Events and Info at DVMS May 27-May 31, 2019

This week:

2018-19 Yearbook Pre Order:

The 2018-19 DVMS Yearbook is available for pre-purchase — a beautiful 80-page hardcover book. Click here to pre-order now for $45 online.

Not only will you 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.

Elementary Activities

Lower Elementary Friday Gymnastics: 

Lower Elementary kids finish gymnastics on Friday, June 1. That is the end of their supplemental physical education activities for the year.

Please help them remember to bring or wear appropriate clothing for gymnastics on Friday afternoon, and to bring a water bottle if they do not have one at school.

Upper Elementary Friday Tennis: 

Upper Elementary students continue tennis at the Dundas Tennis Club, located in Dundas’s Driving Park, on Friday 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.

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.

Lower Camp Out Packing List and Form:

A packing list and an information form was send home earlier this week.  Please read it an fill out the student information form and send back (due Friday May 31). The students will be at Camp Nokomis June 18-19.

Upper Elementary Camp Out:

The Upper Elementary Classes will be traveling Turkey Point Provincial Park for a three day two night camping adventure from Monday June 17th to Wednesday June 19th.  Activities will include: hiking, biking, canoeing and a tree top canopy zip lining adventure.  A packing list and more information regarding scheduling will follow shortly.

Tick Precautions:

As you may know, Hamilton continues to be an identified risk area for ticks and Lyme disease. At DVMS, we have taken precautions regarding ticks, ensuring all long grass is cut.  Children are asked to buddy up and check each other after play time each day.  It is good protocol to check your children before bed.

Click here to view the Hamilton Public Health “Lyme Disease & Ticks” webpagefor more information. Also, one of your fellow Montessori Moms sent along this helpful CBC article.

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!  We have sunscreen available for all children.  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.

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-28th

  • July 22nd-26th

  • July 29th-Aug 2nd

  • Aug 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.

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 Expeditionsand complete the Sign-Up form.

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 cover 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.


Date: Friday, June 14th/2019

Location: Dundas Valley Montessori School, 14 Kemp Dr. Dundas ON

What: Strata Montessori Adolescent School Benefit Concert (hosted by DVMS)

Who: Dwayne Gretzky, w/ support act The Dill

Price: $25 (or a free ticket with a monthly donation to Strata. Suggested donation $10/month). Tickets available in the office or here

Doors: 7:30Set times: The Dill  8:30, DG 9:15 Silent Auction: ends at 10pm

LL, 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

Fun Family Events

DVMS PJ and Pizza Party: CANCELLED 

On Friday, May 31, some of our Upper Elementary students were planning to  host a pj pizza party in the gymnasium. However, due to unforseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.

Ancaster Mill Race:

Coming up on Tuesday June 11th, at 7:00 p.m. There is a 1K Kids’ Race too. Click here for details and to register.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers:

Saturday May 25th AND Sunday May 26th 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For this weekend only, we will be operating our outdoor miniature railway and providing free rides on both Saturday and Sunday!

This weekend we will also be featuring several other attractions so it is a great weekend to visit. Here are the additional things to experience:

  • “Boats in the Park” with the Confederation Marine Modellers who will be operating their radio controlled ships and boats and displaying their beautifully built scale models.

  • The 16mm Society of North America will be operating their very small live steam locomotives on three model railway tracks in the 1913 Building.

  • The Meccano Society will exhibit their wonderful models built from Meccano construction sets.

  • The Hamilton Model Engineering Club with a display of their models of engines and vehicles, many of which operate (SUNDAY ONLY)

Remember that we are located at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology at 900 Woodward Avenue in Hamilton, Ontario.

Access to the Museum and rides on our miniature railway are free of cost.  Donations though are always welcome.

For more information about our club and our operating schedules, visit