Students will be going outside to play according to a schedule being created by the OPAL Lead Team. We are asking that parents ensure students are prepared for outdoor play that day (e.g. hat, sunscreen, bottle of water etc.), including having a change of clothes, as there will be water play.
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.
Please remember that there’s no school tomorrow, it’s a professional activity day for teachers.
Enjoy the weekend, see you back at school on Monday, June 12th (Day 4).
This year our school surveyed parents for their interest in a fee-based Before-and-After-School Program for Kindergarten and Gradel to Grade 6 students. Based on this year’s survey completed during February, there is initial interest in a program for September 2017. A program will only run if there is a firm commitment from enough parents (i.e. fee deposit).
We are currently working with a child care operator to provide the FDK and Gradel-6 Before- and After
Registration is required to ensure a space for your child in the program and to confirm a program’s viability.
The child care provider at Lord Lansdowne/daVinci will be holding a registration for the Before-and-After School Program on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:00 -10:00 a.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please contact Kimberly Stevenson at 416-925-2103 ext 5110 for more information.
Transportation to and from the Before-and-After-School Program is not provided and will be the responsibility of parents/guardians. If your family is currently receiving a child care subsidy, you will be able to keep your subsidy for the
Before-and-After-school Program. The City of Toronto oversees fee subsidies. For information regarding a subsidy, please visit the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/children or call 416-392-5437.
If you have any questions, please contact our school office.
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.
The LL/daV Eco Team
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 (email@example.com) 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: https://docs.google.com/
You can also write us a note in the envelope by the main office or fill out our online form: https://docs.google.com/a/
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
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.
(125 Evelyn Crescent – Library)
Please let me Joanne know if you would be interested in attending.
By now you should have received a letter home regarding Ms. Mills, but in case you did not please find it here. Thank you.
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.
LL/daV OPAL Team
ps. We are still accepting used X-mas trees in the yard – they have been used in many amazing ways!