Essex and Hawthorne X-Country team

The Essex and Hawthorne X-Country team is open to all students in Grades 1-8. Practices will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 am on the track. Beginning on Sept 16th students in grade 4-8 will run to Christie Pits for practice. Students must attend at least 7 practices to come to the meet on Wednesday October 2nd at Ashbridges Bay. We will travel to the meet by school bus for grades 2-8.  Students in grade one require a parent volunteer to take them to the meet as they will need close supervision for their first year on the team.


Look forward to seeing you at practice,

Coaches Jessica Haber, Erin Corcoran and Sonia Artinian-Ausberger

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

Pizza Lunch

The pizza lunch program is back for 2019/2020 school year.
This program is a great fundraiser, which supports cooking programs, theatre programs, and much more! It’s also a great way to pack one or two less lunches a month!
Pizza Lunch forms are out in backpacks!  Please sign, pay, and return to your child’s teacher or the school office. Forms are due September 12th 2019. 
The school council works very hard to ensure that all children who would like to participate in the program are able to. If you have dietary concerns or financial concerns, please let us know.
In order for this program to be possible we rely on parent volunteers. If you have time off or work from home please consider volunteering 1.5 hours of your time twice a year to make this program possible. 
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Kindergarten Playdate

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year! 
For those of you who are new to our school this year in JK/SK we invite you to join us on September 7th from 10am to 12pm at the Kindie playground. It is a great time to connect with other families and a chance for the kiddos to make new friendships grow.
Bring a peanut-free snack to share. Water will be provided.
School Council members will be present to help answer any questions you might have.
Hope to see you there!
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Ward 10 Summer Newsletter from Trustee Chris Moise

Message from Chris

Upon reflection it has been a difficult, yet fruitful year, filled with many shifts and changes that have challenged myself and my colleagues, and pushed us ever-more to fight for our community, community members, and education system.

In the past year we have seen the results of a municipal election, we have welcomed twelve new dedicated and hard-working Trustees to our board, and we have had to take up the fight against the difficult changes that have been brought on by our new premiere and governing provincial government.

Throughout the past year we have worked closely with the Director of Education towards strengthening our commitment to our students, ensuring that all students have the best quality of education.

Throughout my time as a Vice Chair of the Board, I have been committed to the bettering of our communities and community-run programs.  Along with serving as the Director of the Ontario School Board Association, I have worked tirelessly to support a number of initiatives, including the the Black Student Achievement Advisory Committee and the Toronto Lands Corporation.

The sun is shining and the gardens are blooming full! I would like to congratulate all graduating students celebrating this week! The summer days are beautiful and it is time to revel in the accomplishments of all your hard work! Whether you are venturing into middle-school or high-school, or you are taking the plunge and diving into an apprenticeship or college program, know that your hard work and dedication will shine through! Keep going, keep pushing, keep learning!

I am thankful that, together with my colleagues, we are working towards a better tomorrow for everybody. I wish everyone a safe and healthy summer and very much look forward to connecting further in the coming fall months!

And don’t forget: SCHOOL BEGINS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd. See you there!


On Sunday, June 23, students, staff and Trustees came out to celebrate Pride at the parade. I am very proud of our TDSB schools, who held events and activities in support of Pride througout the month of June.


2019-20 Budget Update

Trustees Approve Budget Reductions to Balance Budget for 2019-20

The Toronto District School Board approved a budget reduction plan for the 2019-20 school year that required $67.8 million in staff reductions and changes to program/service delivery. The operating budget of approximately $3.4 billion will continue to support the TDSB’s commitment to equity, and the achievement and well-being of all students.

To balance the budget, trustees had to determine reductions to offset $42.1 million in Ministry of Education funding cuts and a budget deficit of $25.7 million. While the focus of the Board’s attention has been on budget reductions, the Board expects to maintain, and in some cases exceed, funding for key areas such as Special Education, Early Years Literacy & Intervention, school safety and security, Model Schools and initiatives to promote equity and Anti-Racism initiatives throughout the school system.

The TDSB is committed to aligning resources with its Multi-year Strategic Plan that includes academic achievement for students, equitable access to programs and resources and increased opportunities to be successful in school. Collectively, trustees made changes to the proposed budget reductions based on more than 100 public delegations and more than 250 written submissions, as well as many meetings, calls and emails with constituents. Trustees were also guided by the reaction of more than 15,000 online comments about the budget strategic drivers.

