215 Ribbon Tying Art Action

Stop by Howard PS TOMORROW, June 4 between 2pm and 4:30pm to tie a ribbon, write a message in chalk and show your commitment to taking further actions of reconciliation.

photos from Indian Residential School Survivors Society – orange shirt day (irsss.ca/orange-shirt-day)

One week after 215 children’s remains were found buried at the former Kamloops Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory, we as a community want to gather to mourn and honour all of those children who are missing and have been murdered. Indigenous peoples have been telling us for years that a much larger number of children were murdered and harmed at residential schools across the country. By gathering to mourn we can also acknowledge the generations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and communities who have been impacted by residential schools and ongoing colonization and genocide. 

On Friday June 4, a number of communities in Parkdale, High Park and Toronto’s West End are tying 215 orange ribbons on the fence at their schools and leaving messages of support, love and commitment to decolonization in chalk on the sidewalk. 

While this event is meant to remember the lives of the 215 children murdered at the Kamloops Residential School, it should serve as a catalyst for our communities to participate in the decolonization and reconciliation that First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities have been calling for. As a community we will commit to reconciliation and ending genocide. 

Stop by Howard JPS on June 4 between 2pm and 4:30pm to tie a ribbon, write a message in chalk and show your commitment to taking further actions of reconciliation. Before attending, please consider which of the calls to action you will commit to. A list of suggestions and resources can be found in this comprehensive list (thanks to Alex Mlynek of Perth JPS for putting this PDF together).

Ribbons will be provided by volunteers but bring your own chalk if possible.

Please remember to wear a mask and keep 2 metres apart from other people outside your family.

Participating families and carers from the following school communities: 

  • Brock P.S
  • Carleton Village Junior and Senior P.S
  • City View Alternative Senior P.S
  • Dovercourt P.S
  • Fern Avenue Junior and Senior P.S
  • Garden Avenue Junior PS
  • Grove Community School
  • Holy Family Catholic School 
  • Howard Junior P.S (Thank you Midori Miyamoto from the Equity Committee for coordinating!)
  • Humbercrest P.S
  • Humberside C.I
  • Indian Road Crescent Junior and Senior P.S
  • Parkdale Junior and Senior P.S
  • Pauline P.S
  • Perth Avenue Junior P.S
  • Queen Victoria P.S
  • Runnymede P.S
  • Shirley Street Junior P.S
  • St Cecilia Catholic School
  • St Vincent de Paul Catholic School
  • Sunnylea Junior P.S
  • Swansea Junior and Senior P.S
  • The Grove Community School
  • Western Technical Commercial School 

For survivors of residential schools and their families, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society offers counselling support. Call:


or call the national 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419

Sing for the Grade 6s!

Hello Parents of K-5 students,

It is a tradition at Howard for the students to sing a farewell song to the grade 6s at their graduation ceremony.

We will have a zoom rehearsal tomorrow – on Friday, May 28th at 11:45 – 12:10 during lunch. At this important rehearsal we will learn the song, “Blessing” and we will learn how to record and submit our videos! I will post the zoom link on the “Blessing Chorus” google classroom on Friday morning.

If you have not signed up yet, it is not too late, click on the following link to sign up: https://classroom.google.com/c/MzQ0MDU0MTQzMzUz?cjc=elpzmv5

Parent Capacity Building Workshops – Final Session

Hey Parents & Caregivers!

Howard Public School Council is offering a series of three free workshops to support parents & caregivers in raising a child in an anti-racist framework. The 3rd and final workshop is next Wednesday June 9 at 6pm

Session 3 – June 9, 2021 6-8pm 

LeRoi Newbold and Nauoda Robinson from Freedom School Toronto, will facilitate a powerful session on practical ways to support students in and out of the classroom through Black Liberatory practices. Freedom School Toronto is a youth and parent driven initiative that intervenes to fight against anti-Black racism in the school system and to creative educational alternatives for Black children. They will be speaking from their own experience as Co-Directors, activists, and caregivers. This will be facilitated through zoom with webinar style facilitation, with a questions and answers function.

Sign Up

Did you miss the meeting?

That’s okay. We made a recording…

Watch or listen to the recording from last night’s school meeting.

Here’s a summary of what was discussed:
  • Esme gave a detailed rundown of the different classes we’ll have at Howard next year
    • given projected numbers of students, how many classes of each grade are being planned for
    • straight versus combined grades
    • music, art and specialists
    • class sizes & staffing
  • Championing the English program at Howard!
    • it seems the best kept secret is how good the English stream at Howard is…
    • parents have been extoling the virtues of the quality of learning and experience
    • a group is coming together to share their stories and help raise the profile of the program
    • for more info, email howardschoolcouncil@gmail.com
  • Key Dates
    • May 28 – free workshop for parents* #1
    • June 1 – free workshop #2
    • June 9 – free workshop #3
    • June 17 – Last council meeting of the year
    • June 23 – Grade 6 Graduation!

*Howard Public School Council is offering a series of three free workshops to support parents & caregivers in raising a child in an anti-racist framework. Details coming soon!

TODAY – Join the Howard Parents’ Meeting – Only 2 Meetings Left

7pm tonight on Zoom. Join your neighbours and the rest of the Howard PS community at this month’s meeting. Short and sweet, the meeting gives updates on what’s going on at, and with, the school as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Read the full agenda on our website.