OPAL request

WE NEED A PARENT WITH A PICK UP TRUCK TO DO US A BIG FAVOUR…Please contact us (Ticia or anyone on the Parent Council)

Ticia has found a source for wooden spools, and they are FREE. The issue is that they are in Markham and can only be picked up Mon.-Friday. from 8:30am-4pm. We have been looking for a supplier – as the spools are a HUGE favourite – but until now, could not find them for FREE. I had tried to see if I could pick them up this weekend in our car, but they are 66′ wide! If you have the time, the right sized truck, and could support the school in picking these up please see the owner’s reply and contact George.

For those who are not familiar with the OPAL program, our students thoroughly enjoy their play experiences with OPAL and “Loose Parts”. This enriches their play, allows for deepening their connection with nature and place based learning, develops social reasoning and collaboration with others, promotes problem solving and provides authentic opportunities to support gross motor development and co-ordination.

All of the materials we have come from rethinking, reusing and re-purposing items from home and the community. To continue to provide students with new play experiences we need to add to our collection of loose parts on an on-going basis. Most recently, we asked for your support in helping us out by bringing old Christmas trees to the school for the children to use. Now, we need your help to assist us on our hunt for new treasures both large and small.

Milk Crates
Old Stuffies
Plastic Plumbing Pipe of Various Sizes (Clean)
Pool Noodles
Pots and Pans (handles missing OKAY!)
Kitchen Utensils (spatulas, tongs, flippers)
Lamp Shades
Tarps (can have holes)
Wooden Spools
Large Foam Pieces
Small Area Rugs
Construction Helmets
Expired Helmets (hockey, skiing)
Snow Shoes
5 Gallon Pails
Appliance boxes (fridge, stove, washer, dryer)

ANY items that you can donate would be greatly appreciated. They can be brought to school and left in front of the storage shed by the large play structure if they are large items. Smaller items can be given to Mr. Leung, Ms. Smith, Ms. Spain or Ms. Heibein. If you are able to pick up the spools, please speak to Ms. Heibein and she will co-ordinate with the care taking staff to open the fence so you can back in to unload directly into the school yard. Thank you in advance for supporting our OPAL round-up. We appreciate all you do for our community and our children.

With gratitude,


Families First: free parent education workshops

SickKids CCMH offers a variety of different topics relevant to community parents and focuses on concerns that children and youth may be dealing with. These parent education workshops are free to attend, and offered at both location sites, Sheppard and Maitland.  Presently, they occur monthly, and registration is required. 

Child care is available. Select titles below for more information on the workshop and on how to register.

Helping your child cope with worries
Introductory workshop for parents of children with mild to moderate anxiety

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
6 to 8 p.m.
114 Maitland Street, Toronto
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health


How to validate so your teen will talk
Building trusting relationships with your teen to help reduce their anxiety, manage stress and develop more meaningful communication

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
6 to 7:30 p.m.
1645 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health

OPAL wants to re-use your trees!

Dear families, 

Lord Lansdowne/da Vinci is part of a program in the TDSB for Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)

Like last year, we will collect your used Christmas trees as materials for students to play with as part of the OPAL initiative. 
You may drop off your tree by the storage shed in the schoolyard. We will accept trees until Friday January 18, 2018
We are looking forward to seeing the students use these natural materials in their play. 
Thank-you for your ongoing support in OPAL!
Your LL/daV OPAL Team

Brickworks Solstice Walk

Walks, rides and lanterns:
Welcome winter with the Don River Valley Park

Shed light on the shortest day of the year

(photo by James Marsh)

Celebrate winter by joining us for a storytelling solstice walk through the wetland trails at Evergreen Brick Works. Make sure to come early and make a paper lantern to fill the darkness with extra light.

Learn more

Note: This is not a school trip – Parents would need to arrange to go on their own, if they want to. Since the solstice is an important part of our Waldorf approach, we thought some families would like to take advantage of the opportunity to be in nature in the middle of the city at the wonderful Brickworks site.

Storytelling at A Different Booklist: Nov. 28

For this GivingTuesday, on November 28, A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (A neighbouring Cultural Centre) will be conducting a story telling session. We would like to invite kindergartners and first graders to this fun, community event.

Details of the Event

A DIfferent Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC)
777 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S 1Z5
November 28, 2017
5:30-7 PM


Come join us at the ADBCC for a fun storytime session with the author of “Big Red the Bully”, Jholane Habor, who will read her book and share her experiences of writing it and the inspiration behind it.

About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a new movement for giving and volunteering taking place every Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Charities, companies and individuals have the opportunity to share commitments, support and spread the word about their favourite causes and essentially care about others. 

About A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre: The People’s Residence is a non-profit hub, destination and space dedicated to the intellectual and cultural experience of people. It is a place where invention and pioneering meet to create youth expression and intergenerational activity. It is a “green” hub in practice and design with its incorporation of innovative technology. It is a legacy project that embodies the opportunity to engage in infrastructure building, civic engagement and the creation of a destination that will inspire all Canadians and attract cultural tourism.