March School Council Meeting Moved

New Date: March 30 • 7:00-8:30pm
Agenda Highlights
  • Council Election: Our School Council needs a new Chair. Learn about the role and nomination process, then volunteer to help! Elections will be held at our April School Council Meeting. Learn more about school councils here.
  • Howard Catchment Area Expansion: Get an update on how the school will grow and what changes to expect.
  • COVID Measures: The rules have changed; get answers to your questions.
  • Embracing Equity: Learn about the upcoming anti-Black racism workshop and Howard’s first Pride parade.

To have a question included in the agenda, please submit your (anonymous) request here.

Are We On The Right Track?

Wednesday night, during our monthly School Council meeting, there were a number of issues that arose regarding the immediate future of our school and what impact that will have on our children.

If you missed the meeting, please Watch the recording and consider taking action.

Here’s a summary of what was discussed:
  • School boundaries
    • The boundaries are being re-drawn to better align with population changes in our area
    • What impact will this have on you? Watch the recording of the meeting, particularly starting at minute 22.
    • Want your voice heard? email Kathy.Narraway[at]rogers[dot]com (aka Pizza Grandma)
  • Black student success
    • Suzy updated us on what is happening in the school for Black History Month
    • Monica provided overview of an event for grownups being hosted along with Fern, Parkdale and other area schools. Details TBA
    • Alice gave us insight into the important work of the Black Student Success Committee, a parent-led group supporting Black student achievement and well-being in Parkdale. There is a role for each of us in raising awareness and taking action.
  • Monica updated us on
    • The state of our library and opportunities for improvement
    • TDSB’s process PR728 – find out what that means about reporting racist, sexist, homophobic language and incidents
  • Key Dates

A New Year & Cause for Optimism

Just like our kids, our community is growing: a new Principal, a possible Library revitalization, and possible expansion of the Howard catchment boundaries!

Miss the meeting last night? Watch the recording to catch up on:
Meeting Howard’s Interim Principal, Dr. Monica Francis
  • Dr. Francis is a retired principal who has worked at TDSB schools such as Braeburn, Calico, Garden, Indian Valley Crescent and Mill Valley, as well as international schools in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and China)
  • Dr. Francis will hopefully remain at Howard until a permanent replacement is found
  • The new playground is wonderful and almost completed – just need to move a storage shed away from the fence which will happen soon
  • idea for the community to consider: revitalizing the Howard library – can we consider some low-cost changes to make this more of a multifunctional space? 
Return to school 
  • we’ve had a smooth transition back to school with no self-reported cases of covid and low absenteeism among staff or students
  • reporting of covid cases has changed per MOE and TPH but we are committed to alerting a cohort if a covid case is reported in a class. Howard admin would no longer be reporting these cases to the entire school population
News from Robin Pilkey, Ward 7 Trustee
  • High Schools are going back to semesters as of Monday
  • Due to over-enrollment at Keele Public School, we are looking to change the catchment boundaries and there is a proposal to increase enrollment at Howard by having some Keele boundaries re-zoned into Howard’s catchment.
Other Highlights
  • Grad Committee: Do you have a grade 6 student? Get involved in the grad committee – reach out to school council to volunteer
  • PIAC update: Extracurriculars are still suspended. 300 additional HEPA filters are being installed throughout TDSB. We did not get the PRO grant this year, but are looking for other funding thru PIAC for these events
Key Dates

CHANGE of DATE: Meet the New Principal & Ask About Return to In-Person Learning

Meeting happening 26 Jan @7pm
This month’s meeting gives you a chance to ask questions & have your voice heard by our interim Principal & others.

Online from 7-8:30pm Wednesday 26 January.

Login, listen in, and have your say! Read the full agenda on our website.