Dear Parents,

We always appreciate the opportunity to meet with you during conferences to touch base and work together to support your student’s personal and academic growth. We hope you found your conferences helpful. October 31 was the end of the first quarter. All grades will be visible in PowerSchool by Wednesday, November 6 and report cards will be sent home with students by Thursday, November 7.  

Outdoor School is just around the corner for our sixth grade students. You should have received your Outdoor School packet at conferences. The packets include forms that need to be completed and returned. We hope the question and answer sessions held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 were helpful, but parents may always email Mrs. Hudson [email protected] with ODS program questions or Mrs. Gfroerer ([email protected]) with policy questions.

Monday, November 18, marks the start of our annual food drive. We count on our parent volunteers to help us with everything from donation inventory to wrapping presents and food delivery. Below is an outline of the food drive basics. Additional information will be coming from your student’s community group teacher in late November. Please consider volunteering to help us make this year’s event an incredible experience for our students and their adopted families.


Jennifer Gfroerer

Annual Food Drive Basics– Grades 6-12

The Food Drive is an annual tradition at VCMS and VCHS. This year, each VCMS Community Group is planning to adopt two families. They will work together to provide several meals and a Christmas dinner for their families. In addition, we will collect funds through special fundraisers like our student auction, and Santa photos to purchase perishable items and possibly a Christmas present for children in the family who are fourteen years old or younger. Deliveries will take place on Friday, December 20, beginning around 10:15 a.m.

Each VCMS Community Group will provide a food basket for their family which typically includes the following items:

  • Breakfast for 15 days
  • Lunches/dinners for 15 days
  • Household staples
  • Diapers, baby food and formula if needed

Through family contributions, community donations and school activities the Community Groups will collect canned food and money to help fill their baskets. Examples may include: 

  • Students signing up to bring a specific item for their family
  • Parent-organized canned food collections outside of grocery stores or in their neighborhoods
  • Planned activities that encourage students to bring in canned food or money to purchase needed supplies