Welcome to February DVMS Community. We are almost through the winter, although this one has been nothing to complain about.
We have had a couple of illnesses run through the school recently — a fever with a cough and a pukey stomach bug. We hope everyone is starting to feel better. In order to provide some clarity on how to deal with illnesses we have put up a new page on the dvms.ca website that contains a handy chart from Hamilton Public Health that covers a variety of common (and some not-so-common) illnesses and indicates how long the child is required to stay home before they can return to school. The page also has a list of conditions that do not require the child to be kept home. (You will find it under the “Parents” tab on the website, and there is a hard copy in the office).
In order to stop the spread of illness in the school, please refer to this chart if your child is sick or is sent home because they are ill, and do not send the child back to school until the relevant time period has passed or the required course of medication has begun. Thank you all so much for working together to keep our children healthy.
Lower Elementary: Lower students are continuing to skate at Grightmire arena and do Zumba at DVMS until the first week of March. This is the week the classes switch activities.
- Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Carol):
- will do Zumba at DVMS: Feb. 5, 19, and 26.
- Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Joanna):
- 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 begin curling at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club this week, from 1:00-3:00, on Friday, Feb. 5, 19, and 26 (Feb. 12 is a PD Day). They will need a clean pair of running shoes (dirt and grit free very important) to be carried into the club each time (their gym shoes will suffice), clothing they can stretch out in, a few layers, and mitts or gloves if they want to keep their hands warm. The curling club will provide sliders and brooms. Children will be transported to the curling club by school bus, but we are not able to charter a bus for their return trip. Please pick up children at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club between 3:00-3:30 p.m. (see link above for directions; under “About Us”; it’s only 5 mins. from DVMS). If you are not able to pick up at that time, please let us know and we will carpool back to DVMS. Thank you.
But wait, there’s more:
- There is a PD Day coming up on Friday, February 12. Monday, February 15, is the Family Day holiday. DVMS will be closed both days.
- We have made a few changes to the Hot Lunch menu to better suit what the children seem to be enjoying. Please click here to see the updated menu, which is also posted on the foyer bulletin board. Remember, you can sign up for Hot Lunch at anytime.
- The lovely warm weather, with a bit of snow, then a bit of a thaw, then a freeze, then some rain, has made for some challenging conditions on the playground. Ice in the high traffic areas is salted, but short of salting all 5 acres they will always find a few slippery spots. We also tell the children they can play with the mud and water, but not in the mud and water; as you can guess, this is a fine distinction that doesn’t always go over so well. Wind up those laundry machines (and we won’t think less of you if they wear the same muddy coat and snow pants all week).
- Finally, thank you to all of the parents that came to the Parent Education Evening this week. We received a lovely note from one of our parents afterwards:
- Thank you so much Tony and DVMS staff for yet another amazing event! I’m so grateful each day that my children have the opportunity to attend such an enriching environment but it’s nights like tonight when I see the teachers sharing their passion for teaching that really make me feel lucky.Well done DVMS!
Montessori can remain a bit mysterious to parents and we host these events to help you better understand not only what your children get up to every day but also to help you learn why Montessori works. You have made a great choice in opting for Montessori education for your children, and your ongoing commitment to Montessori and to learning more about how it works inspires us all. This week, you get to enjoy some pictures of yourselves!