Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 29
Monday, April 12th, 6:45-8:00pm: 8th Grade Parent Meeting
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
We have gradually been welcoming students into our school building — some for the very first time. On Thursday, April 8 students in grades 3 through 6 walked happily through our doors. The students and staff did an excellent job of adhering to our safety protocols while still focusing on the main objective — reconnecting and teaching kids. Smiles, laughter and pure joy has been expanding on our campus ever since the early days of first and second grade returning to campus. And we can’t wait to welcome the remainder of our students that choose hybrid on to campus.
Our pivot to the three-foot distance rule among students in the same cohort and our goal to have one cohort per class beginning on April 22 (grades 3, 5, 6) and April 26 (grades 7, 8) and May 3 (Kindergarten) has caused excitement for many and probably some stress for others. Not to forget, grades 1 and 2 are each divided into two different sections and have been on campus since March 15. We are also dedicated providing good distance learning for the families that choose to keep their children at home. All of this adds up to a flexible plan to meet the needs of our children, their families, and our staff so that everyone feels safe and also experiences a sense of belonging in our school community.
While most of our recent attention has been focused on successfully implementing In-Person Hybrid Instruction, we are looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year. Many of you have asked what direction The Village School will take. We try to do as much planning as possible, but ultimately, we have to react to changing COVID-19 case counts and changing Ready School Safe Learners guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
That being said and with the expanding distribution of vaccines, it is the intention of The Village School to welcome back all children at all grade levels for a full day of in-person instruction in the fall. Families who do not wish to send their students back for in-person instruction may be able to apply for distance learning, depending on guidance from the Oregon Department of Education.
We want to acknowledge what a trying 13 months it has been. There’s been much discussion — and yes, sometimes disagreement — about the best course of action; this has truly been uncharted territory. But one thing that we have never doubted is the passionate commitment of the staff and parents of The Village School. We all want what’s best for our children. We all care deeply about their social and emotional health, in addition to their academic process. And together, we are all part of the work moving forward.
Thank you for your steadfast support of your students and The Village School.
Bob and Andy
Village School Hybrid Safety Meeting
Each class has their own direction to enter the classroom, be sure to check and see which way you and your child will be getting to class! Let your teacher or the office if you have any questions.
First grade is in a nature studies block, and are raising lots of tiny tadpoles. Here Saoirse Wilson is observing two little tadpoles in a jar on her desk, and sketching every little detail in her main lesson book.
2nd grade art from the fox and the goat fable
Village School Kitchen
Wondering what to make for a morning snack? Have your children help you make blueberry muffins this week!
We stirred up another giant batch of VSK muffin mix with dried blueberries from Hummingbird. We are sending along a jar of Sweet Creek Foods applesauce which makes a great base for the muffins or you can use a few super ripe bananas if your children are like mine and eat the jar applesauce within a day. Another alternative is to whisk an egg and some sour cream, both of which will come in your food bags this week.
You can also serve the sour cream with a baked potato. Look for russet potatoes in your food bag and some broccoli too which is delicious steamed and served with baked potatoes.
For our double bags (the #2 bags) we were able to get fresh picked bunches of beautiful rainbow chard from Sweet Leaf Farm this afternoon.
Dark leafy greens are among some of the most nutrient dense foods. Chard is packed with vitamins and minerals, in particular Vitamins A, C and K along with calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron and potassium.
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8th Grade Class of 2020 Donation
I am very pleased to announce the addition of thirty-eight new books to the Village School Library from funds donated by the 8th grade class of 2020. The books were selected in accordance with the library's collection development standards with specific attention paid to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Each book will have a custom sticker inside the front cover in honor of the class' gift. I can't wait to share these amazing new books with the school community. If you are interested in viewing a full list of the new titles, please click on this link.
Molly Bautista, VS Librarian
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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