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Village Voice - Volume 23, Issue 23

Upcoming Events

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

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

  • Tuesday, February 27th, OBOB Battles

  • Thursday, February 29th, Sibling Applications Due

  • Friday, March 1st, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Middle School Dance 2023-2024 Calendar is available here!


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Administrator's Message

Greetings Village School Community! 

We hope that you enjoyed your long weekend! 

We have an exciting opportunity upcoming: On February 29th, River Aaland from Ophelia’s Place will be coming to facilitate a discussion on gender bias with an emphasis on schools. This talk will be held in the Commons, starting at 3:15pm. We will have childcare available for parents attending the talk. 

Please read below for important information regarding the upcoming OSAS (state) testing:

The Village School is required to administer annual statewide assessments of language arts and math for students in grades 3–8 and science in grades 5 and 8. Testing at The Village School will begin soon. 

Opt-Out Information for the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS)

Parents may submit an opt-out form at any time. Preferably the forms are submitted 30 days prior to the administration of the tests. If you have any questions please send an email to

OSAS Science Assessment Exemption Request

For science assessments, parents may request their student be exempt from testing based on disability or religion. Unlike the opt-out process for Math and ELA, parent requests for exemption from all other tests must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Be submitted in writing to charter school office

  • Include the reasons for request (disability or religion)

  • Propose an alternative learning activity for the student

Exemption requests are subject to charter school review and determination whether to approve. The form for science test opt out must be printed and returned to the office or emailed to

Stay safe and warm!


Roz, Shannon, Andy


Sibling Applications

All siblings planning to attend Village School next year must have a Sibling Application on file. This is different from the intent to return form. Sibling applications can be found here sibling applications are due by Feb 29th.


February Birthdays



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, March 12th 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 $8,400 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


Middle School Dance

The Middle School Dance will be happening on Friday, March 1st from 7:00 - 9:00pm!

Middle School parent chaperones are still needed for this event, as well as snack donations. Snacks should be pre-packaged and ideally nut-free. Baked goods are also great, as long as all ingredients are listed and that they are individually packaged. Thank you! To sign up to help out at the middle school dance, please see the sign up sheet.


5th Grade Art

The 5th graders got to enjoy a marbling class with Ms Frederique.


Kitchen News

On Friday we welcomed Village School parent Hana Burnett as our guest chef for the day. Hana prepared a delicious Korean soup called Dduk Gook for students and staff. 

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 time, 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 and simple soup make with oval shaped rice cakes. 

Thank you Hana!

Thank you 4th grade helper, Lily, for so carefully cutting up pears to make yummy pear sauce.

Toña Aguilar


4th Grade Play

The 4th graders recently poured their hearts into 2 spectacular performances of "The Theft of Thor's Hammer"! This is the culmination of their studies on Norse Mythology. Thank you to their teachers, Matthew Bigongiari and Matthew Rutman, as well as our 4th grade parent volunteers! The students are lucky to be guided and supported by you.


Author's Night

Please see below for information on this wonderful, upcoming event! Keep an eye out for ways to volunteer for Author's Night!


Family Directory

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


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!


Village School Lunch Diaries

An incredible lunch of Dduk Gook (Korean Rice Cake Soup) by our guest chef, Hana Burnett. It was so delicious!

Fresh pesto pasta to welcome students and staff back to school after the long weekend.


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

The Fifth Eugene Youth Math Festival

We invite elementary and middle school students (ages 5-14) who share a passion for games, problem-solving, crafts, or hands-on math activities, to come to the Eugene Youth Math Festival. Kids who like math will have hours of fun and even kids who might not particularly like math up to this point will enjoy many of the planned 50 stations!  

This year we will have Spanish-speaking UO students to assist guests who need translations.

*Please note that the Math Festival volunteers cannot take responsibility for unaccompanied children and that anyone attending the event may have their photo taken for promotional or educational purposes (photo releases are required for entry). Also, we recommend bringing snacks and water bottles for the kids.

Time: Saturday, February 24, 10 am - 1pm

Location: McArthur Court, University of Oregon, 1601 University St.

Admission is free and no registration is needed. Come and explore!



Hult Center News

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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