Folk dancing & Lecture enfant

Folk Dancing Club is back!
Our first practice will be this Wednesday January 17th at 8:00am, continuing weekly (please arrive at 7:55 to allow time to get your ‘dancing shoes’ on). Students in grades 1-6 from both schools are welcome. Please gather outside of the Junior doors and wait for a teacher to let students inside.  Please bring your permission form along with you to the first practice. If you need an extra form, print it off from here. Let’s dance!

Parent volunteers – If you are interested in volunteering your time to assist with our folk dancing practices (e.g. supervising shoe changing in the halls just for a few minutes, taking attendance, etc.) please email Mme Mackness at your earliest convenience. Police record check required.

Lecture Enfant Online Reading Program
Thanks to funding from our School Council, Lord Lansdowne has renewed our subscription to Lecture Enfant. Your child can access this French reading program at home! See below for details. Since we can’t post our user ID and password publicly here, watch your email for login information to come in the next few days, c/o your class rep.  
Lecture Enfant offers hundreds of levelled French video books for students to enjoy from both school and home.  By logging in with the username and password provided, student scan select video books from a variety of reading levels to read and to listen to as the pages turn themselves on the screen.
Students can also mute their device and read aloud, using the sound to check for pronunciation only when needed. Included are also word lists to practice.  Students can work through 15 lists, building speed and confidence as they read and listen to the words that flash on the screen.
For younger students there are also videos that focus on consonant – vowel blends (e.g., sa, se, si, so, su) as well as vowel-vowel blends (e.g., au, oi, on, ou, ai, etc…).  Students are challenged to read faster than the narrator and they can select from three speeds of videos to practice with.
Listening to the French video books on a regular basis for an age appropriate amount of time will help students identify new vocabulary, build confidence and fluency in their reading and assist them with the pronunciation of challenging words.
From home, students log in by going to

(username & password coming soon via email, c/o class reps)


Sports Teams Beginning Next Week!

Gr 5-6 Girls Volleyball and Gr 5-6 Boys Basketball Teams begin next week.

Volleyball: Tryouts are Monday January 15th and Wednesday January 17th after school. Grade 4 girls are also welcome to come out and participate in tryouts in order to learn some skills and give the sport a try. Practices for those who make the team will be every subsequent Monday and Wednesday until the tournament in February. 

Basketball: Tryouts are Tuesday the 16th and Thursday the 18th, after school, and practices continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the tournament. Tournament date in February TBA. Note: Both boys and girls are welcome to try out for the boys basketball team. Again, Grade 4 students are welcome to come out for tryouts.

 Dismissal is always at the front of the school at 5:00 pm sharp. (Please don’t ring the bell. Thank you!)

 Please contact Mme Spekkens or M. Suleiman with any questions.



OPAL wants to re-use your trees!

Dear families,

Lord Lansdowne/da Vinci is 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, 2018.
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

No Pizza Day Tomorrow

Pizza day has been cancelled for tomorrow. Please be sure your child has a packed lunch. Sorry for the inconvenience. 



While you’re here for the Winter Concert tomorrow evening please be sure to stop by the lost & found to pick up anything your child may be missing. 

Concert Donations, CYOA Stories and Community Builders Update

December is the month of kindness at the TDSB and also a time of giving among our many diverse celebrations and traditions at this time of year.


Another quick reminder that the concert will be on Tuesday of next week at 6p.m. For more details please see this post.

We will hold our annual food drive for The Scott Mission at our holiday concert. We invite you to bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the door. In an effort to make this food drive most beneficial, we asked The Scott Mission what items are most needed (see list below).

Non-perishable baby food such as Similac and Enfalac
Coffee and tea
Peanut butter
Dried beans and lentils
Non-perishable canned goods (including meats, soups and vegetables)

In lieu of food items, small monetary donations (e.g. a toonie) can also be made at the door, which the Scott Mission could use toward a number of needed perishable items. Thank you in advance for your help with this. 


Some of the parents may remember the popular books called “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories from when we were kids. They are stories where you get to choose different endings in the book based on the path you decide to take. In Media Literacy classes we made our own using Google Slides as a shared writing activity. You get to click on choices to ultimately make several different story endings within the slideshow. The classes were creative and we had a lot of fun! The junior classes (Grades 4, 5 & 6) are also working on their own individual stories with a health theme focus (coming in the new year).
To check out the shared collaborative writing CYOA stories please visit the link below –there are English and French stories available for your reading pleasure:


A message from Taryn Tang:
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

This will be a free evening workshop for parents of students in all grades,  students in grades 4-6 and teachers of LLPS to understand the roots of bullying and conflict and to develop skills to become allies. The workshop will be facilitated by Community Builders, who have been working with the students and teachers this Fall, as well as a selection of students in grades 4-6 who have received training. It will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the methods that your children and their teachers are adopting for conflict resolution and to build a school of allies. Watch for registration details in January!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Help decorate our Mitten Tree!

Give the gift of warmth!

mitten-treeHelp us decorate our MITTEN TREE next week with new mittens, gloves, hats and socks.

All items will be donated to the Scott Mission to help needy families.

This annual tradition is based on the lovely picture book by Candace Christiansen.


Winter Concert, OCAD Class Trips & Roots of Empathy


The winter concert will take place next week on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. Students who are performing should arrive at school at 5:45 p.m.
The following classes will be presenting:

  • Mme Koja Gr. 1 & Mme Afonso Gr. 1
  • Mme Gooden / M Quigg Gr. 4/5
  • M Suleiman Gr. 4/5
  • M Roussel Gr. 3
  • M Roucaud Gr. 3/4
  • Band Members
  • Mme Brudny Gr. 2/3
  • M Cheung Gr. 1/2

Looking forward to a great night of holiday cheer and entertainment.

Please note that if your child’s class is not performing at the Winter Concert they will be on stage for the Spring Concert. 

Fundraising for our Syrian refugee family on December 19 during the Winter concert

As you know the Syrian refugee family we sponsored as part of our school community has not yet arrived in Canada. It’s been 2 years since the sponsorship group raised $40, 000 for this family and the initiation of the application process. We have been following up on the progress of their application.

Significant media attention ( Global TV, CBC radio) has recently been given to our efforts to find answers as to why the long delays in processing our refugee family’s file. Thank you to the efforts of the Principals, staff, parents and all the children who wrote cards and letters and took part in this campaign.

Until the family arrives, they need our help to survive yet another harsh winter. We are organizing a GIFT and BAKE sale at the Winter Concert coming up on December the 19th.   Our aim is to raise funds to send to the camp for much-needed food supplies, oil and wood to keep them warm in their muddy and cold tent.
Please consider doing some of your holiday shopping at the school and support our efforts. We will have many gift items for purchases, as well as yummy baked goodies by our volunteer parents.

Come and join us on December the 19th at the Winter concert. The concert starts at 6 pm – please shop before and after it!

Thank you,
From the Syrian Refugee Committee

OCAD Class Trips – Indigenous Art
On Thursday and Friday of last week, Lord Lansdowne’s grade 4/5 classes and Mr Leungs grade 5/6 class from da Vinci visited the Raise a Flag exhibit of Indigenous art at OCAD’s Onsite Gallery. The collection presented selected works from a national heritage collection representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis art. The collection voices a response to Canada’s 150 commemorations to tell missing stories about our national identity. Students saw first-hand how art can be a powerful tool to express identity and be a tool for social change.
Here are some photos from the trip:


A welcome to baby Evvie and Shanelle from the Roots of Empathy program. They will be working with Madame Alma’s grade 1 students throughout the school year.