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Village Voice - Volume 23, Issue 24


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 27th, OBOB Battles

  • Thursday, February 29th, Sibling Applications Due

  • Thursday, February 29th, Gender Bias Presentation

  • Friday, March 1st, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Middle School Dance

  • Thursday, March 7th, 11:45am Early Dismissal

  • Friday, March 8th, No School for K - 5 (Conferences), Regular School Day for 6th - 8th 2023-2024 Calendar is available here!


 

Quick Links


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Administrator's Message


Greetings Village School Community!


It’s another beautiful spring-like day! Hopefully you caught the recent Full Snow Moon. Though it will end up being the smallest full moon of 2024, it was no less breathtaking AND its appearance signaled the start of the Chinese Lantern Festival, (Shangyuan), which is part of the Chinese New Year celebration. 


A quick nuts and bolts reminder: we would like students who are not in Village Care to be off campus by 3:15pm, to ensure a smooth transition to after school activities. We appreciate that this can be tough because student’s like to remain after to play soccer and hang out after school, but it makes it much easier for Blaise to manage Village Care and also for teachers to be able to focus on planning and prepping for the upcoming day, if students are off campus. Here is our after school pick up procedure:


After School Pick Up Policy:


It is important to us that the school grounds remain a safe and healthy space for child learning and development. For these reasons, we enforce the following protocol for after school pick up times: Starting at 2:50pm, all children grade five and lower must be accompanied by a parent or guardian WITHIN ~25 FEET of the child. Any upper grades students not accompanied by a parent or guardian must be off campus by 3:15pm unless otherwise directed by staff. Any students grades five and below not accompanied by a parent or guardian will be directed to the Village Care program


Please take note of the poster advertising our guest speaker, River Aaland, upcoming on the 29th at 3:15pm. River has been working with youth for fifteen years and has gained a plethora of tools as a case manager, coach, trainer, mentor, and direct provider. She will be bringing a conversation about gender bias, misogyny, and sexism at the interpersonal/systemic/institutional level and it’s impacts on students and school culture. She will also leave us with tools for reflection and change. The community is invited to attend! We will have childcare available. Hope you can make it! 


Thank you for your continued support and for showing up every day! We love you! 


Sincerely, 

Roz, Shannon, and 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.



 

Volunteering


Please reach out to chrissy@eugenevillageschool.org 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 $8,600 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.



 

Gender Bias Presentation - Thurs, Feb 29th 3:15pm


Please join us this Thursday after school for a presentation on Gender Bias and the education system by River Aaland. Childcare will be provided. We hope to see you there!




 

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.




 

Parent Council Event - ADHD 101 - March 6th


Parent Council is inviting you to an ADHD 101 talk by Rachael Young on March 6th, from 6:00 - 8:00pm. This will take place at the Village School. Please RSVP as soon as possible, as there are only 20 spots available!


We're using SignUp (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:


1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp: https://signup.com/go/dFXQbUz

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.


Note: SignUp does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.




 

Kitchen News


Thank you Wintergreen Farm for growing amazing daikon radish, a central component to our VSK kimchi. 



Made with all organic napa cabbage, carrot, scallions, ginger, garlic and white daikon radish, our resident kimchi creative, Taylor, adds Himalayan pink salt, gochugara powder, patience and love to create a delicious, probiotic condiment which many staff and a growing number of students enjoy on special occasions.




Soft Taco Mondays happen once a month and are always a favorite. Thank you 4th grade students, Kaia, Nora and Lilah for creating today's menu board!


Toña Aguilar


 

Library Card Fundraiser

We did it!!  Excited to report that our fundraiser for student library cards for public charter and homeschooling students was a great success!  We raised approximately $19,000.  This should be enough to cover Eugene Public Library cards for all students that didn’t already qualify for free library cards at Village School, Ridgeline Montessori and Coburg Community Charter!  In addition, we will have enough for 500-600 cards for homeschooling students, which will be administered through Lane ESD. 



Huge thanks to everyone who showed up or supported this fundraiser!  And thanks to our very own first grade teacher, Emily Swenson, who spoke so eloquently at the fundraiser. 




For those who do wind up taking advantage of these free student cards, 2nd grade parent, Jenny Jonak, would love to hear about your experience with them over the next year.  She is hoping to collect testimonials and other information to be able to make a push for permanent government funding for this expanded library access.  She’d love to hear how the library access affects your students, any stories or pictures that you can share of students taking advantage of the EPL services, etc.


 

March Menus



 


1st & 2nd Grade Field Trips to the Science Center


Over these past couple of weeks, the 1st and 2nd graders both enjoyed field trips to the Eugene Science Center! Take a look at the photos below:


2nd Grade


1st Grade



 

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 parentcouncil@eugenevillageschool.org.


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


Hearty lentil soup that warms you right down to your toes, with the impeccably roasted cauliflower that so many kids and staff look forward to!




 

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


Spring Break Camp


 




 

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 hultcentertickets@eugene-or.gov.






 




 




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