Events and Info at DVMS | April 30-May 4, 2018

This week:

May 17 Field Trip for Parents

Parent Evening Presentation Flyer - Angeline Stoll LillardSee the details on the poster above (click it to open it in a separate tab/window). DVMS will be chartering a bus to and from this event for DVMS parents. You are also welcome to drive to the event, and to bring a non-DVMS/non-Montessori friend(s). Please click here to register for the event.If you would like to ride the DVMS bus, please let us know by filling out this short, 2-question form after you have registered for the event above. The bus has limited seating so please complete the bus-ridin' form for each individual person.

Elementary Activities

  • Lower Elementary: 

Details on the next Lower Elementary Friday activity coming soon.

  • Lower Lunchtime Bake Sale:

This week's Lower Elementary lunch time bake sale will benefit the Earth Rangers organization and will take place on Wed. May 2. All items will be $2 or less.

  • 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).

  • Upper Elementary Mother's Day Tea:

This year's Upper Elementary Mother's Day Tea will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, May 10, from 1:30-3:30. Come be pampered by your kids for an afternoon with teas and treats. You deserve it.

Information and Reminders

  • 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.

  • Head Lice Info:

We have had a few cases of head lice over the past week. Children have been checked at the school, but we encourage you to give their little heads the occasional inspection. Head lice are by no means a health risk; they don't spread disease or indicate unhealthiness or uncleanliness (in fact, they prefer clean hair), but they are annoying to deal with. You can learn more about head lice and their treatment, DVMS's head lice policy, and information from the Canadian Paediatric Society in your "DVMS Parent Handook" starting on page 83.

  • Those Flippy Shirts:

You know, the one's that are kind of sequin-y, and that change colour and stuff when you flip the sequin-y things. We'd like to add those to the list of clothing items we'd like to try to avoid if possible. They are becoming a distraction in the Montessori environments. The backpacks are ok, but we'd like to ask your help in keeping flippy items out of the classrooms. Thank you.[A reminder about the clothing items we try to keep out of the environments, from your "DVMS Parent Handbook": 'Please try to avoid garishly branded or pop culture emblazoned clothing (e.g. Disney, superhero, or corporate brands). Such items of clothing can distract children from their purpose while at school (such as pretending to be a character while in class at the Casa levels) or introduce non-purposeful concerns into the classroom culture.'] Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

  • Kristy at Café:

DVMS Toddler guide Kristy will be at Strata Café on Friday, May 4, to answer any questions you may have regarding the toddler and adolescent ends of the childhood spectrum. Kristy notes that the tendencies of each level have similar qualities, and that she has both professional and personal experience with both toddlers and adolescents.Strata Café takes place at Strata Montessori Adolescent School every Friday morning.

Fun Family Events

  • U11 Girls' Field Lacrosse Players Wanted:

Visit the Hamilton Lacrosse Association website here.

Hamilton Lacrosse Association has spots available for its U11 rep lacrosse players. The team practices Tuesday and Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m. Games are played on Sunday mornings at various venues from Oshawa to St. Catharines. New players very welcome.

  • Holographic Anatomy:

McMaster Children and Youth University event, Saturday, April 28, 11:00-1:00, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL), ROOM 1305/07. Click here for details and to register.

Have you ever wondered how our body looks like inside? This is a subject doctors call Anatomy.  New computer-based technologies can help us “see,” in 3D, how all the different parts of our body come together to make the amazing human body work. Join Dr. Wainman as he turns you inside out!

  • Free Compost Weekend:

In Ancaster and Waterdown, Saturday, April 28, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. At Ancaster Public Works Yard501 Shaver Rd., and at Joe Sams Leisure Park752 Centre Rd. Click here for info about compost giveaway days.

The City of Hamilton is giving away compost and woodchips for your lawn, garden and plants. Bring your own pails, shovel, and elbow grease. Residents are encouraged to bring a monetary donation in support of the United Way

  • AGH April Family Fun Day:

Sunday, April 29, at Art Gallery of Hamilton123 King Street West, 1:00 to 3:30. 

Family Time Tour: 1 to 1:25 pmEver wondered what your child thinks about art? In these mini-tours of the second floor exhibitions, our expert docents will show kids and parents how to look carefully and think creatively. Please gather in the lobby.Hands-on Art Making Fun: 1:30 to 3:30 pmJoin our artist instructors as we work together to create a pop-up installation inspired by the exhibitions on view.AGH Members FreeNon Members $5 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children)Please pay on arrival. Gallery admission not included.


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. (If you hover your cursor over the photo you should see a file number).