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Village Voice - Volume 23, Issue 25

Updated: Mar 6

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, March 4th, Track-Town Pizza Fundraiser for 8th Grade trip

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

  • Friday, March 8th,

    • KG - 5th: No School (Conferences),

    • 6th - 8th: Regular School Day

  • Tuesday, March 12th, 10:15am & 6:00pm, 5th Grade Play

  • Tuesday, March 12th, 6:00pm, Parent Council Meeting in the Library ( Zoom link for those who would like to join from home)

  • Wednesday, March 13th, Book Exchange (1st - 8th Grade)

  • Thursday, March 14th, 5:30pm, Author's Night (1st - 5th Grade) (Volunteer Signup)

  • Friday, March 15th, Lottery

  • Monday, March 15th - Monday, April 1st, Spring Break 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! 

Hoping this edition of the VV finds you in good health and humor, bearing the icy winds and frigid rain like gentle warriors.  

Last week was a hummer, we had an all school sing-a-long AND a middle school dance on the same day! All that singing and dancing raised up the vibration to a new pitch! We can’t wait for Spring Break to arrive so that we can take our energies outside 🙂

Please note, OSAS testing is right around the corner! 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

Here are the opt out forms:

Stay dry and warm! 


Roz, Shannon, and Andy



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


8th Grade Fundraiser Today!


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:

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.


Annual Giving Campaign

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far to our annual giving campaign!  We have raised $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.


Upcoming Facilities Work

Power Upgrade Over the next few weeks, we will be preparing for an upgrade to our electrical system. We are increasing our power capacity by nearly 80% to accommodate more heat pump upgrades and solar power. EWEB will be installing a new utility pole outside our Willamette Entrance, electricians will be installing new equipment, and excavation will be happening close to the Willamette entrance.

Security Fencing

The Village School Foundation is seeking bids to upgrade the fencing along 35th Avenue and to install new security gates. If you know anyone interested in this kind of work, please share the following link with them:


Author's Night

Please see below for information on this wonderful, upcoming event! If you are interested in helping out at this event, please add your name to the sign up sheet. Thank you!


Book Exchange

Dear Village School Families,

Welcome to the first annual ALL SCHOOL BOOK EXCHANGE.  To allow for all students to have the opportunity to pick out a few preloved books to read over the holidays, we need as many people as possible to donate books that are no longer read in the household.  However, it is not necessary to donate books for your child to participate.


  • Students bring in books on or before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13

  • Brown paper bags have been sent home with all students, 1st through 8th grades.  Books do not need to be returned in the bags if your bag didn’t make it home.

  • Each classroom will visit the book exchange on Wednesday to choose books.  The number of books per student is dependent on how many books in total are donated.

  • For questions or if you would like to volunteer to help, email: or

Thank you so much!

Maestra Sarah (Lewenberg)


Kitchen News

Kids love to help in the kitchen and we love to have them! There are many important lessons to be learned in a kitchen as these helpers can attest to:

Fitz from the 2nd grade often asks what he can do to be helpful after he finishes his lunch.

Ninarose from the 5th grade helped remove citrus peels that made it into the pig food bin. The beloved pigs don't do well eating citrus!

Ben and Taj from the 8th grade who were "very supportive and crazy cool" as well as feeling excited to "be famous" by having their photo and quote in the school newsletter.  

Have a great week!

Toña Aguilar


Parking Safety Notes

We are hearing from a few concerned neighbors that some Village School families are parking too far from the curb and are leaving their doors open. The combined effect is that it narrows the way for safe passage along Knob Hill and 35th Ave. Thanks for being mindful of the impact of your parking on the neighborhood!


After School Enrichment Signups

The Village School

After School Enrichment Program

Spring Session 2024 - April 8 through May 31, 2024

Dear Village School Families,

We are pleased to announce that the Village School will be offering the second 10 week session of complimentary after-school enrichment classes beginning the week of April 8  through May 31 for grades 1 - 8.   Class size is limited, and fill up quickly, usually within the first two days of enrollment, so please fill out the registration form as soon as possible to ensure a position. Registration forms are due no later than April 3.  Please click the following link and fill out one form for each Village School child in your family that is interested in attending the After School Enrichment Program.  


Please contact Rachel Burk-Bayer  if you have any questions, or are unable to access the form on-line.

Enrichment classes offered: (Note that some times and grade levels may have changed from previous sessions.

