Dance-A-Thon – Friday, February 10th – Volunteers Needed

Hello Howard Families,
The Dance-A-Thon is this Friday, February 10th!
We just have a few more days to raise funds for Dance-a-Thon.
The students can request their favourite songs online by filling out the music request form on at Requests can be made individually or as a class up to 2 days before the event. The DJ will play from the most requested list on dance day.
If you like to dance, or just want to embarrass your child, please use the contact form on the Get Involved page on the Howard blog, or email me at mahshad7(at), to volunteer on dance day. Ideally, I would need one parent per slot to help with glow bracelets and keep an eye on the room.
The dance day schedule is below so that you can see when your child’s class is at the gym.
Happy fundraising!
Mahshad Aryafar
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th, 2017, Day 4
1, 2
23, 24, 25, 28, 27
11, 12, 14
4, 5, 6
31, 39, 37, 40, 35, 38, 36
Set up tables for lunch
Lunch/ Clean Up
 2, 3
26, 42, 32, 33, 34, 41
21, 22
4, 5, 6
Area 39, 43 and Junior Choir

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.

School Council Meeting – Important Update and Date Change (now Nov. 23)

Please note the November meeting date has been changed to November 23rd at 7pm in the library.
Thank you to all those who attended our October budget meeting. It was a successful meeting and we allocated a good chunk of our budget. You will be pleased to hear we continued direct funding to our classroom teachers, arts, sports, tech spending and support for our chess and environment clubs among others. A full copy of the budget as approved will go out on the blog shortly.  We did table three issues to the November 23 meeting due to both time and wanting a broader community input. The first is the issue of nutrition and how the lunch room works. We now have a nutrition committee headed by Zoe Traiforos which is looking into ways to improve the lunchroom. You may have seen their survey on how to improve the lunchroom already. It was clear in the meeting that this is a topic that deserves more time so we tabled the discussion to November.
We had two financial requests that we are asking parents to consider and come out to the November meeting to have their voices heard. The first is the issue of a charitable donation. We have a request to use the proceeds of the dance-a-thon (a fundraiser that occurs in February and typically raises $4-5000) to support sister schools within the TDSB. One such school would be Frank Okes, a small secondary school over by Rockcliffe and Alliance that serves students across the TDSB with mild intellectual disabilities. One of the Okes teachers spoke to us about the school and their students and told us all about their amazing programs and some of the challenges their school faces in generating funds on its own: no local school community as students bussed in, many students face cognitive, medical and social/emotional learning barriers, there are only 104 students which makes it hard to raise enough funds to support its goals, it is number 13th on the TDSB learning opportunity index (facing large challenges of external challenges to student success). Two opportunities exist to support the Okes, one is the purchase of a SMART Board for its autism class and a computer laptop cart for its academic program; the other is an alumni night to get together its graduates and their families.  Those at the October meeting felt strongly about supporting this donation and we would like to hear from the wider parent community.  Please read the attached for more information.
Our second outstanding financial request is a request from the music department to refurbish the Heintzman piano in the music room. It will cost just over $15,000 to completely refurbish the piano of which the TDSB is willing to provide $5000. At the October meeting we discussed several options: paying for it out of our School Council budget; holding separate fundraisers like an adult social evening; asking the Friends of Howard Trust to fundraise with a direct ask; providing a more stop gap repair of $5000 to keep the piano going; or letting the piano be used without repairs until it dies out. As this is a sizeable request, we deferred any decision making until the November meeting and we invite you to come out and give your opinion.
We hope to see you all at the meeting.
Linda Torry, Sara Tweedie, co-chairs
Heath Feldman, vice-chair
Tory Millar, treasurer
Jana Jedlovska, member at large
Michelle McBride, secretary

Howard at the Marlies Game – Sunday, December 4th

There will be over 500 of us in the stands at the Marlies game on Sunday, December 4th, 2016.
What a wonderful way to support the choir!
Because we have such a large group…
*there will be a family skate after the game
*two lucky kids will get to ride on the Zamboni
*the school will receive a Marlies jersey signed by the team
The absolute last day to order tickets is tomorrow.
Tickets and game day info will be sent home the last week of November.

Sub Lunch #2 – Tuesday, November 8th

Tuesday, November 8th is Sub Lunch for Howard P.S. If you haven’t signed up yet and want to try it, go to Healthy  After entering your family information, find Howard P.S. and your child’s class. After you have registered you can put in your child’s personalized order. The program will then email you a receipt confirming the order.

And since you are registered, you will get email notifications for all further Sub Lunch days and can choose if you would still like to participate.

AND you won’t have to make lunch that day.

AND it is a fundraiser for the Howard Home & School.

AND it’s a fun day for the kids!