Events and Info: May 15 – 19, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School


Happy Long, Long NEXT Weekend! DVMS is closed Friday, May 19, for a PD Day, and Monday, May 22, for Victoria Day. DVMS staff will be attending the CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators) annual conference (ignore the registration page) in Toronto on the Friday. Other things to know:

Parent Education Evening — register now!

Upper Elementary Mother’s Day Tea

Lower Ultimate (beginning after long weekend)

Upper Tennis (beginning after long weekend)

Upper Soccer vs. Fairview Glen

Montessori Model United Nations

Upper Speech Photo Galleries

Grandparents’ Day

Summer Camps

Pink Eyes


Summer Canoe Trip Opportunity

Synchro Skating Tryouts

Strata Benefit June 15

Pssst, Dads and Kids, don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday

Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Show

McMaster Children and Youth University Workshop


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DVMS Parent Education Evening, Thursday, May 18, 7:00 to 8:30 (please arrive by 6:30 for for wine and hors d’oeurves social). Friends, colleagues, and extended family are welcome.

At our last Parent Education Evening, and during our own staff professional development day this year, DVMS developed a Learner Profile. We want to give some depth to the Learner Profile and, with that in mind, we are presenting an incredible evening with two of Canada’s most recognized and experienced Montessori practitioners (Margaret Whitley and Pat Gere), and a Montessori graduate, to help you understand how a Montessori ‘life’ creates engaged learners — and leads to adults who are capable, caring, and contributing.
Please join us for an incredible Parent Education Evening. It would be hard to find two Montessori professionals who have a deeper understanding of how high quality Montessori practice leads to the kind of outcomes all of us hope for for our children.

Childcare is available.

Click here for more information and to register for both the event and for childcare.

Elementary Activities:

  • Upper Elementary Mother’s Day Tea: Both Upper Elementary classes will be hosting their wonderful moms for lovely tea and treats on Monday, May 15, from 10:00-11:30. We hope all the Upper Elementary moms can find time to drop in for some well-deserved love and appreciation.

  • Lower Elementary Ultimate: Lower Elementary students will be playing Ultimate Frisbee, at DVMS, beginning on Friday, May 26, and continuing on June 2 and 9. Please help them remember to bring or wear weather-appropriate athletic clothing and footwear (lightning is the only thing that stops Ultimate!). This is their last Friday activity of the year!!! Once Ultimate ends, they go camping the following week, then it’s the last week of school!!!! (I hate excessive exclamation points, but geeez that’s coming up fast (!!!!)).

  • Upper Elementary Tennis: Upper Elementary students begin tennis at the Dundas Tennis Club, located in Dundas’s Driving Park, on Friday, May 26. If your child has a tennis racket, please have them bring it; if not, DVMS will supply rackets. Tennis-playin’-appropriate clothing and shoes, and their water bottles, are also required.
    • Upper Elementary West (Kathleen) will play tennis on Friday mornings. Please drop your Upper West child off at Driving Park between 8:30-9:00 on tennis days. They will walk back to DVMS for lunch.
    • Upper Elementary East (Terrence) will play tennis on Friday afternoons. They will have an early lunch and walk to Driving Park for 1:00. They will walk back to DVMS for dismissal at 3:45. If you would like to pick your child up from Driving Park, please be there no later than 3:00.

NOTE re. Friday, May 26, Grandparents’ Day: children in Upper Elementary West (Kathleen) who have grandparents coming to visit will accompany Upper East to tennis in the afternoon.

  • Upper Elementary Soccer Game: Upper Elementary students are welcome to participate in a soccer game with Fairview Glen Montessori, at DVMS, on the morning of Wednesday, May 24. We will have 3 soccer practices: Tuesdays May 9, 16, and 23, after school, from 3:45-5:00. Participants will need to attend 2 out of 3 practices if they wish to participate in the game. Please bring soccer shoes, shin pads, and a water bottle, if possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DVMS Phys. Ed. specialist Colin Fox at via

  • MMUN Update: The DVMS sixth year Upper Elementary Montessori students are at their conference this coming week. We’ll post updates as we get them (keep an eye on the DVMS Facebook page).

  • Upper Speech Galleries: Not the greatest pictures, sorry, but here are all of your brave Upper Elementary Montessori students presenting their speeches this past week.
    • Upper West:

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But wait, there’s more:

  • Grandparents’ Day Friday May 26: This day is always a bit chaotic, but more fun than every other day. Grandparents are welcome to visit their grandchildren in their Montessori environments during the morning work cycle. Please click here to schedule grandparent visits. A Request Please: if children will be leaving with grandparents, please schedule their departure from DVMS to coincide with their lunch or recess break and let the kids (and grandparents) know what the plan is; this is the best way for everyone to avoid tears. The Toddler Community is not a part of Grandparents’ Day — many much tears when grandparents leave 😦

  • Summer Camps: DVMS Summer Casa Camp is open to children who have completed their first year of Casa (approx. age 3 1/2 to 6). Half day and full day options are available. Cost is $140/week for half days and $250/week for full days. Once you have submitted your form, you must come into DVMS to sign the hard copy and drop off payment (or post dated cheques for each camp week).You can register for DVMS Summer Casa Camp by clicking here.

