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Did you miss the meeting?

If you missed the meeting, that’s okay. We made a recording…

Watch or listen to the recording from last night’s school meeting.

Here’s a summary of what was discussed:
  • The votes are in – we have elected Council for 2021 / 2022 including:
    • Co-Chairs – Taralyn Fodor and Jen Johal
    • Treasurer – Lesley Brown
    • Secretary –  Sima Gandhi
    • Communications – Samantha Rupert
    • Health & Wellness – Andrea Thomas
    • Ward 7 & PIAC Liaison – Alice Romo 
    • Equity Liaison – Midori Miyamoto
    • Member-at-Large – Alfredo Cabeza
  • Esme updated us on:
    • the School Yard Revitalization project – turf is down and we are on track, weather permitting
    • School Improvement Plan – our 2 foci continue to be Academic and Wellbeing/Equity
    • French Immersion JK registration has moved to November – spread the word!
    • Say cheese! Photo day this Friday
  • Budget Update: Council voted to approve the following spends
    • Equity Committee
    • DPA 
  • Fundraising
  • Key Dates

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Vote on the Budget

Join your neighbours & others within the Howard PS community for this important monthly meeting.

Online from 7 until 8:30 this Wednesday.

Login, listen in, and have your say!

Read the full agenda on our website.

THE ENGLISH PROGRAM – Do you worry about the strength and success of Howard’s English stream? The Council is looking for someone to be a representative for the English program. Come to one or two meetings per month and make sure that the issues affecting kids in the English program are given a voice.

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Thank You For Donating

The Annual Fundraiser has come to a close with a total of $1,350 raised to help the students of Howard Public School start next year on the right foot.
Thank you!

The Annual campaign may have ended, but donations are always welcome (and needed)! DONATE ANYTIME

For more information on how your donation will help the students, visit the fundraising campaign’s webpage.

Stay In Touch Over the Summer

Visit the “Resources for Parents + Caregivers” area of the HPSC website for suggestions on how to stay in touch and support resources for raising elementary-aged kids.

Have a great summer & see you in the Fall!

Reconciliation Through Education: a Toolkit

Resources for the first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) on September 30, 2021

Content note: The following post discusses residential ‘schools’. The National Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419 is for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience, and is also for families of those who were residential school students who are experiencing this as well.


As we approach Orange Shirty Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, The Howard PS parent/caregiver Equity Committee volunteers have compiled a (non-comprehensive!) list of community events and resources for families who wish to continue learning about the legacy of residential ‘schools’. Links below include videos, workshops, virtual tours, and a long list of titles available at the local library and for purchase through our partner, Another Story Bookshop.

Community Events

Woodland Cultural Centre is holding virtual events, with tours, workshops and presentations for children 5 years old and up all week long. 

September 30, 3pm onward, Dufferin Grove Park, 1492 Land Back Lane presents UnityTO Concert and fundraiser. Local public schools, including Perth Ave PS, and Pauline Jr PS, will also participate in an Orange Shirt Day march in solidarity to Dufferin Grove to support this initiative. (poster/PDF attached)

September 30, 5:30pm, Reconciliation Roncesvalles is hosting a guided neighbourhood walk to visit two murals created by Indigenous artists and a tour of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden.

Resources

Another Story Book Shop, located at 315 Roncesvalles Ave has a selection of books including in French. All proceeds on September 30 go toward Indigenous initiatives and organizations.

Recommended books include:
  • The Orange Shirt Story: The True Story of Orange Shirt Day, Phyllis Webstad
  • Fatty Legs, Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • I Am Not A Number, Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kacer, Gillian Newland
  • When I was Eight, Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story, David Robertson
  • When We Were Alone, David Robertson
  • Stolen Words, Melanie Florence, Gabrielle Grimard
  • Not My Girl, Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • As Long As The River Flows, Larry Loyie
  • Dear Canada: These are my words: The residential school diary of Violet Pesheens
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Governance, Simon Rose
  • Fishing for Knowledge: Catching Dreams, Cindy Blackstock
  • Treaties, Simon Rose

French language books:

  • Les bas de pensionnat, Christy Jordan-Fenton
  • Cher Journal: les mots qu’il me reste: Violet Pesheens, pensionnaire a l’ecole residentielle, Ruby Slipperjack
  • Etrangere chez moi: Une histoire vraie, Christy Jordan-Fenton 
  • La gouverance, Simon Rose
  • Je ne suis pas un numéro, Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kacer, Gillian Newland
  • L’histoire du chandail orange, Phyllis Webstad
  • L’intendance, Anita Yasuda
  • Les mots volés, Melanie Florence, Gabrielle Grimard
  • Quand j’avais huit ans, Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Gabrielle Grimard
  • Spirit Bear: Pecher le savoir, attraper des reves: basé sur une histoire vraie, Cindy Blackstock, Amanda Strong
  • Les traités, Simon Rose

Please visit Another Story’s website for the full list of carefully curated books.

Additional Resources: Our friends at Perth Ave PS have compiled a long list of resources for additional learning (adult and child-focused), and initiatives to support reconciliation. Access the list as a Google document.

Did you miss the meeting?

If you missed the meeting, that’s okay. We made a recording…

Watch or listen to the recording from last night’s school meeting.

Here’s a summary of what was discussed:
  • This is going to be a great year!
  • Esme gave a rundown of the work happening in the background to support teachers and students
    • in class wellness workshops with X Movement that are also available to parents and caregivers via ‘netflix-style’ channel
  • Midori, chair of the Equity Committee spoke of plans for the year ahead
  • Other topics covered
    • Parent Council looking for more Executive volunteers, STEM, Arts, Fall Fete, Fundraising, Outdoor and other volunteers.
    • Budget – during next month’s meeting we’ll vote on the budget for the rest of the year
    • How to navigate our website and request to have your message(s) sent via the parent/guardian channels
  • Key Dates

TONIGHT is the First Meeting of the Year

All Howard parents and caregivers are encouraged to sign on, listen in, ask questions and help us set the school year up for success!

Join the online meeting Wednesday September 22, 7:00 to 8:30pm to energize our collective efforts for the 2021-2022 school year. This is our opportunity to enrich and support the many classroom activities.

Agenda and details found on the HPSC website.

Date: Wednesday, September 22nd
Time: 7:00pm
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85355364285