Village Voice - Volume 22, Issue 34
Tuesday, May 23rd - Wednesday, May 24th, 6th Grade Camping Trip
Wednesday, May 24th, 3rd Grade Field Trip to Elegant Elephant
Thursday, May 25th - Friday, May 26th, 7th Grade Ashland Trip
Friday, May 26th, 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Raptor Center
Friday, May 26th, 5th Grade Fundraiser Bake Sale
Monday, May 29th, No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30th - Friday, June 2nd, Spirit Week
Friday, June 2nd, 5th Grade Field Trip to Emerald Lanes
Friday, June 2nd, 5th Grade Bake Sale Fundraiser for Cielo de Amor
2022-2023 Calendar is available here!
Greetings Village School Community!
As the days get longer and the sun gets stronger, the summer becomes ever clearer in focus! It’s clear that our students are standing by as the “how many days are left of school?” question wafts can be regularly heard on campus (it’s 18.5, in case you were wondering).
We’ve been keeping very busy, trying to get all of our goals met for the year! There have been FANTASTIC class plays, field trips, mentorship presentations, hikes, district testing, OWL classes, staff meetings galore, and LOTS of learning happening. Be sure to read the rest of this issue of the Village Voice so that you don’t miss out on anything!
You may have heard about one new initiative we started recently, each class is trying to earn 50 wooden moons toward a special gathering with their reading buddies. A moon is earned through a respectful action and can be earned by an individual or by a whole class. The goal of this initiative is to reward students for working on being a kind member of our community. It’s been going great so far. Some classes are already upwards of 40 moons!
Thank you, once again, for showing up and being an integral part of the fabric of the Village School. We are ever grateful.
Roz, Shannon, and Andy
7th Grade Play
The 7th Grade had two incredible performances of the musical "Spamalot" so far, and will have two more performances tomorrow. They truly put all their heart and hard work into these performances, and it showed! Bravo 7th graders!
Important Library News
This week is the last week to check out books from the school library. Next week classes will visit the library for the last time this school year, and students should return books on their regular library day. All books are due by June 2. Students who need library books for school assignments can keep them longer if they talk to me. Now is the time to try to locate books that are overdue. If books have been lost, please contact me or the office. We ask that you pay for the cost of replacement books if you are able. Thanks for your help keeping books available in our beautiful library!
Molly Bautista, VS Librarian
3rd Grade Bird House Carpentry Project
The 3rd graders were hard at work making beautiful bird houses this week with the assistance of some helpful parent volunteers!
8th Grade Mentorship Projects
The 8th Grade class did a fabulous job presenting their mentorship projects to their friends and families as well as the many mentors that showed up to the event. Families provided a tasty potluck dinner to thank the mentors and celebrate the projects. Every student found a mentor in the community and worked with them for at least 20 hours, documenting their experience with a visual presentation, journal entries, and a formal paper.
5th Grade Fundraiser
The 5th grade class is teaming up with the nonprofit Cielo de amor to raise funds to help purchase three wheelchairs for kids in need in Ecuador! They will be doing a bake sale this Friday, May 26th after school on the grassy area on 35th Ave, as well as next Friday, June 2nd after school in the courtyard. They will also be doing a coin drive and raffle! The coin drive will be located in the cafeteria and will be ongoing for the next few weeks. Please come to support this wonderful cause.
Middle School Art Class
The middle schoolers have been working on cloud studies with acrylic paints. Take a look at their beautiful completed projects.
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, June 6th 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
Our Oregon Farm to School highlight of the month is locally grown snap peas! Snap peas are one of the first local, spring crops students love to eat off our salad bar. They are full of vitamins A and C and provide us with iron, dietary fiber, calcium and protein. We will be receiving this month's snap peas from Groundworks Organics tomorrow morning and plan to have them on the salad bar with Friday's yummy entree - Chickpea Tandoori with Brown Basmati Rice.
Groundwork Organics, located in Junction City, has been growing and selling organic produce for over 20 years. They are well known for their market stands found at the Eugene and Portland farmers markets, their abundant CSA offerings as well as their farm stand and u-pick strawberry field at 91360 River Road. They will open for u-pick strawberries this Thursday, May 25th.
May Breakfast and Lunch Menus are now available to view below! You are also welcome to pick up a paper copy in the office.
The Village School will be celebrating Spirit Week from Tuesday, May 30th - Friday, June 2nd. Please keep an eye out for more information about the daily themes that will soon be coming your way!
Please join us at the next Parent Council Meeting!
The next Parent Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 6th at 5:30pm!
Please join us and send questions and ideas to email@example.com.
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
The Village School roasted cauliflower is a true delight, as is the made from scratch pesto sauce!
We got to head into the weekend with this incredible polenta lunch in our bellies! Creamy polenta with tomato sauce, and plenty of greens and citrus on the side.
Community Bulletin Board
One of our parents has generously donated 4 passes to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Eugene. Please stop by the office if you would like one!
Wildling Collaborative Arts Museum Tickets
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.