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Village Voice - Volume 21, Issue 16

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, December 14 - 5:30pm: Winter Performance Viewing [Link] and All School Meeting [Zoom Link]

  • Wednesday, December 15 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm: Board Meeting on site and [Zoom link]

  • Thursday, December 16 - Friday, December 30 No School, Winter Break

  • Monday, January 3: No School, Teacher Work Day

  • Tuesday, January 4: School Resumes with normal schedule


Administrator's Message

Dear Village School Families,

You are invited to attend a special All School Meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 5:30 PM. The meeting has three parts.

  1. Winter Concert [Link]

  2. Q&A re: Health and Safety Updates [Zoom Link]

  3. Q&A re: Leadership Model [same Zoom Link]

We will have all of these links on our school’s website: .

First, at 5:30 pm watch a prerecorded video of our students singing and playing music for a mini version of our traditional Winter Concert. Each class prepared a festive musical gift for the season. Use this [Link] or go to the Village School Website,, at 5:30 pm to access the link for the show.

Second, after the recording you are invited to join a virtual All-School Meeting where we will roll out changes scheduled for implementation after winter break on January 4, 2022. One of the significant changes is that student meals will be served in the commons, which is a large, highly ventilated room. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about this and the other changes.

Third, we will close with a discussion about our current leadership model and will clarify the roles, responsibilities and ways to reach the administrative team. Bob is working remotely and Sue and Shannon serve as assistant principals on campus. We will address questions about the current model and what the future might hold, as well as questions about curriculum and instruction.

Our goal for the evening is twofold: Celebrate this season with the beauty by which our students grace us with their musical performances. Secondly, we want you to know more about upcoming mitigation protocols and our leadership for this year, as we work together to fulfill the mission and vision of The Village School.

If you have questions, we would really appreciate it if you could submit them prior to the meeting For those that can’t attend Tuesday evening, we will post links to the performance and recorded discussions.

Please do not forget to register for after school programming which begins in January.

We wish each and every one of you peace and joy during this holiday season.


Shannon, Sue, Bob and Andy

Photos from the video recording of our Winter Concert


Winter is Coming

Use all the layers possible at home to reduce the transmission of the virus. The Layers of Safety illustrate the same strategies we use at school to reduce transmission. Try your best to limit gatherings and non-essential activities. If you visit with folks outside of your household it is recommended to wear a mask and maintain social distance, especially if you are indoors.


After School Program

We are pleased to announce that the Village School will be offering complimentary after-school enrichment classes beginning the week of January 10 for grades 1 - 8. Class size is limited to 12 students so please fill out the registration form as soon as possible to ensure a position in the class. If interested, please see the Program Description and register via our Enrichment Application.


Counseling Corner

Attention 8th grade Parents/Guardians!

It is time to start thinking about what high school your student will attend next school year. If you are planning for your child to attend a school that is not your neighborhood school you can find more information here - 8th Grade School Choice Information regarding transfer paperwork and deadlines.

Rebecca Macemon


¿Qué pasa en la clase de español?

During the month of December students have been steadily learning new vocabulary and concepts in Spanish class.

  • Grades 1 and 2 have been learning the shapes in Spanish. They have created very clever shape based drawings. They have also been learning the traditional song, En la pulga de San José.

  • Grades 3 and 4 have been continuing to learn vocabulary to describe family members (both biological and not). They have created trees that include their family members and other people that are important to them.

  • Grades 5-8 have been continuing to learn new vocabulary and grammar. Check out their snowmen, “muñecos de nieve,” they drew based on winter preferences.

Middle school students will need to have all their work in by Wednesday, December 15 as report cards will be finished during the winter break.


Maestra Sarah


Village School Kitchen

Those of you who have spent time in the kitchen with us know that we appreciate the beauty found in the food we work with. On Friday, our longest serving volunteer, Jocelyn Hollander, sliced three different varieties of beautiful radishes for our salad bar. She enjoyed the process and created a lovely display of this local vegetable for the children and staff. Jocelyn joined our kitchen volunteer crew ten years ago when her eldest child, Felix, joined the first grade. He is now a junior in high school! Thank you Jocelyn for your longtime support.

We send you our best wishes for a fun and restful Winter Break. See you in the new year! Warmly, Toña The Village School Eugene, Oregon w - 541-345-7285 c - 541-510-8604


Library News

Overdue books

I am starting to send home notices and/or emails to parents regarding overdue library books. If your child has overdue book(s), please help them locate them and remind them to bring them back to school. You can also drop library books off in the office. Returning books in a timely manner ensures more books are available for all children to check out, as well as allowing your child to choose new book(s) from the library.

If library book(s) have been lost, please make a payment to cover the cost of replacing the book to the office. Please let me know if this poses a hardship for your family, and we will work something out. My goal is to keep our library's collection maintained with exciting books for all students to enjoy.

We are continuing OBOB meetings during the school day in the library. Right now the focus is on reading the books, and after winter break we will separate into teams and start practicing answering questions. Books are available in the school library as well as the Eugene Public Library. As a reminder, children can have books read to them and listen to audiobooks as well as reading them on their own. Reading with another person can be motivating, fun, and beneficial for reading comprehension. Having conversations about the books is a great way to practice for battles.

Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns:

Molly Bautista, VS Librarian


Raising Salmon in the 4th Grade

The 4th grade class has been raising and taking care of fall Chinook salmon in the classroom and last Friday we released them into the wild. In October we received about 100 eggs and we have been keeping track of their water temperature and how clean their tank is every day. It was part of our Main Lesson block on Salmon Studies. We released them at a little stream next to the Willamette River after school with the supervision of Mr. Bigongiari and Mr. Matthew. The kids in the class enjoyed the project. Opal, one of the 4th grade students, said, “It was a great experience and the class loved it, especially when we released the little fish into the wild and saw them swimming away”.

Written by--- Cassidy and Addie


LTD Passes Available!

The Village School has worked with 4j and LTD to make touchpasses available to Village School students!

Fill out the form below to sign up and provide permission for your Village School student to have a card. Then come into the office to have a card assigned to your child!

(The deadline has been extended by LTD to December 30th account for the challenges they have had getting touchpasses out to schools and students)

If you have a child that does not attend Village School, please contact their school to see if they have touchpasses available for students. We are only able to provide passes to Village School Students.


January Parent Council

The next Parent Council Meeting will be Wednesday, January 12 at 5:30 pm

The Zoom link to the meeting is right here

Please join us for the last meeting of 2021 and send questions and ideas to

The notes from past meetings can be found here.

Every Village School parent and guardian is a part of Parent Council - The Virtual Parent Council Meetings are open to all parents and guardians on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

You can also engage with Village School families on the Parent Council Facebook page, The Village Vine!

Don't forget to sign in to HelpCounter and report your hours so we can see the amazing contributions from our Village School Families


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

Like Dorothy stepping from her front doorstep and into the land of Oz, the past year and a half has been like stepping into an unfamiliar land filled with unpredictability, unexpected friendships and many challenges; and like Dorothy, many of us are seeking a return to the familiar.

The Village School staff would like to lead you along the yellow brick road, bringing together our community with something purely fun and entertaining!

Each day you can listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, each chapter will be read by a different staff member (maybe your child can guess who is reading!)

The chapters are linked on the front page of The Village School Website so check back each day as our children, families and Village School community go on a journey together!

“The story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.”

L. Frank Baum

Chicago, April, 1900.

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