“Thank you for tending to this beloved community during a difficult season.”

-From Greta Bucher on the #FlamesStrong giving day.

Over 175 people have given nearly $45,000 already. And people continue to share their gifts. Thank you!

Why a special fund?

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought hardships to the EMS community, our alumni and supporters.

As a community of caring, we have established the COVID-19 Aid Fund to invite those who may be able to give extra at this time to help EMS in the 2020-2021 school year. Gifts support technology investments, professional development, safety precautions, and tuition assistance for EMS families who have lost employment temporarily.

Your donation will allow affected families to keep their students enrolled during these turbulent times, and keep our school #FlamesStrong!

Vibrant Community

While COVID-19 slowed us down, we remained a vibrant learning community in the spring of 2020. March 18, EMS shifted to a distance learning model for all grades K-12. Now we launch a new school year!

Teachers, counselors and principals rose to the occasion with amazing commitment. They provide experiences to keep students engaged in learning, while also focusing on their emotional and physical well-being and faith formation. 

Read about details of launching the 2020-21 school year in person on August 25.

How are you faring?

We know:

  • alumni businesses are affected
  • alumni healthcare workers are on the front lines
  • many are working from home, with lives completely disrupted, supporting your own children's learning efforts while trying to maintain some normalcy.
  • loved ones may be ill.

Be in touch! 

The future at EMS

Through careful review of Governor Northam's guidelines for re-opening, we worked hard all summer on our goal to welcome back our entire student body safely for a new academic year on August 25. We reconfigured learning spaces to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, adjusted schedules, adapted some content delivery, and canceled extracurricular activities and school-wide gatherings. We also refined plans for learning at home if we are not able to be in person.

These plans build on our experience in spring 2020 where our distance learning focused on student emotional and social well-being in addition to covering new content.

In addition to all the COVID-19 related news, our new Racial Equity Group met weekly over the summer to begin the work of examining how our own school has been complicit in systemic racism and plans to move forward toward positive change.