- School Photo Days
- Elementary cross-country and field trips
- Lower swimming
- Upper adventure running
- Parking lot reminders
- Boomerang benefits
- Deadly caterpillars!
- Contact list check
- One-eyed wonder?
- Strata Café
- Gandhi Peace Festival
- Walk for Down Syndrome
- Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead, and Jewellery Show
- Warm Bread
- If/Then the Musical
School Photo Days
Photo days are on Monday, Oct. 1, and Tuesday, Oct. 2. Photos will once again be taken by the wonderful Lindsay Palmer, one of your fellow Montessori Moms. We will be taking individual and sibling photos, on the playground. As you can imagine, this is a very busy couple of days requiring a significant amount of planning and coordination. We will stick to the following schedule as best we can so that you know when to dress ’em up and wash the jam off:
- Monday, Oct. 1:
- First thing in the morning we will take photos of Toddler children and their Casa and/or Elementary siblings, and the Toddler class photo. Siblings of Toddlers will also have their individual photos taken at that time.
- All Casa class photos will also be taken in the morning.
- Over the rest of the day, we will be taking photos of the Casa children and their Elementary siblings. Siblings of Casa children will also have their individual photos taken at that time. (Any children in Lower Elementary South will have photos with their Casa siblings taken before they go swimming).
- [As an example for this day, if you have a child in Casa and a child in Upper Elementary, they will both have their photos taken on Monday.]
- Tuesday, Oct. 2:
- We will begin with Lower Elementary South class, sibling, and individual photos (they have gym in the afternoon).
- Over the rest of the day, we will conclude all Elementary-level class, sibling, and individual photos, as well as any others that were missed.
If your child is just a little bit sick and could handle being present for their class photo, even if you want to pick them up after, that’s just fine for photo days.
Cross-Country and Field Trips
- On Wednesday, October 10, both Lower and Upper Elementary students will be travelling by school bus to LaSalle Park in Burlington to take part in a cross-country running event with a number of other Montessori schools. They will require a packed, litterless picnic lunch and a water bottle (hot lunch kids too); nothing that needs to be reheated please.
Unfortunately, we can’t have parent spectators attend again this year. The school that hosts the event, Fairview Glen Montessori in Burlington, has to get a permit for the use of the park and they got in trouble last year for going over the permitted capacity of the permit area. There are more schools attending this year, too, so they’ve had to sadly disallow parent spectators. Sorry.
Please ensure they have weather and running appropriate footwear and attire that day.
- On Thursday October 4 , Upper Elementary students will be heading out on their rafting trip. Drop-off and pick-up is at DVMS;
- Upper Elementary students will be rafting and canoeing the Grand River with the Grand River Rafting Company. Students will be bused to and from and need to be at DVMS no later than 8:30. They will return in time for regular dismissal at 3:45. Year 4 and 5 students will travel in rafts while year 6 students will traverse the river by canoe. They will lunch across from natural springs and finish the day with a “Blind Man’s Race” and a hike. They will require a litterless packed picnic lunch. Here’s the “What to Bring” guide from the rafting company:
Hats, sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, water, camera, footwear that can get wet and stay on your feet. Bathing suits and clothing that dries fast. Strings for those who wear glasses! Please do not wear denim pants, they never dry out. We suggest nylon material that dries easily. For cool weather dress in layers so that you can strip down as needed with a nylon jacket and splash pants on top! Gloves and a hat are good. And have warm waterproof footwear.
- Swimming: Lower Elementary students will be walking to and from the Dundas Community Pool where they will participate in weekly swimming lessons until the end of October. They will return to DVMS in time for 3:45 dismissal. Each class is divided into two groups based on swimming ability and are guided in swimming instruction by the pool staff. Please ensure that children bring a swimsuit that they can put on and take off themselves, a towel, and goggles and/or nose plugs as they desire and/or require. Please make sure goggles are adjusted to fit. The swimming activity is also more enjoyable for children if they are wearing clothing they can change in and out of without assistance, and if their swim gear is carried in a bag they able to easily and securely carry themselves.
- Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Christine) will swim on Mondays: Lower South children will swim on Monday, Sept. 11, 18, and 25, and Oct. 2, 16, and 23. (Monday, Oct. 9, is Thanksgiving).
- Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Kathleen) will swim on Fridays: Lower North students will swim on Friday, Sept. 15, 22, and 29, and Oct. 13, 20, and 27. (Friday, Oct. 6, is Elementary Field trip day).
- Starting October 13, Upper Elementary students will be participating in Adventure Running on Friday afternoons, led by Upper Elementary French Specialist, Selin. They will be running on Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Please ensure they are wearing, or bring, weather appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear; adventure running is rain or shine (unless it’s a thunderstorm).
Information and Reminders
- Parking Lot Reminders: Just a reminder to please turn right when exiting the parking lot during drop-off and pick-up times. Kemp Dr. loops around to Central Park so we can use it as a loop and avoid congestion. Also, now that the fall heat wave has passed, please remember that DVMS is a no-idling zone; please turn vehicles off when waiting in the parking lot. Thanks everyone.
- Boomerang Lunch and Meal Benefits: The new boomerang lunch continues to work well; thank you for your adoption and ongoing cooperation. Also this year, all of your children’s Montessori guides are able to sit and eat family style with the children, at all levels. This approach, and the added accountability for our own waste, is working wonders to encourage grace and courtesy, table etiquette, and conversation. The benefits of sitting and eating together, and of everyone having a role in every aspect of the meal are really evident. We hope you are seeing the benefits at home during your family meals as well.
