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Events and Info at DVMS | April 22-26, 2019

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Casa Workshop:

  • The next Casa Workshop is coming up on Wednesday, April 24, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   We will be looking at the culture curriculum.  Please proceed to your child’s Montessori environment at 3:30. As always, your children are welcome to play on the playground until the workshop is over. See you there!

Toddler Workshop:

  • We are excited to be hosting our final Toddler Community Parent Therapy session of this school year on Thursday April 25th from 6 – 7:30pm. We will frame our evening’s discussion around Simone Davies’ (author of The Montessori Toddler) “Seven Principles for Curious Humans”:

          1. Follow the child – let them lead

          2. Encourage hands – on learning – let them explore.

          3. Include the child in daily life – let them be included.

          4. Go slow – let them set their own pace.

          5. Help me to help myself – let them be independent and responsible.

          6. Encourage creativity – let them wonder.

          7. Observe – let them show us.


Special News From Mary:

You may notice that Mary will not be greeting you at her usual post at the end of the school day. Happily, this is for a good reason. Mary is undertaking a short new Montessori adventure in the Philippines.  She has been invited to provide 1 week of Montessori lectures to students who are beginning their Montessori studies on the campus of the University of the Philippines. Mary left on Thursday (April 18th)and will return at the end of the month.  We are fortunate that during Mary’s absence, Shannon Chambers (mother of Carson and a trained Montessori 3-6 teacher) will be filling in to assist the bambini children alongside Lisa S.Q.  Shannon has supplied in the Bambini classroom before as well as all of our Casa and Toddler rooms.  The children will be happy to have another familiar friend caring for them while Mary is away.   Mary is grateful for the support and encouragement she has received from the entire school community and will be eager to tell you about her experiences when she returns.

Lower Elementary Bake Sale:

Dear Parents,

We are having a bake sale for LES and LEN on Friday April 26th at lunchtime.  There will be muffins, cookies, marshmellows, rice krispie squares and gluten free muffins.  Everything will be $1. – Elizabeth, Macy, Henrik and Myer


Elementary Activities


Lower Elementary Hip Hop: 

  • Lower Elementary students will be continuing with  Hip Hop at DVMS on Friday, May 3rd, with Josh from Defining Movement Dance Studio.  Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing for dance movement and a water bottle.

DMD is Hamilton’s FIRST Hip-Hop focused dance studio, where students of all ages can learn the fundamentals and different styles of Hip-Hop & Street Dance. We also offer have programs in Contemporary, Ballet and Latin dances (Salsa, NY Style Salsa, Cha-Cha &. Hustle), Ballroom Dance.At DMD the emphasis is on dance, and not competition.  We believe every BODY Can Dance! We are built to move, and through dance people can grow in all aspects of their lives.


Upper Elementary Track and Field: 

  • Upper Elementary students will continue with track on Friday, May 3rd.  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). Students will be transported to MacMaster at 1:00pm.  Please pick up or arrange for pick up for your child at 3:15 outside the David Braley Centre (use the Sterling St. entrance to McMaster).

Summer Casa Camp:

Registration for DVMS Casa Summer Camp is now available.

  • DVMS Casa 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 4-8 (or have completed their first year of Casa as DVMS), meeting their developmental needs in a safe, nurturing environment.

Elementary Spring Cross Country Run:

  • Elementary students who have signed up to participate in the CYO spring cross country run will be running on Thursday, May 9th at Marydale Park (Marydale Park- 5999 Chippewa Rd, Mount Hope)   Unfortunately, it is not possible to add runners at this time as names and ages have already been submitted.  A bus will be leaving DVMS at 9:45am and returning to school at 1:45pm.  Please have your child wear their DVMS shirt and bring:  proper running shoes, a water bottle, and their lunch.  Each child will be handed a bib with a number when they get on the bus.  Please find below the the age divisions and times for each run.  Please come out and cheer on your runner!

