Dear VFMS parents, faculty and staff,
Another school year draws to a close and we look forward to a summer of fun and hopefully relaxation. I personally find this time of year bittersweet, especially this year as my eldest will be moving onto high school in September, another milestone reached, how fast the years go by.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to everybody at VFMS who does so much to make our school the wonderfully happy, stimulating and vibrant place it is. My first year as PTO President has enabled me to experience firsthand the commitment of the teachers, administrators and staff to ensuring the happiness, safety and success of our children.
The PTO Executive Board and I hope that we have served the school community well this year. Thanks to our successful fundraising activities, which included our annual Direct Donations program as well as our locker shelf and Hershey Park fundraisers among others, we have been able to fund a cultural arts presentation by Harris III, the installation of the mural in the lobby, new aprons for the art studios, a range of Golden Apple Grants including a donation to the joint 5th grade VFMS/4th grade New Eagle Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team, teacher/staff gifts and gifts to the community. We are also about to purchase 60 iPads and related accessories to support the reading program at VFMS, a total cost of $28,000. We are very excited to be able to do this thanks to the generosity of our parents, teachers and staff. Going forward, we are also looking at improving the lighting in the auditorium, providing a TV in the lobby to promote school and district activities and researching ways to beautify the school and improve access.
For next year, we are working on a new website which should be up and running by the autumn and should prove to be more user friendly, interactive and informative. We are excited at some new ideas for a Fun Fitness Week and are planning an adult social in the fall, so watch this space!
Grateful thanks go to Jo Howarth, VP Cultural Arts, and Elizabeth Castleman, VP Issues and Affairs, who are retiring from the board this year. Welcome to Kristin Courtney and Jennifer Newhall. Huge thanks, too, to Sydney Ruth, our unflappable and indefatigable Blast Editor, who is handing over to Lori Benedict. Esther Lee will be assisting Kathy Wynn on the website and Julie Kanto will be shadowing the current Directory Editor, Cathy Barrios.
There are still opportunities available (access our volunteer page here), so please do consider if you can help out in any way. I feel sure you will find it worthwhile.
Thank you for all your support, encouragement and help. Happy Summer!
VFMS PTO President