Events and Info at DVMS | Oct. 16-20, 2017

DSC_6226This week:

  • Coming up
  • Lower swimming
  • Upper adventure running
  • Clothing and the weather
  • Parent dinner date
  • Strata grade 9 info evening
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  • Family philharmonic
  • #IMomSoHard
  • Big Bad Wolf vs Lord Underwearface Von Schtinker
  • Photos!

Things have slowed down a bit now that we are well into the school year. Thank you all for reading the "Events and Info" and keeping track of all the things to come to and to sign up for and to send along. Here's a heads up about a few things coming up in the near future:

  • Thurs. Oct. 26, 3:30-4:00: Workshop for Casa families.
  • Fri. Nov. 3: PD Day. No School.
  • Fri. Nov. 10: DVMS/Strata Parent Dinner
  • Wed. Nov. 15: Parent Education Evening
  • Week of Nov. 20-24: Parent Observations and Interviews (No School on Fri. Nov. 24).

Elementary Activities

  • More Cross Country: A number of Upper and Lower Elementary students have chosen to attend another cross country running event, this time at Lee Academy on Friday, Oct. 20. This event is optional, so not all students will be going. Those who do go will be having an early lunch and boarding a bus about 12:00. They will return to DVMS by bus in time for regular pick-up at 3:45. From Lee Academy:

The Merry family who owns our surrounding farm asks that you and your team are respectful of their fields of trees and natural ponds.  PLEASE inform students and visitors that they are to stay on or beside the course and not in the neighbouring fields or pet cemetery.  We appreciate you not leaving litter on our grounds.At 12:30 pm all participants will walk through the course, which is 1.5 km long.  The course travels through fields, over hills, by two ponds and next to the woods.  The start line is on our playing field at the southwest corner of the large Christmas Tree Farm parking lot.  The finish line is also at the playing field.  This makes it easier for marshalling and watching.Students in Grades 2, 3 and 4 (Midget) will run at 1:05 p.m.           1.5 kmStudents in Grades 5 and 6 (Junior) will run at 1:30 p.m.                 1.5 kmStudents in Grades 7 and 8 (Senior) will run at 1:55 p.m.                 2.5 kmIn each category, girls will race before boys.

Lower Elementary
  • Swimming: Lower Elementary students will be walking to and from the Dundas Community Pool where they will participate in weekly swimming lessons until the end of October. 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 able to easily and securely carry themselves.

Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Christine) will swim on Mondays: Lower South children will swim on Monday, Sept. 11, 18, and 25, and Oct. 2, 16, and 23. (Monday, Oct. 9, is Thanksgiving).Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Kathleen) will swim on Fridays: Lower North students will swim on Friday, Sept. 15, 22, and 29, and Oct. 13, 20, and 27.

Upper Elementary
  • Adventure Running: Upper Elementary students will be participating in Adventure Running on Friday afternoons, led by Upper Elementary French Specialist, Selin. They will be running on Oct. 13, 20, and 27. Please ensure they are wearing, or bring, weather appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear; adventure running is rain or shine (unless it's a thunderstorm).

Information and Reminders

  • Clothing and the Weather: As much as we enjoyed our extended summer weather, it seems fall has finally fallen upon us. Please be sure to check the weather forecast each morning. It is important for children to get outside as much as possible, so even if it is a wet, cold, dreary day we will all be going outside for recess, as long as it is not actually raining.

The recent warm winters have resulted in a few months of wet and muddy instead of a winter wonderland of snow. A few tips and info bits to remember as we head into colder, wetter weather:

    • We make the call for recess and dismissal at the time. If it's raining in the morning it does not necessarily mean it will be indoor recess, and the playground may be wet and muddy. Please always assume they will be going outside.
    • Children are asked to not play in the mud and water, but, well, you know... If you have a mud magnet child, please make sure they are well stocked on spare socks and other clothes at school, and warm up the laundry machines. (This goes for Elementary-aged children as well).
    • As the weather becomes colder, please avoid fabric or knit gloves and mittens. They are small and convenient, but they are inevitably soaking wet within 5 minutes of recess play and little hands are wet and cold, or glove/mitten-less. Proper footwear, hats and mitts that fit, and weather-appropriate outerwear make the cool months better for everyone.
    • In cases of extreme cold or inclement weather, DVMS follows the guidelines of the City of Hamilton's Medical Officer of Health and the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB).
      • If a cold alert is issued because the temperature is at -15º C or below, or the wind chill is at -20º C or below, children will stay inside for recess.
      • For snow days, we take advantage of the HWDSB's process and resources since DVMS families travel from all areas of the Hamilton region. DVMS will close when HWDSB schools are closed. Unplanned snow days can cause chaos with work and other plans, but please remember that if the weather looks fine at your house, or if it clears up by 9:00 a.m., the call was made early enough to notify everyone before they head out, and with the safety of all area children and families in mind. We will email everyone as soon as a closure is announced (generally about 6:00 a.m.), and post on the "Home" page of, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter. You can also subscribe to email alerts from HWDSB, check their website, or follow them on Twitter for immediate notifcations.

