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

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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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/help-them-choose-a-bullying-workshop-for-families-struggling-to-find-a-solution-that-works-tickets-2875198797


 

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!
Thanks, 
Tara Crugnale (Tristan Miu’s mom)
905-541-3986

 


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.   

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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. http://hamiltonbulldogs.com


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Events and Info at DVMS | Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018

 

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This week:

  • Friday, Nov. 2, is a PD Day. No School.
  • School Photos
  • Tuition reminder
  • Halloween at DVMS
  • Nov. 8 Parent Education event
  • Parent  Interviews Nov. 20-24
  • Photos!
  • Family Halloween events for the weekend

Elementary Activities


Lower Elementary

  • There are no Elementary activities this week due to the PD Day on Friday, Nov. 2.  Lower students will begin Zumba at DVMS on Friday, November 9th.

Upper Elementary

  • There are no Elementary activities this week due to the PD Day on Friday, Nov. 2.  Upper students will begin Ballroom Dance at DVMS on Friday, November 9th with Dan Lee (who also happens to be the brother of Michelle, our Upper Elementary French Guide). Below is some information about Dan.  We are looking forward to this new activity!

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


  • School Photos are in!

Our Wonderful Lindsay Palmer has completed the school photos!  Photos will be handed out on Monday after school.  On the package it states that the due date is Tuesday, October 30.  While there may be a prize for those of you who do return the envelope by Tuesday, the actual due date is Thursday, November 1st.  Retakes will be done on that day as well.  We know it is the day after Halloween but we will wipe the chocolate off of their faces before the picture is taken.  

  • Tuition Reminder

Just a reminder that if you pay tuition quarterly, your cheques will be coming out on Thursday, November 1.


  • Halloween at DVMS:

Halloween is on a school day this year, and it is a very exciting time of year for children. There’s candy! In order to maintain the integrity of our Montessori environments and work cycles, we ask that Halloween remains a fun family event and that costumes and candy remain at home for trick or treatin’ fun with mom and dad, brothers and sisters, and friends. Imagine if youIt’s tempting, we know, but they’ll still love you even if you don’t slip a few pieces of candy into their lunch or pockets at this time of year. Thank you, we appreciate your support and help with this very much.


  • Fri. Nov. 2: PD Day. No School.:   Some staff will be attending the  Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers (CAMT)  conference, “Modern Montessori, Adaption to Our Time and Place”.  Our Very own Terrence and Kate Millie will be speaking at this conference.  Others will be material making and meeting with co teachers for planning purposes.

  • Parent Education Evening: Thursday, November 8, 5:30 – 7:00.  “Montessori at Home”.  Childcare will be available.

  • Parent Teacher Interviews: Week of Nov. 20-24:  (No School on Fri. Nov. 24). Sign-ups to come.  Childcare will be available.

  • Student Elections At DVMS

The Upper Elementary Students of DVMS participated in the CIVIX Student Vote in anticipation of this week’s municipal election.  Over 1,350 Ontario schools and 150,000 students voted to elect candidates in their local communities.  The students at DVMS voted for the Ward 13 councillor and the Mayor of the City of Hamilton.  The winners of the student vote happened to match the winners of the actual city elections.  Congratulations to Councillor Vanderbeek and Mayor Eisenberger.

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Fun Family Events


Lit by lanterns, candles and pumpkins, the village is a beautiful and unique place to explore at nighttime!

Travel throughout the village and see what surprises await. You never know what might be behind a door or around a corner. Westfield’s historic buildings are the setting for storytelling, demonstrations and unusual encounters. A magical shadow play with piano accompaniment will entertain you in the Mountsberg church.

This year, the village green will be visited by members of a special traveling troupe. A miniature Night Circus will feature beautifully dressed Edwardian acrobats, carnival games and magic tricks.

Westfield’s forests are the setting for mystery, adventure and, often, the unexpected. For these two evenings only, Westfield’s already beautiful wooded trails are being transformed into a magical nighttime experience. Choose a pathway and enjoy a delightful Pumpkin Walk, sparkling Illuminated Forest and unique Fairy Village.