  • Ceramics / Donica Beath-Bigongiari - Held in the Spanish Classroom

    • Grade 2, held Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00, limit 10;  

    • Grades 3-4, held Wednesdays, 3:05-4:30, limit 10; 

    • Grades 5-8, held Thursdays, 3:05-4:30, limit 12.   

Select one day that applies to your child’s grade. 

In the Ceramics class students will explore hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab; as well as using wooden, plaster, or paper moulds, and Sgraffito.  Students will have the opportunity to make pots, cups, tiles, shakers, monsters, and sculpture.

  • Art - Seeing, Feeling and Reimagining / Frédérique Château - Grades 1 & 2,  Thursdays 3:15- 4:45 (6th grade class), limit 10.  This class offers a journey for students to cultivate their unique artistic expression through new ways of seeing and expressing the world around them. The young artists will explore the building blocks of art (shapes, lines, colors, values and textures) and a variety of techniques using different art mediums such as paint, pastels, pencils and paper collage. The beginning of class will include a quick art history introduction of a famous artist or art movement and their work. We will also have a chance to explore seasonal themes as a source of inspiration. Art can get messy and students are encouraged to dress appropriately. 

  • Painting / Frédérique Château - Grades 6 - 8, Mondays, 3:15-4:45 (6th grade classroom), limit 8.

During the first few weeks, each student will create one medium-size painting of their own design.  After discussing their proposal and basic ideas during the first class, the young artists will work on their paintings for the remaining weeks.  Students will explore composition, color mixing, and various painting techniques using acrylic paints on a canvas panel.  They will have the opportunity to apply their own vision to create a very personal artwork.  The final weeks will be spent outside, weather permitting to explore a few outdoor related art projects, including plein air painting.  


  • The Chorus for Us Singing Club / Katie Sontag - Grades 1 - 3, Wednesday, 3 - 4  (Marimba/Choir Room), limit 12  Come enjoy the fun of singing together and playing musical games! We will sing our names to each other, play freeze dance, and enjoy songs with and without movement. We’ll sing songs we already know and songs we learn together. We may even write a song! Our time together will culminate in a short performance at the end of the 10 week session. Let’s create, sing, dance and experience our voices together! 


 Middle School Dance

The middle school dance was AWESOME! Fun was had by most, dancing to Taylor Swift, Metallica, George Michael, and Lana Del Ray. Balloons were popped, satsumas were eaten, Polaroids were snapped…we partied like nothing else mattered from 7-9pm. I love the middle school dance! 


Spanish News

Rincón de Español de la Maestra Sarah:

These last weeks in first through fifth grades Spanish classes we have been learning two new songs/chants.

The first is a traditional rhyme from México that is fun to use when playing hand clapping games (see link).

Por aquí pasó un caballo con las patas al revés.

Si me dices cuántas tiene, te diré dieciséis.

5, 6, 7, 8

9, 10, 11, 12

13, 14, 15, 16.

We are also learning a silly fish song that is a Spanish version of the song “Slippery” fish.  The song repeats the verse with different sea creatures:

Una Sardina

Una sardina, una sardina, nadado en el agua

Glup glup glup.

¡Oh no! Fue comida por…

Here is a great video to help you out: Una Sardina

We might try one or both of these at our next all school sing-along.


OBOB Battles

Congratulations to all the OBOB participants this year! It's a huge accomplishment to read so many books and commit to practicing regularly with their teams. I was very impressed with the commitment the OBOB participants showed this year. Thank you to all the coaches, teachers, and parents who supported OBOB this year!

I'm pleased to announce The Village School's winning OBOB team for the 3rd-5th grade division is the OBOBerators! This team, including Lilah Scarola, Elijah Chamberlain, Theo Maxwell, Luca Sage-Lauck, and Anya Sage-Lauck, compiled the most points after their battles last week. They will be competing against other elementary school teams at the regional tournament this Saturday. Good luck OBOBerators! 

I'm also excited to share that the sixth grade team including Cassidy Jecklin, Marie Crawford, Gwen Chavarin, and Pax Kaiser-Ross will be competing in the regional tournament for the 6th-8th grade division this weekend in Florence. Best of luck to Cringey Book Worms!

Molly Bautista


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

Delicious Pad Thai! At the condiment table, there are a plethora of options. One can pile their pad Thai high with green onions and cilantro, as well as drizzle it with toasted sesame oil and hot sauce. Salads can be tossed with an array of yummy, Village Kitchen made dressings!

Quesadilla and fiesta rice day! We are so lucky that we get to eat the rainbow every day at lunchtime.


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

Community Philosophy Circle


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



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