Events and Info: Feb. 6 - 10, 2017, at Dundas Valley Montessori School

dsc_5745Happy Friday everyone! Here's what's going on and coming up at DVMS:Re-enrolmentLower Elementary: hockey ends and figure skating starts; karate continuesUppers are curlingIt's MS Read-A-Thon timeEarth Rangers are comingPD and Family Day remindersGuess what -- a bake sale!Cafe and parent tours at StrataScience of LearningSomething for early Saturday morning risersPaw Patrol Live!Winterfest


Thank you, DVMS families, for submitting your re-enrolment forms, and taking the time to complete the longer, full form. Just a reminder for those yet to submit, the deadline for re-enrolment submissions was today, Friday, February 3.Fortunately for us, the demand for Montessori education continues to grow and we have a significant waiting list at all levels. Those families are anxious to hear if spots will be available (lots of phone calls right now). Remember, please just submit the form for now so we know what our numbers look like at each level; payment and signatures can happen later.Click here for a direct link to the enrolment form.Reminders and what's next:

  • Initial payment is due March 1. Between now and then, please drop in to the office to sign the hard copy of the enrolment forms (we'll have them ready for you) and to drop off post-dated cheques.
  • The relevant fee schedules for 2017.2018 were included with your re-enrolment email; they are also available under the “Fees and Forms” tab at We have also posted fee schedules with the sibling tuition discount amounts.
  • If you have a child who is moving to a new level, you are welcome to come and observe for part of a morning and get an understanding of how we educate at each subsequent level. Please contact Holly at to make an appointment.

Thank you for continuing to choose DVMS and Montessori education for your children. It is through your commitment to our shared vision of a community-based school that all of these children are thriving. At DVMS, we take a lot of pride in being committed both to excellence in Montessori education and to being accessible. We remain the most affordable, high quality, CCMA accredited Montessori program in Ontario.

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. Parents are welcome to come watch, and help tie skates.
  • Hockey ended today -- Friday, Feb. 3.
  • Figure skating will take place on Friday, 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 competitive figure skater and certified coach. 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 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:

  • MS Read-A-Thon: A note from Mairi about this year's MS Read-A-Thon:
On Friday, January 27, we had a kick-off assembly for our annual MS Read-A-Thon! A guest speaker from the MS Society of Canada came to our school to share some information about Multiple Sclerosis, and explained how we can help those in our community living with MS - by fundraising with the MS Read-A-Thon.
Elementary students and a few enthusiastic Casa students were given a Pledge Kit after the assembly, which should be used to track their reading each day. Additional Minute Tracking Sheets and Pledge Sheets are available if needed.
Everyone is strongly encouraged to use the online fundraising option for donations made by credit card. Students can use the online system to find the school team, email friends and family to ask for donations, and set up their personal fundraising page.
1. Visit and click Find My School.
2. Select Join as a new participant.
3. Search for the school team name: Dundas Valley Montessori.
4. Click Join. Select Student and set your fundraising goal.
5. Fill out the registration form.
6. Click Access your participant centre to start fundraising.
Cash and cheque donations are still accepted and can be brought in to school on February 21st.
Kits are due back at the school on February 21st. Until then, we encourage every student to read EVERY DAY and to ask friends and family to support this important cause. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with three new Canadians diagnosed every day. Proceeds from the MS Read-A-Thon help fund vital services and programs for people with MS as well as research into the cause, treatment and cure. Through reading, your child will be helping those living with MS. Thank you in advance for your support with this valuable program! If you have any questions, please email Mairi at
Kind regards,
Mairi Achong
Learning Resource Teacher
Dundas Valley Montessori School

  • Earth Rangers: One of our Upper Elementary Montessori boys has been working hard over the past year to organize a school visit from the Earth Rangers. They will be presenting in the gym on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 10:00-11:00, for elementary level students. This is a great conversation starter for "What did you do at school today?" chats.

  • PD and Family Day Reminder: Just a reminder: Friday, February 17, is a PD day and Monday, February 20, is the Family Day statutory holiday. On the PD day, DVMS staff will be participating in a workshop focused on curriculum continuity throughout the different levels of Montessori at DVMS. This is a large project undertaken by DVMS staff this year that will allow us to continue to provide your children with the best Montessori education possible. We're always working to be better.

  • Lower Elementary Bake Sale: The Lower Elementary philanthropic pursuits continue on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a lunch time bake sale. Four Lower Elementary Montessori students will be baking and all items will be $1.00.

  • DVMS Year 6 Uppers at Cafe and Parent Tours: Groups of year 6 Upper Elementary children will be shadowing at the Strata Cafe for the next month. This is in preparation for them to take over the small business when the Strata drama production is taking place from March 1 to 4. It is also a great opportunity for the DVMS students to get a taste of student life at Strata in preparation for their transition next year. Also, at this time of year we like to invite all Upper Elementary year 6 families to come and join us at Strata for a tour and lunch, from 11:00-1:00. The engagement and capacity we are seeing in our Strata students has exceeded all of our expectations and has to be seen to be believed. We encourage all families to attend. Please click here to sign up for a Tuesday or Thursday time slot during the first weeks of February.

Fun Family Events:

  • Achieving Academic Success with the Science of Learning: Maybe not so much for the kids, but one of your fellow Montessori Moms organizes events for the McMaster Alumni Association, and this one is very relevant to us. Wednesday, February 8, at 7:00: arrow at bottom right to expand)

  • Early Morning Risers at Hamilton Children's Museum: This event is for people who get up really early every Saturday. Start your cold winter Saturday morning sharing some company, coffee and treats, while the kids play in an interactive and exploratory environment. Free event. Suitable for ages 0-4 years. Saturdays February 4, 11, 18, 25. Time: 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Click here for the Hamilton Children's Museum website.

  • Paw Patrol Live!: I hear on the playground that this is popular with the young 'uns these days. Click here for info.:

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” based on hit preschool series PAW Patrol, which airs on Nickelodeon and is produced by Spin Master Entertainment. PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure.

  • 2017 Hamilton Winterfest Kick-Off Event: February 4, 2017 - 1 to 4 pm, Hamilton Waterfront Pier 8 - 47 Discovery Drive. Click here for details.

Experience an inspiring afternoon of music, performances and hands on activities for the whole family at the Waterfront, in celebration of Winter and the 2017 Hamilton Winterfest community programs! Please bring a non-perishable food or cash donation for the Welcome Inn Community Centre food bank.

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

Lots of photos this week. Remember, if you see one with your child and would like the full size version, just let us know!