize this initiative.  Thank you in advance for your support.

The Delta School District will be hosting a Ready, Set, Learn event for Ladner  children who will be turning 3,4 or 5 in 2017.  The event will be held on April 11th from 1-2:30pm at the Delta Manor Education Centre. This is happening in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Health Services. These organizations have joined forces to celebrate literacy and assist you in the teaching role that you play for your child. British Columbia’s Ready, Set, Learn program recognizes that families need positive connections with the school system and community agencies that provide early childhood development resources, support, and services.

This session will begin with brief introductions followed by hands-on-learning opportunities for the children that will model fun and effective literacy strategies. A "nut-free" snack and drink will be provided during the session.  We will also include a brief explanation of the kindergarten program and discuss strategies that will help to prepare your preschooler for elementary school.  Those who attend will receive a free book and enjoy a presentation by children's entertainer, Will Stroet. 

On Thursday, March 9th we hosted our Talent Show and were treated to a great variety of performances.  Our participants are to be commended for their efforts and the positive risk-taking that they modelled for the rest of the school. Special thanks to the following students who helped this event run so smoothly:

Hosts:  Mattais Ljungberg, Gabby Ranu and Annise Gill
Sound crew: Ryan Retallick, Suneil Dhaliwal
Stage Crew:  Chase Kolinsky, Arshdeep Pannu, Keily Hutt,  Kaitlyn Kitagawa

Talent Show Participants:

Order of Performers

Ben, Quinn, Parker and Logan
Karina and Sayge
Charlotte, Maya and Maya
Keaton and Kai
Mia and Maggie
Olivia MacDonald
Kian and Jayden
Vya Hunter
Karate Demo
Noor and Valentina
Kya and Bea
Ayla, Chloe and Jessica
Singing and Dancing
Lynelle, Paisley, Kian and Jayden
Kiya and Casey
Singing and Dancing
Avani and Elizabeth
Erin Wingham
Ava and Annise
Stack Cups
Taylor and Makaila
Caitlyn and Kailyn
Lip Synch
Mari, Addison and Amy
Lucy, Helia and Jenna
Zoey and Sydney
Jessica Lieuwen
Grade 5 Dancers

Please contact Mrs. Tennant at the office (ktennant@deltasd.bc.ca) if your family is considering a change of schools next year.  This information is an important part of our planning for the 2017-2018 school year.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Friday, April 7th

Friday, April 14
Good Friday
School Closed

Monday, April 17
Easter Monday
School Closed

Friday,  April 21
Hot Lunch

Monday, April 24
PAC Meeting

Wednesday, May 3
Class Photos