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Why Donate To the Howard Annual Fundraiser?

It’s scientifically proven to add value!

  • Your donation pays for enhanced programming like ‘Scientists in School
  • This social enterprise charity sends scientists into classrooms with equipment and samples to lead curriculum-aligned workshops for our kids
  • Teachers say these workshops are ‘extremely effective’ in enhancing students’ understanding of scientific principles
  • Kids say the workshops are ‘so cool’ and ‘we got interested in learning’

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Help Howard

It has been a rough year. Let’s make next year better!

As we emerge from lockdown, we start to look forward to the next school year – field trips, sports tournaments, artists & scientists in the schools, Fall Fete, Spring Social and other beloved events.

All of these cost money and there isn’t any left in the school council account. Let’s make sure next year starts off on the right foot. Donate now and receive a charitable tax receipt.

Help The School Reach Its Goal

Share this message with extended family and others with an interest in building the best school year for your kids.

#HelpHoward It has been a rough year. Let’s make next year better! #Donate to Howard Public School’s annual fundraiser https://bit.ly/35qwT18

Thank you!

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Almost Over!

Sprint to the finish with the final council meeting of the year and more!

There are only a handful of days left in the school year and we all deserve congratulations for making it through!

Here is the last newsletter of the year from your school council: 

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. End-of-Year teacher gifts & cards
  3. Resources for Parents & Caregivers
  4. Success in September – Donate Now!
  5. As always, please shop local!

Follow the links above for details on any of these topics. 

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Spring Has Sprung!

Dear Howard Grownups,

Today is a gorgeous day: the sun is shining, the weather is warm and our kids are in school! The news from your school council is almost normal this month:

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Update on Getting Vaccinated
  3. Coding Workshops & Special Offers
  4. In Defense of Equity – sign petition
  5. Recording from the February Council Meeting
  6. Don’t forget to shop local!

Follow the links above for details on any of these topics. 

Stay in touch by emailing us at howardschoolcouncil@gmail.com or send anonymous thoughts via the Google Form.

Our community is a strong one. We are making it through!

Sincerely, the Parent Council Exec Cmtee

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Outdoor Learning in 2021!

Hello Howard Families,

Happy New Year! We hope that your holidays were healthy and restful and that the virtual start to the school year is going as smoothly as possible for all of your households.

Our committee wanted to express our gratitude to the endless list of people that supported the creation and maintaining of our outdoor learning infrastructure in the fall.

Parents and supporters:

  • secured — and hauled! — tree stumps
  • sourced milk crates, as well as helping to clean them, and set them up on a daily basis
  • loaned (and repaired!) shade covers
  • loaned and hauled sand bags
  • cleaned, prepped and painted our outdoor teacher writing walls including materials donations from both parents and High Park Paints
  • arranged for infrastructure including clipboards and seat cushions for students and voice amps for teachers
  • advocated for expanded, adaptable policies around outdoor learning within the TDSB as part of a COVID-19 response, and supported other school communities curious about our process.

Teachers and school administration:

  • supported outdoor learning as an essential part of keeping our community healthy
  • adapted their lesson plans and modelled adaptability for the students
  • communicated flexibly with volunteers to ensure the systems were working for everyone.

The army of volunteers can’t all be named, partly because we never even got everyone’s name, esp the kindie parents who frequently stacked crates after 2:45pm! But this wouldn’t have happened so far without dozens and dozens, so thank you all.

And we’re not done! Whenever we get back to in-person learning, the administration has confirmed they support outdoor learning resuming immediately! Please consider helping out if you are not doing so already. Not everyone who has been working so hard these past months is available going forward, and we can always use more support. As a general rule, volunteers join one of four crews, and then sign up for several shifts (set-up or take-down) one week out of every four. Here’s a sign up link: https://signup.com/go/NztHeWQ And please feel free to reach out with any questions (via katelawrie [at] gmail.com).

Thank you again, Howard. Our community’s commitment to this common-sense initiative has been extraordinary,

— The Outdoor Learning Committee

PLEASE JOIN US TODAY

:: 215 RIBBON-TYING ART ACTION ONLINE and at 24 TORONTO WEST END SCHOOLS :: (and please share this message)

1 pm: ONLINE TEACHING and OPENING, JOEY TWINS

2-4 pm: IN PERSON AT HOWARD SCHOOL GROUNDS (one of the 24 schools across Toronto’s West End participating in this action)


***************1 PM JOIN US (over ZOOM) FOR OPENING :: TEACHING ***************

Our sincere gratitude to Joey Twins who is leading us in opening our action at 1pm at Queen Victoria PS. Joey Twins is a respected member of the Indigenous community and has graciously offered her guidance and time to lead our action. Please join us here on zoom at 1pm on Friday June 4th 2021.The link below allows you to register for this free event.

https://mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8JIFucFyQs66lKO5Ii7IvQ?fbclid=IwAR0ICXq1yz4ozg3tEerLStQvnmlPcfWReg3UWMtW8LFHpi1slT44erFeqnk

215 Ribbon Tying Art Action

Stop by Howard PS TOMORROW, June 4 between 2pm and 4:30pm to tie a ribbon, write a message in chalk and show your commitment to taking further actions of reconciliation.

photos from Indian Residential School Survivors Society – orange shirt day (irsss.ca/orange-shirt-day)

One week after 215 children’s remains were found buried at the former Kamloops Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory, we as a community want to gather to mourn and honour all of those children who are missing and have been murdered. Indigenous peoples have been telling us for years that a much larger number of children were murdered and harmed at residential schools across the country. By gathering to mourn we can also acknowledge the generations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and communities who have been impacted by residential schools and ongoing colonization and genocide. 

On Friday June 4, a number of communities in Parkdale, High Park and Toronto’s West End are tying 215 orange ribbons on the fence at their schools and leaving messages of support, love and commitment to decolonization in chalk on the sidewalk. 

While this event is meant to remember the lives of the 215 children murdered at the Kamloops Residential School, it should serve as a catalyst for our communities to participate in the decolonization and reconciliation that First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities have been calling for. As a community we will commit to reconciliation and ending genocide. 

Stop by Howard JPS on June 4 between 2pm and 4:30pm to tie a ribbon, write a message in chalk and show your commitment to taking further actions of reconciliation. Before attending, please consider which of the calls to action you will commit to. A list of suggestions and resources can be found in this comprehensive list (thanks to Alex Mlynek of Perth JPS for putting this PDF together).

Ribbons will be provided by volunteers but bring your own chalk if possible.

Please remember to wear a mask and keep 2 metres apart from other people outside your family.

Participating families and carers from the following school communities: 

  • Brock P.S
  • Carleton Village Junior and Senior P.S
  • City View Alternative Senior P.S
  • Dovercourt P.S
  • Fern Avenue Junior and Senior P.S
  • Garden Avenue Junior PS
  • Grove Community School
  • Holy Family Catholic School 
  • Howard Junior P.S (Thank you Midori Miyamoto from the Equity Committee for coordinating!)
  • Humbercrest P.S
  • Humberside C.I
  • Indian Road Crescent Junior and Senior P.S
  • Parkdale Junior and Senior P.S
  • Pauline P.S
  • Perth Avenue Junior P.S
  • Queen Victoria P.S
  • Runnymede P.S
  • Shirley Street Junior P.S
  • St Cecilia Catholic School
  • St Vincent de Paul Catholic School
  • Sunnylea Junior P.S
  • Swansea Junior and Senior P.S
  • The Grove Community School
  • Western Technical Commercial School 

For survivors of residential schools and their families, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society offers counselling support. Call:

1-800-721-0066

or call the national 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419