Welcome New VMS Families!

Welcome New VMS Families!

We are thrilled that you have made the decision to join the Vail Mountain School community! We know you have many questions about the upcoming school year whether that be all school events, new family activities, student orientations, or ways you can become involved in our vibrant school community. Many resources are provided here, but know that you are always welcome to email our division directors, teachers, admissions officers, and administration whenever you have questions.

Resources for New Families 

Summer Reading
2020-2021 VMS Calendar
Parent’s Guide to Getting Involved - available July 27
2020-2021 Family Handbook - available August 10
Technology Overview - available June 29
Student Parking Information - available July 27
Supply Lists: LS, MS - available July 27
Transportation Options - available July 27
VMS Apparel Ordering Information - available June 29
Ski Friday Information - available in September (directly from Vail Resorts)
Hut Trip and Outdoor Ed Information - available August 10
Class Trip Information - available August 10


New Family Events - Mark Your Calendar!

New Family Picnic: Typically held in August before the first official day of school, all family members are invited to attend this casual event on the lawn. Come for a picnic lunch and meet other families new to grades 1-12, as well as teachers and VMS administrators. Those whose only enrolled student is a Kindergarten student should plan to attend the Kindergarten Playdate instead, which is crafted especially for a youngster’s first experience with VMS. However, if your family includes an older student and a Kindergarten student, don’t hesitate to bring the whole gang.
Kindergarten Playdate: All Kindergarten students are invited to attend our “Kindergarten Playdate” on August 21, 2020!  Parents are welcome to join their rising Kindergartener for a magical first glance of their classroom, classmates, and their teacher. Lower School Director Kristin Douthitt will be on hand to answer any questions parents are wondering about, and we'll make time to play on the playground, too!

New Family & Welcome Family Reception:  Hosted by Parent Partners: This event allows new parents and their welcome family counterparts to mingle and start connecting with the VMS parent community. Support your local babysitter because children are not invited to this one! Expect an invitation for an evening in late August.
Cocktails and Conversation: These fall cocktail party style events are division-specific and designed so that our new families can chat in a smaller, more personal atmosphere than all-school events. Division Directors and the Head of School look forward to making your acquaintance! Later in the year we also host Cocktails and Conversation nights for all parents by grade level.

Back to School Night: This parents-only evening is a joyous kick-off to the school year. Refreshments are served and Mike Imperi presents to our wonderful community of parents in the Abuisi Theater. You’ll pick up your student’s schedule and travel around the campus to visit classrooms, partake in quick interactions with our faculty, and gather details about their courses of study. The schedule is staggered so that families with children in multiple divisions have time to meet and visit multiple classrooms and people.