Events and Info at DVMS | Oct. 9-13, 2017

Nicu Library

In the spirit of the coming holiday long weekend, THANK YOU DVMS community! We asked for book donations to help the McMaster Children’s Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit establish a library. Thanks to you, they have gone from 5 books to this full bookshelf, and have they have put in a request with the hospital for another bookshelf to display the rest of your donations. You’re the best.

This week:

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Rock Stars
  • Lower swimming
  • Lower Field Trip Pics
  • Upper adventure running
  • Cross country pics
  • A couple rafting pics
  • Parent Dinner postponed
  • DVMS clothing
  • Bake Sale
  • World’s Fair
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  • Photos!

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, October 9, is Thanksgiving Day and DVMS will be closed. Have a great long weekend DVMS community. Feast and celebrate with family and friends in all of the fun and wonderful ways you do.

From us to you, thank you for choosing an authentic Montessori education for your children.

Rock Stars

DVMS had an impromptu visit from a rockstar from Ottawa yesterday. Ex-Hamiltonian Jeremy Fisher got a bit of background vocal help from a couple of kids for his upcoming kids record. Thanks for stopping by Jeremy!

Jeremy Fisher Visit Oct 2017

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary

Note: Due to the Thanksgiving statutory holiday, Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Christine) will not be swimming on Monday, Oct. 9.

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.

Lower Field Trip Photos

Here a re a few photos from the Lower Elementary field trips to the Dundas Museum & Archives and the Dundas Fire Station:

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Upper Elementary

  • Adventure Running: 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).

Cross Country Photos

Our Elementary students had a great time at their cross country run this week. One of the Lower Elementary students was just getting over a cold and wasn’t running, so he took on the role of photographer. Here’s the day through his eyes:

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And a few shots captured by the Elementary staff:

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Upper Rafting

And here’s a couple from the Upper Elementary rafting trip today:

Information and Reminders

  • Parent Dinner Postponed: The DVMS Parent Dinner that was scheduled for October 20 is being postponed until November. The dinner will once again be held at Strata Montessori Adolescent School — a beautiful venue in a beautiful spot — and proceeds will go towards supporting the ongoing development of Strata (a registered Canadian charity) as one of Canada’s first and foremost Montessori middle schools. We’ll have more details soon.

  • DVMS Clothing Orders: This week, you all received an email about ordering DVMS clothing. We have decided to simplify things this year by offering you online ordering for all of your DVMS clothing needs, via the DVMS community’s Litzen family
    ClothingOur first store will only be open until Oct. 15, but there will be an opportunity to purchase again in the new year.
Please note the following details:
  • The online store will be active now until Oct. 15, 2017.
  • Items will be available for pick up at the school mid-late November.
  • Payment must be done online at the time of order.
  • No refunds or exchanges after the ordering closes on October 15.
  • No orders will be accepted after Oct. 15.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email and we will do our best to respond.  If you have questions pertaining to sizing etc., please feel free to contact Litzen directly (through the online store).

  • Lower Elementary Bake Sale!: On Friday, Oct. 13, the Lower Elementary children will be enjoying another of their lunch time bake sales as part of their ongoing philanthropic pursuits. All items will be $1.00.

Fun Family Events

  • Rockton World’s Fair: Oct. 6-9, Rockton Fairgrounds, 812 Old Highway 8 (follow Hwy 8 to Rockton), Hamilton, ON. Click for event website.

The Rockton Agricultural Society welcomes you to the 165th Rockton World’s Fair with demolition derbies, a baby show, midway, 4-H, horse shows, pie-eating contest and cake decorating, livestock, and more. Hours are Friday 4 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $15; $7 for children six to 15. Adult weekend pass is $50, youth pass is $20 and family rate on Sunday is $35 for two adults and up to four children.

  • RnGMichaelRosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Wish you could see Upper Elementary West guide Michael stomp around on stage and tell funny jokes? Now’s your chance. Michael is a cast member in a production of the fabulous “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” coming up in mid-October. It’s Abbot and Costello meets Waiting for Godot (with a dash of Shakespeare). Click here for info and tickets.

Written by Tom Stoppard, one of the world’s greatest contemporary playwrights, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” has played across the globe, been adapted into an award-winning film, and is now as recognizable as the classic on which it is based. This Tony Award winning play explores the confused antics of two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” — the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Using his razor-sharp wit and unmatched comedic brilliance, Stoppard creates protagonists that grapple the big philosophical questions while they unwittingly fight for their lives.


Ok, the bug in the system has been resolved. The photo gallery that we couldn’t upload last week is included below. Many of you have seen the photos on our Facebook page, but for those who haven’t, please enjoy. We took a thousand or so photos this week, but you’ll see the best of those when the school photos are ready (we aim to have the order proofs and forms distributed for you to select, return, and receive the prints in time for the winter break). We’ll be back to (hopefully) bug-free, regularly scheduled Montessori environment photos next week.

This week, you’ll notice each photo has a 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.

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