Join the Discussion for Safer Streets in Our Neighbourhood

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Hello Howard Communities,

A discussion on one our local Facebook communities on the weekend led to the creation of a separate devoted Facebook group to try to channel a groundswell of community concern and energy into collective initiative to make our neighbourhood streets safer for all, but especially children and pets.

The conversation started after one of our neighbours lost their family cat to a hit and run on Grenadier and the post led to discussion of community-wide concerns surrounding aggressive vehicular behaviour on our neighbourhoods streets and the risks they pose to those who live here. The intent of this group is for residents of the Roncesvalles and Parkdale community to share information and ideas on how to make and keep our neighbourhood streets safe, and to see action with strength in numbers.

Are you tired of drivers running the crosswalks on Roncesvalles? Speeding down one-way side streets because GPS tells them it’s the faster way? Rolling the stop signs EVERYWHERE?

Please consider joining ASAP if these issues concern you as well.

You can find the group on Facebook by searching for “Roncesvalles & Parkdale Community for Safe Streets“. If you are not a Facebook user, stay tuned as initiatives from the group will be shared via the blog whenever relevant.

Thank you!

Kate Van de Ven
Mom of Milo, grade 2


Equity Workshop: Tuesday June 4 at 7pm

Join the Equity Committee Tuesday, June 4th from 7-9pm in the Howard Jr PS Library for an Equity Workshop presented by Máiri McKenna Edwards and Dr. Jasjit Sangha.

While most of us would say that we do not agree with racism or discrimination, knowing how to recognize it, respond to it and teach our children about it does not always easily come to us. It often helps to think about these things in community.

Join us for an opportunity to deepen our understanding of racism and difference with others in your neighbourhood. We will guide you through what racism is and how it shows up in our everyday lives not only so that we can think about what we want to teach our children about it, but so that we can work on being who we want them to see us being in the world.

School Yard Revitalization Meeting 2: May 22


School Yard Revitalization Project

The days of a muddy, wet, unusable field are over! We are excited to announce that Howard is beginning the planning process and are working on getting student and parent input to help us create our Master Plan for the turf and playground enhancements.  Students are giving their input through a series of classroom lessons.  Parents, please join us for your chance to share your ideas…



Final Home + School Council Meeting of the School Year is Tomorrow

Hello Howard Community,

The final Home and School Council meeting of the year will be held tomorrow (May 15th) night at 7pm in the library. Please join us! We will be wrapping up the year, talking turf and allocating remaining funds.

The May agenda and April meeting minutes are attached, as is the letter to the provincial Ministry of Education that council ratified and sent to express our concerns about the budget cuts.

april 2019 minutes

May 2019 agenda (1)

Letter to Education Minister


~~It’s Tonight!~~


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Hello Howard!

THE SOCIAL kicks off tonight at 8pm in Howard’s Rec Room (156 Roncesvalles).

We can’t wait to party with you and over 200 friends from our amazing school community. We promise great snacks, drinks and party games!  Our auction should be one of the most exciting in Howard history, and we will have both a silent auction and a live auction too.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the items:

  • A signed hockey stick used by John Tavares in a recent game
  • Flowers every month for a whole year donated by Sweet Pea’s
  • Gift certificates to over a dozen local summer camps and programs
  • Blue Jay and TFC tickets

Tickets will be available at the door.

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and especially to those who have volunteered their time or donated food or auction items!

See you tonight!

The Social Committee

Calling Team Players for Howard’s Rec Room!

THE SOCIAL logo + sm subDear Community, 

We have urgent need for more volunteers for tomorrow night. We are well resourced for set-up and the early part of the evening but need volunteer support for the latter half, esp. for Silent Auction cash-out and take-down shifts immediately after the party or Saturday morning. Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, we have a perfect shift for you. 🙂 

 Please sign up here:

This event helps Howard fund so many special things for our kids and depends on the parents’ help to make it a success!  

Thank you!
The SOCIAL Planning Committee




The Social and Silent Auction (“Howard’s Rec Room”) is this Friday at 8pm at 156 Roncesvalles Avenue.  Got your tickets yet? They are available through School Cash Online and donate-what-you-can or free tickets are available in the office.

Many of your children helped us with mural this afternoon and, as the attached photos show, they were very enthusiastic about our party — even though kids aren’t allowed. 🙂

We know you’ll all have a great time on Friday but we are still in urgent need of parent support to make the event a success.

We still need contributions to the silent auction AND volunteering:

WINE DRIVE:  We can all contribute a bottle of wine!  Please drop these off at the school office.  They will be auctioned off at the event.

PARENT DONATIONS:   Please think creatively about what you can donate – cook a dinner, host a BBQ, paint faces, bake a cake, bring along guests for an afternoon on a boat, take someone for a round of golf at your club, or loan our your Blue Mountain property for a weekend.  Contact with your donation.  

VOLUNTEERS: Unfortunately we have less than half the volunteers we had hoped to run the social.    Please visit to sign up for just one hour of your time before, during or after the event. 


The Social Committee