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Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 35


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, May 31: No School - Memorial Day

  • Wednesday, June 9, No School - Grading Day

  • Wednesday, June 9, 5:30 PM: Parent Council Meeting (Zoom)

  • Thursday, June 17: 1/2 Day Last Day

2020/2021 Calendar is always available here!


Administrator's Message

Dear Village School Families


Our traditions and student centered activities are gradually returning to their place of importance. Last week Spirit Week was a smashing success! Thanks to members of the Parent Council for planting the seed and for the 8th grade students that organized and promoted the week of activities.


We also were pleased on Friday to witness our Rose Ceremony welcoming the first graders to their place as primary students within our school. It was a physically distanced event attended only by the students and immediate staff due to cohort restrictions. Deep appreciations to Ms Emily, Jesse and Justin for jointly enacting this most important Waldorf tradition. It was heartwarming to see the 8th grade students welcoming the 1st graders. And yes, there will be another Rose Ceremony in June when the 1st graders will bid farewell to their 8th grade buddies with a rose in return.


Annual State Testing

Under the direction of our Testing Coordinator, Meridith Kidder 18 students completed all or part of their standardized test last Wednesday. As Merdith said “Congratulations to YOU, Village School Students who took on the challenge of the 2021 Oregon State Assessments you are more than half-way done!” For details about the remaining tests for middle schoolers on Wednesday, May 26, and answers to your questions please see your email from or write to meridith@eugenevillageschool.org.


The Village School Summer Program

Now that we have a head count of how many students plan to attend the Summer Program the Summer Program Director, Shannon Powell needs an official registration form completed from the parents of interested students. Watch carefully for a separate email coming from The Village School. It is required that a registration form be completed for each student attending the Summer Program.


Bob & Andy



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

https://lanecounty.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3585797/Image/Government/County%20Departments/Health%20and%20Human%20Services/Public%20Health/Coronavirus/Resource%20List_CT_CI_ENGLISH.pdf


Also - don't forget that June 9th is a no-school day for teacher grading


Students & Mr. Kaminski celebrating Pajama Day as part of Spirit Week!



8th graders welcome the 1st graders with the traditional Rose Ceremony.

Age 12 and Older Vaccination Clinics

There are still plenty of appointments available at our COVID vaccine clinics on June 1st and June 8th for anyone 12 years of age or older. And now at each of these clinics one lucky 12-17 year old will win a $100 gift card donated by an LCC RN faculty member! These clinics will be hosted by the Lane Community College Health Clinic and will be held indoors on the main campus of LCC. 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 the consent). The vaccine being administered at these events will be Pfizer.

Here is more information about COVID 19 vaccinations and adolescents https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html Link for June 1 schedule https://signup.com/go/rjCRQnt Link for June 8 schedule https://signup.com/go/WRKEuSe


P-EBT Benefits


The State is offering EBT-cards in the amounts shown below for families that either receive SNAP benefits or qualify for federal free and reduced meals. We will be submitting data to the state based on income information supplied to us. The amount provided equals:

  • A full benefit amount of $136 for 6 months (October 2020 - March 2021: months we were primarily doing remote learning), plus

  • A partial benefit amount of $75 for 2 months (April - May: months we were doing hybrid learning model).

If you did not submit a free and reduced application to The Village School, now may be a good time to do so. You can apply via the state's online portal https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/FRLApp/Default/Apply or fill out the following application and give it to us in the office. Click here for more information.


Please note: qualifying for P-EBT benefits is based on the federal income standards, which are more restrictive than the recently passed State income standards.


Afterschool Programming


Grades 3-5 students in Brett's Afterschool Gardening Class!

Glazed and fired artwork from Ms. Donica Beath's Afterschool Ceramics Class!


Village School Kitchen


I was so hoping to get local strawberries out in food bags tomorrow and everything was lined up for it to happen, but then the weather shifted and our strawberry source let me know last night that there wouldn't be enough for this week due to the rain and cloudy weather. We are grateful for the moisture as our valley surely needs it and we'll have a chance for local berries before too long.


We did get a chance to purchase from L'E'toile Farm again. Their zucchini are growing prolifically already so Farmer Natalie swung by this weekend to drop some off for you. We also got lettuce from Nuevo Amanecer, a farm we haven't purchased from before but comes with great recommendations.



For a treat, everyone will get two different kinds of nectarines and two different kinds of peaches up from California via OGC. These were a last-minute replacement for the fruit gap when the strawberries fell through.


Surata delivered lots of tofu this morning. Tofu is a great source of protein and can be prepared in a variety of ways to take on many different textures and flavors. Try it in a ramen soup using the brown rice/millet ramen cakes from Lotus Foods you'll find in your bags as well. Look for the baby bok choy in your bag as well which you can chop up along with the ginger and add to your soup.


Check out the presentation of this delicious watermelon from last week's bags by 5th grader Klara:



Have a great week!

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

taguilar@eugenevillageschool.org


The 4th graders have been studying energy from static electricity.

"Lightning Storm" by Luka Olson




3rd grader Milo's Vincent Van Gogh inspired flowers.


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

molly@eugenevillageschool.org

Parent Council

Parent Council will be having our next meeting Wednesday, June 9th at 5:30. Please join us and send questions and ideas to parentcouncil@eugenevillageschool.org.


Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86780776570?pwd=aTRjYkhSRlRXT09ySi9PNGRMVjFmQT09


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!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevillagevine


Calendar


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





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