Events and Info at DVMS | April 9-13, 2018

This week:

Back to Normal

March Break and Easter really throw a wrinkle into regularly scheduled programming. You'll be happy to know that the month of April is very quiet. Some Upper Elementary students are going to Ottawa and there's a Casa Workshop coming up (details next week), but we've got nothing but 5-day weeks until the Victoria Day long weekend in mid-May.

Elementary Activities

  • Lower Elementary Zumba: 

    Lower Elementary students will be participating in one of their favourite activities -- Zumba -- at DVMS, with Maria Isabel Garcia Castro of Maisa Fitness, who has been leading these high-energy classes at DVMS for a number of years. They will have Zumba on Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27. Please ensure children wear or bring clothing they can move and groove in on Zumba days.

  • Lower Elementary Book Swap:

A note from your Lower Elementary student classroom representatives:

Dear parents,

Lower Elementary is doing a book swap for Earth Day. Only lower Elementary is doing it. The book swap will be on April 22nd  but, your kids can bring their books between the 16th and the 20th. It will be at school. If you bring in 3 books you take 3 books home. For more info see Jackson, Oren, Stella, Vivienne, or Ozias. Thank you for your time.


The class representatives of LEN and LES

  • Upper Elementary Track and Field: 

    Upper students will begin track and field at McMaster on Friday, April 13, and will continue on Fridays, April 20, 27, and May 4.

Please guide your Upper Elementary child to remember to bring or wear athletic clothing, and their water bottles. For the Mac days, they will need to bring their clean, indoor gym shoes as well as outdoor athletic shoes (they'll be indoors if the weather demands). Students will be transported to and from McMaster by bus.

If you would like to pick your Upper Elementary child up from Mac, please be outside the David Braley Centre (use the Sterling St. entrance to McMaster) at 3:00 (after 3:00, children will be bused back to DVMS).

  • Kids' Café: 

    Kids' Café will also be back to regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday, April 10, from 3:30-4:00 in either the foyer or outside the main entrance (weather dependent). This will be the second last Kids' Café before the sixth-year Upper Elementary students head to Ottawa on April 18.

  • And a Raffle!

The sixth-year Upper students are also organizing a 50/50 fundraising raffle. They will be selling tickets for $1.00 from Monday -- Thursday next week at dismissal. The draw will take place on Friday, April 13, and we will post the winning number on our Facebook page and the "Home" page at; the winner will have one week to claim their prize (a new draw will take place if the prize is not claimed). They would like to let you know that you can buy as many tickets as you want!

Information and Reminders

  • Summer Camp:

Registration for DVMS Casa Summer Camp is now available.

DVMS Casa Summer Camp is held on the grounds of Dundas Valley Montessori School. Staffed by DVMS Montessori trained staff and using our beautiful playground, gym, and multi-purpose room, each week will follow a theme with games, crafts, activities, and community outings. On Fridays we will have a barbecue lunch to end a week of fun and adventure. Our Summer Camp welcomes DVMS students and other children ages 4-6 (or have completed their first year of Casa as DVMS), meeting their developmental needs in a safe, nurturing environment.

  • DERS in Action:

Back in November, we told you about members of DVMS staff undergoing training in DERS (Developmental Environmental Rating Scale). As you're looking through the photos this week, you'll see a couple of pictures of those staff members performing DERS observations in DVMS Montessori environments now that they have completed their training.

The Developmental Environment Rating Scale, or DERS, is an important new tool developed by the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) for measuring what matters in Montessori and other developmentally responsive environments for children.  The instrument measures child and adult behaviors, as well as classroom environment characteristics, proven to support development in three areas: executive function, linguistic and cultural fluency, and social fluency and emotional flexibility.  The DERS is the first research-backed tool for quantifying the things Montessori classrooms do well, and which have been shown to support children’s development across a wide range of domains and with lasting effects.

  • DVMS Music Teacher Kate Quigley in Concert:

    Hey DVMS fams, here's your chance to see DVMS music teacher extraordinaire live in concert with her band, CQ (click to listen), TONIGHT Friday, April 6, at The Rock on Locke, St. John the Evangelist, 320 Charlton Avenue West, Hamilton. Click here for more info. NOTE: online tickets are sold out but there will be a block of tickets available at  the door.

Halifax/Toronto rockers, SLOAN have a cannon of great music.  A new album arrives April 6th called ‘Right to Roam’, and we host the Hamilton-area Release Party on Sunday May 13th at Auditorium at Dundas Valley Montessori School.  Tickets on-sale Friday, March 23, via off our website.  Hardcopy tickets to follow.

Fun Family Events

  • Puppet and Plush Design:

The "Jamie Shannon – stuff" exhibit at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas.

Where do the ideas for puppets and plush designs come from? How do puppeteers transform paper, wood, rubber, and fabric into characters we connect with? From conception and design to the challenges of ‘soft engineering”, this exhibition will engage visitors with the fascinating process behind this multilayered art. The exhibition is presented in partnership Cape Breton University Art Gallery.

  • T-Shirt Tote Bags:

Saturday, April 7, 2:00 p.m., at the Westdale Branch of the Hamilton Public Libray, 955 King Street W., in Westdale.

Registration Required. Please Call: 905-546-3456.Bring an old t shirt and turn an old t-shirt into a reusable bag -- no sewing required. Ages: 8 - 12 years

  • Other Events at HPL:

There are always family-oriented events taking place at the various Hamilton Public Library locations. Click here for their event listings to see what's going on at your local branch.


Just a reminder that we invite you to use the weekly photos both to get a glimpse into your children's Montessori worlds and to spark conversations with often-reluctant children. If your child is in a  photo, ask them what they're doing. Use the other photos to also engage your children in chats about their schooling: ask if they know what "jobs" other children are doing or what the names of materials are; ask if, especially for Casa children, they have had a "presentation" with that material. They're pretty savvy, but we can sometimes use our grown-up wits and tricks to wheedle a bit of info out of them.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.