Quick Facts

  • The TDSB’s operating budget is approximately $3.4 billion and is divided into the following categories: instruction (78%), school operations (15.5%), administration (2.5%), transportation (1.9%) and other operating costs (1.9%).
  • Trustees approved a detailed list of staff reductions and changes to program/service delivery.
  • Over the next few years, the Board forecasts that there will be a small growth in overall enrollment.
  • Learn more about the 2019-20 Budget.
P042, Appropriate Dress Policy Review, Phase 5 [3627]

The Board approved (16.1, 5) revisions to P042 and officially changed the name of the policy to P402, Student Dress Policy. The new policy will come into effect in September 2019. For more information, please refer to the Questions and Answers available online.

French-as-a-Second-Language Communitee Advisory Committee: French Programming

Trustees referred recommendations (16.2, 3) from the French-as-a-Second-Language Community Advisory Committee to staff and asked that they be taken into consideration as part of the French review report in June 2019. The recommendations are related to the following areas:

  • Improving Equity of Access to French Immersion/Extended;
  • Achieving Equity: Supporting Participation (Enrollment and Retention) of Students With Special Education Needs in FSL;
  • Improving Core French;
  • Improving Student Achievement, Engagement and Retention in French in Secondary;
  • Seamless Access to Before- and After-School Care for French Immersion/Extended Students
Ward 10 News

Excellence Awards

Each year, staff, students, parents and community members are invited to nominate a TDSB staff member or team whose efforts have made a difference in their lives. This year, the TDSB recognized 11 extraordinary individuals who truly go above and beyond for their school communities.

For more information, including a list of winners, please read the TDSB web story.

Ward 10 – Principal Alana Grossman (Beverley School) was among the 11 individuals who was recognized at this special event.

School Year Calendar 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 school year at the TDSB begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 following the Labour Day long weekend. For more information about important dates and holidays for the upcoming school year, please refer to the 2019-20 School Year Calendar.

The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, inclusive.

Also please note Days of Significance – click for the complete list 2019-2020
You may also find this Days of Significance Resource Guide helpful.

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

TDSB Summer Music Camps: spots still available

The TDSB summer music camps provide an excellent music-learning opportunity for students over the summer. Although filling up quickly. there is still space in the Downtown Summer Strings and the Mono Cliffs overnight experience.

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

Toronto Public Health: Eye See Eye Learn for JK Students

Attention Parents/Caregivers of Children in JK (born 2014)

Is your child currently in Junior Kindergarten and has not had their vision checked this year by an Optometrist?  Be sure to book an appointment by June 30th to take advantage of the Eye See Eye Learn program.  Students born in 2015 and starting JK in the fall can participate any time after July 1st 2019.

Eye See Eye Learn® is a program through the Ontario Association of Optometrists that provides an eye exam and a free pair of eye glasses if required.  Find a participating  Optometrist near you.

For more information about Vision Health in School Age Children, please visit the Toronto Public Health website.

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

Ward 10 Forum and Year End Celebration June 13th

Ward 10 Ward Agenda June 13 2019 (2)
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Essex School Council Meeting June 4th 6-8 pm

Essex School Council Meeting
June 4th 6-8pm School Library
In our last meeting of the year we will wrap up the year and make plans for next year. We will be holding a vote for School Council positions for next year. Positions will be presented and nominations heard. Those present will vote to approve nominations.
All welcome!
Please email if you require childcare.
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Picnic Lunching outside next week June 4th to 6th

Hi there,

The Lion King production is fast approaching.

The performances will be taking place from Tuesday, June 4th to Friday, June 6th. 

To accommodate for the performances, the entire East Gym will be set-up for the 3 days.

As a result, we will be doing “picnic lunch” outside, weather permitting.

If there is inclement weather, alternate arrangements will be made for students.


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


Join us in celebrating an amazing year at Essex & Hawthorne Schools and kicking off the warm weather together as a community!
We will have two bouncy castles – one for smaller kids and one for older ones!
Food for sale will include Pizza, Samosa, Veggies, Watermelon, Popcorn, Ice Cream, and Freezies!
We will have TONS of new carnival games and a circus tent full of prizes! The nose game will be back!
Lots of free fun, including games with the staff from Central Tech Stadium, an Adventure Playground from our OPAL team, and a GIANT Jenga!
We still need more adult volunteers to make this event happen – especially for the 5:00-6:30 time slot. We also need more help for clean up! 
Please click the link to sign up

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