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Events and Info at DVMS | Jan. 14-18, 2019

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First week as a Casa student. Thank you Toddler Room for a great start.

This week:

  • Lower karate
  • Upper Rock Climbing
  • Upper boys basketball
  • Recess Dance Club with Joanna
  • Upper Elementary Bake Sale
  • Parent Education Coming Up
  • Welcome our student teacher
  • Fun Events around Hamilton
  • Photos!

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Events and Info at DVMS | Jan. 7-11, 2019

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  • Lower karate
  • Upper curling
  • Upper basketball


Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

We would like to welcome you all back and hope you had a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.  We are excited for what 2019 has to offer you and your children.  

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary

  • Lower Elementary students will be participating in Karate this month.  Students are asked to come prepared with clothing that is appropriate for movement and proper shoes.  

Upper Elementary

  • Upper Elementary students will be participating in curling this month at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club.  Students are required to bring with them, clean indoor shoes.  Soles must be free of any dirt or grit as it will damage the ice surface.  Students will be bused to the club for 1:30 and we are asking parents to please pick up at the club at 3:30.  If you are unable to pick your child up, please arrange with a friend.  This is always a fun activity!

  • Upper Boys Basketball Team: Practices will continue this week on Tuesday morning at 7:30.   A reminder that we have our first game on Thursday, January 10th at St Lawrence school.  The game is at 4:30pm.  We are asking for parents to help drive to the game.  Come on out and support the boys!

Information and Reminders

  • Winter wear: Please ensure you send warm outdoor clothing, boots, snow pants, etc. It looks like it may rain on our first day back so please send in rain gear as well (esp. muddy buddies) as always, we try to get outside if possible.


  • Indoor Shoes and Clothes: As the seasons change, please remember to send in the appropriate indoor clothing for the weather and also the correct size.  It is also a good time to check the sizing of your child’s indoor shoes to make sure they are not too small.  You are welcome to pop into your child’s classroom after school to do so.


  • Morning Drop Off: Just a reminder that there will be some tears on Monday (could be tears of sadness or joy depending on whether you are the child or the parent).  Two weeks holiday is a long time for some of the little ones and getting back into a routine will take some time.  The best course of action is to give a quick goodbye at the door and reassure them you will see them soon.    Also, remember that there is no left turn out of our parking lot during drop off and pick up.
We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!




Events and Info at DVMS | Dec. 17-21, 2018

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This week:

  • Strata Holiday Market
  • Lower Jan activities
  • Upper Jan activities
  • Upper boys basketball
  • Holiday concert details
  • DVMS clothing at concert
  • Upper clothing drive
  • Toy Drive – last day is Tuesday, Dec. 18
  • Toddler Tea
  • Lost and found
  • Bucket of Cheer

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Events and Info at DVMS | Dec. 10-14, 2018

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This week:

  • Strata Holiday Market
  • Upper basketball
  • Toy Drive
  • Bucket of Cheer!
  • Toddler Tea
  • Holiday concert and break
  • Lost and found
  • Flamborough Holiday Village
  • RBG Winter Lights
  • Trains!
  • Photos!

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Events and Info at DVMS | Dec. 3 to Dec. 7 2018

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This week:

  • Lower Zumba
  • Upper dance
  • Lower Field Trip to Dundas Museum
  • Bake Sale
  • Strata Holiday Market
  • Poinsettia Pick up
  • Toddler Tea
  • Holiday concert and break
  • Christmas Shopping Without the Kids
  • Hockey Tournament
  • Lost and found
  • Photos!

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Events and Info at DVMS | Nov. 26 – Nov. 30, 2018

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This week:

  • Lower Zumba
  • Upper dance
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Lice reminder
  • Dundas Tree Lighting
  • Flamborough Santa Claus Parade
  • AGH Family Day
  • Photos!

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Events and Info at DVMS | Nov. 19-23, 2018.

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This week:

  • Parent Observations and Interviews Nov. 19-23 (No School Friday, Nov. 23)
  • Lower Zumba
  • Upper Ballroom Dance
  • Information and Reminders
  • Photos!

