Oct. 4 School Council Meeting Agenda

AGENDA – Da Vinci Parent Council Meeting – October 4 – 7 to 8 p.m.

  1. Welcome – 5 minutes
  2. Prinicpal message – 5 minutes (Beth Mills)
    • Ask who is stepping forward for the Co-chair positions of the parent council.  If only 2 people step forward, they will be acclaimed there and then, and they can present themselves to the community.  If more than 2 people are running, they will each get 5 minutes to present themselves to the community and 5 minutes to answer questions if anyone has any.
    • Ask who is stepping forward for the other positions (Secretary and Treasurer).  Again, if there is no competition, they will be acclaimed – and if not, there will be a vote.
    • Ask who is stepping forward to be a member at large.
  4. Talk about how the voting will work (if there is going to be a vote).  Everyone will have an opportunity to vote until October 11th.  There will be an announcement sent out to parents announcing the new executive and then they can decide when the next parent council meeting will be.
  5. End Meeting (5 minutes)


Curriculum Night and School Council Meeting – Oct. 4

You will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, experience how children learn at da Vinci, hear about what is planned for the year, as well as special activities or projects.  It is a really fun and informative evening.  We look forward to meeting you!

We regret that we are unable to provide childcare due to limited space and a large number of children.

6pm – in the Gym: Introductions, Learning activities

6:30 – 3rd Floor: Classroom visits

Then at 7pm, we will gather together to have a very brief school council meeting.  The main purpose of this meeting is for people who are interested in taking a role on the executive council to introduce themselves.  If you have any questions about the school council process, responsibilities or are just curious, this is the time to get your questions answered.

Using the Web Site

Welcome to our new website!  We are really excited about having this great way to spread the word about da Vinci School and to be able to improve communications in our community. We hope that you spend a little time looking around the website and reading some of the helpful information and enjoying the photo galleries.

For those who want to stay on top of the latest goings-on at da Vinci, be sure to look on the News & Events page regularly.  To find the latest minutes from the School Council meetings, go to the Archives page in the Parents Corner. Another important page to remember is the school calendar.  It is the place to go for the latest event dates and times.

For those of you who use a news reader application you can stream an RSS feed of our News & Events from here.

Finally, if you have any comments or feedback for us, please send us a note through our contact form at the bottom of the About page.

Education Day – from TDSB Chair Chris Bolton

Good morning,

The growth of our province depends on high-quality, publicly-funded education. Education is the second largest item in the provincial budget and with the upcoming fall election, it is important that our community have the facts needed to make an informed decision on October 6.


To raise awareness about public education issues the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association has declared today, September 20, Education Day. In support, many Toronto School Board Trustees are organizing meetings across the system to offer our community an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about issues affecting public education in Ontario
  • Hear from each of your local candidates from the four major provincial parties and understand their position on key issues
  • Speak up and ask questions



Meetings are being held across the city and we hope that you will join us and attend your local event and learn about the issues impacting Toronto schools.


To learn more about Education Day, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/educationday or www.opsba.org


Chris Bolton

Chair of the Board of Trustees




Riding  Host Trustee  Location  Date and Time  Add’l Info
Beaches-East York Sheila Cary-Meagher Secord PS (Gym)  Sept. 20, 7 PM  
Davenport Maria Rodrigues Bloor CI (small auditorium) Sept. 20, 7 PM  
Don Valley East Organized and hosted by Angela Jonsson Don Mills CI ( Cafetorium) Sept. 20, 6 PM  
Don Valley West Gerri Gershon York Mills CI ( Titan Hall) Sept. 20, 7:00 PM Moderated by former Student Trustee Zane Schwartz
Eglinton-Lawrence Howard Goodman John Polanyi CI Sept. 20, 7 PM Moderated by senior CBC and TVO journalist/anchor Piya Chattopadhyay
Etobicoke Centre Chris Glover Martingrove CI (auditorium) Sept. 20, 7 PM Moderated by Peter Kuitenbrower from the National Post
Etobicoke-Lakeshore Pamela Gough Etobicoke School of the Arts Sept. 20, 7 PM Moderated by Kate Hammer, education reporter for the Globe and MailAnnie Kidder of People for Education will be one of the community panel members who will ask questions of the candidates.

Childcare will be available.

