Events and Info: Jan. 16 – 20, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School

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Welcome to the new year and the new term DVMS community. Here’s what we have to get everyone off on the right foot:

  • Parent Observations and Parent-Teacher Interviews sign-up and info.
  • This term’s Upper and Lower Elementary activities.
  • A Strata Montessori Adolescent School Parent Education Evening for DVMS families.
  • Follow-up from our DVMS Parent Ed. event this past week (you’ve got homework).
  • Vomit.
  • And, an opportunity to hike with a DVMS Montessori Mom.

Remember, no school on Friday, January 20, due to Parent-Teacher Interviews.


Observations and Interviews

Parent Observations and Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place this week. As always, childcare will be available during your interview time.

Upper Elementary families: as always, observations in Upper Elementary are on a drop-in basis.  No need to sign up! On Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, between 9:30 – 11:00,  pick a day that works for you and head straight to your child’s Montessori environment for a 20 minute visit.


Elementary Activities:

  • Lower Elementary: Lower Elementary students have a choice of Friday skating activities and karate this term. The children have chosen the activities they want to participate in (we can let you know if there is any doubt or confusion).

Karate: Children not participating in a skating activity will take part in karate, at DVMS, with Gord Waddell of United Family Martial Arts. Gord has been teaching karate at DVMS for a number of years. Children should wear or bring loose fitting/easy to move in clothing on karate days.


Skating: The skating activities will be broken into hockey skating and skills for the first three weeks, and figure skating skills for the last three weeks. Each child will choose either the hockey skating activity or the figure skating activity. When children are not participating in one of the skating activities, they will participate in karate.

They will skate at Grightmire Arena, just down the street, and will walk there and back. They will be on the ice from 2:00-3:00 (except Jan. 27 hockey: 1:30-2:30 to accommodate activities at the arena). Parents are welcome to come watch, and help tie skates.

  • Hockey will take place on the following Fridays: Jan. 13, 27, and Feb. 3 (January 20 is a PA Day for Parent-Teacher Interviews).
    • Hockey participants will be learning from former DVMS Lower Elementary guide Rob Baker and DVMS Dad Graham Taylor — both very experienced hockey players. Kids will need skates, a stick, helmet with facemask, hockey gloves, shin pads, and elbow pads. Most of the children who chose hockey already play and have equipment, but if your child wants to participate and you do not have certain items, the DVMS community has very generously stepped up and donated an abundance of items for children to use. Thank you so much to all of the families that brought in equipment for the kids to use.
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First day of hockey today. Photo credit: Noeleen

  • Figure skating will take place on the following Fridays: Feb 10, 24, and March 3 (February 17 is a PD Day).
    • Figure skating participants will be learning from DVMS Montessori Mom Amanda Graydon — a former competiitve figure skater. Figure skaters will require a CSA certified helmet (no bike helmets please), as well as splash pants or joggers. From Amanda, “I find snow pants are hard to move in on the ice, but if they don’t have splash pants, snow pants for sure. Thin socks, nylons, or bare feet. Thick socks actually make their feet colder. I have a bin of small sized skates (both hockey & figure) I can lend. If buying skates, try to buy used if you can, saves any blisters for your little ones. Let someone else do the breaking in of the skates! Have the new-to-ice skaters practice walking on carpet at home in their skates to help them get used to the feeling of a thin blade (safely, of course). The younger/new-to-ice skaters (ages 2-4) can bring a favourite stuffy to skate with. Can’t have any ‘loose’ items that come off. If parents want to accompany, please wear skates.” We also recommend gloves be worn on the ice.

  • Upper Elementary: Upper Elementary students will be curling at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club starting on Friday, Jan. 27, and continuing on Feb. 3 and 10. They will be bussed to and from the curling club. 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.

But wait, there’s more:

  • Strata Montessori Parent Education Night: Geared towards DVMS Upper Elementary families, but open to all, we will be presenting a clear vision of what we offer at Strata. We will discuss the nature of adolescents and how we meet their developmental needs, and the transition process from DVMS to Strata.
    To begin the process, we would like to invite you to a Parent Education Evening on Thursday, January 26, from 5:30 – 7:00, at Strata Montessori Adolescent School.
    The Strata students will be preparing fantastic hors d’oeuvres to entice you to join us.
Unfortunately, childcare is not available for this event, but Upper Elementary families, please bring your children to participate with you.

Thank you for another amazing Parent Education evening DVMS! The energy and strength of community tonight was awesome.

Yesterday was a great event – your team had done a lot of background work to set us all up properly for it, and that really helped. We all found the event inspiring and useful (and fun)!


  • Puke!: Seems some of us got some puke germs for Christmas and decided to bring them to school to share with friends. We’ve had a number of kids, and a staff member, with wobbly bellies the last couple of days.

  • Hiking with Leanne: One of our Montessori Moms is inviting you to join her for a trail hike once a week:

I’m going to be walking a section of the Bruce Trail for an hour or two one morning a week after drop off. If anyone would like to join me, please text Leanne at 289-788-1149.


Fun Family Events:

  • Had a look and not much is going on around town this weekend. What, was everyone busy the last few weeks or something? Have a restful family weekend everyone.

  • Know of any fun family events coming up that our Montessori community would enjoy? Let us know.

Thank you for reading, clicking, and following up on everything. A few photos from the first week back (like they never left):

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