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Did you miss the meeting?

That’s okay. We made a recording…

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

Howard in decline
  • Enrollment continues to decline.
    • What does this mean for funding, staffing, enhanced programming?
    • Hear from principal McKenzie, Kathy Narraway (aka Pizza Grandma) and others
    • Updates on projected class numbers and corresponding loss of staff
    • What can be done to mitigate the risks
    • How you can get involved

  • Other topics covered during the meeting:
    • reminder of the free PIAC event on May 1 & 2
    • reminder of the upcoming Health and Wellness seminars – details to follow via email
    • discussion around fundraising and preparing for next year
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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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As Learning From Home Lingers On….

Dear Howard Grownups,

As the challenging days linger on, we are thinking of you, wondering how you are doing and how we could help (see #2 below and be well)!  

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. How Can We Help? 
  3. Fundraising 
  4. Call for volunteers
  5. Upcoming PIAC survey
  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 will make it through!

Sincerely, the Parent Council Exec Cmtee

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We are all in this together!

Balancing remote learning, work and the whirlwind of regular life is hard. Reach out for support when you need it.

As Esme and Suzy said in their Friday email, “there are many things parents, families, teachers, society can’t control during Learning From Home and this unprecedented Pandemic period. Focusing on what you can control and being flexible with the rest will keep us working as a team.”

We are all in this together!

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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

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Hat and Glove Drive for Outdoor Learning Opportunities

Hello Howard Community!

We hope you are all staying well. The Outside Learning Committee has been chipping away at supporting our teachers and students by creating a few functional outdoor class spaces. Hopefully you’ve seen some of the initiatives or heard from your children about classes outside. We’ve been so grateful for the community’s support in the form of both donated hours and materials such as milk crates.

The current public health reality only makes it clearer that we will want to support outside learning as much as possible in the coming weeks, including when the weather turns a little chillier. To this end and with the principals’ support, we’d like to do a community drive for hats and gloves for those days when children come underprepared or forget their own at home. We will be working out the final details of collection and starting it up shortly. In the meanwhile, please start setting aside new or gently used hats and gloves (mitts would not be as functional for holding pencils etc.) If we wind up with more than we can use, we will find a community school that could share them with their own students.

Thanks for the support, Howard!

The Outdoor Learning crew

Stay Connected to Other Howard Parents – Join the Meeting on Thursday

Join your neighbours and the rest of the Howard PS community at this month’s meeting. Short and sweet, the meeting gives updates on what’s going on at and with the school as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Read the full agenda on our website.

Also, check out this upcoming FREE event from our partners at PIAC:

PIAC Spring Virtual EventBreaking Barriers by Changing Biases
Sharing Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Initiatives

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Carrington
www.kevincarrington.ca


Saturday May 1 & Sunday May 2, 2021
10 am – 1 pm
Registration and more info coming soon
https://torontopiac.com/index.html

UPDATE – Howard Families Invited to Mindfulness Workshop TODAY

If you haven’t signed up, there is still room!

If you HAVE signed up, here is the resource package for download. Enjoy!

Howard Families are invited to an exclusive Mindfulness Workshop, sponsored by the Howard Public School Council.

Students & their grownups, Teachers & their kids, Staff, Administrators and all members of the Howard community are welcome to sign up online.

Sessions will include fun and engaging games and activities that include:

  • Mindful Movement and yoga
  • Breath Awareness
  • Sensory Activities
  • Brain Games
  • Guided Relaxation
  • Reading of “Marvin the Mindful Marmot”

Did you miss the meeting?

That’s okay. We made a recording…

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

What did you miss?
  • The principal gave us the inside track on what happens when a case of covid is discovered at the school and why there is a discrepancy between the timing of information coming from the school versus information coming from the HPCC daycare
  • We celebrated a successful grant application for anti-racism workshops. Keep an eye on your inbox for invitations to these online sessions
  • The lead of School Yard revitalization project, Lee Greenberg, gave an update on construction
  • Spending and fundraising was planned for
  • A call for volunteers was made – the kids will miss out on musicals, Fall Fete, STEM and other enriching experiences without you! …and we all need someone to plan parent socials (they usually account for 50% of the fundraising revenue and a healthy chunk of our fun!)
No more FOMO: volunteer for the school!

Email howardschoolcouncil@gmail.com to get matched up with the role that you’d enjoy the most.

Parent Meeting This Wednesday

Join your neighbours and the rest of the Howard PS community at this month’s meeting. Short and sweet, the meeting gives updates on what’s going on at and with the school as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Read the full agenda on our website.

Don’t forget to check out the upcoming free online mindfulness session too…