School Lunch Trial – Tuesdays in February!

School Lunch Trial, Feb 2019

Based on overwhelming interest from parents, the LLPS Lunch Committee is pleased to announce a school lunch trial! Healthy, delicious, waste-free lunches will be offered to grade 1-6 students every Tue in Feb!

Lunch vendor
Rose Reisman’s Kid’s Lunch Program (RRKL)

Dates
Every Tue in Feb (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)

Menu
A healthy lunch with a choice of a meat or vegetarian entrée, plus a veggie side, plus fruit.

Waste-free service
Scoop & serve. Students will line up with their own container & fork (BYOC). RRKL staff will check their name on the order list and serve the meal into their container.

Price
$6 + HST = $6.78 per lunch

Gr 1-6 participation

  • The School Lunch Trial is being offered to Gr 1-6 students who eat lunch in the gym at 11:35am.
  • It is completely optional for students to participate.
  • The purpose of the trial is to determine if there is enough interest to support a weekly lunch program. A minimum participation rate of 40% (approx. 100 students to purchase lunches each week in Feb) is required for the program to continue into future months.
  • Due to logistics, we are unable to offer this program to SKs who eat lunch in their classrooms.

How to order

  • Go to registration instructions and use the LLPS password LL98.
  • You can choose which weeks you want to order a meal and which weeks you don’t.

Deadline to order: Fri, Feb 1, 2019

More info
See the FAQs for complete details about the weekly menu, ordering details, our waste-free approach, trial success criteria and much more.

 

School Buses Cancelled Today

Due to the extreme cold, all school buses are cancelled today, however schools remain open.

For more information please visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/ or follow @tdsb on Twitter.

Bag2School Textile Collection

Hello Families!

This week we begin collecting clothes and other textiles for a fundraising activity with Bag2School.

Approximately 85% of textile waste is dumped in landfills. The textile industry is the second greatest polluting industry after only oil. Yet it is almost 100% recyclable through established diversion processes. The primary use for diverted clothing is second-hand clothing (around 70%) and the remaining 25% can be re-purposed to make new products such as wiping rags, insulation, stuffing.

What to contribute:
ALL men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as all: Footwear, outerwear, mittens, hats, scarves, belts, purses, handbags, backpacks, and linens and towels. 

Contributions can be in wearable/useable condition or past the point of being worn.

Important Dates
The collection begins on Wednesday, January 16 and ends on the morning of Thursday, January 24.

Remember although the textile industry is one of the highest polluting industries, it is also almost 100% recyclable

The extra bonus is that the school will be receiving money for the items collected by Bag2School according to the weight of our contributions!

So, please have a look at what you might no longer need.

Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Click on the images below for the PDF version:

OPAL wants to re-use your trees!

Lord Lansdowne/da Vinci 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

Donations for the First Nation School of Toronto

Bonnie Johnston, the community liaison worker at the Urban Indigenous Center of Toronto, Toronto District School board, is organizing the collection of donations for the First Nation School of Toronto (TDSB school) and other indigenous families.  Our school is participating in collecting un-opened children’s toys, non-perishable food, and toiletries to support these indigenous families.  We kindly ask you to contribute a little. We will be collecting until Friday, December 14, thank you. 

You may deposit the items with your child’s teacher or in the box in the lobby, thank you.

Pizza lunches are now cashless! Next pizza lunch is Wed Dec 19 Order before Thurs Dec 13

Pizza lunches are now cashless! Go to School Cash Online and pay for the remaining 7 pizza lunches (Dec to Jun) in one simple payment. The deadline for ordering is Thurs Dec 13. Our next pizza lunch on Wed Dec 19 will be cashless. For more details about online ordering & payment, please see the Pizza Lunch FAQs below.

Pizza lunch fundraisers will take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the year: Wed Dec 19, Jan 30, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr TBD, May 29, Jun 12

Pizza will be served to grades 1-6 in the gym and to SKs in their classrooms.

There will be two types of pizzas available: Cheese and Pepperoni. If your child has any special dietary requirements, please see the Pizza Lunch FAQs below.

We always need parent volunteers for this fundraiser!!! If you can help, or would like more info, please see the Pizza Lunch FAQs below.

Pizza Lunch FAQs

Is School Cash Online the same website I already use to pay for things like class field trips?

Yes. Now you can use it to pay for pizza lunches, too.

Why are pizza lunches switching from cash to online ordering & payments?

1) Because it’s 2018 

2) We have received feedback from parents that online payments were easier than remembering to send cash every pizza day;

3) Knowing in advance exactly how many slices to order reduces waste and increases profits;

4) Because profits from pizza lunch fundraisers are shared between LLPS and da Vinci, tracking revenues online makes administration easier and more accurate.

Do I have to pay for all 7 remaining pizza lunches (Dec-Jun) before Thurs Dec 13?

Yes. We considered other options where parents could pay monthly but concluded that a one-time payment was simplest for parents, volunteer organizers and our School Cash Online system administrators.

What if I pay for the remainder of the year and my child is away for a pizza lunch?

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to provide refunds for missed lunches. Because this is a school fundraiser, your contribution will go towards programs that are funded by your parent council.

What if I can’t pay online?

You can fill in a paper order form and return it with your payment to the office. Please note that the Thurs Dec 13 deadline still applies.

Can my child still buy pizza with cash on pizza lunch days?

If there is any pizza leftover after it’s served to students who have pre-ordered & paid online, we will sell it to students for cash. But we cannot guarantee there will be enough pizza for anyone who brings cash.

How does School Cash Online work?

Please refer to the email from Rosa.Pascoa@tdsb.on.ca from Fri Nov 16, 2018, which provides an overview letter and step-by-step instructions on how to use this payment system

Are there any types of pizza for kids with special dietary requirements?

