Social Media Parents Session THIS WEDNESDAY at Fern Ave PS

Fern Ave PS is using it’s PRO grant to bring in social media expert Chris Vollum on Wednesday, February 1st from 6:45-8pm in the Auditorium. He will be talking to parents and helping them feel better prepared to navigate social media with their families.
There will be childcare available and nibbles for sale.  Please see the attached for more details.

Winter Walk to School Day kicks off Walking Wednesday!

Winter Walk Day

Keep active this winter! We are celebrating Winter Walk Day on Wednesday February 1st, 2017. Grab your mittens, hats and boots and be a part of this fun winter event!

We are excited to announce that Howard will be taking part in Winter Walk Day next Wednesday February 1!

Walking to school in winter has many potential benefits, including benefits for your child’s health and well-being (like opportunities to learn and socialize on the way to school, and arriving to school alert and ready to learn), our community (reduced traffic congestion around the school) and the environment, too.

There will be music playing so arrive a few minutes early. All students who arrive before the bell will get a sticker of pride. We’ll tally class participation and the winning primary and winning junior class will get a prize. If your child takes the bus they can: walk to the bus stop and/or do a few laps upon arriving. Daycare kids will get their stickers when they come outside.

Walk with your child to school next Wednesday to join in the celebration! If you’re on your way somewhere else and plan on driving to your next destination, consider walking and taking transit (see Google maps for available transit routes to/from your destination:, or park/drop your child off a block or two away from the school to walk the rest of the way in. If you’re not able to join, encourage your child to walk with a friend.

Check out some  Winter Walking Tips:

  • Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
  • On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind
  • Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen
  • If possible, change wet clothes at school – tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into knapsacks

Click here for more information on Active & Safe Routes to School.

To be part of the conversation on Twitter: Use the hashtag #walktoschool; and if you don’t already, follow @CanadaWalks 

More about Walking Wednesdays to follow…


Bring in your non-perishable items this week to help those in need.

Daily Bread Food Bank’s most needed items are:

Peanut butter
Canned fruit
Canned soup
Canned stew, chili, etc.
Beans (lentils, chick peas, kidney beans, etc.)
Pasta sauce
Canned fish (tuna in water)
High-fibre, low-sugar cereal
Canned vegetables (tomatoes, corn, peas etc.)
Baby food
Baby formula
100% fruit juices

Bring items &/0r cash donations to the Winter Concert (Thursday, December 22nd) to enter a raffle and win a prize!

Let’s fill those bins and join the fight against hunger!

Donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank

Come enjoy some festive music and support an important cause.  We will have people stationed at the gym doors at the Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 22 at 6:45 pm to accept cash donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank. You can also donate online at  The Daily Bread Food Bank puts your cash to work where it is needed most.

Annual Holiday Concert

Our annual Holiday Concert will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 pm in the school gym.  There will be performances by the Primary and Junior Choirs, Grade 6 Band and Strings and the Guitar Club.

The children are asked to meet in their designated areas at 6:30 and the gym doors will open to the audience at 6:45.
Choirs, please see the attachments for lyrics to memorize before the concert.  “So Long, Farewell” is for Junior Choir and “A Snowy Day” and “Walking in the Air” is for Primary Choir.
Ms. Spademan

Toy and Gift Card Drive

Dear Howard Families,

We had a very successful toy drive last year and would like to repeat it this year with a small difference.

Grades 4-6
We’re working with the Redwood Shelter this year and would like to collect Best Buy gift cards for a group of teenagers whose mothers’ are enrolled in a program there. This will assist them in purchasing electronic devices required for school  and enjoyment.
Therefore we are suggesting that families with children in grades 4-6 can contribute Best Buy gift cards if they would like to. Please do so before December 16th (sorry for the urgency). They can be deposited in an envelope in the office.

Kindergarten – Grade 3
We are working with the Four Villages  on Bloor again. Please donate new and rapped items with the age/gender posted on the box. Donations can be deposited in boxes outside the office.

Thanks again everyone for your continued support!

Family Movie Night – Thursday, December 1st

Hello Howard Families,

Please join us for Family Movie Night on Thursday, December 1st. 

Admission is FREE!
SNACKS and DRINKS for Sale
Doors open at 6:00pm/Movie starts at 6:30pm IN THE GYM
Wear your PJ’s…bring a blanket…sit back and enjoy the film


Please help choose the movie by voting below.  Votes will be tallied on Sunday, November 20th.