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Village Voice - Volume 21, Issue 36

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 26, 6:30PM: 1619 Project Discussion Group (Zoom)

  • Monday, May 30th, No School - Memorial Day

  • Wednesday, June 8th, 5:30PM Parent Council Meeting (Zoom)


Administrator's Message

Dear Village School Families,

The sun is warm and the land is beginning to dry from the extended rain given to us. Throughout the school and in the classrooms good things are happening. For example, the 5th graders held their annual Science Fair today. It was inspiring for all of the grades to see the well crafted displays and to hear the students speak about their chosen projects. (See the photo recap below.) More fun is on the way next week as the Eighth graders are pulling together Spirit Week '22! Be sure to the see the list of daily themed activities below.

As we hold the child at the center of our attention some teachers are able to make plans for field trips that connect to the curriculum. As you can imagine, field trips require extra work. This is another example of the staff and school community working on behalf of the children to provide for them a golden adventure, which is part of The Village School experience.

Bob would like to share a few words about his recent experience at The Village School. His last day of serving as the principal will be May 27, 2022.

I owe a special thanks to The Village School Board for entrusting me with this awesome opportunity. It truly takes a team of people to manage a school. I deeply appreciate the work of Sue Romatz, Shannon Powell and Andy Peara, my co-administrators, for their meaningful and heartfelt collaboration and the job sharing structure they have supported this last year. I could go on and on about the fine people, both parents and staff that I have worked with which made for a good tenure.

Instead I’ll close by sharing a feeling I have for the school. The fifth graders and their Science Fair reminded me of important values close to the vision of The Village School. It is a thread from Kindergarten to 8th grade. It is represented by two words “grace” and “beauty”. I will forever cherish the look of children’s young faces of aspiration, of hope, of determination as they use their imagination and will to master knowledge, make objects of beauty, speak or sing with clarity and purpose, or throw a javelin at the Greek Games. May The Village School be a lasting institution for years to come so all children that attend can continue their life’s journey, as they “go forth in grace and beauty.” It has been an honor and privilege to serve as principal for the last two years. Thank you.


Shannon, Sue, Bob and Andy


Covid Update - CDC Community Levels

The new CDC standard for risk measurment, "community level", considers the extent of Covid cases and related hospitalizations. As of Friday May 20th, Lane County moved from the "low" risk to the "moderate" risk zone. This reflects the fact that as cases have increased in Lane County, patients with Covid are occupying more hospital beds. If you are concerned about the heightened level of Covid cases, wearing a mask and getting vaccinated are among the most powerful steps to preventing disease transmission.


Keep Sick Children at Home

It has come to our attention that several parents are dropping off sick children at school. Regardless of Covid-19 conditions, it is our longstanding policy that sick children stay home. If a sick child arrives at school or a child becomes ill at school, the school will call parents or emergency contacts to pick up the child as soon as possible.


Summer Day Camp Subsidies

The Village School is not offering its own summer day camps, but is using its allocation of state summer program resources to help Village School families pay for day camps. The program will provide subsidies to students attending day camps this summer on a scale based on whether their families qualify for free meals, reduced meals or Oregon Extended Income Guidelines. Those qualifying for free meals will receive the largest of these subsidies. That beging said, our families may not need these subsidies for some summer programs. Some programs are already providing subsidies for students served by the Eugene 4J school district which includes charter schools like The Village School.

We will be circulating a survey to families to help determine the number of families seeking summer day camp support and the amount of subsidy requested.


Next Week is Spirt Week!


Volunteering is Back!

As we work toward reuniting our Village School community, more opportunities to volunteer are coming up! Be sure to watch your email, the Village Voice and the Village Vine for messages from Parent Council, your class coordinator, your child's teacher and the Village School Kitchen, to see the volunteer needs that are coming up for you to enjoy.

One of the ways to contribute to our school community is by attending Parent Council Meetings! We are still holding these meetings by Zoom so they are easy to attend (even while making dinner or folding laundry) and every parent and guardian's voice is valued in decisions about what Parent Council funds are used for, events that are held and collaborations with departments and teachers at the Village School!

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


5th Grade Science Fair


Help Wanted

Volunteer Gardeners

It's that time of year again. While the gardening seasons is getting off to a slower start than usual, the amount of work that needs to happen is ramping up quickly.

The garden needs help with planting, weeding, and path maintenance.

Any and all help is appreciated.

Contact Brett to get started.

