Returning the favour – how to help now

Returning the favour – how to help now

Over the years, our school has benefited from the help of our neighbours on the Roncesvalles main street and beyond.
Now is the time for us to help them!
Their sponsorship, donations and in-kind support make it possible for us to invest in things like iPads, books, art trips, sports equipment and so much more. They’ve provided silent auction items; donated food (and booze); printed, filmed, branded and otherwise donated their professional services and expertise. Without their support, we wouldn’t have the resources to put on major events or create the opportunities we want for our kids.
If you are spending money, please spend it within the Howard Community.
Here are some suggestions on how you can return the favour to those that have helped Howard in the past:
  1. Check out the list of loyal Howard Sponsors, Donors, Partners & Friends
    • We know you’ll find some familiar names on this list!
    • Please let us know if we’ve missed anyone…
  2. Visit their websites and online stores
    • Many businesses have started online ordering, curbside pickup and even to-your-door deliveries!
    • Pre-purchase things that you know you’ll need in the future (like summer camps, hair cuts, bike tune-ups, etc.). Even though most store fronts are closed, they still have expenses and need cash to flow now!
  3. Get social: follow the Howard parent volunteer social channels for ongoing ideas, stories and news about our neighbours.
    • Every year (sometimes more than once a year), volunteers from Fall Fete, Spring Social, Home & School Council, and now also, the School Yard Project ask local businesses to help the school.
    • Now, instead of asking for money, we’ve been asking how we can help. The response from businesses has been tremendous! They are buoyed to know that we are thinking of them and putting into action this community campaign to show our support
    • Our hope is that our social channels will give you a one-stop-spot with information about which of our neighbouring businesses is offering what.
    • Pick one of the channels below to follow or follow them all!
Our community is arguably one of the best in the city, if not the whole country. Let’s show our neighbours what that really means!
Join us in this campaign.
Stay safe, stay home, stay strong.
Sincerely,
The parent volunteers
of the Home & School Council, School Yard Campaign, Spring Social and others.

 

Message to Howard Families

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Dear Howard community,

We want to touch base with everyone to say we are thinking of you and your families during this difficult time. This school year has presented our community with many challenges and the especially tough thing about dealing with this pandemic is that we can’t be physically together to get through it.

Our community is rallying to support the neighbourhood businesses as best they can, teachers are emailing us to support us, parents are emailing each other schedules to get creative with home-schooling and the kids are keeping in contact on various devices 😉

All this is to say, we are going to rally and get through this period of isolation and have a big party when we can all be together again.

We are postponing school council meetings but if someone is interested in coordinating some school-wide virtual events, please be in touch.

In the mean time, please keep safe and healthy, and stay home as much as possible so that we can beat this virus. #flattenthecurve

Take care,
Howard Parent Council

Reminder: Walk-In Solidarity Action on March 12

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Hello Howard Families,

A reminder to Join Howard Teachers this Thursday March 12th from 8:25AM-8:45AM for a walk-in Solidarity Action!

Howard Teachers need our help! Let’s meet them on Howard Park Ave sidewalk by the school grounds entrance on Thursday morning at 8:25AM. Bring your signs! We will also have art supplies on hand for families to make signs on the spot! Let’s show our teachers how much we appreciate their fight for our public education system.

Please consider circulating this message by email and through your social networks.

Thank you!
Midori M.

 

Walk-In Solidarity Action for Howard Teachers March 12

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Hello Howard Families,

Howard teachers need our help on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 8:25-8:45am!

Let’s join them for a Walk-In Solidarity Action! Meet on Howard Park Ave sidewalk by the school grounds entrance on Thursday morning at 8:25 AM. Bring your signs and some treats to share! We will also have art supplies on hand for families to make signs on the spot! Let’s show teachers how much we appreciate their fight for our public education system.

Please consider circulating this message by email and through your social networks.

More details to come! In the meanwhile, you may also find the attached Op-Ed from the Toronto Star of interest. If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact Midori Miyamoto via midori.c.miyamoto@gmail.com.

 

Andrea Raymond – Teachers Dispute Exposes the Pink Elephant in the Room

Thank You from the Dance-a-thon Organizers

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We hope your kids all came home with great stories about the Dance-a-thon yesterday!  Howard has lots of great dancers!

Thank you to everyone who contributed already and no worries if you didn’t have a chance – you can still make a pledge via School Cash Online or send in the envelope!

Also big thanks to the parent volunteers: we really appreciate your support!

Candice and Erin