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Village Voice - Volume 23, Issue 27

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, April 2nd, Back to School!

  • Thursday, April 4th 6:00pm, 4th Grade Parent Meeting

  • Monday, April 8th, Spring ASEP Classes Begin

  • Tuesday, April 9th 6:00pm, Parent Council Meeting in the Library (Zoom Link for those who would like to attend remotely)

  • Thursday, April 11th 6:30pm, Talent Show and 8th Grade Fundraiser

  • Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30 pm, Board Meeting in the Library 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

We hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating Spring Break!

We look forward to having everyone back. In this edition, we have lots of pictures to recap the week before Spring Break, including Author's Night, the 5th Grade Play, the Book Exchange, and the OBOB Regionals. Looking forward, please note that most after school enrichment classes begin next week. Also be sure to check out the Talent Show, which happens next Thursday night, April 11th. We haven't done this event since before the pandemic, so you can be sure there's a lot of Talent waiting to be seen!

With weather like we have had the last few days, it really feels Spring is beginning to bloom. Spring brings lots of great opportunities for learning. The sounds and sights of Spring are always welcome - warmer weather, twittering of birds, buds on trees, flowers everywhere, and events like May Day (not too far away).

As a school, we believe children benefit from educational experiences in nature and the great outdoors. We hope you and your families take some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature all around us.

Happy Spring to You All!

Roz, Shannon and Andy


OSAS Testing

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



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, April 9th 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 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.


Talent Show Signups

Spread the word that the talent show signup day is on Thursday, April 4th!


April Birthdays


Lost & Found

Please take a look at our very full Lost and Found in the breezeway in front of the office. We will be donating any unclaimed items by the end of the school week. Thank you!


Upcoming Facilities Work

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:


Lending Library

The Village School office lending library is in need of used children's clothes. We are especially low on pants for ages 10 and older. Leggings and sweatpants are ideal. If you have some used clothing you were planning on donating, please consider doing so to our lending library. Thank you!


Author's Night

Author's Night was incredibly sweet! Thank you to the Title staff for putting on a stellar event, to Toña for providing a delicious dinner to all of the families, to Conor for being our fantastic storyteller, to the teachers for nurturing the love of writing in the students (there were some fantastic stories!), and to our amazing volunteers who always show up to lend a helping hand. Check out the photos below for a glimpse of Author's Night.


Book Exchange

Our second annual Book Exchange was organized by Maestra Sarah to great success, with students in grades 1 - 8 getting to browse and "shop" this beautiful display of books!

Thank you so much for donating books to this much loved event. Thank you also to Charles and our parent volunteer, Sarah for helping to sort and display the books!


5th Grade Play

The 5th Graders put on Five Greek Plays, and they were spectacular! Thank you to the students, their teacher Merrily, and our dedicated parent volunteers for all of their hard work to make this happen! See below for a slideshow of the performance.


After School Enrichment Signups

The Village School

After School Enrichment Program

Spring Session 2024 - April 8 through May 31, 2024

Hello Village School Families.

The After School Enrichment Program Registration form went out last week and the response has been tremendous.  Thank you for your interest in the program.  This Spring's offerings are a bit less diverse than last term due to instructor schedule conflicts. We hope to add more classes during our 2024-2025 school year.

We currently have openings in the following classes during the third session of ASEP, when we return from spring break.  Open Classes

  • Art - grades 1-2,

  • Painting - grades 6-8,

  • Chorus - grades 1-4   

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.

  • 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 - 4, 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! 

Again, thank you for your interest in the ASEP program.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Rachel Burk-Bayer


Guitar Donations Needed

The music program wants your old unused guitars for the middle school music classes. 

If you have a guitar sitting around gathering dust, we would happily accept your donation. We can make repairs. We are also looking for a working keyboard as ours has finally given up the ghost. The middle school music students will appreciate your gift.


OBOB Regionals

Congratulations to the 3rd and 4th grade Oboberator team, who went to compete in the regional tournament! Here is what Village School 3rd Grader, Anya said of the experience:

"OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) is a fun activity that starts in grade 3 and continues up through high school. OBOBs mission is to encourage more kids to read. Each year 16 books are chosen and a team of 4 or more children come together to compete, but only 4 children can compete. At the battles there are questions about the books, and the teams do their best to get as many questions right as they can. This year the team to make it to regionals was the Oboberators. This team included Theo Maxwell (4th grade), Luca Sage-Lauck (4th grade), Elijah Chamberlain (4th grade), Lilah Scarola (4th grade), and Anya Sage-Lauck (3rd grade).

Regionals happed Saturday, March 9th, 2024. The Oboberators came, heads held high and ready. They battled, ate lunch, and waited to hear the top 16 teams. They went home proud even though they didn't make it to the State Competition. You all should be proud, too! OBOB is a journey everyone should take part in and support. And OBOB can only happen here in Oregon. It's not like Alabama Battle of the Books, it's Oregon Battle of the Books, and that's one of the reasons we should be happy that we live in Oregon because OBOB is truly magical!"

Congrats also to the 6th grade Cringey Book Worms team, who also represented Village School at Regionals--Cassidy Jecklin, Marie Crawford, Gwen Chavarin, and Pax Kaiser-Ross.

Thank you to the parents who supported and coached the students tirelessly! They couldn't have done it without you!


Kitchen News

Welcome back!

We look forward to seeing students, staff and kitchen volunteers again this week. 

April menus are up on the school website and paper copies are available in the office. We are excited to serve more local produce this term as farms ramp up spring production and harvests. Lane County Farmers Market has plenty to offer so check them out on Saturdays from 10-2. Now is also the time to sign up for CSAs. There are many great opportunities to choose from including Food For Lane County's Youth Farm CSA which offers sliding scale membership and provides a weekly box of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables from June through October. 

We are in great need of a prep volunteer every other Thursday morning after drop off starting this Thursday. This is a fun way to get some volunteer hours in before the end of the school year which will be here before you know it. Please email or text Toña if you are able to help. Our award winning food service program relies on volunteers to make the magic happen!

Toña Aguilar -   541-510-8604


April Menus


Sewing Enrichment Field Trip

Maestra Sarah took her middle school sewing enrichment class on a field trip to Piece by Piece to pick out fabric for their projects!


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, April 9th  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

Some delicious lunches from the week before Spring Break:

Mac & Cheese

Baked Orange Tofu Sushi Bowls


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


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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