Events and Info: Jan. 23 - 27, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School

dsc_4908It was great to see you all this week for observations and interviews. Here's a look at what's coming up:

  • Strata Montessori Parent Info Night
  • Lower Elementary skating and karate
  • Upper Elementary curling
  • Pickin' up the kids
  • Snow Day?!?!?!
  • Upper Elementary Basketball Club
  • James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
  • Women!
  • Owls

Strata Montessori Info Night

buildingGeared towards DVMS Upper Elementary families, but open to all, we will be presenting a clear vision of what we offer at Strata. We will discuss the nature of adolescents and how we meet their developmental needs, and the transition process from DVMS to Strata.To begin the process, we would like to invite you to a Parent Education Evening on Thursday, January 26, from 5:30 - 7:00, at Strata Montessori Adolescent School.The Strata students will be preparing fantastic hors d’oeuvres to entice you to join us. Click here to register. (And click here to visit Strata's brand new Facebook page).Unfortunately, childcare is not available for this event, but Upper Elementary families, please bring your children to participate with you.

Elementary Activities:

  • Lower Elementary: Lower Elementary students have a choice of Friday skating activities and karate this term. The children have chosen the activities they want to participate in (we can let you know if there is any doubt or confusion).

Karate: Children not participating in a skating activity will take part in karate, at DVMS, with Gord Waddell of United Family Martial Arts. Gord has been teaching karate at DVMS for a number of years. Children should wear or bring loose fitting/easy to move in clothing on karate days.

Skating: The skating activities will be broken into hockey skating and skills for the first three weeks, and figure skating skills for the last three weeks. Each child will choose either the hockey skating activity or the figure skating activity. When children are not participating in one of the skating activities, they will participate in karate.They will skate at Grightmire Arena, just down the street, and will walk there and back. They will be on the ice from 2:00-3:00 (except Jan. 27 hockey: 1:30-2:30 to accommodate activities at the arena). Parents are welcome to come watch, and help tie skates.
  • Hockey will take place on the following Fridays: Jan. 13, 27, and Feb. 3.
    • Hockey participants will be learning from former DVMS Lower Elementary guide Rob Baker and DVMS Dad Graham Taylor — both very experienced hockey players. Kids will need skates, a stick, helmet with facemask, hockey gloves, shin pads, and elbow pads. Most of the children who chose hockey already play and have equipment, but if your child wants to participate and you do not have certain items, the DVMS community has very generously stepped up and donated an abundance of items for children to use. Thank you so much to all of the families that brought in equipment for the kids to use.
  • Figure skating will take place on the following Fridays: Feb 10, 24, and March 3 (February 17 is a PD Day).
    • Figure skating participants will be learning from DVMS Montessori Mom Amanda Graydon — a former competiitve figure skater. Figure skaters will require a CSA certified helmet (no bike helmets please), as well as splash pants or joggers. From Amanda, “I find snow pants are hard to move in on the ice, but if they don’t have splash pants, snow pants for sure. Thin socks, nylons, or bare feet. Thick socks actually make their feet colder. I have a bin of small sized skates (both hockey & figure) I can lend. If buying skates, try to buy used if you can, saves any blisters for your little ones. Let someone else do the breaking in of the skates! Have the new-to-ice skaters practice walking on carpet at home in their skates to help them get used to the feeling of a thin blade (safely, of course). The younger/new-to-ice skaters (ages 2-4) can bring a favourite stuffy to skate with. Can’t have any ‘loose’ items that come off. If parents want to accompany, please wear skates.” We also recommend gloves be worn on the ice.

  • Upper Elementary: Upper Elementary students will be curling at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club starting on Friday, Jan. 27, and continuing on Feb. 3 and 10. They will be bussed to and from the curling club. They will need a clean pair of running shoes (dirt and grit free very important) to be carried into the club each time (their gym shoes will suffice), clothing they can stretch out in, a few layers, and mitts or gloves if they want to keep their hands warm. The curling club will provide sliders and brooms.

But wait, there's more:

  • Staggered Dismissal: We sent this out as an email earlier this week, but just as a reminder: pick-up for Elementary children, both Lower and Upper, is at 3:45. If you have children in the elementary program, please do not arrive at DVMS before 3:45; this staggered pick-up eases congestion in the neighbourhood and parking lot, and on the playground and dismissal area.
    We will be working to dismiss the Elementary children to the playground no earlier than 3:45. (If you have children in both Casa and Elementary, please also aim for 3:45 pick-up at the earliest).
We also had a request from a neighbour this week to please not park in front of the fire hydrants in the neighbourhood. Please remember, it's a great idea to drop elementary-level kids off a few blocks away and allow them the experience of walking to school and meeting up with friends. Thank you all so much for your cooperation.

  • Snow/Ice Day: We know that school closures for inclement weather are difficult for some families -- work doesn't get closed very often, and for families in some areas of Hamilton the weather may not be that bad. DVMS bases its decision to close on the actions of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. They have a comprehensive process in place to gather information and make the call (click here for the HWDSB process). Almost all DVMS children travel to school by car, and both children and staff travel from as far as Brantford, Grimsby, Caledonia, or Burlington. This is why we take advantage of the HWDSB process. (The reason HWDSB closes if buses are cancelled is to reduce the amount of children in vehicles on potentially dangerous roads). Thank you for understanding.

  • Upper Elementary Basketball Club: This term, DVMS Physical Education specialist Colin Fox is running an after school basketball club for Upper Elementary students. The club will run from 3:45-4:45 on Tuesdays and, like first term clubs, the cost will be the same as after school care ($7.00 per session). Please email Selin at if your Upper child would like to join.

Fun Family Events:

Join our Stage 2 kids in a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure!  When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions.

On January 21 2017, women-led marches, welcoming all participants, will take place across the world, with the largest expected in Washington D.C.. We call on people of all genders to gather in Hamilton as part of an international day of action in solidarity.

This popular program provides insight into the mysterious lives of Ontario’s majestic owls. A hike through the crisp winter night to search for owls and a "nose to beak" visit with Mountsberg’s resident raptors gives guests an experience not easily forgotten. Family nights include a fun and educational puppet show, and a special campfire story time and children’s activities. Pre-registration required.

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

Got a great set of pictures for you this week; what with parent observations and all, you might even be in one!