Annual Walk and Roll to School event on Tuesday, June 13

The daVinci and Lord Lansdowne Eco-Team is organizing our annual Walk and Roll to School event on Tuesday, June 13 from 8-8:45 AM. The event ties in with Bike Month in Toronto, which celebrates active and sustainable modes of transportation on this day and every day.

Activities will include refreshments, information about road safety from our Community Officer, bike safety checks by Bike Chain and Riders, a bicycle obstacle course, as well as a raffle for students.

Please note, students must be supervised by an adult until 8:30 AM, as teachers will not be on duty until then.

If you can volunteer, please contact Sarah Warden at:

Earth Day Celebrations

A big thank-you to all who participated in the Earth Day Assemblies on Friday, April 21, 2017. Both assemblies were mc’d by students, with the Primary assembly featuring songs and poems from various classes while the Junior/Intermediate assembly included student statements about water, poetry and videos about how to preserve the environment. If anyone has photos to share, please send them to

The celebrations continue as we extend the Clean Toronto Together campaign over the following week and through to the rest of the year, assigning classes times for them to help clean up the schoolyard and/or surrounding neighbourhood.

Environmentally yours,

The LL/daV Eco Team

daV/LL OPAL Spring Update

Spring has sprung and OPAL at da Vinci/Lord Lansdowne continues to evolve with new materials, changing weather and advances to the program. 

The OPAL lead team will be be meeting with Earth Day Canada on the afternoon of Thursday March 30, 2017 for additional support and professional development on this exciting initiative. Please let Peyton ( know if you are interested in attending on behalf of da Vinci parents. 

As this program is emerging and site-specific, we want your feedback.

You can view/comment on the LL/daV OPAL Play Policy at:

You can also write us a note in the envelope by the main office or fill out our online form:

In addition to the Wednesday lunch hour OPAL play, we are planning to start an after-school OPAL play club, where parents will be welcome to observe students at play with the materials in the school yard. 

Attached are some recent photos of students using the OPAL materials.

Yours in play, 

daV/LL OPAL Team 

TDSB: Alternative School Pathways

The TDSB is holding Community Consultations regarding Alternative School Pathways:

Staff are being consulted on Thursday Feb 23, which Peyton plans on attending. Parents are invited to consultations on Thurs Mar 23 and Tues Mar 28

Thursday, March 23
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Former Eastern Commerce CI
(16 Phin Avenue – Library)

Tuesday, March 28
6:30 – 8 p.m. 
Western Technical
Commercial School
(125 Evelyn Crescent – Library)

Please let me Joanne know if you would be interested in attending.

Thank you.

Parent Council Meeting + Applications for Siblings

Parent Council Meeting
Just a reminder of the Parent Council Meeting this Wed at 6:30pm in the library.
Applications for Siblings
For those of you planning on having your son or daughter  attend da Vinci as a sibling of a current student, please make sure your application is delivered to the office by Feb 17th.  Please note that is a PA day.  They will get priority if their application is received on time.  Applications are available from Sam if you haven’t got it already.

Lunar New Year Assembly – Monday, February 6th

The Mandarin and Cantonese International Languages students (SK-8 Lord Landsdowne) will be putting on an assembly on Monday, February 6th from 1:15 – 2:20 p.m. to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Parents are welcome to attend.
Here’s the program for the assembly:

MC – Elianna (Mandarin Class )
Also Alexander Gr8 Rm 109 for Cantonese

1. A few words from the Principal
2. Narrative: The Twelve Chinese  Zodiac signs  Grade 4 and 5 –  Rm 201 and 203

3. Songs  Mandarin Class  – SK Rm 100, 101, 102
Happy Together
The Face Song
Funny Monkey
Small Trombone
Happy New Year

4. Songs Cantonese Class – SK Rm 100, 101, 102
The Number Song
Little Star
Brush Your Teeth
Happy Chinese New Year

5. Umbrella Dance   Mandarin Class Gr 2 and 3 Rm 202 , 208

6 . Song  “We are all one family “ Mandarin Class Grade 1 and 2  – Rm 207,208, 302, 307, 308

7. Song “Joyful Year “  Cantonese Class  Grade 2, 3, 4, 5  – RM 201, 202, 203, 307, 308

8. “The High Mountain” Dance  Cantonese and Mandarin Classes  Grade 4. 5 – Rm 201, 203

9. Lion Dance – Ian Chow and the Lion Dancers

Thanks to Larissa for the post.


OPAL update

The OPAL project has been very successful with the kindergarten classes. Other classes have also had the opportunity to experience OPAL in the last few months. We have started introducing OPAL loose parts at lunch recess for all grades. This will continue on a weekly basis (likely Wednesdays).

Our school values time for play, and a variety of choice in play. We recognize that mess and dirt are an integral part of play. That said, the students are responsible to clean up all loose parts (4 objects per child) in the “chuck” storage bags. There will be a team of student OPAL Rangers in charge of a final sweep, discarding any broken objects and cleaning up any remaining items. The staff observe, support, facilitate, and supervise for safety. 

Let’s play! 

LL/daV OPAL Team

ps. We are still accepting used X-mas trees in the yard – they have been used in many amazing ways!