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Dear prospective families,
Please join us for a virtual Info Night for our school. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm. You will hear from staff and parents about what makes our school so special.
Please click on the link below to join the meeting. Our application form is now available
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As a result of the selected withdrawal of services by members of ETFO scheduled to begin on Monday, January 13, all open houses will be cancelled.
If you have questions about our school or open house, please contact us directly for more information.
Please join us at 6:30 pm in the Lord Lansdowne gymnasium for our Information Night. You will get to hear from our staff and some parents and there will be time for some Q&A.
Dear da Vinci,
At the beginning of each year, our school council requests a donation from our da Vinci family. These donations are used specifically to enhance and integrate Waldorf pedagogy into our children’s’ classrooms. The TDSB does not provide alternative schools with any additional funding to implement their alternative mandates, so parental support is a key factor in creating a Waldorf-inspired school for our children
Your donations enable us to continue to fund the classrooms’ needs for things like watercolour paints and paper, beeswax crayons, modeling wax, pencil crayons, books, lantern making supplies, and visiting specialists in art and handwork. Equally as important as these supplies is the professional development of our teaching staff. For the first time, this past summer we were able to offer week-long, grade-specific Waldorf teacher training to our teachers. In past years, da Vinci has worked with a Waldorf mentor to help both our parents and our teachers to bring a Waldorf lens into our homes and classrooms – we hope to continue this initiative.
The funds raised here make a huge difference for our children, their teachers and the staff by allowing for advanced planning and budgeting of programs that excite and inspire us all. Please consider what you can offer, and give what you can.
We will do some additional fundraisers over the year to help fill in the gaps and finance many of the amazing initiatives our teachers come up with, but this is the most direct and impactful way you can help. We suggest $100 per child based on the forecasted needs for this year. But we warmly welcome any contribution possible from your family.
HOW TO DONATE:
You can make a donation via School Cash Online. Once you are logged in, you will see a blue “Donation” button on the right of the screen.
This will take you to a new screen.
Select the amount you wish to donate (suggested $100 per student) and select da Vinci School from the dropdown menu. In the “Message to School Board” box, write Waldorf Donation. Click “Add To Cart” and follow the prompts for payment.
If you prefer to make a donation via cash or cheque, please make it payable to “da Vinci School – TDSB” and bring it to the office.
Thank you in advance for your support!
At the Information Night parents asked whether students entering JK and interested in applying for da Vinci School had to have the Optional Attendance form signed by the Principal even though they were not yet registered with the TDSB and did not have a current TDSB school. The answer is, yes, the Optional Attendance form still needs to be signed by the Principal of the regular home school. In order to find your child’s regular home school, please go to this link and put in your street name and you will see the home school.
All applications for da Vinci School need to include the application form (see the Registration tab at the top of this page to find the attachments) and the Optional Attendance form signed by the Principal (or designate) of the regular home school.
Parents/guardians do not need to attend the information session in order to receive an application form but they will be handed out at the event. You will also have an opportunity to sign up for classroom tours held the following week. Application Forms will be available for download from this site on Friday January 11.
Meet at 6:30 pm in the Gym.
Please note, there is limited parking in the neighbourhood. Childcare is not provided.
In follow-up to the community meeting held at Lord Lansdowne on September 26, we have consulted with TDSB Occupational Health and Safety regarding parents’ requests to investigate the following: building a second physical barrier on Board property, the testing of sand in the school’s sandbox and on-going air quality and noise monitoring.
The developer will be building an 8ft plywood hoarding along the west and north side of the construction site. The TDSB has asked for an update on the anticipated completion date of the plywood hoarding and will update the school community as soon as we hear back.
At this point in time, there is no evidence to suggest that a secondary barrier of any kind is required and would be beneficial. Adding an additional hoarding may add more hazards than protection.
The TDSB will continue monitoring the development to ensure the safety of students and staff.
