- Parent Observations and Interviews Nov. 20-24 (No School Friday, Nov. 24)
- Lower gymnastics and yoga
- Upper dance
- New Hot Lunch — Try Before You Buy
- School photos are in
- Gift-filled shoe boxes
- Parent Dinner gallery
- Santa Claus parade
- Trains and more at RBG
- Hamilton Choir Project
DVMS Parent Observations and Interviews
Most of you have signed up already, but if not please do so as soon as you can. For those that have signed up, please take a minute to double-check your observation and interview dates and times and add them to your calendars. Here’s everything you need to know:
Parent observations in your child’s DVMS Montessori environments, and Parent-Teacher interviews with your child’s Montessori guides, will take place throughout the week of November 20-24.
Please note: there is no school on Friday, Nov. 24, due to the Parent-Teacher interviews.
- Parent Observations: Observations will be held between 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Nov. 20-22, and are an opportunity for you to spend time quietly observing in your child’s Montessori environment prior to your Parent-Teacher interview. Observation sessions are 20 minutes and are for parents only (there will be opportunities for grandparents and other family members to visit during Show Me Day and Grandparents’ Day in February and May, respectively). Please read the “DVMS Observation Guidelines” prior to your visit.
- Observations are not held in the Toddler Community as it is difficult for the toddlers to have mom and dad come into the environment and then leave without them.
- The Upper Elementary Science Fair takes the place of observations for the Upper environments. Observations at this level tend to be less valuable as students move away from materials-based activities and into more abstract work.
Casa and Lower Elementary parents, please select your child’s Montessori environment and an observation timeslot here.
- Parent-Teacher Interviews: Interviews will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, and from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24. (Both Lower Elementary environments will also have interview timeslots available the following week, between 2:00-3:30, during their phys. ed. and music classes; Lower South on Tues., Nov. 28, and Lower North on Thurs., Nov. 30).
Interviews are 20-minutes in length and childcare is available during your interview session.
This year, parents can also sign up for interviews with Mary and Lisa in the Casa dei Bambini environment, and with Lucie or Selin for Lower and Upper Elementary French interviews; these interviews are optional.
Toddler Community interviews will take place on Friday morning only and are for parents of toddlers in their second year. Look for an email from your children’s Toddler Community Montessori guides with more details and information.
We ask that you please be on time for your interview and that you do not stay beyond the scheduled interview timeslot so that everyone can stay on schedule. Thank you.
- Gymnastics and Yoga: Both Lower Elementary classes will begin gymnastics or yoga in November and into December. Gymnastics will take place at the Hamilton Gymnastics Academy and students will be bused to and from. The class that is not attending gymnastics will participate in yoga at DVMS. From the gymnastics academy:
The kids will have the opportunity to learn gymnastics at a fully equipped gym with certified gymnastic instructors. Kids will be on Floor, Trampoline, Tumble Trak (50ft long trampoline) as well as mini trampoline and beam. They will learn safe landing positions, as well as basic gymnastics. Kids should wear shorts and t-shirt to the gym, have hair tied back and no jewellery (stud earrings are fine, no hoops or dangly earrings); no bare feet in the gym.
- Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Christine) will go to gymnastics on Fridays, Oct. 27, and Nov. 10 and 17 (Nov. 3 is a PD Day).
- Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Kathleen) will go to gymnastics on Dec. 1, 8, and 15 (DVMS is closed on Nov. 24 for Parent-Teacher interviews).
- Dance: Upper Elementary students will be participating in a dance program, at DVMS, on Friday Nov. 10 and 17, and on Friday Dec. 1 and 8. They will once again be led in dance by Chimira Andres, an Honours Integrated Science student at McMaster University who is also the current president and captain of the Mac Dance Competitive Varsity Dance Team. She has been a principal dancer/graduate from the School of Cadence Ballet in Toronto, ON. She also has been a senior dance instructor for 4 to 16-year-old dancers in the City of Mississauga dance program for approximately 7 years, and is a working contemporary dance artist with the Parahumans Dance Company. Upper students will dance with their class on Friday afternoons and should wear or bring appropriate, loose clothing.
