As you have likely heard and as we anticipated, Governor Newsom has extended the school closure order throughout the end of the school year. Rest assured that behind the scenes, we have continued to work and consult daily with other heads of school, our accrediting associations (NAIS, AMS & CAIS ), health organizations, state and federal government authorities, financial advisers, among others to ensure we are following best practices in all areas for our school and our primary stakeholders - students, parents, and staff.
With all of the hardship we have seen as a result of this pandemic, we are so very grateful to be able to:
- provide a substantive distance learning program where students can remain connected with their classroom community and retain a sense of normality in these unsettling times.
- offer discounts to our early childhood families, whose programs are most greatly impacted by remote learning, and to those experiencing extreme hardships.
- employ our staff plus finance our school operating expenses, with your tuition dollars, to ensure that when we emerge from this crisis, VMS will continue intact with the very best in Montessori education for which we are known.
We, as a staff, are steadfast in our commitment to complete this school year remotely in the most positive environment possible with engaging assignments that challenge each of the children to do and be their very best during this unique time in history. At the same time, we recognize how difficult it can be for you as parents, supporting your children through this process as you work from home and adapt to this new way of life. We continue to be amazed by the commitment and flexibility from so many of our families. It means so much to us all knowing that we are on this journey together with your children's success as our common goal.
Feeling connected is important for all of us!
Here are some ways for us to stay engaged and involved:
- Share photos! Show your children that they are still part of this amazing VMS community by sharing photos of them working at home. Send to email@example.com. We have been sharing these on our Facebook page so the children can see their friends and feel connected, #VMSDistanceLearning.
- YouTube Channel: As promised before Spring Break, our teachers have been hard at work creating content for our channel. To make it easy to follow, we have created playlists for the various program levels and areas of interest. The videos are wonderful opportunities for the children to see their teachers and engage in meaningful work. Please check out the VMS YouTube channel directory here!
- Ukuleles Sign Out: As part of his YouTube playlist, our music teacher Jack has created some Ukulele play-along videos for our elementary and middle school students. If you would like to borrow a ukulele from VMS, Jack has sanitized our inventory and they will be available to checkout this Friday 4/17 between 12-2pm. He will be social distancing in the lobby with a wave to say hello. The ukuleles will be outside on a table with a sign out sheet and some take-away pens. Email Jack if you plan to stop by at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distance Learning Additions
Please continue to refer to the
homepage of our website
(photo below) for links to virtual field trips and other unique activities. We are currently featuring free activities and lessons from Scholastic Books and Common Sense Media. You also can find an archive of all of the communications since the Shelter-in-Place order was announced on 3/13/2020 under the Covid-19 tab. In addition to the VMS YouTube channel, The Learn at Home tab has lessons from our many VMS specialists, including Art, PE, Spanish, Technology and more. We will continue to add and update it with new material.
I hope all of you and your families are well. I miss seeing the children with their families and look forward to the day we can all be on the VMS campus together again.