Events and Info at DVMS | Jan. 22-26, 2018

This week:

  • Parent Education Evening
  • Lower karate
  • Puppy!
  • Upper outdoor ed.
  • Upper basketball
  • Strata play
  • New Parent Handbook
  • Twins!
  • Lost bracelet
  • Re-enrolment
  • Cirque du cinema
  • Frogs!
  • Photos!

Parent Education Evening

The next in our series of Parent Education Evenings is on Wednesday, January 24, from 5:30-7:00. This event will cover the Culture area of the Montessori curriculum, with a bent to the geography side of the world, to show how the child is characteristic of their time and place. The evening will begin with the Montessori Big Bang Story that teaches the formation of the universe with experiments and impressionistic charts, followed by an introduction to briefly explain how:

  • The child from ages 0-6 adapts to their time and place, their immediate culture, and their experience of the earth. In aiding a child to their optimal adaptation, we ground the child in this concept of where they are to help them develop who they are.
  • The Elementary child experiences culture by forming, and functioning in, a practice community, and by imagining what is possible from a foundation of knowing where they are and answering the burning question… why?
  • The Adolescent continues the earlier quests by revisiting, refining, and defining who they are by working with land.  This requires intellectual thought and physical occupations that engage their hands, their minds, and their hearts.

The bulk of the evening will give you the opportunity to receive presentations and work with Montessori materials from all levels of the Montessori Culture curriculum.As always, there will be childcare available (please click the link to register), and wine!If you don't usually attend the Parent education Evenings, we encourage you to come out -- they are informative and give you great insights into how Montessori works and what your children get up to.

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary
  • Lower Elementary students will be participating in karate, at DVMS, with the fine folks from United Family Martial Arts during the Friday afternoons of Jan. 12, 19, 26, and Feb. 2. Please help them remember to wear clothing they can move in on karate days.

Lower Elementary North had a visit from a puppy this week:

Upper Elementary
  •  Upper Elementary students will be participating in a series of outdoor education activities with Justin Metz from Strata Montessori, on Thursday OR Friday afternoons.
    • Upper East (Terrence and Catherine) will have outdoor ed. on Thursdays
    • Upper West (Kathleen and Michael) will have outdoor ed. on Fridays.

They will require appropriate outdoor weather gear for this activity (please keep an eye on the forecasts).

  • Upper Basketball Team: Attn: Upper Elementary students that are interested in playing basketball for DVMS this year -- practices will continue on Tuesdays, from 3:30-4:30. Please contact Colin Fox if you have any questions (you can send questions for Colin to; kids can talk to Colin during gym.

Information and Reminders

  • Strata Play: From the Strata Montessori students:

It's that time of year once again! For our annual Strata Shakespeare play this year we are putting on an adaption of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."We will have six performances: Wed., Jan. 31, at 7:00 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 1, at 7:00p.m.; Fri., Feb 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sat., Feb 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.All performances are at Strata. Tickets are $10.00, and V.I.P. tickets are $25.00. Strata students will be selling tickets at DVMS during dismissal the week of Jan. 22-26.

  • New Parent Handbook: Just before the holiday break, we sent out our new "DVMS Parent Handbook." In case you missed it in the madness of the holidays, here is a link to it again (you can always find it under the "Parents" tab at As most of you may know, the Ministry of Education released new child care legislation over the last few years, and since Montessori children start at a young age Montessori schools fall under it. The new legislation required all new policies and procedures be developed, including new requirements for Parent Handbooks. It gave us a great opportunity to re-do the handbook, which had become a bit of a hodgepodge over the years. We hope it is a good resource for any questions you may have.

  • Twins!: One of your fellow DVMS families had a double blessing of fun this past week -- the Hilchey family had twins! Sage Barry and Marguerite [Margot] Oriana were born on January 15, weighing 6lbs and 9oz, and 7lbs and 3oz, respectively. Sage, Margot, and family are all doing well. We are very excited for the Hilcheys and wish ALL 5 of them the very best!

  • Lost (and Found) Bracelet: This bracelet was found in the parking lot on Friday morning:

  • DVMS Re-Enrolment: DVMS re-enrolment packages will be going out by email next week. Please keep an eye out for yours. We are asking that re-enrolment forms are submitted by Thursday, Feb. 1. That gives us time to get a good idea of numbers at the various levels and contact families on the wait list. Please don't worry about payment at this time; it is most important that we have the re-enrolment forms submitted (the first payment for the 2018-2019 school year is March 1). If you know that your child will not be returning to DVMS next year and you will not be completing a re-enrolment form, please also let us know. Thank you, DVMS families, for continuing to choose authentic Montessori education for your children.

Fun Family Events

Combining the wonder of Cirque, the magic of the movies and the beauty of the HPO, this amazing concert experience returns to Hamilton for a cinema-inspired performance by the acrobats and aerialists of Cirque de la Symphonie. Cirque is an exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theatres and arenas. The company includes skilled veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen join the HPO as they perform music from James BondMission ImpossibleJurassic ParkRaiders of the Lost ArkPirates of the Caribbean and more.

  • Winter Exhibit: Frogs!: Starting this Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Click here for info.

Experience the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing, and adaptively remarkable life forms on earth with RBG’s winter exhibit, Frogs! If you’ve never thought of frogs as beautiful, this exhibition will change your mind.Frogs! is a dynamic exhibit experience with two special exhibitions and daily, family-friendly activities where visitors of all ages can explore the wonderful world of frogs and their wetland homes.


Hey, I remembered to number the photos this week! 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.