Music Notes from Ms. Jonas

Choir Information 

Permission forms will be available by the end of this week on the bulletin board outside the music room, or you can simply print out Choir Permission Form

We would like to invite interested students to sign up for Choir for the 2019-2020 school year. It is open to students who are in grades 5 or 6. Practices will occur Thursdays at Lunch in the music room. Students will eat in the music room and must pack a lunch. Performances may include a winter concert, a trip to a Raptors 905 game, and, new this year, the festival of music at Canada’s Wonderland which will include a day of fun on the rides in June. There will be a choir focus September-December and a Musical focus January-May.

If you are interested in signing up please return the form to Ms. Jonas by Thursday, September 12. The first day of choir will be Thursday, September 19th, 11:45 in the music room.

The Canadian Music Class Challenge 2019

Howard is participating in CBC’s Canadian Music Class Challenge 2019. It is open to students in grades 4, 5 and 6 who sing, dance, play instruments and compose and are interested in a collaborative effort to create our own arrangement of a Canadian song.

Practices will be on Tuesdays at lunch and will begin on Tuesday, September 17th. To participate, parents will need to sign a video release form for their child.

If you are interested in helping us record, please let us know. For more information, please check out

Permission forms will be handed out at our first information meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at lunch. Please send your child with a packed lunch.

Musical 2019/2020

We have a director and a producer for this school year’s musical! We have ordered perusals for three musicals and will be deciding on our musical for this year within a few months. Auditions for leads will be open to grade 5 and 6 students. Grade fours will be invited to join the chorus and practices will be Thursdays at Lunch. The musical practices will begin in January. Stay tuned for more information!


Howard School Council Meeting Sept 25th 7pm

The Howard School Council will hold it’s first meeting on September 25th at 7pm in the library.  All parents and caregivers are welcome!

We meet once a month from September to May (excluding December and March) and provide a forum where parents, members of the school community, the school administration, and a teacher representative discuss school issues and ways to improve the school. We discuss issues such as how to help our children succeed at school, what our children are learning, the school budget, the school’s safety, renovations, extra-curriculars and more. In September, the parents who attend the first School Council Meeting elect a chair or co-chairs of the Council, as well as a secretary and treasurer. Any parent can run for these positions. For more information on these roles, please see the attachment or ask at the meeting. Meetings typically last from 7-8:30 pm with the October meeting sometimes going longer as it is our budget meeting. At the start of each meeting, the Principal or Vice-Principal reports on the state of the school and answers questions. An agenda will go out for the September meeting next week.

The Council oversees several committees: Arts, STEM,Tech, Mental Health and Well-being, Environment, Equity, and Sports. Council is supported by parents who run Fundraisers such as the Fall Fete in October, dance-athon in February, Parent Social in the spring and Pizza Fridays throughout the year. Fundraising provides Council with a budget which funds field trips, science initiatives, arts programming, new technology, new sports equipment and other projects. The parents run a School council website where school announcements appear on the blog (which goes out in email form, and parents can sign up for on the homepage), extra-curricular announcements and other reminders are placed. We encourage all parents to sign up for the blog to help stay informed. The Council also supports movie nights in the gym, a year end pizza potluck, parenting social evenings, and other community events such as planting our school garden. We are always looking for new parents to come out and join us at our meetings. If you would like more information on any of our activities or want to get involved, please contact Michelle at See you on September 25th at 7 pm in the library.

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Home and School’s Direct Drive Fundraiser is back – make your one-time donation

Welcome to all returning and new Howard families!!

Howard Junior P.S. is a very special school in supportive community, and it is going to be another great year! This is in part due to the huge efforts of the Howard Home & School Council. Through fantastic events like the Fall Fete, the Home & School Council builds community, raises money, and funds a ton of programming and equipment for our kids including:
 sports equipment  new computers
 theatre, dance and music experiences  mental health supports
 visiting artists  new playground equipment
 STEM initiatives  and more!

Our Annual Direct Ask Campaign is the foundation of Home & School Council fundraising. We ask for one donation, at the beginning of the school year, so Home & School can plan and budget for the year to come.

Unlike fundraising campaigns where parents are meant to purchase magazines or other products, with a direct donation, every dollar goes to Howard. Better for Howard; better for the environment.
Our annual Direct Ask goal is $15,000.
The suggested, optional donation amount is $50 per student. If you can donate more than that, please do — to support programming and to cover the donation for a family who is not in a position to donate. All donations, small or large, are appreciated. Those over $20 receive a tax receipt.

The method of payment is Click on “Items” and then “Make a Donation”.

Thank you for your support, from the Howard Fundraising Team (Leslie Nicholson, Gail Cecil, Denise Gray & Sheila Gibb –

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Thank You for Contributing to the Staff Appreciation Luncheon!


To all who gave food, their time and other donations to make the Howard Staff Luncheon a huge success, we would like to thank you.  Your generous donations were thoroughly enjoyed.

The staff had a wonderful time at the luncheon.  We are happy to be able to pass on their appreciation to all of the Howard parents and community members who made the luncheon possible.

Have a wonderful summer!


Grade 6 Graduation — THANK YOU

The Howard Grade 6 Grad Committee would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every grade 5 parent who came out and helped to make our grade 6 grad a great celebration!  THANK YOU!! We deeply appreciate your efforts!

We could not have done this event without these volunteers! Their work made the transition from ceremony to reception seamless. This is an amazing tradition at Howard where the grade 5 parents help run the event so that the grad parents can enjoy time with family, friends and our special grads! And now we pass the torch on and wish you the same success and fun celebration of your grads next year! Special shout out to Mandy Moore who helped spearhead this work!

To grade 6 parents: an email will be going out with a link to photos taken by Jeff Beardsall. If you don’t receive this email by Friday, send me email direct and I will share the link:

And another heartfelt THANK YOU to Jeff for capturing some special grad moments. We really appreciate it!

Have a fantastic summer!

– The Howard Grade 6 Grad Committee, class of 2019