by Ann Clark, Head of School
We hope that your family and friends have remained healthy as we adjust to the many changes in daily life due to COVID-19. During the early weeks of the pandemic, the VMS community quickly rose to the challenge of adapting to our new distance learning program to provide as much continuity as possible for our students.
The pandemic has impacted all of us. For many, it has brought economic hardship. I’ve spoken with VMS families who have experienced layoffs, job losses, and businesses that are significantly impacted by forced closure. We offered additional tuition assistance dollars in April; however, some families have expressed concerns about uncertainty and their ability to afford the tuition for the coming school year.
I have also spoken with other VMS families who have not been financially impacted by the pandemic, but deeply recognize these challenges within our community and want to help.
I am writing today with a call to action, because maintaining our community connection is cornerstone to our VMS values. We are committed to doing all we can to support the needs of our families and keep our current students enrolled as part of our VMS community.
This means raising additional dollars to support tuition assistance in order to offer more for our families experiencing economic hardship, and providing additional technology infrastructure to support our expanding distance learning program and beyond.
We understand many families are simply not in a position to make charitable gifts at this time. If you are among those who are able to help, then join me and the Board of Trustees in making a contribution to our VMS Community Impact Fund in support of our families and the children we serve. Together we can inspire hope and keep our community strong and connected.
"We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and connected with each other to form one whole unity."
- Maria Montessori