Tuesday, May 2nd, 1:15pm - 2:45pm, May Day Celebration
Wednesday, May 3rd, Walk & Roll
Wednesday, May 3rd, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, 2nd Grade Parent Meeting
Thursday, May 4th, 5th Grade Play
Tuesday, May 9th, Parent Council Meeting, (Zoom)
Greetings Village School Community!
What a glorious weekend and Happy Beltane! We’re officially at the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice! Be sure to put a little something out for the fairies so that they will leave your harvest alone during the coming months…
On that note, tomorrow is our May Day celebration! All are invited to attend to see each class present a little something of our own for the fairies. We still need lots of flowers for flower crown making! If you have any blooms or vines you don’t mind parting with, bring them to the buckets outside the office for safekeeping until the big event.
Next up is Walk & Roll Day. Chrissy needs just ONE MORE VOLUNTEER to complete the roster for the day! Do you have time this Wednesday, May 3rd? Check in with Chrissy to get more details on what’s needed.
Last but not least, we will be hosting Dion C. Jordan in the last of the four Diversity, Equity, and Belonging education series next Thursday, May 11th, at 6 pm. We’d like to thank all the people who’ve been coming to these events; they’ve been very enlightening and have sparked many conversations all year long. If you’ve missed an event but are RSVP’d, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you the slides you missed to get you all caught up for the last night.
Hopefully you’re enjoying all the awesome sunshine and that we will see you tomorrow for May Day!
Roz, Shannon, and Andy
May Day Festival
Our annual May Day Festival is happening tomorrow! We are looking forward to seeing you Tuesday, May 2nd from 1:15 - 2:45pm. There will be music, May Pole dance performances, wreath making, face painting, and more!
Thank you so much to all who signed up to volunteer and make this festival possible!
One thing that we are asking all of our families is to contribute flowers. We will need A LOT of flowers this day – for decorating the May Pole and making flower garlands. Please share the beauty of your gardens with the school, and bring flowers to the buckets in front of the office at the beginning of the school day on May 2nd!
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Walk & Roll
Gear Up for the Walk+Roll to School Challenge!
On Wednesday, May 3rd, our school is participating in the Walk+Roll to School Challenge. We’re asking every family to use active transportation like walking, biking, scooting, skating or shared transportation like the bus or carpooling to improve our students’ health, learning and independence and to improve safety and traffic around our school and our impact on the environment! We have great prizes to encourage our students to participate!
If driving is your only option, you could “Park and Stride” by parking a short walk away from school and walking with your child the rest of the way. Students who ride the bus, carpool, or park and stride still be able to enter the raffle for prizes.
May Day Preparations
The Village School community has been hard at work, preparing for the May Day Festival.
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for always being ready to lend a helping hand. Thanks also to Justin Ross for building a really secure system for mounting the pole in the ground.
7th Grade Fundraiser
Gearing Up for the Greek Games
Grade 7 parents generously made laurel wreaths for the upcoming Greek Games in the 5th grade.
Rules for a Safe Morning Drop Off
Please do not park in the lower North lot when dropping students off in the morning. This lot is for faculty only.
Parking is available on 35th Ave, Glen Oak Dr, Knob Hill Ln, and Donald St.
*We require students in grades K-3 to be walked to their classroom door by a parent or guardian.
If you’d like to drop off your 4th-8th grade student please follow these guidelines:
1. Approach the school from Donald Street. This reduces two way traffic on 35th Ave.
2. Use Drop-Off zone for Drop off only. (At the curb near the stairs leading to the school)
3. Always park in the correct direction and on the correct side of the street. Please make sure to leave room for others cars to park, as we have limited parking spaces.
4. Do not park on the wrong side of the street. Do not stop cars in the middle of the street.
5. Have children exit on Curb side of car, not the street side
6. Please say your “goodbyes” before you stop and avoid lingering
Village School families are asked to contribute and record at least 40 hours of volunteer work at the school each year, and single parent households are asked to contribute 20 hours. It is this support that allows us to offer such strong programs with limited financial resources. We also welcome grandparents and other relatives to volunteer in your place!
More opportunities to volunteer are coming up, such as Walk & Roll on 5/3! 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.
If you haven't filled out your volunteer paperwork yet, please stop by the office to pick up a packet.
Another way to contribute to our school community is by attending Parent Council Meetings! Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9th at 5:30 PM. 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!
We adore our volunteers! Village School would not be what it is without you. Thank you so much for making Village School the incredible community it is!
Don't forget to sign in to HelpCounter and report your hours so we can see the amazing contributions from our Village School Families. If you
It has come to our attention that some children have been coming to school sick. It has come to our attention that some parents are dropping off sick children at school. 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. Please take a look at the poster below to see what our current policies are. Thank you.
Last week, small groups of students worked in the school garden to plant radish seeds as well as lettuce and cilantro starts. Between the recent sun and some watering, the radishes sprouted in just 3 days and are thriving in between the garlic rows which middle schoolers planted this winter.
Thank you to Ted Purdy and FFLC's Youth Farm for the starts and to staff member, Taylor Zeigler, for working with students in our school garden.
Please join us at the next Parent Council Meeting!
The next Parent Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9th at 5:30pm!
Please join us and send questions and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.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!
Village School Lunch Diaries
Baked potatoes with all the fixings.
Quesadilla day included the much loved chimichurri sauce plus a hot sauce tasting bar!
Community Bulletin Board
Wildling Collaborative Arts
Wildling Collaborative Arts is a new local artist collective focused on creating a creative and healing space for the community and was founded by 5 women, three of which are parents of Village kiddos! We are excited to let the Village community know that we at Wildling Collaborative Arts are currently offering Kid & Parent Clay Classes, among many other clay, sewing, and leatherwork classes. We are also offering a Mother's Day event on May 13th, 11am-3pm, at 250 Taylor where kids and adults can come to make gifts for (and even with) moms & caregivers. For more information or to sign up for classes, you can check out our website WildlingCollaborativeArts.com or follow us on IG (wildlingcollaborativearts) for announcements. We hope to see you there!
Ophelia’s Place is a prevention-based nonprofit, serving girls ages 10-18 in Lane and Linn Counties. Their spring calendar of events and activities for youth and parents can be found on their website: https://www.opheliasplace.net/activities-workshops
See upcoming Workshops and Reading groups from WordCrafters. Wordcrafters provides writers and readers opportunities to strengthen their craft, deepen their connection with literature, and share their knowledge with each other and with future generations.