Monday, 15 May 2017

May 15

SPRING FAIR
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!

SCHOOL CALENDAR
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.

LADER PIONEER MAY DAYS
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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
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: facilities.deltasd.bc.ca/deltaprepared


CLASSROOM PLACEMENTS:  2017-2018
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 mcarruthers@deltasd.bc.ca. 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.

IMPORTANT DATES

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
11am

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

Thursday, 4 May 2017

May 4th, 2017

HAWKS UNIFORMS
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.

CANADA WEEK AT HAWTHORNE
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!



EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
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: facilities.deltasd.bc.ca/deltaprepared

WHEELS ON THE PLAYGROUND
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. 




CLASSROOM PLACEMENTS:  2017-2018
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 mcarruthers@deltasd.bc.ca. 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.





IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, May 8th
Monthly Assembly 
9:30am

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
11am

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

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April 18

SPRING FAIR
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!


YEAR-END AWARDS
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.


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

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

ATHLETIC AWARD
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)

CITIZENSHIP AWARD
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

HAWTHORNE AWARD
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

DRESS CODE
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.

INDIGENOUS EDUCATION
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:
https://goo.gl/forms/tA4cTiFLdKihHcVo1

MATH CELEBRATIONS
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

TRADES FAIR
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



READING LINK CHALLENGE
    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

MOVING?
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.


IMPORTANT DATES


Friday, April 21
Hot Lunch Day

Monday, April 24

PAC Meeting
6:30pm

Wednesday, May 3

Track Mini-Meet
3:20pm Delta Secondary

Monday, May 8

Monthly Assembly
9:30am

Thursday, May 11

Regional Track Meet
Delta Secondary

Friday, May 12
Spring Fair

Friday, June 9

Sports Day