Graduation Info for Howard Grade 5 and 6 Parents

Grade 5 Parents

We are still looking for a few more Grade 5 Parent Volunteers to help with Food Prep and Service – 3:30 – 7:00pm on June 26.Here is the volunteer sign upGrade 6 Grad Party Sign Up. If you have a free hour or two your help would be greatly appreciated.

Grade 6 Parents

Decorators and Decorations Needed

If you can help setting up the gym after school on Monday June 25th please join us at 3:30pm.

We are still looking for white strings of Christmas lights(preferably large bulbs, but we’ll take what you have) to lend or donate. As well, we are looking for flameless tea lights, if anyone has these to lend or give. There is a box in the office labelled ‘Gr. 6 Grad lights’. Please drop off your lights to this box as soon as possible before June 21st. If you would like your lights back after the dance, please attach a label to the string with your child’s name and area number and we will happily return them to you.

The Program for the Evening of June 26th:

We look forward to sharing an evening of memories based on the following:


Gymnasium doors open to all guests. It will be a full house and all guest seats are first come first serve.


Graduates must be in their reserved seats


Ceremony begins
Yearbooks will be handed out during the formal ceremony. Parents may want to bring a pen to give their child to get signatures from teachers, and friends – once the mingle portion of the evening begins.
A photographer will be taking pictures of each graduate on stage, so parents can enjoy the moment.


Family Mingle – Light Refreshments (veggie and gluten free snacks too)
Photobooth for graduates and guests – Grads and families can pop over to photo booth (all photos will be available online – link to be forwarded)


Music and Dance begins for Howard Grade Six Graduates only!
Pizza and Cake will be served to the Grads.
NEW – The Local at 396 Roncesvalles are happy to welcome families to socialize while the grads dance the night away. We can head there after the mingle.


Dance ends. Please pick up your new grads!

We thank you for your support and look forward to a wonderful event.

Thank you,

Graduation Planning Committee

Kub Kar Update

Dear All,
The response to the Kub Kars has been amazing, and the coming Stem Night at the school on Thursday the 21st promises to be a bigger hit than last year, with plenty of areas to keep minds young and old active!
If you were planning on making your own Kub Kar racer for the night, then we have bad news and even better news – The Kars have been going so fast from the front desk, that we have had difficulty keeping up. At the moment we have run out, but don’t worry, another order for Kars has been placed and will be with us soon.
More news to follow as soon as we get them!
See you on Thursday!
The STEM Volunteer Parents.
If you have any questions about the cars then please Email:

Book Fair Today and Tomorrow!

Don’t forget the Another Story Bookshop Book Fair is this Wednesday and Thursday in the Howard library!
Stock up on summer reads for kids of all ages in French and English with 20% of sales donated back to Howard!
Wednesday May 16, 6-7pm – Come early for the Parent Council meeting and pick up books!
Thursday May 17, 3:30-4pm – stop in after school!
Can’t wait to see you there!

Book Fair Tomorrow and Thursday

Join the Howard Equity Committee and Another Story Bookshop for a Book Fair on Wednesday from 6pm-7pm and Thursday from 3:30-4pm in the school library. 

Pick up books with a focus on social justice, equity and diversity. This is a great chance to stock up on summer reading material for the kids while supporting the school (20% of sales go back to Howard) as well as a fabulous local business. Can’t wait to see you there!

French Program – Public Consultation

Share your ideas on enhancing French programs starting May 1:

There are 5 public consultation meetings scheduled across the city during May.
Come share your experiences with our core, extended and immersion French programs and your ideas for enhancing them.
Parents/guardians and community members are welcome to attend:
Tuesday, May 1 – 7-9pm
Danforth CTI
800 Greenwood Avenue

Thursday, May 3 – 7-9 pm
Etobicoke CI 
86 Montgomery Road

Tuesday, May 15 – 7-9 pm
Birchmount Park CI
3663 Danforth Avenue

Thursday, May 17 – 7-9 pm
Northview Heights SS
550 Finch Avenue W

Wednesday, May 30 – 7-9 pm
John Polanyi CI
640 Lawrence Avenue W

Please share this information with your school community (school council, newsletters and websites, etc)  and with your own network of parents, graduates and community members who are interested in official language bilingualism and education.
Also coming next week is an on-line survey for parents/guardians, students and community members (ie, graduates, parents of graduates, stakeholders, etc). Surveys will be posted here very soon and will be open throughout May and June.

The final report of the French review will be presented to the trustees in the fall without any recommendations. The report will include the feedback from the consultation meetings, surveys and focus groups of students and staff, data collected from the TDSB information system and academic research.

More about the TDSB French Review and the 2017 Annual Report: Enrolment, Successes, Challenges of French Programs here.