High Park Alternative School Open House Jan. 22

High Park Alternative Open House – January 22
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

H2E Afterschool Programs Winter 2020: register this week

Hawthorne II and Essex Junior and Senior public schools are launching an afterschool program. Vendors will come into the school and offer one hour programs after dismissal for 7 or 8 weeks. Program, cost and registration details are listed below and in the attached flyers. All programs are first come, first serve so get your friends together and sign up today!

Cooking in French by EXPLORUM

Grades 4 to 6

Program in French

Tuesdays | 8 weeks | Jan 14th-March 3th | 3:30pm – 4:30pm| Room 201-Staff Room

Young cooks learn the culinary rules starting with food hygiene basics and kitchen safety. Weighing, measuring and calculating amounts adds a zest of math and science to the program. In addition to cuisine, students will be introduced to the notion of a balanced diet. Students will enjoy eating their creations and reproducing them at home with the recipe book they will create. Bon appetite!

$205+HST= $231.65
Registration form: http://explorum.ca/h2eafterschool


Chess by Chess Institute of Canada (CIC)

Grades 1 to 6

Program in French and English

Wednesdays| 8 weeks | Jan 15th-March 4th | 3:30pm – 4:30pm | Room 218

Students build their chess skills during weekly after school sessions, with lessons, activities and play. All levels of chess players are welcome. Beginners will be gifted with the universal language of chess knowledge, while advanced players will be challenged and raised to new levels in a bilingual environment. CIC instructors are carefully selected and trained to provide an engaging learning environment, facilitating insights and building life skills such as decision making, goalsetting, emotional intelligence, and respect for others.

$112.00, taxes waived Financial assistance is available.

Registration and payment: https://chessinstitute.ca/register     

Choose Chess Clubs TDSB, then Hawthorne II Essex


Kinder Art by Children’s Art Studio Inc.

Grades JK &SK

Program in English

Thursdays | 7 weeks | Jan 16th-March 5th | 3:15pm – 4:15pm| Room 101

Our KINDER Art classes skillfully combine literature with art as we aim to help your child for success in school by fostering positive self-awareness and assurance. Our open-ended lesson plans explore the creative process by experimenting with drawing, painting, sculpture and print-making. Kids registered for this program must be 4yrs old on the session start date. Please note there is NO CLASS on Thursday Feb 13th due to other events occurring at the school.

$120+HST= $135.60

More info: http://childrensartstudio.ca/registration/

Registration form: http://childrensartstudio.ca/images/tdsb-form.pdf


Snack-on-Science (STEM) in French by EXPLORUM

Grades 1 to 3

Program in French

Thursdays | 7 weeks | Jan 16th-March 5th | 3:30pm – 4:30pm| Room 201-Staff Room

EXPLORUM strengthens student’s French language skills and helps to spark an interest in science in a fun, yet educational setting. Send students on a journey of discovery into the fabulous and infinite world of science after school! Please note there is NO CLASS on Thursday Feb 13th due to other events occurring at the school.

$195+HST= $220.35

Registration form: http://explorum.ca/h2eafterschool


General Details

  • Children must be at least four years of age on start date of program.
  • Registration for all programs is online at the vendor’s site.
  • Limited spaces available. If minimum class sizes are not reached the vendors reserve the right to cancel the programs.
  • Register between Wednesday December 18th, 2020 and Friday January 10th, 2020.
  • Registration is first come first serve.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday classes are eight weeks. Thursday classes are only seven weeks. There is NO CLASS on Thursday Feb 13th due to other events occurring at the school.
  • Junior Kindergarten / Senior Kindergarten program time is from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. JK/SK teachers have graciously agreed to walk students directly to the H2E afterschool program. Parents are asked to please pick up kindergarten students at 4:15pm in room 101 (next to the front foyer).
  • Grades 1 to 6 program time is from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Student are expected to make their way to the H2E afterschool classroom themselves. Parents are asked to please pick up Grade 1 to 6 students in the front foyer of the school (in front of the Essex office) at 4:30pm.
  • Please advise aftercare providers if your child will be attending an H2E Afterschool program.
  • Students in aftercare will be walked from the H2E Afterschool program directly to the aftercare program at 4:15pm for the JK/SKs and at 4:30pm for Grades 1 to 6.
  • Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School and Essex Junior and Senior Public schools do not share attendance information with vendors.  If your child is going to be absent from H2E Afterschool Programs, please contact the vendor directly and not the Hawthorne II or Essex office or teachers. It is important for the vendors to know about absences so they can ensure student safety.
  • If your child has medical and/or dietary needs, share this information directly with the vendors.
  • If you have any questions about H2E Afterschool programs, please contact H2Eafterschool@gmail.com
  • If you have financial concerns regarding the afterschool programs, please contact Principal Quon
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

International Languages Integrated Day Program

Message from Superintendent Uton Robinson

This past spring, it was decided that the International Languages Integrated Day Program would be cancelled as part of the budget consultations. This past fall, surveys were conducted in all our schools that previously had the Integrated Day Program. We had some positive feedback resulting in some schools being able to offer some after school programs.

At this time, we are exploring the possibility of offering Saturday morning International Languages Elementary classes at Dovercourt PS to meet the needs of families in this area of the city.

Parents and guardians are asked to read the attached information letters.

Parent Letter for Saturday ILE program 16Dec19
DovercourtPS SurveyHardcopy 16Dec19
Chinese Translation-Saturday ILE Parent Letter
Chinese Translation- Dovercourt PS Survey
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Junior Extended French (Gr. 4 Entry) Parent/Guardian Information Sessions

Junior Extended French (Gr. 4 Entry)

This year, there will be two virtual (online webchat) information sessions for parents/guardians interested in the Junior Extended French (Gr. 4 entry) application process.

