Welcome to school from your parent council co-chairs, David Buchbinder and Maryem Tollar. We hope you have had a wonderful first week of school and are settling into a nice rhythm with your children.
We have some wonderful community events coming up where you will get a chance to meet other parents in the Da Vinci Community and find out the many different ways you can be involved. We are a young school, and over the last year have established effective working committees of the Parent Council that are engaged with such community development activities as planning for a school garden, creating and managing the school website, working on outreach and recruitment, and creating the Winter Fair (a highlight of each of our first two years). Even for those of you whose schedules only allow for a limited involvement, there is much opportunity to join in building the community energy and action, for our kids and ourselves.
On Thursday, September 15, 2011, there will be a Da Vinci Potluck dinner in lieu of the Lord Lansdowne Welcome Barbecue which had to be cancelled, unfortunately. We invite all Da Vinci families to attend. Please bring a main dish, salad or dessert as you are able. The potluck will begin at 5 p.m. in the Staff Room and we will have our first Da Vinci Parent Council Meeting right after that from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In the spirit of our children’s litterless lunches, we ask that you bring your own plates, cutlery and cups which can return home with you.
At this meeting you will meet the current Executive Committee of the parent council and find out what roles you can run for and how to do it. Childcare will be provided. I encourage you all to make your best effort to come out so we can meet each other and plan for the new school year.