Events and Info: May 16 - 20 at Dundas Valley Montessori School

Flores Shaw at DVMSWe are very excited to be bringing Laura Flores Shaw to Dundas Valley Montessori School this coming Thursday, May 19, from 7:00-8:30. Laura is an educator, a prolific writer, and a passionate Montessori advocate. Learn more about Laura here.(Unfortunately, childcare is not available at DVMS for this event. Sorry. If you require a babysitter, let us know and we will put you in touch with students from Strata Montessori Adolescent School.)

DVMS will be closed on Friday, May 20, for a PD Day. (And on Monday, May 23, for Victoria Day).DVMS staff will be attending a day-long conference with Laura for area Montessori schools on Friday.

Operation Turn Right: Operation Drop Off

One of our parents has come up with a plan to help alleviate some of the traffic congestion at drop-off and pick-up.We are asking that everyone please only turn right when exiting the parking lot. Kemp Dr. loops back around to Central Park making it easy to exit the neighbourhood. Thank you for your cooperation everyone! 

Elementary Activities:

Lower Elementary Ultimate Frisbee: The DVMS Lower Elementary special physical activity program concludes for the 2015-2016 school year with Ultimate Frisbee, at DVMS, starting on Monday, May 2. They will enjoy Ultimate on Monday and Friday afternoons. Your child will know which group they are in — Monday or Friday — but please help them remember to wear or bring appropriate outdoor athletic clothing on their Ultimate Frisbee days. Jacqueline Mills of the McMaster Ultimate Frisbee Team will be leading the children in their Ultimate adventures.Please Note: Due to the PD Day, there will be no Ultimate Frisbee on Friday, May 20.

Upper Elementary Tennis: The DVMS Upper Elementary special physical activity program concludes for the 2015-2016 school year at the Dundas Tennis Club located in Dundas Driving Park. The Uppers will play tennis on May 6, 13, 27, and June 3.Please Note: Due to the PD Day, there will be no Tennis on Friday, May 20.

But wait, there's more:

  • Upcoming Year-end Trips and Casa Sleepover Dates: More details will come closer to the events, but for now we wanted to share the dates for the upcoming Lower and Upper Elementary year-end trips, and the third-year Casa sleepover at DVMS.
    • 3rd-year Casa students' sleepover at DVMS will take place from Friday, June 10, after school, until the following morning, Saturday, June 11.
    • Lower Elementary students will venture to Crieff Hills from Thursday, June 16, overnight to Friday, June 17.
    • Upper Elementary students will be camping at the Attawandaron Scout Reserve from Wednesday, June 8, to Friday June 10.

  • "Wanna hear our duet?": Two DVMS Lower Elementary Montessori students have been working on a piano duet and wanted to share how it's coming along:

  • Upper Elementary Montessori Model United Nations Trip: Our sixth-year Upper Elementary students have returned from their trip to the Montessori Model United Nations conference at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana. If you've been following along on our Facebook Page, you've seen a number of pictures and clips from this phenomenal experience. Following are some words from two students that perfectly summarize and illustrate the leaning and growth potential in the experience, as you can clearly see the global awareness, pride in work, and humble eye on the future these two girls possess.

The Security Council usually has the lowest number of members, which is fun because they will usually be given an emergency 3rd topic to discuss and write a resolution paper for. The two topics we were given to prepare before the conference were the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). We were the first group of the Security Council to ever finish four resolution papers in MMUN. The two extra topics were the situation of Russia and the Ukraine (Crimea) and the problem with North Korea.We had lots of fun being in the Security Council (UNSC) and at MMUN. We loved watching our ideas become real life resolution papers and we hope that the UN uses them to solve or reduce those world problems by 2050.We loved our experience at MMUN and as a part of the Security Council and we hope the year 5s will have just as much fun as we did at MMUN next year. We wish we could go again but now it is their turn to make a difference as part of the delegation. We would just like to say that we are very proud of our school and our fellow Security Council members of 2016 and we do hope it will change the world and we hope the others will too.Thank you,Eva and Cayleigh

Near the end of the conference, the students were asked, "If you could change the world in one way, what would you change?" Their responses were edited into the video below one of those very same Upper Elementary students:

  • The flu took me out for the latter half of this week, so no photo gallery -- sorry, but I promise lots of pics next week (including some from this past week) to carry you through the long weekend.