December 2017 Newsletter

From the Office

The character trait for focused attention this month in our school is compassion. Compassion literally means ‘to suffer together.’ In that sense, it is a sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. Our children can begin to show the capacity for compassion at a very young age, when they show care and consideration for others. In the school setting it might involve noticing when someone is hurt or needs a friend. Even the simple act of wanting to help another, is a way to show compassion. Please support the school’s character education efforts by talking to your children about finding ways to help others, even if it’s not someone they would call a ‘friend.’ The holiday season is an especially appropriate time to see that caring spirit modeled around us. Once again this year, the Me-to-We committee and the Howick School Council are organizing two programs that will run on Tuesday, December 12: our Free- cycle clothing drive and our Holiday Treasures program. Each of these programs are in need of donations. Please read on for more information.

Holiday Concert

Primary students (grades JK-3) will be presenting this year’s annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 19 starting at 7:00 p.m. All families are invited to attend. If you are unable to attend the evening performance, the dress rehearsal is Monday, December 18th at 11:45 a.m.


Thanks to the many parents who were able to make it into the school to meet with the teachers who work with their child(ren) during the parent-teacher interviews held early in November. If parents were unable to make it to interviews due to work or other commitments, please feel welcome to call the teachers of your child(ren) to schedule an in-person or telephone interview. Parent involvement in a child’s education is a key
factor in a child’s success.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for September 2017 recently occurred. If anyone knows of any families who have children who will be of school age for next year (born in 2013 and 2014), and have not yet registered, please encourage them to contact the school at (519)335-3566. It’s not too late to register!

School Council Update

Free-cycle Clothing Drive

The Me-to-We committee and the Grade 8 class will be organizing a clothing drive for the school. We ask students to bring in clean, good-quality clothing that no longer fits, so we can offer a “Free-cycle” program that allows families in our school to take home “new” clothing at no cost. Participation in the Free-Cycle is an optional
program. We appreciate any or all donations you may have. Parents are invited to come to the Free-Cycle during the school day on Tuesday December 12th, or after school until 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Treasures – Tuesday, December 12

Holiday Treasures is becoming a Howick holiday tradition organized by our School Council. Our ‘Holiday Treasures” gift store will run once again this year, thanks to the efforts of members of our School Council and the generous donations of many!

Holiday Treasures is a chance for our students to purchase TWO items for family or friends for the Holiday Season. The cost of gifts will range from $1 to $5. This gives our children pride in giving. Right now we are asking families to donate small NEW items for this event. MENS gifts are especially needed. Maybe you have some treasures on-hand waiting to be re- gifted. Articles of clothing must still have tags. Please do not send in items that should not be transported by young children carrying backpacks (e.g., no knives, very breakable items, etc.) Please refrain from donating nuts, as we strive to be a nut free school. All proceeds go to the school. Please send in your donations of gifts, as well as wrapping paper and gift bags as soon as possible. The organizers would very much appreciate if donations could be received by Mon. Dec. 11. Older students and members of School Council will assist with gift wrapping.

The Holiday Treasures Store will be set up in the school library at the same time that the Free-cycle clothing event is happening in the gym. Any items remaining after the event will be donated to a local charity. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school. Thanks to everyone working to make this a successful endeavour!

Next School Council Meeting Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The School Council minutes are available on the Howick Central Public School website. We would like to invite all interested parents to attend our next meeting on Tuesday January 16 at 6:30 pm in the school library. All parents are welcome.

Christmas Gift Idea

School Council is hosting a Sign Party Fundraiser March 1, 2018. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE. There will be several options to choose from and you are given all the materials needed to paint your sign of choice. Tickets will be available soon to purchase through school cash online and will be made available to the school and general public. Buy a ticket for a friend or relative for Christmas and enjoy the night out together, or add it to your Christmas wish list! School council would like to thank you in advance for continuously supporting our fundraisers and helping to improve our school together! Contact Mary-Lynn with any questions about this fundraiser: or call/text 519-292-9790

Need Last Minute Holiday Gifts?

Magazine Subscriptions Make Great Christmas & Holiday Gifts!

Simply go on-line to
Our school group #3650256 – (or use the account finder to ensure your purchases benefit our school)

A gift of a magazine subscription is like giving a gift every month for an entire year! Don’t forget that our regular family reading Magazine Campaign is coming in February

Please ignore publisher reminders and wait to renew your subscriptions through the school to support our children’s education. (SAVE those publisher coupons as we accept all price discount coupons.) If you ever have any questions, please contact QSP Customer Service at 1-800-667-2536.

Weather Delay and Cancellation Announcements


As winter is quickly approaching we want to share with you our process for cancelling buses in inclement weather. The safety of our students and staff is our main priority. While we know there will be circumstances when buses are cancelled, we want to ensure you that we will do our very best to keep schools open. When buses are cancelled there is still meaningful work and learning occurring in our classrooms. To see if a school bus is cancelled or delayed, or whether your school is closed, please visit An announcement is also made on CKNX AM920, FM101.7, and The Bull 94.5

Please note, when Howick Central School is open to students during inclement weather, they must be picked up on or before 3:15 p.m.

  • We believe: Schools should be accessible and open to our students whenever possible.
  • We believe: And research shows that what teachers do each and everyday in their classrooms with students has the greatest impact on student achievement.
  • We Believe: Weather absences should be a rare occurrence at schools.
  • Our Goal: To serve our students on as many school days as possible while maintaining safety in winter conditions.

Please note that all cancellations and fog delays will be announced on local radio stations. As last year, Howick will be announced under the Listowel & Area Rural/Country Schools. You will hear our school listed with Wallace, Elma and Northwoods.

