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: https://www.google.ca/maps), 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…

Seed to Harvest Festival – Facts and Call for Volunteers

Friday, April 17 – Howard Clean Up Day!

In conjunction with the City of Toronto and the TDSB, Howard students are pitching in to clean our yard. Classes will be out throughout the day with the Earth Buddies lending an extra hand at lunch.

This year we have a special addition to the process: a recycle bin for our protective gloves!

It’s always gross to see litter where we play, learn and grow but the spring melt exposes months of buried “treasure” – help us clean the yard by supporting your children in their efforts!

 

 

Seed to Harvest Festival – Facts and Call for Volunteers

5 things about Howard’s school-wide “Seed to Harvest Festival”: (REVISED!)

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HELP US GROW! 
We need 2-3 parent volunteers to help per session of upcoming seeding:
Monday, April 20 morning – Areas: 11, 12, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25
Monday, April 20 afternoon – Areas: 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34 & 35
Tuesday April 21 morning – Areas: 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 & 42
Interested?
Please contact the Earth Buddy Parent Lead elise.beauvais@gmail.com

Seed to Harvest Festival – Facts and Call for Volunteers

5 things about Howard’s school-wide “Seed to Harvest Festival”: (Revised)

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s2h 5 steps 2

s2h 5 steps 3

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HELP US GROW! 
We need 2-3 parent volunteers to help per session of upcoming seeding:
Monday, April 20 morning – Areas: 11, 12, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25
Monday, April 20 afternoon – Areas: 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34 & 35
Tuesday April 21 morning – Areas: 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 & 42
Interested?
Please contact the Earth Buddy Parent Lead elise.beauvais@gmail.com

A BRIEF MESSAGE FROM THE EARTH BUDDIES

Hey Howard!

The EARTH BUDDIES have been hard at work this year helping to make our school community more environmentally friendly, here’s a brief update:

  • Green Bins rolled out January 2015 organic waste from lunches are collected in the gym, recyclable dry waste is collected in common areas and washrooms. FAST FACT: We learned Toronto’s organic waste facilities generate their own operating power through the composting process.
  • Litterless Lunch and Boomerang Lunch will continue to be promoted even with the advent of green bins, remember: It’s not waste until you waste it.
  • We’ve teamed up with SHAC on Walk to School Day and The Big Crunch as both events promote environmental health as well as individual health.
  • Our winter/spring focus is on energy conservation and sustainable sources – happily coinciding with the Battery Blitz and daylight savings time. We kicked this theme off with a fantastic guest speaker and Howard parent – thank you Robert – the club will share what they learned with Howard students in our awareness campaign. Coming soon will be inter-class and school-wide competitions on the topic with prizes awarded including our infamous potluck picnic!
  • We’re off to the movies! As part of Earth Month the EB club will head to the Royal (a bullfrog powered theatre) to see “Dark Side of the Chew” a documentary about the devastating environmental affects of chewing gum. While we can’t take all students with us, we will report back.
  • We have requested more bike racks and a water bottle filling station from the ECOschools office to make it easier for all Howard students and staff to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • And finally, we’re gearing up for Earth Week events including the annual parade, murals, paperless day and lights off day, seed planting and more.

As always, parent involvement is encouraged – please see our club page for contact info.