Events and Info at DVMS | June 18-22, 2018

This is your last "Events and Info" for 2017-2018 school year! Thank you for reading and staying up to date with all the goings on at DVMS. Have a great summer vacation, and see you in September.This week:

DVMS Year-End Extravaganza of Fun Bonanza!

One more big event to go, the annual DVMS year-end BBQ on Friday, June 22beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The last regular full day of school is Thursday, June 21.

(Don’t forget to check the lost and found — remaining items will be donated at the end of the school year.)If you will be attending with your family, we ask that you enjoy the extra time to sleep in and have another coffee as we will be setting up earlier in the morning and the playground will not be safe or suitable for children during the set up process; also, there will not be staff available to supervise children inside the school.Please do not just drop children off for the event (in the past, parents that can’t attend have made arrangements with another family to bring and supervise children).As always, we will have a range of fun activities:

  • Spray Tank
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Trike Track
  • Snow Cones
  • Popcorn
  • BBQ
  • Water Play
  • Face Painting

Please keep an eye on the weather and dress/prepare accordingly. There will be opportunities to get wet, so bathing suits make great attire, and a towel is often handy. This is a fair-weather event so, sadly, if it’s raining it’s cancelled. We’ll send an email Friday morning if the weather does not cooperate (but it’s looking good 7 days out).We will have water available, but please bring reusable water bottles. Also bring any other picnic food, blankets, chairs, umbrellas, etc., that you would like.We will be BBQing burgers and sausages from Morden’s Organic Farm, one of our DVMS alumni families, and we will also have veggie burgers and dogs. Food will be $3.00 per item.If anyone would like to volunteer to show off their BBQin’ skills and flip a few burgs during the day, your help will be greatly appreciated. Just let us know.We will be cooking throughout the event, so please don’t feel the need to line up as soon as the first items are ready.We always try to make this a fun community event with as little structure as possible. Feel free to wander and pitch in as you feel fit. It is just a nice time for us all to get together at the end of the year to enjoy each other’s company, see each other off for the summer, and for us to say thank you to you for committing to DVMS, Strata, and Montessori education. We generally start to pack things up around 1:00, but in the past we have left a few families sitting under the trees as we pull away, which is always a sign of a wonderful community event.We really hope you can make it.

DVMS Summer Camps

  • Summer Casa Camp:

Brochure_Page_1Brochure_Page_2(Click images for larger versions)Registration for DVMS Casa Summer Camp is now available.Please sign up as soon as possible so you don't miss out. Also, we may have to cancel weeks that do not have sufficient enrolment. If you're thinking of signing up, please do so this week.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.

  • DVSA Camp for Last Week of June:

Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA) will once again be hosting an art camp for DVMS students ages 4+ (all the way up to our 12-year-old Upper Elementary students) for the week of June 25-29. This is the week that classes at DVMS are over, but the staff is still in finishing up some year-end tasks. See the DVSA poster below for more info. To register for DVSA art camp, please click here to visit the DVSA website  (under the "Choose Your Program" dropdown menu, select "Children & Teens" and scroll down to the "Head StART! A Montessori Program" selection options; there is a morning and afternoon session; sign up for both for full days).(Click image for larger version)DVSA-Montesorri-Art-Camp-2018


Information and Reminders

  • DVMS Apparel Orders Extended:

Online ordering of DVMS apparel will be available until Sunday, June 24, at midnight. Click here to visit the online store. Items you purchase will be shipped to your home. Please take advantage of this time to get new t-shirts if kids have outgrown them; they’ll need them for field trips and sporting events, etc. next year. Thank you.

  • Casa dei Bambini Orientation:

This orientation session will take place on Tuesday, June 19, from 3:30-4:00.The Casa dei Bambini environment at DVMS is an afternoon program for first-year Casa students who stay for the full day. Current DVMS Toddler Community students who are moving to Casa for the 2018-2019 school year, and new first-year Casa students, will participate in the Casa dei Bambini program.Come and meet Mary and Lisa, the Bambini guides, and become familiar with the Bambini environment and program.

  • Lost Child's Ring:

Anyone missing a a child-size Lincoln penny ring? Found on the playground this week. (Finger model: Skye)

Fun Family Events

  •'s, like, Father's Day, and stuff...

  • FlyFest:

Saturday and Sunday at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 9:00-5:00. Click here for event website with details and tickets.

This Father’s Day weekend, bring Dad and the whole family to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum for a day of fun and flying. Many of the Museum’s vintage aircraft will be flown throughout both days but the best part is - YOU can be part of the action!We are offering discounted rides (available for purchase) in the Harvard, Stearman, Tiger Moth, Chipmunk, Cornell, Norseman and DC-3 Dakota. Discounted aircraft rides are very popular so arrive early as they are available on a first come, first serve basis. Helicopter rides will also be available for purchase.

  • Pride Hamilton: Park Day 2018:

Sunday, June 17, 12:00 - 6:00, at Gage Park. Click here for the event guide.

Last year’s Pride Hamilton Park Day event attracted thousands of attendees throughout the day, and offered a range of activities and entertainment strongly rooted in the local LGBTQ2SIA+ community.We are beyond excited for this year’s Park Day event, and are thrilled to announce that it will take place at Hamilton’s beloved Gage Park. Gage Park historically has been home to many of Hamilton’s most celebrated and well-attended festivals and will set the stage for our best Pride Hamilton Park Day event ever!

  • Autism Speaks Canada Walk: Dundas 2018:

Coming up on Saturday, June 23. Click here for details, including registering a team to fundraise.


For the last couple of weeks, I've been trying to capture some end-of-year silly, fun moments, expecting the children to be bursting with excitement and anticipation for summer. Unfortunately, your kids are working hard right to the end!Still managed to capture a few smiles and giggles though. Hope you've enjoyed these little glimpses into your children's school days and have a better idea of what Montessori looks like in action.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).