While this is an all-ages event, two clearly marked areas are for the very brave only. Journey to the Haunted Train Station for some heart-pounding fun or venture over the covered bridge to a little place in the woods where a strange community has taken up residence


Admission
Admission to these events is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for Seniors 65+, $6.50 for Youth. Children 5 and under are free. A Family Rate for two adults and two youths is available for $32.00. Parking is free. The Ancaster Lions will be serving reasonably priced, delicious snacks and warm drinks at the Ironwood Hall.

HCA Members receive free entry into Westfield’s public programming, for 6 people, including a maximum of 2 adults.

BUY ADMISSION TICKETS NOW!

  • Scarecrow Saturday: Downtown Dundas, Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Cross St & King St W, Dundas.

Costume Parade with Dundas Pipes & Drums.
Meet up at 10:30am for the starting in front of Eccles Auto Service Parking Lot at 121 King St W for a walk along King Street to Grafton Square

Free treats and refreshments at Grafton Square including pumpkin pie and apple cider.

Free Horse and Trolley Rides:
Pick up location The Collins Brewhouse 33 King St., W.

Singin’ & Swingin’ Concert by Jude Johnson and Carl Horton at Grafton Square


 

 

 

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Events and Info at DVMS | Oct. 22-26, 2018

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This week:

  • Lower swimming
  • Upper parkour
  • PARENT DINNER
  • Elections Canada
  • Nov. 2 PD Day
  • Parent Interviews Nov. 22-23
  • Kids Cafe fundraiser for New York
  • Documentary on CBC produced by a fellow DVMS parent
  • Halloween Howl
  • Pumpkin Sunday
  • Photos!

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Events and Info at DVMS | Oct. 15-19, 2018

 

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This week:

  • Coming up
  • Lower swimming
  • Upper Parkour
  • Clothing and the weather
  • Parent dinner date
  • School Painting
  • Magic
  • Family Request
  • Photos!

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Events and Info at DVMS | Oct. 8-12, 2018

 

 

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MMUN preparations are underway! New York City here we come!

This week:

  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Lower swimming
  • Lower Field Trip
  • Upper Parkour
  • Cross country pics
  • Rafting pics
  • Parent Dinner Save the Date
  • Toddler Parent Education Evening
  • Photos!
  • World’s Fair

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, October 8, is Thanksgiving Day and DVMS will be closed. Have a great long weekend DVMS community. Feast and celebrate with family and friends in all of the fun and wonderful ways you do.

From us to you, thank you for choosing an authentic Montessori education for your children.


Elementary Activities


Cross-Country and Field Trips

  • On Wednesday, October 10, both Lower and Upper Elementary students will be travelling by school bus to LaSalle Park in Burlington to take part in a cross-country running event with a number of other Montessori schools. They will require a packed, litterless picnic lunch and a water bottle (hot lunch kids too); nothing that needs to be reheated please.  
  • This year Fairview Glen is using the Cross Country run as a fundraiser for the SOS Children’s village in Uganda.  If you would like to make a donation please send it to school with your child and we will write a cheque on behalf of the DVMS.

Unfortunately, we can’t have parent spectators attend again this year. The school that hosts the event, Fairview Glen Montessori in Burlington, has to get a permit for the use of the park and they got in trouble last year for going over the permitted capacity of the permit area. There are more schools attending this year, too, so they’ve had to sadly disallow parent spectators. Sorry.

Please ensure they have weather and running appropriate footwear and their DVMS t-shirt that day.

Lower Elementary Activities

  • Swimming: Lower Elementary students will be walking to and from the Dundas Community Pool where they will participate in weekly swimming lessons until the end of October. They will return to DVMS in time for 3:45 dismissal. Each class is divided into two groups based on swimming ability and are guided in swimming instruction by the pool staff. Please ensure that children bring a swimsuit that they can put on and take off themselves, a towel, and goggles and/or nose plugs as they desire and/or require. Please make sure goggles are adjusted to fit. The swimming activity is also more enjoyable for children if they are wearing clothing they can change in and out of without assistance, and if their swim gear is carried in a bag they able to easily and securely carry themselves.
    • Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Joanna) will swim on Fridays: Lower South children will swim on October 12th, 19th and 26th.
    • Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Christine) will swim on Mondays: Lower North students will swim on Friday, Oct 1st, 15th, and 22nd.

