Please review the Howard Arrival and Dismissal Procedures!


Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Please help keep our children safe!

Please exercise and model positive behavior during arrival and dismissal.  A little patience will go a long way.  If everyone follows our basic traffic flow guidelines, local ordinances and traffic laws,  it will help us to have a smooth and safe arrival and dismissal.

Please click on the link at the bottom of this post to view a map with traffic/parking guidelines and expectations to help keep our students safe!

You may wait in your car during dismissal in front of the building, but you may be asked to move forward to keep the traffic flowing.  If your child does not come to your car shortly after dismissal, you may circle the block and return to the designated pick up area.  By the time you circle around, your child may be waiting for you.  If you need to exit your car during dismissal, you must not park in designated “no parking” areas.  Cars will be  ticketed for parking in our traffic flow area during this time.  

Do not drop students off anywhere but our designated drop off locations in front of the school.  It is not safe to drop them off on the opposite side of the street or any other location. 

Remember that N. York is a two-way street, so drivers should not pass vehicles that are dropping off children if this will block traffic in the opposite direction.  

Everyone must use the crosswalk to cross the street at all times.  Crossing the street at our drop off/pick up location only slows down the flow of traffic even more, and creates an unsafe situation for the children.  Using the crosswalk models what we expect from the children, and is the only safe way to cross the street. 

Thank you!

Please click on the following link for a map and details regarding arrival and dismissal:

Howard Parking, Traffic Flow and Designated Student Drop off locations.

Happy Holidays!

Dear Howard Learning Community,

May the spirit of the season bring you and your family peace, joy and happiness! Thank you to the entire Howard learning community for all that you do to support our students! Enjoy your break! We look forward to seeing you in 2018! Happy New Year!


Daniel Blessing, Ed.S
Howard Elementary School

1st Annual Howard Dragon’s Color Run




On Saturday, April 28th, 2018 Howard Elementary School PTA will be hosting our 1st Annual Howard Dragon’s Color Run. There will be a 5k and 1 mile fun run throughout the neighborhood where you pass through color zones and get doused in a rainbow of color.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month so we want to help increase awareness and support for two amazing charities.   We will be donating 10% of the proceeds to each of the following  charities:

Child Help– Prevention and treatment for abused and neglected children, and Forgotten Harvest– Stopping child hunger.

The rest of the proceeds will be used for the PTA to help provide financial support for Howard Elementary School Classrooms.

This is a super fun event for all ages that promotes a life-long healthy way of living and brings our strong community together to make a difference.

Register online:


Click to view/print flyer: Howard Color Run  Flyer


Thank you!

Dear Howard Learning Community,

Thank you for the amazing level of participation in our efforts to donate to families in need this Holiday Season.  As you know, we partnered with Yogurtopia to collect food items for Gleaners Food Bank. We also partnered with Project Dignity by taking collections of clothing and other essentials for families in need.  Your generosity during this collection period has been extraordinary, and reflects very highly on our entire community.  By taking part in this process, we are teaching a very valuable lesson to our students about taking care of those who are less fortunate.  This reminds us all to be thankful during the holiday season. We are blessed to have such a wonderful community!

Thank you to everyone who participated or helped in any way!

Congratulations to Mrs. Turk’s class for winning the Yogurtopia challenge to donate the most food items! The students all received a $5.00 gift certificate from Yogurtopia!


“Cans for a Cause”- November 6-20

Dear Howard Learning Community,

We are working with Yogurtopia and Gleaners  to collect non-perishable food items for families in need during the Holiday Season.  Students will bring the items to class starting this Monday to be tallied by the teacher, and then placed in the boxes in our hallway provided by Gleaners Food Bank . The class that collects the most items will receive a $5.00 gift card for each student and a visit from Miley the friendly Yogurtopia mascot!

Click to see the flyer:

Cans for a Cause

Thank you!

Dan Blessing


Howard Elementary School

Halloween Costume Parade

Dear Howard Learning Community,

On Tuesday, October 31st at 1:30 p.m., we will be having a Halloween parade. The students are really looking forward to this, and we want them to enjoy it as well, so let’s work together to make this experience enjoyable for all students.

We are asking that you do not include the following items for the Halloween costume parade if they are part of your child’s costume: Masks, “costume blood”, or “costume weapons.” These items are not allowed in school.

Also keep in mind that the children will not wear their costume to school in the morning as to not disrupt the learning environment. The teachers will give the students time to change into their costumes prior to the costume parade. Your child should be able to put on their own costume with help from their teacher if needed. Parents will not be allowed to assist with costumes, etc. This is going to be a busy day for the office and we are trying to limit unnecessary traffic in the office, halls and classrooms. Please check the teacher blogs for more information that may be specific to your child’s class on Halloween.

Thank You!

Important Parent Survey

This survey consists of two questions to collect parent feedback on the possibility to pilot year-round school concept in one or two elementary schools. One of the arguments for year-round schooling is that children will have better knowledge retention versus having too much of a mental break in the summer. School calendar would be extended to include additional four weeks in the summer. Please click on the link to share your feedback:


يتألف هذا الاستقصاء من سؤالين لجمع آراء أولياء الامور بشأن إمكانية تجريب مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة في عدد صغير من المدارس الابتدائية. إحدى فوائد التعليم المدرسي على مدار السنة هي أن الطلاب يحافظون على متابعة التحصيل العلمي خلال الصيف. إذا قمنا بتنفيذ هذه
الخطة سيتم تمديد التقويم المدرسي ليشمل أربعة أسابيع إضافية في الصيف
   :يرجى النقر على الرابط لإكمال سؤالين حول مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة

Thank you for participating in our first National Walk to School Day!

Dear Howard Learning Community,

Thank you all for your participation in this wonderful event!  It was great to see all of the students walking to school with their signs, and the walking school bus was amazing!  What a beautiful sight it was to see our community join together!

Thank you again for making this event a huge success! Lets keep it going!


Daniel Blessing, Ed.S.


Howard Elementary School


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