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Village Voice - Volume 22, Issue 32

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, May 8th - Friday, May 12th, Staff Appreciation Week

  • Tuesday, May 9th, Parent Council Meeting, (Zoom)

  • Thursday, May 11th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, DEI Event with Dion C Jordan

  • Thursday, May 11th, 7th Grade Fundraiser at MOD Pizza

  • Friday, May 12th, No School

  • Tuesday, May 16th, 5:30pm, Board Meeting

  • Wednesday, May 16th, 5:30pm, 8th Grade Mentorship Evening

  • Friday, May 19th, Volunteer Appreciation Day


Administrator's Message

Greetings Village School Community!

A Flower Moon, a May Day dance, a lunar eclipse, a bobbing line of kinder fairies singing songs and leaving flowers, a meteor shower, walkers and rollers weaving the streets to school, and an intermittent sun blazing down between rain showers…last week was truly a magical one! Thank you to all the parent volunteers, thank you to Chrissy Barry, thank you to Mr. Matthew and Justin Ross. You all made for a wonderful week!

This week is the last of four Diversity, Equity, and Belonging presentations from Dion C. Jordan. The topic will be “Moving from the Woke Stage to the Work Stage.” If you’ve rsvp’d already, come and join us! If you’d like to tag on, please email for more information.

Thank you all so much for continuing to show up in our community with such strength and integrity and caring! We are all so grateful for you.


Roz, Shannon, and Andy


Thank You!

Thank you to our wonderful class coordinators and volunteers for helping to make May Day such a sweet and beautiful day! Thank you Emily Nance for locating the star of the day--our beautiful Maypole Ribbons, as well as for all you do for our school! We appreciate you all and your dedication to Village School so very much!!


Staff Appreciation Week

Please say thank you to your teachers and staff members. These are the daily themes:

  • Monday: Write a letter, card or poem for a staff member.

  • Tuesday: Bring in a flower or something from nature for a staff member.

  • Wednesday: Create a drawing for a staff member.

  • Thursday: Wear you teacher’s favorite color, team, animal, or another theme your teacher loves.

  • Friday: There will be no school.


The Big Screen has Arrived! - Volunteers Needed

We accepted delivery of our new 160" x 100" screen for the Commons. This was part of the Annual Giving Campaign.

Now we need a little help installing it. If any of you parents with a strong back are OK with spending 15 minutes after school hoisting up the big screen, we can get the show on the road. Please let Andy or Chrissy know if you have time to help.


May Day Festival Photos

Cheers to our Volunteers!!!

None of this would be possible without you!

What a spectacular May Day it was! Thank you for sharing the bounty of your gardens with us. It was a joy to see all of that beauty lining our breezeways, and then being transformed into gorgeous flower crowns. Thank you to our teachers and students for their hard work teaching and performing wonderful music and Maypole dances. We'd also like to give a special shout out to our talented piano players James and Rowan, who lent their gifts to the festival. We appreciate you all more than we could ever say.


Walk & Roll

Thank you to all that participated in Walk & Roll! We had a great turn out, with many of our students and staff choosing to take alternate means of transportation. Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers Shane Rhodes and James Barry for helping this event run so smoothly! We had some great raffle prizes and happy winners, as well!


Sewing Class Field Trip

Last week, the middle school sewing class got to go on a field trip to Piece by Piece to learn how to pick out just the right fabric for their projects, as well as to experience the purchasing process!


7th Grade Fundraiser


5th Grade Play

The 5th Graders had two stellar performances of their play, "Riders on the Storm". Their hard work truly showed. Bravo 5th Graders!!


Lost & Found

Please swing by the breezeway in front of the office to see if your child's items are in our Lost & Found. We will be donating any items that are left behind on Friday, May 12th.

Thank you!



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!

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


Health Reminders

Please take a look at the poster below to see what our current policies are. Thank you.


Village Kitchen

Food waste project Fourth grade students recently completed a graphing project showing how many cups of milk were wasted over the course of one school week. After some math calculations, they figured out that in one month, approximately 14 plastic gallons of milk are unnecessarily discarded, which costs the school $125.02 or over $1,000 a year!

Fourth graders are taking their plea to decrease food waste to other grades this week. As an incentive, they have requested that if the school can decrease its food waste, the kitchen purchases black olives for the salad bar for Yumm Bowl Day and pickles for the salad bar for Sandwich Day with the money saved. Milk will be measured again next week, and they will find out if the community was able to decrease their waste. Bountiful Buckets We have a plethora of one gallon buckets with handles and lids. These are the buckets that we get our yummy organic medium salsa in from De Casa Fine Foods. They make for great storage containers or summer berry picking receptacles. Let me know if you would like one, two or a few! Volunteer needs We are in need of a Friday morning laundry folder. This easy yet essential volunteer job involves folding napkins, aprons, tablecloths and dish towels right after drop off. It usually takes between 30-45 minutes. There are only four more Fridays left in the school year!!!! We also need help with lunch prep and/or service on Thursday, May 18th and June 1st. Text, email or call if you can help with this task. Toña - 541-510-8604

6th grade students, Trinity and Bridget, were fans of today's lunch of bean and cheese burritos. They came back after lunch and requested we have it on the menu more often! Warmly, Toña


May Menus

May Breakfast and Lunch Menus are now available to view below! You are also welcome to pick up a paper copy in the office.


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

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

This week we got treated to delicious burritos for lunch!


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 or follow us on IG (wildlingcollaborativearts) for announcements. We hope to see you there!


Ophelia's Place

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:



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.

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