Grade 7 Information Evening for Parents – Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Parents of students currently in Grade 6 are invited to the Essex Public School Grade 7/8 information night. Join us to learn more about our diverse in-class programming and extra-curricular activities.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

It will take place in the Library @ 6:00 p.m.

2018 Essex Gr 7 Open House Flyer
Posted in Announcements, Junior (Grades 4-6)

You Are Invited to a Parent Workshop

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You are invited to a parent workshop on Read&Write Literacy Software and Voice-to-Text with Google Docs

  • Are you a parent of a student in Grade 4-8?
  • Does your child need assistance reading material from the web?
  • Does your child struggle with writing school assignments?
  • Do you wish to learn more about assistive technology?

Come and learn about free educational software

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

School Library

RSVP and Questions


You are invited to a parent workshop.docx

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6)

2018 Resolution: Waste Free Lunches at Essex and Hawthorne

The Essex and Hawthorne students are making a new year’s resolution to do their part to minimize waste.  The eco-team has been working hard all fall to educate teachers and students to properly sort their waste, and divert as much as we can from landfill.  However, the lunch room still poses a problem- many containers and wrappers are being placed in the wrong bins, and uneaten food is being thrown away instead of composted.

Therefore by the end of the month, we challenge all families to send litterless lunches to school.  Our waste bins will be removed from the gym on February 1st, 2018 and BOOMERANG LUNCH will begin.  Students will be expected to bring home any unfinished food, wrappers and containers to be properly sorted at home.

We hope you rise to the challenge and begin packing waste-free lunches in 2018!

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Pizza Day Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help distribute pizza on Pizza Day Fridays, starting at 11:15 a.m. for one hour. If you are available for any pizza day we would love to have you come out and help!

To sign up for one or more shifts please email Alana Motta at or sign up on the sign up sheet outside the front office. Please note: even if you have a little one with you, we can still use your help. (Setting up and selling in the lobby, taking the pizza to classrooms, etc.)

The dates for Pizza Days are:

Friday January 12, 2018
Friday January 26, 2018
Friday February 9, 2018
Friday February 23, 2018
Friday March 9, 2018
Friday March 23, 2018
Friday April 6, 2018
Friday April 20, 2018
Friday May 4, 2018
Friday May 18, 2018
Friday June 1, 2018
Friday June 15, 2018

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Twoonie for Unicef December 22

Unicef is raising funds to help 1.5 million vulnerable children in the Middle East who are displaced by conflict. Tomorrow you can help! Wear your pyjamas and bring a toonie for Unicef and help a child in need.

Money raised will go towards:

• Winter clothing kits to over 800,000 children across the region, including to families that have been displaced by recent fighting,
• Cash assistance to the families of more than 320,000 vulnerable children,
• Child friendly spaces and school heating for 105,000 children,
• Thermal blankets for almost 240,000 children.

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

School Network Upgrade

TDSB Field Services has scheduled our School’s network upgrade on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  They will perform activities that include installing new network equipment, changing IP addresses, testing the new equipment and network, decommissioning the previous equipment and network, and updating documentation to reflect the changes.

Although Field Services does not anticipate it will take a full day to perform the change from the current network over to the new Bell network, they must allocate a full day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to perform the work.

On Tuesday, January 9th, the scheduled implementation day of the new Bell network, there will be no wired and wireless (Wi-Fi) network access to services including but not limited to:

·         Internet access and all applications accessible from the Internet

·         Home Drives

·         Shared Drives

·         All AW sites, ServiceIT, myINFO, GAfE, Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Hangouts, and Sheets, Chromebook/Chromebox access

·         Trillium School Information System (SIS)

·         All SAP Systems

·         SharePoint (org sites)

·         Outlook Web Access (OWA)

·         TDSB Print services

·         VPN services

If all the activities are completed ahead of the plan outage window, the school will begin enjoying the new Bell network immediately.

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Egale Human Rights Trust Fundraiser Success

Thank you to everyone who purchased a candy gram! Positive Space was able to raise $200 to support Egale Human Rights Trust Canada. Egale is ‘improving public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education and community engagement.’

Sarah Cervinka
Essex Public School

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Little Jammerz Guitar Program

Lunchtime Beginner Guitar Program (Grades 1-6)

Little Jammerz Guitar Program is coming to Essex Public School & Hawthorne II School. Students will learn to play notes and chords on the guitar. We develop strumming techniques and learn to play pop songs.

There is an optional $20 guitar rental fee for students who do not have their own guitar.  Students take the rental guitar home and bring it back each week for their lesson. (It comes with a small backback carrying case).

This program consists of 8 lessons, which run once per week at Essex Public School/Hawthorne II School.

Dates: Wednesdays from January 10, 2018 to February 28, 2018
Time: Lunchtime
Cost: $90 + $20 (guitar rental fee optional) = $110

To register: please go online to

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

12 Days of Christmas Update

Thank you for contributing new items suitable for young families and babies for the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre. Our tree and box are really starting to fill up! Essex and Hawthorne Admin will deliver the items on Friday December 22nd.

For those of you that would still like to contribute, the Holiday Concert this week is a great opportunity to bring in any of the following items:

1. . Grocery Cart
2. Canned/boxed food
3. Boxes of Diapers
4. Soccer balls, basketballs
5. Bottles of laundry detergent
6. Backpacks
7. Baby toys (new)
8. $25 grocery gift cards
9. Winter coats
10. Receiving blankets
11. Pillows
12. Baby Sleepers

Thank you!

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Parent Volunteer Thank You

Essex Admin wants to thank the following parents for their efforts in beautifying the school:

  • Kate Ireland = for the generous donation of the new stumps in the playground
  • Kathleen Scuby and Sarah Faulkner = for beautifying the book room

Essex Admin is very grateful and appreciative of the level of initiative in the parent community!

If anyone wishes to organize skates in the Essex/Hawthorne skate room, it would just take an hour or two of your time.  See Harry or Leslie if you are interested!

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)