Events and Info: Nov. 23 - 27 at Dundas Valley Montessori School

Congratulations Shalyn and Jeff and Colson!Shalyn had her baby!From the happy new mom:

Thrilled to announce Berkley Louise Baker arrived today [Wednesday] at 1:59pm weighing in at a whopping 8lbs 12oz.We are doing well and big brother Colson is thrilled!!!

That's one down and one to go -- we're looking at you Catherine.In other news...Thank you all, so much, for your patience and understanding with the parking lot situation this week. We were given very short notice and a failed promise of a 24-hour warning.Our favourite response came from one of our parents via email: "Personally, I'm happy they are fixing it!!"It should be ready to go by Monday morning. Here's to smooth sailing, and smooth parking lot coming and going, from now on.

 DVMS Parent Observations:

Parent Observations will take place during the first week of December. Please see below for details as observation scheduling is different for each level. (You can also check the calendar).Casa: Casa Parent Observations will take place on the mornings of Wednesday (Dec. 2), Thursday (Dec. 3), and Friday (Dec. 4), and on the afternoons of Wednesday (Dec. 2) and Thursday (Dec. 3).[Note: parents of children in the half-day programme may choose to observe the afternoon work cycle instead of observing your child during the morning cycle; to accommodate all of our parents, please choose to observe your child in the morning OR the afternoon work cycle, without your child].Casa parents, please sign up here.Lower Elementary: Lower Elementary Parent Observations will take place from 9:20-10:40 on the mornings of Monday (Nov. 30), Tuesday (Dec. 1), Wednesday (Dec. 2), and Thursday (Dec. 3).Lower Elementary parents, please sign up here.Upper Elementary: Both DVMS Upper Elementary Montessori environments will be open from 10:00-11:00 on both Wednesday (Dec. 2) and Thursday (Dec. 3) for Upper Elementary parents to drop in and spend some time with their children in their Montessori environments. Upper Elementary parents do not need to sign up.(There are no observations in the Toddler Community).

Casa Workshop:

Every last Thursday of the month (excluding December and June), from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., please come to your child’s Casa classroom for an informative 60 minutes of parent education. We will discuss areas of the classroom and topics of interest related to Montessori at home. Siblings aged 2 ½ yrs+ may be dropped off in the playground to play.Thursday, November 26, will address language education in the Montessori environment, as well as what you can do to support language development at home.

Elementary Activities:

Please see the calendar for more details.

  • Lower Elementary South (Noeleen and Catherine): Lower South will only be swimming on Friday this week. The Monday group is finished. Please ensure your child’s clothing and swimwear are easy for them to change in and out of, they have a bag that is easy for them to carry, and that any goggles are properly fitted. Lower South Parents: Please see the email you received from the Lower South guides to see which group your child is in.
  • Lower Elementary North (Jodi and Carol): Lower North began gymnastics at the Hamilton Gymnastics Academy on Friday, November 13, and will continue each Friday until November 27. Please ensure the children wear or bring appropriate clothing for gymnastics on those days. They are required to wear socks (no shoes or bare feet) in the gym. A water bottle is good to have too. Children are bused to and from the gym.
  • Upper Elementary (both classes): Began dance on Friday, November 13, and will continue each Friday until November 27 . Throughout November, DVMS Upper Elementary students will be busting moves with Hayley Paone of Ancaster’s iNhayle Dance Company. This activity will take place at DVMS. Please make sure they remember to bring or wear dance-appropriate clothing on dance days.

But wait, there's more:

Tony's latest post on his ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME blog is a response to the recent attacks around the world: "A Montessori Response to the Paris Attacks"This week in Montessori at DVMS: