Events and Info at DVMS | Feb. 26 - March 2, 2018

This week:

Show Me Day

Show Me Day takes place this 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. See below for details.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 Friday; there is no school). There are also times 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, you do not need to sign up again). If you haven't already done so, please click the link below to sign up.Please click here to select your Parent-Teacher interview timeslot.

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 and other Montessori Model Parliament Info: 

    Kid's Cafe continues on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 3:30-4:00, in the foyer. Kids's Cafe takes place every Tuesday until the Upper Elementary sixth-year students head to Ottawa for their Montessori Model Parliament experience in April. Kid's Cafe 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).They are continuing to work on their research essays and rough drafts are due the middle of the week of Feb. 26.

  • Upper Speeches:

    Upper Elementary students will present their speeches from 9:30-11:00 on Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, in the gymnasium.

    • Upper East (Terrence/Catherine) will present on Wednesday.
    • Upper West (Kathleen/Michael) will present on Thursday.

Parents are welcome, and encouraged, to come and view the speech presentations. As always, please plan to attend the entire speech presentation for your child's class (they probably won't go until 11:00; we're giving them a good buffer). We ask that you plan to stay for the all the speeches to support the children, and to help keep their nerves settled by not having people walking in and out while they are presenting. Thank you.

  • Basketball vs. Fairview Glen Montessori:

Fairview Glen Montessori visited Dundas Valley Montessori School for an Upper Elementary basketball game on Friday. Enjoy a little in-your-face B-Ball action:[gallery type="slideshow" size="large" ids="22616,22617,22618,22619,22620,22621,22622,22623,22624,22625,22626,22627,22628"]

Information and Reminders

  • Reminder -- First 2018.2019 Tuition Payments Next Week:

By popular request, we are including a reminder that the first tuition payments for the 2018.2019 school year are due and will be deposited on Thursday, March 1. If you haven't already come in to the office to sign enrolment forms, please do so when payment is submitted. Thank you.

  • Montessori Week:

Next week is Montessori Week. DVMS and a number of other CCMA schools will be sharing video posts over the course of the week focusing on Montessori in action.

The focus will be on one level each day, posted on Facebook and Twitter, and will use the hashtag #MontessoriWeek, as well as daily hashtags:

Monday: Infant/Toddler - #MontessoriToddlerTuesday: Casa - #MontessoriCasaWednesday: Lower Elementary - #MontessoriElementaryThursday: Upper Elementary - #MontessoriElementaryFriday: Adolescent - #MontessoriAdolescent

Please help spread the good Montessori word, and videos, by keeping an eye on the DVMS Facebook page and Twitter, and by sharing on your own social media. Thank you.

  • MS Read-A-Thon:

    Thank you to all of the MS Read-A-Thon participants. Your efforts helped to raise $2,700 for the MS Society. Great work everyone, and don't stop reading!

  • Art Show:

Over the next week, a number of Upper and Lower Elementary student art projects will be going on display in the front hallway. These are the works they have completed during their art classes this past term. They will be up by Thursday for you to view while you are in the school for your Parent-Teacher interviews, and will remain on display until March Break. A bit of colour for these grey days.

  • Long Weekend Heads Up:

    A bit of notice because we won't see you over the March Break, but the first week back leads into the Easter long weekend: Friday, March 30, is Good Friday, and Monday, April 2, is Easter Monday. DVMS is closed both days. There is no school.

  • March Break Casa Camp: 

    March Break runs from March 12 to March 23 this year. 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

Fun Family Events

There are not a lot of organized family events going on around town this weekend, but we may get a taste of spring weather in between some light showers. We hope you can get outside for some family fun this weekend.


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