Parent Education Evening on Wednesday, January 27, from 5:30-7:00.
- The topic will be Language Education in Montessori. Many of you will remember that we covered math throughout each of the Montessori levels last year, when you had an opportunity to receive presentations with materials at each level from your children’s Montessori guides. It was informative and a lot of fun (click for pics from last year). Both parents and Montessori guides said this format was one of the best Parent Ed. events we have ever had. Don’t miss this year’s.
- Childcare will be available from the fine folks at Strata Montessori Adolescent School. For $10/child, Strata students will feed and entertain your children at DVMS so that you can enjoy a stress-free evening of Montessori. Please sign up for childcare by Tuesday, Jan. 26, right here.
DVMS Montessori guide Michael Rode is starting a DVMS choir. See below (click for larger image) for more information (and see here for video of Michael’s choir directing skills; if he can wrangle that bunch o’…)
Lower Elementary: Starting on January 8 and continuing until the first week of March, Lower Elementary students will be skating at Grightmire arena and doing Zumba at DVMS.
- Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Carol):
- will skate first: Jan. 8, 22, and 29.
- will do Zumba at DVMS: Feb. 5, 19, and 26.
- Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Joanna):
- will do Zumba at DVMS first: Jan. 8, 22, and 29.
- will skate: Feb. 5, 19, 26.
- Both classes will skate together on Friday, March 4.
- When your child is skating, please ensure that their skates and helmet are in a bag that they can easily carry to and from the rink, and that skates are properly laced and easy for them to put on themselves. Please also note that the rink requires they wear a CSA approved helmet (look for the CSA sticker; they don’t deny kids with them, but they do frown and grumble a bit about children skating in bike helmets). A water bottle is great idea too. We can always use some extra hands to help get skates tied up, and parents are welcome to skate with us. Children will be at the rink by about 1:45 and will skate until 3:00.
- When your child is participating in Zumba, please have them wear or bring appropriate clothing (same as for gymnastics). Thank you.
Upper Elementary: Upper students will begin travelling to and from Chicopee by school bus on Fridays to ski. They will ski on 22 and 29, and on Friday, March 11. If you know that your child will not be attending on any of the ski dates, please let us know as soon as possible as we have to notify the hill as to our numbers in advance. Thank you.
- Upper Elementary children need to be at DVMS by 8:15 a.m. on ski days in order to take the bus to Chicopee.
- Friday, March 11, is the make-up ski day for the cancelled trip on January 8. As this is the last Friday before March Break, we want to invite any parents that might be available to come to Chicopee and ski with us — a bit of a family day.
But wait, there’s more:
- As you may have seen, DVMS Upper Elementary Montessori students are holding a Kid’s Cafe in the foyer, every Thursday, from 3:30-4:00. This is good practice for when they move to Strata, but more importantly it is to help raise funds for their trip to the Montessori Model United Nations conference, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, May 9-10. Enjoy some warm bevvies and delicious treats , and help support a lifelong memory of a trip. (More details closer to the trip).
- This past week, some other DVMS elementary students held a bake sale fundraiser for the Scleroderma Society. They raised $111.00, and the winning raffle ticket number for a package of goodies is #198672. If you’re the lucky winner, bring your winning ticket to the office. Thank you all for your ongoing support of the children’s charitable efforts.
- Last week, we posted pictures of the DVMS Montessori children in some more inter-personal moments. This week, we thought we’d show you some moments of their interactions with the adults in their school lives. Although one of the most oft-quoted lines from Maria Montessori’s work is, “The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'” (as they move toward increasing independence, and one of the reasons Montessori tries to minimize the presence of adults in the children’s environments) your children’s Montessori guides, and the other staff and specialists at DVMS, are a big part of their day-to-day lives.