The Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 2
Monday, September 21 (changed due to wildfires and smoke) - Comprehensive Distance Learning Begins!
Tuesday, September 22 - 6:30 pm Principal Tea for new families! All families are welcome to join in welcoming people to our Village. There will be more Principal Tea events throughout the school year.
Wednesday, September 23 - 5:30 pm Board Meeting
Thursday, September 24 - 6:30 pm All School Meeting!
Thursday, September 29 - 6:30 Principal Tea
Please check the full calendar for the dates for future events.
Dear Village School Parents and Guardians,
I hope you are able to take the measures needed to protect yourself and your loved ones. On behalf of The Village School staff please know our hearts go out to individuals and families in our school community and to all the people that have suffered any form of loss during this time of wildfire and smoke.
Since we chose to delay the opening of school due to the wildfires our Comprehensive Distance Learning will begin Monday, September 21. The main lesson teachers, specialty teachers, and school staff from all departments are prepared to launch a caring, healthy, and connected on-line classroom experience. Indeed, we are all so ready to begin instruction and establish classroom routines for the students.
I am grateful to all the parents able to keep their appointments and to meet with teachers on September 9, 10, and 11. Due to the extenuating circumstances some of you may have had to reschedule with the teachers. Thank you. Please be sure to make that personal one-on-one connection with your child’s classroom teacher. This is an important meeting and it is also a deep-seated value at The Village School: We go the extra mile to make and nurture personal connections with students and their parents and guardians.
We have had to change dates and times for some of our events. Please take note:
September 22, 6:30 PM, Principal’s Tea. This first in a series of weekly informal meetings will focus on welcoming the parents new to The Village School. All parents are invited whether you are new or not to The Village School.
September 23, 5:30 PM, Board Meeting. The board will review changes to the calendar to compensate for lost instructional days due to smoke, updates to our organizational goals, and a report from our finance committee.
September 24, 6:30 PM, All School Meeting. This online meeting is open to all. Even though we can’t meet on campus this year, let’s have a large number of families attend this meeting. We can still stay connected through other means until the day we meet on the school grounds.
September 29, 6:30 PM, Principal’s Tea The second in a series of informal weekly meetings.
Together we journey. Together we learn. Together we care.
Please stay in close contact with your classroom teacher and don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us in the office when you have specific questions or concerns.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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
From the Village School Kitchen
Last week, the hazardous air quality affected our ability to get food to families on Tuesdays. Thank you everyone for your patience as we postponed deliveries by one day. This week we plan to deliver on Tuesday with an amazing crew of dedicated staff and volunteers. The air quality has greatly affected Eugene Area Farmers. The Farmers Markets have been closed and a number of local farms were evacuated. As of this writing, Umpqua is not able to deliver eggs to us due to their egg source being closed for a Level 3 evacuation. I am working on getting a replacement for family bags. If this is not possible, many of you will be missing eggs this week. We apologize and thank you for your understanding. We were able to get cucumbers from Sweet Leaf Farm as well as corn from Me and Moore this week. We also got bread from a different bakery. The loaves are from Great Harvest, just down Willamette Street. Gordo, the manager, subbed molasses for honey in his recipe to ensure that vegan families can eat the bread. The highlight of our week has been receiving notes and photos from families that have used the food from their bags to make meals at home. Keep them coming. They lift our spirits! Here is a photo and note from Justin, parent of Almina in second grade and Nicky in kindergarten:
I want to let you know that the potato leek soup was a big hit tonight. Nicky enjoyed the soup...and chopping the veggies. And here is a note and photo from new parent Danica, mother of Noah in the 6th grade:
Here is the breakfast we made from food from the bag! Noah was so happy that all of the ingredients (except for a bit of chocolate syrup) came from his new school. I’m not sure you all know what this is doing for my little guy right now. He is feeling connected without connection. Thank you!
Eat well and be well,
Toña Aguilar The Village School Eugene, Oregon w - 541-345-7285 c - 541-510-8604 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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
Help your child (and yourself) name your feelings during these complicated times.
Naming your feelings can help you to communicate when things are stressful or scary.