Bike, Walk & Roll Event – Thanks and highlight video

Thanks to everyone who came out this morning for our annual Bike, Walk and Roll to School event. The rain held out it was great fun for all. Thanks to U of T’s Bike Chain for providing bike tune-ups, to Riders Cycle and Board for the super obstacle course and to our Community Officers for teaching us about road safety. Thank you as well as to the many local businesses, including Carmen’s City Market, Starbucks, Blue Banana, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, Second Cup, and Sweet Pete’s, who supported the event through donations of food and raffle items.

Finally, a big shout out to Sarah Warden and the many parent volunteers who brought snacks and helped set up, run, and clean up the event.

What a great celebration of sustainable and healthy transportation!

-LLPS & da Vinci Eco Team

Please see the video slideshow from the morning:

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:

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 

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!

da Vinci Winter Concert

Season’s Greetings to the da Vinci community,
Please join us for the da Vinci Winter Concert on Wednesday December 21, 2016 from 2-3pm in the gymnasium.
We ask that students wear dark bottoms and white or light-coloured tops for the performance. 
After the concert, students will return to their classes for dismissal to the Spadina doors. Once regular dismissal is complete, parents can supervise their children in the gym for the parent-organized Winter Fair (optional). More information about the Winter Fair will be provided by the organizers in another email. 
Mr. Leung is organizing a da Vinci Sing-A-Long as part of the Winter Fair. There is a form for everyone to select their favourite songs, suggest some different songs, and volunteer to help. 
da Vinci Staff
ps. Please let your child’s teacher know in writing if you and/or your child are not able to participate in the concert.

The Great Chorus is just days away!!

picture1Experience a choral performance like no other with a libretto by the Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Choir, inspired by the ROM’s collections from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 4th, 2016. Joined by dedicated choristers from Toronto’s da Vinci School Oak Class and Lord Lansdowne Junior Public School gr 4-5, this musical group is the largest choir of its kind in the world, with an entire repertoire consisting of sounds from animals, industry, and culture. Access to the performance is by General Admission to the Museum.