Events and Info: Oct. 24 - 28, 2016, at Dundas Valley Montessori School

strata-autumn-market-poster-2016The adolescent students at Strata Montessori Adolescent School have been working very hard to prepare for their upcoming Autumn Market on Saturday, October 29. They have put in some late nights and some planned weekend work days to manufacture their products and prepare the market set-up. This is a great opportunity to do a little early holiday shopping, and spend a fall morning or afternoon at the beautiful Strata property.It is also a chance to support the students' micro-economy ventures. Micro-economy ventures such as the Autumn Market and the weekly cafe provide adolescents the opportunity to interact with parents, teachers, and members of the public on an economic level as a provider of goods and services.Micro-economy ventures evolve from classroom activities and offer adolescents a chance to step into the adult world of commerce and gain experience and independence through the responsibilities associated with the dynamics of production and exchange. A variety of learning in planning, budgeting, accounting, money-handling, customer service, hospitality, supply and demand, advertising, and public relations occurs through the micro-economy ventures.

Montessori Workshops

Last year, our Casa staff put on a series of short, monthly workshops to go over various aspects of the Montessori environment and approaches. Parents reported that these were both enjoyable and very informative.This year, we are expanding the workshops to all Montessori levels and spreading them over two-week periods so that families with children in different levels have a chance to attend. On Thursday, Oct. 27, our Casa staff will present their first workshops. Please go directly to your Casa child's Montessori environment at 3:30 to learn more about "How Your Child Progresses Through the 3-Year Cycle in Casa." The workshops last until 4:00 and children are welcome to enjoy some extra time on the playground while you are taking your turn in school.The first Toddler and Elementary level workshops will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3. More details next week.

Elementary Activities:

  • Lower Elementary Swimming and Gymnastics: 
    • Swimming: students will be walking to and from the Dundas pool where they will participate in swimming lessons. 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 are able to easily and securely carry themselves.
    • Gymnastics: students will be bussed to and from the Hamilton Gymnastics Academy in Ancaster. From the gym:
      The kids will have the opportunity to learn gymnastics at a fully equipped gym with certified gymnastic instructors. Kids will be on Floor, Trampoline, Tumble Trak (50ft long trampoline) as well as mini trampoline and beam. They will learn safe landing positions, as well as basic gymnastics. Kids should wear shorts and t-shirt to the gym, have hair tied back and no jewellery (stud earrings are fine, no hoops or dangly earrings); no bare feet in the gym.

    • The children will swim on either Monday or Friday, and gymnastics will also be on Fridays. We have made up a handy schedule you can print out and stick on the fridge (click on the “Open in new tab” arrow at the bottom right corner to expand and download):

  • Upper Elementary Parkour: Upper Elementary students will be learning parkour on Friday, Oct. 14, 21, 28, and Nov. 11, with the fine folks from Play Project. Parkour will take place out of DVMS (no drop-offs, pick-ups, or bus times to keep track of). Students will be split into groups of 12 and will participate in turn throughout the day. (Nov. 11 will be a half-day parkour day as the kids will be at the Dundas Remembrance Day ceremony in the morning). Please make sure they wear or bring appropriate outdoor physical activity attire on parkour days. If it’s raining, they will be in the gym.

But wait, there's more:

  • Drink for the Children: From our Upper Elementary students:

Dear DVMS Parents,We are having a bottle drive from Oct. 20 - Oct. 28. We accept beer bottles, beer cans, wine bottles, and cider cans; as long as alcoholic beverages used to be in the can/bottle it is ok. All money goes to M.M.U.N.M.M.U.N. stands for Montessori Model United Nations. This is a trip for the year sixes. Please donate please.Also, if you have only pop cans, please take the tabs off and donate those.


Year 6 DVMS Upper Elementary students will be attending the M.M.U.N. Midwest Regional Upper Elementary Conference at Indiana Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on May 17-19, 2017. There will be an information session for Upper parents soon; we'll let you know.

  • Elementary Hockey Tournament: Our Elementary students are organizing a hockey tournament for Thursday, November 17. Upper and Lower Elementary children who sign up should bring helmets w/facemask, hockey gloves (if they have them), and sticks. They are charging a $1 entry fee with funds to go to the Upper Elementary charity fund. They will be playing 4-on-4, five minute games, in the gym, during recess.

  • Elementary Charity Funds: As you know, there are a lot of bake sales, recess sports tournaments, craft sales, and other ventures put on by our Elementary students. These are chances for the children to learn about organizing and planning events, as well as learning opportunities around such topics as monetary denominations and math, communication and advertising, and is a great way to prepare them for future Strata micro-economy ventures while meeting their developmental need to explore fairness and justice, through helping others. This year, both Lower and Upper groups have established accumulating charity funds and will decide which charity to donate to each term.

Fun Family Events:

  • The Hermitage Ruins Ghost Walk: Probably more suited for the older, elementary-aged child, but if your family can't get enough of spooky Halloween stuff you might want to check out this scary event on Saturday, Oct. 22. More information here.

  • Pumpkin Sunday at Westfield Heritage Village: Have a great time at the Westfield field trip? Wish you had been able to go? This Sunday is Pumpkin Sunday at Westfield:

Are you looking for a fun day out in the country with your family and friends? On the  afternoon of October 23 from 12:30 to 4 PM, Westfield Heritage Village will be the perfect setting for a fun, family-friendly event, Pumpkin Sunday! Traditional games, crafts and activities, all with a pumpkin theme, will take place within the village’s unique, historic setting. The fall colours are at their peak, so you will want to bring your camera to capture the fun on this very special day.Enjoy a day of learning and family fun at Westfield Heritage Village. At Westfield you can visit one-of-a-kind historic buildings from early Ontario and meet authentically dressed interpreters who will help you learn a little of what life was like in early Ontario. On Pumpkin Sunday, families can work together on a pumpkin-themed craft in the one room log schoolhouse, visit a log home and learn how pumpkins were used in pioneer farmhouses, and see what’s cooking in a Victorian home. You might even get a little taste of something delicious. On the village green, traditional pumpkin-themed games, races and activities for all ages will be underway. You can also take your picture with some friendly scarecrows.

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

Here's a look at what's been going in our Montessori environments recently: