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Village Voice - Volume 23, Issue 33

Updated: 4 days ago

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, May 14th, 6:00pm, Parent Council Meeting in the Library (Zoom Link for those who would like to attend remotely)

  • Wednesday, May 15th, 6:00pm, Ophelia's Place Presentation on Healthy Friendships

  • Thursday, May 16th, 10:15am & 6:00pm, 6th Grade Play

  • Tuesday, May 21st, 5:30pm, Board Meeting, in Library

  • Wednesday, May 22nd, 4th Grade Field Trip to Museum of Natural History

  • Thursday, May 23rd, 10:15am & 6:00pm, 7th Grade Play

  • Thursday, May 23rd, 6:15pm, 1st Grade Play

  • 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!

Last week was teacher appreciation week and WOW did we ever feel appreciated! I want to give an extra big high five and a “you rock!!!” to whoever painted the giant banners! Everytime I’m in the staff lounge I see another sweet little detail–a snail or a mouse or a tiny little flower, a hedgehog, an amanita, or an ant…I love it. So many people enjoyed the abundance of snacks and colorful clothes and notes and artwork! It was truly awesome. Thank you!

Hopefully you enjoyed a glorious long weekend of golden sun, mother brunches, gardening, borealis hunting, or whatever your heart desired! Here’s a spring poem that I LOVE, I hope you do too:


By Billy Collins

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,

so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw

open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary's cage,

indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths

and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight

that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight

on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants

from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,

holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,

well, today is just that kind of day.

From Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins 

Upcoming: We will be having the last of our DEIB facilitated conversations with Ayisha Elliiot, aka Black Girl From Eugene, to talk about racial equity and belonging in our school and what we can do to foster an inclusive environment. This meeting will be on May 29th at 3:15pm and you’re invited! Please stay tuned for more information. 

We are as pleased as ever to be here with you! Thank you, once again, for your presence. 


Roz, Shannon, and Andy


Parent Council Event-Ophelia's Place Presentation

Come check out this wonderful Parent Council event!

On Wednesday, 5/15 from 6:00 - 8:00pm, Ophelia's Place will be presenting on how parents can support healthy friendships . This will take place in the Village School Commons, and is sure to be a wonderful talk. We hope to see you there!


Measure 20-357: 4J Local Option Levy Renewal

If renewed, the levy would continue local funding for school operations at the current tax rate 

Residents of Eugene School District 4J will vote May 21, 2024, on whether to renew the 4J local option levy for five years. If approved, the levy would continue to provide an estimated $25 to $29 million per year to fund 4J school operations and maintain the current tax rate. The Village School receives about $250,000 per year from the local option levy, which is our 2nd largest source of regular funding, or about 9% of our budget. The levy supports staff salaries, facilities costs, and more. For perspective, Portland Public Schools has a similar ballot levy, but does not share its proceeds with its charter schools.

For more information, please see:


8th Grade Mentorship Projects

The 8th grade did a fantastic job presenting their mentorship projects at the Mentorship Evening last week. We had a great turn out of mentors to join us for the potluck celebration. Way to go 8th grade!



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. We appreciate all of your generous contributions of time and energy to make Village School what it is!

We are still looking to fill the following volunteer position, and please keep an eye out for volunteer

requests from your classroom teachers.

  • Volunteer to take children to ASEP classes on Wednesdays

Another way to contribute to our school community is by attending Parent Council Meetings! We will be holding our next meeting on Tuesday, May 14th 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


Volunteers Needed for After School Enrichment Classes

Currently the After School Enrichment Program needs someone to pick up students and deliver them to their enrichment classes after school.  They still need a volunteer for Wednesdays. The time would be from 2:45 - 3:15pm, and would and run through May 30. Please let Chrissy know if this is something that interests you.

Thank you!


OSAS Testing

OSAS Testing has begun. Parents may submit an opt-out form at any time. Please see here for more information. Preferably the forms are submitted 30 days prior to the administration of the tests. If you have any questions please send an email to


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. The middle school music students will appreciate your gift.


Parent Council

The next Parent Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 14th 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!

Here are the recordings of prior Ophelia's Place Presentations:

Thank you so much to Shannon Boyd for her work on this getting these presentations together for us!

There is a Village School Parent Facebook page called the Village Vine. 

Lots of info is shared there about community events, as well as reminders on school events.

Please take a look!


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:

Solar Power The Village School Foundation seeks to install 27KW of solar power and 20KWH of power storage. This project coincides with the recent completion of a power upgrade.


The Village School Foundation is releasing an invitation to bid on upgrading HVAC systems for its 3411 Willamette St Site. Separate bids are requested for (2) projects:

  1. Heat Pump Installation

  2. Heat Recovery Ventilators and Ventilation Installation


7th and 8th grade students needed!

Are you a 7th or 8th grader? Want to receive $50 for your opinions? We are developing a dental health computer program for 7th and 8th graders and would love to hear your ideas and have you test the program during a 1.5-hour Zoom session.

Take this short survey to see if you are eligible: 

Or scan this QR code with your smartphone                   

Please contact us for any questions or inquiries at: (541) 434-1537 Research being conducted by Oregon Research Institute; IRB Approved 6/9/2023


Help Wanted

Grades 1-8 Spanish Teacher

Job Description   Application

Grades 1-3 Title I Reading Tutor

Job Description   Application

Grades 6-8 Math Tutor 

Job Description   Application

Substitute Teacher & Substitute Educational Assistant

Duties: Serve as substitute teacher or substitute classroom assistant.

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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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