The VMS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an informal association of parents, staff and teachers whose purpose is to enhance and support the childrens’ educational experience at VMS, to develop a close connection between school and home by encouraging parent participation and input, and to improve the overall environment – outside and in – of VMS through volunteer and financial support. Activities that relate to the improvement of VMS include fundraising; procurement of supplemental classroom materials, educational services, and extracurricular activities such as music, art, foreign language lessons, and drama; property maintenance and enhancement; planning and participation in special classroom activities; and outreach to alumnae and the local community. Membership is open to all parents. At the end of each school year officers are elected who run monthly meetings, keep track of PTO finances, and organize PTO activities. Subcommittees (in recent years these have included a Playground Committee, Alumnae Outreach Committee, Fundraising Committee, and Classroom Parents Group for example) are formed on an as-needed basis to help accomplish the yearly goals of the PTO. One of the main activities each year is orchestrating events such as the “Big Night Out” Silent and Live auction at Farm Neck Golf Course, a casino night, and other fun, fundraising venues, proceeds from which are used throughout the year to support special activities and provide scholarships to families who can benefit from tuition assistance.