Principal's Message: September Welcome
Welcome back! As the new Principal of Hawthorne Village P.S., I would like to welcome all students to school and I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer with your families and friends! I am thrilled to be joining the Hawthorne Village team and I look forward to meeting our wonderful Hawthorne families! I am delighted to welcome our students to a new school year - a year full of promise and opportunity! I encourage all students to engage in opportunities offered to them to develop their talents and skills so that they will learn, grow, succeed and develop a strong sense of belonging and pride as a student of Hawthorne Village Public School. H.V.R.B.O.Y ~ Hawthorne Village Rocks Because Of You!! Parents can help their children in a variety of ways at the beginning of a new school year. Encourage your children to make new friends. Have a regular routine at home that includes time for homework and reflecting on the day. Be patient with your children as they adapt to their new schedule and routines. With your cooperation and support, I look forward to a very exciting and productive year. We also look forward to our future as a school with enthusiasm and optimism. We welcome all the new students, families and staff members that have joined us this year. Together, we can make this an extraordinary year at Hawthorne Village Public School.
We have had a very busy time in the office in the last few weeks with many new registrations to process. We will open our doors to greet 1100 students and over 100 staff members this week! There is a great energy in the school and we look forward to the coming weeks as we all settle in for the school year. Within the first few weeks of school, we need to keep in mind that student placements and teacher assignments can change if we need to reorganize. This is based on our registration numbers, class size requirements and staffing. If there are any changes with classes, we will communicate information and transition plans with those families that are affected as soon as we can. We ask that you keep this in mind when discussing class placements with your children. Class building, staffing, and reorganizations are the responsibility of schools. We understand that students and parents have preferences. However, this cannot be a consultative process and we do not make changes based on input and feedback from families at this time. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in helping make any necessary transitions should we be required to reorganize. Building resilience in our young people is very important. Changes that come with a new school year are the perfect opportunity for us as adults to help them develop this skill. Maintaining a positive and optimistic outlook as adults always helps students as they adapt to change.
Our class lists will be posted on the front door Friday, August 31 after 4:00 pm. They can also be accessed online through our Hawthorne Village website. You will need your child’s OEN number (found on their report card), to access their placement.
First Day Procedures
The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. We welcome all of our students on our blacktop area of the school where teachers will be waiting to welcome their new classes beginning at 9:15 am. Teachers will be carrying signs with their name, entry maps will be posted with class lists so students can identify the area where teachers will greet their students. Our school hours remain the same this year. Supervision begins at 9:00 am. and our school day begins at 9:15 am. All students, except bus and day care students, will be dismissed onto the blacktop at the end of each day at 3:35 pm.
Bus students can find out information regarding eligibility and routes by clicking Halton Student Transportation on the Hawthorne or HDSB website. Questions regarding bussing should be directed to the Halton Student Transportation Service.
Students are encouraged to walk or ride to school whenever possible. For students driven to school, for safety reasons, car access to school property is closed during the school entry at the beginning of the day and at dismissal at the end of the day. Driver access to school property at these times is left for our buses and after school daycare vehicles. Parking is available on the street if you wish to walk your child onto school property. In our continued effort to keep our students, staff, and community safe, it is very important for parents in cars to be cognizant of pedestrians and to be careful and follow all safety routines. We appreciate your diligence in this regard.
Photo Day – September 25!
Welcome back! We look forward to a great year!