Thank You for Contributing to the Staff Appreciation Luncheon!


To all who gave food, their time and other donations to make the Howard Staff Luncheon a huge success, we would like to thank you.  Your generous donations were thoroughly enjoyed.

The staff had a wonderful time at the luncheon.  We are happy to be able to pass on their appreciation to all of the Howard parents and community members who made the luncheon possible.

Have a wonderful summer!


Grade 6 Graduation — THANK YOU

The Howard Grade 6 Grad Committee would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every grade 5 parent who came out and helped to make our grade 6 grad a great celebration!  THANK YOU!! We deeply appreciate your efforts!

We could not have done this event without these volunteers! Their work made the transition from ceremony to reception seamless. This is an amazing tradition at Howard where the grade 5 parents help run the event so that the grad parents can enjoy time with family, friends and our special grads! And now we pass the torch on and wish you the same success and fun celebration of your grads next year! Special shout out to Mandy Moore who helped spearhead this work!

To grade 6 parents: an email will be going out with a link to photos taken by Jeff Beardsall. If you don’t receive this email by Friday, send me email direct and I will share the link:

And another heartfelt THANK YOU to Jeff for capturing some special grad moments. We really appreciate it!

Have a fantastic summer!

– The Howard Grade 6 Grad Committee, class of 2019

We made it to the last day!!!

Well we made it to the last day!!!

On behalf of the Home and School Association, we would like to thank all of the teachers, staff, Ms. McKenzie and our care-taking staff for another great year at Howard. We also want to say a special thank you to Ms. Mankiewicz, who we just learned will be moving to another school as Principal. We want to let you know how much we have appreciated everything you have done during your tenure at Vice Principal at Howard. We will miss you and we wish you all the best in your new role!

We also want to say thank you to all the parents and family members for volunteering for so many exciting events at Howard this year!  All of our children benefit from your involvement and support of our community.

And finally we want thank everyone on the Home and School Executive and everyone who helped with the Arts, Equity, Athletic, Environment, Tech, Stem, Mental Health and Nutrition Committees. You have all dedicated so much time and energy to Howard and it is so appreciated!

Have a wonderful summer and we will see you in September… and hopefully many of our Howard families at the Grade 6 CLAP OUT today at 3:30!

Erin McCaughan and Sara Tweedie
Co-Chairs of the Home and School Association

Thanks for Another Successful Pizza Potluck!

The Howard Pizza Potluck Picnic was another roaring success — and rather than dampening everyone’s enthusiasm, the rain was actually cited as the reason for it being the best Pizza Potluck ever (by at least 2 kids anyway)!

But really, the success is thanks to you, our wonderful Howard community. As always, you stepped up with an endless assortment of delicious salads, snacks, entrees, and desserts. There was truly something for everyone. Master Mechanic came through with their generous donation of enough pizza to feed an army (for the SIXTH time in a row)! And let’s not forget everyone who helped out in some way, by making sure everything was set up, handed out, and put away.

We are also so grateful with how everyone fully embraced this year’s waste-free mandate. The unofficial estimate of garbage reduction was between 60 and 80%! Thanks so much for enthusiastically supporting Howard’s platinum eco-school status in this very important way and acting as role models to our kids on how we can live more sustainably.

ALSO: If you didn’t pick up your serving containers, you can pick them up in the school over the next week.

Have a wonderful summer!

Your Pizza Potluck Picnic People

Grade 6 Graduation is TOMORROW! (June 25)

Grade 6 grad is tomorrow, June 25!
5 to 6:30 p.m.: Graduate Ceremony followed by family and friends reception with light refreshments.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Grads-only party! Food, dance and fun.

Parent gathering
While the kids are dancing, join other parents for a celebratory beverage at Loons Pub.

Please remind your child to bring their yearbook to grad and a pen for classmate signatures.

Grad 2019 is going to be great!

Thanks to all the volunteers who are helping to make grad a success.

Reminder: the Howard Community Pizza Potluck is TOMORROW NIGHT

It’s almost time for our annual school potluck picnic – with pizza – which happens tomorrow, June 20, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

LOCATION: Food will be set out in the gym, and all are welcome to eat outside!
NO RAIN DATE: If it rains, we will eat in the gym.

All families are welcome but please remember children need to have an adult accompanying them.

Reminder: If you haven’t yet volunteered or RSVP-ed, please go here to do so! It’s a 30-second/2-page form and we appreciate both the info and the support. 

Reminder: What to Bring!
– Please bring a dish to share that is large enough to serve those coming in your party. We welcome everything: main, salad, dessert… Also a picnic blanket if your party so desires.
NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS in your dishes: please remember that Howard is a nut-free school due to a significant number of students with life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts.
We Are Going Garbage-Free! As Howard is a Platinum Eco-School, it’s important that we are conscious of how much waste we create. In the past, this event has generated a lot of waste. So bring a few plates, some cutlery, and a water bottle or two so you can enjoy the fabulous food while caring for our planet. Please bring your own plates, cutlery, water bottles, napkins etc. as we will not be supplying any this year. 

See you tomorrow evening!!

Your Community Picnic Team,
Liz Phillips and Liz Pounsett

URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS for Thursday’s Pizza Potluck 2019

It’s almost time for our annual school pizza potluck picnic – say THAT three times fast – which happens this Thursday, June 20, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

WE NEED YOU!!! We are quite short on volunteers for this extremely well-attended event so we really need your help! Kindly follow the link to let us know how you are able to lend a few minutes to making this event a success this year:


Your Community Picnic Team,
Liz Phillips and Liz Pounsett