Lego WeDo Kits to Borrow

Does your kid like to code? Does your kid like robots? Then you should take this chance to sign out one of the Howard STEM Committee’s Lego WeDo kits!

These kits include specialized Lego pieces and motors that you put together yourself and then control using simple block coding on a computer. For a little more information about what this is, see the video below.

If you’re interested in checking out a kit, please fill out this form.

Url for Lego WeDo video.

If you have any questions, please email Liz at lizannephillips at


Howard Fall Fundraising Drive!!

Every year the Howard Home & School Council thinks about how we, as parents, can enrich our kids’ learning experiences. Through fantastic events like the Fall Fete, the Home & School Council community builds, raises money, and funds a diversity of programming and equipment:

  • sports equipment
  • new computers
  • theatre, dance and music experiences
  • mental health supports
  • visiting artists
  • new playground equipment
  • STEM initiatives and more!

The QSP Magazine Drive has been a major fundraiser for Howard Home & School annually. For every dollar spent on QSP purchases, Howard receives about $0.32. We want to do better!

Enter: Our new Direct Donation Fundraising Initiative.

With a direct donation, every dollar goes to Howard. This is a chance to phase out QSP — and, in the spirit of being a certified EcoSchool, end the related trinkets and environmental waste! All while raising as much or more money for our students.

Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 through direct donations.

This is an optional and private donation. The suggested donation amount is $50 per student. If you can donate more than that, please do. Not only to support our programming but also to help cover the donation for a family who is not in a position to donate.

All donations, small or large, are appreciated. Donations of over $20 receive a tax receipt.

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

Thank you for your support!!

Howard Fundraising Team Gail Cecil, Sheila Gibb, Denise Gray, Sophie Kierulf, Leslie Nicholson



Four Seasons Centre –145 Queen Street West

Dear Parents,

Introduce your student to the world of OPERA! Howard’s Music Department is offering tickets to dress rehearsals at the Canadian Opera Company. Tickets are $20 each with $5 per ticket going to the Howard Home and School Association to support music activities. Tickets may be purchased on a ratio of 1 adult to 3 children.  This is so more students see the performance than adults.   These dress rehearsals are fully staged productions performed a few days prior to opening night. We have three performances this year. Come to one or come to all three!


  • Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) – Thursday September 27, 2018  7:30pm


  • Così fan Tutte (Mozart) – Saturday February 2, 2019, 7:30pm
  • La Bohème  – Monday April 15, 2019, 7:30 pm



When ordering your tickets, please provide the names of the students who will 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 order form linked below and have it returned to the music room by Friday September 21, 2018 no later than 3:30 pm. Tickets will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions please email Carla at Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Opera!

Carla Tonelli – Volunteer

Deborah Jonas – Music Teacher

Opera Form

Howard Parents new to Fern Ave – join their blog

Fern Ave PS would like to extend a big welcome to our new Howard PS and Garden PS parents and students who have joined Fern Ave this year.

Join the Fern Blog here

Fern Ave PS will be holding our first School council meeting of the new school year on Sept. 19th at 6:30 pm in our staff room on the 2nd fl. north-east side of our building.

For more information, see the blog post on the Fern Blog here

Home and School Council Meeting September 26

The Howard Home and School Council will hold it’s first meeting on September 26th at 7pm in the library.  All are welcome!

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, or find out about other areas where volunteers are needed.  The meeting is also a great opportunity to meet our new Principal.

September Agenda

May Meeting Minutes

Come join the Howard School Council


Lunch Fundraisers – Help Request

Last year we started a Pita / Sub lunch program for Howard students and it raised over $1000 for the School Council initiatives.

For this coming year, we need a new coordinator. It involves:
1)  a small computer set up at the beginning (I will help)
2)  a few admin tasks
3)  being able to go to the school two Fridays a month (except for holidays) from about 11:30 until 12:00 to put the bins out on the tables and handle any student issues (there aren’t very many)

I will still be running the pizza lunch though!

We can talk, if you would like some more info.

Thanks for considering this.

kathy.narraway (at)