Waldorf Donation

Dear da Vinci,

At the beginning of each year, our school council requests a donation from our da Vinci family. These donations are used specifically to enhance and integrate Waldorf pedagogy into our children’s’ classrooms.  The TDSB does not provide alternative schools with any additional funding to implement their alternative mandates, so parental support is a key factor in creating a Waldorf-inspired school for our children

Your donations enable us to continue to fund the classrooms’ needs for things like watercolour paints and paper, beeswax crayons, modeling wax, pencil crayons, books, lantern making supplies, and visiting specialists in art and handwork. Equally as important as these supplies is the professional development of our teaching staff. For the first time, this past summer we were able to offer week-long, grade-specific Waldorf teacher training to our teachers. In past years, da Vinci has worked with a Waldorf mentor to help both our parents and our teachers to bring a Waldorf lens into our homes and classrooms – we hope to continue this initiative. 

The funds raised here make a huge difference for our children, their teachers and the staff by allowing for advanced planning and budgeting of programs that excite and inspire us all. Please consider what you can offer, and give what you can.

We will do some additional fundraisers over the year to help fill in the gaps and finance many of the amazing initiatives our teachers come up with, but this is the most direct and impactful way you can help. We suggest $100 per child based on the forecasted needs for this year. But we warmly welcome any contribution possible from your family.

HOW TO DONATE:

You can make a donation via School Cash Online. Once you are logged in, you will see a blue “Donation” button on the right of the screen. 

 

 

 

 

This will take you to a new screen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select the amount you wish to donate (suggested $100 per student) and select da Vinci School from the dropdown menu. In the “Message to School Board” box, write Waldorf Donation. Click “Add To Cart” and follow the prompts for payment.

If you prefer to make a donation via cash or cheque, please make it payable to “da Vinci School – TDSB”   and bring it to the office.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Information about Optional Attendance re: Applications for 2019

At the Information Night parents asked whether students entering JK and interested in applying for da Vinci School had to have the  Optional Attendance form signed by the Principal even though they were not yet registered with the TDSB and did not have a current TDSB school. The answer is, yes, the Optional Attendance form still needs to be signed by the Principal of the regular home school. In order to find your child’s regular home school, please go to this link and put in your street name and you will see the home school. 

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Find-your/School

All applications for da Vinci School need to include the application form (see the Registration tab at the top of this page to find the attachments) and the Optional Attendance form signed by the Principal (or designate) of the regular home school.

OPAL wants to re-use your trees!

Dear families,

da Vinci/Lord Lansdowne continues to be 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, 2019.
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

Buy Nothing Day – Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for some parents to help with an event that the school Eco Club is hosting on “Buy Nothing Day” (November 23rd). Specifically we are organizing a school wide “swap” where families donate practical things they have outgrown (e.g clothing, skates, winter gear, books) and students have the opportunity to take something they need. It is a good step toward taking care of our Earth!

Please let us know if this is something that you would be willing to help with. We will need a team of parent volunteers to make this a success.
Thank-you,
Lord Lansdowne/da Vinci Eco Team
Contact: peyton.leung@tdsb.on.ca

Jump Rope for Heart – April 24, 2018

Dear daVinci and Lord Lansdowne Families,

Jump Rope for Heart has been a huge success due to the fundraising efforts of many students and families!! We have reached our goal of $3300.00 to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Please take note of the following, including the CHANGE OF DATE FOR THE EVENT:

1) NEW DATE for JUMP ROPE FOR HEART: We have decided to postpone the event in order to hold it outside on Tuesday April 24th, Day 2. Apologies for any inconvenience.

2) DEADLINE for FUNDRAISING: If there are any students or families that would still like to fundraise, we will be accepting donations until the end of next week. The last day will be Friday April 6th 2018.

3) SUBMISSION of ENVELOPES: Students may submit their envelopes to their classroom teachers.

Thanks again for your participation and support, and best wishes for the long weekend.

Sincerely,

The Jump Squad

Patterning With Mandalas

In Birch class we use mandalas to help with developing a mindfulness practice, to encourage fine motor skill when colouring and to introduce patterning.  This week as we explored two dimension shapes using pattern blocks, students began to spontaneously create mandalas on their own.  As I walked around the room listening to them talk the students were discussing how a mandala is a growing pattering.  Some students also began to discover the relationship between the shapes.  “Two triangles make a diamond, and that’s why they fit together in this layer of the mandala.” Another student remarked, “Three triangles make up a trapezoid.”

Counting By Fives

Counting by Fives doesn’t need to be hard.  In Birch class, we saved the pumpkin seeds from our fall pumpkins and use them as manipulatives.  In this activity, students were asked to solve how many pumpkin seeds were in their bowls, but they were not allowed to count by ones.  This student chose to organize her seeds by fives and label her count to make it easier to track.  When each student finished counting their own seeds, their sums were added together to solve how many pumpkin seeds our pumpkin had.

Cross Country Practice Cancelled Tomorrow Morning

Cancellation of TDESAA Events for Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Parents and students of LLPS & da Vinci, please note that there will not be a Cross Country Practice tomorrow morning. Weather permitting we will continue as usual on Thursday and the meet should not be affected on Friday.

A Message from TDESAA Program Co-ordinator for TDSB:
“Providing opportunities for students to be physically active in a safe and caring environment is a priority for all of us.

Today’s decision to cancel all TDSSAA and TDESAA events was made in consultation with Environment Canada’s forecast and the TDSB’s Extreme Weather Policy.

Tomorrow’s forecast is similar in nature to today.  As a result, all TDSSAA and TDESAA outdoor scheduled events for Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 will be postponed.”

Thank you for your understanding.

Student and Parent Census

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) conducts its system-wide Student and Parent Census every 4-5 years to help the Board understand the demographic makeup, the in-school and out-of-school experiences, and the ongoing needs of its student population. The intent is to use the data collected directly from students and parents to help the system and individual schools develop strategies and adjust supports that further strengthen the school community and help every student succeed.

April 2017 is Census Month at the TDSB! We will conduct our third Student and Parent Census, which will include Grade 4-6 students for the first time, along with Grade 7-12 students. Students will complete the Census in class. Parents of JK-Grade 6 students will also be invited again to fill out the Parent Census form. Their forms will come home with students in April 2017.

This survey is voluntary. However, we encourage you to participate so that the census results will reflect the voices of all parents at our school.

Learn more about our previous Census findings through our Census Publications.

For further information about our Census, please contact Research & Information Services at research@tdsb.on.ca or 416-394-7404.