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Village Voice - Volume 23, Issue 22

Updated: Feb 13

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 13th, 1st Grade Field Trip to Science Center

  • Tuesday, February 13th, 6pm, Parent Council Meeting in the Library CANCELED

  • Thursday, February 15th, 10:15am & 6pm, 4th Grade Play

  • Monday, February 19th, No School, Presidents Day

  • Tuesday, February 20th, 5:30pm, Board Meeting (in Library)

  • Friday, February 23rd, 2nd Grade Field Trip to Science Center

  • Tuesday, February 27th, OBOB Battles 2023-2024 Calendar is available here!


Quick Links

In the interest of reducing the sheer length of the Village Voice, we have replaced several repeating items with links to shortcuts:


Administrator's Message

Greetings Village School Community! 

Wow! Heart of the Village was a SMASHING success! The vibes were chill, the lunch was spicy, the kombucha was frosty, and the bake sale was smokin’ hot! Thank you to all the totally tubular, brilliantly buoyant, and fantastically fearless volunteers, led by Chrissy Barry, Shannon Boyd, and the class coordinators. You all are our heroes. 

Another big win since last week was Grand Friends Day. We had over 115 grands and visitors on campus, visiting classrooms, sharing lunch, and making new friends. This is such a heartwarming day to witness. It’s quickly become one of our absolute favorites! Thanks to everyone who came to visit and helped coordinate this event, it was lovely. 

Changing gears…we have officially made it past the halfway point of the year! Report cards will be coming out this week and some of you may notice that they are newly organized. Please keep in mind this is just one snapshot of your child’s progress in school. 

The information in the lower grades report card is to inform parents and caregivers of their child’s progress and achievements. The information is not intended for the student. Teachers give age-appropriate feedback in a variety of ways to your child at school. Please keep this in mind if you choose to share the report card with your child.

The information in the middle school report cards are intended for both families and students. Students receive feedback regularly in class as well as in the form of “grades”. 

We are using a new system this year for middle school reporting. The Synergy system does not align perfectly with the Jupiter grade-book our teachers use. Your child will receive a Pass/No pass grade for music classes, and “proficiency” grading for all other classes. 

Middle School Grading Key:

Jupiter → Synergy

​​CM (consistent mastery) = HiPr (Highly Proficient)

AM (approaching mastery) = Proficient

BC (beginning comprehension) = NrProf. (Nearly Proficient)

BU (basic understanding) = NtProf. (Not Proficient)

IR (intervention required) = NG (No Grade)

If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please contact the classroom teacher. 

We also have a DEIB meeting this Friday at 3:30! Please come visit, we will be in the staff lounge! 

Also, make a plan to check out our DEIB speaker event on Thursday, February 29th from 3:15-4:30. River Aaland from Ophelia’s Place will be doing a presentation on gender bias, misogyny, and sexism and its impacts on students and school culture. She will offer an opportunity for reflection and give tools for change. This presentation will be for both staff and parents. 

Last but not least, some important sky news: on Valentine’s Day Jupiter and the crescent moon will be hanging out together all day and into the night. It’s going to be an EPIC, if fleeting, one day romance. If you’re out and about, take a look up and see if you can spot the star crossed lovers! 

With huge love and appreciation, 


Roz, Shannon, and Andy


Heart of the Village - THANK YOU!

What a beautiful Heart of the Village celebration we had this past Saturday! The sky was clear as could be, and the courtyard was full of families basking in the sun and enjoying their lunch, while excited children made sure to play all of the games. We had Pocket People with treasure filled capes and dresses twirling, a bustling craft room, bedazzled photo booth, and delicious cakes and other baked goods overflowing at the bake sale and musical cakes. The silent auction was hopping and filled with fantastic items, the commons was full of music and great food. We hope that everyone went home with full hearts.

Heart of the Village is quite the undertaking. Hours of planning go into it, and it only works because our whole school comes together in a magnificent show of community spirit. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We cannot begin to say how grateful we are for your commitment and hard work, as well as the joyful energy you bring to this event. We adore you! How lucky are Village School students?!

Take a look at this fun slideshow of Heart of the Village:



Please reach out to with any questions about volunteering! We ask families to contribute 40 hours of volunteer hours per year, and single parent households to contribute 20 hours. If you would like to know how many volunteer hours you have accumulated this year, please let Chrissy know. There are a few events coming up, as well as classroom and kitchen opportunities that can help to meet these hours.

