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Village Voice - Volume 22, Issue 4

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 28th, 5:30pm Board Meeting

Thursday, October 6th, 6:00pm DEI Presentation by Dion C Jordan

Wednesday, October 12th, 5:30pm Parent Council Meeting (Zoom)


Administrator's Message

Greetings Village School Community!

The dust is settling, schedules are starting to fall into place, and the school year is officially in full swing!

We had a great turnout for our Back to School night and the first parent teacher meetings of the year. Official head count tallies show that 111 adults and 30 children were in attendance! Thanks to everyone who showed up to get informed and special thanks to Chrissy Barry in the office for putting in the extra miles to make the meeting run smoothly. By the time you read this, all grades except 3rd grade (rescheduled for 10/4 at 5:30pm) will have completed their parent teacher meetings. Click here for a recording of the all-school portion of the meeting, if you missed it and want to tune in.

Today we launched our Community Service Walk-a-Thon with a light-hearted skit featuring our office staff. Our walk-a-thon raises money for our Kitchen, Garden and Eight nonprofits with an environmental education focus. Our Students will be receiving pledging materials this week, but pledging can also be done online with Village.Raisely.Com. Please see more below.

We have a very special event coming up on October 6th. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee will be hosting a FANTASTIC speaker, Mr. Dion C. Jordan, for the first of four workshops in centering equity, inclusion, and racial justice on October 6th, from 6-7:30 pm. Dion C. Jordan is an experienced facilitator, who has worked with schools and institutions to help dismantle the systems of oppression and help foster a sense of trust, safety and belonging. The first of four evenings is called ““The Awakening Stage” and it will be centered around introductions and trust-building, Rules of Engagement: How to have difficult conversations around race and what to do when the conversation goes wrong, and learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable talking about race. This will be an RSVP only event and each of the four evening workshops builds on the last, so we’re hoping folks will commit to attending all four workshops. The form for RSVP is located on the Village School website at the top of the page. Childcare is provided.

The equinox passed on the 22nd, the days are now shorter than the nights and the weather is starting to change. We’ve had some wet outdoor time! We’ve also spent a few recesses indoors due to poor air quality. Please check the website for our full procedures during times when the AQI exceeds healthy levels.

Thank you to everyone in the community for another great week!


Reminders from Admin

  • The Free and Reduced meal application. Actually this can be done online:

This application requires your student's 4J district ID#, and which we emailed to everyone. We need all families to return this form. The number of families that qualify under the federal income threshold is keyed directly to the amount of funding we receive to retain Title I staff. They are indispensable in providing reading and math support and are part of our cadre of caring educators on campus. Please fill out this application, even if you think you don’t qualify. If you do not qualify for free meals, payments can be made in the office or at

  • Supply Fee -- The supply fee is important to help provide the unique materials our students use in their school work.




We will embark on four 90 minute presentations, which will promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and racial justice. This is an interactive learning experience that helps to bring participants on a learning journey that leads to racial justice, access, equity, and a sense of belonging for all. RSVP only, RSVP link is on the Village School website. Childcare is available.

October 6th: 6-7:30 pm “The Awakening stage”

● Introductions and trust-building

● Rules of Engagement: How to have difficult conversations around race and what to do

when the conversation goes wrong.

● Learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable talking about Race

January 5th: 3:15-4:45 “Moving from The Awakening to the Woke stage”

● Learn where you may have implicit Bias (and we ALL have it), and how to override that

default thinking.

● What it means to be an Ally: Examining privilege and how to be a champion for equity

March 9th: 3:15-4:45 “The Woke stage”

● Speed Hating: A date with microaggressions and discrimination. Learn what to do when

you have caused, witnessed or have become a victim of microaggressions and


May 11th: 6pm-7:30 pm “Moving from The Woke stage to the Work state”

● Understanding the elements of White Supremacy Culture and how to build a culture of

inclusion and belonging.