  • Parent Dinner is Now Nov. 10: The DVMS Parent Dinner that was scheduled for October has been postponed until November 10. The dinner will once again be held at Strata Montessori Adolescent School -- a beautiful venue in a beautiful spot -- and proceeds will go towards supporting the ongoing development of Strata (a registered Canadian charity) as one of Canada's first and foremost Montessori middle schools. Line up those babysitters. We'll have more details soon.

  • Strata Grade 9 Information Evening: We would like to cordially invite any interested DVMS families to Strata's Grade 9 Information Evening at Strata on Thursday, October 19th, at 5:00 p.m. The session will run for approximately an hour and a half. There will be free childcare run by Strata students, and we will feed your children and ply you with appetizers and adult beverages!

The Erdkinder (Earth Children) was established by Dr. Montessori as a place where students can develop their senses of social order, their growing bodies, and their expanding intellects. She recognized the need for a framework of study that emerges out of direct contact with real life: the natural responsibilities and timelines of the land, the reality of student run economic endeavours, and the establishment of community, all dependent on each individual to succeed. This frame for work and study is adapted to the Strata campus directly from Dr. Montessori’s concept of the farm as an ideal prepared environment -- a place where adolescents feel they belong and can contribute.

Please register here.

  • DVMS Clothing Orders: This is the last weekend to order DVMS clothing during this first run. We have decided to simplify things this year by offering you online ordering for all of your DVMS clothing needs, via the DVMS community’s Litzen family
    ClothingOur first store will only be open until Oct. 15, but there will be an opportunity to purchase again in the new year.
Please note the following details:
  • The online store will be active now until Oct. 15, 2017.
  • Items will be available for pick up at the school mid-late November.
  • Payment must be done online at the time of order.
  • No refunds or exchanges after the ordering closes on October 15.
  • No orders will be accepted after Oct. 15.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email and we will do our best to respond.  If you have questions pertaining to sizing etc., please feel free to contact Litzen directly (through the online store).

Fun Family Events

  • RnGMichaelRosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Wish you could see Upper Elementary West guide Michael stomp around on stage and tell funny jokes? Now's your chance. Michael is a cast member in a production of the fabulous "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" coming up in mid-October. It's Abbot and Costello meets Waiting for Godot (with a dash of Shakespeare). Click here for info and tickets.

Written by Tom Stoppard, one of the world’s greatest contemporary playwrights, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" has played across the globe, been adapted into an award-winning film, and is now as recognizable as the classic on which it is based. This Tony Award winning play explores the confused antics of two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" -- the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Using his razor-sharp wit and unmatched comedic brilliance, Stoppard creates protagonists that grapple the big philosophical questions while they unwittingly fight for their lives.

  • Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Family Concert: Saturday, October 14, 2:00 p.m., McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College. Click for tickets and info.

Spend a musical afternoon with your family and friends as your HPO presents a one-hour concert full of family favourites you know and love like Bizet’s Carmen Suite and Prokofiev’s timeless classic Peter and the Wolf. Guest conductor Dina Gilbert leads the orchestra while children’s entertainer Suzie Sunshine narrates and guides us through the music.

  • Mom's Night Out -- #IMomSoHard: Saturday, 14 October, 7:30 - 10:30, at FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton ON, L8P 4Y2. Click here for website and tickets.

Jen and Kristin from #IMOMSOHARD are taking their show out of the playroom and onto the road. There’s no one making moms feel as uncomfortably normal as Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the hilarious oh-so-real women behind #IMomSoHard. With over 1,000,000 Facebook fans, and more than 55 million views of their web series, Jen and Kristin’s blend of honesty and humor offer the kinds of levity most of us only get from our therapist, proving that if we weren’t all laughing, we’d be crying, right? Right!? Sure to deliver the kind of straight talk you can only get from discussing body hair in the kids’ playroom while sipping mimosas, Kristin and Jen prove you can’t make this shi* up. It’s like an evening with two of your besties. But funnier… And probably with more drinking… Definitely more drinking.

  • The Second City: Big Bad Wolf Halloween Family Fun: Sunday, October 15,   

Get ready for a massive dose of Halloween Family fun with The Second City! Get your gang dressed up in your Halloween costumes and enjoy the masters of improvisational comedy, as well as kids crafts, games, and prizes before the show! Come early.Big Bad Wolf vs Lord Underwearface Von Schtinker is a hilarious musical romp that takes a new look at a children’s classic. Our unlikely hero, Big Bad Wolf, must enlist the help of his fairy tale friends to prove that things aren’t always as they seem. Big Bad Wolf Vs. is one of our favourite Second City Family shows ever.This show is sure to entertain everyone, and is ideal for ages 5-12.Running time: Approx 80 mins including our pre-show fun and costume contest.OCTOBER 15, 2017 at 2pm ONLY, Doors open at 12:30pm for Kids Crafts, Games, and Prizes!Save big with families of 4 or more!


We're back with fresh photos of your l'il darlin's this week. We are continuing to number each photo for easy reference if you have any questions about exactly what-in-the-Montessori are they up to.As always, let us know if you would like the full version of any photos of your children.