- Deadly Caterpillars: Well, not deadly at all, but itchy. Be on the lookout for these black and white caterpillars. As the video explains, touching them can be like stinging nettles — not dangerous, but certainly not pleasant. We’ve removed a few from the playground, so maybe give the backyard a scan when the kids go out to play.
- Contact List Double-Check: Last week we sent out the parent contact list. Please take a minute to double-check your contact info and let us know if there are any errors. We’ll make any corrections and send out an updated list. Thank you.
- Eyeglass Lens: A child-sized eyeglass lens was found in the Toddler Community playground area this week. It does not belong to any of the Toddler children. Anyone got a one-eyed wonder?
Here at Strata, autumn is in the air. To celebrate fall, we invite you to come and have coffee with us on Fridays. There will be pumpkin spice muffins, a crackling fire…if needed, and tables outside where you can take in the beauty of fall. The Café is at Strata and runs from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. It may be slightly chilly outside, but nothing that a cup of our coffee or tea, and a warm sweater can’t solve!– the Strata Community
- Strata Montessori Friday Café: Every Friday morning, the fine folks at Strata Montessori Adolescent School host a wonderful café as part of their student micro-economy ventures. It is a lovely time in a beautiful place with great people.
Fun Family Events
- 25th Annual Gandhi Peace Festival: Saturday, September 30, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., at Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West. Maria Montessori intended her educational approach to be Peace Education (click here for a quick overview, and click here for a longer work by Renilde Montessori — Maria’s granddaughter). Click here for more on the festival.
The peace festival was started in 1993, a year before the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday and it has been held annually on a weekend closest to Gandhi’s birth day (October 2). The purpose of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Festival is:
- To promote nonviolence, peace and justice;
- To provide an avenue for various peace and human rights organizations within the local community of Hamilton and Burlington to become collectively visible, and exchange dialogues and resources;
- To build on local interest and dialogue in peace and human rights issues that develop around the world.
The peace festival is co-sponsored by the India-Canada Society of Hamilton and the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University.
- 5th Annual Hamilton Walk for Down Syndrome: Sunday, October 1, 8:30 – 12:00, Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton. This event is near and dear to us as one of your fellow Montessori Moms is the chair of the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton and her son Owen is a student at DVMS. We encourage you to participate in the walk, and you can support Team Owen by clicking right here.
We received a lovely note from Jen, the chair of the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton:
A huge thank you to the students of Lower Elementary South who organized and held a bake sale on Thursday. Ruaridh was so proud to bring home the $56.10 in support of his brother’s ‘Team Owen’ for the Hamilton Walk for Down Syndrome taking place this Sunday. This will help support children and adults with Down Syndrome living in Hamilton. We are so grateful for the inclusive community created by and promoted by the students, staff, and families of DVMS. Thank you.
A quick note on bake sales: Over the course of the school year, there will be a lot of bake sales, recess sports tournaments, craft sales, and other ventures put on by our Elementary students. These are chances for the children to learn about organizing and planning events, as well as learning opportunities around such topics as monetary denominations and math, communication and advertising, and is a great way to prepare them for future Strata micro-economy ventures while meeting their developmental need to explore fairness and justice, through helping others.
- Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead, and Jewellery Show: Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 at Ancaster Fairgrounds. Click here for more info. Kids love them some rocks and shiny things! This can be a fun day for kids with geological leanings and crafty impulses.
This event is held in the beautiful building at the Ancaster Fair Grounds. We have approx 38 vendors selling rocks and minerals, fossils, finished jewellery, and all the pieces to make your own jewellery. We offer jewellery classes and we also have Free demonstrations, Free seminars, Free Kids activities and LOTS of free parking.
- A Taste of Warm Bread: At Westfield Heritage Village, Sunday, Oct. 1, 12:30-4:00, 1049 Regional Road 552 (Kirkwall Road), Rockton, ON, L0R 1X0. Event details here.
Come and taste a little bit history! Warm, soft, crusty – bread is the theme of this day. Learn how different types of breads are made in hearths, woodstoves and the bake oven. Samples will be available!
- If/Then the Musical: Upper Elementary East Montessori guide Terrence Millie is a cast member of this musical running Oct. 13-21 at Citadel Theatre (28 Rebecca St., Hamilton). Terrence advises that it may not be the most child-appropriate performance due to some coarse language, but a few Elementary families are planning to attend. Click here for details. If you are interested, Terrence has provided us with a discount code for Oct. 14, 15, and 21 matinee performances (2:00 p.m.; use code “IFTHEN2FOR1”).
Music by Tom Kitt Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Nick Kulnies
October 13th – 21st 2017
With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award winning creators of Next to Normal, If/Then is a fascinating, ambitious and original new musical. If/Then simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives that we lead, as well as the lives that we might have led.
Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today and all of the possibilities of tomorrow.
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This week, you’ll notice each photo has a small number in the caption area. This is for ease of reference. If you are ever curious about any of the Montessori materials you see being used by the students — what they’re called? what their purpose is? is there more to it? — please don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll put someone on the task of explaining. Hopefully we can continue to open the doors to Montessori for you.
As always, let us know if you would like the full version of any photos of your children.