Dear Parents,

These times are unprecedented and all our lives are being driven by conditions which are changing rapidly. In light of that, we want to provide our families with a thoughtful plan which will support student learning at the level our students deserve while communicating and connecting with you along the way.

Our dedicated staff has been busy over the last three whirlwind days, preparing and making plans to deliver the best possible remote experience for all our VMS students. This experience has a learning curve for many teachers and they have been up for the challenge! They are holding Zoom meetings, collaborating, supporting each other, sharing ideas, creating new learning materials, and developing next steps. The strong passion for Montessori education is evident in every VMS teacher as they step up to this new challenge.

By now, you have heard from your child's teachers. Starting Monday, 3/23, we will be using Zoom conferencing to connect with the children. Please see the Preparing to Zoom information if you are unfamiliar with this platform. We acknowledge that many of you have questions about how we are going to proceed with student learning for all ages. We ask for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the next several weeks and know that the teachers will be available for you. Our focus now is supporting students and families through April 3 (scheduled spring break April 6-10). The future is not predictable and we will continue to communicate as more information becomes available.

We urge you to enjoy your time with your families as much as possible and to stay healthy. Perhaps this letter from our VMS School Counselor, Heather Ford will offer you some guidance and support throughout this new “opportunity” we all are facing.

Thank you for being part of our VMS community and working together for all our children. I can tell you, our staff deeply appreciates your cooperation and understanding as they too are balancing family life, job responsibilities, and these life changes. We are excited to share Montessori in your home as we support you through this process. Best wishes to you and your family for good health.

With Gratitude,
Ann

Valley Montessori School
1273 N Livermore Ave Livermore CA 94551