Field Trip For Lower Elementary

  • Thursday October 11th.  Lower Elementary students will be walking into their community.  We will be leaving the school at 10:00am.  The year threes will be visiting the library, the year twos will be visiting the museum and the year ones will be visiting the fire hall. After our visits will have a picnic lunch at the dog park.  Please pack a litter less lunch and a water bottle.  Students will be back for school 2:00pm.  Please dress for the weather!

Upper Elementary Activities

  • Starting October 12, Upper Elementary students will be participating in Parkour on Friday afternoons, led by Play Project.  They will be participating  on Oct. 12th, 19th and 26th. This will take place at DVMS.   Please ensure they are wearing, or bring, weather appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear.

Information and Reminders


  • Parent Dinner:  Save the Date October 26th.  Details to follow.
  • Toddler Parent Education Evening: Wednesday October 10th, 7-8:30pm
    The DVMS Toddler Community would like to invite you to attend our Parent Evening on Independence.
    During this evening we will discuss Functional Independence and why it is important, scaffolding you child’s growing independence and how to create opportunities for independence in your home. We’ll also share some of our tricks we use in class that help your child care for themselves. We will also delve into the hot topic of toilet learning. There will be a chance for you to give examples of your successes and challenges and get feedback from the community of parents.
    In preparation for our discussion please read Chapter 3 in How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way – by Tim Seldin
    We encourage one or both parents attend this event – Grandparents, nannies and other caregivers are also welcome. We hope that by gathering later in the evening everyone has a chance to settle their children in with a caregiver and are free to have a night out with drinks, nibbles and an interesting discussion.
    *This event is open to the entire DVMS school community and we invite all people interested in this topic and how it relates to children 0-3 years old to join us.
    Please RSVP to toddler@dvms.ca email as to whether you are able to attend and how many adults will be attending from your family by Oct 5th.

  • Strata Montessori Friday Café:   Every Friday morning, the fine folks at Strata Montessori Adolescent School host a wonderful café as part of their student micro-economy ventures. It is a lovely time in a beautiful place with great people.

Congratulations to our Girls BasketBall Team!

We are so excited to be a part of CYO’s athletic program this year.  Our girls competed in their first basketball game of the season on Thursday October 2nd against St. Augustines.  They girls had a great time and learned a lot about the game from the coaches and refs.  Thank you to all the parents who came out to support our girls as they went on to WIN 8-4.  Our next game will be Tuesday October 9th at Our Lady of Lourdes at 5:00pm.  Come on out and cheer on our team!

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Fun Family Events


  • Rockton World’s Fair: Oct. 5-8, Rockton Fairgrounds, 812 Old Highway 8 (follow Hwy 8 to Rockton), Hamilton, ON. Click for event website.

The Rockton Agricultural Society welcomes you to the 165th Rockton World’s Fair with demolition derbies, a baby show, midway, 4-H, horse shows, pie-eating contest and cake decorating, livestock, and more. Hours are Friday 4 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $15; $7 for children six to 15. Adult weekend pass is $50, youth pass is $20 and family rate on Sunday is $35 for two adults and up to four children.

 


 

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Events and Info at DVMS | Oct.1-5 2018

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This week:

  • PD DAY ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 5
  • School Photo Days
  • Elementary cross-country and field trips
  • Lower swimming
  • Upper Parkour
  • Parent Dinner- Save The Date
  • Parking lot reminders
  • Boomerang benefit
  • Toddler Parent Education
  • Strata Café
  • Walk for Down Syndrome
  • Photos!

PD Day October 5

Friday is a PD day for staff at DVMS and Strata. Please enjoy your extra long Thanksgiving weekend!


