LIFE AT VMS: Learning Assurances
by Ann Clark, Head of School

Dear parents,

Adjusting to our shelter in place life has brought challenges and opportunities. One challenge I'd like to address, involves parent concern about their child not completing assignments and/or the possibility of falling behind in school. Some even fear this may ultimately affect their child’s success in the future. Although an understandable concern, I'd like to provide you some assurances around this.

Montessori education looks at the curriculum timeline differently than traditional school. We approach topics of learning in a spiral progression. Students are exposed to topics year after year and are naturally building their knowledge according to their personal learning acquisition.

For example, a student may learn about landforms as a primary student, then learn more in depth knowledge as an elementary student, and finally, apply this knowledge base to research and more advanced studies during Earth Science once in middle school. Students will revisit the multitude of subjects they were exposed to in their rich Montessori experience once they enter high school. Overall, our VMS students are extremely prepared for the academic expectations in high school.

In addition, I am confident in the content of our Distance Learning program and our dedicated teachers that are providing it with an abundance of checkpoints to stay in touch with each and every student.

We recognize, each student/family has their own unique learning environment at home. Juggling family, work and school life is an enormous challenge and we want to encourage you to contact us if you are looking for support and fresh ideas. Reach out to teachers, administrators, or our school counselor and take advantage of opportunites to connect with other parents and attend online community workshops. I encourage you to join the following free workshop by Dr. Mazzola who has been a great resource for our teachers and parents.

With Gratitude,
Ann
Essential Worker Childcare Program
Thank you to all who completed the survey we sent out on Sunday. We are reviewing the results and assessing the needs of our VMS community for the summer. The health and safety of our students, families and staff will continue to be our top priority as we explore these options. We will be be providing a plan for you soon in a separate communication. 
Celebrating Grandparents!
This Thursday and Friday were our originally scheduled Grandparent Days. Although we can't be together and greatly miss seeing the smiling faces of our wonderful grandparents in person, we have some photos families have sent to us to share. You also can find these and more photos from past Granparent Days on our Grandparents Webpage . Take a look!
Online Art Show!
The VMS Art Show also would have been this Thursday and Friday. Instead of staging it in the gym as in past years, our Art Teacher Jill has been working behind the scenes getting the annual show ready for its first virtual appearance! A slideshow of art from students in elementary through middle school will be available on the Art Show Webpage.

The Art Show opens tomorrow 5/7 - Enjoy!
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Valley Montessori School
1273 N Livermore Ave Livermore CA 94551