This Morning At Howard: Our School Yard Opens!

It’s official! The long-awaited, revitalized, Howard PS School Yard is open for play!

Today from 8:30 to 9:15

The school is celebrating the opening of our school yard as students arrive and our school day begins. It will be a festive atmosphere with music and all Howard students taking a walking tour the whole school will dance, flashmob-style!  

If you are bringing your child/children to school this morning, please remember to wear a mask and remain socially distanced. Parents and guardians are asked to stay in the cove area, on the pavement area or around the periphery of the yard. Please note that dogs are loved, but not permitted in the school yard.

Visit The School Yard Revitalization project website for more information.

‘Tis the Season for Giving!

Donate to the Annual Toy Drive

Please join us in donating to the Parkdale Community Food Bank Toy Drive! Helping is easy: Drop off new toys to the Roncesvalles United Church (Wright Avenue entrance) during the designated times.

  • Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm
  • Sundays 10am – 5pm
  • LAST DAY is December 21st

You can also donate online to this essential local charity; details on their website pcfb.ca.

Support Local Toy Stores

We are very lucky to have Sweet Thrills, Scooter Girl, and Another Story Bookshop on our main street! They are counting on a strong Holiday season to make up for so many months under lockdown. Show them – as well as the Howard auction donors and the other unique neighbourhood businesses – some #locallove.

There is another tradition at Howard: every year the School Council allocates funds to be given to Howard families in need. The Council purchases gift cards that families can use to purchase groceries, clothes, or gifts for their kids. These gift cards are very discreetly distributed by the Howard Principal to the families that need it most. 

This process is so discreet that you probably didn’t know it happens every year! 

If you would like to donate specifically to this “Holiday Hamper” initiative, please use the School Cash Online donation portal.

  1. under Gift Information, select or type the amount you’d like to contribute
  2. make sure the school selected is “Howard Jr PS”
  3. make sure the initiative selected in the drop down is “GENERAL”
  4. under Message to School Board, type where you would like the money to be allocated
  5. select ‘continue’ and proceed through the payment process
  6. you’ll receive a confirmation screen with a tax receipt and email

If you have questions, please email the TDSB’s School Cash Online support staff at businesshelpdesk@tdsb.on.ca

Did You Win in the Auction?

Well, if you’ve got a love for Howard JPS, then the answer is YES!

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and all those who placed a bid, we raised more than $10,000 for the school!

If you won an item in the auction, please visit this page for instructions on how to claim your item(s)

If you won one of the daily draws, a volunteer from the school will be in touch with you via email.

If you’d like to feel the feeling of winning, please consider making a donation to the school through School Cash Online where you’ll receive a tax receipt.

If you’re planning on shopping for groceries, gifts or anything else; please consider downloading the FlipGive app and installing the browser extension. It is free, super easy and gives the school a cash back percentage of money that you’re going to spend anyway! It’s Day 3 of the auction and some bidding wars are raging. But not to worry, there are still more items coming and lots of opportunities for you to show your support for the kids.

About Fundraising for Howard

More information is available on the Howard School Council website Auction and Fundraising pages.

Thank you again for taking action, and supporting the kids of Howard in any way you can.

Sincerely, The Fundraising Volunteers

Last Chance to Bid & Win

LAST CHANCE: Bidding closes Saturday 20 November at 9pm.

There are 125 items up for grabs. Set an alarm, block the time in your calendar, do what you have to do so you don’t miss on the items you want. Bid high and know that your win is also a win for the kids at Howard.

Newest itemsStamps Lane Clambake for 2, more Barque BBQ, a Date Night in the ‘hood courtesy of Michael Cambridge Realty, tickets to Young People’s Theatre and interior design services from Need2Nest!

Our goal is to raise at least $10,000!

Of all the bids received yesterday, the winner of the daily draw is: Andy C.!

Andy has won

a gift certificate to

SUSHI ON RONCY

Item of the Day: Leadership Coaching

People Lab has donated $500 worth of credit that you can apply to three 1:1 coaching sessions or a leadership development a session for your team. Coaching is a highly effective management tool that brings tangible, measurable results to your business. By introducing a coaching culture to your organization you can create a culture of resiliency, adaptability and commitment to a common goal. Valued at $500, the current top bid is $200…

Learn More

Other Ways to Support the Kids
  • sign up for FlipGive cashback app and browser extension
  • make a donation via School Cash Online (this one gets you a tax receipt)
About Fundraising for Howard

More information on the Howard School Council website Auction page and Fundraising page.

Thank you again for taking action and supporting the kids of Howard in any way you can.

Sincerely, The Fundraising Volunteers

Vintage video of dance-a-thon at Howard, year unknown
From the archives: Roncesvalles alive and celebrating Polish Fest

And Today’s Winner Is…

Today is the penultimate day of our online auction!

Hottest Items – The items with the most bids (so far) are Fine Tune Pilates with 17 and Leafs tickets with 12 bids. BUT WAIT! There are other Pilates and Leafs tickets you can bid on…

Newest Items – Check out the items that were just listed earlier today: Wine & Cheese from Salt Restaurant, two countdown calendars from Pomegranate, Date Night in the ‘Hood including The Dizzy and The Revue donated by Michael Cambridge Realty, tickets to Young People’s Theatre and interior design services from Need2Nest!

Of all the bids received yesterday, the winner of the daily draw is: Tanya F.!

Tanya has won a gift certificate to South Indian Dosa Mahal

LAST CHANCE: Tomorrow is our last daily draw so be sure to place a bid today in order to have a chance at the final daily prize! Bidding closes Saturday at 9pm.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 by Saturday!

Item of the Day: Services at Master Mechanic!

At Master Mechanic High Park, they make you feel at ease, listen to you, and sympathize with your concerns. Beyond your car needs and repairs, they offer frequent car care clinics to help you get to know your car. They aim to be considerate of your budget as well as your busy life and strive to make your visit as easy as possible. They are even dog friendly! Call a mechanic who genuinely cares about you and your car. Valued at $200, the current top bid is $170…

Learn More

Other Ways to Support the Kids
About Fundraising for Howard

More information on the Howard School Council website Auction page and Fundraising page.

Thank you again for taking action and supporting the kids of Howard in any way you can.

Sincerely, The Fundraising Volunteers