Events and Info at DVMS | April 16-20, 2018

DSC_4040This week:

Summer Casa 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.

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 20th, 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.Sincerely,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: 

    The FINAL Kids' Café will take place on Tuesday, April 17, from 3:30-4:00 in either the foyer or outside the main entrance (weather dependent). Our sixth-year Upper Elementary students head to Ottawa the next day on April 18.

Thank you for all of your sweet treat purchases over the last few months; it goes a long way to supporting the cost of their big adventures.

  • 50/50 Winner!

Get your tickets ready -- here's the winner announcement for the DVMS Upper Elementary Montessori Model Parliament fundraiser 50/50 raffle draw. The lucky winner will be taking home $94.00!

Information and Reminders

  • Casa Workshop:

    The next Casa Workshop is coming up on Thursday, April 26, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This workshop will take a look at the exciting world of mathematics in our Casa Montessori environments. Please proceed to your child’s Montessori environment at 3:30. As always, your children are welcome to play on the playground until the workshop is over. See you there!

  • Humboldt Jersey Day:

Thank you all for your great support on #JerseysforHumboldt day this week. DVMS has donated $750 to the official GoFundMe page. A few DVMS families have also said they will donate amounts based on the number of donations received at the school -- and 83 of you made donations! Thank you again.

And a personal note from DVMS's Learning Resource Specialist Mairi:

The news of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team has rippled throughout the hockey community, Canada, and the world. Personally, I had a moment of shock and relief as I realized that a family member was traded from that very team only eight months earlier. My nephew played with those boys for two years, was mentored by those coaches, and was welcomed to Humboldt by a billet family and the community at large. The realization that he was safe was immediately replaced by the heartbreak for all those on the bus and their many loved ones. The reaction of the world to this loss demonstrates the strength of community that people depend on in times of sorrow. Despite the size of of our country, and the differences we may have, everyone comes together in ways big and small when it counts. Communities across Canada have been “putting their sticks out,” participating in Jersey Day and other tributes, and donating to the families of the Broncos. This has touched all of us, because we have all waved goodbye to people we love, sending them on a bus to school, to camp,for a field trip, or to a game with their team. We expect them to come home. We share in the devastation and are reminded to cherish the time we have with our loved ones and make our lives count. I am profoundly grateful to be part of this school, our community, which overflowed with compassion and generosity for Humboldt this week. Thank you.

  • Found Earring:

    This earring was turned into the office this week. Anyone missing it?


  • You'll Never Guess...Bake Sale!:

The charitable impulse, and love of cookies, runs strong in the Lower Elementary world. They will be holding another of their lunch time bake sales on Wednesday, April 18. This time the proceeds are going to McMaster Children's Hospital.

Fun Family Events

  • Monster Jam:

To get you ready Earth Day, it's Monster Jam! This weekend at First Ontario Centre. Maximum Destruction! Click here for info and tickets.

Featuring: Grave Digger driven by Pablo Huffaker, Hurricane Force driven by Steven Thompson, Jailbird driven by Kaylyn Migues, Master of Disaster driven by Paul Strong, Monster Mutt driven by Shane Phreed, Nitro Menace driven by Darren Migues, Stinger Unleashed driven by Zane Rettew, Storm Damage driven by Travis Mowery.

  • McMaster Children and Youth University Workshop:

Saturday, April 14, 1:30, at Hamilton Central Library. Click here for more information.

At McMaster Children and Youth University workshops, kids participate in interactive, hands-on activities to use what they already know to ask important questions about their world, discover new ideas and work together to create solutions to every-day challenges. Engage with McMaster students to find out how research activities on a University campus affects our lives. Question. Discover. Create. And get ready to have fun! Ages: 8 - 12 years.

  • Last Chance for Frogs:

This is the last weekend for the Frogs! exhibit at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Click here for details.

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.

  • Dragstrip Memories:

Know anyone who likes cool lookin' cars that go fast and make a lot of noise? Sunday, April 15, at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Click here for info.

Now in it's 6th year, Dragstrip Memories showcases drag racing vehicles from the beginning of the sport to the present. Along with the cars, there is plenty of memorabilia and personalities attending to sign autographs and remember the golden years.


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.