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Village Voice - Volume 21, Issue 2


Upcoming Events


  • September 8, 2021, 8:25am -11:45am : First Day of School! (half day)

2021/2022 Calendar is available here!


Administrator's Message


Dear Families,


I hope you and your family are doing well.


The Village School staff is ready to receive your child in the most safe and caring way possible. I just finished a tour of the building with assistant principals Sue Romatz and Shannon Powell. The classrooms look great! So warm and inviting. The commons has been reconfigured by Toña and the kitchen staff to ensure the safe movement of children through the food line. We moved our cafeteria tables outside into our courtyard and in a few days we will have tents over the tables.


The entire staff has put in a Herculean effort to get the office, their departments, the classrooms, the grounds, and the kitchen ready. Our health and safety committee met today to review the mitigation standards we intend to enforce:

  • Students will be seated at least 3 feet apart or greater;

  • Staff and students will wear masks indoors and outdoors;

  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be eaten outdoors, with children seated 3-6 ft apart.

Plus all the other important mitigation measures that you are familiar with:

  • Excellent ventilation and air exchange

  • Frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces

  • Social distancing

  • Use of cohorts

  • Recess zones for cohorts

  • Frequent hand cleaning

  • Seating charts ready to assist in contact tracing

  • Isolation and quarantine when necessary

We continue to work closely with Lane County Public Health Department as we prepare to protect our students and staff and as a resource to help us with the myriad of strategies and regulations.


Please feel free to contact me with any school wide questions. Also on a day to day basis, I encourage you to reach out to Shannon Powell, Assistant Principal of grades K-4 or Sue Romatz, Assistant principal of grades 5-8.


The Village School is amazing. It is because of the community of people that staff the school. It is also because of the families that choose this public charter school to entrust their children to be in a safe and creative environment dedicated to teaching the whole child.


Sincerely

Bob Kaminski

Principal

Free Opt-in Testing through U of O and OHA


The Village School has joined other schools in a program that makes weekly testing available to our students! U of O has partnered with Oregon Health Authority to provide free, voluntary COVID-19 testing kits to children attending participating K-12 schools.

Use the link below to opt-in:

https://tinyurl.com/k12covidtesting


Please fill out the following form as well and return it to the office!

OHA COVID-19 Testing General Consent Form



Village School Kitchen


Greetings from The Village School Kitchen.


We will have a yummy breakfast available tomorrow morning of freshly baked blueberry muffins, local plums and an optional hard boiled egg. Milk is always available as well. Feel free to send your children into the cafeteria between 8:00-8:20 to pick up a to-go bag from breakfast or to eat later as their morning snack.


Note that students may take breakfast and eat later as their morning snack

Our first lunch on Thursday will be a Greek Pasta Salad using tomatoes and basil from the school garden. Corn on the cob will be available as well from a local farm.



All meals are free for all students this school year. Don't forget to fill out the Free and Reduced paperwork as the funding our Title One Program receives is based upon that information. If even a few families don't fill it out and submit it, the effects upon our school's funding have far reaching effects.




All food will be eaten outside as we head into the new school year and children will be moving through the lunch line in their own separate cohorts. We are still in need of a few parent volunteers to ensure a smooth flow through the service time from 11:30-1:00. Please consider signing up to help one day a week!

Warmly,

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

taguilar@eugenevillageschool.org


Free and Reduced Lunch


Please Check and See If You Qualify!

This year all students eat for free, but it is vitally important that all families fill out a free and reduced meal application.

If you have not yet done so, take a moment to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application, and turn it into the office. You can also apply online. Extra copies are available in the office. Our school’s Title I funding is based on the number of qualified households we have, so it is crucial that everyone see if they qualify.


If you received a direct certification letter from the school district that lists your student(s) eligibility, please turn that into the office instead of the free and reduced lunch application.

Contact Tristin in the office for details at office@eugenvillageschool.org




Parent Council

The first Parent Council Meeting of the year will be on October 13th!

Please join us and send questions and ideas to parentcouncil@eugenevillageschool.org.


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 each month starting again in the fall!

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

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


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 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!


Return Computers!

We still have technology out with families and need to have them returned to the school!

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.


Please let us know if you have any questions: support@eugenevillageschool.org



Age 12 and Older Vaccination Clinics

There are still plenty of appointments available at COVID vaccine clinics for anyone 12 years of age or older. 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.

Wellness Resources - The Well


School Psychologist Kelly Korach created a wonderful resource for Village School families. Please check out The Well for wellness resources for parents and children!

https://www.smore.com/va362-the-well


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