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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?

The Broken Leg Page

Hello DVMS Community,

As you may know, a young boy from the Lower Elementary world (6-9 years-old) broke his leg earlier this week. He is home now but is beginning summer vacation in a full leg cast and will be non-weight-bearing for six weeks. 🙁

The family is asking if anyone can suggest favourite audio books, book series, family movies, or any creative (non-iPad) ideas to keep him happy and occupied in the next six weeks.

If you have any suggestions, please respond in the comments section below this post so that the family can follow along.

Thank you so much.

Events and Info: June 19 – 23, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School


This is it, the final “Events and Info” of the 2016-2017 school year. Thank you for reading along and enjoying the photos this year. I hope we were able to keep you up to date on all of our goings on and comings up.

We especially want to thank you all for your incredible support of the DVMS/Strata Benefit last night. From ticket purchases to auction item donations to auction bids to charitable donations, it was a very successful event. Enjoy some photos from the night, you well-dressed, good-lookin’ bunch o’ Montessori moms and dads.

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Events and Info: June 12 – 16, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School


DVMS/Strata Benefit — this week: The Food!

Online Auction Link

Elementary Camping Trips

3rd Year Casa Parent Meeting

Summer Camp Info

Journal of Montessori Research

End of Year and BBQ Dates

A Day on the Bridge

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DVMS/Strata Benefit: The Food


Can’t have a Date Night for Foodies without the food! Here’s what you can expect to satiate your gastronomical desires at the 2017 DVMS/Strata Benefit: Date Night for Foodies.

Mel Athulathmudali (Stratford Chef School who you will remember from the Strata Supper Club events this year) and Scott Friedmann (DVMS and Strata parent, and a Masters in Hospitality from Cornell University) will be offering:

  • Slow Faux Poke Tuna made from compressed watermelon
  • Puffed Wild Rice
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Wasabi Oil and Nori w/ Strawberry & Rhubarb Lemonade

Mel preparing the Strata Supper Club meal in the Strata kitchen

Joe and Lindsey Mrav (DVMS parents and proprietors of the soon-to-open Grain and Grit Small Batch Beer) will be offering:
  • Beer tastings paired with the offered food.


Eric Deschenes (DVMS parent and Pastry Chef at Rousseau House and graduate of Niagara Culinary Institute) will be providing the dessert offerings:
  • Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and Chocolate Ganache served with Southbrook Framboise dessert wine.

Rousseau House

Plus! more gastronomic goodness to come.

Events and Info: June 5 – 9, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School


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This Week:

DVMS/Strata Benefit and Auction

Casa 1st and 2nd Year Interviews

Casa 3rd-year Sleepover

Lower Ultimate

Upper Tennis

Upper and Lower Camping Info

Joanna Had a Baby!

Summer Camps


End of Year Dates


Children’s Choir

Adult’s Choir


Horse Rescue

Plane Pull

Lots and Lots of Photos

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Events and Info: May 29 – June 2, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School


Click here or the image above for tickets and more information.


Summer Camp Stuff

Lower Ultimate

Upper Tennis

Grandparents’ Day Photos

Strata Seedling Sale

Movin’ On Up


Movie Night

Bike to School on Monday

The Art of Parenting

Farm Crawl

Made in Dundas Festival

Trains, Boats, and Meccano

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Events and Info: May 22 – 26, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School

It’s the long weekend! Have great family adventures DVMS community, and we’ll see you on Tuesday.

This week:

Grandparents’ Day

Lower Ultimate

Upper Tennis

MMUN in Action

Casa Workshop

Joanna’s Having a Baby Now

Toddler Garden Party

Upper Soccer vs. Fairview Glen

Summer Camps, Summer Camp Counselors, and late-June Art Camp at DVSA

Movin’ On Up

Ticks (don’t worry)

Fire Dept. Visit

Shoes and Sandals and Lost and Found

DVMS Family Movie Night

Touch-A-Truck (for Paul ;))

RBG Nature Connects

Waterdown Arts and Music Streetfest


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