Let the Fall Fete Help with your Fall Cleaning!

Planning on doing some fall cleaning? We can help! Get rid of your unwanted items and help raise funds for our great school by donating the following to this year’s Fall Fete.

We are looking for USED ITEMS:  (Donation boxes can be found outside the school office)


Small used toys for the Fish Pond

We are looking for NEW ITEMS:

This popular raffle can’t happen without contributions from our families!  Donations of new items are collected, sorted and assembled into beautiful, themed baskets and raffled off at the Fall Fete.

Please send new items with your child – baskets are outside the office. Need some ideas?  Themes from past years have included – arts & crafts, toys, games, books, sports related items, things for the BBQ, gourmet food & kitchen items, health & exercise, home office, home spa and beauty items, items for a movie night or a rainy day, items related to gardening, chocolates, candy, coffees, teas and other gourmet/luxury items. Please think of what you would like to win when making your donations!

Donate a bottle, then try your luck at winning a case!

Back by popular demand is the parents’ favorite Fall Fete event: the Wine Raffle!  Pressed for time? This is a great way to make a Fall Fete contribution. Simply drop off a bottle of wine at the school office (please respect office quiet times). Pick a personal favorite, or something that you’d like to share (or win!).  Bottle donations will be accepted from now until Friday October 13.  All donations will be assembled into cases to be raffled off at the Fête.  Last year ten lucky winners each went home with a case of assorted wines. Cheers!

If you are interested in knowing more, or want to get involved, you can email the Fall Fete Co-Chairs at fallfetehoward@gmail.com.

See you at the Fete on October 14!

Erin, Nancy, Olivia & Beth

Howard Eats

The following flyer will go home with students this week.

The Howard Home and School Association and SHAC (School Healthy Action Committee) are co-ordinating food fundraising efforts by offering a lunch or a snack, once a week, on Fridays (or Thursdays if Friday is a holiday). All funds, after costs, will go to supporting students at Howard. One of this year’s initiatives will be to get water bottle filing stations on the 2nd & 3rd floors. The first week will be subs, then SHAC surprise snack, then pitas and on the last Friday, pizza.

HOW TO OPT IN? Families can choose as many as they wish from the following:

Week one: SUBS: Parents register and pay online through healthyhunger.ca and place individual orders that are delivered to their child’s lunch table. Register NOW, since the first sub day is October 5 and the ordering deadline is October 1. If new, click on “no obligation signup” and follow the instructions. If you register, order reminders will be sent to you by email, OR, you could order for the whole year at once!

Week two: SHAC SNACK: No need to register. Fresh fruit and other surprise snacks will be paid for by students during first recess on the day, usually around less than a toonie.

Week three: PITAS: Parents register and pay online through healthyhunger.ca and place individual orders that are delivered to their child’s lunch table. If new, click on “no obligation signup” and follow the instructions. If you register, order reminders will be sent to you by email, OR, you could order for the whole year at once!

Week four: PIZZA: Parents register by filling in the pizza form (extras are in the folder in the office) and paying for the whole year by cash or cheque made out to Howard Home & School Association. Join anytime.

Kathy   (Kathy(dot)narraway(at)rogers.com or 647-669-0253)


Fall Fete – Sat Oct 14th


Hello Howard Community,

Don’t forget to save the date: Saturday, October 14th, 10am-2pm

This year’s Fall Fete is coming together but we still need to fill some key positions!

Are you handy? Like using tools and putting stuff together??  This is a great job for someone who can’t commit a bunch of time beforehand but can take the lead setting up the beloved Mini-putt and the ever popular TOILET TOSS!  The games coordinator comes in on the Friday before the Fete at 3:30, and helps to set up the games and makes sure that we have volunteers for the games during the Fete.  There are lots of veterans who know the drill and are happy to help out but we need someone to step up and take the lead!  We think this would be the perfect role for a couple Howard Dads!
Chez Howard Lunch Table

This is a crucial part of the Fall Fete.  The FOOD!  We have had an amazing duo organizing all of the generous donations of food from our Roncy restaurant partners for FIVE years and they are looking for some eager foodie parents to partner with them and learn the ropes.  Many of our coordinators have been in these roles for years and they are looking to pass the torch to the next generation of parents.
Bouncy Castle Coordinator:  The Bouncy Castles have already been booked but we need someone to meet the company when they are dropped off the morning of the Fete and then ensure we have enough volunteers. Again, not a huge job, but an important one, because it’s possible the kids would riot if there were no bouncy castles.
Haunted House Coodinator:  Do you love Halloween and scary movies?   Then step up for the super fun role of haunted house coordinator.  We are looking for someone to take the lead on design and setup this year.  We have lots of props from last year but we are hoping a new lead will bring some unique haunts of their own!
Cake Walk Coordinator:  Do you love cake? Then this one is for you.  This is the final year for our current Cake Walk Coordinator.  We are looking for someone to shadow this year and learn the ropes so they can take the lead next year.  Line ups stretch past the office for this event! This is the perfect volunteer spot for one of our newer JK/SK parents looking to get involved.

