Village Voice - Volume 22, Issue 7
Thursday, October 27th, Walkathon Village.Raisely.Com
Friday, November 4th, Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Tuesday, November 8th, Walk & Roll
Thursday, December 1st, Reading Celebration Event
2022-2023 Calendar is available here!
Greetings Village School Community!
The weather is turning as the Earth trundles along on our elliptical path around the sun. Despite the smoky air, we’ve had some beautiful, clear afternoons, filled with color and light. Students have been making the best of their time outdoors and indoor recesses are filled with board games, origami, drawing, beeswax sculpting, and more.
A few nuts and bolts-
Please take a moment to stop and look at the lost and found pile on the east side of the office! With the cool weather in the morning and warm afternoons, the pile is growing every day. We will be sorting and re-homing items by 11/2, so if you’re missing something please come look to see if it’s here!
Next, the Walk-A-Thon and Walk & Roll to School have been rescheduled to 10/27 and 11/8 respectively, due to poor air quality. This gives us more time to collect pledges and to prep for reducing our carbon footprint by walking and riding to school! Please take a moment to check in with your student(s) about these events! Community participation makes all the difference.
Also, don’t forget, there’s a half day on the 26th next week!
Lastly, if you haven’t already please fill out the free and reduced lunch application. You can find it here or download, fill out and return the following form. (Click here). We need as many parents to apply as possible to secure Title I funding and it only takes a minute!
As administrators, we find new reasons every day to feel thankful for our students, staff, teachers, and parents. We appreciate you so much!
Community Service Walk-a-Thon - Rescheduled to Oct 27th
The air quality forecast has meant we have needed to delay the Walk-a-Thon, but we're looking forward to the day we can actually bring kids to the South Eugene High School track. Our goal remains 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.
We are pleased to announce that online pledging via Village.Raisely.Com has brought in about $4,200 to date. It's easy to set up your own site, create a family team, and refer people to it via email, Text, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc. Several families have circulated this to a circle of family members or friends. 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!
We are looking for some parent volunteers to help out with this fantastic event! Please reach out to the office to let us know if you're interested.
Día de Los Muertos
Celebramos el Día de los Muertos
Our 2022 school Día de los Muertos celebrations will be held on Friday, November 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Village School Commons.
Village School children have been learning about the history and the importance of this Latin American holiday. They are learning about the joy and remembrance that this special day brings. An understanding of the indigenous roots of the day along with the fusion of Spanish and Christian European traditions allows students to see how ancient the holiday truly is. Click here for more Día de los Muertos history Our celebration mirrors some of the myriad of wonderful traditions from México.
The Día de los Muertos Celebration at the Village School on November 4th includes:
The traditional school Ofrenda will be placed in the Commons. Students are welcome to place photos of loved ones on the Ofrenda. Please come help us put the beautiful ofrenda together on Wednesday, November 2 starting at 2:00PM. Let Chrissy know if you can help. We also need marigolds, Fall foliage, and other flowers to decorate the ofrenda.
Students will be creating artwork to be displayed in the Commons during the time the ofrenda is up. Paintings, papel picado, and other Día de los Muertos works of art will be up for the evening event.
A community dinner will be available to families starting at 5:30-6:15. Please bring your own tableware. ¡Sabrosísima!
The middle school students (grades 7 and 8) will run face painting and arts and crafts tables during the evening.
Mariachi del Sol from Springfield High School will perform at 6:00.
Students in grades one through four will be presenting for families starting at 6:45.
We hope that you and your family have a joyous day celebrating those who have passed, lending wonderful memories and much happiness.
Maestras Sarah y Toña
Walk & Roll - Rescheduled to November 8th
Our rescheduled Walk & Roll to School Day will be happening on November 8th. We'll be joining children and adults worldwide in a celebration of walking and biking to school! There are so benefits to taking alternate modes of transportation, and we're lucky to live in a fantastic city for getting around by foot or by bike. The class with the highest participation will get to proudly display the Golden Bicycle, and will also get to make and enjoy some refreshing smoothies!
