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.

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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.

Halloween Celebrations at da Vinci

On Tuesday, October 31 at 1:30 pm –     We will have our Traditional Halloween parade around the block with both schools.

  • Parents are welcome to join us for the parade – it’s always fun to be part of the excitement.
  • Please meet your child’s class outside in the schoolyard at 1:30.
  • If it rains, the parade will be a mini-march inside the schools and around the gym.

Classroom celebrations will focus on the fun and fantasy associated with this traditional festival.  Children are welcome to dress up, if they wish.

We know that there is a powerful use of the imagination when children take on a new identity through wearing a costume.  We suggest that students wear costumes that reflect the Waldorf inspiration of the school, so their borrowed identity reflects a character worthy of emulation – perhaps characters from traditional tales and rhymes, noble beings (animal or person), heroes from myths and legends, creators (farmers, builders, crafters, artists).  

Please check that your child can safely walk around and climb stairs in their costume.

Please help us celebrate in the spirit of Waldorf:

  • No violent, sexualized or commercially-focussed costumes.
  • No masks to be worn during school, for safety’s sake.
  • No weapons or replica weapons at all. Please save those for home use.


Food is usually part of each class’s celebration, but we ask that you send only healthy and natural foods – no sugary or salty snacks. Your child’s teacher will send information home about the specific kinds of food they wish to have as part of their classroom activities.

After Halloween, please do not send candy to school. We have many children with life-threatening allergies, and often treats handed out at the door may contain contaminants or allergens such as nuts or nut oil.


If you do not wish your child to take part in Halloween celebrations, for religious reasons, please let your child’s teacher know so we can make alternate arrangements for their supervision.

Thank you

The Faculty

Jodi Smith, Bernadette Pugh, Ticia Heibein, Jolan Canrinus, Elizabeth Pasternak, Peyton Leung, Kasia Kania, Stephanie Guy

Beth Mills, Carol Shea, Co-Principals                                

Hallowe’en Safety Tips
Hallowe’en provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Hallowe’en is a big event at schools and provides opportunities for parties, creative activities, art programs and impromptu history lessons. Hallowe’en is also a time for students, parents, and schools to take extra care to ensure safety and security.


If you are concerned about trick or treating, here are some basic safety rules to follow:

• Children should NEVER eat any treats until parents have had a chance to go through them and inspect them. Parents should look for tampering of packages and discard any they believe to be unsafe or unknown.
• Have your child carry a flashlight.
• NEVER go into a stranger’s house.
• NEVER trick or treat with people you do not know.
• Trick or treat only at homes you know.
• Children should always stay in groups if no parent is present.
• Younger children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an older person.
• Accompany your child when trick or treating.
• If you cannot accompany your child, then know the route your child will take.
• Flame resistant (retardant) costumes are in order. Keep costumes short and remind children to stay away from pumpkins with candles in them.
• Remind children to stay away from pets they do not know.
• Remind children of road safety rules. Cross only at corners. Do not criss-cross the road. Go up one side of the road and down the other side. Never cross between parked cars. Walk facing on-coming traffic if there is no sidewalk
• If adults are driving their children, drive slowly, with lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of the road.
• Children should wear their own shoes when trick or treating. Wearing costume shoes/boots can be dangerous and uncomfortable.
• Remind children that not everyone celebrates Hallowe’en, and to avoid any homes that have no lights on. Also remind children not to run through neighbours yards or gardens.
• With older children, be sure to know what other events (such as parties) they plan on attending.
• Set time limits when children should return home.

Cross Country Meet 1 & Terry Fox Run

What a day at the races! Although the weather wasn’t ideal for racing we had a wonderful day at Ashbridges Bay with the grade 1-6 runners from both schools yesterday.

Thank you to all of the parents who braved the weather to help out and volunteer. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Official results will be communicated to grade 3-6 students who qualified as soon as we receive them. The next race (grade 3-6 only) will take place on October 13th.



On Thursday, October 5th both schools will be holding the Annual Terry Fox run! All classes will participate in the afternoon in 50 minute sessions. We will stay on the track in the school yard and ask that students come dressed for the weather and appropriately to run on Thursday. We are asking for donations from students, just a ‘toonie for Terry’ that will be collected by homeroom teachers. Funds will be donated to the Terry Fox foundation. Thank you in advance, looking forward to a great afternoon!

Curriculum Night this Thusday


Thursday, September 28, 2017

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Please join us to meet your child’s teacher and classroom.

  • Curriculum Night gives you an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and find out:
    • what your child will learn this year
    • classroom expectations and routines
    • what you can do to help your child succeed at school.
  • We have two sessions to allow parents of siblings to visit both rooms.

Session A –  6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Go to your child’s classroom
Session B – 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Go to your other child’s classroom (if needed)

This evening is intended for parent information, not individual interviews.

You are welcome to make an appointment for another time if you wish to speak to the teacher about your child’s progress.

We regret that due to the size of the combined schools, we are unable to offer childcare.