Marlies tickets available for a great price!

Through QSP we have access to Marlies tickets for when they play at the ACC this Saturday November 25th at 1:30pm.  The tickets are in section 107 and are available at a cost of $15 each (face value $35), PLUS with each of these tickets, you also get a VIP tour of the ACC with a QSP grouping with other schools.  The backstage tour will take place in the new year at a date and time to be determined.

If interested, please email me ASAP at

Sophie Kierulf
QSP Chair

Invitation to Workshop at Fern – Tue Nov 28

Space is limited – RSVP info *Here* 

On Tuesday, November 28 at 7p.m, we will be presenting “Parenting Teens for High School” at Fern Ave Public School. The presentation would be delivered by Pine River Institute which has considerable experience working with parents of teens who are in treatment for addiction and mental health issues. We have outcomes evidence that shows that what we teach these parents and caregivers contributes to the success of our graduates. Anecdotally, parents always tell us that they wish they knew what they learned at Pine River before their kids developed addictive behaviours.

Hence we are piloting an initiative to develop and deliver “preventative” presentations and workshops with the premise that the parenting work Pine River does with parents and caregivers while their child is in residential care would be invaluable to any parent with pre-adolescent and adolescent children; and that it may prevent need for intensive treatment down the road.

We would like to welcome parents, caregivers, teachers and anyone else who might be interested in this event, from your school and community to attend this presentation. I have attached a poster and information sheet with more details. If possible, it would be great to send to your parents/caregivers or post electronically for interested parents to see. I would be happy to connect with you and/or your school council to help inform and promote this free workshop to parents in your community.

Thank you,

Amy Locke
Parent Workshop Coordinator
Pine River Foundation

Opera Tickets – Deadline extended

Hello Parents and Howard Students,

We’re offering dress rehearsal tickets for performances at the Canadian Opera Company. Howard’s Music Department gets the opportunity to purchase tickets for dress rehearsals on the condition that the tickets are allotted on a ratio of 1 adult to 3 children. This is so more kids get to see the performance than adults. Tickets are $20 each with $5 per ticket going to the Howard Home and School Association to support music activities. These dress rehearsals are fully staged productions performed a few days prior to opening night. We have two performances coming up in January and early February:
· Rigoletto – Wednesday January 17, 2018 7:30pm
· The Abduction from the Seraglio – Saturday February 3, 2018 7:30pm

When ordering your tickets, please provide the names of the students who’ll be attending. The students can be siblings, peers or cousins. They do not have to be Howard students. Tickets will not be ordered unless three students are listed on the order form.

Please send cash or a cheque payable to the “Howard Home & School Association” with your order. Tickets will not be ordered without payment. A confirmation email will be sent out. Because tickets have to be prepaid, no refunds can be given. If you cannot attend a performance you are free to give or sell your tickets to another interested student.

If you would like tickets please fill in the order form linked below and have it returned to the music room by November 20, 2017 no later than 3:30 pm. Tickets will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions please email Ines at Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the Opera!

Deborah Jonas               Ines Colabrese
Music Teacher               Volunteer

-Rigoletto order form-

-Abduction from the Seraglio order form-

QSP Weekend Update

Thank you students and families for participating in the QSP drive. We hope that you’re having a great weekend. As the QSP drive provides a significant portion of the money that the Howard School Council raises each year, we thought we would take the chance to talk about what fundraising does for our school:

So, what does this fundraiser support? Whether it’s plays and performances to attend, scientists in the classroom, additional iPads, or buses to track meets, funds raised go to enhancements of your child’s education and school experience. For the full parent council spending guidelines, check out the fine print at the bottom…

Since it’s the weekend, today might also be a great time to reach out to extended family and close friends and ask them to help support our school.

On the other hand, we’ve had questions from some parents about whether they could make a cash donation instead. Absolutely! Charitable donations with tax receipts can be made thru the TDSB. Click here:
(from the TDSB site, click thru to School Cash Online, and make sure to select Howard as the fund destination)

But what about prizes and participation?
A cash donation is definitely participation in the fundraiser. While we do not want to create a scenario of buying points for cash, any student/family that contributes a cash donation will be eligible for a level A prize. Please forward a copy of your donation confirmation to

Thank you everyone for your time and support. We are fortunate to be able to so strongly support our school and all of its students.

For 2017-2018, all funds raised by the parent council will adhere to the following spending principles:
1. Support and enhance the curriculum
2. Support our areas of priority (note: in no particular order):Arts
– Technology
– Music
– Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
– Sports & Athletics
– Environmental
– Nutrition
– Mental health and Well-being
3. Promote activities that support inclusion and equity including announcing a new parent equity committee
4. Spend equitably across grades and streams (i.e. English and French)

Festival du Livre – Book Fair!

Dear Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Festival du Livre is coming to our school from Thurs. Nov. 16th- Tues. Nov. 21st. Come visit the book fair before school from 8:30- 9:00 am or after school from 3:30-4:00 pm. If can’t make it out to the book fair, students can come during recess or at lunch to make their purchases. What better way to promote reading to our students than by supporting this important literary event.

We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in children’s books. Did you know that for every $10 you spend at the Fair up to $6 comes directly back to our school? Your support of this vital literary event is key in helping us obtain new books and resources for our library and classrooms.

Don’t forget to mark the Book Fair dates on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you during our Scholastic Book Fair and thank you, in advance, for supporting this great literary fundraiser. Mostly, thank you for believing in books and the importance reading has on your child’s future.

Mrs. Simanic
Book Fair Chairperson

VOLUNTEERS…Still Needed!

Thank you to everyone signed up so far!!!  We are almost fully staffed!!!
There are still some areas that need staffing:
**Lunch Table Clean-Up during and after the Fete…Earth Buddies we NEED you!**

*Hi-Striker – bet you haven’t signed up because you have no idea what this is…we need you to help people swing the hammer, ring the bell and win a prize…how easy is that?!
*Trade-Up Table  our prize winners need all hands on deck to trade tickets in for swag
*Afternoon help at the Candy Floss and Lemonade Stand
*Ticket Booth 2 
– afternoon
*Basket Raffle Ticket Seller – morning

Please remember to check in and out at the volunteer table before/after your shift.

Sign Up Now!