 

  • Tyke Minor (Grade 1)- 1110 meters. 10:40-10:50am
  • Tyke Major (Grade 2)- 1110 meters. 11:00-11:10am
  • Atom Minor (Grade 3)- 1530 meters. 11:20-:11:30am
  • Atom Major (Grade 4)-1530 meters. 11:40-11:50am
  • Junior (Grade 5&6)- 1980 meters. 12:00-12:15pm
  • Senior (Grade 7&8)- 2300 meters. 12:30-12:45pm

3rd Annual DVMS/Strata Canoe, Kayak and Mountain Bike Camps for Summer 2019:

This summer, Justin Metz (Strata guide) and Colin Fox (PE teacher at DVMS) are offering 3 unique outdoor recreation opportunities for DVMS Upper Elementary Students, Strata Montessori Students, and parents:  Canoeing in Algonquin, kayaking in the Minks and McCoy Islands of Georgian Bay, and a Mountain Bike Camp in Dundas Valley.  To participate in any these trips, no previous camping, nor paddling experience is necessary, although all participants would benefit from being physically fit with a positive attitude.  For more information on these, and other outdoor recreation trips visit Silver Fox Expeditions and complete the Sign-Up form.


Fun Family Events


Good Friday at Westfield:


Westfield Heritage Village invites you to visit on Good Friday, April 19 for an afternoon of springtime fun!

Special Easter-themed activities will take place, on this day only, from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Families and friends can work together on a scavenger hunt, help the farmers search for real eggs in the barn, and visit a farmhouse to learn how plants, vegetables and spices can be used to colour Easter eggs naturally. You can also see a demonstration of traditional Ukrainian egg decorating. The village green will feature traditional outdoor games throughout the afternoon (weather permitting).

Many of Westfield’s more than thirty historic buildings will be staffed by the village’s authentically dressed volunteer interpreters. You won’t want to miss a visit to the train station, one room school house, blacksmith shop and much, much more. The Gift Shop will be open with a wide selection of maple products, toys and special gifts. Stop by the General Store for some unique sweet treats.

https://westfieldheritage.ca/events/good-friday-at-westfield/

 

Easter Eggstravaganza!

 

The Easter Bunny will be downtown Dundas!

Saturday April 20th, 2019
11am to 3pm

In store draws at over 70 stores, enter for a chance to win an Easter plush friend
Free face painting and hot apple cider at memorial square
Free horse and trolley rides at The Collins Brewhouse, 33 King St W
Little Tracks Petting Zoo at Eccles Auto Service, 121 King St W, bring your quarters to feed the animals

All compliments of the Dundas Business Improvement Area Merchants

Easter Eggstravaganza

 

Easter Egg Hunt:

Saturday, 20 April 2019.  9:00 AM – 11:59AM

 

Acer Garden Centre

591 Fiddlers Green Rd., Ancaster ON, L9G 3L1

Children | Please bring non-perishable food items for ACS.

Phone:905-648-2200

Thousands of eggs will be hidden at the centre to fill your child’s sweet tooth. Come meet the Easter bunny, see a dog show, Feebee the Clown, and many different children’s activities.

https://www.thespec.com/events/9243338–easter-egg-hunt/

 


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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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Events and Info at DVMS | March 5-9, 2019

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March Break


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

March Break runs from March 11 to March 22 this year. DVMS will host a March Break camp for children during the second week of March Break: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22.


March Break Camp: 

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.

DVMS will host a March Break camp for DVMS children during the second week of March Break: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22.  This camp will be run by Kathy Cope from The Carnegie Gallery and Dundas Valley School of Art.  The camp will be at DVMS.

Camp will run full day 9:00-3:30.  There is no before or aftercare. Cost for the week is  $230.

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.

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


Show Me Day


  • Show Me Day takes place Wednesday, March 6, from 9:00-11:00, for Casa and Lower Elementary children and their parents. Show Me Day is a chance for you to spend part of a morning with your children in their Montessori environments. During your 20-minute visit, they will show you some of their favourite Montessori jobs and/or some of their favourite pieces of work that they have completed or are working on. This is always a very exciting day for the children as they have the opportunity to invite you into their Montessori worlds.  We are requesting that children remain at school after your visit.  Having some children leave and others stay part way through the day is disruptive to the children’s work cycle.  Thank you for understanding.
  • Parents of Upper Elementary students, your children will be presenting speeches later on in the term.Click on the links below to sign up for your time:Casa North

    Casa South

    Casa East

    Lower Elementary North

    Lower Elementary South


Parent-Teacher Interviews


  • Parent-Teacher interviews will take place during the evening of Thursday, March 7, and the morning of Friday, March 8 (DVMS is closed on Friday; there is no school). As always, childcare will be available during your interview. (Note: if you were asked to pre-book an interview, you do not need to sign up again). If you haven’t already done so, please click the link below to sign up.

