Happy Holidays!

We hope that you, your family and neighbours are getting through as best as possible. With that in mind, this month’s newsletter offers some tips and suggestions.  

  1. How to stay safe over the holidays
  2. How to stay connected with the Howard Community
  3. Fundraising 
    • FlipGive happening now
    • More to come in new year
    • Call for volunteer to coordinate
  4. Holiday Hampers
  5. Updates on annual events (School photos, musical, spring social)
  6. Don’t forget to shop local!

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

‘Tis the Season for Giving!

Parkdale Food & Toy Drive

Please donate to the Parkdale Food Bank Toy Drive! Only 2 more days to donate!! Please drop off new toys to the Roncesvalles United Church during the following times:
Thursday December 10th: 9.30 – 3pm + Friday December 11th: 9.30-12 noon + Sunday December 13th: 12-3pm (last day to donate toys)
Support our local toy stores!

Alternatively you can donate online to their food drive: https://www.pcfb.ca/donate

There is a tradition at Howard where the School Council allocates funds to be given to Howard families in need at this time of year. 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 the Holiday Hamper initiative, please use School Cash Online and use the notes field to indicate your wishes. 

  1. Go to https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Home/SignIn
  2. Sign in or create an account if you are new to this system
  3. Look for the blue “Make a Donation” button – this will ensure you receive a tax receipt for your gift
  4. Scroll down to “Gift Information” and be sure to pick “Howard Jr PS” from the long drop down list of schools.
  5. Fill out the rest of the form and complete your donation

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

Tips and News from your school council

Dear Howard Grownups,

Happy Friday!  

This past Tuesday the Howard Public School Council hosted the monthly meeting and this year’s annual budget discussion. Watch a recording of the meeting if you missed it. 

“Wow, what a month it has been” has become an understatement. We hope that you, your family and neighbours are getting through as best as possible. With that in mind, this month’s newsletter offers some tips and suggestions.  

  1. Shop Local to save the Roncesvalles Main Street and businesses owned by Howard families
  2. Virtual students are still Howard Hawks
  3. Tips for keeping your family safe from Covid

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 HPSC Exec Committee

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

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 Fête, 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