Music News from Ms. Jonas

Music Room Updates

Raptors 905 Game with the Howard Choir and Select Classes

The last day to buy tickets is November 12 (less than one week away)! Permission forms for singers are also due November 12. The Countdown is on! Make sure to get your tickets to avoid disappointment These events are always so much fun so don’t forget to bring the whole family! The choir will be singing the anthems before the game. Please note: all students must be accompanied by an adult at the game so plan your evening accordingly.

Lion King Musical

Auditions are complete and we have been very impressed with the preparation of the students. It was very difficult to cast such an amazing and talented group of performers. The cast list is posted outside the music room. All roles are important!

CALLING ALL GRADE FOURS! Permission forms for the Savanna Chorus have been sent home. It’s a great way for the grade fours to get involved in the musical. Please return Savanna Chorus permission forms by December 2nd.

High Park Christmas Celebration 

Permission forms have been sent home; they must be returned by November 12 if you would like your child to participate. It will take place on Sunday, December 1 at 2:15pm just outside the Grenadier Restaurant in High Park. Singers should arrive at 2:00pm.

Holiday Concerts Save the Date!

*All concerts will be in the Howard P.S. Gymnasium.

Kindergarten Concert – Wednesday, December 11, 4-4:30pm

Grade 1-3 Concert – Wednesday, December 11, 4:45-6pm

Grade 4-6 Concert – Thursday, December 12, 5-6 p.m.

Roncy Parents Night Out is THIS FRIDAY!


Fellow Howard Parents,

This event is shaping up to be a good time.  As evidence, here is a recent email dialog among a couple of the parent organizers:

Parent 1:   is it a dance party? i have pete morey (howard dad also cbc dj) joining me and we’re trying to build the right playlist.  fyi – we’ll be djing it properly so we can make this a serious jam if that’s the intent. 

Parent 2:   I’d be ready for anything! Last pub night we threw turned into a dance party…  

Parent 1:  oh we’re gonna dance then.


I’m personally excited by the subtle understatement of that all-lower-case last line.


Friday, November 8, 2019


St.Casimir’s Church Hall

Tickets are $10 at the door or can be purchased ahead of time here:

*if you can’t make it and want support the event, just buy a ticket online!!

Please join us along with Garden, Howard and Parkdale as we foster and strengthen our relationships.

Hope to see you there!  Call or email me with any questions.

Mandy Moore
Cell: 416 723-4572

Howard Playground Update!

We are excited to give an update on the Howard Playground Revitalization Project!

This is the year we’re designing and fundraising for school yard enhancements.

Many of you will know about this project. For those who don’t, have a look at the attached presentation.

Playground Presentation!

In a nutshell: Our field has been designated as among the worst in Toronto and is being replaced with turf. When that happens, we have the chance to do a school yard renovation. The field is entirely funded by the TDSB. Work to the rest of the yard will be paid for by parent-led fundraising.

We are reaching out to ask if you’ll consider getting involved.

We need a lot of different types of people (see list below), but the bottom line is this:  if you’re motivated, you can help.

This is a chance for us to build social infrastructure for our kids, our friends’ kids, and the broader community. It’s a chance to pay it forward.

If you’re interested in lending a hand, will you please email with your name and preferred role?


Howard Playground Steering Committee

ps follow us on FB!


A list of some of the skills and tasks we’re looking for help with: video making, social media, copy writing, branding, advertising, graphic design, volunteering, IT, corporate communications, grant writing, researching, sales, emailing, organization, corporate social responsibility, legal, small business, government, construction, engineering, architecture, physical education…

Positions open:

Engagement lead

Social media manager

Branding and design lead

Videographer/video producer

Graphic Designer

Communications coordinator (2)

Fundraising lead

Fundraising outreach – small business (3)

Fundraising outreach – corporate (3)

Event planner (2)

Grant researcher

Design lead

Book Fair (Volunteers and More!)

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November 4, 2019

Dear Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school next week and you are invited to share in this celebration of literacy with us! Our Book Fair theme for Fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure Book Fair, Snow Much to Read. A blizzard of books is headed your way on November 11th — venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever! 

Now more than ever, reading is vital to leading a better life. Knowing how to read is just the beginning. Motivating young people to keep reading, comprehend what they read and develop the ability to think creatively are the end goals. Scholastic Book Fairs have the books to motivate more reading. With your involvement, we can inspire children to practice reading and read more often. Together, we can make a difference in their lives that will last a lifetime. 

Book Fair dates: Monday November 11 to Thursday November14th 

Shopping hours:

  • Before school, 8:30am – 8:50 am: everyone welcome
  • Primary students: morning recess  
  • Junior students: afternoon recess  
  • Lunch: everyone welcome
  • After school on Thursday November 14th, from 3:30pm – 6:30pm: Special Family Event including a door prize!

*We accept cash, cheques made payable to our school. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are welcome, too.

Book Fair is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers that brings new books to our classrooms and the school library. One great way to ensure our children get started with reading and keep on reading all year long is with the Classroom Wish List program.  Each teacher was asked to fill-in their “book wish list” prior to the Fair. Look for your child’s teacher’s name on the display. All teachers took great care in selecting the best and most appropriate books to meet their students’ reading levels and learning needs. It is their wish that these books become a permanent part of the classroom library. Every generous gift you make will be recognized with a special bookplate, identifying your family or child as the donor.

Your support can help our school blossom with new and exciting adventures in reading, stimulating young minds for years to come. And we are still looking for volunteers! Please consider the attached letter from best-selling children’s author Gordon Korman on the impact Scholastic Book Fairs made on his career!


Anne Serazin


Howard Public School




Parent Council update: Oct minutes + Nov agenda

Thank you to everyone who came out to the October meeting to discuss the Parent Council budget for 2019-2020. It was a passionate and sometimes challenging discussion, and we appreciate how committed the parent community is to our school! Here are the minutes from that meeting:
October 2019 Meeting Minutes

These minutes will be officially approved at our next Parent Council meeting, which takes place on Wednesday, November 20, at 7pm, in the library. We’ve got some exciting topics on the agenda, including updates about the Howard Social, the scooter rack for under the main stairs, a turkey fundraiser in advance of the winter holidays, and more! Full meeting agenda here:
November 2019 Meeting Agenda

All welcome, and see you then!

Roncy Parents Night Out!


Dear Howard Parents,

Please join parents from our school along with Fern, Garden, and Parkdale schools to socialize and raise some funds on Friday, November 8th from 7pm to midnight at St. Casimir’s Church on Roncesvalles.

Tickets are $10 and you can buy them here:
There will be a cash bar, a 50-50 drawing, and a raffle.  Cards and cash welcome.
Hope to see you there!
Mandy Moore