Events and Info at DVMS | Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2017

DSC_8612This week:

  • Casa Workshop: Thurs., Nov. 30, 3:30-4:00.
  • Upper Parent Ed. at Strata. Thurs., Nov. 30 at 5:30
  • Lower gymnastics and yoga
  • Upper dance
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Lice reminder
  • Dundas Tree Lighting
  • Superheroes
  • Waterdown parade
  • AGH Family Day
  • Winter lights at Rock Garden
  • Hamilton Choir Project
  • Photos!

Casa Workshop: Sensorial Exploration

The next in the series of Casa Workshops for this year takes place on Thursday, Nov. 30.The topic for this workshop is "Sensorial Exploration."Parents are invited to come and get hands-on in the sensorial area in their child's Montessori environment. We will also look at the parallels and connections between the sensorial and math areas of the Montessori Casa environment.The Casa Workshops are an opportunity for Casa parents to learn about specific areas of the Montessori Casa environment, and about how parents and Montessori guides can work together to best support childrens’ development.Casa parents are asked to go directly to their child’s Montessori Casa environment at 3:30. Children are welcome to play on the playground, including any half-day Casa children who went home in the morning; we will not charge for afterschool care until 4:30 that day.

Elementary Activities

  • DVMS Upper Elementary Strata Parent Education: Parents of Upper Elementary students in their 5th and 6th years of the elementary program at DVMS are invited to a Parent Education evening on Thursday, November 30, at 5:30, at Strata Montessori Adolescent School, to give you a vision of the extraordinary experience your child (and your family) can look forward to. You will enjoy real Strata experiences in every area of the curriculum. Afterwards, you can discuss questions or concerns with Strata graduates, graduate parents, current parents, and staff. Year 5 and 6 DVMS Upper Elementary students are also welcome to attend and will participate in activities organized by current Strata students.

The true stories of Strata students are both remarkable and inspiring.

Lower Elementary
  • Gymnastics and Yoga: Both Lower Elementary classes will begin gymnastics or yoga in November and into December. Gymnastics will take place at the Hamilton Gymnastics Academy and students will be bused to and from. The class that is not attending gymnastics will participate in yoga at DVMS. From the gymnastics academy:

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.

  • Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Christine) will go to gymnastics on Fridays, Oct. 27, and Nov. 10 and 17 (Nov. 3 is a PD Day).
  • Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Kathleen) will go to gymnastics on Dec. 1, 8, and 15 (DVMS is closed on Nov. 24 for Parent-Teacher interviews).

Upper Elementary
  • Dance: Upper Elementary students will be participating in a dance program, at DVMS, on Friday Nov. 10 and 17, and on Friday Dec. 1 and 8. They will once again be led in dance by Chimira Andres, an Honours Integrated Science student at McMaster University who is also the current president and captain of the Mac Dance Competitive Varsity Dance Team. She has been a principal dancer/graduate from the School of Cadence Ballet in Toronto, ON. She also has been a senior dance instructor for 4 to 16-year-old dancers in the City of Mississauga dance program for approximately 7 years, and is a working contemporary dance artist with the Parahumans Dance Company. Upper students will dance with their class on Friday afternoons and should wear or bring appropriate, loose clothing.

Information and Reminders

  • Outdoor Clothing: We just want to remind everyone to please make sure children come to school each day with the appropriate accoutrements for the weather -- toques, mitts/gloves, rubber/winter boots, warm coats, and the like. We ask the younger children to wear all the warm-and-dry things you send with them when they go outside for recess, and ask them to double-check when they claim to not have things like hats and mitts. Children are also asked to not play in the mud, but, well... you know. As the weather gets colder, please try to avoid cloth/knit/material gloves and mittens; they get wet and then little hands get cold. A good supply of spare clothes, especially pants and socks, are a good idea at this time of year too.

  • Lice Reminder: On the subject of weather gear, winter hats, ear muffs, etc., are coming out; please remind children not to share or wear other peoples headgear.

Fun Family Events

  • Dundas Tree Lighting: Friday, November 24, 6:30 - 8:30, at Memorial Square, (King & Sydenham) in Downtown Dundas.

Canada’s oldest tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy complimentary hot cider and treats. A medley of holiday music will be performed by Joan Ballantyne, The Harlequin Singers and the Dundas Concert Band. Then sing Father Christmas into town as he arrives on a Firetruck for a visit with the kids.

  • Superheroes - 18th Century Literature: Saturday, November 25, 11:00 - 12:00. This is part of the McMaster Children & Youth University (MCYU) lecture series. MCYU "programs are targeted to youth 7-14 years old, but we do not restrict our attendance. We believe youth and their families should learn together and welcome all family members to all our programs." Click here to learn more about MCYU. To register for this Saturday's event (it's free) click here.

McMaster Children & Youth University presents: Superheroes! 18th Century Literature By: Dr. Peter Walmsly & Dr. Euenia Zuroski Saturday November 25, 2017 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Who gets to be a superhero? What does a superhero look like to you? Did you imagine someone like Superman, Iron Man, or Thor? Everyone has a favourite fictional superhero, but did you know that superheroes are everywhere, making the world safe for regular people like us? Have you ever wondered about what makes a hero, and where they come from? Or if there can be girl heroes as well as boy heroes? Join us and find out, as we explore how ideas of the hero have shifted over time - don't miss out on inventing a superhero that suits you! Let's Talk Science will run a post-lecture hands-on activity after the lecture, from noon - 1:00 pm.

This annual celebration opens the doors of the AGH to families and individuals for an afternoon of art, music and fun. If you are regular visitors, this is our thanks and welcome back event. If you haven’t come to the Gallery with your family before, it is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Our activities are creative and casual – spend ten minutes or the whole afternoon with us. Activities are most enjoyable when you all work together.All ages, parents are required to stay with their children at all times.

  • Winter Lights at the Rock: 5:00 to 8:30 (last admittance is 7:30 p.m.); RBG Rock Garden, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington. Click here for the RBG event website, including ticket purchases.

Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations.This 1km walk through RBG's historic Rock Garden is along paved pathways; there are some gentle slopes along the route.

  • Hamilton Choir Project: Upper Elementary Montessori guide Michael conducts this 22 member mixed-voice adult a capella choir. Rejuvenate your soul with tight harmonies and soaring melodies. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8:00 p.m., at The Church of St. John the Evangelist, 320 Charlton Ave. W. (at Locke). Pay what you can by cash donation at  the door.



We've included some photos of you Montessori Moms and Dads observing in the Casa and Lower Elementary environments this past week. Our hope is that seeing the Montessori environments in action -- both your own children hard at work and the other children in their rooms -- helps to further your understanding of how Montessori education happens on a day-to-day basis, and shines some light on some of the activities you see each week in the photos.As always, let us know if you would like the full version of any photos of your children, or if you have any questions about the Montessori materials or jobs the children are working with.