We made it to the last day!!!

Well we made it to the last day!!!

On behalf of the Home and School Association, we would like to thank all of the teachers, staff, Ms. McKenzie and our care-taking staff for another great year at Howard. We also want to say a special thank you to Ms. Mankiewicz, who we just learned will be moving to another school as Principal. We want to let you know how much we have appreciated everything you have done during your tenure at Vice Principal at Howard. We will miss you and we wish you all the best in your new role!

We also want to say thank you to all the parents and family members for volunteering for so many exciting events at Howard this year!  All of our children benefit from your involvement and support of our community.

And finally we want thank everyone on the Home and School Executive and everyone who helped with the Arts, Equity, Athletic, Environment, Tech, Stem, Mental Health and Nutrition Committees. You have all dedicated so much time and energy to Howard and it is so appreciated!

Have a wonderful summer and we will see you in September… and hopefully many of our Howard families at the Grade 6 CLAP OUT today at 3:30!

Erin McCaughan and Sara Tweedie
Co-Chairs of the Home and School Association

Thanks for Another Successful Pizza Potluck!

The Howard Pizza Potluck Picnic was another roaring success — and rather than dampening everyone’s enthusiasm, the rain was actually cited as the reason for it being the best Pizza Potluck ever (by at least 2 kids anyway)!

But really, the success is thanks to you, our wonderful Howard community. As always, you stepped up with an endless assortment of delicious salads, snacks, entrees, and desserts. There was truly something for everyone. Master Mechanic came through with their generous donation of enough pizza to feed an army (for the SIXTH time in a row)! And let’s not forget everyone who helped out in some way, by making sure everything was set up, handed out, and put away.

We are also so grateful with how everyone fully embraced this year’s waste-free mandate. The unofficial estimate of garbage reduction was between 60 and 80%! Thanks so much for enthusiastically supporting Howard’s platinum eco-school status in this very important way and acting as role models to our kids on how we can live more sustainably.

ALSO: If you didn’t pick up your serving containers, you can pick them up in the school over the next week.

Have a wonderful summer!

Your Pizza Potluck Picnic People

Grade 6 Graduation is TOMORROW! (June 25)

Grade 6 grad is tomorrow, June 25!
5 to 6:30 p.m.: Graduate Ceremony followed by family and friends reception with light refreshments.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Grads-only party! Food, dance and fun.

Parent gathering
While the kids are dancing, join other parents for a celebratory beverage at Loons Pub.

Please remind your child to bring their yearbook to grad and a pen for classmate signatures.

Grad 2019 is going to be great!

Thanks to all the volunteers who are helping to make grad a success.

Reminder: the Howard Community Pizza Potluck is TOMORROW NIGHT

It’s almost time for our annual school potluck picnic – with pizza – which happens tomorrow, June 20, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

LOCATION: Food will be set out in the gym, and all are welcome to eat outside!
NO RAIN DATE: If it rains, we will eat in the gym.

All families are welcome but please remember children need to have an adult accompanying them.

Reminder: If you haven’t yet volunteered or RSVP-ed, please go here https://tinyurl.com/pizzapotluck2019 to do so! It’s a 30-second/2-page form and we appreciate both the info and the support. 

Reminder: What to Bring!
– Please bring a dish to share that is large enough to serve those coming in your party. We welcome everything: main, salad, dessert… Also a picnic blanket if your party so desires.
NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS in your dishes: please remember that Howard is a nut-free school due to a significant number of students with life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts.
We Are Going Garbage-Free! As Howard is a Platinum Eco-School, it’s important that we are conscious of how much waste we create. In the past, this event has generated a lot of waste. So bring a few plates, some cutlery, and a water bottle or two so you can enjoy the fabulous food while caring for our planet. Please bring your own plates, cutlery, water bottles, napkins etc. as we will not be supplying any this year. 

See you tomorrow evening!!

Your Community Picnic Team,
Liz Phillips and Liz Pounsett

URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS for Thursday’s Pizza Potluck 2019

It’s almost time for our annual school pizza potluck picnic – say THAT three times fast – which happens this Thursday, June 20, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

WE NEED YOU!!! We are quite short on volunteers for this extremely well-attended event so we really need your help! Kindly follow the link to let us know how you are able to lend a few minutes to making this event a success this year: https://tinyurl.com/pizzapotluck2019


Your Community Picnic Team,
Liz Phillips and Liz Pounsett

Grade 6 graduation is happening soon!

Grade 6 graduation is happening soon!

Tuesday, June 25
5:00 to 6:30pm: Graduate Ceremony followed by family and friends reception with light refreshments.
6:30 to 8:30pm: Grads-only party! Food, dance and fun.
See the attached invitation for more details.

Get your tickets at SchoolCashOnline – deadline extended until Wednesday, June 19!
Tickets are $25 for grads (which includes the cost of both the yearbook and grad festivities) and $10 for Reception Guest tickets.
You can also drop off cash or cheques at the office until Friday, June 21.

Remind your child bring their yearbook to grad and a pen for classmate signatures.

Call for volunteers:
We need many volunteers for before, during and after the graduation ceremony.
Grade 6 volunteers can help with decorating the gym and food prep.

It’s a Howard tradition that Grade 5 parents volunteer their time on grad night.
This allows the Grade 6 parents to be with their children.

Volunteer roles for Grade 5 parents include:

  • helping set up, serve and clean up before the dance
  • chaperone for the dance and end of night clean up helpers

You can sign up to volunteer by visiting Sign up Genius.

Twinkle, twinkle:
If you have strings of white twinkle lights, please consider loaning them for gym decorations. Please label your lights by writing your child’s name and area on masking tape. Lights can be dropped off at the Main Office this week in the box labelled Twinkle Lights. Your lights can be picked up the day after grad on June 26 at the Main Office.

Howard grade 6 grad 2019 invitation

Donations and Volunteers Needed for Staff Appreciation Luncheon on June 18


Dear Parents and caregivers,

The Staff Appreciation Lunch is tomorrow, June 18th at 11:45am.

Food donations:  If you haven’t yet signed up, we still need main courses, salads and sides!  If you’re not familiar with Sign-up Genius, just send one of us an email to let us know what you plan to bring.  We know this is a busy time of year – you don’t have to make the food yourself.  Enlist the kids, buy pre-made food or delegate the cooking to your mother-in-law.  Your secret is safe with us 🙂

Cash, wine, cutlery donations:   Please put cash or cheques in the purple “Luncheon” folder in the office, or send one of us an e-transfer.  All other items should be left with the office staff.  We are still looking for 2 x $20 donations for flowers, as well as reusable cutlery and plates.


Many thanks for your help in making this event a success.

Sophie & Lesley

Sophie Kierulf (kierulf314 at gmail dot com)
Lesley Brown (little_79 at hotmail dot com)