The Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 3
Updated: Sep 22
Monday, September 21 (changed due to wildfires and smoke) - Comprehensive Distance Learning Begins!
Tuesday, September 22 - 6:30 pm Virtual Principal Tea for new families! There will be more Principal Tea events throughout the school year. (link will be provided so keep an eye on your emails!)
Wednesday, September 23 - 5:30 pm Board Meeting
Thursday, September 24 - 6:30 pm Virtual All School Meeting!
Thursday, September 29 - 6:30 pm Virtual Principal Tea (link to be provided.)
Please check the full calendar for the dates for future events.
Dear Village School Parents and Guardians,
I hope your child had a good, perhaps even an excellent first day of school. How do I feel? I feel good. I know we had our fair share of technical issues and of course, we would rather meet in person. And yet, all in all, I think we had a fine first day of school.
Today I had the opportunity to peer behind the scenes and also to participate in one opening classroom meeting. On-campus today, I missed seeing children rolling up to school on bicycles, or walking into the classrooms with friends, or jumping away from their carpool vehicle and dashing to see their teachers. Those days will return. And yet what I did see and feel was a beautiful set of sensations.
I went to a meeting with the kitchen staff led by Toña. I shared my gratitude for how they have persisted in their work since the start of the pandemic last spring. They have been preparing and helping to ensure our school families receive healthy food. Prior to that meeting, just past sunrise, the middle school teachers were on campus placing supplies outside for their students and then quickly returning to their classroom and warming up their computers. I had the fortune to attend a third-grade class meeting via zoom led by Alyson Byas. Although it was virtual I still felt the love and care Ms. Byas was projecting. My heart melted when I witnessed an extemporaneous moment shared by one student to another. The students were entering the Zoom classroom. One child said to another, “Oh, I didn’t know you had glasses.” The student replied, “Yes, I got them a couple of weeks ago.” The response was, “You look good in them.” It was genuine and heartfelt. Even during these unusual times our children still show kindness and authenticity.
May that be a reminder to us all. Let’s choose to be kind and share in the grace and beauty of our time together here at The Village School. I hope to see you all at our All School Meeting on Thursday!
Third grade Main Lesson Teacher, Alyson Byas, welcomes her students back to class for the year.
Free and Reduced Lunch
Please Check and See If You Qualify!
The new free and reduced lunch income requirements have been significantly expanded so please apply, even if you think you may not qualify!
If you have not yet done so, take a moment to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application, and turn it into the office. Extra copies are available in the office.
Part of our school’s Title I funding is based on the number of qualified households we have, so it is crucial that everyone see if they qualify.
If you received a direct certification letter from the school district that lists your student(s) eligibility, please turn that into the office instead of the free and reduced lunch application.
Contact Tristin in the office for details at email@example.com
Free Comcast Internet Essentials
The Village School is partnering with Comcast to provide 6 months of free Internet Essentials services to Village School families that
qualify for free and reduced lunches under federal guidelines,
live in an area served by Comcast, and
have not subscribed to Comcast in the last 3 months.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Another resource that might be helpful to families is free cell phone service (for those who qualify). It is called Lifeline phone service through Assurance Wireless. Those who qualify will receive a free Android smartphone that can text, access the internet, etc. There is no charge for the phone or service. https://www.assurancewireless.com/lifeline-services/states/oregon-lifeline-free-government-phone-service
Village School Kitchen News
The Village School Kitchen extends a warm welcome to all our new families this school year! We have had many new folks sign up for our Supplemental Food Program and love the photos parents are sending us of their children enjoying the food.
Here is new kindergartener, Paul, and his big sister enjoying an asian pear and toast from their food bag.
His mom, Ursula, says "Receiving food has made Paul feel so loved and welcomed by his new school."
In addition to putting together food bags for families, the kitchen is now preparing lunches for the staff that are working on campus during school days. It has been fulfilling to turn the flame back on our stove top and transform local foods into simple nourishing meals for Village educators.
Friday's meal was based on produce from Horton Road Organic Farm, and quinoa from Hummingbird Wholesale, both long time supporters of our nutrition services program.
Toña Aguilar The Village School Eugene, Oregon w - 541-345-7285 c - 541-510-8604 email@example.com
Supply Contribution Forms
Be sure to get your supply contributions to Tristin soon! This contribution covers art supplies and other class needs that every student enjoys. If you are able to contribute more than the suggested $80 amount it will go a long way toward providing supplies for all Village School children.
Parent Council does not have a scheduled meeting at this time. However, if you have thoughts or ideas to contribute please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Village School parent and guardian is a part of Parent Council - you do not have to be a class representative to attend meetings or to contribute ideas. Every parent is invited to Parent Council meetings when they occur. We hope you will soon be able to come meet with other caring and committed parents who want to share ideas, build our school community, and contribute to the vitality, growth, and evolution of OUR VILLAGE SCHOOL!
Engage with us on Facebook!
The Village Vine is a collective community forum for the Parent Council which includes all families of the Village School. This is a place for sharing information regarding our school and respectful discussion in support of our children and in support of each other as parents. This is a space to connect and build OUR VILLAGE community. There are some new and adjusted guidelines that will be posted in the group so be sure to make sure to check those out! Please feel welcome to post and share in that spirit. Click the link to be added to our group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevillagevine
Check out the Big Life Journal workbook to help children and their grown ups to start school again! Big Life Journal has loads of other resources for emotional support as well. (Click on the link to go directly to the journal download)
The Village School (and 7th grade Main Lesson Teacher Justin Boe) keep a sense of humor while still educating people on safety protocols!