Thank You from Ms. Spademan

Dear Howard Families,

Thank you so much for the beautiful farewell at last Friday’s assembly. I was so moved by the songs, the slide show, and the goodwill that filled the gym. I’m so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with your children and many parent volunteers over the years.

Thank you also to the families who contributed to my farewell gift. It was incredibly generous! I intend to use the money to plant a tree at our new cottage. It will replace the ones that lost their lives to make room for the construction. I will sit under as it matures and reminisce about Howard!

Thanks for the wonderful memories. All the best,


Tomorrow’s Donations for Howard Staff Luncheon

Parents and caregivers,

Please drop off your luncheon contributions tomorrow on the second floor tables outside the staff room before 11:30.  Label your bowls/trays and serving spoons with your name, and pick them up at the end of the day on tables in the main floor hallway.

If you have not signed up yet, you can still pitch in tomorrow.  We need:

  • main courses
  • help with cleanup 1:15-2:00

Thanks for helping us make tomorrow a big success.
Leslie and Sophie

Take a Bite Out of Hunger at the Potluck Tonight! (reminder)


Donate to the Parkdale Community Food Bank on June 20th at the Pizza Potluck and make a difference!

Hunger is a supervillain who makes life harder for more than 305,000 Canadian children every month. For a child struggling with hunger, one meal could mean the difference between having the energy to succeed in school and failing a test, or between staying healthy and getting sick. Single-parent families with children are more vulnerable to hunger than any other household.

WE Club is holding a food drive for the Parkdale Community Food Bank to make sure everyone in our community can take a bite out of hunger. On June 20th, during Howard’s Pizza Potluck, families are encouraged to take action  by donating 1 or more of the following highly needed items:

  • Proteins (beans, lentils, tuna, baked beans, anchovies, etc.)
  • Baby items (diapers, Formula, wipes, baby food, bottles, etc.)

Students from WE Club conducted a phone interview with the Parkdale Community Food Bank to learn more about what food banks need and how our community can help out. Here’s what we learned:

  1. Who uses the food bank?
    Everyone uses the food bank including people who are homeless, people who lost their jobs, and those who can’t afford to pay their rent.
  2. What are the requirements to be able to use a food bank?
    People need to show proof of address or income, however, if proof of income or address is unavailable, they can still access the food bank services. They can visit the food bank once a week and up to four times per month.
  3. How many people per day use the food bank?
    Approximately 70 to 80 people used to access the food bank, but recently these numbers have increased to 150 people. This increase may be due to the recent increase in rent prices, particularly for single income families. Another contributing factor is the increasing cost of living (food, hydro, transportation, etc.)
  4. What is your busiest season?
    Christmas time and the holidays are the busiest seasons.
  5. How many food banks are in our community?
    There are 50 food banks in our community, but Parkdale Community Food Bank is the only food bank in Parkdale.
  6. Which items have the highest demand?
    There is a high demand for proteins such as tuna, beans, peanut butter, lentils, meat and eggs. Baby items (diapers, Formula, baby food, wipes) also go quickly.
  7. Does the food bank accept prepared food and perishable items?
    Yes, the food bank accepts both prepared food and perishable items.
  8. Do you prefer receiving food or money?
    The food bank is happy to receive both food and money.
  9. How can you help out?
    There are currently about 40 volunteers, but we can always use more help. You can volunteer your time as volunteers are always needed. If you would like to volunteer, come by during our opening hours and try it for a day. You can also donate food or money to the food bank.
  10. What are your hours of operation?
    Wednesday and Thursday- 10:00 – 3:30
    Friday and Saturday- 10:00 – 1:30

Potluck TONIGHT!

A reminder to all,

Our Pizza Potluck is tonight from 6-8pm for all Howard families to enjoy!

Don’t worry if you haven’t submitted a form, just show up. And if you were planning on bringing a donation to the Parkdale Food Bank, remember to bring it along.

Pizzas have been generously donated by Master Mechanic. Just please make sure that any item you bring to share is nut free.

See you tonight!

Background Checks for Volunteers – Keep Yours Up to Date!

Dear Parents,

Many of the parent volunteer opportunities at school (eg Scientist in the School) require that parents have a police reference check beforehand.  It does take some time for the record check to be completed.  In preparation for next school year, fill out the application (available in the office) as soon as possible.  The Home and School Association will cover the cost of these police checks for parents.  Information about how to be reimbursed for the cost can be found with the application in the office.

Police reference checks do expire.  Each year you must complete an Offence Declaration with the school or you will have to re-submit another police reference check.   Save us the additional fees!   If you had a police reference check last year, please see Elizabeth Mankiewicz, our Vice Principal, to declare your criminal-free past year and keep your police reference check valid.  

Thank you,
Howard School

In Search of Volunteers for Grade 6 Grad

We really need help on Wednesday June 28 to make the grade 6 graduation special.

Typically, grade 5 parents run the evening so the grade 6 families can be together. Please consider helping – we can’t do it without you We need:

  • volunteers to help set and serve food & drinks and clean up before the dance (4-7pm)
  • volunteers to chaperone the dance and help with end of night clean up (6:30-9pm)

Please contact Scott Westlake : if you are able to help