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Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 22

Updated: Feb 19


Upcoming Events

  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Check out the BLM website!

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 - 2nd Grade begins outdoor small group classes

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Board Meeting (Zoom)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - 1st Grade Parent Meetings

  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 10:30 - 11:30 - 1st Grade Parent Meetings

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm - Middle School Open House

  • Friday, Feb. 26 - 1st Grade begins outdoor small group classes

  • Friday, March 4th and 5, 2021: Grades K-5 Conferences (No school for K-5, 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 (No School)

  • Monday, May 31, 2021: No School - Memorial Day (No School)

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


2020/2021 Calendar is always available here!

Administrators' Message

Dear Village School Families,


As school gets closer to opening for hybrid instruction, we are working on implementing various measures to ensure student and staff safety. In addition to plans for physical distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing, we are getting our site ready for safe indoor classes. Since COVID-19 is mainly an airborne disease, we are giving special priority to classroom ventilation.


At this time, neither the CDC nor OHA have published a ventilation standard for classrooms during this pandemic. However, several other states and university academics have recommended changing the air in classrooms four to six times in an hour*. A single box fan operating in a window at low speed can achieve roughly six changes of air per hour in classrooms the size of ours. Oddly enough, we benefit from having an older building. All of our classrooms have lots of windows and most have exterior doors. Over Spring Break, contractors will be installing new operable windows in each of the lower wing classrooms to increase cross ventilation. Each teacher will have fans to facilitate high levels of air flow.


You may ask, fresh air is great, but what happens when skies turn really hot, cold, or smoky: Can our HVAC system temper all of this fresh air? For these situations, we are planning on using portable systems to filter classroom airspaces four to six times per hour. So whether fans or filters are preferable, our teachers will have a choice of either option.


A final alternative we have discussed before is to have more outdoor classroom capacity. In addition to getting several large tents, the Outdoor Classroom is nearing completion. In fact, let us know if you are interested in helping Justin Ross, contractor and third grade parent, in this vital project.


Good ventilation is just part of our safety plan for returning to campus. We will let you know more about additional safety measures as we get closer to reopening. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Best to you all,


Andy Peara

Executive Director


* If you are interested in learning more about COVID risk prevention through a combination of physical distancing, mask wearing, and ventilation, check out the following model developed by professors at PSU and UO. https://safeairspaces.com/ Also, the Harvard School of Public Health offers a more scaled down model. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NEhk1IEdbEi_b3wa6gI_zNs8uBJjlSS-86d4b7bW098/edit#gid=1836861232


5th Grade Families Prepare For Middle School!


Hey 5th grade families! Can you believe your children will be in middle school next year? It's coming up quick, and the Middle School teachers would like to tell you about the awesome and unique program they will be offering your children. So, get your popcorn popped and show up to the meeting on Tuesday, Feb 23rd at 6:00PM. Follow the zoom link below:







Sue Romatz's 6th grade class honors Black History Month with art.


Student and Sibling Enrollment Forms

Please check your email for surveys inviting you to re-enroll your children in the Village School for 2021-22. If you have siblings to enroll please also complete the attached form for sibling enrollment and return ASAP. The form can be filled out online, saved, and emailed back to us. This form is not required for students who are already enrolled in the Village School.



Village School Kitchen

Orange you glad you it is citrus season?


Thanks to everyone who sent in notes and photos of their home citrus tastings. Watch your inbox for this week's kitchen newsletter for a slideshow revealing the winning orange!


Today you will see numerous smaller citrus varieties in your food bags. This week we are featuring four varieties of mandarins and a tangerine. We were hoping to have enough to provide one for each student, but we came up a few short of a couple of the mandarins. Every family got at least one of every kind and extras of others.



Many of your children enjoyed making No-Bake Cookies this past week. We hope they shared some with you.


Noah mixes up some no-bake cookies!

Even a few Village School teachers we inspired to make them as well. Kitchen staff got to participate in a contest between teachers who made their own variations with the basic No-Bake Cookie recipe. Thank you Jesse, Justin, Sue, and Shannon for sharing. Yum!



Toña

The Village School Eugene, Oregon w - 541-345-7285

taguilar@eugenevillageschool.org


Parent Council


Parent Council will be having our next meeting on Wednesday, March 10th. Please join us and send questions and ideas parentcouncil@eugenevillageschool.org.


Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86780776570?pwd=aTRjYkhSRlRXT09ySi9PNGRMVjFmQT09


The notes from our last meeting can be found here.


Every Village School parent and guardian is a part of Parent Council - Join in on the Virtual Parent Council Meetings that are open to all parents and guardians on the 2nd Wednesday each month!


Engage with us on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevillagevine


Gratitude Questions for Kids


Click here: Have a discussion to deepen your child's experience of gratitude.


Source: UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.



WANTED: Village School Library books!

I need your help getting back Village School library books that were checked out last year. Some students still had books checked out when in-person school ended in March, and several families came in and checked out books while school was closed. Please check around your home for any books that belong to the Village School. They will have a label on the back that says “The Village School” with a barcode.


There will be a bin outside the office to return books. If you cannot get them back to school, please let me know and we can make other arrangements to have books picked up. Please also contact me if you know books have been damaged or lost. Thank you for your help keeping our library stocked with amazing books!


An example of the Village School Barcode


Molly Bautista, VS Librarian

molly@eugenevillageschool.org

Molly Bautista

molly@eugenevillageschool.org

Village School New Family Applications


Although we have finished conducting the parent information meetings, we are still accepting applications for enrollment for 2021-22.

Enrollment Forms

Share this information with families who may be interested!




Free Comcast Internet Essentials - Extended


The Village School is partnering with Comcast to provide free Internet Essentials services until June 30th, 2021 for 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



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 the Monday after Spring break is a school day.


Friday, March 4th and 5, 2021: Grades K-5 Conferences

No school for K-5,

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 (No School)

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

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


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