Village Voice - Volume 20, Issue 37
Wednesday, June 9, No School - Grading Day
Wednesday, June 9, 5:30 PM: Parent Council Meeting (Zoom)
Wednesday, June 16: Eighth Grade Trip
Wednesday, June 16 3:30 PM-6:00 PM: Computer drop off event at the office
Wednesday, June 16, 5:30 PM: Board Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, June 17: Last Day of School
2020/2021 Calendar is always available here!
Dear Village School Families
As a school community we believe we have adapted well to the myriad of changes as our instructional model changed over time. We went from distance learning only to a roll-out of hybrid learning, gradually increasing to single onsite cohorts while honoring the students who continued with remote learning.
We are indebted to Village School staff members who have given extra time to sit on two important committees for the last 16 months. The Health and Safety Committee and the Reopening Committee. We are also thankful for the parents and guardians who have adapted to the distance learning model and the unusual hybrid instructional day, not to forget the attention you all have given to following our protocols and mitigation strategies. By working together, we have kept our students and staff safe during this global pandemic.
Our school calendar for 2021-2022 school year will be available on June 17th, the day after our next board meeting. In general, the calendar will be similar to the 2019-2020 school year. We are planning to begin the school year operating five full days a week and following guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA). A new set of regulations from ODE for reopening Oregon schools should be available by August 2nd.
Please continue to work closely with your classroom teacher to assist your child in completing end of the year projects as well as celebrating the close of one of the most unusual years in the history of education.
Bob & Andy.
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.
Village School Summer Program
Thank you to all of you who showed interest in our Summer Program by completing the interest survey! I now need you to complete the official registration form. This form will supply us with the required information about your child, including emergency contact information, health related needs, etc.
If you did not complete the interest survey but have decided to register your child, that's great! There is no need to complete the previous survey.
I look forward to seeing you this summer,
Shannon Powell Summer Program Director
Village School Kitchen
It is strawberry season!
This afternoon we received a delivery of freshly picked strawberries. Farmers Florentino and Estela run 10 Stars. They said that the conditions this morning were absolutely perfect for harvesting. This couple from Oaxaca, Mexico has been farming using organic methods for many years here in the Willamette Valley. You can find them selling their beautiful produce at the Tuesday and Saturday Lane County Farmers Markets. We hope your children enjoy this special treat!
Have a great week!
Warmly, Toña Aguilar The Village School Eugene, Oregon w - 541-345-7285
Parent Council will be having our next meeting Wednesday, June 9th at 5:30. Please join us and send questions and ideas to email@example.com.
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!
Village School Frisbees!
Get your own Village School Frisbee, perfect for the summer! Frisbees are available for $15 in the office or from Ben Fogelson (father of Jun in 8th grade and Hero in 3rd grade!). Travis Eiva and Ben have spearheaded this fundraiser and Ben can be reached at 541-514-4567 to purchase one from him personally!
Principal Kaminski practicing with the new Village School Frisbee!
Site Committee Relaunch!
We are re-launching our Site Committee and are inviting interested parties to join us.
This committee will be working toward establishing and upholding agreed-upon design goals and criteria for the school site, reviewing modification ideas to the master plan, identifying and communicating with community members affected by potential modifications for input (this may be in regard to program elements, financial impacts, environmental imparts, etc.), and providing a consistent process/procedure for site related proposals. If you have an interest in participating, please email Sue Romatz [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Be sure to let us know if you have a specific skill set within this realm! (specific experience is not required to join)
Admin staff is currently working with Kristina Koenig, the author of the master plan, to develop plans for renovating our courtyard and creating disabled access to the Commons. Once a landscape design team is established, the committee will help support the redesign process. Other potential projects include improvements to stairways, play spaces and landscaping consistent with the master plan.
The Site Committee was originally focused on securing a permanent home (2005-2014). As we prepared to occupy our current site, (2015-16), the Site Committee reviewed plans for everything related to our building and grounds. While a significant amount of interior work has been completed since then, in 2019 we enacted a site master plan which provided coherent direction for developing our exterior and grounds. This latest incarnation of the Site Committee will combine exterior site review with the work of the our Aesthetics Committee, which has helped guide several painting and interior redevelopment projects.
We have over 75 laptop computers to collect from families. Before the end of the school year please
1) Clean the computer: gently and carefully clean the outer case and screen of the laptop with glass cleaner and dry towel.
2) Wrap up cords for power supply, webcam, and headphones (whichever ones you have)
3) Bag: Place items in a bag marked with your student's name.
4) Deliver: to office anytime before Friday June 18th
Please let us know if you have any questions: email@example.com
Wanted: Handwork Materials!
Please return all handwork materials to the office or the silver bin just outside the office.
Today we held the first ever Village School Gender and Sexuality Alliance meeting! This is a group that is open to any middle school (6-8th grade) students, gay, straight, or anywhere in between! Our goal in starting this meeting is to create a safe space for people to talk and realize they are not alone, to educate folks about the LGBTQ community here at the Village School and beyond, and to normalize different takes on gender and sexuality. Our next meeting is on Friday, June 11th at noon in the sixth grade classroom. We will be creating artwork to hang around campus. Please attend if you want to help or even just to chat. If you have questions, please contact the VS GSA advisor. Sue Romatz [firstname.lastname@example.org].
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
Third Grade Art!
Riley and Cassidy's Klee inspired portraits
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
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.