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Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 33

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, May 12, 5:30: Parent Council (Zoom)

  • Saturday, May 15, 10:30 - 11:45 am: Parenting Supports through Traumatic Times (Zoom)

  • 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!




The Village School summer program will take a hands on approach to providing a perfect antidote to a year of distance and hybrid learning revolving around our school’s values and philosophy. The program runs from July 6th to August 6th, and will meet Monday-Thursdays from 8:30AM to 11:30AM.

This summer program will be like no other! The students will build upon their knowledge of science, math, reading, and the arts through hands-on projects, engaging literature, and guest visitors. Since taking field trips is challenging we will bring presenters from places such as the Science Museum, Nearby Nature, Maude Kerns Art Center, City of Eugene, and others. The summer program will culminate with each child creating a portfolio of their adventures and studies.

Please complete this form if any of your Village School students would like to participate this Summer's complimentary summer program.

Shannon Powell,

Summer Program Director

Administrator's Message

Dear Village School Families

Today we had another example of our students taking a small step toward normalcy. Our fifth grade students were able to practice Greek Games-related discus throwing at a nearby park. Tim Taber joined the 5th Grade teachers and helped them connect their academic studies with the grace and beauty embedded in the Greek Games. Thanks to Mr. Matthew and Mr. B for getting us closer to our normal traditions.

Thanks for the appreciations shown to our teachers and staff

Our teachers and staff were buoyed last week by the display of affection in the form of hand made cards, carefully crafted emails, flowers and other items from nature. The Village School staff is truly wonderful in all they do for the students and their families. It is wonderful that students made an effort to show their gratitude.

Spirit Week is May 17 through 22

A group of 8th grade students are busily planning Village School Spirit Week and will promote it to all students in all grades soon. It is wonder ful to see the excitement and skill they bring to this week-long event that is certain to add even more joy to our school. They are careful to plan activities accessible to all children whether they are in CDL or hybrid instructional models. Here is a sneak preview of the themes:

  • Monday, 5/17 Rainbow aka Colors Day-- Each grade level will be assigned a color and the students and teachers will wear as much of that color as possible.

  • Tuesday, 5/18 Pride Day -- Wear something that shows your pride in a certain group or organization (A few examples: LGBTQ; Black Lives Matter; Sports team; Village School; Sunrise Movement; Global Citizenship; United Farm Workers; Sierra Club; Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noreste; etc, etc.

  • Wed., 5/19 Wacky Wednesday -- Dress in favorite t-shirt, top, or crazy hat or mask

  • Thur., 5/20 Decades Day -- Dress in clothes or hats or props that represent a certain decade.

  • Friday, 5/21, Pajama and Stuffy Day

Annual State Testing May 19th

Some parents and guardians have chosen to sign their children up for the annual state standardized tests. Remember these tests will take place on-campus and on Wednesday, May 19th 1:00 to 3:00 PM. There will be a second day of testing for make-up on May 26th. If you have chosen for your child to participate in the annual tests, please watch your email for messages from our Testing Coordinator, Meridith Kidder. Here is her email address


Bob & Andy

BTW: Here's is a link with many useful resources for families:


Art work by 3rd Grader, Cassidy Jecklin in the Style of Henri Matisse


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 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

It's a Yumm Bowl week!

In your food bags you will find brown rice, black beans and a jar of Yumm Sauce. You will also be getting some locally made organic salsa, hass avocado and double bags will find a bunch of cilantro. Like your food a bit spicy? Dice up the jalapeño to stir in. What do your children like to top their Yumm Bowls with? Lettuce from Camas Swale and kale from Sweet Leaf will be included as well. We love local greens! Check out this sweet photo of 5th Grade teacher Mr. Matthew Rutman's twins who enjoyed eating the sprouts their family grew from the sprouting kit we sent out recently!

Have a great week,


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


Library News

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


Parent Council

Parent Council will be having our next meeting Wednesday, May 12th at 5:30. Please join us and send questions and ideas to

Zoom link:

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.

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


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