● What to do with what was learned: Putting words into actions


Community Service Walk-a-Thon

Our Community Service Walk-a-thon is a fun and fit activity for grades 1 through 8. Students set realistic lap goals based on age and development. Our goal is to raise at least $12,000. Half of this will help The Village Kitchen and our garden. The other half will support the following eight organizations, which were chosen for co-sponsorship due to their commitment to community values and ecological awareness:

1st Grade: Nearby Nature 2nd Grade: Cascades Raptors Center 3rd Grade: Food for Lane County Gardens 4th Grade: Huerto de la Familia 5th Grade: Walama Restoration 6th Grade: Chintimini Wildlife Rescue 7th Grade: Whole Earth Nature School 8th Grade: Our Children’s Trust

Students will receive pledge packets this week. Pledging can also be done with Online Pledge System: Village.Raisely.Com. You can set up your own site and refer people to it via email, text, Facebook, Instagram, etc. We hope that each family will participate in the walk-a-thon to the best of its ability. If each family raises $50, we will achieve our goal, but don’t stop at that. The more contributions you raise, the more successful we’ll be at achieving our goal of giving back to the community and helping our school. Thank you very much for your participation! Also be sure to try our


After School Enrichment is Full - Thank you for your Participation!

We would like to thank everyone for their interest in the After School Enrichment Program - ASEP. We received over 90 registration forms and our enrichment classes are full. We will begin our first, ten week session this week. Our 2nd session will begin in January. Watch for information and registration in December.

Thank you again for your interest and support of ASEP. If you have any questions regarding the program please be in touch with Rachel.


Free Covid Testing

You can still sign up for Free Opt-in Testing through U of O and OHA!

The Village School has joined other schools in a program that makes weekly testing available to our students! U of O has partnered with Oregon Health Authority to provide free, voluntary COVID-19 testing kits to children attending participating K-12 schools.

Use the link below to opt-in:




Revised Health and Safety Guidelines

September 19, 2022

Revised quarantine and isolation guidelines for Village School

  1. If a STUDENT, STAFF or VOLUNTEER tests positive for COVID: Isolate for at least 5 days. May return to school as early as day 6 with 2 consecutive negative tests, at least 24 hours apart. The second test must be taken on campus prior to going to class or work. Symptoms must be resolved, and student or staff must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended until day 11. Or, isolate for 10 days and return to school or work on day 11 without testing, if symptoms are resolved and fever-free for 24 hours without medication.

  2. If a STUDENT, STAFF or VOLUNTEER is exposed to Covid outside of the home regardless of vaccination status: Advise family to watch for symptoms. Strongly recommend that student or staff member masks for 10 days after exposure and test for COVID 5-7 days after exposure.

  3. If a STUDENT, STAFF or VOLUNTEER is exposed to Covid within the household, regardless of vaccination status: The exposed student or staff member quarantines during the first 5 days of the infected family member. Return to school/work on day 6 if symptom free. Required rapid testing at school on days 6 through 10. Strongly recommend that the student or staff member wear a mask on days 6 through 10.

Please take a look at the following poster to see what our school guidelines are for keeping sick students at home:


Village School Guests & Volunteer Vaccination Protocol

Fall 2022

This year, everyone is welcome and encouraged to volunteer on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

Our health and safety policy for volunteers is as follows:

  1. Volunteers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 must have a copy of their vaccination card on file in the office.

  2. Volunteers who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 must fill out an exemption available in the office or here: MEDICAL exemption form or RELIGIOUS exemption form.

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


Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell

The Assistance League of Eugene supports a program of student assistance called Operation School Bell. This program supports families who are experiencing financial hardship shop at Fred Meyer for up to $100 on school clothes or shoes for their children.

This year the Village School has 122 spots available. If you would like your child to be included in Operation School Bell this fall please complete The Village School Parent/Guardian Request form .

The form needs to be filled out and submitted by October 5th. Since spots are limited, if we have more than 12 people apply we will run a lottery and notify you if you receive a shopping spot or not. There will also be paper forms to fill out to the office.

If you have any questions, please contact our Counselor Rebecca Macemon at

541-345-7285 or



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! Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 12th 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!

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


Spanish News

¡Bienvenidos al programa de español!

Welcome back to The Eugene Village School Spanish program. Our younger students (1-4 grades) come to Spanish class twice a week and the older students (5-8 grades) three times a week. The class time is always busy learning new vocabulary and concepts in Spanish, practicing their new skills, and having time for games, songs, and stories.

This month we will be learning and experience the following:

  • 1st and 2nd grade students will be learning new songs and poems. Students are learning in a new environment, learning how to greet each other and beginning to learn the colors in Spanish. They will also practice greetings, counting, answering and asking questions, and the days of the week.

  • 3rd grade is continuing to learn the numbers 1-100. They will also work on vocabulary words from the last years, greetings, and months and days. We will work on simple dialogues.

  • 4th grade is reviewing learning from last year. They will be learning the Spanish alphabet and counting to 1000. We will start to delve into Spanish grammar with articles and noun endings.