School Photo Days


Photo days are on Monday, Oct. 1, and Tuesday, Oct. 2. Photos will once again be taken by the wonderful Lindsay Palmer, one of your fellow Montessori Moms. We will be taking individual and sibling photos, on the playground. As you can imagine, this is a very busy couple of days requiring a significant amount of planning and coordination. We will stick to the following schedule as best we can so that you know when to dress ’em up and wash the jam off:

  • Monday, Oct. 1:
    • First thing in the morning we will take photos of Toddler children and their Casa and/or Elementary siblings, and the Toddler class photo. Siblings of Toddlers will also have their individual photos taken at that time.
    • All Casa class photos will also be taken in the morning.
    • Over the rest of the day, we will be taking photos of the Casa children and their Elementary siblings. Siblings of Casa children will also have their individual photos taken at that time. (Any children in Lower Elementary North will have photos with their Casa siblings taken before they go swimming).
    • [As an example for this day, if you have a child in Casa and a child in Upper Elementary, they will both have their photos taken on Monday.]
  •  Tuesday, Oct. 2:
    • We will begin with East class, sibling, and individual photos (they have gym in the afternoon)
    • Over the rest of the day, we will conclude all Elementary-level class, sibling, and individual photos, as well as any others that were missed.

If your child is just a little bit sick and could handle being present for their class photo, even if you want to pick them up after, that’s just fine for photo days.


Elementary Activities

Cross-Country and Field Trips

  • On Wednesday, October 10, both Lower and Upper Elementary students will be travelling by school bus to LaSalle Park in Burlington to take part in a cross-country running event with a number of other Montessori schools. They will require a packed, litterless picnic lunch and a water bottle (hot lunch kids too); nothing that needs to be reheated please.  
  • This year Fairview Glen is using the Cross Country run as a fundraiser for the SOS Children’s village in Uganda.  If you would like to make a donation please send it to school with your child and we will write a cheque on behalf of the DVMS.

Unfortunately, we can’t have parent spectators attend again this year. The school that hosts the event, Fairview Glen Montessori in Burlington, has to get a permit for the use of the park and they got in trouble last year for going over the permitted capacity of the permit area. There are more schools attending this year, too, so they’ve had to sadly disallow parent spectators. Sorry.

Please ensure they have weather and running appropriate footwear and their DVMS t-shirt that day.


Upper Elementary

On Thursday October 4th, Upper Elementary students will be heading out on their rafting trip and canoe trip with The Grand River Rafting Company.   Drop-off and pick-up is at DVMS.  Students will be bused to and from and need to be at DVMS no later than 8:30. They will return in time for regular dismissal at 3:45.   Year 4 and 5 students will travel in rafts while year 6 students will traverse the river by canoe. They will lunch across from natural springs and finish the day with a “Blind Man’s Race” and a hike. They will require a litterless packed picnic lunch. Here’s the “What to Bring” guide from the rafting company:

Hats, sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, water, camera, footwear that can get wet and stay on your feet. Bathing suits and clothing that dries fast. Strings for those who wear glasses! Please do not wear denim pants, they never dry out. We suggest nylon material that dries easily. For cool weather dress in layers so that you can strip down as needed with a nylon jacket and splash pants on top! Gloves and a hat are good. And have warm waterproof footwear.

 

  • Starting October 12, Upper Elementary students will be participating in Parkour on Friday afternoons, led by Play Project.  They will be participating  on Oct. 12th, 19th and 26th.  Please ensure they are wearing, or bring, weather appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear;

Lower Elementary

  • Swimming: Lower Elementary students will be walking to and from the Dundas Community Pool where they will participate in weekly swimming lessons until the end of October. They will return to DVMS in time for 3:45 dismissal. Each class is divided into two groups based on swimming ability and are guided in swimming instruction by the pool staff. Please ensure that children bring a swimsuit that they can put on and take off themselves, a towel, and goggles and/or nose plugs as they desire and/or require. Please make sure goggles are adjusted to fit. The swimming activity is also more enjoyable for children if they are wearing clothing they can change in and out of without assistance, and if their swim gear is carried in a bag they able to easily and securely carry themselves.
    • Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Joanna) will swim on Fridays: Lower South children will swim on October 12th, 19th and 26th.
    • Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Christine) will swim on Mondays: Lower North students will swim on Friday, Oct 1st, 15th, and 22nd.

Information and Reminders


  • Parent Dinner–  Save the Date- October 26th
  • Parking Lot Reminders: Just a reminder to please turn right when exiting the parking lot during drop-off and pick-up times. Kemp Dr. loops around to Central Park so we can use it as a loop and avoid congestion. Also, now that the fall heat wave has passed, please remember that DVMS is a no-idling zone; please turn vehicles off when waiting in the parking lot. Thanks everyone.