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Education for Resilience and Peace

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Thursday, November 8th for a wonderful night of discussion.

I have tried to distill the conversations.

What does it mean to be resilient? What do we hope for our children?

  • May you be confident and humble, adaptable and intentional.
  • May you be open to change, and open to ideas.
  • May you try your best, but be open to accepting the lessons that come from failure.
  • May you balance independence and friendship/love.
  • May you not be fatalistic, instead be optimistic and realistic.
  • When problems come, may you have the courage, creativity, and compassion to solve them.
  • May you have a foundation of exercise, sleep, friends, laughter, and health.
  • May you not get too caught up in the highs or the lows.

May you know and love the person you become.

How can we parent our children through adolescence and high school?

  • In a time when they are looking to their friends and need you less, they need you the most.
  • You can’t be their best friend, but must be there when they need you.
  • Offer them space and trust, but they must keep your trust.
  • Offer them meaningful work, and meaningful conversations.
  • Set an example. 
  • We have to give them a beacon of light that holds them on their course to their best self, as they go through these difficult years.
  • It is your family’s values, not the values of their friends, that will give them inner strength.
  • Accept that they need to make mistakes, and help them to learn from them.
  • Be ready for change, every day is a new day and they have trouble seeing the future.

How do you practice benevolent neglect?

What can we do now to develop capacity and resilience in our children?

  • Help them practice when they don’t understand.  Give direct instruction in calm moments which guide them in developing a capacity to work through different social and emotional situations.
  • Understand their unique character – there is no one solution for every child.  Some children are orchids and some are dandelions.
  • Don’t try and fix the problem when they are seeing red. Wait and talk to them calmly and give them loving direction.
  • Acknowledge their feelings, but don’t let poor behaviour be rewarded.
  • Be cautious about creating a sense of entitlement.
  • Acknowledge your own mistakes and apologize when you are wrong.
  • Forgive them.
  • Communication – listening and guiding.
  • Emotional intelligence and emotional virtues.  Justice, love, wisdom, courage.
  • Encourage truthfulness
  • Listen well, and resist the rescue but encourage the search for answers (explore)
  • Support them, but let them solve any problem they can solve.  Give them tools, not solutions.

How can I know my unique child and separate their signal from their noise?

Events and Info at DVMS | Nov. 12-16, 2018


This week:

  • Lower Zumba
  • Upper Ball Room Dancing
  • Parent Observations and Interviews Nov. 19-21st
  • Junior Girls Basketball
  • Up Coming Events
  • Photos!

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Events and Info at DVMS | Nov. 5th to 9th, 2018.

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  • Lower Zumba
  • Upper Ballroom Dance
  • Parent Observations and Interviews Nov. 22-24
  • Fall back
  • Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 8 Parent Education event
  • Anti Bullying Workshop
  • Photos!

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary

  • Zumba:  Lower Elementary students will be participating in Zumba at DVMS on Friday Nov. 9, 16 and 30th.  Students will need to be wearing appropriate clothing for movement as well as running shoes.  This is always a fun activity!

Upper Elementary

  • Dance: Upper Elementary students will be participating in a dance program, at DVMS, on Friday Nov. 9, 16 and 30th.   They will be focusing on Ballroom this year with Dan Lee.  

    Dan has been teaching Ballroom for nearly twenty years. He provides students with the best possible value and enjoyment while delivering a light-hearted fun dance lesson. In addition to private and group lessons, Dan has also been hired to teach large groups in schools and at special events. In his spare time, Dan volunteers at Culture Link where he helps New Canadians settle in the Toronto area. 

Information and Reminders

DVMS Parent Observations and Interviews: 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 19-23.

Please note: there is no school on Friday, Nov. 23, 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. 19-21, 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.
    • Observations are not held in Upper Elementary.  There will be other events throughout the year such as speeches, science fair and MMUN that allow you to have a glimpse into your child’s classroom.