Information and Reminders
- Try Out the New Hot Lunch Provider, FREE!: Our new hot lunch provider — The Lunch Lady — started this past week, and the reviews have been great so far. On Thursday, Nov. 23, we will be holding a “Try Before You Buy” day where you can select to have your child try hot lunch, at no charge, to see if it might be a fit for your family. French toast and turkey sausage is on the menu that day. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are available.
If you would like to try, please click here and fill out the form by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
The Lunch Lady is a franchise program that serves the Hamilton area. We have been attempting to find a balance between using a small local caterer and keeping the costs reasonable for you. Although we loved the quality of the food from Food is Love, their prices were increasing to a point that we were not able to justify passing the cost on to our families.
Please note that some schools use this service for parents to order individual meals for their children and have them delivered one to five times per week. This is not the same service that we are providing for DVMS families. Our lunch program will run as before: family style, five days per week, with no change in cost to you.
Remember, you can sign up for the DVMS Hot Lunch program anytime. Click here to sign up for the Hot Lunch program and to view the November Lunch Lady menu.
- Photos Are In: If you didn’t get a chance already, remember to pick up your school photos. Pop into the office.
- Gift-Filled Shoe Box Donations: One of your fellow DVMS families let us know that they are participating in a program that delivers gift-filled shoe boxes to children/students in Indigenous communities. Please visit the organization’s website for more information. If you would like to participate as a family, please drop your filled shoe boxes off at DVMS by Tuesday, Nov. 28, and the Hunt family will make sure they get to the local drop-off location. You can purchase pre-filled boxes through the website, and if you want to contribute a packed, physical shoe box, they ask that you download and print their shoe box labels, clearly identify each shoe box with the appropriate label, and make sure to include $5 per box to help cover the cost of transportation to remote communities (DVMS can print and label boxes for you, if you like). From I Love First Peoples:
In each shoebox, we promote education and good nutrition. We encourage the donation of quality, fun and educational gifts.
Fun Family Events
- Parent Dinner Gallery: While it wasn’t for the whole family, the DVMS/Strata Parent Dinner last Friday was certainly a fun event. Thank you to your fellow DVMS Montessori beer brewin’ family from Grain&Grit for the yummy hop-pop, and to the Strata alumni students who volunteered to serve for the evening. Please enjoy a few photos from the parent pizza party:
- Hamilton Santa Claus Parade: Don’t shoot the messenger. Saturday, November 18, at 4:30. There’s a new parade route this year. Visit the parade website here.
The Hamilton Santa Claus Parade Committee has been putting on the parade for over 20 years as a non for profit organisation! This year we are pleased to bring you an exciting new line up of parade floats, entertainment for the whole family and much more!
- Trains at RBG: Starting this weekend. Click here for information.
Trains are taking over at RBG this holiday season! Visit RBG Centre and Rock Garden to see these amazing displays in action, and learn a bit more about the history of local railways.
- Holiday Entertainment at RBG: Also starting at the Royal Botanical Gardens this weekend. Clickity click for details.
Come visit the Gardens and stay around for a variety of performances including choirs, carollers, children’s entertainment, and more! All the entertainment is included in your general admission or membership. Bring the family and experience RBG this holiday season!
- Annie: Matinee shows begin this weekend at Theatre Auditorium at Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd., Ancaster. Click here to visit the Theatre Ancaster website.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations … and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Evenings: November 17, 18, 24 & 25, December 1 & 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: November 19, 25 and 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Adult: $32 | Senior: $27 | Child/Student: $17
- Hamilton Choir Project: Upper Elementary Montessori guide Michael conducts this 22 member mixed-voice adult a capella choir. Rejuvenate your soul with tight harmonies and soaring melodies. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8:00 p.m., at The Church of St. John the Evangelist, 320 Charlton Ave. W. (at Locke). Pay what you can by cash donation at the door.
Remember, the photos can be a good way to engage children in discussions about what they do at school. Whether it is photos of them, or of other children, ask them what the children are doing, if they know what a certain Montessori material is called or if they have had that presentation; ask about group work pictures such as French with Lisa in Casa or group lessons at the Elementary levels. Children can be reluctant to reveal the details of their school days so we hope the photos can provide a bit of a sneaky way in.
As always, let us know if you would like the full version of any photos of your children, or if you have any questions about the Montessori materials or jobs the children are working with.