Handwork Assistant (for 2022-23)

Duties: Assist classroom teacher by working with students individually or in small groups with hand crafts. Qualifications: Experience working with children and adults in a positive manner Knowledge of Waldorf Handwork curriculum including skills in knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and various other needle work as well as classroom management skills a plus Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs. Willingness to get CPR training Background check required Complete Covid vaccination records Starting Salary Range: $ 14.62 – $16.35 per hour

Strong verbal and written communication skills

1st Grade Teacher (one year position for 2022-23 only)


Either Valid Oregon Teaching License or Waldorf Teacher Certificate

Minimum Bachelor’s Degree

Demonstrated ability to interact with children and adults in a positive manner

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Commitment to arts-integrated education and familiarity with Waldorf education

Willingness to get CPR training

Willingness to attend Waldorf education trainings

Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs

Salary Range: $41,653 - $64,011, depending on experience and education. Additional variable compensation included. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, PERS and defined contribution pension, and lunch from our healthy kitchen.

Main Lesson Teacher Job Functions

1st Grade Classroom and Title I Assistant beginning 2022-23


Serve as 1st Grade Classroom Assistant

Tutor individual or small groups of 1st grade to support reading and math skill building. Collaborate with lead teacher and Title I staff.

Support for OAKS testing and progress monitoring Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree preferred

TSPC license preferred

Strong Reading and Math Instruction Skills

Strong Classroom Management Skills

Knowledge of Waldorf Curriculum Preferred

Previous experience or training is necessary

Ability to interact with children and adults in a positive manner

Willingness to get CPR training

Fingerprinting/Background check required

Ability to lift and carry 35 pounds

Starting Salary Range: $ 17.38 – $19.46 DOE. Benefits include our healthy lunch service, disability and pension coverage.


Village School Guests & Volunteer Vaccination Protocol

Spring 2022

  1. Our volunteer policy is as follows:

    1. Volunteers who work directly with students, including field trip chaperones,

      1. must provide proof of vaccination, along with standard volunteer documentation, to the office before working with students.

      2. If a volunteer is not boosted, they need to fill out exemption paperwork in the office and get tested weekly, or just prior to a volunteer job if preferred.

      3. Chaperones who are not boosted are required to take a rapid test the day prior to and the day of the planned trip.

  2. Volunteer protocol must be followed for all school organized activities, including any off-campus field trips that are planned and sponsored by the school.

  3. Volunteers who have direct contact with students are required to adhere to the above policy.

    1. Vaccination requirements do not apply to volunteers who make deliveries or help setup for events as long as they are not working directly with students.

  4. All parents regardless of vaccination status are welcome to be on campus for pick up and drop off times, and during community outdoor events (such as May Day and the Rose Ceremony) or community events held in the Commons (such as the Mentorship evening and 8th grade graduation).

  5. These decisions will be upheld through the end of this school year. We will take all opinions and new data into consideration over the summer and reconsider our policy for the fall.


Library News

We are coming up on the end of the school year, so that means it's time to start returning library books. All books will be due by Friday, June 3. This allows time for tracking down lost books and organizing the library before summer. Books can be returned to classrooms, the office, or directly to the library. Please be on the lookout for overdue slips sent home or another way your child's teacher chooses to communicate with you about what books your child needs to return. If you think book(s) are lost, try searching cars, bookshelves at home, and desks at school. If you cannot find book(s) by the last week of school, we ask that you make a payment to cover the cost of replacement. Let me know if this is a burden to your family and we will work something out. Thanks for your support of our beautiful library!

Molly Bautista, VS Librarian


Village School Kitchen

Volunteers Still Needed

We are short several staff members this week. If you have a chance to volunteer, we would surely appreciate it. We are still looking for a Monday morning prep volunteer and a Thursday morning laundry folder. If either of these could work for your schedule, please consider signing up to volunteer for the last few weeks of school. Our style of food service program requires a lot of intentional input from many loving hands!

Have a fabulous week!

Toña Aguilar



Please join us at the May Parent Council Meeting!

Please join us 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


Monthly LGBTQ+ and Allies Gathering!

Sarah Maxwell and her family will be "hosting" a monthly gathering at Tugman park, the first Sunday morning of each month at 10:00 am, at the picnic tables on the Hilyard side of the park. The meetings are open to all LGBTQ families & allies, with the simple mission of just building community.

There is no need to RSVP or commit to bringing anything, and masks are welcome but optional. Students of all ages and their families are welcome and encouraged to join in! The last gathering date will be Sunday June 5.


Wanted Participants for

The 1619 Project Book Club!

Thursday, May 26th! 6:30-7:30pm

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Book Study

Let’s celebrate our commitment to studying history. We had a good showing of folks at our last meeting. Thursday May 26, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, via Zoom. Please come, even if you haven't read chapters 1 and 2. Please join in this community event. Our dialogue is part of the courageous conversations our school community is having about diversity, equity and inclusion. There is a loaner copy of the book at the school office. Call if you want to reserve it. You may want to listen to a free Apple Podcast about the book, HERE. It is also possible to purchase an audio version of the book (or take advantage of a free trial) via Audible Books. Here is the LINK


LTD Passes Available!

If you have signed up for your child, their touchpasses are waiting! Come on into the office and pick it up this week!

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!

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.


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