Events and Info at DVMS | Feb. 12-16, 2018

This week:

  • PD. Day and Statutory holiday this week
  • March Break Casa Camp
  • Lower Dance
  • Upper Soccer
  • Kid's Cafe and MMP info
  • Valentine's Day:
    • cards & stuff
    • Upper lunch
    • healthy Lower snack sale
  • Not healthy Lower bake sale
  • MS Read-A-Thon
  • Toddler Community Parent Ed.
  • Show Me Day
  • Parent-Teacher interviews
  • Winterfest continues
  • Early Bulldogs
  • Seven Samurai
  • Photos!
  • Don't forget to check the DVMS calendar to stay up to date.

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).

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 at

  • Kids Cafe is Back! and other Montessori Model Parliament Info: Everyone's favourite -- Kid's Cafe -- starts next week, Tuesday Feb. 13, from 3:30-4:00, in the foyer, and will continue every Tuesday until the Upper Elementary sixth-year students head to Ottawa for their Montessori Model Parliament experience in April. Kid's Cafe always generates a lot of excitement and is the primary fundraiser for their annual trip, organized and run by the students themselves (great practice for running the Strata Cafe when they get there).

Also on the MMP front, topics have been chosen for preliminary research and students are beginning the process of gathering sources; requests for a few library trips and online search help may be coming your way. Be sure to ask your potentially-reluctant-to-discuss-things pre-teen what they are learning about.

Information and Reminders

  • 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. An explanatory note and the name of your child's Valentine's lunch partner were sent home this week.

  • 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.

  • Lower Not-Valentine's Not-Healthy Bake Sale: Lower Elementary students will also be holding a lunchtime bake sale on Monday, Feb. 12. All items will be $1 and the proceeds are going to Haiti.

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

We are at the half-way point of this year's MS Read-A-Thon! Students have been reading and fundraising for just over a week. Over $600 has been raised online, and we have one more week to reach the minimum goal of $2000 set by our enthusiastic students at the assembly.The MS Read-A-Thon is an opportunity for us to foster our love of reading and to further develop our literacy skills. We are learning about the importance of being involved in our community and becoming more aware of the difficulties that some of us deal with daily.We have one more week to keep reading and gathering pledges to make a difference – so keep encouraging your child to do so! Students are reminded that online donations can be made on the MS Read-A-Thon website (, or they may bring their completed Pledge Kits to the school office on February 15th.Please contact me at if additional Minute Tracking Sheets or Pledge Sheets are needed, or if you would like some help setting up the online fundraising page for your child.Thanks to all those wonderful DVMS students and families that have shown their support for this important cause.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!Kind regards,Mairi Achong, Learning Resource TeacherDundas Valley Montessori School

  • 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: Show Me Day takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 9:00-11:00, for Casa and Lower Elementary children and their parents. 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.

Casa and Lower Elementary parents, click here to select your Show Me Day visit time.

  • Parent-Teacher Interviews: 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). There are also time for Lower Elementary parents the following week. As always, childcare will be available during your interview. (Note: if you were asked to pre-book an interview earlier this week, you do not need to sign up again).

Please click here to select your Parent-Teacher interview timeslot.

Fun Family Events

  • 2018 Hamilton Winterfest: Continues this weekend. Lots of free skates and neighbourhood festivals. Check the event listings here.
    Hamilton Winterfest is celebrating its 40th year with various type of events or activities taking place between February 3 to 19, 2018. There is something for everyone to enjoy and we welcome you to explore the city during 17 fun-filled days!

  • Hamilton Bulldogs Early Games This Weekend: 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, vs. Kitchener Rangers, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, vs. Soo Greyhounds, for the younger hockey fans. Click here for Bulldogs site/tickets.

  • Japanese Movies in Hamilton: "Seven Samurai": For the older, film buff child (and their parents). Sunday, Feb. 11, 1:15 p.m. at Hamilton Central Public Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton Room. Free admission, no RSVP required. 207 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles. Click here for website (with original trailer). "The Magnificent Seven" is a direct Western (in both senses) remake of "Seven Samurai," and critics have noted the movie's influences throughout the Star Wars canon. 

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.


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.