Fortune Teller:  Do you have a flare for the dramatic,  do you like to tell stories?  Then you would be a great fit for this volunteer position.  We are in need of a new fortune teller this year.  We are looking for one (or two people to share) this creative role and have a bit of fun with the kids!
If you would like to take on one of these roles, please email the Fall Fete Co-Chairs:  Erin McCanaugh, Nancy Colette, Olivia Burgess and Beth Macintosh at fallfetehoward@gmail.com


 Fall Fete is our biggest fundraiser ($25,000+), and without all of your help, it just won’t be as fun or as successful.  If you aren’t able to take on a bigger role this year, don’t worry, you can still contribute!  There will be a volunteer website set up in the coming days where you can volunteer for a 2 hour shift.  For those that sign up early, there will be an early bird draw of THREE 1 hour Registered Massage Therapy massages from Evolve Chiropractic.

There will also be a call for donations for the: the basket raffle, wine raffle, etc.  Stay tuned!

Thank you!

Fall Fete Co-Chairs
Erin McCaughan
Nancy Collett
Olivia Burgess
Beth Macintosh


Marlies Game

Dear Howard Families,

The Howard Choirs will be singing “O Canada” at the Marlies hockey game at Ricoh Coliseum  at 45 Manitoba Drive in Toronto on Saturday, October 28th. Although the game is at 4:00 p.m., sound check is at 2:30 p.m. so please arrive at 2:15 p.m. to be ready for the sound check if you have children singing in the choirs. Please meet at the Group Experiences Check-In Gate (North Entrance) at 2:15pm.
This is a fun event for the whole family as everyone is welcome to come! You do not need to have children in the choirs to attend the game.
The more tickets we sell, the more advantages we will get, such as getting a signed Marlies Jersey, a family skate and a first intermission performance. There will be a draw for two children to win a chance to ride on the zamboni!
Choristers should wear their concert dress but please make sure they are wearing a few layers under their choir shirts/vests and pants as it can be quite cold in the Coliseum. Also, the concert dress should be more comfortable than formal especially if you are planning on participating in the family skate. Also, don’t forget your skates as there are no rentals available!
The very much preferred method of payment is through the Cash Online system. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need help getting started on this system. Cash and Cheque will still be accepted and payable to Howard Public School.
Thank you for your continued support of the Howard Choirs.
Deborah Jonas


Choir Forms Due Tomorrow

Dear Families,

The choir forms have been steadily coming in, and we’re looking forward to a terrific year ahead! The deadline for handing in forms is Wednesday, September 20th. I am still looking for parent volunteers to hand out and collect the choir vests and shirts for both the Junior and Primary Choirs. I am also looking for a parent volunteer to take attendance for Primary Choir, Mondays at 12:00. If you are able to help with these jobs, please contact me at deborah.jonas@tdsb.on.ca

Thank you,
Deborah Jonas

Primary Choir Permission Form

Junior Choir Permission Form

Howard Music Department is Going to the Opera – Twice!

ARABELLA by Richard Strauss – Monday October 2, 2017 at 7:30pm

ELIXIR OF LOVE  – Saturday October  7, 2017  2pm  (**Thanksgiving weekend**)

Hello Parents and Howard Students,

It’s Opera time again.   We’re offering dress rehearsal tickets for performances at the Canadian Opera Company.  Howard’s Music Department gets the opportunity to purchase tickets for dress rehearsals on the condition that the tickets are allotted on a ratio of 1 adult to 3 children.  This is so more kids get to see the performance than adults.  Tickets are $20 each with $5 per ticket going to the Howard Home and School Association to support music activities.  These dress rehearsals are fully staged productions performed a few days prior to opening night.  There are two fall performances in quick succession this season:

  • ARABELLA by Richard Strauss – Monday October 2, 2017 at 7:30pm
  • ELIXIR OF LOVE  – Saturday October  7, 2017  2pm  (**Thanksgiving weekend**)

When ordering your tickets, please provide the names of the students who’ll be attending.   The students can be siblings, peers or cousins; they do not have to be Howard students.  Tickets will not be ordered unless three students are listed on the order form.

Please send cash or a cheque payable to the “Howard Home & School Association” with your order.  Tickets will not be ordered without payment. A confirmation email will be sent out. Because tickets have to be prepaid, no refunds can be given. If you cannot attend a performance you are free to give or sell your tickets to another interested student.

If you would like tickets please fill in the attached order form and have it returned to the music room by Wednesday September  27, 2017, no later than 3:30 pm. Tickets will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions please email Ines at icolabrese@hotmail.com Thank you for your continued support.   We look forward to seeing you at the Opera!

Deborah Jonas                           Ines Colabrese
Music Teacher                           Volunteer

Arabella Order Form

Elixir of Love Order Form