Parent Council year-end round-up: November meeting minutes and more

It’s been a busy year at Howard for Parent Council…and we’re not (quite) done yet!

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the November meeting, definitely check out the November 2019 Meeting Minutes. There’s loads of valuable information, including:

  • a summary of Renu Mandhane’s presentation about the Right to Read Public Inquiry
  • our Q&A sessions with Ward 7 Trustee Robin Pilkey
  • updates from Principal McKenzie about the school budget, Howard’s foci for the year, and drinking water lead levels
  • a call for a graphic designer to help the playground revitalization team
  • and more!

There is no Parent Council meeting in December, but please mark your calendars for January 15, 2020.

In the meantime, see you at the holiday concerts on December 11 and 12! Parent Council volunteers will be collecting cash donations at the door for the Parkdale Community Food Bank. (If you’d like to help collect, please contact Michelle McBride:

From the Parent Council Executive, thank you for a wonderful start to the year, and best wishes for the holidays!

Info for Those Participating in the Raptors 905 Event


Paramount Fine Foods Centre

5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga,


Date + Time: 

Friday, November 29

* drop-off at 5:30pm


Thank you for your participation in the Raptors 905 Howard PS event… it is going to be fun! Parking is free.


What to wear: Singers please wear a red shirt and black pants and wear running shoes or any shoes with non-marking soles as boots will not be permitted on the court. Singers must wear matching outfits and will be on the Jumbotron while they sing.


Time: Give your singer(s) a ticket and drop them off at 5:30pm at B Arena, Gate 3, and walk them to the end of the hall. You will be greeted by Ms. Jonas and the event organizers for the sound check. If you are volunteering with the sound check, you will enter with the students. All others will only be able to enter once the gates open. Following the sound check, Ms. Jonas and the parent volunteers will help the students to their seats and supervise until general admission.


High 5 Tunnel: If you are one of the students chosen for the high 5 tunnel, you will go before singing the anthems. Directly after the high 5 tunnel, you will return to sing the anthems.


Anthem Buddies: If you have been selected for the anthem buddies, you will not be able to sing with the choir. If you do not want to miss singing with the choir, please tell Ms. Jonas as soon as possible and we can give someone else your spot.


Tickets will be distributed on Thursday to your child. Please let Ms. Jonas know if you would prefer to pick them up. The draw for the Raptors swag, fan tunnel and anthem buddies will be on Thursday.

Info from Trustee Pilkey, including tonight’s Ward 7 Council Meeting

Please see the information that follows from School Trustee Robin Pilkey regarding tonight’s Ward 7 Council meeting, the next meeting and calls for parent consultation.

Ward 7 Council Meeting

November 26, 2019 7PM – 9PM

Lucy McCormack Secondary School

2717 Dundas Street West (at Annette)


Next meeting:

Date: January 22

Location: Humbercrest JMS


Requests for Parent Consultation

Secondary School Review update & survey (

Policy consultation – Optional Attendance (


More Communications!

Parents please join the FaceBook group.


SPECIAL SPEAKERS: Parent Council Nov 20

Mark it in your calendar:

November Parent Council meeting
All welcome this Wednesday, November 20, 7pm, in the library.

This is our last meeting of 2019, and a special opportunity to hear from:

  • Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission (and Howard parent!), on the Right to Read Inquiry
  • Robin Pilkey, Toronto District School Board Trustee, Ward 7, Parkdale-High Park,

October 2019 Meeting Minutes

UPDATED November 2019 Meeting Agenda

See you then!

2 More Days Left for Book Fair

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Dear Parents and Families,

Just a reminder that the Scholastic Book Fair is on this week and you are invited to share in this celebration of literacy with us! Our Book Fair theme for Fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure Book Fair, Snow Much to Read.

We have books in both English and French!

Book Fair dates: Monday November 11 to Thursday November14th 

Shopping hours:

  • Before school, 8:30am – 8:50 am: everyone welcome
  • Primary students: morning recess  
  • Junior students: afternoon recess  
  • Lunch: everyone welcome
  • After school on Thursday November 14th, from 3:30pm – 6:30pm: Special Family Event including a door prize!

*We accept cash, cheques made payable to our school. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are welcome, too.

Don’t forget about the Classroom Wish List program.  Each teacher contributed their “book wish list” prior to the Fair. Look for your child’s teacher’s name on the display to contribute to their classroom library. Every generous gift you make will be recognized with a special bookplate, identifying your family or child as the donor.

Your support can help our school blossom with new and exciting adventures in reading, stimulating young minds for years to come. 


Anne Serazin


Howard Public School