Yes, Pizza Nova offers gluten-free crust and dairy-free cheese. If your child needs either option, first go to School Cash Online, select the number of ‘Special Order’ slices you want and complete your payment. Then email Tracy at tracyf2010@gmail.com before Thur Dec 13 and let us know what type of pizza your child wants (e.g. DF with pepperoni.)

I’d like to help. What do parent volunteers do?

For each pizza lunch, we need 6 parent volunteers from 11:00am to 12:00pm. With guidance from a Lunch Committee member, you’ll help the pizza-delivery person carry the pizzas from the curb to the gym and set up the pizza stations. Then you’ll organize the grade-5/6 student volunteers to serve the pizza in the gym and to SKs in their classrooms. Lastly, you’ll help clean up. As a bonus, you’ll get to witness the fun/crazy of the kids on pizza lunch day!

Sounds easy! How do I sign up to volunteer?

To sign-up online*:

1) Go to http://signup.com/go/zXixgqq,

2) Review the dates listed** and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) You’ll receive a friendly email reminder the week before you’re scheduled to volunteer.

*You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Sarah at wardenwinky@gmail.com and we can sign you up manually.

** Dates are from Nov to Apr. LLPS volunteers are not needed for May and Jun as da Vinci school will organize/staff these months

In previous years pizza was sold more often. Why is it being sold once a month this year?

In keeping with the Ministry of Education’s Health Schools Food & Beverage policy (PPM150), schools are permitted to sell food like Pizza Nova pizza a maximum of 10 times per school year (i.e. once a month.) This ensures that foods that do not meet the Ministry’s Nutritional Standards guidelines are limited in schools.

Is LLPS considering a healthier option for school lunches?

Yes! While pizza lunches will continue to be offered once a month, the Lunch Committee is currently researching nutritional lunch options to be offered more frequently. If you would like to help with this research and evaluation process, please contact Tracy at tracyf2010@gmail.com. Send us your comments/ideas or join the committee — about 1 evening meeting per month. Sorry, no pizza is served at these meetings 🙂

Pizza Lunch Fundraiser Wed Nov 28

Pizza day is this Wed Nov 28!

Pizza lunch fundraisers will take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Here’s the schedule for the next few months: Wed Nov 28, Dec 19, Jan 30, Feb 27, Mar 27, and     Apr 24th.  Pizza will be served to grades 1-6 in the gym and to SKs in their classrooms.

There will be two types of pizzas available: Cheese and Pepperoni. If your child has any special dietary requirements, please see the Pizza Lunch FAQs below.

For the next pizza lunch on Wed Nov 28, please send cash with your child ($2 per slice.) For future pizza lunches, we are looking into online ordering & payment. Stay tunes for details.

We really need parent volunteers for this fundraiser!!! If you can help, or would like more info, please see the Pizza Lunch FAQs below.

Pizza Lunch FAQs 

I’d like to help. What do parent volunteers do?  For each pizza lunch, we need 4 parent volunteers from 11:15am to 12:45pm. With guidance from a Lunch Committee member, you’ll help the pizza-delivery person carry the pizzas from the curb to the gym and set up the pizza stations. Then you’ll organize the grade-5/6 student volunteers to serve the pizza in the gym and to SKs in their classrooms. Lastly, you’ll help count the money and clean up. As a bonus, you’ll get to witness the fun/crazy of the kids on pizza lunch day!

Sounds easy! How do I sign up to volunteer?

To sign-up online*:

  1. Go to http://signup.com/go/zXixgqq,
  2. Review the dates listed** and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. You’ll receive a friendly email reminder the week before you’re scheduled to volunteer.

*You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Sarah at wardenwinky@gmail.com and we can sign you up manually.

** Dates are from Nov to Apr. LLPS volunteers are not needed for May and Jun as da Vinci school will organize/staff these months

Are there any types of pizza for kids with special dietary requirements?  Pizza Nova offers gluten-free crust and dairy-free cheese. We have already placed our order for the Nov 28 pizza lunch so we can no longer accepting special orders. However, if you would like to place a special order for future pizza lunches (Dec to Jun), please contact Tracy at tracyf2010@gmail.com by Thur Dec 13 and let us know about your child’s requirements. We will make every effort to accommodate special orders.

In previous years pizza was sold more often. Why is it being sold once a month this year?  In keeping with the Ministry of Education’s Health Schools Food & Beverage policy (PPM150), schools are permitted to sell food like Pizza Nova pizza a maximum of 10 times per school year (i.e. once a month.) This ensures that foods that do not meet the Ministry’s Nutritional Standards guidelines are limited in schools.

Is LLPS considering a healthier option for school lunches?Yes! While pizza lunches will continue to be offered once a month, the Lunch Committee is currently researching nutritional lunch options to be offered more frequently. If you would like to help with this research and evaluation process, please contact Tracy at tracyf2010@gmail.com. Send us your comments/ideas or join the committee — about 1 evening meeting per month. Sorry, no pizza is served at these meetings 🙂

How much money does LLPS raise from pizza lunches?Based on sales from previous years, we’re estimating that LLPS will raise about $2K in profit this year.

There seems to be confusion around the pizza lunch fundraiser. What’s going on?Since students from LLPS and da Vinci schools eat lunch in the gym together, all lunchtime programs need to be coordinated between the school admin and both schools’ parent councils. Surprisingly, there is more to organizing pizza lunch than you might think. We need to agree on things like volunteer staffing, profit sharing and event dates. With some changes in both schools this year, the process took a bit longer. Going forward, we anticipate smoother sailing.