Events and Info at DVMS | Nov. 19-23, 2018.

Photo 2018-11-12, 3 34 50 PMThis week:

  • Parent Observations and Interviews Nov. 19-23 (No School Friday, Nov. 23)
  • Lower Zumba
  • Upper Ballroom Dance
  • Information and Reminders
  • Photos!

DVMS Parent Observations and Interviews

Most of you have signed up already, but if not please do so as soon as you can. For those that have signed up, please take a minute to double-check your observation and interview dates and times and add them to your calendars. Here's everything you need to know:Parent observations in  your child's DVMS Montessori environments, and Parent-Teacher interviews with your child's Montessori guides, will take place throughout the week of November 19-23.Please note: There is no school on Friday, Nov. 23, due to the Parent-Teacher interviews.
  • Parent Observations: Observations will be held between 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Nov. 19-21, and are an opportunity for you to spend time quietly observing in your child's Montessori environment prior to your Parent-Teacher interview. Observation sessions are 15 minutes and are for parents only (there will be opportunities for grandparents and other family members to visit during Show Me Day and Grandparents' Day in February and May, respectively). Please read the "DVMS Observation Guidelines" prior to your visit.
  • Observations are not held in the Toddler Community as it is difficult for the toddlers to have mom and dad come into the environment and then leave without them.
  • There are no observations in the Upper Elementary Classes. We will provide other opportunities for parents to come and be a part of their child's classroom later this year.

Casa and Lower Elementary parents, please select your child's Montessori environment and an observation timeslot here.Casa SouthCasa NorthCasa EastLower Elementary North Lower Elementary South

  • Parent-Teacher Interviews: Interviews will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, and from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. (Both Lower Elementary environments will also have interview time slots available the following week, between 2:00-3:30, during their phys. ed. and music classes; Lower South on Monday Nov. 26, and Lower North on Wed. Nov. 28.

Interviews are 20-minutes in length and childcare is available during your interview session.Toddler Community interviews will take place on Wednesday Nov. 21. There is no childcare available.We ask that you please be on time for your interview and that you do not stay beyond the scheduled interview timeslot so that everyone can stay on schedule. Thank you.Please select your child's Montessori environment and an interview timeslot here.Casa NorthCasa SouthLower Elementary North Lower Elementary South Upper Elementary EastUpper Elementary West Toddler 

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary
  • Zumba:  Both Lower Elementary Classrooms will be participating in Zumba at DVMS on Fridays.  Please ensure that your child has comfy clothes, running shoes and a water bottle.  
  • Lower Elementary South (Noeleen/Joanna) will go to Zumba on Fridays, Nov. 9, 16, 30 and December 7 from 1:30-2:30pm
  • Lower Elementary North (Jodi/Chrstine) will go to Zumba on Fridays, Nov. 9, 16, 30 and December 7 from 2:30-3:30.


  • Dundas Museum:  Lower Elementary students will be walking to the Dundas Museum to participate in the program "Growing up in Dundas, a History of Childhood".
  • Lower Elementary South will walking to the Museum on Wednesday Dec. 5th at 1:00.
  • Lower Elementary North will be walking to the Museum on Thursday Dec. 6th at 9:00am.  

The experience of childhood, and even the concept of childhood itself, has changed dramatically through history. Yet the memory of our brief time spent growing upis something we all share. From hikes to the Dundas Peak, to playing at the Driving Park, Dundas has always been a wonderful place to spend one’s youth.Growing Up in Dundas will explore what childhood has been like in the Valley City for the past two hundred years. From the settler children who worked with their parents to clear the wilderness, to the kids of the fifties who dreamt of the toys and bicycles in the window of Jack N. Pinder’s hobby store, the memories of generations of Dundasians will be on display.

The exhibit will touch on every aspect of child life, with a look at the nursery, medicine, schooldays, fun and games, and even children at work. A vast number of artifacts from our vault will be brought out on display, including boys and girls period clothing, a school truancy book from the late 19th century, a scrapbook of paper dolls, a Victorian rocking horse owned by Sir William Osler, an antique doll house, an early cradle, as well as dolls, trains, and toys galore!

Upper Elementary
  • Dance:  Upper Elementary students will be participating in Ballroom Dancing on Fridays with Dan.  We have been fortunate enough to be able to use the studio at BEND Yoga.  Students will be walking over to the studio.  Please ensure they have a pair of socks with them and a water bottle.  

Information and Reminders

  • Early Pick Ups: We realize that doctor appointments and 4pm hockey practices are inevitable.  Just as with late arrivals in the morning, early pickups are a disruption to your child's community.  We ask that if your child needs to leave early, please notify the office before 9am by email, phone or communication at drop off.  This allows the note to go down to the classrooms with the morning attendance allowing the Guides to plan their lessons around children who may need to leave.  Thank you for respecting our community.
  • Inclement Weather (Snow Days): DVMS takes advantage of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board inclement weather process, which tries to post cancellation notices by 6:00 a.m. If HWDSB closes, so does DVMS. If there is a snow day, we will communicate that to you as early as we can in the mornings via email, and Facebook.

  • The Lunch Lady --Reminder:  Please return any outstanding hot lunch option forms.  If you are interested in trying hot lunch for the month of December please let the office know.

The Lunch Lady is located in Ancaster, which means our food will be delivered 15 minutes before the children are served.

Remember, you can sign up for the DVMS Hot Lunch program anytime. Click here to sign up for the Hot Lunch program and to view the November Lunch Lady menu.

  • Winter Clothing Drive: One of our Upper Elementary students is running a Winter Clothing Drive through her Girl Guide troop.  If you have any gently used hats, mitts, snow pants, coats, ear muffs and boots that can be donated, please bring them into the foyer of the school by November 26th. 

Fun Family Events

  • Hamilton Santa Claus Parade: Don't shoot the messenger. Saturday, November 17, at 4:30.

RBG loves trains! We are home to three separate locomotive attractions, typically running seasonally during Holiday Traditions.

Come visit the Gardens and stay around for a variety of performances including choirs, carollers, children's entertainment, and more! All the entertainment is included in your general admission or membership. Bring the family and experience RBG this holiday season!

Kathleen Wright is a Casa Parent and an anti-bullying and harassment specialist.  She is running a workshop in Dundas for parents struggling to find solutions for their children and teen’s bullying issues. This 2 hour workshop will help equip parents with better tools to talk with their children about bullying, a way to get their teachers and principals on their team, and innovative ways to find solutions to the problem. Please let friends and family know about this event if you think it would be helpful to them. Here is the Eventbrite link:fullsizeoutput_30ea.jpeg



Remember, the photos can be a good way to engage children in discussions about what they do at school. Whether it is photos of them, or of other children, ask them what the children are doing, if they know what a certain Montessori material is called or if they have had that presentation; ask about group work pictures such as French with Lisa in Casa or group lessons at the Elementary levels. Children can be reluctant to reveal the details of their school days so we hope the photos can provide a bit of a sneaky way in.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.