Information Night: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 6:30 – 8pm

Come meet parents and faculty of da Vinci School and learn about what makes this a special place for your child to learn and grow.

Parents/guardians do not need to attend the information session in order to receive an application form but they will be handed out at the event. You will also have an opportunity to sign up for classroom tours held the following week. Application Forms will be available for download from this site on Friday January 11.

Meet at 6:30 pm in the Gym.

Please note, there is limited parking in the neighbourhood. Childcare is not provided.

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Lantern Walk – Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Lantern Walk 

Wednesday, November 20th from 5:30pm-6:30pm we will come together for our annual Lantern Walk.  

For those new to the school, the lantern walk is a celebration between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice when we acknowledge the light shining within each of us; that this light needs to be fed and protected just as the light in our lanterns. We band together as a community to create light and warmth as the cold and darkness set in for the season.

The children will be making lanterns with their classroom teachers but, if you’re inspired, we encourage families to make and bring their own lantern for the walk as well! There are so many different lanterns that can be made – from quick and easy to seriously crafty! Here are just a couple of the great ideas we saw:

We will be singing as we walk. Attached are the lyrics to the songs. Feel free to practice them at home with your children. They might be surprised that you know!

We will begin in the school yard at 5:30, meeting on Crocodile Island (your kids will know where that is!)

There, we will “light” our lanterns (with LED lights saved from previous years) and sing our first song (possibly as a round?) From there, we will process through the neighbourhood. Please note that children must be accompanied by parents on the walk for safety. The route will be North on Robert St. to Harbord St., West on Harbord to Major St., South on Major to College St. and then back East to Robert and North once more to the school, where we will circle onto the field for a final song. It’s a rather magical experience and we’re hoping to enlist your help to keep the songs going and the talking to whispers!

When we return to the school we come together in a circle for one final song and then enjoy some warm drinks and treats.

If you can, please bring some nut-free baked goods to share (gluten-free and vegan welcome!), and bring mugs for the hot cider. If you have any spare mugs that you want to donate, we are collecting some extra mugs for people who forget to bring one. We are really trying to keep the event as waste-free as possible. If you have a mug please contact Janerae and she will make sure it’s added to the collection.

If you can help with set-up or clean-up, please sign up here

Thanks and looking forward to celebrating with you!

Sincerely, Stephen, Andrew and Declan, our Lantern Walk Committee!

da Vinci Lantern Walk Songs

—–(click on song titles for audio reference links)—–

Fire’s Burning (traditional)

This will be sung as a 3-part round.
Fire’s burning, fire’s burning
Draw nearer, draw nearer
In the gloaming*, in the gloaming
Come sing and be merry

*Gloaming is an archaic term for dusk, the time of day between daylight and darkness.

Humbly (Laurence Cole)

This song has 3 parts sung together in canon, parents can sing Part 1 over and over

Part 1: Humbly we walk here, humbly we sing here, humbly we bless this ground.

Part 2: Humbly, and with gratitude, remembering the ancient ones who walked this ground.

Part 3: Humbly, we walk this ground with the Spirit of Blessing in our hearts.

Rise Up O’ Flame (traditional)

This will be sung as a 3-part round.

Rise up o’ flame
By thy light glowing
Bring to us beauty
Vision and joy

This Little Light of Mine (H. D. Loes)

This song will be sung in unison.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. x3
Let it shine. x3 (all verses in same format)
Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine…
In my brother’s heart, I’m gonna let it shine…
In my sister’s soul…
All around the world…
(quietly) This little light of mine…

(at end, repeat “Let it shine” x3 slowly)

I Walk with My Little Lantern
This song will be sung in unison. 

I walk with my little lantern,                               
My lantern, myself and I,                                                      
Above the stars are shining,
On Earth we are stars to the sky.
The rooster crows, the cat meows:                                     
Hey! Hey! Hey!
La bimmel, la bummel, la bey!
Hey! Hey! Hey! 
La bimmel, la bummel, la bey!

Glimmer Lantern Glimmer

This song will be sung in unison.

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer,
Little stars a-shimmer,
Over meadow, moor and dale,

Flitter, flutter elfin veil,
Pee-witt, pee-witt, tick-a-tick-a-tick,
Rou-cou, rou-cou.
Glimmer, lantern, glimmer,
Little stars a-shimmer,
Over rock and stock and stone,

Wander tripping little gnome,
Pee-witt, pee-witt, tick-a-tick-a-tick,
Rou-cou, rou-cou.


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.

Learn more

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.