New STEM Stuff to Borrow: BOOST Robots and Makey-Makeys


The Howard STEM Committee has just purchased *4* new fun things for our community lending library.  To sign up to play with these at home for up to 2 weeks, please follow the link at the bottom of the email.


**But first!!**  Find out more about these fun activities:


Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.

Take a look at the following (hilarious) video for some examples of what you can do with a kit – and then dive into the MakeyMakey website for all kinds of creative ideas for turning your world into an interactive interface!



Similar to the Lego WeDo kits, Lego BOOST allows you to build figures using Lego and program them using the Lego BOOST app (must be installed on a tablet or mobile device).

For a look at what these can do, check out the following video:

Are you ready to sign something out?

Please fill out this form for your chance to take one or both home for up to 2 weeks.


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

Howard Goes to the Opera presents: Cosí Fan Tutte (correction from previous)

Screen Shot 2018-12-11 at 9.38.57 PMHoward Goes to the Opera presents:

Cosí Fan Tutte

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Produced by the Canadian Opera Company

Directed by Atom Egoyan

Saturday February 2, 2019 at 7:30pm The Four Seasons Centre

Limited tickets to the COC dress rehearsal of Cosí Fan Tutte are available for $20 each. Minimum 3 students per adult. Cash or cheque payable to the Howard Home & School Association.


Please see the attached form to order tickets and hand in orders to the Music Room by ​Thursday December 20, 2018.

For more info, email ​​ .


Cosi Fan Tutte

Howard Donation Policy Survey — RESULTS


Last month, the Howard Home and School Council Donation Policy Survey was circulated. 118 families responded and the vote result was a 93.2% YES vote.

So, this year we will ask the new Howard Student Council (students from grades 4, 5, and 6) to choose a charity/cause to support with 50% of the funds from the upcoming February Dance-A-Thon. Based on previous numbers, this will result in a donation of approximately $2400 to a worthy cause.

Guidance to students will be provided to students by Mr Wulf, the Student Council staff sponsor and the Howard School Council Equity Committee. I will pitch in as well. However, the final recommendation (for approval by the principal) will be theirs alone.

In January, the student representatives will inform the School Council of their choice. Stay tuned! — Kathy Narraway

Howard Gives Back

We are so excited to see the Kindergarten to grade 2 kids performing at the Winter Concert next Wednesday December 5th and we are also happy to let you know that we will be raising funds for the Parkdale Community Foodbank at both concerts.   Look for the parents at the door holding cash donation boxes and let us help you lighten your wallet of spare change (or even those 5s, 10s or 20s if you are feeling up to it!)

The Parkdale Community Foodbank, which serves around 2000 people a month, is located in the heart of Parkdale, and their philosophy reflects a strong commitment to a client-based model, where respect, inclusion and the dignity of members is the first priority. 

Please visit Parkdale Community Food Bank for more information about the PCFB.  Thank you in advance for helping us to support such a great local organization. 


CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge

Ms Jonas and our grade 6s – plus area 40 grade 5s – have entered a submission in the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge.   Check it out!   They sound awesome.

Please feel free to share that link with the hashtag #CBCMusicClass.

Here’s what happens next:
On December 11, the top ten classes each of our six categories will be announced.
On December 18, our celebrity judges will announce the winners in each category.
More info about the challenge can be found here.

Make your Donation Before Stuffie Day on Tuesday

Please make your donation before Tuesday, December 4, which will be Bring a Stuffy Day for the kids, to celebrate our community coming together to meet our goal of $15,000!

Stuffie day is for small stuffies only. Guideline is that the stuffie should be no longer than your child’s forearm.

We need the Howard community to spend only a fraction of the funds spent on QSP in past years to reach this goal. Please make a donation of $50 per child if you can, and donate extra to cover those families who are not in a position to give, if you can.  If we do not meet our goal, our kids will miss out on their usual programming and we will have to bring back QSP.

Thank you!!

Donate here You will not see a donation item listed under your child’s name. Instead, at the top right of the main screen, click on “Items” and then “Make a Donation”. Please choose Fund Destination: Howard Junior Public School.