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The Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 8

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, October 27th, 5:30 - 6th grade Parent Evening

  • Tuesday, October 27th, 6:30-7:00pm - Principal Tea (Zoom Link)

  • Wednesday, October 28th, 5:30pm - 4th grade parent evening

  • Thursday and Friday, October 29th and 30th - No School, Parent Conferences (please sign up with your teachers!)

  • Saturday, October 31 - Halloween! 🎃

  • Sunday, November 1st - Daylight Savings Time Ends (turn your clocks once again!)

  • Sunday, November 3rd - Election Day, remember to VOTE!

  • Thursday, November 11th - No School, Veterans Day

  • Wednesday, November 18th, 5:30 - 6:30/7:00pm - Parent Council Meeting (Zoom Link)

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

2020/2021 Calendar (Please see the end of this post for more details)


Administrators' Message

Dear Village School Families

Caring for and perpetuating a healthy Village School community is of vital importance to us. We hope you and your family are finding ways to stay connected with members of our school community. Please stay in close contact with your classroom teacher. Plus, our office staff is available to help with technology issues as well as connecting you with community resources during these unparalleled times.

Unfortunately, with COVID-19 cases climbing in Lane County, the current case counts and test positivity rates do not allow for a return to in-person learning in the near future, not even under an exception for K-3rd grade students. The Village School will continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for all grades until February 5, 2021. Although throughout the month of January our school's reopening committee will study the data for our county and school community.

If the results are favorable we may be able to start hybrid instruction for some combination of Grades K, 1, 2, and 3 by February 8. We will release more information periodically. If a hybrid model takes place, we will determine which grades will return to campus first. Also whatever form our hybrid model is implemented, we will survey families to determine if you want your child to switch to hybrid instruction or continue with CDL. Any transition to in-person or hybrid learning will impact current classroom schedules.

We are looking forward to the day we can welcome students back to some form of in-person learning. Please continue to do your part and follow public health guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. When community spread of COVID-19 is reduced, the metrics will be on our side, and we can return to some form of in-person learning. 

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Wear a mask 

  • Practice physical distancing

  • Practice good hand hygiene

  • Limit social gatherings

Our staff is dedicated to maintaining the social fabric of the school community, sharing in the burden of these times, and to engage with students and families as much as possible safely and following specific protocols. In this spirit of mutual interest, we hope you will review the Title I compact. The Compact sets out expectations of students, parents and teachers for working together and advancing your child(ren)'s education. Your teachers will be reviewing this at Conferences on Thursday and Friday of this week.


Bob Kaminski, Principal

Andy Peara, Executive Director


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 27th, 6:30pm


Village School Kitchen News

This week we received a colorful delivery of pie pumpkins from Organic Redneck.  The varieties they brought us are Winter Luxury, Baby Pam, Black Futsu, Blaze and Jarrahdale. We will be sending some recipes out for pumpkin pie! Organic Redneck is located up 126, just past Leaburg.  The Holiday Farm Fire burned within inches of their fields.  They had to shut down and evacuate the farm which had a major impact on their business.  Please consider driving out to their beautiful farmstand which is open Thursday-Sunday, 10-6.  They have gorgeous pumpkins along with a selection of other produce.  You can also find their fruits and vegetables at the Tuesday and Saturday Farmers Markets downtown.

Families will also find what they need for making shrunken apple heads!  This is a fun Halloween project the whole family can get into.  

Stay warm and healthy Friends. We miss seeing all the children's shining faces.

Toña Aguilar The Village School Eugene, Oregon w - 541-345-7285 c - 541-510-8604


Parent Council

Parent Council will be having our second meeting of the school year on Wednesday, November 18. Please send questions and ideas about the current school year and how we can support our school community to

Zoom link:

The notes from our last meeting can be found here.

Our focus for the November 18 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. We are currently looking for Moderators and an Admin who can help support the rules and guidelines of the Village Vine. Click the link to be added to our group!


Check out the book, "Hey Warrior" to see anxiety beautifully explained for all ages!


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


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 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.


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.


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



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

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