Events and Info at DVMS | Feb. 5-9, 2018

This week:

  • DVMS Re-Enrolment
  • March Break Casa Camp
  • Lower Dance
  • Upper Soccer
  • MS Read-A-Thon
  • Valentine's Day:
    • healthy Lower snack sale
    • cards & stuff
    • Upper lunch
  • PD. Stat!
  • Toddler Community Parent Ed.
  • Show Me/Interviews
  • Frogs!
  • Winterfest
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Photos!
  • Don't forget to check the DVMS calendar to stay up to date.

DVMS Re-Enrolment

We hope you've all had fun filling out your DVMS re-enrolment forms for the 2018.2019 school year </duck and cover>. Re-enrolment forms were due on Thursday, Feb. 1, to give us time to get a good idea of numbers at the various levels and to 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. Please click here to complete your re-enrolment form(s) if you have not already done so.

March Break Casa Camp

DVMS will host a March Break camp for DVMS Casa children during the second week of March Break: Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23.This year's camp will be a cooking themed camp, seeing the children prepare something each day (muffins, cookies, and such), as well enjoying crafts, gym games, and outdoor time each day (please make sure they have weather appropriate clothing each day).There are half day (9:00-12:00) and full day (9:00-3:30) options and cost is $120 or $230, respectively, for the week.Full day children will require a packed, healthy, litterless lunch each day, and all children should bring healthy snacks for morning and afternoon.Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Click here to register.To complete your registration and guarantee your child's spot in camp, please come into DVMS to sign the hard copy of your form and submit payment by Friday, March 9.Please make cheques payable to "DVMS." Payment by E-Transfer may be sent to

Elementary Activities

  • Lower Elementary Dance: Lower Elementary students will be participating in dance, at DVMS, with 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. Lower students will dance with their class on Friday afternoons, Feb. 9, 23, and March 9, and should wear or bring appropriate, loose clothing. (A PD day and Parent-Teacher interviews fall on a couple of upcoming Fridays, hence the scattered dates).

  • Upper Elementary Soccer: Upper Elementary students will be participating in soccer at the Ancaster Sports Centre on Friday Feb. 9, 23, and March 9. (A PD day and Parent-Teacher interviews fall on a couple of upcoming Fridays, hence the scattered dates). They will be bused there, but we are asking that Upper Elementary children be picked up from Ancaster Sports Centre (1030 Lower Lions Club Rd.) at 3:30 on those days (as with previous activities, we cannot charter a school bus for the return trip due to end of school day commitments for the bus companies). They will require indoor gym shoes, clothing to move and play in, and their water bottles. If you are not able to pick up from the sports centre, please let us know.

Information and Reminders

  • MS Read-A-Thon: It's Read-A-Thon time! From Mairi:

The kick-off assembly for our annual MS Read-A-Thon was held on Wednesday, January 31st. We discussed the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and talked about the difficulties faced by those living with the disease. The students are eager to help raise funds for research, treatment, and services for people with MS by fundraising with the MS Read-A-Thon. They have set a minimum goal of raising $2000, and expressed their determination to surpass it!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 15th.Kits are due back at the school on February 15th. 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!Congratulations to one of our Upper Elementary students for setting up her donation page on January 31st and having the first donation recorded for our team!We are also proud of three Lower Elementary students who are planning a Healthy Snack Sale on February 14th, and have dedicated the proceeds to the MS Society. Their donation will be submitted with the MS Read-A-Thon contributions.Kind regards,Mairi Achong, Learning Resource TeacherDundas Valley Montessori School

  • Lower Valentine's Healthy Snack Sale: Three Lower Elementary boys have come up with a great idea for Valentine's Day. They will be holding a healthy snack sale for both Lower Elementary classes, during their lunch break. For $1.00, children can assemble their own zip-lock bag of healthy snacks. Proceeds will go to the MS Society.

  • Valentine's Day at DVMS: We ask that children do not bring store bought Valentine's Day cards to school. If a child wants to do something for their classmates, please bring only home-made Valentine’s, that are not addressed to individual children, and that they bring enough for each child in the class. We also request that candies, chocolates, and other treats of sweet love be saved for the home environment. Thank you for understanding; this day can be a considerable disruption to the Montessori environments.
    • Upper Elementary students will be participating in their traditional Valentine’s box lunch exchange on Feb. 14. More details will come home next week.

  • Upcoming PD Day and Statutory Holidays: There is a 4-day weekend coming up: Friday, Feb. 16, is a PD Day (DVMS staff will be renewing our required Standard First Aid training) and Monday, Feb. 19, is the Family Day statutory holiday. (Also, see below -- there will be no school on Friday, March 2, due to Parent-Teacher interviews).

  • Toddler Community Parent Education: On Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 7:30-9:00, the DVMS Toddler Community would like to invite you to attend our Parent Education Evening on Independence.During the evening, we will discuss Functional Independence and why it is important, scaffolding your child's growing independence, and how to create opportunities for independence in your home. We'll also share some of our tricks we use in class to help your child care for themselves. There will be a chance for you to give examples of your successes and challenges and get feedback from the community of parents.In preparation for our discussion, please read Chapter 3 in How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, by Tim Seldin.We encourage one or both parents attend this event -- Grandparents, nannies, and other caregivers are also welcome. We hope that by gathering later in the evening everyone has a chance to settle their children in with a caregiver and are free to have a night out with wine, nibbles, and an interesting discussion.

Childcare will not be available.

*This event is open to the entire DVMS school community and we invite all people interested in this topic and how it relates to children 0-3 years old to join us.

Please RSVP, by Feb. 15, to if you plan to attend and how many adults will be attending from your family.

  • Show Me Day and Parent-Teacher Interviews: These events are coming up at the end of February/beginning of March.
    • Show Me Day takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
    • Parent-Teacher interviews will take place during the evening of Thursday, March 1, and the morning of Friday, March 2 (DVMS is closed on the Friday; there is no school).

Show Me Day is a chance for you to spend part of a morning with your children in their Montessori environments. During your 20-minute visit, they will show you some of their favourite Montessori jobs and/or some of their favourite pieces of work that they have completed or are working on. This is always a very exciting day for the children as they have the opportunity to invite you into their Montessori worlds. Parents of Upper Elementary students, your children will be presenting speeches on Wed. March 7 and Thurs. March 8. We will have more info for you soon about which class presents on which day, and the times to come to view the speeches.

Sign-up for both events will be available next week.

Fun Family Events

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.

Winterfest is a celebration of Hamilton and the beauty of the season. This annual program is celebrating its 40th year with participating partners including neighbourhood associations, galleries, museums, recreation centres, and small businesses. Winter-inspired art, heritage and recreation programming in communities across the city will move Hamilton residents to get out, connect with others and explore for ten fun-filled days from February 3 to 19.


I forgot the toddler photos last week! Sorry, but you get extra this week, including a couple of them getting a little crazy, which is adorable. 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.