In addition, the TDSB will be confirming with the developer, whether a water tank has been obtained to keep dust and debris supressed within the construction zone. The addition of a water tank would be used to keep vehicles exiting the compound clean, reducing the potential for airborne particulates from exiting the compound and causing sidewalks and roadways from becoming saturated with dust/debris.
Testing of Playground Sand
The sandbox doesn’t represent a source of contaminants as the contractor has an obligation to remove all designated substances such as asbestos and lead prior to demolition.
The TDSB will continue monitoring the development and conducting air quality and noise testing as needed.
Any visual hazards identified by staff or other users of the sandbox should be brought to the attention of the school’s caretaker. As part of TDSB standard procedures, the caretaker inspects the grounds for visual hazards and implements immediate controls if any hazards are found.
On-going air quality and noise monitoring
Additional noise and air quality testing will be conducted by ECOH, an external environmental consultant, once excavation starts. The TDSB is waiting for confirmation from the developer on the excavation start date.
The TDSB will continue monitoring the development, and testing air quality and noise levels as needed to ensure the safety of students and staff. Should parents/guardians have any concerns, they should contact the school principal.
Student art project
At the September 26th community meeting at Lord Lansdowne, parents also expressed interest in coordinating a student art project to cover construction hoarding of 484 Spadina Ave. This was discussed at the May 15th meeting at Lord Lansdowne and TDSB staff is following up with the developer to confirm the feasibility of this project.
Dear Parents and Guardians of da Vinci School,
On behalf of the entire staff at our school I want to wish everyone from our community a warm and sincere welcome back to school! I am very excited to be the new Principal at the two schools and am committed to making student success a top priority where achievement, wellbeing and equity are focused in everything we do. It is important that this is a caring school with caring adults inside and that it is a safe place to learn. Along with my Vice Principal, David Gilmore, we will be leading an incredible staff and there are number of new staff to welcome to our school community. We will be sharing an updated staff list shortly on the school blog. We have already had an assembly with all the Kindergarten classes and then another one with our grades 1-6 students in both schools. Students met the staff and we discussed expectations around safety, behaviour and how we all need to work together to making the school a successful place to learn, work and play.
Our school hallways and classes look immaculate, after a busy summer of hard work by our caretaking staff, Sheraz, Elizabeth and Dave and outgoing staff, Louie. The school revitalization is well under way. We are working through the window replacement project with the Robert St. windows replaced and almost complete and work has begun on the octagon one curtain wall at a time. The pylons are almost all repainted and the school is beginning to look refreshed. While there might be some disruption to the classrooms, all the work will be done with the proper precautions in place and measures taken to ensure everyone’s safety. I am working closely with the contractor, caretaker and project supervisor to facilitate the work as smoothly as possible.
Please make sure to check the school blog for upcoming events and information. Please note the Lord Lansdowne instructional day is 30 minutes longer than da Vinci, due to the integrated International Languages program. Entry and dismissal times of the two schools differ by 15 minutes at the beginning and end of the school day. However, the two schools have recess and lunch times in common.
ENTRY: da Vinci entry bell for all students rings at 8:50 am for an 8:55 start to the instructional day. All students in grades 1-6 will meet their teacher in and around Crocodile Island and Kindergarten students will meet at Three Tree Island. Da Vinci students will use the da Vinci doors Exit #2 and the Kindergarten class will enter using Exit #3. Parents are asked not to enter the school and accompany their child during entry time in order to ensure student safety. If your child is late after the students have entered please take/send your child to the main doors Exit #1 where they can proceed to the da Vinci office to receive a late slip and then go to class. We believe this will allow for a calmer, safer entry in to the school and result in a more focussed start to the learning day.
