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Dundas Valley Montessori School
October 2014 Events and Information

Dear ,

Last week my brother, Dr. Mike Evans, was on the cover of Reader's Digest.  A few months ago, he accepted an endowed chair in Child Nutrition, Health, and Development at U. of T.  These accolades are unfathomable to those who knew him as a teenager or at McGill when he did he his undergraduate degree. Trust me, this isn't a jealous younger brother. I think those that knew me as a younger man are just as surprised by my role in developing DVMS and Strata.

Mike is best known for his white board videos on health issues.  His latest, and first in his new position, neatly crosses paths with the Montessori community.  It speaks to the importance of allowing children to fail in a loving and supportive community. Enjoy.


 

Tony Evans
Director of Schools
Dundas Valley Montessori School
Strata Montessori Adolescent School

There are a couple of fun events coming up at DVMS November that you won't want to miss. The DVMS Schwendiman-Couture family, of The Strathcona and Casbah lounges (site of our Parent Community Dinner) are holding two concerts in our gymnasium: Mounties (feat. Hawksley Workman) and Sloan.


 

One of our fabulous DVMS Moms also directed us to this organization those of you with Montessori daughters:

"My girls have been members of CAGIS (Canadian Association for Girls in Science) for a couple of years now. It's a great organization that seeks to get girls excited about science. I highly recommend them."
The first event for the year will be on Monday, October 6, from 6:30-8:30 (location TBA), will be run by the Physics & Astronomy Department at McMaster, and will be centred on the states of matter. The event will be hosted by Sara Cormier, a member of the department, and should be amazing! She hosted one of the events last year and the girls loved it! She made silly putty with them and did demonstrations with liquid nitrogen!
We need to let her know numbers so it would be great if you can RSVP to cagis.hamilton@gmail.com by October 1.
Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2014

Wednesday October 1 -- Elementary Cross Country: DVMS Lower and Upper Elementary students will travel to LaSalle Park in Burlington for a cross country run with Fairview Glen and Dearcroft Montessori schools. We will bus them to and from the event, which runs from 10:00 - 1:00. Please send a packed lunch and water bottle that day, along with appropriate running attire. Parents are welcome to attend to observe, or to help out guiding students along the route. 

 

Friday October 3 -- Upper Ultimate Frisbee: On Fridays in October, both Upper Elementary classes will be participating in Ultimate Frisbee, at DVMS, with Hayley Burgess.

Children will need running/athletic wear on those days, and a water bottle.
 

Friday October 3 -- Lower Elementary Karate: Each Friday morning in October, both Lower Elementary classes will be participating in karate lessons, at DVMS, former World Kick Boxing Champion Gord Waddell of United Family Martial Arts.

Please ensure children are wearing comfortable, active-wear clothing on Friday mornings.

 

 

Oct. 6 - 10, 2014
 

Friday October 10 -- DVMS is Closed: Happy Thanksgiving long weekend. See below for details of morning field trips.


 

Friday October 10 -- Casa Field Trip to Westfield: All DVMS students will be embarking on fun, community-building field trips this morning. There is no school in the afternoon.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend; children must be supervised by a parent or guardian during the field trip.

Casa children will be visiting Westfield Heritage Village.

Please arrive at Westfield by 9:30. The programming that day runs from 10:00 - 11:30.


 

Friday October 10 -- Lower Elementary Field Trip to Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum: Lower Elementary students will be embarking on fun, community-building field trips this morning. There is no school in the afternoon.

They will be visiting the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Please drop Elementary students off at DVMS by 9:00. Students will be bused to the museum and will return to DVMS for pick-up no later than 12:30.
  

Friday October 10 -- Upper Elementary Field Trip to McMaster: Upper students will be embarking on fun, community-building field trips this morning. There is no school in the afternoon.

Elementary students will be visiting the McMaster Museum of Art and the W.J. McCallion Planetaruim.

