Terry Fox Run/Walk – THIS THURSDAY

We are excited about our Terry Fox Run on THURSDAY, September 29th. If it is raining we will postpone until Friday. Pledges should be in by the end of the week.  Students are encouraged to wear red and white for our event. Also, they will get a sticker that says, “Terry Ran for me. I’m running for ________”. It would be helpful if you could help them determine what/who they are running for. They will get waterless tattoos to wear as well.
Thanks for your support!



Kindergarten: If your child is in Kindergarten, come at 2:15 to the gym.  We’ll have a short pep rally and then go outside to run.

Primary: If your child is in grade 1,2,3. Please come to the gym at 8:45. You will be given directions at that time.

Junior: If your child is in grade 4,5,6 and I have received your intent to volunteer with email I will email you the instructions by Wednesday.  If you do not receive such email please come to the gym prior to 8:45 on Thursday or email Mrs Ringler (catherine.ringler@tdsb.on.ca) before Thursday

Catherine Ringler
Howard P.S.
HPE Teacher

Let The Fall Fete Help You with Your Fall Cleaning!

Planning on doing some fall cleaning? We can help! Get rid of your unwanted items and help raise funds for our great school by donating the following to this year’s Fall Fete.

We are looking for USED ITEMS:

(Donation boxes can be found outside the school office)

Small used toys for the Fish Pond

Clean, in good condition, and ideally on hangers

English or French
*Children’s Books, Adult Books – fiction and non-fiction, Parenting Books, Travel Books, Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Craft/Gardening/DIY Books, Health & Wellness Books
*We are looking for books in good condition only
*No outdated reference books please!

Bring your chipped or cracked dinnerware for the plate smash

We are looking for NEW ITEMS:

This popular raffle can’t happen without contributions from our families!  Donations of new items are collected, sorted and assembled into beautiful, themed baskets and raffled off at the Fall Fete.

Please send new items with your child – baskets are outside the office. Need some ideas?  Themes from past years have included – arts & crafts, toys, games, books, sports related items, things for the BBQ, gourmet food & kitchen items, health & exercise, home office, home spa and beauty items, items for a movie night or a rainy day, items related to gardening, chocolates, candy, coffees, teas and other gourmet/luxury items. Please think of what you would like to win when making your donations!

Donate a bottle, then try your luck at winning a case!

Back by popular demand is the parents’ favourite Fall Fête event: the Wine Raffle!  Pressed for time? This is a great way to make a Fall Fête contribution. Simply drop off a bottle of wine at the school office (please respect office quiet times). Pick a personal favourite, or something that you’d like to share (or win!).

Bottle donations will be accepted from now until Friday October 14.  All donations will be assembled into cases to be raffled off at the Fête.  Last year ten lucky winners each went home with a case of assorted wines. Cheers!

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 erin.mccaughan@gmail.com if you have something to donate.

If you are interested in knowing more, or want to get involved, you can email Erin at erin.mccaughan@gmail.com or use the contact form at the bottom of the Fall Fete page.

See you at the Fete!

Howard School Council Meeting – WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday, September 28th the Howard School Council will hold the first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year (7:00-9:00pm in the Library). All parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. The September meeting will introduce everyone to the council, the committees, and this month will talk about how to improve the lunchroom. Please see the attached agenda for more details. We are still looking for nominees for our open executive positions, please email Michelle to put your name forward or step up at the meeting if you want to help out.


The Fall Fete Needs YOU!

