Events and Info at DVMS | April 2-6, 2018


It’s all sunshine and rainbows as we head into the spring term at DVMS.

This week:

Hold and Secure Today at DVMS

DVMS and a number of other area schools were put on “Hold and Secure” for just under an hour today, from about 11:40-12:20. Police had reports of someone in the area firing a weapon and apprehended someone with a BB gun.

In a “Hold and Secure” situation, all exterior doors are locked, lights are turned off, and any curtains or blinds are drawn. Access to the building is restricted, and in today’s case police asked the public to stay out of the area.

Fortunately, today’s incident was over just as we were starting to contact parents, and all of the children were inside due to the rain anyway.

There are three potential emergency situation conditions: “Secure in Place”, “Hold and Secure”, and “Lockdown.” You can read DVMS’s “Emergency Management Policies and Procedures” in your DVMS Parent Handbook (starting on p. 58).

Happy Easter

  • Long Weekend Notice:

    Just a reminder that this 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. See you Tuesday!

Elementary Activities

  • Lower Elementary Zumba: 

    Lower Elementary students will be participating in one of their favourite activities — Zumba — at DVMS, with Maria Isabel Garcia Castro of Maisa Fitness, who has been leading these high-energy classes at DVMS for a number of years. They will have Zumba on Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27. Please ensure children wear or bring clothing they can move and groove in on Zumba days.

  • Upper Elementary Track and Field: 

    Upper students will begin track and field at McMaster on Friday, April 13, and will continue on Fridays, April 20, 27, and May 4.

Prior to track at Mac, they will have an outdoor sports/games/activity day with Terrence, on Friday, April 6.

For all these events, please guide your Upper Elementary child to remember to bring or wear athletic clothing, and their water bottles. For the Mac days, they will need to bring their clean, indoor gym shoes as well as outdoor athletic shoes (they’ll be indoors if the weather demands). We will have details regarding transportation to and from McMaster asap.

  • Elementary Drama:

Lower and Upper Elementary students have started Drama with Michael. This is their specialty arts curriculum this term (music with Kate Quigley was the fall program [see below for more about Kate], and visual art with Christine and Catherine was the winter program). From Michael:

“Students will spend the term exploring the art of telling stories through acting. They will work on developing the skills necessary to be great theatre artists, and to best act out stories and connect with an audience.”

A couple of pictures from their first class:

  • Kids Café: 

    Will be on Thursday next week (April 5). Due to the long weekend, Kids’ Café will take place a couple of days later to give them time to bake up some yummy goodies.



Information and Reminders

  • Children and Medication:

    Please see the “DVMS Medication Administration Policy” on page 75 of your DVMS Parent Handbook. If your child is ever required to have medication or other medicated items administered at school, please pop into the office and complete a “Medication Administration Form.” We have had a few instances of children being sent to school with medication in their pocket or lunchbag; please be aware that even non-prescription items require an administration form to be completed. We want to make sure everyone is safe, and properly medicated (or not medicated if not s’posed to be). Thank you.

  • Lower Lunchtime Bake Sale:

    DVMS Lower Elementary students will be enjoying another of their lunchtime bake sales on Thursday, April 5. Proceeds are to benefit Sick Kids.

  • Lost and Found:

    We once again made a great donation to local charities from our lost and found at the end of the winter term. Thank you (and your kids) for your ongoing, very generous donations ;). Please be sure to check the lost and found regularly, and be sure to LABEL EVERYTHING (labeled items are returned to the lost and found).

  • Summer Camp:

Registration for DVMS Casa Summer Camp is now available.

DVMS Summer Camp is held on the grounds of Dundas Valley Montessori School. Staffed by DVMS Montessori trained Staff and using our beautiful playground, gym and multi-purpose room, each week will follow a theme with games, crafts, activities and community outings. On Fridays we will have a barbecue lunch to end a week of fun and adventure. Our Summer Camp welcomes DVMS students and other children ages 4-6 (or have completed their first year of Casa as DVMS), meeting their developmental needs in a safe, nurturing environment.

  • Online Immunization Reporting:

    We sent this out just before the March Break, but in case you missed it or were busy on a beach, you can now report your child’s immunizations to Hamilton Public Health using their new online reporting system. When you enrol at DVMS you are required to submit your child’s immunization records, which we are then required to submit to Hamilton Public Health every September. When your child has additional immunizations, Hamilton Public Health requires you to submit the updated information directly to them. Online immunization reporting is now available through Hamilton Public Health, and is designed as an alternative to keeping track of the hard copy immunization record (that yellow thing that you remember putting somewhere once so that you wouldn’t lose it).

  • DVMS Music Teacher Kate Quigley in Concert:

    Hey DVMS fams, here’s your chance to see DVMS music teacher extraordinaire live in concert with her band, CQ (click to listen), on Friday, April 6, at The Rock on Locke, St. John the Evangelist, 320 Charlton Avenue West, Hamilton. Click here for more info and for tickets.

Halifax/Toronto rockers, SLOAN have a cannon of great music.  A new album arrives April 6th called ‘Right to Roam’, and we host the Hamilton-area Release Party on Sunday May 13th at Auditorium at Dundas Valley Montessori School.  Tickets on-sale Friday, March 23, via off our website.  Hardcopy tickets to follow.

Fun Family Events

  • Maple Syrup Festival:

Good Friday at Westfield Heritage Village, 1049 Kirkwall Road, Rockton. Click here for info, directions, and tickets.

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.

  • Arts and Crafts Shows:

There are a few Arts and Craft shows taking place on Friday, March 30: Ancaster Lions Spring Craft Show at the Ancaster Fairgrounds, The Artisan Bazaar Spring Show at the Royal Botanical Gardens (Saturday too) | and a Craft Show at the Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre.


Ok, time for the good stuff — pictures of your little (and some not so little) Montessorians shaking off the March Break rust, and getting down to the business of the final term of the school year.

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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