7/8/2020 Weekly Update
by Ann Clark, Head of School

Dear Parents,

Last week, we provided information about the growing support from health organizations around the benefits of children returning to school. " The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.

We also shared information from our VMS Re-Opening Guidance document which establishes safety protocols for the new school year. VMS is prepared to start the new school year on Monday, August 17. In the unfortunate event that circumstances related to Covid-19 require us to close at any point during the year, our intent is to support our community in the following ways:
  • Re-open to provide a program, with all safety measures in place, for essential workers and families with parents required to continue working.
  • For the balance of the community, we will efficiently pivot to an enhanced distance learning program. We have used what we learned during the spring shelter in place phase, as well as from parent and staff input, to provide a more robust and cohesive curriculum for all levels. Click here for more information.

Virtual Tours of the Classrooms
We are excited to share video tours for you to peruse showing the differences in the classrooms this year as well as all the similarities. I think you'll find in many ways, things will be very much the same.

Click the links to get a peek into each of these program levels:
Middle School
As mentioned last week, Middle School will function separately from the main building with all classes, meals and childcare on the MS campus. Here are a couple exciting changes:

Outdoor Education :
The Middle School building is currently closed for the summer as some construction is underway to extend it with two outdoor instruction areas. One is being designed to have protection from the elements to allow classes to continue in various weather conditions. We will keep you posted on the progress and provide photos upon completion.

New Technology :
As part of our Middle School 1 to 1 Technology program, each student is issued an electronic device to use for the entire school year. This year, we have the following new, upgraded technology:
  • 7th Generation iPad with retina display
  • iPad OS 14 that provides a flexible laptop-like workflow
  • Logitech crayon pencils for precision and creativity
  • Logitech combo case with an attached waterproof keyboard
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution with a new teacher & student collaboration application

Virtual Events
We have many optional virtual events coming up to provide current school opening information and answer questions you may have. Please scroll down for important dates and opportunites.

7/15 Materials Fees Auto Debit via FACTS
7/15 Emergency Information Update Due (See 7/2 email from Dee Ferro.)
7/21 Lower to Upper Elementary Transition Zoom, 7pm
7/23 Toddler to Primary Transition Zoom 1:30pm and 7pm
7/28 Upper to Middle School Transition Zoom, 7pm
7/30 Primary to Lower Elementary Zoom, 7pm
August: First Tuition Auto Debit via FACTS on your pre-selected date
8/05 Last Day of Summer Session
8/05 Back to School Information Emailed
8/6-7 School Closed
8/10-8/14 Teacher Workdays
8/14 Classroom Meet and Greet Zooms - more info to follow!
8/17 First Day of School
NEW Family "Ask a Teacher" Zooms:
These virtual workshops are for new families only. The workshop will include teachers so they can respond to more specific classroom questions. Zoom links have been sent directly to the families. Here are the dates:

Toddler: Thursday, July 9 1:30pm and 7:00pm
Primary: Tuesday, July 14 at 7:00pm
Elementary - Middle School: Tuesday, July 14 at 12:00pm
Is your child changing program levels this year?
We are offering Transition Workshops for parents of students transitioning to the next program level. This year, we will host the meetings via Zoom. Ana will host the Toddler to Primary Zooms and Gretchen will host the Elementary and Middle School Zooms. Teachers from the rising program level will also be on the call. An invitation and Zoom link will be provided soon!

Toddler to Primary: Thursday, 7/23 at 1:30pm and 7:00pm
Primary to Lower: Thursday, 7/30 at 7:00pm
Lower to Upper: Tuesday, 7/21 at 7:00pm
Upper to Middle: Thursday, 7/28 at 7:00pm
Virtual Coffee with Head of School
Join Ann Clark to hear highlights regarding the coming school year and answers to your questions. Submit questions prior to the call to Tracie at: tscharlemann@valleymontessorischool.com . A Zoom link will be emailed the week of the call.

Toddler: Tuesday, July 21 at 10:30am
Primary: Tuesday, July 22 at 9:30am
Lower/Upper: Tuesday, July 21 at 9:30am
Middle: Tuesday, July 22 at 10:30am
Valley Montessori School
1273 N Livermore Ave Livermore CA 94551