If you are interested in helping out with this morning event, please let the office know.
See below for a map of safe routes to school.
Ordering School Pictures
We had a great Picture Day today! You can order your photo packages up to 48 hours after picture day, using the Picture Day ID below on the Lifetouch website. EVTKS72WR
Title I Reading Celebration Event
Mark your calendars! On the evening of Dec. 1, Title I will be sponsoring a Reading Celebration Reading Event. There will be activities, prizes, a guest speaker, Scholastic Book Fair and food!
Watch the Village Voice for more details soon!
Middle School Enrichment Classes
Bits and Bytes Coding Class
Class library visits are now happening each week. I highly recommend knowing your child's class library schedule and checking in with them about what they are reading. For younger children it helps to have someone at home who can give them reminders about bringing library books back. Please be on the lookout for possible overdue notices in communications with your child's teacher. Wet weather will be coming soon, so please be sure to take extra care of books going to and from school. Any dampness on books can damage them beyond repair. Thanks for your help keeping our library books in good condition!
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is starting soon. OBOB is a state-wide, voluntary reading program in which students form teams, read from a set of 16 books, then participate in "battles" where they answer trivia questions about the books. As restrictions have eased this year, I am going back to the way I used to run OBOB in previous years with OBOB being an extracurricular activity taking place outside of school hours. This will be different than current 4th and 5th graders have had in the past. Be on the lookout for OBOB sign up sheets that students who want to participate bring home. Students may form their own team or sign up and I will place them on a team. I also need at least one parent for each team to be their coach. This involves hosting a meeting, (usually once every 2 weeks) helping the children decide what books to read, and helping them practice answering questions. If you are interested in coaching, please provide your name and contact information on the OBOB sign up sheet. For more information, you can see the OBOB website or contact me.
Molly Bautista, VS Librarian
Pax and Hero helped us sort through our Lost and Found collection. Thank you!
Lost & Found
Please take a look outside the office, as we have a rapidly growing collection of
jackets and other clothes in the Lost & Found. You can come by to claim them until November 2nd, when they will join our back up clothing collection for kids. Thank you!
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. Some upcoming events that need volunteer help are:
Walk & Roll
Dia de Los Muertos
Reading Celebration Event
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, November 8th 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
Rules for a Safe Morning Drop Off
Please do not park in the lower lot when dropping students off in the morning. 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.
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
Thank you for helping to keep our students safe!
The Village Kitchen
We have had fun and productive days in the Village School Kitchen this past week. Seventh grade volunteer, Finney, made a vibrant pesto with fresh basil, lots of garlic, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.
Friday parent volunteer, Justin Francese, brought in his drill and some new magnets to replace the failing old ones. Thank you!
South Eugene High School had a no school day on Friday which meant a gaggle of alum made their way over to visit. They let us know how much they miss Village School meals and joined us for Sushi Bowl Day! One of them even woke up early to spend the morning volunteering in the kitchen. Thank you Cameron!
Mark your calendars for Willamette Farm and Food Coalition's Fill Your Pantry event coming Sunday, November 13th. Fill Your Pantry is a unique opportunity to buy staple and storage crops in bulk directly from area farmers. Buying and storing local crops is a tangible way you can support our small farms and ensure that you eat local food all winter. You can pre-order items through October 31st.
Wishing you all the best,
October 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 schoolpaymentportal.com.
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 email@example.com
The Parent Council Online store is live! Help support your parent council by purchasing Village School shirts and sweatshirts! All proceeds help fund projects and events that support our school community.
We are working with a new local business, Webfoot printing.
Order ends- 10/31/22
Delivery- hopefully before 12/1/22
Thanks for supporting parent council!
The next Parent Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 8th 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!
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.
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:
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!
LTD Bus Pass Permission Form form for Village School Students
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.