Bus Providers

Elliott Coach Lines/S&K
Phone: 519-418-4428
Bus 1-7

Newry Coach Lines
Phone: 519-356-2611
Bus 9

Bus Safety

Just a reminder to parents that when you are dropping off children in the morning, or picking them up at night, please park in the parking lot and make sure that you and your children walk behind the row of buses and not between buses. Thanks for helping keep our students safe.

School Website and Calendar

We try to make sure that the website and calendar online are kept up-to-date with events and activities. There is a Twitter feed on the right side of the homepage with little messages about due dates and other interest items.

A Message from the Foundation For Education…

Greetings Parents:

We know that some of you like to give gifts of appreciation at this time of year. Perhaps you’re wondering what gift to give to that special teacher, custodian, bus driver, principal or secretary? The Foundation for Education has a unique answer for you!

A Gift To Honour

With a ‘Gift to Honour’ you can choose to make a donation in someone’s honour and 100% of that donation will be designated for a project within your own school.

Here is the process:

  • Fill out the Gift to Honour & Tax Receipt Information. This can be found at your school or online at
  • Attach a cheque for your chosen amount. The cheque must be made payable to the Foundation For Education who will issue a charitable tax receipt for the full amount.
  • Return this Form and cheque to your school to be forwarded to the Foundation.
  • Pick up a Gift to Honour card at the school and fill out for the child to hand to the person receiving the card.


Families interested in Before or After School childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than Friday December 9th. The survey is available on the AMDSB Website

Should you require a paper copy, please contact the school. We appreciate your assistance, as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

Howick Central Ski Trip to Chicopee in Kitchener

Howick Central’s ski trip to Chicopee is planned for Tuesday, February 14th. Watch for permission forms and information to come home closer to the date (early January). Parent chaperones who have a completed police check on file at the school are welcome. Only students in grades 4- 8 attend.

A Message From the Huron County Health Unit…

Road to Resiliency – Stop #1

Are you looking for ways to help your child become more confident? Handle everyday frustrations better? Bounce back from life’s challenges? There are lots of different stops along the road to building resiliency.

Building a close, loving relationship with your child is the most important thing you can do to support their resilience.

Let’s pretend that your child came home from school upset. He is hurt by some mean words said to him on the playground. What are some helpful ways to respond?

  1. Comfort your child. This makes your child feel secure, loved and accepted. It also helps them feel as if they’re not alone with their big feelings.
  2. Listen with interest about what happened and how they feel. This will let your child know that how they feel and what they have to say is important.
  3. Show empathy. Try to see the situation from your child’s point of view.
  4. Help your children identify and express their feelings (glad, sad, mad, scared, etc.). Let them know it is okay to feel these things.

Remember that resiliency is a skill that can be learned over time. Practice makes perfect!

Kate Underwood – Public Health Nurse 519.482.3416 ext.2247 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143
Article written by Laura Miller – Public Health Nurse

A Request from Our Primary Division…

Our primary division is seeking donations of waterproof mitts for recess use. The supplies in our extra clothing bucket are depleted from last year. If you have any mittens of the waterproof kind that you are no longer using, your support in replenishing this supply would be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming dates

  • Thurs., Nov. 30 – Pizza Day
  • Fri., Dec. 1 – P.A.Day;
    Free public skating at the Howick Arena from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Mon., Dec. 4 – Soup & Chilli Day
  • Tues., Dec. 5 – Grade 8 orientation visit to Listowel District Secondary Sch.
  • Fri., Dec. 8 – Pizza Day
  • Mon., Dec. 11 – All pizza orders for January are due
  • Tues., Dec. 12 – Intermediate Volleyball @ North Perth Westfield
  • Tues., Dec. 12 – Holiday Treasures in school library
  • Tues., Dec. 12 – Free Cycle Clothing exchange in Gym all day until 6:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Dec. 12 – Grade 8 Parents Information Night at Listowel District SS 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 14 – F.E. Madill SS visits grade 8 classes for high school orientation presentations – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 14 – Elmira Poultry Grade 8 Fundraiser – delivery received at school; pick up orders from 2:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 15 – Pizza Day
  • Mon., Dec. 18 – Soup & Chilli Day
  • Mon., Dec. 18 – Winter Sock Day – wear your favourite winter socks any way you like ‘em, as we celebrate the approaching winter holiday!
  • Mon., Dec.18 – Primary Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal 11:45a.m. (JK- grade 3 performing)
  • Tues., Dec. 19 – Jersey Day!
  • Tues., Dec. 19 – Primary Holiday Concert 7:00 p.m.; snow date Dec. 20
  • Tues., Dec. 19/20 – Grade 8 Tech Day at Norwell District SS in Palmerston
  • Wed., Dec. 20 – Grade 6 and 6/7 classes to Wingham for swimming
  • Wed., Dec. 20 – Ugly Sweater Day!
  • Thurs., Dec. 21 – PJ Day!
  • Thurs., Dec. 21 – Skating at 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for grade 2/3 Wright, gr. 3 Gottfried, and gr. 3/4 Morton
  • Fri., Dec. 22 0- Holiday Hat Day!
  • Fri., Dec. 22 – Skating at 11:45 –1 p.m. for grade 4/5 Vanderwal and grade 5 Eckert
  • Fri., Dec. 22 – Pizza Day
  • Mon., Jan. 8 – Classes resume for the new year! Fri., Jan. 12 Pizza Day
  • Tues. Jan 16 – Grade 8 Parent and Student Information Evening @ F.E. Madill SS 7pm to 9pm
  • Tues., Jan. 16 School Council Mtg. 6:30 p.m. in school library. All welcome.