PLEASE THINK ABOUT THE FETE THIS WEEKEND

While you are celebrating and giving thanks this weekend, please think about what you might donate to the Fall Fete which is only ONE WEEK AWAY on Saturday, October 15th.
Basket Raffle
One of the highlights of the Fall Fete is our Basket Raffle. It takes a lot of time to organize and assemble the baskets and we need donations as soon as possible to make interesting baskets to raffle off.
Please, if you are out shopping this weekend, think about picking up a few new items for the baskets. We really need items related to: men’s items, women’s items, gourmet food & kitchen items, health & exercise, home spa and beauty items, gardening, and items for a movie night or a rainy day.
You can drop these items off in the basket outside the Office (the sooner, the better).
Fish Pond
Make a reel difference! Tackle your annoying toy clutter!
Cast out your small unbroken items for the Fall Fete Fish Pond. Think about items no larger than a deck of cards, things that aren’t broken and please no plush toys.
Just one week left to help bait our Fish Pond hooks! We need TONS more lures. Please send with your child to the tackle box just outside of the school office.
Silent Auction
One of the key fundraising events at the Fete, the Silent Auction gives parents and kids the opportunity to bid on some fantastic experiences and articles. We are looking for hot items, including tickets (sports, music, theatre) and getaways at a cottage, hotel or resort. Any exciting connections you have can help make the auction even better.
Please contact Alli McColl at allison.mccoll@gmail.com if you have something to donate.
Sign up for a shift and recruit your neighbours
It takes an army of 200 volunteers to make the Fete magic happen.  Please sign up for a shift to keep this event running like a well-oiled machine.

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PUT ON YOUR BAKING HATS FOR THE FALL FETE!

One week until our Fabulous Fall Fete! While you’re in the kitchen this weekend preparing terrific turkey feasts, please think about what you might whip up to donate this year to our bake table and cake walk. Baking is a great activity to enjoy as a family!
BAKE TABLE
Bring your nut-free goodies to be sold at the bake table: squares, cookies, cupcakes and other delectable treats. Drop them off in the “nurse’s office” across the hall from the music room on Friday night (October 14th) or Saturday morning (October 15th) before 9:00am.
For inspiration, check out this websites to start:
CAKE WALK
Our oh-so-popular cake walk needs your nut-free cakes! Drop them off outside the office by lunch time on Friday, October 14th. We’re looking for the most creative cakes ever! Go scary, go beautiful, go wild!! Cakes will be judged by our principal, vice-principal, cake walk coordinator and a special judge from Mabel’s Bakery and some fantastic prizes will be awarded.
At the Fete, use your tickets for a chance to spin and win one of these incredible creations! Share with your friends or keep it to yourself! We’ll leave that part up to you.

FALL FETE WINE RAFFLE: IT’S SO EASY!

Heading to the LCBO for weekend provisions?
Plan to pick up an extra bottle of wine for the Fall Fête Wine Raffle.
Last year’s wine raffle raised over $2,000 for our kids!
Drop off wine donations in the school office any time from now until Friday, October 14th.
(Please respect office quiet times which are first thing in the morning.)

FALL FETE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

Fall Fete is Saturday, October 15th, 2016 from 10am to 2pm!
This incredible event raises approximately $25,000+ for Howard in one day.

Donate your time: before, during, or after the Fete
We rely on over 200 volunteers to make this event such a tremendous success. Sign up by clicking the link below. There are positions for Adults, High School Students, Junior High Students and Grade 5 and 6 Howard Students.  Please sign up for what you can and spread the word.

EARLY BIRD SIGN-UP BONUS:
All Adult Volunteers signed up before Friday, October 7th will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 ONE HOUR massages compliments of Evolve Chiropractic (winners to be announced at the Fete).

 

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Fall Fete – Calling all Volunteers

Fall Fete is Saturday, October 15th, 2016 from 10am to 2pm!
The Fall Fete is a great family fun day, as well as being one of the school’s top fundraising events!  The Fall Fete raises approximately $25,000+ for Howard in one day.

Donate your time: before, during, or after the Fete
It truly takes a village to run the Fete and our work starts now! We rely on over 200 volunteers to make this event such a tremendous success. Sign up for a 2 hour shift on event day and your kids will be thrilled! Sign up by clicking the link below.  There are positions for Adults, High School Students, Junior High Students and Grade 5 and 6 Howard Students.  Please sign up for what you can and spread the word.

EARLY BIRD SIGN-UP BONUS:
All Adult Volunteers signed up before Friday, October 7th will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 ONE HOUR massages compliments of Evolve Chiropractic (winners to be announced at the Fete).

Sign Up Now!

What do we do with the money raised by the Fall Fete?
Howard students enjoy many enriched learning experiences that most schools in the TDSB do not. These “extras” are entirely self-funded. Examples include:
*Visiting artists and scientists in the classroom
*New playground structure, new stage and risers
*Field trips, classroom supplies, books, school computers
*Graduation parties, end of year potluck, parent workshops, the learning garden

All of these programs and supplies are purchased with funds raised by us, the parents, through fundraising activities run through the Howard Home and School Association. We should count ourselves lucky to live in an area where the culture of giving is as strong as it is, and the parent volunteers are so dedicated!  The Howard Home and School Association raises approximately $60,000 each year for the above activities.

The Fall Fete accounts for approximately 1/3 of our fundraising dollars, but, more importantly, it acts as a tremendous community builder and is a great opportunity for parents and their children to spend time together, and for you to meet other parents at the school. And yes, it is also a ton of fun!  

See you at the Fete!

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Calling all Lemonade Lovers!

For the last three years, during the Fall Fête, there has been a student-run lemonade stand in the gym. This is a hugely popular and profitable venture for the school…and the beauty is that it’s run by the students, and they are engaged in the process of raising money for their school, BY THEMSELVES!

Teaching the older children that they need to play a role in this event is a great way to help them understand all the work that we parents do for them (every day!)

While the students can run this event during the day, they need assistance to help get it organized, make the lemonade and then make sure the day functions well.

We are looking for a parent-student team to TAKE THIS ON and help make the lemonade stand happen again this year. Samantha is happy to get you started and help to give you knowledge from previous years.

This is a contained way that you can really bring value to the Fall Fete, and raise lots of money along the way.

Please email if you are interested;
contact@samanthahodder.ca

Fall Fete Craft Session – MONDAY

Calling all parents and students!
Please join us after school
Monday, October 3rd –  3:30 to 5pm – in the gym
 for a Fall Fete Craft Session!
We will be making a variety of fall crafts to decorate the school for the big day.
Everyone is welcome!
Students must be accompanied by an adult.
See you then!leaves