Send-off for Ms. Spademan

Greetings Howard Families and Music Fans,

Ms. Spademan will be retiring this year and leaving us in the fine hands of Ms. Jonas next year.

We are going to celebrate Ms. Spademan’s contributions to our community over the 11 years she has taught at Howard.  At our June 23 year-end assembly there will be a presentation, a special song and slideshow for Wendy.  Please mark your calendars as parents are welcome to attend. It starts at 9:15 am.

We need your help to create this special send off.

Firstly, listen to this clip and get your kids familiar with the chorus. Ms. Jonas, Ms. Fraser, and Ms. Gerskup will be teaching this song to everyone in school but additional practice at home will help.



Secondly, please forward any pictures you have with Ms Spademan to include in the slideshow that will play during the song. Please email images or a link to any shared folder to, no later than June 16.

Lastly, Aileen MacDonald will be collecting money to give Ms Spademan a collective gift from Howard families. Wendy is currently renovating her cottage and the funds will go towards a special something for her retirement home.

Any family wishing to make a contribution to the gift can do so in one of the following ways:
Email an interac transfer to Aileen at and use the password “Spademan” – please include your family and child(s) name in the message, so we can add them to the card.
Bring your donation and sign the card at the Pizza Potluck on June 20th – Aileen will be in attendance accepting donations.
Drop off a donation to Aileen’s house – she is just south of the school at 364 Sunnyside. Please ensure your donation is in a sealed envelope with your family and child(s) name on it, so we can add it to the card.

We look forward to a wonderful celebration for Wendy and thank you in advance for your assistance.

Volunteers needed – Fall Fete

We are still looking for that special someone or even better, a team of special someone’s to take on and organize next year’s Fall Fete!

The Fete has come to be our biggest fundraiser. Without it, our kids experience at Howard will be much different. The funds raised help us to enrich the curriculum with field trips, clubs, art and technology. But the Fete is not just about fundraising, it is about all of us pitching in for one day, having fun and building community. It would be so sad to see this tradition disappear.

Chairing the Fall Fete may seem like a daunting job but it really is manageable, especially if two or three people take it on. You get all your volunteering done in the first six weeks of school and then you are off the hook! We are even thinking about making a special edition orange “FALL FETE BOSS” t-shirt. Who doesn’t want that??!!

If you are interested, or have any questions, please feel free to email and once again Erin is happy to help through the whole process.

Thank you!!

Howard School STEAM Night – Survey and Prize Draw

Howard Jr. Public School’s STEAM night was a great success, and a huge thank you goes out to all of the Students, Families and Businesses that helped in the preparation and throughout the event.

Also a big thank you to all of the families that braved the rain and made for a large turnout. We all hope that you enjoyed it, and that a spark was lit to get you all thinking about how STEAM is there in everyday events.

To help us get feedback from as many as possible, we have put together a quick 2-minute survey, that we would ask anyone who attended complete. As an incentive to fill in the quick survey, for those who wish to provide their Email address, we will put your name into the hat for a grand prize draw for one of two prizes !!!

Toronto Hydro have donated a Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker to sing along to in the shower, And the team at Matter and Form have donated a Bevel 3d Scanner that was being demonstrated on the night.

Please click on the link below to take the survey:

Howard Public School STEAM Night Survey

Parent Reminder – drive safely

Many of you are aware that Nelly, our crossing guard on Sunnyside, was injured in a hit-and-run accident while walking across Sterling Road last week. We are happy to have Nelly back and hope that she heals quickly, both physically and emotionally. Do not hesitate to let Nelly know that you and your children are thinking of her.

Please let this unfortunate accident be a reminder to drive safely and cautiously at all times. In order to keep Howard student drop-off and pick-up safe, do not park in the bus loading zone or the crosswalk on Sunnyside. This is a serious safety hazard for all of our students and our community. Please keep our school grounds and the surrounding streets safe by parking only in designated areas, and park on surrounding streets when there is no parking available on Sunnyside.

Cookie Sale – Last Two Days!

Hello again everybody!

This is the last week to get your orders in for our cookie fundraiser- the deadline is this Friday May 19th. We have been selling cookies but have not yet reached our goal of raising $1500 to replace the fridge and stove in the kitchen. So please, submit your orders for New Moon Kitchen cookies this week. They delicious and nutritious, school safe snacks made with 100% organic spelt flour. Buy guilt free treats for the kids and help us improve our nutrition facilities at the same time!

If you’d prefer to order online, you can do it by following this link:

As well, direct donations can be made through the Friends of Howard link on our website, just select “Appliance purchase”.

Thanks for all your support!

Eat well,
The Nutrition Committee