  • 5th grade will review vocabulary from last year as well as the alphabet and counting to 1000. We will begin the Somos curriculum. We will expand on greetings and questions through dialogues and conversations.

  • 6th and 7th grade will work back into verb conjugation in the present tense. We will be working with the calendar and counting. We will begin the Somos curriculum. Homework will be sent home most Mondays to be returned on Friday. Practice is essential to students’ progress. Please use Jupiter Grades to review your child’s progress and participation.

  • 7th and 8th grades will review grammatical concepts. Homework will be sent home most Mondays to be returned on Fridays. Practice is essential to students’ progress. Please use Jupiter Grades to review your child’s progress and participation.

On Wednesdays, grades 5-8 will be taught by Maestra Toña. She will be focusing on Latin American culture. Students will be learning through readings, videos, and hands-on activities with Toña.


Middle School Sewing Enrichments Class show off their work.


How to keep children safe during

Drop off and pick up at

The Village School

*We require students in grades K-3 to be walked to their classroom door by a parent or guardian. Parking is available on 35th ave, Glen Oak Dr, Knob Hill Ln, and Donald St.

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.

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


The Village Kitchen

Greetings from The Village School Kitchen!

Today we served stacked enchiladas, a favorite for many. Add a little sour cream, chimichurri, avocado or hot sauce alongside a salad of lettuce and mesclun greens from Horton Road Farm, red and yellow bell peppers from Upriver Organics and a few freshly cut fall apples and you have a nutritious, delicious and beautiful lunch!

Farmer Emily delivers tomatoes, pepper and carrots.

Thank you to all the amazing parents who volunteer to support our unique school food program. We couldn't do it without your help!

October menus are being printed in the next few days. Links to the breakfast and lunch menus are included in every Village Voice newsletter. They can also be found on our school website and you can pick up pick copies in the school office.


Toña Aguilar


September Breakfast and Lunch Menus are now available to view!


Free and Reduced Lunch

Please Check and See If You Qualify!

The new free and reduced lunch income requirements have been significantly expanded so please apply, even if you think you may not qualify!

If you have not yet done so, take a moment to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. Our school’s Title I funding is based on the number of qualified households we have, so it is crucial that everyone see if they qualify. If you do not qualify for free meals, payments can be made in the office or at

If you qualify via direct certification (ie, food stamps), you should have received a letter confirming eligibility for free meals. Please let us know if you have not received this letter.

Contact Tristin in the office for details at


A Reminder about Morning Drop off

The office team would like to clarify our school policy on late arrivals.

If you arrive late for any reason, please make sure to swing by the front office, sign in your child (if they are 4th grade and up, they can sign in themselves) and have them take an orange pass to their teacher. It's considered a late arrival if they are not in their classrooms by 8:25. Thank you for helping us to know that your children are safely in class, and assisting us in keeping accurate attendance records for our school!


Village School Art

The 6th graders worked with plants, shadows, and water color in art class last week.


Parent Council

Thank you to all who joined us for our first meeting of the year!

The next Parent Council Meeting will be on October 12th 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!


Help Wanted

Substitute Teacher & Substitute Educational Assistant

Duties: Serve as substitute teacher or substitute classroom assistant.

Qualifications: Experience working with groups of children. Knowledge of Waldorf curriculum a plus.

Teachers require Valid Oregon Teaching License:

[Main lesson (K-8), Movement/PE, Spanish, Music, Handwork]

Instructional Assistant (BA and fingerprint background check required) Willingness to get CPR training Background check required Complete Covid vaccination records Salary Range: $24 per hour for Teachers, $15 - $18 per hour for Assistants

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Benefits include our healthy lunch service, PERS coverage.

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Kitchen Assistants

Duties: Serve as a part time FTE Kitchen Assistant, working 3 - 5 days per week.

Qualifications: Knowledge of basic sanitary guidelines.

Knowledge of basic dish washing machine operations.

Ability to communicate effectively with student volunteers, co-workers, and school staff.

Requires standing or walking, 100% of the time.

Occasional environmental exposures to cold, heat, water.

Must be able to transport 35 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds on occasion.

Requires a current Oregon Food Handler's card and a current finger print based, Background Check.

Wage: $15 per hour

Schedule: 10 - 15 hours per week from Monday - Friday, 164 days per year from Sept - June.

Contracted Nurse for Diabetes Care

The Village School is hoping to contract with a nurse agency for lunchtime diabetes support. Please call (541) 345-7285 for more information.


LTD Passes Available!

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!

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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