Hello Howard Community,

This year’s Fall Fete is coming together but we still need to fill some key positions!
Are you handy? Like using tools and putting stuff together??  This is a great job for someone who can’t commit a bunch of time beforehand but can take the lead setting up the beloved Mini-putt and the ever popular TOILET TOSS and plate smash!  The games coordinator comes in on the Friday before the Fete at 3:30, and helps to set up the games and makes sure that we have volunteers for the games during the Fete.  There are lots of veterans who know the drill and are happy to help out but we need someone to step up and take the lead!
Chez Howard Lunch Table
This is a crucial part of the Fall Fete.  The FOOD!  We have had an amazing duo organizing all of the generous donations of food from our Roncy restaurant partners for FIVE years and they are looking for some eager foodie parents to partner with them and learn the ropes.  Many of our coordinators have been in these roles for years and they are looking to pass the torch to the next generation of parents.
Book and Costume Sale
Every year we have an amazing Book and Costume Sale and we already have one amazing and experienced coordinator, but we need someone else to share this job.  This involves helping to sort the books the day before the Fete and then making sure we have volunteers the day of.  We also need help moving the books that didn’t sell out of the classroom.
Bouncy Castle Coordinator
The Bouncy Castles have already been booked but we need someone to meet the company when they are dropped off the morning of the Fete and then ensure we have enough volunteers. Again, not a huge job, but an important one, because it’s possible the kids would riot if there were no bouncy castles.
If you would like to take on one of these roles, please email Erin, Fall Fete Chair, at  erin.mccaughan@gmail.com
The Fall Fete is our biggest fundraiser ($25,000+), and without all of your help, it just won’t be as fun or as successful.  If you aren’t able to take on a bigger role this year, don’t worry, you can still contribute!  There will be a volunteer website set up in the coming days where you can volunteer for a 2 hour shift.  For those that sign up early, there will be an early bird draw of THREE 1 hour Registered Massage Therapy massages from Evolve Chiropractic.
There will also be a call for donations for the: book sale, the silent auction, basket raffle, wine raffle, etc.  Stay tuned!
Thank you!

“Notes” from the Music Room

Just a reminder that Junior Choir starts next Tuesday morning, September 27th.  Please make sure your child is here on time (7:45 am).  Also, if any parents have a few minutes to spare after school on Monday afternoon, your help in setting up the chairs for choir practice would be most appreciated.  Just come to the music room at 3:30.
Looking forward to our first practice!
Ms. Spademan

Pizza Lunch is Coming – FRIDAY

Friday, September 30th is the first Pizza Lunch of the year. I am finalizing the totals but there is still time for a few last minute orders. Just dig out that orange form from the bottom of the backpack, fill it in, attach a cheque and put it in the special pizza form bin in the office. I check it twice a day. If you cannot find that form, the secretaries in the office will direct you to the Pizza folder that has some extras in it.

Any questions you can email me, Kathy, at kathy.narraway@rogers.com

I am arranging for gluten free pizza and vegan cheese pizza, so email me if you would like those options.

We will be serving pizza lunch outside (if it doesn’t rain) so don’t miss out! It is a fun crazy day.

Volunteers are always needed to help serve pizza.  Please come to the gym by 11:15 if you are able to help.

Terry Fox Run/Walk – Update

Terry Fox Update:

Our Terry Fox Run/Walk is next Friday (September 29th) and the pledges have begun to come in.  Thanks for your support! A couple of important pieces you need to know.

T-shirt orders:

These are due this Friday (September 23rd).  If you are interested in ordering a shirt be sure to return the form and money before Friday. For information go to   http://terryfox.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9c16f8b6c2b735d53eb75ef97&id=b50824af2d&e=b78c176fdd> 


Many people have offered their support. Thank you so much. Please read below for information:

  • Parents of children in Kindergarten, please come to the gym at 2:15. You will be given your instructions at that time.
  • Parents of children in grade 1, 2 or 3, please come to the gym at 9:00. You will be given your instructions at that time.
  • Parents of children in grade 4, 5 or 6, please email catherine.ringler@tdsb.on.ca (even if you have already indicted your willingness) to let her know that you will be available between 9:00 and 10:00. We need to have parents as marshals on the course or we will be unable to go to High Park.  Mrs. Ringler will be in touch with more information early to mid week. Please email by Friday September 23rd.

Thanks for helping us support such a great cause!