Village Voice - Volume 21, Issue 38


Upcoming Events

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

  • Friday, June 10th, No School - Grading Day

  • Thursday, June 16th, Graduation

  • Friday, June 17th, Last Day of School (8:25am - 11:45am)

  • Wednesday, June 22nd, 5:30PM Board Meeting (Zoom)

2021/2022 Calendar is available here!

 

Administrator's Message

Dear Village School Families,


As we approach the last two weeks of school, we wanted to say thanks for your help in making our school the special place that it is. Last week was a real opportunity to celebrate our school with Spirit Week and our Spring Concert. Thanks to our 8th graders for help in coordinating last weeks events and thanks to our music teachers and students for the truly uplifting, spirited concert. There are a lot of photos from the last few weeks, so check 'em out!


Climate Survey: We are conducting a school climate survey aimed at monitoring family's opinions of how well we as a school are doing in terms of academics, but also fostering a safe, welcoming environment for all students, parents and staff. This week, each parent registered in our student enrollment system will receive an email-invitation to take this survey. We highly encourage you to share your thoughts with us.


Day Camp Subsidies: Please take note that we are still gathering requests from parents for summer camp subsidy support. If you haven't submitted your information, please see the Summer Day Camp Subsidies article below, and respond to the link below. We will accept requests through June 15th.


Return Library Books: Molly would really appreciate it if you can bring in any outstanding books.


Hope you all have a wonderful week!


Warmly,

Shannon, Sue, and Andy


 

Health and Safety Announcement

May 31, 2022


Masking

Currently the Covid-19 Community Level, per the CDC, is in the yellow zone (see more below). Should this level rise to the red “high risk” zone, the Village School will require indoor masking for all students and staff. Masking will remain optional outdoors. The CDC updates data every Friday. If Lane County enters the red zone an announcement will go out to all families as soon as the data is available, and masking will go into effect the following Monday.


Sick Child Policy

Please use this guide to help you decide if your child should stay home from school. We aim to keep all illnesses at home, not just Covid. You are also welcome to talk with office staff to help make your decision. Note that a fever of 100.4 or a new cough require a negative Covid test to return to school. We have rapid tests available for all VS families. Please ask if you’d like to have your child tested due to any symptoms, even mild ones, or due to potential exposure.


Covid Update - CDC Community Levels

The CDC "community level" considers the extent of Covid cases and related hospitalizations. As of Friday June 3rd, Lane County remained in the "moderate" risk zone, with declining case loads but slightly rising Covid related hospital admissions. 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.


 

Summer Day Camp Subsidies Due by June 15th

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 being 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.


Click here for the survey to let us know the camps for which you would like summer camp subsidy coverage. Your information will be help us determine number of families seeking summer day camp support and the amount of subsidy available. Please enter one survey entry per family. We will close the survey after June 15th.


 

8th Grade Mentorship Evening

The 8th grade class hosted a wonderful Mentorship Night. The event was well attended by mentors and 8th grade families. It was great to hear all the positive experiences the students had with their mentors and the varied ways in which they'll be using the skills they've learned in the future. We were also fortunate to have the 8th grade families provide a potluck dessert to close the event. We're really lucky to have such a supportive community. Thanks to all who participateed to make this a success!



 

Spring Concert

Although parents weren't invited, the Spring Concert was a great tribute to our music programs, music teachers and our wonderful students. We plan to post videos of these performances in the coming weeks. We also managed to squeeze in an all-school photo in the courtyard.


 

Sewing Class

8th Grader, Emma DeCicco, shows us her latest work!

 

Spirit Week

6th Graders Cedar Eiva and Eli Purdy show off their 1950's dress and hairdoos for Spirit Week.

 

Staff Outdoor Art Project

The Village School has had a very fortunate partnership with OEA Choice Trust, which provides funding for staff wellness initiatives. If you ever see a teacher doing push-ups, encouraged by students, this is probably part of our April fitness challenge. In view of Covid, OEA Choice Trust offered extra funds to help staff and their families come together in the spirit of wellness and shared purpose. The most recent adventure, at Neptune Beach, was lead by art teacher Frédérique Château on the topic of art in nature.



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


 

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 brettj@eugenevillageschool.org 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


Job Description Application


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

Duties:

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.

Job Description Application

Kindergarten Classroom Assistant beginning 2022-23

Duties:

Serve as Kindergarten Classroom Assistant

Collaborate with lead.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree preferred

TSPC license or Waldorf Certificate 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 coverage.

Job Description Application

 

Village School Guests & Volunteer Vaccination Protocol

Spring 2022


  1. Our volunteer policy is as follows:

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

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

  10. 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 are due now. 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

molly@eugenevillageschool.org


 

Please join us at the June Parent Council Meeting!


The next Parent Council Meeting will be Wednesday, June 8th at 5:30 pm

The Zoom link to the meeting is right here

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 of each month.

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

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


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

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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.




 

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!


LTD Bus Pass Permission Form form for Village School 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.

 



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