Anti-Black Racism Workshop for Parents & Guardians

WHO: LeRoi Newbold, Freedom School
WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm
WHERE: Virtual via Zoom; register here

Join us for a two-workshop series co-sponsored by the Howard and Fern Avenue Public School Equity and Inclusion Committees. Through these workshops we will discuss ways that we can work together to address and challenge anti-Black racism and support our students in and out of the classroom. We will also focus on how we can build a network of solidarity to show up and fight anti-Black racism in our larger community. Students, parents, community members and staff are invited to participate in these interactive Zoom sessions.

The first workshop will be held on May 17, 2022 at 6pm facilitated by LeRoi Newbold, co-director of Freedom School Toronto. Freedom School Toronto is a youth and parent driven initiative that intervenes to fight against anti-Black racism in the school system and to create educational alternatives for Black children. This session will focus on practical ways to support students in our west-end community through Black liberatory practices.

We ask that this remain a safe space for all participants and speakers and that questions and interactions remain respectful and sincere. Let’s do this Ward 7!

Please register here to receive the Zoom link.

School Council Meeting Today

Become a member and have a vote!

Online on Wednesday, April 20 from from 7:00-8:30pm.

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87829805203

Agenda Highlights:
  • Become a Voting Member: School Council meetings are open to all parents/guardians, and all are welcome to comment or ask questions, but only members get to vote on decisions. To have a vote, volunteer to be a Parent Representative.
  • New Chair Election: Once we have welcomed our new Parent Representatives, we will hold an election for a new Chair or Co-Chairs. If you are interested in being Chair, first volunteer to be a Parent Representative, then nominate yourself to be Chair. To learn more about what School Council does and how it operates, you can review the TDSB pages, starting here.
  • Addressing Pandemic-Related Learning Gaps: As part of the Principal’s Update, there will be an update on the TDSB-wide effort to identify and close learning gaps. Find out what is being done and what resources are available to you and your child.
  • Anti-Black Racism Workshop: The date is set for May 17. Find out how to participate.

If you cannot attend or prefer to ask questions anonymously, please submit your questions here.

View the full agenda on our website.

School Council Meeting Today

Become a member and have a vote!

Online on Wednesday, March 30 from from 7:00-8:30pm.

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87359460701?pwd=dlovMW9HTGxsSkpDTEY2SEoxZHM5UT09

Agenda Highlights:
  • Council Election: Our School Council needs a new Chair. Learn about the role and nomination process, then volunteer to help! If you would like to be Chair or be involved in selecting the new Chair, become a Council member. Council members will select a new Chair in April. Learn more about school councils here.
  • School Boundary Changes: Get an update on how the changes affect Howard and the schools your child might attend after Howard.
  • COVID Measures: The rules have changed; get answers to your questions.
  • Embracing Equity: Learn about the upcoming anti-Black racism workshop and Howard’s first Pride parade.
  • Grad Commitee Update

If you cannot attend or prefer to ask questions anonymously, please submit your questions here.

View the full agenda on our website.

March School Council Meeting Moved

New Date: March 30 • 7:00-8:30pm
Agenda Highlights
  • Council Election: Our School Council needs a new Chair. Learn about the role and nomination process, then volunteer to help! Elections will be held at our April School Council Meeting. Learn more about school councils here.
  • Howard Catchment Area Expansion: Get an update on how the school will grow and what changes to expect.
  • COVID Measures: The rules have changed; get answers to your questions.
  • Embracing Equity: Learn about the upcoming anti-Black racism workshop and Howard’s first Pride parade.

To have a question included in the agenda, please submit your (anonymous) request here.

Are We On The Right Track?

Wednesday night, during our monthly School Council meeting, there were a number of issues that arose regarding the immediate future of our school and what impact that will have on our children.

If you missed the meeting, please Watch the recording and consider taking action.

Here’s a summary of what was discussed:
  • School boundaries
    • The boundaries are being re-drawn to better align with population changes in our area
    • What impact will this have on you? Watch the recording of the meeting, particularly starting at minute 22.
    • Want your voice heard? email Kathy.Narraway[at]rogers[dot]com (aka Pizza Grandma)
  • Black student success
    • Suzy updated us on what is happening in the school for Black History Month
    • Monica provided overview of an event for grownups being hosted along with Fern, Parkdale and other area schools. Details TBA
    • Alice gave us insight into the important work of the Black Student Success Committee, a parent-led group supporting Black student achievement and well-being in Parkdale. There is a role for each of us in raising awareness and taking action.
  • Monica updated us on
    • The state of our library and opportunities for improvement
    • TDSB’s process PR728 – find out what that means about reporting racist, sexist, homophobic language and incidents
  • Key Dates