Casa and Lower Elementary parents the link for observations will be available next week.

  • Parent-Teacher Interviews: Interviews will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, and from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. (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 Mon., Nov. 26, and Lower North on Wed., Nov. 28).

Interviews are 20-minutes in length and childcare is available during your interview session.

Please note: Toddler Community and Upper Elementary East interviews will take place on Wednesday Evening on November 21st.  

The link for signing up for your interview will be in next weeks Newsletter.  

  • Fall Back: Remember, clocks go back one hour this weekend. See you all on time, and in the daylight, on Monday morning. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep, or the more relaxing Monday morning coffee drinking.

  • Remembrance Day: Each year, our Elementary level students attend the Dundas Legion’s Remembrance Day ceremonies and participate by laying a wreath. This year, Remembrance Day and the ceremony are on a Sunday, so our classes will not be able to attend.   There will be various, age-appropriate activities, lessons, and discussions in the classrooms, but if you would like to attend the ceremonies with your children this year, here’s the schedule for Sunday, November 11:

10:15am – Parade falls in at Memorial Square/Dundas Firehall
10:30am – Parade marches to Memorial at Community Centre
10:45am – Memorial service commences

  • Parent Education Evening: Thursday Nov.,  8. 5:30 – 7:00.  “Raising a Resilient Humanity”: Parent Education is a crucial aspect of what we do at DVMS and Tony is ‘voluntelling’ everyone to attend. A form came home with your child.  Please fill it out and return it either way.  The event will be held at DVMS and there will be childcare, wine and snacks.

Life is a roller coaster.  At one time or another we have all experienced deep despair, pure joy, intense pressure, perfect calm, blinding anger, and profound laughter.  How one learns to deal with life’s ups and downs is at the very core of a successful life.  If we are too mercurial, if we can’t bounce back, if we chase the highs and avoid the lows, then we don’t tether to ourselves.  Then we don’t live a meaningful life.

Resilience outweighs academics and in fact is the primary reason that we succeed or fail. If parents and school work together then there is no better way to develop resilience than in a Montessori school.

Please join us for an evening where we discuss ways that we are building resilience here at DVMS and Strata.  More importantly how a partnership with parent and school can develop in your child the independence, confidence, humility, and self awareness they will need to ride their own ‘roller coaster’ to a wonderful life.

  • Anti Bullying Workshop

Kathleen Wright is a Casa Parent and an anti-bullying and harassment specialist.  She is running a workshop in Dundas for parents struggling to find solutions for their children and teen’s bullying issues. This 2 hour workshop will help equip parents with better tools to talk with their children about bullying, a way to get their teachers and principals on their team, and innovative ways to find solutions to the problem. Please let friends and family know about this event if you think it would be helpful to them. Here is the Eventbrite link:


A request from one of our Toddler Moms: 

After school care needed for a 22 month old boy in the toddler program.  Looking for either 2 or 3 days a week (your choice of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, doesn’t even have to be the same days each week!) from when school’s out at 3:30pm until 5:15pm, $35 each day.

Ideally looking for someone close to the  school.  If in walking distance I can provide a stroller, or if by car, I can provide a car seat.
I’m sending this message out in the hopes that a fellow Montessori parent has the patience (strength? endurance?) to add another little one to their after school activities for less than two hours a shot.  I own a business in Dundas and I close at 5pm sharp; while I initially had a plan in place to make the timing work, of course things have fallen through!
Tara Crugnale (Tristan Miu’s mom)


And The Winner Is……..

Thank you to all of you for supporting our Kids Cafe and our year sixes’ efforts to raise money for their Montessori Model United Nations trip to New York City in February.  Congratulations to Zoe Zak from Casa North for winning this weeks raffle.   


Fun Family Events

  • Double Header Weekend with The Hamilton Bulldogs: Saturday Nov. 3, at 4p.m. vs Kingston.  Sunday Nov.4, at 2p.m. vs Owen Sound.  Click here for the link to the Bulldogs website.




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