Tuesday, May 30th - Friday, June 2nd, Spirit Week
Thursday, June 1st, 1:45pm, Spring Music Assembly in the Courtyard
Friday, June 2nd, 5th Grade Field Trip to Emerald Lanes
Friday, June 2nd, 5th Grade Bake Sale Fundraiser for Cielo de Amor
Monday, June 5th - Thursday, June 8th, 8th Grade Trip to Twin Rocks Camp
Tuesday, June 6th, Parent Council Meeting Zoom
Wednesday, June 7th, 6th Grade Play
Thursday, June 8th, 4th Grade Field Trip to Skinner Butte Park
Friday, June 9th, No School
Tuesday, June 13th, 3rd Grade Field Trip to Salem
Tuesday, June 13th, 4th Grade Field Trip to Library
Thursday, June 15th, Rose Ceremony
Thursday, June 15th, 8th Grade Graduation
Friday, June 16th, Last Day of School! 11:45am Dismissal
Greetings Village School Community!
We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that there are some frightening threats happening at South Eugene High School. Many of our Village School alumni, who are also siblings to students who attend TVS presently, have been deeply affected by these threats and so our school is also affected. We are working diligently on both short term and long term plans to keep our school safe. The conversation of safety is ongoing at staff meetings. As well, we have an active Safety Committee tasked with identifying potential areas of concern as well as coming up with procedures and plans moving forward toward this end.
Here is a message from Rebecca Macemon, our school counselor, on this topic:
The continued threats of violence at South Eugene High School may evoke many emotions – rage, sadness, fear, and everything in between. Each of us will feel differently, and react to our feelings in our own way. Some families may choose to shield their children from this news, while there are others who have older children that attend South and want to openly talk about it.
Below are helpful resources for navigating these conversations if they arise.
How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime and War - Common Sense Media (age-by-age resource)
Some children might be experiencing anxiety from these events. Here is an article about 9 Tools for Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety.
It is important to remember that children will take the lead from the adults around them. Maintaining a normal routine brings comfort during times of fear. Please be sure to check in with yourself and how you are doing. Reach out to your support network if you need additional support.
Please let me know if your student needs additional support. You can call me at 541-345-7285 or email me at email@example.com.
Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns!
Roz, Shannon, and Andy
Spring Music Assembly
On Thursday, June 1st at 1:45pm, grades 4th - 8th will be performing at our Spring Music Assembly. This will take place outside in the courtyard. Please join us if you are able to!
7th Grade Play Photos
Important Library News
Library books are due this week! This week classes will visit the library for the last time this school year, and students should return books on their regular library day. Books can also be returned to the library book return or the office. 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. We ask that you pay for the cost of replacement books if you are able. Thanks for keeping books available in our library for next year!
Molly Bautista, VS Librarian
6th Grade Camping Trip
The 6th graders traveled over the pass into Bend to visit the High Desert Museum, the Sunriver Observatory, and Paulina Peak. They had a great time, camping at Tumalo State Park in thirty degree weather, observing nebulae and star clusters through giant telescopes, and watching otters play! They ate spaghetti and s'mores under the big pines, glimpsed moon craters in great detail, and walked through time into the golden age of the West. Everyone was tired and hot by the time they got home, but it was a fantastic trip!
6th grade student reflections of their overnight trip:
I really enjoyed dunking in the Deschutes river. It was super cold but it was still fun trying to get across through all the rapids and rocks. I also liked going to the High Desert Museum and seeing some really cute otters and other animals. Overall I liked the trip a lot!!
There was something awesome that I truly loved: going to the observatory! All of the telescopes and facts about planets fascinated me. I looked into a wide, black telescope and saw the moon really close up. It was so detailed and realistic, it almost looked fake! One other special thing that happened there was when I saw Ursa Major for the first time. I had never ever seen a constellation in my entire life. For the longest time the sky was just a scatter of stars, and then I saw it, clear as day. It was a magical moment for me.
One highlight was putting up the tent! Another highlight was taking a dip in the river. One more highlight was making s’mores! And another, just for fun, was catching little baby frogs!
I liked the field trip. The swimming was super fun. The food was so good! And looking at the stars was cool.
7th Grade Trip to Ashland
The 7th grade class had a fabulous time in Ashland. They saw two excellent productions, Rent and Romeo and Juliet. They also hiked in the woods above town, swam in the pool, and feasted lavishly at the dining hall of SOU.
5th Grade Fundraising and Bake Sale
The 5th grade fund raiser bake sale, raffle and t-shirt sale for Cielo de Amor was a great success with almost $500 made! Look for another bake sale this Friday, June 2nd after school in the same location (the grassy area at the top of the stairs on 35th Ave).
2nd Grade Field Trip to the Raptor Center
The 2nd graders had a fantastic field trip to the Cascades Raptor Center this past week. You can see how attentive and respectful they were during the presentation!
The Village School Garden is in full expansion mode! The garlic, radishes and lettuce students planted earlier in the year are thriving. This week, students will harvest produce and carry it up to the kitchen for use in our lunch program.
Working with children to grow food in the school garden for use in our food service program highlights stewardship, nourishment and community. Big thanks to Taylor Ziegler for his work to cultivate these values.
Students continue to make efforts to reduce the amount of milk waste as a result of the 4th grade food waste reduction project. Due to the cost savings we will be able to purchase pickles for lunch on Thursday as requested by 4th grade students. If we can keep up the reduced food waste we hope to bring in black olives before the end of the school year to serve alongside Yumm Bowls.
Our Oregon Farm to School spotlight for June is strawberries from Wintergreen Farm. Wintergreen practices organic and biodynamic farming methods on 171 acres near Noti. Check out their website for CSA information as well as where you can purchase their produce locally. They are well known for their delicious strawberries which sell out quickly when brought to market. We are so very excited to be getting enough this week for students to enjoy!
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
1st Grade Field Trip to Wayne Morse Family Farm
The 1st graders took a fun walking field trip to Wayne Morse farm, and had a refreshing break in nature!
Summer Garden Volunteers Needed
The school garden is in need of caretakers in June and July.
Our chickens will need water every few days and food checked once a week.
The garden itself will need watering every couple of days.
You get eggs and veggies to eat out of the garden during your volunteer time!
Please contact Brett if you can help out.
We loved seeing all of the PJs and stuffies today! Here are the rest of the week's themes:
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 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
Roasted cauliflower and mac and cheese piled high with lively greens!
Chickpea tandoori is such a treat! The snap peas from the salad bar were so fresh and sweet, and the watermelon was perfect for this warm Friday. There were definitely some excited students when they saw today's fruit offering.
A nice comforting plate of spaghetti to welcome us back after the long weekend.
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!
On June 10th, Eugene Rec will be releasing 1Pass. Kids can access 16 exciting partner destinations during the summer for a flat fee of $60, providing more fun at an affordable price. These carefully selected destinations include swimming pools, museums, golf courses, trampoline parks, bowling alleys, disc golf courses, indoor basketball, roller skating, miniature golf and more. See the website for more details!
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.