Recent Community Events
VMS Spirit Day & School Picnic – September 4 & 5
What an amazing community we have! Thank you to our families for showing your school spirit and joining us for our school picnic.
Jungle Book – Performed by the VMS Musical Camp- July 10, 2o14
Congratulations to our summer musical camp for puting on an amazing show!
8th Grade Graduation – June 11, 2014
We couldn’t be more proud of our graduates! Congratulations to the Class of 2014!
Year End Celebrations – June 2014
We end our school year with a variety of community celebrations & events at all levels. Our toddlers took a field trip to the Oakland Zoo and shared a family potluck together. Our primary classes celebrated with luaus, sing-alongs and performances including Three Piggy Opera and The Little Pink Hen. Our elementary students took a variety of field trips including an overnight trip to Gold Country. There have been classroom sleepovers, a movie night, swim parties and the annual field day in the back park. And our middle school wrapped up the year with their annual kayaking/BBQ trip to Lake Del Valle where they honored the graduating students in a special sunset ceremony.
Upper Elementary Host “Hilltop Italian Restaurant” – May 30, 2014
Students in our two Upper Elementary classrooms created, planned and orchestrated an amazing restaurant night serving a four course dinner to their parents and families. They planned for the various dishes they would serve, used recipes, bought the food and figured out the logistics for cooking the food and serving over 200 people in two separate seatings. Special touches included everyone dressing up as wait staff, having hosts at the door to seat parties as they arrived, printed menus & centerpieces on the table, and in between seatings an Irish Harp player in the foyer. This event raised close to $3,000 which will be given to the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society – causes the children selected.
Middle School “Talent Show-The Musical” – May 28, 2014
Our middle school students recently held their big spring production which they titled: “Talent Show-The Musical.” In the early planning phases a large group of our students rejected the musical that the staff had chosen for them. (When we empower young people – as we do here at VMS – we might expect that they will voice their opinions and exercise power when they feel necessary!) Many discussions followed about what alternatives they could pursue. In the end, they developed their own script for a show that told the story of their process and incorporated many of the ideas that they came up with as alternatives. Their one-of-a-kind, hilariously entertaining production included selections from Shakespeare and Monty Python, dance, and music from Broadway shows like “Les Miserables” and old standards like Bye Bye Blackbird.
Grandparents Day / Art Show / Book Fair – May 7 – 9, 2014
It’s always such a pleasure to have our school filled with the joy that grandparents bring! We are so glad that so many of our grandparents and “grandfriends” could be here. We genuinely enjoyed the opportunity to visit with our grandparents at the evening reception, and the Art Show was amazing! We showcased a piece from each one of our elementary and middle school students and it was truly a magnificent display. And many thanks to those supported our Book Fair.
Baby & Me Classes – Fridays in April 2014
So much happens in the first year of a child’s life. Evidence shows how parenting and the home environment contribute to a child’s development. Vicki Sartori, Valley Montessori School’s Toddler Program Director discussed topics including nutrition, home environment, movement, independence, language acquisition and respectful parenting techniques.
Middle School Students Attend We Day Conference – March 26, 2014
Many of our Middle School students were fortunate to be able to attend the We Day Conference at Oracle Arena. Schools were chosen to participate based on their level of commitment to community service and global change. We Day is an educational event and the movement of our time-a movement of young people leading local and global change. The goal is to empower a generation to shift the world from ‘me’ to ‘we’ – through how we act, how we give, the choices we make on what to buy and what to wear, the media we consume and the experiences with which we choose to engage. Click here to learn more about this empowering event.
Spring Gala & Auction - March 15, 2014
What a fantastic party! We are deeply grateful to all who contributed to the success of this amazing event. The enthusiasm and generosity of all who joined us is a clear reflection of the great VMS community and an affirmation of the power of all of us coming together in support of the school!
PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT
Science Day – March 7, 2014
Our students did an amazing job with their presentations this year! Science Day is always a fabulous event showcasing the passion our students have for Science.
Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis Vists VMS - March 6 & 7, 2014
We enjoyed having Brian “Fox” Ellis, an author and award winning storyteller, come to VMS to engage and entice us through the art of storytelling. Brian embodied the vitality of Walt Whitman offering an intimate view of Lincoln, along with the triumphs and the tragedies of the Civil War. Through stories and poetry the audience was immersed in this turning point in America’s history through the eyewitness account of this brilliant poet and journalist.
Parent Seminar: “The Connected Child – Safety Trust and Respect in the Digital Age” – January 29, 2014
Parents learned how to be teach savvy when it comes to social media and their children. Our guest speaker Jason Brand came highly recommended by Common Sense Media, a Bay-Area based, nationally recognized website for parents who seek guidance on books, movies, games, and recommendations on how to guide children in the digital age.
School Information Night – January 22, 2014
This year our Information Night offered a glimpse of the Magic of Montessori through brief presentations of our science curriculum. VMS teachers presented curriculum and offered insights into the Montessori approach to education. Parents had the ability to see their child’s current level and upcoming grade levels, offering a better understanding of the spiral curriculum from toddler through middle school.
Alumni Event – January 10, 2014
It was wonderful seeing so many of our alumni again! Visit our Alumni web page to view photos of our event and/or to join our alumni mailing list.
Open House/Classroom Observations – Thursday, January 9, 2014
Parents listened to a brief presentation about all levels of our program before being escorted through classes in session.
Elementary & Middle School Skating Party – December 20, 2013
Our elementary & middle school students’ families attended our 17th annual skating party at Golden Skate.
VMS Family Holiday Sing-Along – December 19, 2013
We had an all school holiday sing-along on Thursday, December 19 in the Cultural Center. Students and parents brought their voices, guitars and ukuleles to celebrate the holidays with music.
Turkeys Go on Strike – December 10, 2013
Our lower elementary students gave a comical performance of “The Turkeys Go on Strike”.
VMS Community Boutique – November 15, 2013
Members of our community gathered to share their goods and get started on their holiday shopping.
UN / World Culture Day – October 25, 2013
We celebrated our cultural diversities, peace and friendship with a musical celebration and potlucks featuring foods from around the world.
Harvest Festival – October 12, 2013
The Harvest Festival was a wonderful event. We enjoyed live music, a pumpkin patch with scarecrows made by each classroom, activities & crafts for children of all ages, a petting zoo and more.
Parenting Workshops – October 1 & November 5, 2013
These workshops focused on positive discipline techniques for children ages 18 months through 4 years.
All School Picnic – September 6, 2013
We had a great time at our annual all school picnic! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this great event.
Willy Wonka the Musical – Summer 2013
Congrats to our summer camp students for putting on a fantastic show!
Valley Montessori School and Los Positas College jointly organized a TEDx Livermore conference – June 2013
Click here to learn more about this exciting event!
Upper Elementary Students Host Fundraiser – May 2013
Thank you to our community for joining us for this fundraiser breakfast for Oklahoma Tornado Relief. With your help $2,000 was donated to the American Red Cross.
Bishop O’Dowd Students Visit VMS – Spring 2013
We recently had the pleasure of hosting AP Psychology students from Bishop O’Dowd High School. Click here to read what they had to say about our school!
Dyslexia Seminar with Susan Barton – Winter 2013
Susan Barton, an expert in dyslexia, gave a FREE 3 hour talk on dyslexia. This information was most useful to Reading Specialists, Special Ed teachers, Primary and Lower Elementary teachers, and parents who have a child that struggles with reading, writing or spelling. She discussed signs & symptoms of dyslexia, tutoring that works and accommodations needed to help support each child.