  • Eyes are Still Pink: A couple of weeks ago, we let you know that there is a bit of a pink eye problem; sadly, it is still on the spread. Pink eye is common in school settings and is easily transmitted. Click here for info from the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS). Both the CPS and Hamilton Public Health require children with bacterial pink eye (it can also be viral) to remain away from school until they have completed 24 hours of antibiotic treatment. A quick visit to the doctor can determine whether pink eye is bacterial (requiring antibiotics) or viral (requiring love and sympathy). Wash those hands!

Casa South performing their own pink eye inspections.

  • Yearbook: The Yearbook Club is hard at work designing this year’s edition. It’s going to be a beautiful 80-page hardcover book this year and you can pre-order today for $45 online at . Not only will you receive a handsome keepsake, but you’ll also have access to the Digital Edition that features extended photos, videos, and music that you can playback on the computing device of your choice. Ordering only takes a minute, and the books will arrive during the last week of school for signing.

  • DVMS Upper Elementary/Strata Summer Canoe Trip: An introduction to canoe tripping in Algonquin Provincial Park from Monday, July 3, – Friday, July 7, led by DVMS Physical Education specialist Colin Fox, guide, owner, and operator of WeExpeditions, exploring British Columbia’s and Ontario’s wilderness by canoe, ocean kayak, and mountain bike since 2012. This 5 day/4 night canoe trip winds through the scenic northwestern section of this historic provincial park. It is a looping route, launching from and arriving back at Ka-Wa-Way-Mog Lake near the town of South River. The trip will involve lake and creek paddling, short portages, waterfalls, and quaint island camping. There are 9 spots available for this expedition. The cost is $450 per student. Food, canoe rentals, campsites, and transportation from DVMS is provided in the cost of the trip.
    If you are interested and would like more information on this opportunity please contact Colin at

  • Synchro Skating Tryouts: You may remember this adorable video of some of our Lower Elementary students working on a synchro skating routine during their Friday skating activity with DVMS Montessori Mom Amanda Graydon this past winter. Amanda let us know that if any of your children are interested in more synchro skating, tryouts are coming up. No synchro experience necessary. Click here for the info flyer.

  • Save the Date for Strata Benefit: This year’s Strata Montessori benefit event will take place on Thursday, June 15. The date coincides with both the Upper and Lower Elementary year-end camping trips, so babysitters are taken of for Elementary children (and babysitters are cheaper for those with younger siblings; sorry Casa- and Toddler-only families, we can’t send them away for you, yet). More exciting details to come.

Fun Family Events:

  • Pssst, Dads and Kids, don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Over 85 of Canada’s finest artists and crafters, live entertainment, and great food.

At McMaster Children and Youth University workshops, kids participate in interactive, hands-on activities to use what they already know to ask important questions about their world, discover new ideas and work together to create solutions to every-day challenges. Engage with McMaster students to find out how research activities on a University campus affects our lives. Question. Discover. Create. And get ready to have fun!

  • Raptorfest: Saturday, May 13, at Peach King Centre (Arena) in Grimsby. The weather didn’t cooperate with our Casa family field trip last week, but this weekend you can enjoy Raptorfest in the same area.

RaptorFest is a “Friendly by Nature” community event that was established in 1997 by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers to create awareness of this unique Hawk Migration that occurs along the Niagara Escarpment every spring.
Thousands of migrating hawks, vultures and eagles are counted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch as they fly over Beamers Memorial Conservation Area on the escarpment.
Many eco-tourist birding enthusiasts, visit this area each year to witness this world class raptor viewing event.
This year the Hawkwatch expects to record the 500,000th raptor since the watch started in 1975. And in 2000 Beamer Memorial Conservation Area was designated as an important birding area. IBA..
RaptorFest has grown to be an entire Earth Day Celebration that hosts many exhibitors, presenters, and award presentations for the school age participants featuring art, photography and writing competitions.

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

Last week we had photos of your children focused on their work, deep in thought and concentration. It’s not all serious around here, though. This week we tried to capture some shots of the funnier moments that are a part of each of their days. Maybe a moment of laughter or silliness, maybe not using the materials exactly as they were intended, making funny faces and muggin’ for the camera, or otherwise being 100% adorable. They laugh, and make us laugh, every day. Thank you.

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