Annual Budget Meeting

Hello Howard Families!

Reminder that at 7pm we are having our regular monthly meeting and annual budget meeting. Join us!

Hope to see you on screen this evening!

In the meantime, don’t forget to support the local businesses that have supported us in the past and sign up for FlipGive to help raise funds for the school.

Black Friday: A boon for the blue & white?

The students at Howard have ideas, activities and things they want to do. But without our usual fundraising engines, such as the Spring Social and Fall FĂȘte, we need a new way to raise money and fast.

One solution is “FlipGive“, a cash back app that pays the school whenever parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. use the app to make purchases that they were going to make anyway!

Before you do any shopping, sign up for FlipGive and the school gets a commission on your purchases! 

Be sure to use the Howard Team code when setting up your account: BLR64S

Please download and start using the FlipGive app before you shop Black Friday deals, get Holiday gifts or even groceries!

Please share this message with your family and friends and encourage them to help us raise funds for our school during these odd times.

Download on the App Store

Download on the Google Play

A Different Solution Required

What would you do if you woke up one morning and your child’s teacher wasn’t there any more? No message from the school principal, the school board or other warning; the teacher your child had spent two months bonding with simply wasn’t there. This is what happened to many parents this morning when their child logged in to the TDSB’s virtual school. 

Over the weekend, the TDSB began implementing what they hoped would be a solution to the shortage of French language teachers: they reassigned a slew of teachers to team teaching arrangements. This meant that many students had no school today. Tomorrow they will be introduced to two new teachers, one for English and another for French. For some students in Grade 3 French Immersion, this means they are being dropped to only 50% French instruction while their in-person peers are receiving 100% French instruction. Some 800 students are having their education discounted. The bonds they built with teachers during a global pandemic are being upended. 

This is not a viable solution.

We are lobbying to have this decision reversed and a better solution found. Concerned parents are already contacting the TDSB, government and other decision makers. 

Please take a minute to read a summary of the issue and consider voicing your opinion on FacebookTwitter (@tdsb), or in an email to your School Trustee and MPP. Please use the following hashtags: #educationmatters #Virtual #education #covid19 #tdsb #onpoli #wellness #equality.

Thank you for your support of our students!

Sincerely, The HPSC Executive 

Now & Forever: Make your investment today

Now is the time to invest in space for our children, families and neighbours to play safely. For years, The School Yard at Howard has been hazardous, sub par and limiting.

Construction is expected to begin this Summer. But we need more donations in order to make this vision a reality!

Make a donation today and make an investment that will give the kids a safe and inviting space in time for next school year!

Please share this message with your extended family, friends, neighbours, employers and others with an interest in charitable donations to advance children’s learning. All donations receive a tax receipt. Visit howardschoolyard.ca for details about this major revitalization of a key community asset.

Thank you to those who have already supported The School Yard! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


“Minutes” From Last Night’s Council Meeting

Thank you to those that joined us on Zoom for the October Council meeting. For those that were unable to join, we recorded the whole thing… It is our first attempt at the recording feature so please forgive the glitches.

  • The Outdoor Learning Committee gave an inspiring presentation about the work done to date and what’s to come.
  • An update on The School Yard Revitalisation final fundraising was provided.
  • The Principal provided her update towards the end of the meeting.
  • A special guest from Toronto Public Health provided extra insight into COVID 19 protocols at the school.
  • Also, the Exec proposed a framework to help us all during the budgeting process, especially when there aren’t enough funds for all of the proposed initiatives.

Please review the budget framework as we’ll be putting forward a motion, digitally, that the framework be adopted and applied at our next Council meeting when we discuss the budget for this year. The framework can be found on the HPSC website here.

The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday 18 November at 7pm via Zoom. The agenda and Zoom link will be sent the week before.

As always, thank you for supporting our school and community!

Sincerely, the HPSC Exec Committee