Street-proofing Tips

At school, the safety of your child is our most important priority. We remind you to keep your school staff up to date with your address, phone number, childcare arrangements, to whom your child may be released, etc.

We also encourage you not to permit your child to make alternate arrangements over the lunch hour if they are in a lunch program. We need you to let us know about any changes of routine and to sign your child in if they are arriving late or leaving early for any reason. The Toronto Police street-proofing program encourages you to teach your child:

  • his/her name, address, phone number
  • to Dial 9-1-1 in an emergency
  • to communicate with you when they feel unsafe or afraid
  • to keep you informed as to his/her whereabouts at all times
  • never to admit to being alone in the home when answering the telephone
  •  never to invite strangers into the house or answer the door when alone
  • never to approach or enter a stranger’s car or hitchhike
  • never to travel or play alone- always be with friends
  • to trust their feelings and say “NO” to an adult if that adult wants them to do something that is wrong
  • not to accept gifts from strangers
  • to tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you
  • that no one has the right to touch any part of his/ her body that a bathing suit would cover
  • that if he/ she is being followed, or approached too closely, to run home or go to the nearest public place and ask for help
  • to report to your school authorities or a police officer, anyone who act suspiciously towards him/ her
  • never to play in deserted buildings or isolated areas
  • never to enter anyone’s home without your permission
  • to avoid taking shortcuts through parks and fields
  • never to show his/her money and, if attacked, to give it up rather than risk injury
  • to be aware of his/her surroundings and not be distracted–never text and walk or wear headphones orearbuds to play loud music
  • that a police officer is a friend who can always be relied upon when he/ she is lost or needs assistance.

Together, we can keep our school and community a safe environ ment for our children.

SchoolMessenger –   Elementary Safe Arrival

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Toronto District School Board will be moving from SchoolConnects to SchoolMessenger as its automated call-out system for our Elementary Safe Arrival Program.

da Vinci Alternative Public School will start using the new system on June 7, 2018.

In accordance with the TDSB Safe Arrival policy PR707A, “If a pupil is absent or late for any reason, the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must contact the school immediately to report the reason for the absence”.  For an unexplained absence, Parents/Guardians will be contacted by SchoolMessenger and must indicate the reason for the absence.

The telephone number 833-250-2290 will display on the caller ID.

For unexplained absences, the system call-out will work as follows:

  • Parents/Guardians identified in the TDSB’s student database who have access to student records and are an emergency contact with priority 1 or 2 will receive both e-mail notification and call(s) of the unexplained absence.
  • When you receive the call, you are required to listen to the entire message and follow the prompts accordingly.
  • You will be asked if you are aware or unaware of your child’s absence.
  • If unaware, you will be asked to call the school immediately.
  • If you are aware of the absence, you will be asked to enter the reason for your child’s absence.  Reasons are the same for full day absences (new to School Messenger) or late arrival.  The following options will be provided for you:
  1. Illness
  2. Doctor Appointment
  3. Dentist Appointment
  4. Family Matter
  5. Weather
  6. Other

OPAL request

WE NEED A PARENT WITH A PICK UP TRUCK TO DO US A BIG FAVOUR…Please contact us (Ticia or anyone on the Parent Council)

Ticia has found a source for wooden spools, and they are FREE. The issue is that they are in Markham and can only be picked up Mon.-Friday. from 8:30am-4pm. We have been looking for a supplier – as the spools are a HUGE favourite – but until now, could not find them for FREE. I had tried to see if I could pick them up this weekend in our car, but they are 66′ wide! If you have the time, the right sized truck, and could support the school in picking these up please see the owner’s reply and contact George.

For those who are not familiar with the OPAL program, our students thoroughly enjoy their play experiences with OPAL and “Loose Parts”. This enriches their play, allows for deepening their connection with nature and place based learning, develops social reasoning and collaboration with others, promotes problem solving and provides authentic opportunities to support gross motor development and co-ordination.

All of the materials we have come from rethinking, reusing and re-purposing items from home and the community. To continue to provide students with new play experiences we need to add to our collection of loose parts on an on-going basis. Most recently, we asked for your support in helping us out by bringing old Christmas trees to the school for the children to use. Now, we need your help to assist us on our hunt for new treasures both large and small.

Milk Crates
Old Stuffies
Plastic Plumbing Pipe of Various Sizes (Clean)
Pool Noodles
Pots and Pans (handles missing OKAY!)
Kitchen Utensils (spatulas, tongs, flippers)
Lamp Shades
Tarps (can have holes)
Wooden Spools
Large Foam Pieces
Small Area Rugs
Construction Helmets
Expired Helmets (hockey, skiing)
Snow Shoes
5 Gallon Pails
Appliance boxes (fridge, stove, washer, dryer)

ANY items that you can donate would be greatly appreciated. They can be brought to school and left in front of the storage shed by the large play structure if they are large items. Smaller items can be given to Mr. Leung, Ms. Smith, Ms. Spain or Ms. Heibein. If you are able to pick up the spools, please speak to Ms. Heibein and she will co-ordinate with the care taking staff to open the fence so you can back in to unload directly into the school yard. Thank you in advance for supporting our OPAL round-up. We appreciate all you do for our community and our children.

With gratitude,


Families First: free parent education workshops

SickKids CCMH offers a variety of different topics relevant to community parents and focuses on concerns that children and youth may be dealing with. These parent education workshops are free to attend, and offered at both location sites, Sheppard and Maitland.  Presently, they occur monthly, and registration is required. 

Child care is available. Select titles below for more information on the workshop and on how to register.

Helping your child cope with worries
Introductory workshop for parents of children with mild to moderate anxiety

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
6 to 8 p.m.
114 Maitland Street, Toronto
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health


How to validate so your teen will talk
Building trusting relationships with your teen to help reduce their anxiety, manage stress and develop more meaningful communication

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
6 to 7:30 p.m.
1645 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health

OPAL wants to re-use your trees!

Dear families, 

Lord Lansdowne/da Vinci is part of a program in the TDSB for Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)

Like last year, we will collect your used Christmas trees as materials for students to play with as part of the OPAL initiative. 
You may drop off your tree by the storage shed in the schoolyard. We will accept trees until Friday January 18, 2018
We are looking forward to seeing the students use these natural materials in their play. 
Thank-you for your ongoing support in OPAL!
Your LL/daV OPAL Team