Welcome to the 2011/2012 School Year

Posted: August 5, 2011 in Communication

Welcome to Mr. Howitt’s 5th Grade


I would like to offer a very warm welcome to the new school year here at SAS.

Many of you are probably very interested in “Who’s my teacher?!”, just as I am equally interested in “Who are my kids?!”.

Like some of the students I am new to Singapore American School this year, although I have been to Singapore many, many times before for vacation.

I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Home of a big mall, and the Edmonton Oilers Hockey team. I studied at the University of Alberta and never thought I would leave home. Why would you ever leave beautiful snow?

But, In 2003 my wife Lynsey and I moved to Shanghai where we taught at Shanghai American School (SAS). We were going for 2 years for an adventure, we stayed eight years. During my time there I spent six years teaching fifth grade and then the last two years were in seventh grade math. While at SAS I had the great privilege to be working with a very talented group of students and staff and I look forward to more of the same at my new SAS!

Over the years Lynsey and I added to our family, we first brought Orange and White home. They are our Shanghai street cats who are interestingly colored orange and white. In 2008 we had our first son, Benjamin who will start preschool this year at SAS. 2010 we had Luke right before Christmas. At that point I joked to Lynsey we should change the cats names to R2D2 and C3PO, as we already had Obi-Won (Ben) and Luke, she did not agree. (Star Wars reference).

And now here I am, in the beautiful tropics, with the blue sky, sunshine and ready to have a terrific year with you all.


  1. Hello Mr Howitts class – glad to meet you all!
    We have just found your comments on our blogs – a really big thank you, it’s so exciting to receive comments and we haven’t had any from Singapore before :-). Your comments were all positive and helpful.
    We hope you have lots of fun with blogging – it looks like you have done a lot of exciting things this year already – we are looking forward to see ing what else you get up too.

    AllStars and MrsP

  2. Mr. Miller says:

    Hi Mr. Howitt and Class!
    Thank you so much for visiting our site. We love learning from our visitors. We will add your wonderful site to our blogroll too and my students will be visiting often. As Mrs. P said, we hope you enjoy blogging as much as we do. It is a great way to learn about the world – and how small it can be when you make new friends. 😉

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