Events and Info: April 25 - 29 at Dundas Valley Montessori School

This week's photo gallery is posted on our Facebook page, and there's a sneaky, secret message hidden in two of the captions. Can you find it?DSC_6684This year, our Casa guides have been hosting a series of Casa Workshops on the last Thursday of each month, from 3:30 - 4:00 pm.This is a great way for you to learn more about your child's Montessori education in an intimate setting with your child's guides. This month, on Thursday, April 28, we will be discussing the mathematics area of the classroom.Please come to your child’s Casa classroom at 3:30. Siblings aged 2 ½ years and older may be dropped off in the playground to play for the half hour.See you there!

Grandparents' Day and Show Me Day:

Many of you have signed up already, but if you haven't, Grandparents' Day is on Friday, April 29. The children's grandparents will have the opportunity to spend the morning at DVMS with their grandchildren in their Montessori environments.Sign-up for Grandparents' Day right hereShow Me Day, on Monday, May 2, is a chance for you to spend some time with your child in their Montessori environments and for them to show you some of their favourite jobs or pieces of work.Sign-up for Show Me Day right here.Our Upper Elementary students will be presenting their Culture Fair (Montessori Model United Nations research) on both days, in the gymnasium, also from 9:00-11:00. Upper Elementary parents and grandparents do not need to sign up; they, and all members of the DVMS community, are welcome to view their presentations on a drop-in basis between 9:00-11:00 on both days.The Toddler Community will host their parents and grandparents in their garden on Friday, May 27, for a garden party.

Strata Montessori presents:

"What You Will" a steampunk version of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."DSC_6612There will be two performances at DVMS on Thursday, May 5: one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 in advance, $8.00 at the door, or $20 for V.I.P., which includes front row seating and backstage access, and can be purchased at Strata Cafe (you can also reserve tickets by emailing:"We are pouring hearts and souls into this work, so we hope you will join us."

Elementary Activities:

Lower Elementary Karate: Throughout April, DVMS Lower Elementary students will be taking part in karate, at DVMS, with Gord Waddell of United Family Martial Arts. They will have karate on either Monday or Friday in mixed groups made up of children from both Lower North and South. They have been told, and will be reminded about, which group they are in. Please help by prompting your child to remember to wear or bring comfortable clothing that they can move in on karate days. Thank you.Upper Elementary Track and Field: On Fridays in April, from 1:00-3:00, DVMS Upper Elementary students will be spending their afternoons at McMaster working with the coaches and student athletes of the McMaster track team. They will need appropriate clothing and footwear (and a water bottle), and will be taking advantage of McMaster’s indoor and outdoor facilities. Students will be bused to McMaster, but we ask that parents pick up at McMaster at 3:00. Please make your way to the main entrance of the David Braley Athletic Centre. (Enter McMaster at the Sterling St. entrance). As always, if you are not able to pick up at McMaster, please let us know and we will arrange to carpool your child back to DVMS for 3:45 dismissal. Thank you.

But wait, there's more:

  • A reminder about our upcoming Parent Education Night with guest speaker Laura Flores Shaw on Thursday, May 19We are very excited to be bringing Laura to Dundas Valley Montessori School. Laura is an educator, a prolific writer, and a passionate Montessori advocate. Learn more about Laura here. DVMS will be closed on Friday, May 20, for a PD Day; DVMS staff will be attending a day-long conference with Laura for area Montessori schools.  Click here for a brief summary of one of Laura's Montessori talks.
  • For those families with children on the hot lunch program, the new spring menu has come into effect. Please visit our Hot Lunch page to view the new menu to see what they are eating and to help with home dinner planning. (Which week of the menu we are on is posted on the calendar at
  • Finally, as we're sure you have all seen already, we are very excited to be holding this year's fundraiser event at Dundas's new Shed Brewery. Check out the video made by some of our (very proud of themselves) Upper Elementary students:

You're invited to DVMS and Strata's Parent Social and Silent Auction: Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:30-11:00, at Shed Brewery, 65 Hatt St., Dundas, Ontario.Help Strata Grow!