Events and Info: Sept. 19-23, 2016, Dundas Valley Montessori School

untitledUmmmmmm.... So our annual Back to School picnic is tomorrow (Sept. 17)... You know, the one that's been rained out for the past few years.If it rains, the picnic will be cancelled. We'll send an email Saturday morning by about 10:00 if that is the case.Otherwise, when it doesn't rain, join us on the DVMS playground at 11:00 a.m., with a picnic basket, blanket, chairs, and anything else you would like to bring for picnic fun. This is a casual event that gives us all a chance to put names to faces, catch up after the summer, and spend a lovely, sunny, afternoon together. See you there.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher interviews are Thursday and Friday this week, which means there is no school on Friday, Sept. 23.If you still need to sign up, please do so right here. And not to put any pressure on you if you need to sign up, but congratulations to all of our parents who have signed up. For the first set of interviews of the school year, at the beginning of the year, not a single one of you signed up for the wrong class. That's a first! You're the best.Remember, there will be childcare available during your interview time.

Elementary Activities:

  • Elementary After School Clubs:  Our after school clubs got started last week (except for soccer, starting this week). The cost is the same as after school care ($7.00 per one-hour session) and the clubs run from 3:45-4:45 on their respective days; billing will be at the end of each session of clubs. If your child signs up for a club you will be charged for each week regardless of attendance out of respect for the clubs and for those who are running them. We are offering the following clubs during the first term:
    • Tuesdays - Lower Elementary Run, Jump, Throw Club combined with Upper Elementary cross-country training (the annual Montessori school cross-country run at LaSalle Park in Burlington will be on October 5 - details to come as we get them). These clubs will be run by DVMS Montessori Moms Lindsay Atkinson (of Power Push Training) and tri-athlete Christine Kennedy.
    • Wednesdays - Upper Elementary Soccer Club with Seline Baysan. From Selin: "I am so excited to be a part of the Soccer Club at DVMS this year! Growing up, soccer was a sport I loved doing, and have played for over 10 years. Soccer taught me how to be a team player and how to think quickly on my feet. We will have so much fun practicing our soccer skills and playing friendly games."
    • Thursdays - Elementary Math Games Club. At "Math with Kath” (Upper Elementary West Montessori guide Kathleen MacKinnon) students will play games like chess, cards, and close the box, and will address, through different games and activities, different math concepts and challenges.

If your child would like to join any of these clubs, please email Upper Elementary French Specialist Selin Baysan is your contact person, at that email address, for club related questions.

  • Lower Elementary Outdoor Adventures: To begin the year, the Lower Elementary students will be participating in an outdoor community-building program based out of DVMS (no need to pick up or drop off anywhere different) on Friday Sept. 9, 16, and 30 (DVMS is closed on Friday, Sept. 23, for Parent-Teacher Interviews). Please ensure they wear or bring clothing appropriate for the outdoor weather each Friday -- layers are good, as well as sturdy outdoor running shoes. Lower Elementary children do not need to bring a water bottle for activities as each child is given one for at school use.

  • Upper Elementary: Friday, September 16, was our last day at the Conservation Area. Remember, next Friday, Sept. 23, DVMS is closed for Parent-Teacher Interviews. We'll let you know next week what they're up to next.

But wait, there's more:

Friday, October 7, is Field Trip Day:

  • Casa children will be spending their morning with you, their Montessori guides, and their friends at Westfield Heritage Village. We have been enjoying the incredible atmosphere and history at Westfield on these Casa family field trips for many years; you'll love it. Parents are asked to attend Westfield with their child; DVMS staff will be there, but we cannot have children without parental supervision. The program at Westfield runs from 9:45 - 11:45. After the tour, you are invited to stay at Westfield for a picnic, after which you are welcome to take your child home and get the weekend started, or bring them to DVMS for the afternoon where we will have more casual programming; children returning to DVMS can be picked up at 3:30 per usual. Please let us know at if you intend to bring your child back to DVMS for the afternoon. Thank you.
  • Lower Elementary children will be venturing to Frootogo Orchards where they will participate in an "AppleTour":

Education about the stages of apple growth, care, varieties, dwarf trees and more. A wagon ride to the orchard. A visit to our animals to learn about their species, habitat, diet, etc. A trip to Playland to enjoy climbing, sliding, and jumping on straw bales, digging in giant sandbox, and having fun on our riding toys. Puppet Show in our 100 year old barn. A sampling of freshly sliced apple.

This will be a regular school-hours day for Lower Elementary children: please drop them off at DVMS at 8:30 as always and they will enjoy a morning Montessori work cycle before departing DVMS by school bus at approximately 11:30. They will require a litterless packed lunch as a picnic will be their first stop. They will return to DVMS by school bus and are expected to return by approximately 2:30. Children can be picked up at DVMS anytime after 2:30 if you want to get the weekend started a bit early.

  • Upper Elementary children will be rafting on the Grand River with the Grand River Rafting Company. They will require a litterless packed 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.

This will be a regular school-hours day for Upper Elementary children: please drop them off at DVMS no later than 8:30. The school bus will be departing for Paris (not that Paris) at 8:30. They will return by bus to DVMS for regular dismissal at 3:45.

  • Lower Elementary Bake Sale: On Wednesday, Sept. 21, during lunch, some of our Lower Elementary students are holding a bake sale for their Lower Elementary classmates. Generally, items range from 25¢ to $1. This year, the Lower Elementary classes are amassing all funds from their bake sales and other charitable endeavours and donating to a class chosen charity at end of each term.

  • Elementary Soccer Tournament: Some of our Upper Elementary students are organizing a recess soccer tournament for Thursday, September 29. Upper and Lower elementary students can sign up at school and there is a $2 entry fee per child. The Upper Elementary students are raising money to put towards sport field upgrades at DVMS.

Fun Family Events:

  • 4th Annual Hamilton Walk for Down Syndrome: This great event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Bayfront Park, from 8:30-12:00. One of your fellow Montessori parents is President of the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton and her sons, including Owen, are all students at DVMS. If you would like to support Team Owen in the walk, you can do so by clicking this link:

  • Fossils: For a few more weekends, the Giant's Rib Discovery Centre at the Dundas Valley Trail Centre, 650 Governors Road, Dundas, has fossils on display from the Royal Ontario Museum. The fossil display is for all ages and there is a parking fee of $10 per car per day. Click here for more info.

  • Know of any fun family events coming up that our Montessori community would enjoy? Let us know.

We'd like to close this week with some great news about Casa South assistant Montessori guide Serena. Serena has finished her chemotherapy and a recent CT scan shows that the treatment has been successful. Serena wanted to let you all know that she "couldn't be happier about my progress in overcoming the disease and am confident in my return to good health." Thank you all for your incredible help through donations and meals to help Serena and her family.And now, pictures!