Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 28
Updated: Apr 8
Wednesday, April 7, 6:30-8:00: Hybrid Reopening Info Meeting (Zoom)
Wednesday, April 14th, 5:30-7:00pm: Parent Council Meeting (Zoom)
Friday, May 7: No School - Prof Development Day (No School)
Monday, May 31: No School - Memorial Day (No School)
Thursday, June 17: 1/2 Day Last Day
2020/2021 Calendar is always available here!
Dear Village School Families
Our first grade and second grade students were on campus today and it is heartwarming to see them learning and playing with their peers. In addition it is rewarding to see both parents and children following all the protocols, especially when parents drop off and pick up their children and when the children are participating in the class activities planned by the teachers.
Today and Tuesday the teachers in Kindergarten and grades 3-8 are preparing their rooms for both on-campus hybrid instruction and CDL for students that choose to continue their instruction on-line at home
Hybrid Reopening Schedule Change
As announced late last week, we are introducing a revised hybrid schedule to be implemented over this month. This is based on updated guidance from the CDC, Oregon Department of Education, and Oregon Health Authority calling for a 3-foot physical distance between students in the same cohort. Please keep in mind that the 6 foot distance must be maintained in almost all other activities, such as
when students encounter other cohorts,
when interacting with teachers and staff,
when eating, singing, and playing physically active games (increasing respiratory rate).
Because we are making such a significant change, we will allow parents to change their selection of either CDL or Hybrid. If you would like to make such a change, we will be accepting change requests beginning Friday April 9th. Please contact the school office at email@example.com. Fourth grade families interested in making a change should contact Ms. Shannon.
Hybrid Reopening Information Meeting April 7: 6:30pm We understand some of you are excited about the change, while others may have new concerns. We are holding a Zoom meeting to answer questions and to talk about our hybrid and CDL programs, and mitigation measures from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 7.
It would be helpful if you email us your questions and concerns ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School Programming
Also, we are announcing a new schedule of complimentary after-school programming options for this Spring. Please see the description and registration form below.
After School Program Description: Click Here
Registration Form: https://forms.gle/msjgCsKLeRosrWLHA
Thanks for your time.
Bob Kaminski Andy Peara Principal Executive Director
Maestra Sarah's stepdaughter, Ana, drew a wonderful chalk drawing example of how to keep a safe classroom!
The 2nd Graders made paintings inspired by the abstract artist Alma Woodsey Thomas.
Village School Kitchen
This week marks our one year anniversary of running the Village School Supplemental Food Program. By the end of tomorrow, we will have assembled and distributed over 15,000 food bags to children over the past year. We celebrate this accomplishment at a time when we begin to welcome back more students to our campus for in-person learning. Though we won't be serving made-from-scratch meals until the 2021/2022 school year, we are heartened to hear their voices in the hallways, their laughter on the playground and to see how much they have grown since last spring! We also look forward to distributing more food bags to your families over the spring and summer.
It was fun to see photos from some of you this past week of your children enjoying the googly eyed tangerines and the leprechaun poop.
There was a bit of uncertainty from some of you about the odd inclusion. One mother emailed me asking: "Where did you get the leprechaun poop from?" For those children (or parents) who are concerned please know that I often do research into alternative nutrition sources. I recently read an article about the beneficial effects of leprechaun poop on the human digestive system. After St. Patrick’s Day, Mr. Brett brought to my attention the droppings left behind on the school grounds by a pair of mischievous magical creatures. I gathered up a few samples and sent them to a lab run by a friend from college who works at the OSU extension service. She confirmed they were indeed from leprechauns! I was thrilled to hear the news and went out the next morning just as the school chickens were waking up to collect the poop. It took a few hours but I was able to collect a sizable amount before lunch. I took the treasure into the school kitchen where I worked quickly to sanitize small batches with a UV light sanitizer wand, then put them in our Excalibur dehydrator overnight. I was heartened to see that their size did not decrease significantly from the dehydration process as I wanted to provide each family a bag of this most prized treat.
3rd grader, Owen, shows off his googly-eyed tangerine!
In tomorrow's bags you will find our yummy VSK granola. On Wednesday the smell of our granola baking filled the Commons and wafted into the upper parking lot drawing in the few staff on campus. We made 60 gallons in total which we bagged up this morning to share with you. We also are sending home more fruit kefir from Springfield Creamery and Willamette Valley grown spring garlic.
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The notes from past meetings 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!
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.
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
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 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