March 2017 Newsletter

From the Office

Winter seems to be passing quickly – too quickly for our students who count sledding, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding as favourite winter past times! In between thaws, our students have been outside enjoying the winter beauty of our school grounds while snowshoeing and participating in some interesting programs led by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority. The Primary classes enjoyed an awesome winter games day! Thank you to Mrs. Scheistel for liasing with MCVA and all of the Primary staff for supporting this fun day of outdoor activity funded by our outdoor education grant. Many of our Junior and Intermediate students enjoyed a day of skiing at Chicopee. Special thanks to Ms. Kaufman for organizing this outing, to the staff that supervised and to the many parent volunteers that assisted with the day! A great outdoor education program was provided by the MVCA for those not involved in skiing. Many thanks to staff that supervised and supported the success of the MCVA program here!

Some of our Primary classes have just celebrated the 100th day of school, which is something of a milestone each school year.  

Term 1 Report Cards have just gone home. Parents and students will have had time to read and digest the observed strengths, needs and next steps. Students are being encouraged to identify goals that they will work toward reaching during Term 2. Students are encouraged to aim high, but reminded that “chunking” big goals into smaller, manageable tasks will improve outcomes.

Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking competition was held at Howick Central on Wednesday, February 15. Speakers from the Junior (Grades 4-6) and Intermediate (Grade 7 & 8) divisions did an excellent job of presenting their speeches. It was great to have so many family members and supporters from the community join us. Our local Legion branch’s ongoing support and encouragement is very much appreciated. A special thank you to our judges, Rev. Jeff Hawkins, Mrs. Mary King, Ms. Mary Sanderson and Mr. Frank Stretton. With so many excellent speeches, the judges definitely had their work cut out for them! In the Intermediate category, Charlotte placed 1st, with her speech on small towns. Tori finished in 2nd and Rylin placed 3rd. In the Junior category, Brody won for his speech on fishing. Arielle placed 2nd and Beatrice finished 3rd. Good luck to Charlotte and Brody as they compete at the Legion in Kincardine on March 4. Many thanks to the Legion for their terrific support of the school’s public speaking event and for recognizing the accomplishments of all of our Junior and Intermediate speakers!

School Council News, Fundraisers & Events

School Council Meetings            

The School Council minutes are available on the Howick Central Public School website. Our next meeting on Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm in the Library will be focused on planning for Family Fun Night. There will also be meetings on April 18 and May 16 at 7 p.m. in the School Library.

Little Caesar’s Fundraiser

The Little Caesar’s order forms will be sent home March 9 and need to be returned to the school by March 25. Pick up date and time TBA.

Mindful Parenting

Howick Central School Council has speaker Mike Masse booked to provide an introduction into mindfulness and parenting. During this workshop we will explore the basics of mindfulness, the science behind mindfulness and how to create a mindful environment within the home. Parents and guardians will be provided with the the foundation of a mindfulness-based practice that can help everyday stress for both parent and child.

When: April 12th at 7pm

Where: Howick Central Public School

Hosted By Howick Central School Council

Funded by Parents Reaching Out Grant

Free event for the entire community

Registration recommended but not required. To register, please contact Mary Lynn Heimpel at or call/text 519-292-9790

Free childcare will be provided with registration.

Babysitting Volunteers Needed for Mike Masse Parent Presentation on April 12

While parents are learning about a practical approach to mindfulness, we need a few volunteer babysitters. High school students in need of volunteer hours are welcome to volunteer! Please call the school at 519-335-3566.

Family Fun Night                                                   

Friday, May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Plans are already underway for the Howick Central School Council’s annual Family Fun Night. This event will feature many free activities for families to enjoy, as well includes live and silent auctions, a themed basket draw, a barbecue and more! This will be taking place on Friday, May 5. This is a huge event in our school community. This year we are raising funds to maintain classroom technology and replenish library books. In order to provide these excellent resources, we need your support and the support of our school community! Already parent volunteers are making plans to canvas the community for donations for both the silent and live auctions. If you have auction items to donate, please contact DeAnna Musgrove at 519-335-6479 or e-mail by April 20. High school students needing volunteer hours are also encouraged to call. Please plan to come out and join in the fun for all!!!

March Break

A reminder to all that March Break runs from March 11-19 this year.

Character Trait for February: Optimism

Optimists look on the “bright side” and keep a smile on their face. People exhibiting optimism make an effort to:

  • choose to be positive
  • always think that the best thing is going to happen.
  • look for the good in people and situations

Additional Snack Volunteers Needed!

We have a dedicated team of snack volunteers and we need a few more helpers! At Howick, we are very proud to offer fresh fruits and vegetables as a part of our school’s healthy snack program. Offering healthy snacks requires preparation and the time of volunteers to prepare the snack. If you can spare an hour once a month, please let the school know. Most of our volunteers come in from 9 to 10 a.m.

