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

-From Greta Bucher on the giving day.
We are grateful for the 150+ gifts given since April 22, totaling nearly $40,000. And people continue to share their gifts!

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 prepare for 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 remain a vibrant learning community. On March 18, EMS shifted to a distance learning model for all grades K-12.

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

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 are working hard on our goal to welcome back our entire student body safely for a new academic year. We will reconfigure learning spaces to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, adjust our schedules, adapt some content delivery, and forego school-wide gatherings. We will also have plans in place for learning at home if we are not able to be in person.

These plans build on our experience this past spring of distance learning that 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 Working Group is meeting weekly this summer to begin the work of examining how our own school has been complicit in systemic racism and plan how to move forward toward positive change.

Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 16-18 with reunions for class years ending in 0 and 5, will be a wonderful time! We plan to safely connect and plans will adjust as COVID limitations evolve.