Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 32
Tuesday, May 4, 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)
Saturday, May 15, 10:30 - 11:45 am: Parenting Supports through Traumatic Times
Wednesday, May 19, 5:30: Board Meeting
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 Kindergarten teachers combined their two cohorts into one stable cohort. It is lovely to see the Kindergarten students, safely distanced from one another playing in specific areas. Walking by the Kindergarten area, one can see the children building marble runs, making pretend food in their kitchen, swaddling baby dolls, running and playing, creating everything from sand cakes to sand castles, as well as gleefully flying through the air on the swings. This is all exciting and heartwarming. Now that the Kindergarten class has combined into one stable cohort, all of our classes are meeting as a singular stable cohort on campus.
Our Success Depends on Village School Parent/Guardians
It is critical to follow the protocols at all times and to the highest standards. When our parents and guardians collaborate fully with the teachers and staff, this helps to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus. Please continue to keep ill children at home, whether they have primary or secondary symptoms - this is a critical safeguard. Thank you for all that you do so our staff may serve the hybrid and distance learning students with little or no interruption to the programs.
News Flash: Village School Announces a Special Summer Program
Shannon Powell will be the director of the Village School summer program. It is good news that Shannon, one of our long time teachers, will take on this important role. More information about the program will be forthcoming. For certain the Village School summer program will operate July 6 to August 6, four days a week, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 to11:30 AM. It promises to be exciting and rich with lessons and activities that align with the school values we hold dear.
Annual State Testing May 19th
We have received a good response from our inquiry as to whether or not you want your child to participate in the state’s annual test. For parents that have requested their children to participate in the tests please click here to read the latest message from our testing coordinator Meridith Kidder. Separate from State Testing, all students participate in our District's Easy CBM quarterly assessments.
Our school community, both staff and families continue to work together to provide a joyful and safe learning environment. We appreciate everyone’s effort large or small to support our many protocols, programs and activities. Thank you.
Bob & Andy
BTW: Here's is a link with many useful resources for families:
Teacher Appreciation Week Art work by 2nd Grader, Josefina Blas
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is May 3 - May 7
Let’s show our gratitude and appreciation for The Village School teachers and staff. Here are the themes for the rest of the week.
Tuesday - Create thank you cards or a piece of art for a teacher and/or staff member. CDL students may send them to the teacher via email, google classroom or US postal service.
Wednesday - Ramp up the email to teachers and staff and shower them with notes of gratitude. Some classes may want to create a thank you sign on 8x12 paper and hold them up at specific times during Zoom class. Or perhaps students can customize their static zoom picture as a thank you note.
Thursday -- Bring a flower or a gift of nature for a teacher and/or staff member. The staff will have a vase and a basket to collect the objects. Students may also draw pictures of beautiful things.
Friday - What does the teacher or staff member love the most? If you can find out, bring something that is unique to the staff member. As always art, whether 2 or 3 dimensional is always a good way to represent what a staff member is passionate about or loves.
Parenting Support Through Traumatic Times
Saturday, May 15, from 10:30 - 11:45 am A Special Learning Opportunity for The Village School Community.
Village School Parents/Guardians/Caregivers are invited to participate in a Zoom webinar presented by Kelly Korach, a Eugene School District 4J School Psychologist who has served The Village School for a number of years.
Emphasis will be placed on practical strategies for preventing, weathering, and healing from adversities, including traumatic experiences. After the foundational/elementary (K-5) grade level information is presented, there will a Q&A session and a short break. After the break, you are welcome to stay for a supplemental presentation focusing on middle school (6-8) grade level content, followed by a short Q&A session.
If you have specific questions for consideration in advance of the webinar, please submit them by Wednesday, May12 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading - we look forward to "seeing" you at the webinar!
“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
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
Spring Sunshine = Local Basil!
Have you checked out the Farmers Market on 5th street this season? If so, you know that a couple of the local farms have basil for sale. I put in an order for basil bunches last week to ensure Sweet Leaf would save enough to go out to our families this week. Enjoy it with the spaghetti and marinara heading your way in tomorrow's bags. Here is a photo of our basil delivery person arriving this afternoon. If you recognize this former VS mom, let me know who it is and I will send an extra treat your way in an upcoming food bag!
You'll also find a special kind of beet called a chioggia. This is an Italian heirloom variety from the town of Chioggia, near Venice, and has been popular since the early 1800s. It's beautiful and sweet with red and white striped concentric rings. Like any beet, chioggia can be eaten raw or cooked.
Purple carrots and sweet potatoes will be in your bags as well. Consider leaving the peels on when you prepare all three delicious roots for eating. These organic vegetables hold lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber in their peels. After a good scrub, they are ready to go!
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