Another way to contribute to our school community is by attending Parent Council Meetings! We will be holding our next meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 6pm in the Village School Library. If you would like to attend virtually, here is the Zoom link 

*Please make sure to sign in, grab a volunteer badge, and sign out at the office when you volunteer


Annual Giving Campaign

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far to our annual giving campaign!  We are approaching $7,000 towards our goal of $20,000. You can donate by card without fees or by check. We hope you will join us in bringing more excitement and fun for students on the playground.

Importance of 100% Participation: Unlike regular district schools, The Village School receives no dedicated funding for facilities improvements. With the expenditure of the last pandemic funds, we will be relying more on local grants & donations for facilities improvements.  If everyone contributes, regardless of amount, this helps grantors know that our school is appreciated by our community and thus worthy of their grants.


Library Card Fundraiser


Grandfriends Day

We had a huge turnout to Grandfriends Day this past Friday! It was lovely to see all of the happy and excited faces--Grandfriends and students alike! Thank you to Toña for making sure our visitors got to start out their morning with delicious pastries, and to end their visit with the yummiest Grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch. Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers, Grace, Heather, & Jayme for showing up bright and early to greet over a hundred Grandfriends so warmly and manning the coffee and treats table. We could not have done it without you!


Kitchen News

It was super sweet to serve tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches to SO many Grandfriends on Friday. Big thanks to the John and Jacqueline, KG parents, for volunteering in the kitchen through a very busy lunch service!

This Friday, the kitchen will welcome special guest chef, Hana Burnett. Hana is the mother of Eddie (1st grade) and Bodhi (3rd grade) will be making Dduk Gook (Korean Rice Cake Soup) for the school. This will be an additional, optional offering alongside our regular meal. 

In North and South Korea, February 10th is Seollal, a traditional festival and national holiday commemorating the first day of the lunisolar calendar. It is one of the most important holidays of the year. During this holiday, many Koreans visit their family, perform ancestral rites, wear traditional clothing, eat special foods and play traditional folk games. Seollal generally occurs in January or February on the second new moon after the winter solstice. This year it fell on February 10th, the day our school celebrated Heart of the Village.

One of the traditional foods eaten on Seollal is Dduk Gook, a soothing, simple soup made with moon shaped rice cakes. Their texture is a cross between mochi and pasta, making a filling and comforting dish.

Thank you Hana for making this special moon cake soup!

Toña Aguilar


6th Grade News

The 6th graders have been studying and writing about endangered animals. Their reports and brochures will soon be on display in the library. Check them out and learn how to help! 


Family Directory

The Village School Family Directories are ready in the office if you would like a copy!


The Courtyard is Open!

The Courtyard is officially open! It has been lovely to see students and families enjoying this beautiful space. Today the 1st graders had a great time reading with their 8th grade buddies.


Parent Council

The next Parent Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12th  at 6:00pm! We will be meeting in the Village School Library. For those who would like to join us from home, here is the Zoom link 

Please join us and send questions and ideas to

The notes from past meetings can be found here (updated).

Every Village School parent and guardian is a part of Parent Council - Parent Council Meetings are open to all parents and guardians on the 2nd Tuesday 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: $26 per hour for Teachers, $18 - $20 per hour for Assistants

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Benefits include our healthy lunch service, PERS coverage.

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Community Bulletin Board


Arts Access is a ticket subsidy program at the Hult Center that provides free or subsidized tickets to community members lacking adequate access to the performing arts.

What is Arts for All?

Arts for All is a program that supports community members currently using an EBT or Oregon Trail Card. A patron can show their Oregon Trail Card/EBT and can purchase two (2) $5 tickets to many of the Hult Center’s best music, theatre and dance groups. Participation varies by event and will be clearly labeled on our website.  

How does it work? 

Arts For All offers $5 tickets to select Hult Presents shows. Participating shows will have information on the website. Patrons must purchase tickets in person to present their Oregon Trail Card and can then set up an account so it is noted they have purchased their allotted 2 tickets. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis. Please note, Arts For All cannot be applied to past purchases.

Below are the events we can currently provide these tickets for:

If you have any questions, please contact the Hult Center Ticket Office at 541-682-5000 or



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