QSP Weekend Update

Thank you students and families for participating in the QSP drive. We hope that you’re having a great weekend. As the QSP drive provides a significant portion of the money that the Howard School Council raises each year, we thought we would take the chance to talk about what fundraising does for our school:

So, what does this fundraiser support? Whether it’s plays and performances to attend, scientists in the classroom, additional iPads, or buses to track meets, funds raised go to enhancements of your child’s education and school experience. For the full parent council spending guidelines, check out the fine print at the bottom…

Since it’s the weekend, today might also be a great time to reach out to extended family and close friends and ask them to help support our school.

On the other hand, we’ve had questions from some parents about whether they could make a cash donation instead. Absolutely! Charitable donations with tax receipts can be made thru the TDSB. Click here:

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/School-Cash-Online/Online-Donations
(from the TDSB site, click thru to School Cash Online, and make sure to select Howard as the fund destination)

But what about prizes and participation?
A cash donation is definitely participation in the fundraiser. While we do not want to create a scenario of buying points for cash, any student/family that contributes a cash donation will be eligible for a level A prize. Please forward a copy of your donation confirmation to howardcounciltreasurer@gmail.com.

Thank you everyone for your time and support. We are fortunate to be able to so strongly support our school and all of its students.

For 2017-2018, all funds raised by the parent council will adhere to the following spending principles:
1. Support and enhance the curriculum
2. Support our areas of priority (note: in no particular order):Arts
– Technology
– Music
– Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
– Sports & Athletics
– Environmental
– Nutrition
– Mental health and Well-being
3. Promote activities that support inclusion and equity including announcing a new parent equity committee
4. Spend equitably across grades and streams (i.e. English and French)