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 2012 and 2013), and have not registered yet, please encourage them to contact the school at (519)335-3566.  It’s not too late to register.

Art | Life Workshop  for Grade 7 & 8 students       Thurs., Mar. 23 9:25-10:35  funded by the Foundation for Enriching Education

I Was Born…celebrating our rural communities and Canada’s sesquicentennial with Peggy Coffey

Stratford actor Peggy Coffey uses masks and storytelling to explore the lives of women who shaped our rural communities. Each story begins with “I was born”. These stories were collected as part of a project initiated by the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario. Stories were gathered from the oldest member of each of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario and resulted in a book entitled From This Place. After obtaining permission from the FWIO to share these stories as a theatrical presentation, Peggy developed the play I Was Born, honouring these women who helped shape our future, all born at the turn of the 20th century. The play preserves their stories as an oral history. I Was Born…has been performed in museums, Legion halls, retirement homes, WI Fall rallies, churches and theatres.

Celebrating the end of the spectacular Ice Season  at the Howick Community Center

With A Family Video Skating Party

March 31st from 5pm-8pm

Come on out for a professional Video Dance Party on Ice!

Booth will be open offering classic Arena Cuisine

Admission 5$ per person

Bring your Skates and Enjoy!

Weather Delay and Cancellation Annoucements

It is time to once again remind everyone of the following:

  • the decision to delay or cancel buses is that of the bus contractor. The decision is not made lightly.  Bus contractors gather information from a variety of sources and make the best decision possible using all the information available to them at that time.
  • the school posts cancellations on and an announcement is made on CKNX AM920, FM101.7 and The Bull 94.5
  • it is extremely unlikely that students will ever be dismissed prior to the end of the regular school day. Any decision to do so would be made only after parents had been contacted.
  • in inclement weather, the roads are slippery and the driver needs to concentrate on driving. Students need to follow bus rules and not distract the driver with misbehavior.  Please emphasize this with your children.

When it’s foggy outside, there is a good chance that buses may be delayed for two hours.  Please check the website, or our school website (Twitter announcement rolls on the right side).

Please note that all cancellations and fog delays will be announced on local radio stations. Howick will be announced under the Listowel & Area Rural/Country Schools.  You will hear our school listed with Elma and Northwoods.   For more information visit the website at or email

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

Check out the Howick Central website at 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 blurbs about due dates and useful messages.   

Upcoming Dates

Fri., Feb. 24               Subway order due

Fri., Feb. 24               Jr./Int. Geography Challenge(weatherdate Mon., Feb. 27)

Fri., Feb. 24               Pizza

Mon., Feb. 27            Pita Pit order due

Mon., Feb. 27            Subway lunch

Thurs., Mar. 2            Harriston Meat Delivery. Pick up from 3:30-5:00p.m.

Fri., Mar. 3                 Pizza

Mon., Mar. 6              Pita Pit lunch

Mon., Mar. 6              Gr. 8 Elmira Poultry fundraising forms due

Wed., Mar. 8              April Pizza orders due

Wed., Mar. 8              QSP cookie dough delivery 3-5 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 9            Dunnell & Reynen’s classes go swimming in Wingham from 1-2 pm

Fri., Mar. 10               Deadline for Gr. 8 Bark Lake trip forms and deposit

Fri., Mar. 10               Pizza

Fri., Mar. 10               Skating from 9:15-10:15 for Grade 1, Gr. 1/2 and Gr.2

Fri., Mar. 10               Both Kindergarten classes go swimming from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Fri., Mar. 10               Skating at 2 p.m. for Grade 2/3, 3/4, 4 and Mrs. Reed’s Gr.4’s

Sat., Mar. 11              March Break begins

Mon., Mar. 20            Classes resume

Mon., Mar. 20            Pita Pit lunch

Tues., Mar. 21           School Council Meeting (Family Fun Night planning) 7 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 23         Gr. 7 & 8 ART | LIFE Workshop  9:25-10:35 a.m. I Was Born…

Thurs., Mar. 23         Gr. 8 Elmira Poultry meat delivery. Pick up from 3:30-5p.m.

Fri., Mar. 24               Pizza

Fri., Mar. 24               Little Caesar’s orders due to the office

Mon., Mar. 27            Subway lunch

Thurs., Mar. 30         Gr. 8 Grad photos

Fri., Mar. 31               Pizza

April 10-13                 Gr.8 Bark Lake trip

Tues., Apr. 11           Science Trip to Toronto for Gr. 5/6 Dunnell, Gr.6/7 Reynen, Gr. 7

Wed., Apr. 12            Squaredancers – Gr. 2 & 3 from 11:25 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 12            Parent workshop:A Practical Path to Mindfulness Mike Masse 7pm

April 14-17                 Easter Weekend

Fri., May 5                  Family Fun Night  5-8 p.m.

