Earth Hour at Howard – Friday, March 24th

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Earth Hour is an international event usually held on the last Saturday of March between 8:30-9:30pm. During this hour, people around the world turn off their lights in support of addressing climate change.

At Howard, we will be participating in Earth Hour on Friday, March 24, 2017 by powering down and turning off or unplugging all non-essential lights, computers, and other electrical devices. During this hour, students will have the opportunity to participate in various activities to learn about the importance of reducing our use of electricity. Through learning and action, we can make a difference for our planet.

In addition to our school Earth Hour event, we encourage students to take this message home and as a family, participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25th between 8:30 and 9:30.   Some activities you could do include: stargazing, board games by candlelight, or make a family pledge to commit to protecting the environment. By reducing and conserving our energy use we are helping to reduce the amount of air pollution in Ontario caused by the burning of fossil fuels to generate electricity. In fact, the air quality in Ontario has improved in recent years because of these types of actions.

We look forward to hearing about all the creative ways your family participates in Earth Hour! Photos are welcome!

Thanks for your support in this worldwide movement to raise awareness about climate change and protect our planet!

Sincerely,

Howard Earth Buddies and Eco-Team

 

Earth Day Celebration – April 22nd

This year we are celebrating Earth Day on Friday April 22nd. Here is the plan:

Costumes
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Students  can dress up in green or blue colours or in any sort of environmental theme (e.g. animals, plants) on Earth Day.

School Yard Clean-up:
Classes will be encouraged to help clean up the school yard.

Mural:
During lunchtime recess we will provide chalk for students to draw an environmental related mural on the school walls outside.

Assembly/Parade, 1:00pm: 
We will be presenting the Earth Buddies Eco mascots, and also short videos made by students.  After this all students will sing the Earth Day song.  We will immediately have our parade where we will head to Howard Park, then south down Roncesvalles and then back to school.

 

Howard Learning Garden – Summer Watering Volunteers Needed

We seeded, planted and in the fall we will feast! …If it doesn’t die during hot, dry summer weeks.As in past years, we’re looking for volunteer families to adopt a week each and water the garden when/if it doesn’t rain.This year we have 9 weeks to fill. I’ll take the first week starting June 29 and do a group water demo on Canada Day at 9:30am in the garden for those who can attend, but am available other times too for those who can’t make it.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email me: Elise.beauvais@gmail.com with your weekly avails and I’ll make a schedule.

week of July 6
week of July 13
week of July 20
week of July 27
week of Aug 3
week of Aug 10
week of Aug 17
week of Aug 24
week of Aug 31
Thanks!
Elise
Earth Buddy Parent Volunteer

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)

s2h 5 steps 1

s2h 5 steps 2

s2h 5 steps 3

s2h 5 steps 4

s2h 5 steps 5

s2h 5 steps 6

 

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