Parkdale High Park Irene Atkinson Bishop Marrocco SS (auditorium) Sept. 20, 7 PM  
St. Paul’s Shelley Laskin Northern SS (auditorium) Sept. 20, 7 PM Moderated by Toronto Star Education reporter Louise Brown
Scarborough-Agincourt Organized and hosted by Marjorie Daw & Sude Singh Kennedy PS (double gym) Sept. 20, 6 PM  
Scarborough-Centre David Smith Scarborough Civic Centre, Meeting Hall Sept. 20, 6:30 PM  
Scarborough-East Jerry Chadwick Sir Oliver Mowat Sept. 20, 7 PM Moderated by Bill Hindle, retired educator
Scarborough-Rouge River Shaun Chen Albert Campbell (Cafeteria) Sept. 20, 7 PM Moderated by Share columnist Murphy Browne
Scarborough Southwest Elizabeth Moyer CANCELLED No Meeting  
Toronto Centre – Rosedale Sheila Ward Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School Sept. 20, 7 PM  
Toronto Danforth Cathy Dandy Danforth CI (large auditorium) Sept. 20, 7 PM Moderated by Kris Rushowy, Education Reporter from the Toronto Star
Trinity Spadina Chris Bolton Central Tech (auditorium) Sept. 20, 7 PM  
Willowdale Mari Rutka McKee PS (double gym) Sept. 20, 7 PM Moderated by Toronto Sun Columnist Moira MacDonald
York Centre Howard Kaplan Sheppard PS/Africentric AS (Large Gymnasium) Sept. 20, 6:30 PM  
York South Weston Chris Tonks York Memorial CI (Auditorium) Sept. 20, 7 PM  
York West Stephnie Payne Brookview MS (gymnasium) Sept. 20, 6:30 PM  



Potluck and Parent Council Meeting

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, there will be a Da Vinci Potluck dinner in lieu of the Lord Lansdowne Welcome Barbecue which had to be cancelled, unfortunately.  We invite all Da Vinci families to attend.  Please bring a main dish, salad or dessert as you are able.  The potluck will begin at 5 p.m. in the staff room and we will have our first Da Vinci Parent Council Meeting right after that from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m in Room [to be determined].  In the spirit of our children’s litterless lunches, we ask that you bring your own plates, cutlery and cups which can return home with you.

Foundations Studies – from the Rudolf Steiner Centre

Foundation Studies for Downtown Participants – from the Rudolf Steiner Centre
People have told us they wanted to take our Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy program but it wasn’t possible for them to travel up to Thornhill to do it. We have listened, and starting in September we will be presenting a second edition of this course at a convenient location in downtown Toronto.

The program is designed for people who want to know more about Rudolf Steiner’s work, either for their own enlightenment or as a preparation for Waldorf teacher education. The program will be offered in a new format:

Most of the program will be presented every second Saturday, starting September 17 and ending in June 2012. The themes of these Saturday sessions will include Rudolf Steiner’s significance in 20th century history and philosophy; Steiner’s understanding of the human being; biography work and destiny learning; anthroposophical medicine; and bio-dynamic farming. Each Saturday will include at least one artistic activity, such as watercolour painting, eurythmy, or spacial dynamics®.

There will also be seven Tuesday early evening sessions, weekly from September 27, on the history of art and human consciousness*.

The course also requires independent reading, journaling, and individual mentoring, plus six hours of attendance at Waldorf or other anthroposophically based conferences and lectures.

The program will be presented at Waldorf Academy, 250 Madison Avenue, Toronto, off Davenport Road just below Casa Loma. Further details of enrolment, fees, and faculty are available on the website of the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, www.rsct.ca, in a brochure available at the Centre or at Waldorf Academy, or by calling the registrar at the Centre at 905-764-7570.

*Please note that “The history of art and human consciousness” is also available as a seven-week subscription series if you are not taking the full program.

To register or for more information please contact us.
Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto
Tel. 905-764-7570

For full program details please visit our website


Parent Council Meeting – Thursday September 15 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (after potluck)

Welcome to school from your parent council co-chairs, David Buchbinder and Maryem Tollar.  We hope you have had a wonderful first week of school and are settling into a nice rhythm with your children.


We have some wonderful community events coming up where you will get a chance to meet other parents in the Da Vinci Community and find out the many different ways you can be involved.  We are a young school, and over the last year have established effective working committees of the Parent Council that are engaged with such community development activities as planning for a school garden, creating and managing the school website, working on outreach and recruitment, and creating the Winter Fair (a highlight of each of our first two years). Even for those of you whose schedules only allow for a limited involvement, there is much opportunity to join in building the community energy and action, for our kids and ourselves.


On Thursday, September 15, 2011, there will be a Da Vinci Potluck dinner in lieu of the Lord Lansdowne Welcome Barbecue which had to be cancelled, unfortunately.  We invite all Da Vinci families to attend.  Please bring a main dish, salad or dessert as you are able.  The potluck will begin at 5 p.m. in the Staff Room and we will have our first Da Vinci Parent Council Meeting right after that from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  In the spirit of our children’s litterless lunches, we ask that you bring your own plates, cutlery and cups which can return home with you.


At this meeting you will meet the current Executive Committee of the parent council and find out what roles you can run for and how to do it.   Childcare will be provided.  I encourage you all to make your best effort to come out so we can meet each other and plan for the new school year.