Call for Photos of the Howard Playground

Canva - Brown Metal Playground during Golden Hour - Photo by Levi Damasceno

Hello Howard Community,

The playground committee is in search of your photos and videos of the Howard outdoor space: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Help us document the true value of the Howard space by sharing photos and videos of you and your family using it.

  • We need photos and video that show how wonderful experiencing the space can be. Have you captured any joyful moments of kids laughing, grandparents smiling, etc?

  • We equally need documentation of worn out and broken equipment, mud pits and pine needle mountains. The school yard has four seasons of shame that we could show. We all know this revitalization is essential: help us make our case.

  • Similarly, we know there has been more than a fair share of broken arms, fractured legs and other hospital-worthy injuries, and these images can be potent. Please share yours with us.

How you can help:

  • Email photos and video to

  • If the files are too big to send via email, please put them into a Google Drive folder and share the folder with

  • If you aren’t a Google Drive person, please put your photos and/or video onto a USB thumb drive and give it to one of the Engagement Committee members (Samantha Rupert, Lee Greenberg, Joe Rafuse, Crystal Rickard, Sima Gandhi or Debbie Croft)

How your photos and videos may be used:

  • On the school yard website

  • Within an email to the Howard community

  • On the school yard campaign’s Facebook page

  • In a tweet or Instagram message

  • On a printed poster given to local businesses

  • On a printed postcard distributed to homes in our school zone

***Please keep in mind that by sharing your photos with the school yard campaign, you are giving us permission to share them on these channels.***

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or words of encouragement, please contact or any of the committee members.

Thank you for your support!


Samantha, Lee, Joe, Crystal, Sima, Debbie and all the other volunteers

Canva - Green Cyclone Fence - Photo by Digital Buggu


We are excited to give our community an update on the Howard Yard project.

Planning is underway with the TDSB and the landscape architects to finalize the MASTER PLAN for the yard.  Just to remind everyone, the TDSB has identified the field at Howard as one of the worst in the city. The TDSB has committed to funding the replacement of the existing field with turf. This gives Howard a ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY to make some amazing improvements in the yard by fundraising, because all of the construction equipment will be onsite. The TDSB and landscape architects are making a plan based on consultations done last spring with parents, students, and teachers.  Some of the exciting plans include revitalizing the basketball courts to include more basketball nets and make it a multi-sport court, more seating, areas for imaginative play, and a renewed outdoor classroom.

How much we accomplish of this plan just depends on how much money we can raise! We will be approaching local businesses, local corporations, and having some great community events like the ever popular SPRING SOCIAL.

Our next fundraising event is the great Howard tradition — the DANCE-A-THON! This is such a fun day for the kids, where every single class gets a chance during the day on February 21st to come and dance in the gym, which is transformed into a super fun disco-gym!  The kids had a pep rally last week, and pledge packages are on the way. Our fundraising goal is for each child to try to raise $40 — or more if they can! We will follow up later this week with more details!

Minutes from the January Parent Council meeting

Couldn’t make the meeting but want to know about:

Schoolyard revitalization project
Labour action updates
The Howard Musical
and more???

January 2020 Meeting Minutes are linked here, for all the info.

A special reminder that we are looking for Fall Fete 2020 Chairs. Your Fete needs YOU!

See you all at the next meeting, February 19, at 7pm, in the school library.


Announcing the Lion King Poster Contest!

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Calling Howard Students of all ages and artistic abilities!
The Howard Musical needs your creativity for the Lion King Poster! 
The winning poster will be professionally printed as the official Musical Poster and will be displayed around the school and the neighbourhood!
The runner-up will have their art showcased on the tickets! The top three will also receive 3 free Lion King Buttons (pin badges) and all entries will receive a free button of their choice.
If your child is old enough to write, please have them include the
following information (if not, don’t worry; we can add it with the computer):

Howard Junior Public School Presents

The Lion King Musical

May 6th and 7th at 7p.m.

Students can submit their art on poster boards or regular paper. We will resize it as needed.

Please deliver submissions, signed and including the Student’s name and Area #, to the office no later than MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10th, 2020!