Events and Info at DVMS | March 5-9, 2018

Lots of “Happy Child(ren)” as March Break is almost upon us. Details below.

This week:

March Break

This is your last “Events and Info” post for a few weeks.

March Break runs from March 12 to March 23 this year. DVMS will host a March Break camp for DVMS Casa children during the second week of March Break: Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23.

  • March Break Casa Camp: 

    This year’s camp will be a cooking themed camp, seeing the children prepare something each day (muffins, cookies, and such), as well enjoying crafts, gym games, and outdoor time each day (please make sure they have weather appropriate clothing each day).

    There are half day (9:00-12:00) and full day (9:00-3:30) options and cost is $120 or $230, respectively, for the week.

    Full day children will require a packed, healthy, litterless lunch each day, and all children should bring healthy snacks for morning and afternoon.

    Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Click here to register.

    To complete your registration and guarantee your child’s spot in camp, please come into DVMS to sign the hard copy of your form and submit payment by Friday, March 9.

    Please make cheques payable to “DVMS.” Payment by E-Transfer may be sent to

  • Long Weekend Notice:

    A bit of notice: we are back to school after the March Break on Monday, March 26, and that first week back leads into the Easter long weekend: Friday, March 30, is Good Friday, and Monday, April 2, is Easter Monday. DVMS is closed both days. There is no school.

Elementary Activities

  • Lower Elementary Dance: 

    This is the last week for Lower Dance at DVMS. Their last session will be on Friday afternoon,  March 9. One more reminder to wear or bring appropriate, loose clothing.

  • Upper Elementary Soccer: 

    This is the last week for Upper Elementary soccer at the Ancaster Sports Centre. Friday, March 9, is the last session, and the last day we are asking that Upper Elementary children be picked up from Ancaster Sports Centre (1030 Lower Lions Club Rd.) at 3:30. Don’t forget they will require their indoor gym shoes, clothing to move and play in, and their water bottles. If you are not able to pick up from the sports centre, please let us know at

  • Kids Cafe: 

    Tuesday, March 6, is your last chance to score some treats from Kid’s Cafe before the March Break. Kids’s Cafe takes place every Tuesday until the Upper Elementary sixth-year students head to Ottawa for their Montessori Model Parliament experience in April. Kid’s Cafe is the primary fundraiser for their annual trip, organized and run by the students themselves (great practice for running the Strata Cafe when they get there).

  • Upper Speeches:

    Upper Elementary students will present their speeches from 9:30-11:00 on Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, in the gymnasium.

    • Upper East (Terrence/Catherine) will present on Wednesday.
    • Upper West (Kathleen/Michael) will present on Thursday.

Please ask your student about their speech. They will need to practice at home over the weekend to ensure that they are knowledegable about the content. Please help them with any transitions that may need work and encourage them to practice in front of you or a mirror.

Parents are welcome, and encouraged, to come and view the speech presentations. As always,please plan to attend the entire speech presentation session for your child’s class (they probably won’t go until 11:00; we’re giving them a good buffer). We ask that you plan to stay for the all the speeches to support the children, and to help keep their nerves settled by not having people walking in and out while they are presenting. Thank you.

Information and Reminders

  • Try Before You Buy Hot Lunch:

Our hot lunch provider, The Lunch Lady, is once again offering a “Try-Before-You-Buy” day for families that may be interested having their children join the hot lunch program (or just don’t want to make a lunch for one day). “Try-Before-You-Buy” will take place on Tuesday, March 27 (just after we come back from March Break).

If you would like to sign up for this day, please do so no later than the evening of Sunday, March 25, by completing this online form.

They will be enjoying homemade Mac and Cheese with steamed vegetables. You can always view the current month’s hot lunch menu, and sign up for hot lunch, by visiting this page at

Fun Family Events

  • McMaster Children and Youth University’s Curiosity Crawl:

Saturday, March 3, 10:00-3:00, at McMaster University, Burke Science Building, Main Campus, 1280 Main St. W. Click here for details.

How many emotions do we feel in one day? How do you make dirty water drinkable? How does one create the perfect zombie virus?

Explore these questions and more at MCYU’s CURIOSITY CRAWL – A Day to Question, Discover, and Create!

Choose your own adventure with up to 15 interactive workshops guaranteed to spark your curiosity! A fun event for the whole family! Workshops geared towards ages 7-14.

*NEW THIS YEAR* Education Information Sessions for Parents.

  • Jeremy Fisher Junior:

At Mills Hardware, 95 King St. E., Hamilton, on Sunday March 4, Doors 12:30, Show 1:00. Advance Tickets: $5 (+SC) children, $15 adults. All-Ages. Info and tickets available here. Jeremy once performed at a DVMS Benefit concert, and a few DVMS children did some background singing for his latest kid’s album “Highway to Spell.”

Songs such as Turtle & Guy, I Lost My Shoe and Bizzy Bee come alive with vivid imagery, instantly singable melodies and grooves that inspire kids to dance like nobody’s watching. His trademark wit and penchant for storytelling add dimension to the simple tunes and make sure there’s a little something in there for the whole family.

The folky acoustic instrumentation, punctuated by whimsical horn arrangements and DIY percussion recalls the work of classic children’s entertainers such as Raffi, Fred Penner and Sharon, Lois and Bram.

  • Maple Syrup Festival:

Sundays at Westfield Heritage Village starting this Sunday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here for details and directions.

Bring your family and friends for some springtime fun at the Maple Syrup Festival, there’s so much to see and do!

Learn how maple syrup was made in the early and mid-19th century and then enjoy a short walk into the woods to Westfield’s sugar shack. There you can try a taste of Westfield’s very own maple syrup, made in a modern evaporator.

Other fun activities include wagon rides drawn by a beautiful antique tractor, children’s games, wood cutting activity and a unique photo opportunity in the Hardware Store.

Be sure to stop in the Ironwood Hall for a delicious and affordable pancake breakfast, brought to you by the St. George Lions Club.

  • Skate for McMaster NICU:

Remember earlier this year when you were all amazing and created a lending library for the McMaster Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit? There’s another, fun opportunity to help them out coming up during the March Break. From your fellow Montessori Mom, Karen, who works with the unit:

Hello DVMS families!

Please join us for a Family Skate fundraiser at Coronation Arena (in Westdale near McMaster Children’s Hospital) on Saturday, March 17, from 3:00-4:00 pm!  This event is a fundraiser for the McMaster Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The link to the event is here  .  We are accepting donations through the site and tax receipts will be sent directly to you!

ALL money we raise will be used to support families who are currently in the NICU — whether that means providing small gifts for families at Christmas, or purchasing craft supplies for our support group sessions, etc. Even if you can’t join us, we thank you for considering supporting the cause! We hope to see you at skating!


Last set of photos for a while, but even you might be in some of them. We tried to capture as many lovely Show Me Day moments as we could. Take a look.

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.

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