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. In these unprecedented times, our parent’s commitment to each other and our school is more important than ever. We are thankful for our parents!
Our Parent Partners
The VMS parent association, Parent Partners, provides a venue for VMS families to connect socially and partner with the school in support of our children. For new parents, Parent Partners’ most important role is helping them become connected to and involved with our community through the Welcome Family Program. Parent Partners also manages the Homebase Parent Program that pairs each class with a team of parents who help teachers coordinate communications, class projects, and trips.
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, such as our Annual Gala & Auction, Garage Sale, and Book Fair. Parent Partners also hosts gatherings such as Bingo Nights, ski days, and hikes that help parents to connect socially and build relationships beyond their grade-level community.
Volunteer Opportunities at VMS
Gala & Auction
A tradition dating back decades, the Gala is the school’s largest fundraising event and volunteer effort of the year. Though the majority of the work takes place from September-November, there are also numerous opportunities throughout the year to contribute both time and talent. Specific needs include leadership and planning, auction item acquisition, data management, volunteer coordination, decor design, food and beverage management, and working during the event.
Parent Ambassadors and Event Hosts
Proud parents play a critical role in helping both our internal and external communities learn more about VMS. Share your enthusiasm for the school by hosting a neighborhood open house for prospective families, welcome fellow VMS parents into your home for a Cocktails and Conversation event, or join 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. Parent volunteers serve the entirety of the year and help support communications, class projects, trips, and other classroom needs.
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. Working in partnership with the Bookworm, parent volunteers set up, take down and staff the event.
Funded with proceeds from the Garage Sale, these signature Parent Partners events bring our community together and provide an opportunity for parent volunteers to share their love of gaming.
The VMS Garage Sale is an opportunity to give to the school in a different way. The skis in your garage, outgrown kids' clothing, that chair in the attic - virtually anything - can be contributed to the Garage Sale and the proceeds will help support Parent Partners' events. The 2021 Garage Sale will take place on November 12 & 13.
Athletics Booster Club
The Booster Club raises funds for athletics through concessions sales by parent volunteers at home games and sponsorship advertising displayed in the gym.
Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts
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.