From The Desk of Dr. Grace
May 2021
Hello Everyone,

Every now and then, I read the previous year’s ‘From the Desk of Dr. Grace’ newsletter to remind myself of what I shared during this particular month. Well, I just read May 2020 newsletter and it was sobering. But, while writing this May 2021 newsletter, I all but want to do a little jig! There is so much to be thankful for! So many activities and routines are returning to a new normal. We are in such a better place than we were a year ago and I am grateful beyond measure for the health and safety of every student, adult participant and employee. Granted, we were not able to facilitate all of the more traditional May activities for our students, but we are quickly moving in that direction. 

As we wrap up the school year, The Vanguard School students are chattering about the Prom that was just held the evening of May 21. They are also whispering to each other about the upcoming Graduation ceremony for our Seniors. We are all looking forward to the Elementary School’s annual Field Day on June 4. There are signs that we are returning to normal--like the little crocuses that pop up through a March snow reminding us that spring is on its way. 

Last May, we had to plan for a summer of virtual programming. Thankfully, this year we are planning for a summer of in-person programming. Extended School Year (ESY) will run in-person, 5 days/week for 5 weeks starting July 6 (Tuesday) through August 6 (Friday). There is still space available to register your student if you have not done so yet. Please know that we will maintain most of the public health guidelines, including mask-wearing indoors for everyone and social distancing of 3 to 6 feet. If you are interested in registering your student, please click here. Along with ESY, we will be operating Vocational Immersion Program (VIP) in-person, as well. We have limited space still available. If you are interested in learning more about VIP and whether your son or daughter qualifies, please reach out to Michele Seel at miseel@vfes.net to have your questions answered. VIP will operate this year from July 6 through July 30.

In addition to these educational and employment-focused programs, we will be operating VFES@Camp Kweebec this summer. Camp will run from August 15 through August 27. Space is very limited at this point, so if you are interested, you are strongly encouraged to reach out to Michele Seel at miseel@vfes.net. In fact, we are also planning for fall retreats now as some of you have already inquired. Please click here to learn more about our October retreat.  Again, all public health guidelines are being met for all these summer programs. We do not want to totally drop our guard, but we will allow for adjustments to the guidelines based on the recommendations of Chester County Health Dept., PA Dept. of Health and the CDC.

We welcomed the unofficial start of summer this past weekend. This summer is bound to be more carefree, more relaxing and more enjoyable than last summer. I know there is still much to do, but it’s time to start getting outside and enjoying friends and family as safely as possible. I’m ready for that so I am convinced you are too.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We often post pictures of activities and provide information and dates of special events on our Facebook page. We wish everyone a wonderful start to June and all that June has to offer, especially for our Seniors. 


Best,
Grace A. Fornicola, Ph.D.
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