March 13th Newsletter

Mar 13

CSL – Communicating Student Learning

Our “Communication Student Learning’ reports are going home today. These reports are focused on the process of student learning –  what students can do and their next steps in learning. This reporting process ties in with the new Ministry of Education guidelines for reporting, and the reporting format is still a work in progress. As has been mentioned previously, these reports use a grid of achievement levels as the learning indicators. By taking the focus off of a summative, final assessment such as letter grades, we are encouraging students to continue to work, with their peers, families and teachers, to move their learning forward. We want our students to understand that learning is ongoing, and the students have the ability to develop the tools they need to delve into the next steps of their learning.


Congratulations to all of our Grade 6 and Grade 7 boys and girls basketball teams. The season started off slowly but ended on a high note with tournaments for all teams. The students demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and exceptional growth in their skills. Thank you to our Basketball Coaches: Mr. Tang, Mr. Granum, Ms. Blachford, Ms. Sundaran, and Mrs. Atkinson. Also thank you to Mrs. Mack for keeping us all organized and for coordinating the Hoop Shoot preliminaries.

Students in Grades 5, 6 and 7 will be participating in our Hoop Shoot Finals at South Delta Secondary, Tuesday, March 13th beginning at 3:45. Good Luck to our participants.

If students are interested – there is a Spring Break Basketball Camp being held at Delta Secondary. Your can register at


Talent Show

Students have been practicing their talents and are ready to share with families, students and staff on Thursday afternoon. Our talent show will begin at 1:30 and should be over by 2:30 pm. Parents are welcome to attend. Thank you to Mrs. Emigh and Mrs. von Schulmann for working with our students and getting them prepared for the big day.


Track and Field

As soon as we get back from Spring Break, we will begin our Track and Field Season.

Track and Field practices are about to begin to prepare our participating students for the May 7th Regional Track Meet.  We will meet with interested students for an information session and our full schedule of practices will begin the first week in April.
Please note the following points regarding Track and Field:
  • Gr. 4-7 are invited to attend running practices held from 8-8:50 am 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 – Autism Speaks

Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness and increase understanding and acceptance of people with Autism.  Autism Speaks launched this event in 2010, in support of World Autism Awareness Day which takes place each year on April 2.  On this day, over 3000 structures, in over 150 countries, will be illuminated in blue to shine a bright light on autism.  We encourage families to dress up in blue on Monday, April 2nd to help recognize this initiative.  At Hawthorne, we will celebrate Light It Up Blue, on Friday, April 6th – and we encourage everyone to wear their blue on April 6th. Thank you in advance for your support.

Important Dates

Tuesday, March 13th – CSL Report Cards go home

Tuesday, March 13th – Hoop Shoot at SDSS

Thursday, March 15th – Talent Show  – 1:30 pm

Friday, March 16th – Walk to School Day

Friday, March 16th – Hot Lunch

Friday, March 16th – St. Patrick’s Day Run 2:15 pm

Saturday, March 17th – Monday, April 2nd – School Closure, Spring Break, Easter Break

Tuesday, April 3rd – School Re-Opens