  • Boomerang Lunch and Meal Benefits: The new boomerang lunch continues to work well; thank you for your adoption and ongoing cooperation. Also this year, all of your children’s Montessori guides are able to sit and eat family style with the children, at all levels. This approach, and the added accountability for our own waste, is working wonders to encourage grace and courtesy, table etiquette, and conversation. The benefits of sitting and eating together, and of everyone having a role in every aspect of the meal are really evident. We hope you are seeing the benefits at home during your family meals as well.

  • Toddler Parent Education Evening: Wednesday October 10th
    The DVMS Toddler Community would like to invite you to attend our Parent Evening on Independence.
    During this evening we will discuss Functional Independence and why it is important, scaffolding you child’s growing independence and how to create opportunities for independence in your home. We’ll also share some of our tricks we use in class that help your child care for themselves. We will also delve into the hot topic of toilet learning. There will be a chance for you to give examples of your successes and challenges and get feedback from the community of parents.
    In preparation for our discussion please read Chapter 3 in How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way – by Tim Seldin
    We encourage one or both parents attend this event – Grandparents, nannies and other caregivers are also welcome. We hope that by gathering later in the evening everyone has a chance to settle their children in with a caregiver and are free to have a night out with drinks, nibbles and an interesting discussion.
    *This event is open to the entire DVMS school community and we invite all people interested in this topic and how it relates to children 0-3 years old to join us.
    Please RSVP to toddler@dvms.ca email as to whether you are able to attend and how many adults will be attending from your family by Oct 5th.

  • Strata Montessori Friday Café:   Every Friday morning, the fine folks at Strata Montessori Adolescent School host a wonderful café as part of their student micro-economy ventures. It is a lovely time in a beautiful place with great people.

Fun Family Events


The peace festival was started in 1993, a year before the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday and it has been held annually on a weekend closest to Gandhi’s birth day (October 2).  The purpose of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Festival is:

  1. To promote nonviolence, peace and justice;
  2. To provide an avenue for various peace and human rights organizations within the local community of Hamilton and Burlington to become collectively visible, and exchange dialogues and resources;
  3. To build on local interest and dialogue in peace and human rights issues that develop around the world.

The peace festival is co-sponsored by the India-Canada Society of Hamilton and the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University.


  • 6th Annual Hamilton Walk for Down Syndrome: Sunday, September 30th , 8:30 – 12:00, Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton. This event is near and dear to us as one of your fellow Montessori Moms is the chair of the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton and her son Owen is a student at DVMS. We encourage you to participate in the walk. Click here to support team Owen!  https://thewalk.dsah.ca/teams/team-owen-2018/

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Events and Info at DVMS | Sept. 24-28, 2018

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This week:

  • Photo Days
  • Reminders
  • Strata Café is back
  • Parent Dinner
  • Sick kids
  • Photos!

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

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The important September events

  • WELCOME BACK PICNIC IS SATURDAY
  • Pop Up Apparel Shop!
  • PD Day – October 5, 2018
  • Calendars and notifications
  • Lower soccer
  • Upper adventures
  • FREE speech screening
  • Shoes and socks
  • Boomerang lunches
  • Rainy day recess
  • Try before you buy hot lunch
  • No Left Turn!
  • Picnic
  • Photos!

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

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Picking colours for metal insets

Observing your children in their environments, at every level, come back from their summer break – ready to work, full of curiosity and engagement, laughing, playing and learning has been so humbling.

In the Montessori community, we pride ourselves on being, and are widely considered to be, leaders in high fidelity Montessori education.  Like most that strive for excellence, we are less interested in what we are doing well, but instead, constantly asking what could we do better. So over the last five years we implemented: more meaningful learning resource, better parent partnerships, true French immersion for our younger students,  a focus on great work for our elementary students, and literally hundreds of smaller initiatives.

Watching the incredible sense of calm and purpose in all of our classes, it feels like all of our thoughts, conversations, observations,  – indeed all of our efforts – have been rewarded.  As always thanks to all the parents and families for their faith and support.

Important dates to note

  • Lower soccer
  • Upper adventures
  • Dismissal reminder
  • Parking Lot
  • Boomerang lunch update and thank you
  • Lower Elementary reading folders
  • Music lessons
  • Hot Lunch menu
  • Photos!

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