Please note the following dates/times of the Virtual Information sessions below:


Session Date Time
Virtual (online webchat) Information Session


January 16th, 2020 7:00-8:00pm
Virtual (online webchat) Information Session


January 28th, 2020 10:00-11:00am

For more information, please contact:

FSL Program Coordinator, Kirsten Johnston at kirsten.johnston@tdsb.on.ca

Centrally Assigned Principal, Angela Caccamo at angela.caccamo@tdsb.on.ca


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

Winter Holiday Concert December 18th Kindergarten to Grade 3

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It’s that time of year again to enjoy your child’s/children’s hard work at the 2019 Winter Holiday Concert! All kindergartens to grade 3’s will be performing on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. The concert will begin at 5:30 pm. Students should arrive at the school by 5:15 pm and go directly to their classrooms. Please stay till the end of the concert for the finale song that includes all students.

Dress: Students will be performing at least one song from the Sound of Music and can dress in the style of the children from the musical or smart casual.

Kindies – Ms. Costa, Ms. Pinsky, Ms. Pal – My Favourite ThingsMs. Haber – So Long, Farewell
Ms. Cervinka – Lonely Goatherd
All Students – Do, Re, Mi Song

We look forward to see you all! Glen Jung (arts teacher)

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

Essex online silent auction is live!  

Essex online silent auction is live!  


*Bidding ends on Wednesday Dec. 4 at 9:30pm.

We would like to thank all donors for supporting our school community. 


Fiesta Farms


Will Hutcheson – Family Lawyer (1 will)

Fiesta Gardens

Mecanico Bike Repair Pro


Matthew Fernandes -broker + Essex Alumni (Home Depot gift cards)

Sheila Grantham-Essex/Hawthorne Librarian

(Librarian for a Day+Tea Party for. 4)

2 Front row tickets for Winter Concert

2 Front row tickets for Charlie+the Chocolate      Factory play

Diana Andrews-Gr. 2/3 teacher Hawthorne (Drumming Session for 4)

Come Clay With Me

Crossroad Kafe



Hill’s Florist

Long & McQuade

Angel Hair Salon

Union Yoga+Wellness

United Boxing Club

Ewe Knit

The Good Neighbour

Los Guacamoles

Basecamp Climbing

Mama Earth Organics

Cowlick Salon

Black Belt World

Nightwood Theatre

Saje Natural Wellness

Comedy Bar

Madras Masala



Annex Hotel

BMV Books

Hot Docs (2 memberships)

Wiener’s Home Hardware

BStreet RMT


A Different Booklist Bookstore & Cultural Center

J with a K Music (Huron St)



Insomnia Restaurant

Annex Children’s Theatre in Education Summer Camp (2weeks of summer camp)

Annex Orthodontics

Camp Tech

Secrets From Your Sister

Jack of Sports (1 week of summer camp)


Annex Dance Academy


Dupont and nearby

Stubbe Chocolate

OK Tire Dupont

Tarragon Theatre


Blood Brothers Brewery

Inhabit Pilates and Movement


George Brown College School of Design

Gussied Up Inc.

Suzanne Gardner Flowers

Philosophy Fitness

Nabi Spa



Tom’s Place


Le Tao




Harbord Bakery






Academy of Lions (10 class pass cross-training)

Factory Theatre

Le Swan


Optic Zone Optical

Fitzroy Rentals

Mosaic Yoga

Sky Zone Toronto

Woodpecker Coats

Soleria Mermaid (1 hour MERthday party)

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

School Council Meeting December 3rd, 6-8 pm All welcome!

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

Le Marché d’Hiver December 5th: craft or baking vendors still wanted

Hope to see you at Le Marché d’Hiver Thursday December 5th | 5-8 pm | in the east gym

We are still looking for vendors for Le Marché d’Hiver. Do you bake, knit, or make crafts? Why not get busy, make things as a family, and set up a table at Le Marché?

Keep it simple or make it sassy! You do not need to be an established business or have any prior sales experience. In fact, extended family are welcome to vend as well.
Got a crafty grandma/grandpa, aunt/uncle, sister of brother? Why not encourage them to join and make some extra money! So far we have 9 vendors. We were hoping for at least 6 more. We would prefer to keep it simple and not open the vendor option to outside businesses beyond extended family and close friends. To vend at Le Marché please contact Cyndi cynduck@gmail.com by Friday Nov 29th.
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

OPAL Outdoor Clothing Lending Library Now Open!

Thank you to all parents who donated gently used outdoor gear to our OPAL Lending Library.  We now have a selection of coats, rain pants, snow pants, mittens, hats, boots and scarves for children to borrow when their clothes are forgotten, lost or wet.  We hope this resource will help all students and families feel enthusiastic about one of our OPAL beliefs, “We play in all weather!” or alternatively, “There is no bad weather, just bad clothing”.
The kindergarten teachers will have items to lend in their classrooms, for Gr. 1-6 students the OPAL Library is set up on the third floor across from the elevator.  Thank you again for your help in making this happen.
The OPAL Committee

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

Essex Silent Auction starts November 27

Silent Auction Online: November 27 – December 4
This year’s silent auction is a treasure trove of awesome gifts, services and products, all from local sources.

Bid ONLINE at https://www.32auctions.com/essex2019 and get your holiday shopping done with 100% of the money going to Essex Public School Parent Council. Feel free to share the auction link with friends and family.

Support your school AND shop local! 

Thanks to our many sponsors – AGO, Comedy Bar, Fiesta Farms, Actinolite, Basecamp Climbing, Contra, Soul Cycle, Union Yoga, Hot Docs, Clay with Me, Hutcheson Law, Angel Hair, InHabit Pilates, BStreet RMT,  and MANY MORE.

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