Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 31
Monday, April 26: Grades 7 and 8 begin combined cohort on-site learning
Monday, May 3, 7:00 - 8:00 5th grade Parent Info Meeting
Friday, May 7: No School - Prof Development Day (No School)
Wednesday, May 12, 5:30: Parent Council (Zoom)
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
Today, our seventh and eighth grade classes each became a single staple cohort. This means we have eliminated the A/B cohort hybrid model for these classes. There are more students on campus and it is wonderful to see them in class working with their teachers and outside practicing some volleyball skills or just hanging with friends and talking. They seem to be in good spirits as they follow the protocols to reduce the transmission of COVID 19. Plus our CDL students continue to stay connected with their teachers and peers via electronic means of communication.
Praise to our Village School Parent/Guardians
Occasionally a parent is called to come and pick up their child because they don’t pass the screening questions. It happened today. Discussing the concern with the parent was a breeze. They were supportive of the process and contributed not only to the health of their child but to the entire school community. Our parents are super. Thank you.
News Flash about Annual Tests for Grades 3 through 8
This important news is for parents of children in Grades 3 through 8. In a typical year, several weeks are used to complete the state’s annual tests. This is an atypical year and the state tests will be administered in a different light.
As a school we agreed to protect the limited time teachers and students have together. We also agreed we want to provide both a prepared testing environment for our students who do want to take the test and an effective and convenient method for families to opt out of testing for their children
The Village School will be holding state tests on Wednesday May 19th 1pm to 3pm with a make up session on May 26th. These are days that The Village School offers classes only online, so there should no disruption to learning that day. Please note, the tests are administered only at our campus. Several districts including Eugene 4J are following a similar direction in view of the pandemic.
Should my student take the state’s standardized test or opt-out?
To best support our planning, we need you to complete a form by April 30, 2021, which tells us whether you want to register your child for testing or opt out. Please click: https://forms.gle/3nGz5dA8VxXurB9a6. This year our school won't be penalized for a low participation rate.
To read the entire message from our school’s testing coordinator, Meredith Kidder please see https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VV8XgRXsLu4OVLgLEQKCN_nBsorlzjsPI2RrkXHwwcY/edit?usp=sharing.
We appreciate all the extra work you are doing to stay abreast of our programs and the generous amount of caring you demonstrate to our school community.
Bob & Andy
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~ Jane Goodall
Earth Day Art by Zinnia Redig
Ceramics Donation Request
Our after-teacher ceramics teacher, Donica Beath-Bigongiari, is looking for donations of ceramics supplies, shaping tools, and even a kiln! Please call us at 541 345-7285 if you have any items to donate. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Village School Kitchen
We got locally grown lettuce this week!!! Camas Swale is delivering their Little Gem lettuce heads this evening. They were harvested today and will be in your homes tomorrow.
For children that are hesitant to eat leafy greens, I recommend taking a full leaf, rolling it up, and sticking a toothpick through the center to hold it in a rolled shape. Arrange these rolls nicely on a plate and serve with your child's favorite dressing or dip. My kids love to eat lettuce this way with Blue Cheese dressing. You can also make a lettuce wrap by filling the leaf with the garbanzo spread we'll be sending your way tomorrow too. Add a little grated carrot, a cucumber slice, and/or some snap peas for color and crunch. Encourage your child to make their own lettuce wrap creation and let me know how it goes!
Every family will also find a sprouting kit in their food bags tomorrow. Simple instructions are in the bag along with a sprouting lid that fits a wide mouth mason jar. I recommend using a quart size jar for the amount of sprouting crimson clover seeds in your packet. If you need help finding the right jar, feel free to text or email me and I will get you one. Growing your own sprouts for eating is a fun growing project that doesn't require a garden bed or even any soil! I grew a test batch last week and my family enjoyed sprouts in burritos for lunch on Saturday. We'd love to see photos of your jar of seeds sprouting.
Toña Aguilar The Village School Eugene, Oregon w - 541-345-7285
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. If your child participated in OBOB this year, now is the time to return OBOB books.
There will be a bin outside the office to return books, or your child can give them to their teacher. 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!
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!
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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)
Wednesday, May 12, 2021: Parent Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 19, 2021: Board Meeting
Monday, May 31, 2021: No School - Memorial Day (No School)
Thursday, June 17, 2021: 1/2 Day Last Day