A Community of Parents
More than 60 years ago, VMS was founded by a 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!
The VMS Parent Association, Parent Partners, is committed to building community within Vail Mountain School in alignment with the VMS mission. Parent Partners provides meaningful volunteer opportunities and gatherings for families to partner with the school in support of our children and connect socially.
Gatherings such as ski days, hikes, bikes and coffee hangs help our parents build relationships beyond their grade-level community.
All of the events and activities described below welcome VMS parents to participate as committee chairs, team members and supporters in whatever capacity fits each family. Parent Partners’ goal is to make it easy for families to engage with VMS—join us!
Volunteer Opportunities at VMS
A free, all-school event that is great for the entire family to eat, play games and socialize. Kick off the year and see what a cross-age community means at VMS!
Volunteer Needs: Event planning and day of volunteers to run games.
Gala & Auction
Our school’s largest fundraising event and will exceed your expectations 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: Leadership and planning, auction item acquisition, data management, volunteer coordination, decor design and day of tasks.
At the heart of each grade is a team of two parents who help teachers coordinate grade-level activities and plan class gatherings that promote community within the grade.
Volunteer Needs: Each spring, current Homebase Parents will ask for new volunteers for the following school year.
Welcome Family Teams and Event Hosts
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. We are also always looking for hosts for parent events at homes.
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 one or two parents per team to take photos and write brief game updates for the community to stay informed. Parents who can help at the score table or line judge are also greatly appreciated!
This signature Parent Partners event brings our community together and provides an opportunity for parent volunteers to share their love of gaming.
Help sell logo wear at all school events throughout the year. Proceeds from the sales go towards Parent Partner events and teacher appreciation.
Lower School Town Meetings
Lower School parents are encouraged to socialize in the Common before and after Town Meetings. We are always looking for parents to bring in morning snacks to be enjoyed by all.
Book Fair & Holiday Market
For one week in December, the Common is filled with books for all ages and holiday gifts from local artists and businesses. A portion of all proceeds go back to VMS!
Volunteer Needs: Working in partnership with The Bookworm of Edwards, parents set up, take down and staff the event (helping students pick the perfect book is always a highlight). Parents may also choose to participate as a vendor.
Teacher Appreciation takes place throughout the year in many different ways. From monthly creative celebrations to the large breakfasts in the fall and spring. The culminating event is Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring where we shower our teachers with love for an entire week.
Volunteer Needs: We need many volunteers year round to make Teacher Appreciation a success. Opportunities include baking, setting up, organizing a monthly event, etc. Watch your emails for sign up opportunities that are offered each month.