OPAL Playday Schedule, Friday, June 15

Parents and guardians are invited to come and observe your child at play. Sit back, relax and watch children direct their own play experience!

Don’t forget your child’s TICKET TO PLAY! (Each student is asked to bring in one item for play to help build our collection of loose parts for the OPAL program. See Friday’s post for details.)

Group 1


M Denis Rm 100

Mme de Lorenzi  Rm 101

Mme Haugen-Stanley Rm 102



Mme Cheung Rm 206

Mme Mackness Rm 207


Group 2


Ash Class – Ms Smith Rm 204 Mme Murray Rm 208

Mme Michalski Rm 203

Mme Koja Rm 307

Mme Afonso Rm 308

Mme Alma Rm 302


Group 3


Birch class – Ms Heibein Rm 305 Sumach class – Mr Canrinus

Oak class – Ms Pasternak

Mme Bountris – Rm 201

Group 4


Cedar class – Mr Leung Rm 301 M Soleimani Rm 105

Mr Quigg Rm 109

Mr Suleiman Rm 104

OPAL PLAY DAY! Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am to 4:30 pm 

We are ending off our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) program this year by hosting an OPAL Play Day! Through the OPAL program, we are working to improve outdoor play at our school by offering more opportunities for creative, child-led play and learning.  We invite parents and guardians to come and observe your child at play. Sit back, relax and watch the children direct their own play experience!

Lord Lansdowne and da Vinci Alternative PS OPAL PLAY DAY!

Date: Friday, June 15, 2018

Time: 8:45 am to 4:30 pm  (schedule to follow) 

What to bring: Dress for outdoor play (hats, raincoats, running shoes/boots etc.) and don’t forget your child’s TICKET TO PLAY!

 Your Ticket to PLAY!

Every student is asked to bring in 1 item for play to the play day to help build our collection of loose parts for the OPAL program. Here are some of the items your child might bring in:

  • Large cardboard boxes
  • Old bike tires (washed)
  • Large buckets and containers
  • Plastic pipes, tubes or hoses
  • Old kitchen utensils, baskets, pots,pans
  • Tarps
  • Fabric scraps (the bigger the better!)
  • Milk crates
  • Crutches
  • Nets
  • Old wagons, and strollers (please, used but not broken)

 Items to be dropped off in the OPAL playground at 8:30 am on Friday, June 15, 2018


Lord Lansdowne Spring Concert Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6 pm

A reminder to all parents of the upcoming Lord Lansdowne Spring Concert this Thursday, June 14 at 6 pm in the school gym.

Performers will be our Junior and Senior Strings, Junior and Senior Band, Mme Alma and Mme Mackness’ class, as well as our Kindergartens from M Denis’ class, Mme Haugen-Stanley’s class and Mme di Lorenzi’s class.

All performers should arrive at school at 5:45 pm. All Kindergarten students should come to Room 101 and Room 102. Mme Mackness and Mme Alma’s students should report to the library.

Band and string instructors will send further information to their classes about what to wear and which room to report to at 5:45 pm.

We look forward to another delightful evening of music – see you there!

Bike, Walk and Roll Event 8 am – 9 am tomorrow, Thursday, June 7 in the basketball court!

A reminder to all parents and students about our annual Bike, Walk and Roll Event tomorrow morning from 8 am to 9 am. Pleas join us in the basketball courts for good coffee, good company and activities that promote good health. You are encouraged to travel by foot, bicycle or other person-powered wheels, if at all possible!

We want to promote bicycle and pedestrian initiatives and infrastructure as well as the benefits of active transportation. We are committed to getting more people walking and cycling- instead of driving- for everyday trips.



Please check the Construction Update boxes on the left for all information and updates about two major construction projects that will impact the school:

  • the TDSB Window Replacement project on our school building
  • the private development at 484 Spadina Avenue


Safe Arrival Updates

         May 31, 2018

         Dear Parents/Guardians:

        Re: SchoolMessenger – Elementary Safe Arrival

The Toronto District School Board will be moving from SchoolConnects to          SchoolMessenger as its automated call-out system for our Elementary                       Safe Arrival Program.

Lord Lansdowne P.S. will start using the new system on June 12, 2018.

In accordance with the TDSB Safe Arrival policy PR707A, “If a pupil is absent             or late for any reason, the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must contact the                            school immediately to report the reason for the absence”. For an                 unexplained absence, Parents/Guardians will be contacted by  School          Messenger and must indicate the reason for the absence.

The telephone number 833-250-2290 will display on the caller ID.

For unexplained absences, the system call-out will work as follows:

    • Parents/Guardians identified in the TDSB’s student database                            who have access to student records and are an emergency contact                 with priority 1 or 2 will receive both e-mail notification and                            call(s) of the unexplained absence.
    •  When you receive the call, you are required to listen to the entire     message and follow the prompts accordingly.
    •  You will be asked if you are aware or unaware of your child’s absence.

  • If unaware, you will be asked to call the school immediately.

  •  If you are aware of the absence, you will be asked to enter the reason for your child’s absence. Reasons are the same for full day absences (new to School Messenger) or late arrival. The following options will be provided for you:
  1. Illness
  2. Doctor Appointment
  3. Dentist Appointment
  4. Family Matter
  5. Weather
  6. Other
  • For a late arrival, you will be prompted to enter a time of arrival. Once the child signs in at the school office, the absence will be changed to a late (provided they arrive prior to the lunch hour).
  •  At the end of the message, you will have to press 2 to confirm you received the message.
  •  If you do not confirm receipt, you will receive a call on other phone numbers provided, with the exception of business numbers.
  •  If there is no response from a Priority 1 contact, this same process will be followed for Priority 2 contacts.
  • If there is no response from either Priority 1 or Priority 2, this entire process will be repeated 3 times in 10 minute intervals or until call-out time is over (approx. 25 mins).
  • A confirmation e-mail will be sent to both Priority 1 and Priority 2 contacts with the reason selected by one of the Parents/Guardians.
  • The same process will be followed for the afternoon attendance.
  • In the evening, all Parents/Guardians of students who were late (without a reason) that day will receive a call informing them of their child’s tardiness.
  • With this in mind, it is important that your contact information on file
  • at the office
  • is up-to-date.  Please let the office know immediately if your contact
  • information changes at any time throughout the school year.
  • We recognize that regular attendance is essential to the safety, academic success, and well-being of all students. Thank you for your continued cooperation with keeping your child safe and accounted for.
  • Sincerely,
  • Beth Mills                  Carol Shea                                                                    Principal                   Principal                                                                                    Lord Lansdowne P.S.