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.

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.