Events and Info at DVMS May 20-24, 2019

This week:

  • Casa Workshop:

On Thursday, May 23 the Casa guides will be hosting their final workshop of the school year. As always, the workshop will run from 3:30-4:00 and your kids are welcome to play on the playground during the workshop.At the workshop, the guides will discuss "What to Do Over the Summer to Set Children Up to Succeed on Their Return to School in September."

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary Friday Gymnastics:

Lower Elementary students will be participating in gymastics at the Hamilton Gymnastics Academy on May 24th, and May 31st.  Lower Elementary North will be at the gym from 11:00-12:30pm and Lower Elementary South will be at the gym from 1:00-2:30pm.  Students will travel by bus to and from the Academy.  Please help to guide your child to wear clothing that they can move easily in and a water bottle.

Upper Elementary Friday Tennis:

Upper Elementary students continue tennis at the Dundas Tennis Club, located in Dundas Driving Park, on Friday, May 24, and May 31st. If your child has a tennis racket, please have them bring it; if not, DVMS will supply rackets. Tennis-playin’-appropriate clothing and shoes, and their water bottles, are also required.

  • Upper Elementary West (Annette/Michael) will play tennis on Friday mornings. Please drop your Upper West child off at Driving Park between 8:30-9:00 on tennis days. They will walk back to DVMS for lunch.

  • Upper Elementary East (Terrence/Catherine)will play tennis on Friday afternoons. They will have an early lunch and walk to Driving Park for 1:00. If you would like to pick your child up from Driving Park, please be there no later than 3:15. Terrence or Catherine will depart Driving Park at 3:15 with the remaining students to walk back to DVMS for dismissal at 3:45.

Information and Reminders

Grandparents' Day:

Grandparents' Day is on Friday, May 31st. This day is always a bit chaotic, but more fun than every other day. Grandparents of Casa and Lower Elementary children are welcome to visit their grandchildren in their Montessori environments during the morning work cycle.A Request Please: if children will be leaving with grandparents, please schedule their departure from DVMS to coincide with their lunch or recess break (11:30), and let the kids (and grandparents) know what the plan is; this is the best way for everyone to avoid tears.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, so they're having an end-of-day Garden Party.Sign-up for Grandparents' Day visits here.Casa NorthCasa SouthCasa EastLower Elementary SouthLower Elementary North

Toddler Garden Party:

Parents and grandparents of children in the Toddler Community are welcome to visit us in our garden, between 2:30-3:30, on Friday, May 31st, for social, food, and drinks.

Strata Fundraiser:


Dundas Valley Montessori is thrilled to announce our 7th annual Strata Montessori Adolescent School’s 2019 Benefit concert, featuring the one and only Dwayne Gretzky! Along with the night’s great entertainment of this 8+ piece band who is sure to please any music lover’s taste, is a live auction with items displayed around the school will add that extra amount of flare and excitement to make this event that much more special, memorable and important.Any family who donates (or has donated) to Strata this year (all donations are tax-deductible) receives a free pair of tickets to the concert as a small token of our gratitude for your support.  Starting Monday we will have a desk out front where you can reserve tickets and or make donations.DetailsDate: Friday, June 14th/2019Location: Dundas Valley Montessori School, 14 Kemp Dr. Dundas ONWhat: Strata Montessori Adolescent School Benefit Concert (hosted by DVMS)Who: Dwayne Gretzky, w/ support act The DillPrice: $25 (or a free ticket with a monthly donation to Strata. Suggested donation $10/month). Tickets available in the office or hereDoors: 7:30Set times: The Dill  8:30, DG 9:15 Silent Auction: ends at 10pmLL, 19+More about Dwayne Gretzky:Dwayne Gretzky brings to life the greatest songs of all time. A celebration of classic pop and rock hits, this talented group of Toronto musicians ignites audiences with their charm, fidelity and theatrical flair. Delivering note-for-note renditions of everything from Fleetwood Mac to Fatboy Slim, Dwayne Gretzky’s curated nostalgia trips capture the unique joy of turning a radio dial and being surprised by the familiar.http://dwaynegretzkyband.com

2018-2019 DVMS Yearbook:

The 2018-19 DVMS Yearbook is availalble for pre-purchase -- a beautiful 80-page hardcover book. Click here to pre-order now for $45 online.Not only will your receive a handsome keepsake, but you'll also have access to the Digital Addition which features extended photos, videos, and music that you can play back on the computing device of your choice.Ordering only takes a minute, and the books will arrive during the last week of school for signing.

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 sibling for 165.00)330.00- Full Day Camp (Add a sibling for 310.00)Weeks for camp include:June 24th-28thJuly 22nd-26thJuly 29th-Aug 2ndAug 26th-30th

  • Please find the link below to register. *Please note that the registration prices on the website are for families outside of the DVMS community.

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 11×14 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.

End of Year Picnic!

Our end of year extravaganza is coming up quickly! Our last day of school is Thursday June 20 and on Friday June 21 we will host our annual family end of year bash.  We are doing things a bit differently this year.  We will still have your favourites, face painting, popcorn, snow cones, water play, bouncy castle...but we are going to forgo the BBQ and have everyone pack a picnic lunch.  As we keep growing, so do the line ups for food.  We hope that this will a better solution and keep everyone's bellies happy.We will also be hosting a Book Swap/Sale on the day of the picnic. Please bring in all of your used children and adult books that you would like to donate to school now so that we can arrange them on the day of the picnic.  Books will be free with the choice of leaving a donation in the jar for next year's MMUN trip.


The warmer weather is sure to arrive soon!  Please send in a labeled sunscreen bottle with your child.  If your child does not have sunscreen we will administer the school sunscreen.  If you wish for your child to NOT use sunscreen at all, please email by the end of this week. 

Fun Family Events

DVMS PJ and Pizza Night:

On Friday, May 31st, some of our Upper Elementary students are hosting a pj pizza party in the gymnasium from 4:00-6:00. Cost to join us is $5.00.  All money raised will go to Neighbour to Neighbour.  Grace or Vivian want you to know the following about Neighbour to Neighbour:

Neighbour to Neighbour was a small food bank that turned into a great food center for children, teenagers and adults. They help to change people's lives buy teaching tools for success.- Viv and Grace