Dear Parents,

We were very excited to see the students at the recent yearbook and supply pick up dates. Although it was for a short time and we were all wearing masks, the impromptu conversations that occurred curbside were such a blessing and reminded us of times to come when we will all be in person again.

It was during one of these conversations that a student asked if we could share a favorite “funny” Christmas album. In the spirit of adding to the fun of the season, I invite you to add to our collection of “off the beaten path” Christmas albums. This list will be shared, and contributed to, by VCMS students and staff as well. Feel free to participate by taking this four-question survey. While Christmas classics are welcomed, this list is primarily offered as a way to have people listen to “less widely known” Christmas Albums. I’ll start this off by offering two of my “not-so-funny-to-me” favorite Christmas albums: The Christmas Album performed by Air Supply (1987) and Christmas at Home performed by Donny Osmond (1998). I was tempted to list A Christmas Together (John Denver and The Muppets) or Merry Christmas (Jingle Cats) but I can pretty much only tolerate one playing of those CDs whereas Air Supply and Donny… it doesn’t matter what they sing, I’ll be listening! So, what Christmas albums will you share?

We hope students had a chance to rest and rejuvenate over the long Thanksgiving break while the staff and I had the opportunity to see so many people at conferences. While these are long days for the staff – the first conference starting at 9:00 a.m. and the last one ending at 8:30 p.m. – it is always nice to touch base with parents. For those who were able to start their Thanksgiving break early and chose to skip conferences this year, the staff was grateful for the sporadic breaks from Zoom meetings.

This week marks the first opportunity for students during the second quarter to choose an enrichment activity. These activities include a wide range of options including lessons on origami, discussions on basketball, engaging in a trivia game, or participating in an escape room simulation. These classes give students an opportunity to connect with classmates and have fun, and provides a welcome break from digital learning.

Last but not least, we are in the middle of our annual food drive – a yearly tradition that goes back to at least the 1980s. We will be collecting food during drop offs scheduled on December 3 & 8 between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thank you for your generosity.

We look forward to seeing you at Food Drive item drop off times!


Jennifer Gfroerer