A Community of Parents
More than half a century ago, VMS was founded by a small group of parents who came together to create a school for their children in a fledgling mountain town. To this day, parent support and volunteer efforts are at the core of who we are, and we welcome your participation and partnership in your child’s educational journey. Our parents’ commitment to each other and our school is essential to the VMS community.
We are thankful for our parents!
Our Parent Partners
The VMS parent association, Parent Partners, is committed to building community within Vail Mountain School in alignment with the VMS mission statement. Parent Partners provides opportunities for VMS families to connect socially and partner with the school in support of our children. Parent Partners is also focused on supporting and appreciating teachers through teacher appreciation events, small acts of kindness, and teacher recognition.
Parent Partners is at the heart of more than a dozen events that provide meaningful opportunities for parents to volunteer in support of the school. Parent Partners also hosts gatherings such as ski days, hikes, and coffee hangs that help our parents to connect socially and build relationships beyond their grade-level community.
Volunteer Opportunities at VMS
Gala & Auction
The annual VMS Gala and Auction is our school’s largest fundraising event and will exceed your expectation of what a gala can be! With a new theme each year, parents, friends, and faculty come together for a night of fine dining, dancing, and high-energy bidding on auction items—all in support of our students.
Volunteer Needs: Specific needs include leadership and planning, auction item acquisition, data management, volunteer coordination, decor design, food and beverage management, and working during the event.
Welcome Family Teams and Event Hosts
Parents play a critical role in helping our internal and external communities learn more about VMS. To ensure our new families feel welcome we have families from each grade that coordinate social gatherings and help answer questions throughout the school year.
Volunteer Needs: Share your enthusiasm for the school by welcoming new VMS families, hosting a neighborhood open house for prospective families, or joining us on social media by lending your voice as a community influencer.
At the heart of each grade is a team of parents who help teachers coordinate grade-level activities and plan class gatherings that promote togetherness and community within the grade.
Volunteer Needs: Each spring, current Homebase Parents will ask for new volunteers for the following school year.
Inaugurated in 2021, the Hullabaloo is a free, all-school carnival held at Ford Park. It is designed so that the entire VMS community, including families, staff, and alumni, can eat, drink, play games, and socialize together.
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed to plan and execute this community event.
Book Fair & Holiday Market
For one week in December, the Common is filled with books for all ages and holiday crafts created by members of our community.
Volunteer Needs: Working in partnership with The Bookworm of Edwards, parent volunteers set up, take down and staff the event. Parents may also choose to participate as a vendor.
This signature Parent Partners event brings our community together and provides an opportunity for parent volunteers to share their love of gaming.
Athletic Ambassador (formerly known as booster club)
The Booster Club assists VMS athletics through the sale of gym banner ads and athletic team support.
Volunteer Needs: Become an athletic ambassador for your student’s team. We are in need of two parents per team to take photos and write brief game updates for the community to stay informed.
Parent Partners volunteers come together to provide a feast for teachers twice each year as thanks for all they do in and out of the classroom. Homemade treats like casseroles and muffins are complemented by store-bought staples like bagels and juice, all of which are contributed by parents from all grades.