Volunteer to Support Outdoor Ed Spaces at Howard

Hi Howard Families,

The newly formed OUTDOOR EDUCATION COMMITTEE (operating under Home and School Council and with the approval of the Principals) urgently needs parent volunteers to support the outdoor education spaces we are creating at Howard in the weeks ahead. If you have items that would be useful for outdoor education (esp. shade tents of the kind used at farmer’s markets) to loan or donate, please get in touch.

Additionally, we are recruiting 30-40 parent VOLUNTEERS, divided across 4 teams, to support outdoor learning. The main roles these volunteers will fill is daily setting up and (possibly) taking down of shade/shelter tents as these are being sourced but cannot be left up overnight. Teams would be “on” 1 out of every 4 weeks, then have 3 weeks off. The hope is to have teams large enough (8-10 parents) that the work can be divided across the week, i.e., no parent should have to wrangle tents 5 days straight. There will also likely be a few volunteers needed one afternoon soon to help set up some incoming stump seating.

In other words, the more you and your crew sign up, the less everyone will have to do.

Please go to our SignUp.com page to join a volunteer squad. Supporting outdoor class space is a very concrete and meaningful way to help to make our school safer for our kids and teachers and we really want to have the necessary volunteers in place to start the very first day the infrastructure items are available which may be as soon as next week. There are 6 of us right now and always room for more so please get in touch if you have questions or want to help at the planning level — you can find us in conversations on the Howard Parents Facebook Page or include comments in your SignUp.com entries.

Thank you!

Kat, Kate, Theresa, Molly, Rachel, Rebecca

Register for the Joint Ward 7+9 Trustee Forum (Tuesday evening)

Hi Howard Families,
Please find below the link to register for the Joint Ward 7+9 Forum to be held this Tuesday evening with trustees Pilkey and Donaldson:


The registration form includes an opportunity to emphasize questions you may have about school re-opening plans.

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Council Meeting Postponed Due to Conflict with Ward Forum

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Hi Howard Community,

We are postponing the Parent Council meeting that was scheduled for this Tuesday evening because of this Joint Ward Forum that has been scheduled for the same day and time.
We will let you know as soon as we are able to book a new parent council meeting. We encourage all parents to continue to submit any questions about school reopening on the following link: https://forms.gle/65Zg5uqerfDCEUeN8
This will be incredibly helpful to us to pursue as many answers as possible at this time.
Thank you for your patience: things are changing so quickly and we all need to be flexible so that we stay informed.
– Howard Home and School Council

Parent Council Meeting, Tuesday August 25th 7pm

Hi Howard Families,

We hope everyone is hanging in there during this strange summer.

We all have questions about school reopening. Principal McKenzie will be available to answer questions at an advanced meeting of Parent Council via Zoom, next Tuesday at 7pm. In the meantime we would like to gather questions so that the meeting can be as useful as possible to parents, many of whom are struggling to make very tough decisions.

Please use this Google Form so that we can organize and gather the info ahead of the meeting:

Parent Council Zoom Meeting Details
Time: Aug 25, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 8608 3796
Passcode: 568888

Additionally, please note that there has been a Facebook group created by Howard parents to share information. (This group is NOT administrated or facilitated by Council.)

And finally, parents may be interested in some TDSB webinars scheduled for next week as part of the TDSB Summer Conversation Series:

As we approach the return to school, PIAC and the Parent and Community Engagement Office have partnered to continue the Conversation Series with a number of online sessions for parents and caregivers:

  • Healing from Racialized Trauma, August 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being during the Transition Back to Learning, August 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

Visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/Conversations-Series to learn more about each session. Web links for access will be added closer to the date of each session.
Also, please find below link to the August 13th open conversation on School Reopening for those who missed it, with many questions being asked that you as a community have posed as well. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/stream/liveWebcast-SafeReopening.html

Thanks everyone and take care,

The Howard Home and School Council

ICYMI: Minutes from Parent Council meeting, June 10

In case you missed it, here are the minutes from the last Parent Council meeting of the year, which was held on June 10, via Zoom (where we all seem to be living these days…):

Howard Jr. P.S. Parent Council Meeting Minutes – June 10, 2020

Thank you to the whole Howard community for your interest, dedication, and support this year!