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Dear VMS Community,
Happy Summer! I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying some down-and-disconnect time, and making some wonderful memories.
I’ve been having a great first day at VMS today, meeting some of our summer program students and staff and having robust conversations with our amazing professional team. This is such a warm and welcoming community, which reinforces what I’d heard during the in-depth, very intentional Head of School Search. The Lion King cast is abuzz with excitement about next week’s performances, and the toddler and primary children are enjoying time with friends while learning important lessons about practical life.
We received some thrilling news this morning. Our dear Ann Clark forwarded me the official accreditation letter from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) reflecting that VMS has been granted a 7-year term of accreditation. Congratulations to everyone involved with this important process! The goals identified during the 12-to-18-month self-study will help guide our work for the coming years. Also, once we receive our official accreditation outcomes from the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), we will most certainly let you know.
Finally, I wish to offer heartfelt thanks to Ann Clark for her thoughtful, kind and very supportive transition these past months. Her gracious welcoming of me into the community was so respectful and accepting, truly reflecting the values of a Montessori school – and VMS in particular. Ann, you will be missed. And we all wish you well as you begin your retirement.
I look forward to meeting with all of you in the coming weeks. For those of you who are available and willing to visit this summer, I’d love the opportunity to get to know you. Please drop me an email any time. I’m available to you, and always here to help.
Enjoy the holiday weekend, and please be safe.
Warmest regards,
Patti Wilczek, Ph.D.
Head of School
925.455.8021 x225

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