Events and Info at DVMS | Oct. 22-26, 2018


This week:
  • Lower swimming
  • Upper parkour
  • Elections Canada
  • Nov. 2 PD Day
  • Parent Interviews Nov. 22-23
  • Kids Cafe fundraiser for New York
  • Documentary on CBC produced by a fellow DVMS parent
  • Halloween Howl
  • Pumpkin Sunday
  • Photos!

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary
  • Swimming: Lower Elementary students will be walking to and from the Dundas Community Pool where they will participate in weekly swimming lessons until the end of October. They will return to DVMS in time for 3:45 dismissal. Each class is divided into two groups based on swimming ability and are guided in swimming instruction by the pool staff. Please ensure that children bring a swimsuit that they can put on and take off themselves, a towel, and goggles and/or nose plugs as they desire and/or require. Please make sure goggles are adjusted to fit. The swimming activity is also more enjoyable for children if they are wearing clothing they can change in and out of without assistance, and if their swim gear is carried in a bag they able to easily and securely carry themselves.
  • Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Joanna) will swim on Fridays: Lower South children will swim have their final swimming session on Friday, October 26.
  • Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Christine) will swim on Mondays: Lower North students will have their final swimming session on Monday, October 22.

  • Zumba: Both Lower Elementary classes will begin Zumba in November on the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.  This will be at DVMS.  Students are required to have comfortable clothing and gym appropriate footwear.

Upper Elementary
  • Elementary Parkour.  Upper Elementary students will continue to participate in Parkour on Friday afternoons, led by Play Project. Their final session will be on October 26th.   Please ensure they are wearing the proper clothing and footwear.

  • Upper Dance:  Upper Elementary students will be participating in dance for the month of November. Details to follow. 

Information and Reminders

  • Parent Dinner is Friday, Oct. 26 and is now sold out!

Our evening of harmonies in song and music sold out quickly.  But don't worry - we are planning to offer several of these gastronomical journies over the year.For those that did sign up look forward to a meal built around Washoku or "the Harmony of Food" by legendary chef Mel Athulathmudali and the Strata alumni team.As well renowned Reza Jacobs, DVMS parent, and award winning composer, lyricist, sound designer, and music director, will be leading us in song.  Look forward to seeing you all there.

  • Elections Canada, Monday, October 22: As part of our commitment to the community, we offer our school as a location for our neighbours to vote. This will mean a bit more chaos for pick up as the election hours run from 10am-8pm. We will have scaffolding in place to mitigate any inconveniences.
  • Halloween @ DVMS: Halloween is on a school day this year, and it is a very exciting time of year for children. There’s candy! In order to maintain the integrity of our Montessori environments and work cycles, we ask that Halloween remains a fun family event and that costumes and candy remain at home for trick or treatin' fun with mom and dad, brothers and sisters, and friends. It’s tempting, we know, but they’ll still love you even if you don’t slip a few pieces of candy into their lunch or pockets at this time of year. Thank you, we appreciate your support and help with this very much.

  • Fri. Nov. 2: PD Day. No School. Teachers will be attending various workshops including the CAMT Conference where our Guides, Terrence and Kate Millie are guest speakers.

  • Parent  Interviews: Week of Nov. 22-23:  (No School on Fri. Nov. 23). Sign up link will follow shortly.

Kids Cafe

  • Kids Cafe is back!  Our year six students are very busy writing their papers and learning about the country they will be representing this year at the Montessori Model United Nations Conference they will be attending in New York City.  To help fundraise for their trip they will be running a kids cafe every Wednesday from 3:30-4:00pm.  Please come out and enjoy a yummy treat and support their efforts!


Our very own DVMS Mom Morgan Elliot has produced a new documentary entitled "Band Geeks".  Be sure to watch on Friday night on CBC at 9:00 or use the link below to stream.

  • My latest documentary “Band Geeks” follows the Burlington Teen Tour Band on their journey to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena California. It’s is the Olympics of the marching band world. I was once a “Band Geek” and proud to be one. It was incredibly special to be back with the Band especially as a filmmaker with my company Suddenly SeeMore Productions Inc.Please watch CBC Docs POV on CBC October 19th at 9 pm or stream on Friday here:
  • Please find below a link for an article about the documentary airing on Friday.

Fun Family Events

Dress your little ghouls and goblins up and enjoy a frightfully good family fun time!Halloween themed activities include:

  • Bewitching bouncy castle
  • Spooktacular Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast
  • Creepy Crawly Creatures to view and touch
  • Howling Hayrides
  • Trick or Treat bag decorating
  • Fangtastic Fire truck and crew
  • Complimentary hotchocula
  • Ghostily Games
  • Hocus Pocus movie screening, begins at dusk (approx. 6pm)

Film in the Forest: Hocus Pocus (1993)After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a screening of Hocus Pocus! Movie begins at dusk.
Costumes welcome!!!Admission just $15 or FREE with your HCA Membership Pass.

  • Pumpkin Sunday: Sunday, Oct. 21, at Westfield Heritage Village. 12:30-4:00.

Come out to Westfield on Sunday October 21 for Pumpkin Sunday and enjoy pumpkin-themed games, activities and a craft, all within the village’s beautiful, historic setting.  You will want to bring your camera to capture this very special day.At Westfield you can visit more than thirty historic buildings and meet costumed interpreters who will help you learn about life in earlier times.  Some extra special activities are planned for Pumpkin Sunday.  In several historic homes and at the bake oven, pumpkin will be the main ingredient in cooking and baking demonstrations.  You might even get a little taste.  On the village green, pumpkins are the heart of traditional games, races and activities.  Families can work together to create a unique take home craft in the one room log schoolhouse.  Take your picture with some friendly scarecrows or in countless beautiful locations in the village.  Little ones are welcome to wear their costumes if they wish.  An extra treat this day will be a special Halloween sing-along led by The LONE Rhubarbarian on guitar & Gwen Harper on piano.If all of this country air and fun gives you an appetite, tasty food prepared by the Ancaster Lions will be available for purchase.  You can also visit the General Store for old-fashioned sweet treats or bring a picnic with you to enjoy in the picnic area or under a shady tree.

HCA Members receive free entry into Westfield’s public programming, for 6 people, including a maximum of 2 adults.For more information visit


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.