Events and Info at DVMS April 29-May 3, 2019

This week:

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary Hip Hop: 

  • Lower Elementary students will be continuing with Hip Hop at DVMS on Friday, May 3rd, with Josh from Defining Movement Dance Studio. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing for dance movement and a water bottle.

DMD is Hamilton’s FIRSTHip-Hop focused dance studio, where students of all ages can learn the fundamentals and different styles of Hip-Hop & Street Dance. We also offer have programs in Contemporary, Ballet and Latin dances (Salsa, NY Style Salsa, Cha-Cha &. Hustle), Ballroom Dance.At DMD the emphasis is on dance, and not competition.  We believe every BODY Can Dance! We are built to move, and through dance people can grow in all aspects of their lives.

Upper Elementary Track and Field: 

  • Upper Elementary students will continue with track on Friday, May 3rd. 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 MacMaster at 1:00pm. Please pick up or arrange for pick up for your child at 3:15 outside the David Braley Centre(use the Sterling St. entrance to McMaster).

Elementary Spring Cross Country Run:

  • Elementary students who have signed up to participate in the CYO spring cross country run will be running on Thursday, May 9th at Marydale Park (Marydale Park- 5999 Chippewa Rd, Mount Hope) Unfortunately, it is not possible to add runners at this time as names and ages have already been submitted. A bus will be leaving DVMS at 9:45am and returning to school at 1:45pm. Please have your child wear their DVMS shirt and bring: proper running shoes, a water bottle, and their lunch. Each child will be handed a bib with a number when they get on the bus. Please find below the the age divisions and times for each run. Practices will continue rain or shine on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:00am.

  • Tyke Minor (Grade 1)- 1110 meters. 10:40-10:50am

  • Tyke Major (Grade 2)- 1110 meters. 11:00-11:10am

  • Atom Minor (Grade 3)- 1530 meters. 11:20-:11:30am

  • Atom Major (Grade 4)-1530 meters. 11:40-11:50am

  • Junior (Grade 5&6)- 1980 meters. 12:00-12:15pm

  • Senior (Grade 7&8)- 2300 meters. 12:30-12:45pm

  • Upper Elementary Mother's Day Tea:

This year's Upper Elementary Mother's Day Tea will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8  from 2:00-3:30. Come be pampered by your kids for an afternoon with teas and treats. You deserve it.

  • Parent Education Evening:

Please join us for our Parent Education Evening on the evening of May 15th 5:30-7:00  The topic of conversation will be Math in the Montessori Environment.  Child care will be available.

Information and Reminders

1st & 2nd Year Casa Interviews:

Casa Parent Teacher Interviews are available for children in their first or second year of Casa.  (Children in their 3rd year will have a written report coming home in June) Interviews will be held on Friday May 17th from 8am-1pm and childcare will be available.  Please use the links below to sign up.Casa NorthCasa SouthCasa East

Grandparents' Day Coming Up:

Grandparents' Day is coming up on Friday, May 31st. Although originally planned as a half day of school, we recognize that the unusual amount of snow days this winter has taken its toll on families. Instead, Friday May 31 will be a full school day.  Grandparents of Casa and Lower Elementary children are welcome to visit their grandchildren in their Montessori environments during the morning work cycle.   A sign up for both grandparents day and interview times will be available in the next couple of weeks.  The Upper Elementary and Toddler Communities do not participate in Grandparents’ Day:  participation is traditionally low in the Upper rooms (but grandparents are welcome to come watch them play tennis in the park), and there are too many tears when grandparents leave the Toddlers. Grandparents are welcome to take their grandchildren with them at the end of their visit or leave them at school.  THE TODDLER TEA WILL BE HELD AT 2:45 IN THE TODDLER ENVIRONMENT.

Elementary PJ Day

Just a reminder that this Thursday, May 2 is PJ day for elementary children (ONLY).  Please wear your PJ's and bring a donation to fund next year's MMUN trip.

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.

Art Camp with Tara Smith

Tara Smith will be hosting Art Camp at DVMS this summer.   Tara will have a special DVMS family rate for these camps.185.00- Half Day Camp (Add a sibbling for 165.00)330.00- Full Day Camp (Add a sibbling for 310.00)Weeks for camp include:June 24th-28thJuly 22nd-26thJuly 29th-Aug 2ndAug 19th-23rdAug 26th-30thPlease find the link below to register. *Please note that the registration prices on the website are for families outside of the DVMS

During Art Camp we will teach and facilitate the creation of multi media art and collage. Each student will be taught various collaging techniques as well as the use of incorporating multi media elements (drawing, collaging, painting, spray painting) within their artworks. At the end of the session, students will leave with an 11x14 artwork to take with them.

Studio on James is one of James st Norths’ best kept secrets. Located in the heart of downtown Hamilton, Studio on James is home to Tara Smith. The space provides an oasis for learning, creating, developing, socializing, and relaxing.Creativity is cultivated in this studio where Tara runs multi media and photographic workshops and classes for children, teens and adults alike. Each session completes with a festive exhibit showcasing the work of the students and their accomplishments. Studio On James is fortunate enough to have other talented artists teaching a variety of unique and fun classes and workshops. There is always something happening at the studio, with a variety of special events such as, open studios, one day workshops, and rotating art exhibits.


Mary's Wedding

featuring Upper Elementary Guide Michael Rode

On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse... A play with a heart as big as the skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.Join Rook's Theatre and Flat Earth Global in the beautiful HARRRP as we transform the former church sanctuary into a candle-lit dreamscape.Back by popular demand, join us for a production that the Hamilton Spectator calls "spine-tingling and heartbreaking," and garnered notices for 2018's Best Performances and Best Productions.THE PRODUCTION /May 9, 10, 11 + 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 PMThe HARRRP, 705 Main Street East, HamiltonTickets $25 online exclusively through Brüha ( )Tickets $30 at the door

Anti Bullying Workshop


3rd Annual DVMS/Strata Canoe, Kayak and Mountain Bike Camps for Summer 2019:

This summer, Justin Metz (Strata guide) and Colin Fox (PE teacher at DVMS) are offering 3 unique outdoor recreation opportunities for DVMS Upper Elementary Students, Strata Montessori Students, and parents:  Canoeing in Algonquin, kayaking in the Minks and McCoy Islands of Georgian Bay, and a Mountain Bike Camp in Dundas Valley.  To participate in any these trips, no previous camping, nor paddling experience is necessary, although all participants would benefit from being physically fit with a positive attitude.  For more information on these, and other outdoor recreation trips visit Silver Fox Expeditions and complete the Sign-Up form.

Fun Family Events

Free Compost Weekend:

In Ancaster and Waterdown, Saturday, April 27, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. At Ancaster Public Works Yard, 501 Shaver Rd., and at Joe Sams Leisure Park, 752 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 28, at Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 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.