Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 34
Monday, May 17th through Friday May, 21st: Spirit Week!
Tuesday: Pride Day
Wednesday: Wacky Day
Thursday: Decades Day
Friday: PJ and Stuffy Day
Wednesday, May 19, 5:30: Board Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, May 20: 12 noon Class of 2022 Plant Sale
Monday, May 31: No School - Memorial Day (No School)
Thursday, June 17: 1/2 Day Last Day
2020/2021 Calendar is always available here!
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THE VILLAGE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM
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. https://forms.gle/ExKTJExKxH9pFHtb9
Summer Program Director
Dear Village School Families
Today, representatives from our sponsoring 4J School District visited our school, and were able to see each of our classes. In the span of a 45 minute tour, they saw:
kindergarteners quietly painting with watercolors
1st graders reading "Just Right Books" and attending to small group instruction with their teacher
2nd graders learning about animals and working in pairs a new math game
3rd graders studying caterpillars and documenting their work in main lesson books
4th graders preparing for geometry lessons and welcoming their CDL friends at home via zoom
5th graders presenting science fair entries (and knowing they were off to practice Greek Games later in the day)
6th graders finishing a David Attenborough biology video in readiness for a writing prompt
7th graders working in small groups on personal finance, and following up with a unique art project
8th graders discussing an article on how neural implants can translate thoughts into text and another about usefulness/origin of swear words
Kitchen staff dressed in rainbow colors preparing bags of food for our families -- a fitting end to the bounty of hues witnessed on this school tour
They also saw grades 3-8 simulcasted to students at home. As always, they were impressed with the vitality of our students and staff, and vibrancy of the classroom experience. They also marveled at our willingness to do single onsite cohorts, 4 days a week. Earlier, they said they would have done this if they could managed such a significant shift in scheduling for such a large district.
In other news, Spirit Week got off to a great start today with students wearing their class-assigned colors. Here's a schedule of the remaining events for this week:
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
Hope you have a wonderful week,
Andy & Bob
BTW: Here's is a link with many useful resources for families:
1st and 8th Grade Reading Buddies, masked and socially distanced
Age 12 and Older Vaccination Clinics
Lane Community College Health Clinic would like to invite anyone 12 years of age and older to make an appointment for one of our upcoming COVID 19 vaccination clinics. These clinics will be held indoors on the main campus of LCC. Our health clinic has been vaccinating LCC and community members since January and we are excited to now have the chance to vaccinate adolescents and Village School families as well. Anyone 15 years old and older can consent to their own vaccination but people under the age of 15 years of age must be accompanied by one parent or guardian (due to space limitations each person being vaccinated may have a maximum of one person with them if needed for reasons of consent). The vaccine being administered at these events will be Pfizer. Please be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes after the vaccination for observation.
Here is more information about COVID 19 vaccinations and adolescents https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html Link for May 20 https://signup.com/go/aOTiKhU Link for June 1 https://signup.com/go/rjCRQnt Link for June 8 https://signup.com/go/WRKEuSe
Participants in Brett's Afterschool Gardening Class!
3rd grader Zoe's chameleon!
Village School Kitchen
The Kitchen Crew celebrated the first day of Spirit Week today. We wore as many rainbows and rainbow colors as our wardrobes allowed. What fun!
There are some delicious kefirs and oatmilk yogurts coming your way in food bags tomorrow thanks to our friends at Springfield Creamery. I'm most excited about the freshly harvested heads of garlic from Sweet Leaf. The Chinese Pink is a flavorful gourmet variety which was planted into an unheated hoop house in mid October on bare ground. These are only available for a short window of time in the spring before their greens begin to dry out. Enjoy!
Sometimes we get great deals on produce coming out of California through Organically Grown Company. They aren't available locally yet, but we know the kids will enjoy them nonetheless and look forward to purchasing corn and watermelon from local farmers later in the season.
Many thanks to Keely, Katherine and Madilyn for the beautiful cards they gave us. We love the food bag artwork!
Warmly, 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!
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 19, 2021: Board Meeting
Monday, May 31, 2021: No School - Memorial Day (No School)
Thursday, June 17, 2021: 1/2 Day Last Day