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: adam_noble@yahoo.com

Howard Staff Luncheon Success – Thank You

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 and were ever-appreciative.  Many of them thanked us multiple times, and asked us to pass on their appreciation to all of the Howard parents who made the luncheon possible.

You may pick up your dishes and serving utensils on the table in the first floor hallway.

Donations for Tomorrow’s Staff Luncheon

Parents and caregivers,

Please drop off your luncheon contributions tomorrow before 11:30 on the second floor tables outside the staff room OR put them in the refrigerator in the staff room.  Label your bowls/trays and serving spoons with your name, and pick them up at the end of the day on tables in the main floor hallway.

If you have not signed up yet, you can still pitch in tomorrow.  We need food, and lots of it.  This is a busy time of year – you don’t have to make the food yourself.  Pick up a veggie tray, a fruit tray, cheese and crackers…and drop it at the school in the morning.

Thanks for helping us make tomorrow a big success.
Leslie and Sophie

STEM Night and Car Racing: Thursday, June 21

On June 21, please join us for a STEM night for both parents and kids from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the gym. Like last year’s event, we’ll have one main activity, with a number of other tables set up.
**We need volunteers to help us with STEM activities – please email Liz if you’re interested (lizannephillips@gmail.com)**
For this year’s main event, we will harness the power of gravity to explore principles of physics by building and racing Kub Kars (aka Pinewood Derby cars). You may know Kub Kars from Scouts Canada – these are one and the same.
We’ll have a drag strip with advanced timing equipment to time your kar’s run down the ramp and compete head to head against others. For our STEM night we want everyone to see what can be done to tune your kar to improve the time taken to the finish gate.
There are 3 ways to get a free kit and take part:
  • There are Kub Kar kits available for free in the Howard school office! Please pick one up and sign our logsheet so we know how many people have picked up kits. One kit per family please. Each kit comes with the instructions, 4 plastic wheels, 4 nails (axles) and the pre-drilled block of wood. In its simplest form, all you have to do is use a small hammer to drive the nail into the pre-drilled slots (making sure you have the wheel on the nail beforehand).
    • For more information on customizing and some basic principles of Kub Kar physics, please see the handout attached. Also visit: https://tinyurl.com/yayz8h3a
  • Come to the night and build a kar on the spot. A selection of kits will be available, along with various items to use on the kar to see how it impacts the time to the finish gate.
  • In the classroom. Kits can be made available in the classroom. Speak to your child’s teacher if you would like to see them run this activity with the kids – they may need your help or ours, so please contact Adam (adam_noble@yahoo.com) for more information.
More details of Kub Kars can be found here:

Donations and Volunteers needed for Staff Appreciation Luncheon June 12

Howard Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Tuesday June 12 11:45am-1:30pm

Dear parents and Howard supporters,

We need you!!!   This event has been a great success in previous years thanks to parent and caregiver donations and volunteering.

We need donations of food and gifts, as well as volunteers to help set-up and clean-up on the day of the event.  Just an hour of your time!  The entire event relies on donations; Home and School funds cannot be allocated for it.  Please give generously and sign up using SignUpGenius-HowardLuncheon.

Donations of cash or cheque should be put into an envelope and left – clearly labeled – at the office in the folder “Luncheon”, while wine for raffle and cutlery can be put in the basket in the office before Thursday, June 7.  Interac e-transfer to one of us is fine, too.  Food items should be brought to the staff room on June 12 anytime prior to the luncheon at 11:45am.

Thank you in advance for your efforts.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Leslie Nicholson (davis_les at yahoo dot com)
Sophie Kierulf (kierulf314 at gmail dot com)