Please drop Elementary students off at DVMS by 9:00. Students will be bused to McMaster and will return to DVMS for pick-up no later than 12:30.


 

Friday October 10 -- Half-day for Strata Students: If you also have a child at Strata Adolescent Montessori School, please remember that they only have a half-day (morning) this day. Strata students will be dismissed at 12:00.
 

Oct. 13 - 17, 2014
Monday October 13 -- Thanksgiving. DVMS is Closed: DVMS will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy your turkey/tofurkey sandwiches, naps, football, and visits with the family.
 
Friday, October 17 -- Strata PD Day: Strata Montessori Adolescent School has a PD Day on this date.

Friday October 17 -- Upper Ultimate Frisbee: On Fridays in October, both Upper Elementary classes will be participating in Ultimate Frisbee, at DVMS, with Hayley Burgess.

Children will need running/athletic wear on those days, and a water bottle.
 

Friday October 17 -- Lower Elementary Karate: Each Friday morning in October, both Lower Elementary classes will be participating in karate lessons, at DVMS, former World Kick Boxing Champion Gord Waddell of United Family Martial Arts.

Please ensure children are wearing comfortable, active-wear clothing on Friday mornings.

Oct. 20 - 24, 2014
Tuesday October 21 -- Strata Orientation to Program: This event, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., is geared to families of students in their first year of the adolescent program. Families of Upper Elementary students are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Wednesday October 22 -- Kids vs Teachers Soccer Game and Bake Sale: Arranged by two of our Upper Elementary girls, this event will support the Childhood Canada Cancer Foundation. Please submit baked goods on Tuesday, October 21. Cost for kids to play in the game is $3.00, ad they can sign up at the dismissal gate on Tuesday, October 14. Click here for details.

Friday October 24 -- Upper Ultimate Frisbee: On Fridays in October, both Upper Elementary classes will be participating in Ultimate Frisbee, at DVMS, with Hayley Burgess.

Children will need running/athletic wear on those days, and a water bottle.
 

Friday October 24 -- Lower Elementary Karate: Each Friday morning in October, both Lower Elementary classes will be participating in karate lessons, at DVMS, former World Kick Boxing Champion Gord Waddell of United Family Martial Arts.

Please ensure children are wearing comfortable, active-wear clothing on Friday mornings.


 

Friday October 24 -- Strata Montessori Harvest Festival: Strata Montessori Adolescent School students will be offering up their micro-economy wares from 3:30 - 4:30 on the school grounds (or in the gym if the weather is crummy). Check out some pictures from last year's event for an idea of what the Harvest Festival all about.

 

Saturday October 25 -- DVMS Parent Community Dinner: Join us for cocktails, a delicious meal, and a whole lotta fun. Click here for details and tickets -- a limited amount of seating is available.

Oct. 27 - 31, 2014

Monday October 27 -- DVMS is a Polling Station for the Municipal Election: The DVMS gymnasium will be a polling station. Voters will enter and exit the school through the main entrance ONLY; washroom facilities available to election staff and the public will be the office washroom ONLY. No members of the public or any election staff will be permitted to access the classroom areas of the school. Please note that this will likely cause some traffic issues, please be patient.

 

Tuesday October 28 -- Strata Montessori Adolescent School Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences: This first set of conferences will take place between 4:00 - 8:00. Each conference is 20 minutes in length. ****Please sign up for a conference time by clicking right here****. 

 

Friday October 31 -- Upper Ultimate Frisbee: On Fridays in October, both Upper Elementary classes will be participating in Ultimate Frisbee, at DVMS, with Hayley Burgess.

Children will need running/athletic wear on those days, and a water bottle.

 

Friday October 31 -- Halloween at DVMS: Halloween is a very exciting day for children and we encourage it to be a great time for our families. Costumes and candy in the Montessori environments, however, are a significant distraction and disruption. We ask that you do not send children to school in costumes or with candy on Halloween. Save that for a great time with Mom and Dad. Thank you.

 

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