Howick Minor Soccer Registration – Co-ed Teams! Registrations Dates –  Kiddie Kickers (4+) up to U18 division will be held at the Howick Community Centre on Saturday March the 4th from 9am-12pm, Wednesday March the 8th from 6pm-8pm, and Saturday March the 18th from 9am-12pm.  We are currently looking for help during registration!! 

There is a mail in option.  You can complete the registration form, found on our website, and mail to us with your cheques (3).  Must be received by Saturday, March 25th, More Info found on our website.

New This year, a $50 fundraising cheque/family will also be required at registration.  This cheque will only be cashed if your family chooses to opt out of fundraising.  Any effort with fundraising is acceptable.

Spots on teams are not guaranteed and are on a first come first availability basis.  No registrations will be accepted after Saturday, March 25th.  Registration fees must be paid on that date and a postdated cheque for your uniform deposit and Fundraising are also required.  If you are a first time player, please bring a copy of your birth certificate.  If any families need financial assistance with the soccer fees, please contact us (confidentially) as there are programs available with local organizations so everyone can play!

Coaches, Referees, Linespeople signup sheets will be available at registration.  Many Volunteers are needed to run our club successfully.  Please expect that you will be called upon to assist the soccer club, if you are not formally assigned a position. For more information please check our website or our Facebook page.

To volunteer at registration, please contact Sharon Hofman at 519-335-6066

Looking forward to a great 2017 Soccer season!!

Parenting Huron Facebook Page:  Our goal, on the Parenting Huron Facebook page, is to provide the residents of Huron County with the most current and up-to-date information on parenting. Professional, evidence-based support is provided by public health nurses from the Huron County Health Unit with the focus being on children ages 0-17 years old. Parents are encouraged to post their parenting questions or concerns on our page, in a private message or to just follow the page.

Financial Support for Students in Need

Gorrie Bible Fellowship has money raised at the annual Community BBQ that can be used to support families financially for school trips or other activities or needs.  Please contact Gorrie Bible Fellowship at (519)335-3500.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake

April 6, 7 & 9 at Molesworth Bowling Lanes

Come dressed in your best jungle attire and support our local boys and girls! Tons of Prizes for Top Fundraisers, Best Dressed Team, Individuals and MORE!! Register your team today!! 519-291-6762

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel & District is in need of volunteers for our Mentoring Programs.  There are many opportunities available, starting at only 1 hour per week!  We are currently seeking:

  • Big Brothers
  • Big Sisters
  • In-School Mentors – Elma, Northwoods, Eastdale, Howick, Westfield, and St. Mary’s.

Currently, there are 13 children waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and 7 students that are waiting to be matched with an In School Mentor.  If you are interested in the many benefits of Mentoring, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel and District today!

Meghan Martin

Executive Director

(519) 291-6762 |

Food order information

In an effort to save paper, we would like families to let us know if they wish to have a paper copy of food orders sent home to them.

I would like a paper copy of all food orders:

Child’s Name _____________ Parent’s Name _____________ Phone # __________

Mindful Parentings: Presented by Mike Masse

This is an introduction into mindfulness and parenting. During this workshop we will explore the basics of mindfulness, the science behind mindfulness and how to create a mindful environment with in the home. Parents and guardians will be provided with the the foundation of a mindfulness based practice that can help everyday stress for both parent and child.

When: April 12th at 7pm

Where: Howick Central Public School, 45010 Harriston Road, RR#1 Gorrie, N0G 1XO

Hosted By Howick Central School Council

Funded by Parents Reaching Out grant

Free event for the entire community

Registration recommended but not required.  To register please contact Mary Lynn Heimpel, or call/text519-292-9790

Free childcare will be provided with registration.

Jungle Fever Bowl for Kid’s Sake

April 6th, 7th, and 9th

Molesworth Bowling Lanes

Come dressed in your best jungle attire and support our local boys and girls!

Tons of Prizes for Top Fundraisers, Best Dressed Team, Individuals and MORE!!

Register your team today!! 519-291-6762

Make this summer the best summer Ever!

Interactive, inspirational, incredible and most of all… memorable!


Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

Exciting, fun-filled, week-long summer camps for youth aged 5 to 13 who like hands-on activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

2017 Summer Camp Themes: Star Wars, Pokemon,Transformers, Plants vs. Zombies & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

STEM CAMP is a place to learn – and have fun doing it!  In addition to the fun, STEM CAMP is also for parents who want to provide an inspirational learning experience for their children. It will help prepare them for a future where the workplace will require a solid STEM-based education.  In over 50 locations in Ontario!

For more information on locations and dates… or to register on-line, visit:  If you would like to talk to us about STEM CAMP, call weekdays 519-475-6600 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm

STEM CAMP is a Canadian not-for-profit educational initiative.