CORRECTION: Join Us Tomorrow!

The meeting is still tomorrow, except tomorrow is now WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY.

We’ve delayed our council meeting by a day because there is a Ward 7 meeting happening this evening (Tuesday 23 Feb).

Hope you’ll join us tomorrow night to find out what’s new, hear directly from Howard’s Principal and take the opportunity to ask your questions at the Howard Public School Council monthly meeting: tomorrow at 7pm on Zoom.

Agenda and Zoom link can be found in the ‘Get Involved‘ section of our website.

See you then!

What Might Back to School Look Like?

This past Wednesday, the Howard Public School Council hosted Trustee Robin Pilkey at the school council’s monthly meeting on Zoom.

Interesting discussions included;

  • the available budget,
  • return-to-in-person-learning,
  • the redirection of students to Fern,
  • and more.

Watch a recording or read the minutes on the Council’s website.

And as always, email us howardschoolcouncil@gmail.com or send anonymous thoughts via the Google Form. Our community is a strong one. We will make it through!

Sincerely,

The HPSC Exec Committee

Taralyn, Sima, Lesley, Alice, Andrea, Jen and Samantha

As Learning From Home Lingers On….

Dear Howard Grownups,

As the challenging days linger on, we are thinking of you, wondering how you are doing and how we could help (see #2 below and be well)!  

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. How Can We Help? 
  3. Fundraising 
  4. Call for volunteers
  5. Upcoming PIAC survey
  6. Don’t forget to shop local!

Follow the links above for details on any of these topics. 

Stay in touch by emailing us at howardschoolcouncil@gmail.com or send anonymous thoughts via the Google Form.

Our community is a strong one. We will make it through!

Sincerely, the Parent Council Exec Cmtee

We are all in this together!

Balancing remote learning, work and the whirlwind of regular life is hard. Reach out for support when you need it.

As Esme and Suzy said in their Friday email, “there are many things parents, families, teachers, society can’t control during Learning From Home and this unprecedented Pandemic period. Focusing on what you can control and being flexible with the rest will keep us working as a team.”

We are all in this together!

Outdoor Learning in 2021!

Hello Howard Families,

Happy New Year! We hope that your holidays were healthy and restful and that the virtual start to the school year is going as smoothly as possible for all of your households.

Our committee wanted to express our gratitude to the endless list of people that supported the creation and maintaining of our outdoor learning infrastructure in the fall.

Parents and supporters:

  • secured — and hauled! — tree stumps
  • sourced milk crates, as well as helping to clean them, and set them up on a daily basis
  • loaned (and repaired!) shade covers
  • loaned and hauled sand bags
  • cleaned, prepped and painted our outdoor teacher writing walls including materials donations from both parents and High Park Paints
  • arranged for infrastructure including clipboards and seat cushions for students and voice amps for teachers
  • advocated for expanded, adaptable policies around outdoor learning within the TDSB as part of a COVID-19 response, and supported other school communities curious about our process.

Teachers and school administration:

  • supported outdoor learning as an essential part of keeping our community healthy
  • adapted their lesson plans and modelled adaptability for the students
  • communicated flexibly with volunteers to ensure the systems were working for everyone.

The army of volunteers can’t all be named, partly because we never even got everyone’s name, esp the kindie parents who frequently stacked crates after 2:45pm! But this wouldn’t have happened so far without dozens and dozens, so thank you all.

And we’re not done! Whenever we get back to in-person learning, the administration has confirmed they support outdoor learning resuming immediately! Please consider helping out if you are not doing so already. Not everyone who has been working so hard these past months is available going forward, and we can always use more support. As a general rule, volunteers join one of four crews, and then sign up for several shifts (set-up or take-down) one week out of every four. Here’s a sign up link: https://signup.com/go/NztHeWQ And please feel free to reach out with any questions (via katelawrie [at] gmail.com).

Thank you again, Howard. Our community’s commitment to this common-sense initiative has been extraordinary,

— The Outdoor Learning Committee