It seems like the year has been going by so quickly here at FVMS. It is hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from winter break, and there are so many things going on this month.
First of all, I want to thank everyone who participated in our #ILGive campaign to raise funds for our school improvement projects. We reached our $1500 goal and then some as a school and are waiting to hear if we qualified for the matching dollars from the Dunham Fund. In November we had quite a few fundraisers that were very successful as well. Our third annual Ladies Night Out was an evening of shopping, snacking and socializing with our biggest turnout yet. Also, Funway event was fun for everyone, we continued our SCRIPS gift card monthly sale, and we had our holiday plant sale and book fair as well. While November was an especially busy month, we do fundraisers continually throughout the year and I know that sometimes it seems like a lot. The reason that we fundraise aggressively is to keep tuition costs as low as possible. We do know that you work hard to keep your children here at FVMS because you value the unique experience that we offer, and while the tuition we charge is significant, compared to the $10,000 to $15,000 public schools spend per student, it is low. Fundraising helps us bridge the gap and keep your tuition as low as we can.
December will be an exciting month here. At this time of year, the children start to make so many big and exciting strides in both academic and social-emotional growth. It is inspiring to watch how amazingly capable they are and to know that one day they will leave FVMS and share their talents and capabilities with the world. I attended a conference for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education this past week and the US Department of Education’s director of outcomes spoke. The questions afterward were all directed towards how we can assess and track the development of emotional intelligence in classrooms. This is a national initiative driven by the business community looking for important skills in employees. There is no barometer that has been established to measure these skills yet, but the Montessori classrooms incorporate these lessons into a child’s overall experience so easily, that our graduates come out ahead of the game. As traditional education “catches up” in this aspect, we plan to be a part of that dialogue.
December will also bring our elementary plays, at 6:00 PM on the 20th, and our musical performance from the primary students at 10:00 am on the 22nd, during the holiday open house. The open house is not a regular school day but an opportunity for families to come enjoy good company and some winter crafts together before our winter break. The open house is open from 8:30 to 11:30 on December 22nd. All children need to be accompanied by an adult to attend. We hope to see you there! Winter break will be from December 23 through January 7th. School will resume with a full day on Monday, January 8th.
Thank you to all of you for your unending support of FVMS, our teachers, and our community. We are a community supporting the growth of your children first and foremost, and would never be successful without all of you. I wish you all a safe, happy and hopefully rejuvenating winter break.