DISMISSAL: da Vinci dismissal for all students is at 3:15 pm using the same doors as for entry. We have asked other daycares (there are currently six!) to identify a meeting spot in the yard and to provide a clear sign so they can pick up their students. We continue to have before- and after childcare through St. Stephen’s Childcare, which has permits for several of the classrooms on our first floor. We also have permits for Makom after school program using classrooms on the second floor. Both on-site programs have increased enrollment for the 2018/19 school year. The permitted classroom spaces are shared with classroom teachers and International Languages programs.
More information will be coming to you shortly about our Curriculum Night which will be held in early October.
Extracurricular sports are starting this week and traditionally both schools are included in participation. Our Cross Country Team grades 1-6 will be practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays meeting on the field at 7:50 am for an 8:00 am start. First practice is tomorrow Thursday September 13. If your child is interested they should have already received forms from their classroom teacher. If you have not signed up yet for your child to participate, please bring a pen to tomorrow’s practice and Ms. Spekkens will have some extra forms. The Area Qualifier is on Tuesday October 2 so there are only a short number of practices before the first meet. We will also have a Junior Boys Volleyball team and a Junior Girls Basketball team. More information will come from the coaches through the classroom teachers. We are also hoping to have clubs operating throughout the year as well as outside program providers. Once we have further information we will post this here on the school blog.
Our school snack program will be starting shortly and we are looking for parent volunteers to assist the program coordinator with providing a healthy nutritional snack to all our students every day. If you are interested in assisting, please speak to me or Mr. Gilmore. We are also looking to find a roster of supply Lunchroom Supervisors. This is a 1 hour and 15 minute paid position and you would be learning great skills while working in a school environment. If interested or you know of someone who may be interested please contact me or Mr. Gilmore as there is paperwork involved.
You should have received a number of important forms last week, including data verification forms. TDSB permission forms have been streamlined and several required forms are on the same page. We ask that you complete and return them to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday September 14 and you ensure that the information is updated including phone numbers and email addresses.
We are committed to improving regular communication between home and school this year. You should have already received information through our School Messenger system and this will be a way that we reduce the amount of paper that we consume through photocopying. The office and the administration will be sending important information using this system which can send both emails and phone calls to you using our Student Information System database. We will also look to improve the type of information that we provide to you through this school blog. Stay tuned for more information from your School Council regarding our upcoming meetings.
If you have any questions or concerns please call the school office am at 416 393 8204 and pm at 416 393 1350 or email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in partnership,
At school, the safety of your child is our most important priority. We remind you to keep your school staff up to date with your address, phone number, childcare arrangements, to whom your child may be released, etc.
We also encourage you not to permit your child to make alternate arrangements over the lunch hour if they are in a lunch program. We need you to let us know about any changes of routine and to sign your child in if they are arriving late or leaving early for any reason. The Toronto Police street-proofing program encourages you to teach your child:
- his/her name, address, phone number
- to Dial 9-1-1 in an emergency
- to communicate with you when they feel unsafe or afraid
- to keep you informed as to his/her whereabouts at all times
- never to admit to being alone in the home when answering the telephone
- never to invite strangers into the house or answer the door when alone
- never to approach or enter a stranger’s car or hitchhike
- never to travel or play alone- always be with friends
- to trust their feelings and say “NO” to an adult if that adult wants them to do something that is wrong
- not to accept gifts from strangers
- to tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you
- that no one has the right to touch any part of his/ her body that a bathing suit would cover
- that if he/ she is being followed, or approached too closely, to run home or go to the nearest public place and ask for help
- to report to your school authorities or a police officer, anyone who act suspiciously towards him/ her
- never to play in deserted buildings or isolated areas
- never to enter anyone’s home without your permission
- to avoid taking shortcuts through parks and fields
- never to show his/her money and, if attacked, to give it up rather than risk injury
- to be aware of his/her surroundings and not be distracted–never text and walk or wear headphones orearbuds to play loud music
- that a police officer is a friend who can always be relied upon when he/ she is lost or needs assistance.
Together, we can keep our school and community a safe environ ment for our children.