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The Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 6


Upcoming Events

Principal Tea will take place every Tuesday at 6:30 pm !


2020/2021 Calendar

Please check the full calendar for the dates for future events. We have updated the calendar through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Due to the delayed start, Winter break starts later than usual, and that the Monday after Spring break is a school day.


Thursday & Friday, October 29-30, 2020: Conferences

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Veterans Day

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27 2020: Thanksgiving

Monday, December 21, 2020: Winter Break Begins

Tuesday, January 5, 2021: School Resumes

Monday, January 18, 2021: MLK Day

Monday, February 15, 2021: Presidents Day

Tuesday, February 16, 2021: No School - Grading Day

Friday, March 5, 2021: Grades K-5 Conferences (Regular schedule for grades 6-8)

Monday, March 22, 2021: Spring Break

Monday, April 5, 2021: School Resumes

Friday, May 7, 2021: No School - Prof Development Day

Monday, May 31, 2021: No School - Memorial Day

Thursday, June 17, 2021: 1/2 Day Last Day





Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Today I had the opportunity to substitute teach. I received a dose of the challenges our teachers face (and to a lesser degree the challenges our students and their guardians face). This was my third day of substitute teaching during CDL. I consider myself fortunate to be a guest teacher with such kind and dedicated students. I also want to give a shout out to our teachers for adding the roles of being a director, a producer, and a stagehand to their main role of being a teacher. In addition, I offer deep appreciation to every parent and guardian that helps their child to arrive on time to class and to be ready to learn.


So many of us are spending more time looking at the screens on our devices and computers. I thought it is important to share the following tips I received today from the Oregon Department of Health on protecting eyes during screen time.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends blinking often and following the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes look away from the computer at something that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds. AAO has a full list of recommendations for reducing eye strain while using digital devices and more specific recommendations for children who are using screens are available on their webpage.


In closing please remember, you are invited to the next Principal’s Tea, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 PM. And our next Parent Council meeting is Wednesday, October 14, 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Every parent is a member of the Parent Council. The council created some important goals for this school year. They need more active and caring parents to reach those goals. Please drop in this Wednesday evening and join in the fellowship and community building.


Sincerely,

Bob Kaminski

Principal


Principal's Tea!


Chat with Bob Kaminski about upcoming news, how children are doing with their learning and get to know the community at the school! Tuesday October 13th, 6:30pm

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86413140483?pwd=UWJCRGhUODhaOUs5UHoxWXdyMVFSUT09



Parent Council


Parent Council will be having our second meeting of the school year on Wednesday, October 14. Please send questions and ideas about the current school year and how we can support our school community to parentcouncil@eugenevillageschool.org.


Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85379436739 Meeting ID: 853 7943 6739


The notes from our last meeting can be found here.

Our focus for the October 14th meeting will be 3 points:


1. How to build community and engagement through CDL time.

2. The mental health of our middle schoolers.

3. Examining the needs of the elementary grades.


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



1# Help Wanted: Administrator for Parent Council Facebook page, The Village Vine


Village School Parent Council is seeking a person that can impartially manage the Village Vine Facebook page. This person needs to be able to communicate clearly with the moderator and all users of the Facebook page so as to ensure posts and comments adhere to the guidelines and values of the page. During this time of Comprehensive Distance Learning, a skilled Administrator is needed more than ever to sustain and perpetuate the goals of the Parent Council and our school community.


Please submit an email message of interest to the Parent Council, parentcouncil@eugenevillageschool.org and me at bkaminski@eugenevillageschool.org


#2 Help Wanted: Moderator for Parent Council Facebook page, The Village Vine


Village School Parent Council is seeking a person(s) to serve as an impartial moderator of the Village Vine, Parent Council’s Facebook page. This person must be able to use the Village Vine guidelines as they approve or deny membership requests and postings to the group. They will also have the responsibility of removing and blocking people from the group. This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer for the school and to assist in building and maintaining a vibrant school community.


Please submit an email message of interest to the Parent Council, parentcouncil@eugenevillageschool.org and me at bkaminski@eugenevillageschool.org


Village School Kitchen News


What a marvelous week for our Supplemental Food Program!

We just got word from the USDA that our waiver to provide free food to students and their siblings has been extended through the end of June, 2021. This is fabulous news! We are especially grateful to know what to plan for.

We are partnering with Heirloom Orchards in Hood River for a fun apple taste-off this week.  Look for five different heirloom apple varieties in your food bags. We encourage every family to slice each apple into pieces and do an apple tasting. We would like to know which variety is your family's favorite and why. Please send photos of your apple taste-off and your results to me at: taguilar@eugenevillageschool.org or via text at: 541-510-8604. Included in bags will be a bit of historical information about each apple. Heirloom Orchards grows many old apple varieties. Take a look!



We are also thrilled to include a bag of gluten free, vegan, cornbread muffin mix straight from Eugene's own Cornbread Cafe restaurant. This mix is what we use during the regular school year when we serve up chili and cornbread. Often, students beg us for seconds on the cornbread. Now you can make a whole dozen for the family!


Thank you Cornbread Cafe for your long time support of The Village School Kitchen!


And in case you didn't see it on our Village School Kitchen facebook page, look at the amazing dinner 4th grade student Piper, made for this lucky doll family!


When I asked Piper about it she let me know she made “Veggie stew, fried potatoes and ketchup, and salad... Afterward, I ate it.”

Toña Aguilar The Village School Eugene, Oregon w - 541-345-7285 c - 541-510-8604 taguilar@eugenevillageschool.org



Title I Reading and Math Services, 2020-2021


Every fall, winter and spring our Title I staff and teachers are required to administer 4j’s Easy CBM reading and math assessments to each of our students. If a student scores below the 30th percentile, she/he may be recommended by our team to receive instructional interventions in reading and/or math, with his/her progress monitored. If we feel that it is in your child’s best interests to receive additional reading or math instruction, we (classroom teacher or one of the Title I Coordinators) will notify you.


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 office@eugenvillageschool.org




Free Comcast Internet Essentials - RULE CHANGE


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

Previously, you could not be an existing Comcast/Xfinity customer, but this condition has been lifted.


Please contact support@eugenevillageschool.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


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.


Supply Contribution Form. You also can make your contribution online here


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