Toddler

Casa East

Casa North

Casa South

Lower Elementary South

Lower Elementary North

Upper Elementary East

Upper Elementary West


Elementary Activities


  • There are no Elementary Activities planned for March because of the PD day for conferences and a two week March Break.  We are looking forward to Track and Field for the Upper Elementary students and Dance for the Lower Elementary students when we return from March Break.

                  Elementary Talent Show 


  • Some Upper Elementary students are hosting a talent show in the school gym on March 7th at 10:00 am-11:30 am. Upper and Lower Elementary parents are welcome to come and watch the students performing their talents. If you would like to donate we will be collecting donations for next years Montessori Model United Nations Conference.

         Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

         Ella Boylan, Chloe Speziale, Alexia Gamble, Yazmeen Deschenes, and Ruby Hudecki


Information and Reminders


  • Parking Reminders:  Our parking lot poses challenges on the best of days.  With the piles of snow that have been plowed, it is even more precarious.  We are asking that ONLY Toddler and Casa Parents use the lot to drop off.  If you have an Elementary child, we are asking you to drop them off at the bottom of the driveway and let them walk up.  Please also note that parking along the walkway fence is not permitted as it is a fire route and also makes it impossible for cars to maneuver in the lot. Thank you for understanding.

 

  • DVMS Parent Looking for care: After school care needed for a 2-year-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.

Thanks

Tara Crugnale (Tristan Miu’s mom).

905-541-3986.   t_crugnale@yahoo.ca

  • 3rd Annual DVMS/Strata Canoe, Kayak and Mountain Bike Camps for Summer 2019.

This summer, Justin Metz (Strata guide) and Colin Fox (PE teacher at DVMS) are offering 3 unique outdoor recreation opportunities for DVMS Upper Elementary Students, Strata Montessori Students, and parents:  Canoeing in Algonquin, kayaking in the Minks and McCoy Islands of Georgian Bay, and a Mountain Bike Camp in Dundas Valley.  To participate in any these trips, no previous camping, nor paddling experience is necessary, although all participants would benefit from being physically fit with a positive attitude.  For more information on these, and other outdoor recreation trips visit Silver Fox Expeditions and complete the Sign-Up form.    


Fun Family Events


  • Maple Syrup Festival:

Sundays at Westfield Heritage Village starting this Sunday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here for details and directions. https://westfieldheritage.ca/uncategorized/the-sweet-taste-of-spring-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

The Maple Syrup Festival is an annual tradition for many including the volunteers at Westfield. When visiting us there are a few things that you may want to keep in mind. The Festival is taking place on Sundays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, as well as Wed. March 13 and Thursday, March 14 during March Break. Our hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The St. George Lions Club is looking after our pancake house. Their menu is as follows: Pancakes – 1.00, Sausage – 2/1.00, Ham – 1.00, Syrup – .25 cents, Butter 2/.25 cents Coffee, Tea, Juice, Hot Cider, Milk, Pop, Water- $1.50.  The Lions group is only able to take cash so you will want to bring some extra cash to enjoy the delicious pancakes. The pancakes are available from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.


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Events and Info at DVMS | Feb. 25 – March 1, 2019

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Events and Info at DVMS | Feb. 11-15, 2019

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  • Statutory holiday next week
  • March Break Casa Camp
  • Lower Skating
  • Upper Skating
  • Valentine’s Day:
    • cards & stuff
    • Upper lunch
  • Show Me Day
  • Parent-Teacher interviews
  • Casa Workshop
  • No Photos this week, sorry.  Two Snow Days and a PD day made it difficult
  • Don’t forget to check the DVMS calendar to stay up to date.

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Events and Info at DVMS | Jan. 28 -Feb. 1, 2019

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  • MACBETH
  • Lower Skating
  • Upper Skating
  • Upper Boys Basketball
  • PD. Day
  • Late
  • DVMS Re-Enrolment
  • “Montessori Morning”  Video Hits 1 Million Views
  • Photos!

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