Tuesday, October 17th, 5:30PM Board meeting, Library
Friday, October 27th, Día de los Muertos Celebration
November 8th, 6:00 - 8:00pm, Math Night
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Greetings Village School Community!
Last week was a short one, but it packed a giant punch! We had the Walk-a-Thon, the first ever Village School Youth Orchestra class, Indigenous People’s Day, and a handful of unintended fire alarms.
We’d like to take a moment to address the fire alarms. We know that it is distressing to be interrupted during the day (we feel it too!) by a very loud alarm during the academic day. We are working diligently to isolate and repair the issue, but are not ruling out further fire fairy mischief. It appears that Wednesday is the common denominator in all of the alarm misfires. We will wait to see what this Wednesday brings! That being said, we have had engineers out each time there's been a problem, and this last time, they were fairly confident the issue was resolved. We continue to encourage you to check in with your students about the importance of fire drills and fire alarms. Thank you for your patience as we sort out this unfortunate series of startling sensory stimulations. Please feel free to connect with us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or concerns.
The Walk-a-Thon went very well! We don’t have a total fundraising tally yet, but the weather was fine and the walking was invigorating. Everyone was bushed by the time we returned and ready for the three day weekend. Thank you to each and every volunteer and pledgers! Also, thank you to Chrissy and Andy for all their administrative work toward the final event. Great job!
Hopefully you got a glimpse of the eclipse on Saturday morning! The clouds weren’t very cooperative, but we saw a glimmer of a ring through the gray. This upcoming Saturday the Orionids meteor shower peaks and there should be 10-20 bright meteors each hour. The meteors will be all over the sky, but trace back to the constellation of Orion. Keep your eyes open!
Thank you and stay cozy!!
Roz, Shannon, and Andy
Community Service Walk a Thon (Photos)
Here are pictures from the Walk-a-Thon! We were fortunate to have sunny skies after several days of rain before and after the date. Please aim to turn in your pledges soon!
Calling all Volunteers!
There are many fun-filled events that are coming up at our school!
These events cannot happen without the support of parent volunteers. Work toward meeting your 40 volunteer hours with one or all of these events!
Our Día de los Muertos Celebration is on Friday, October 27th! (see details below) We need volunteers to help with overseeing craft tables, supervising face painting, helping set up/clean up, and creating a beautiful altar. Here is the link to sign up.
Math Night is happening on Wednesday, November 8! (see details below) We are looking for 15 volunteers to help out at this fun event! Here is the link to sign up.
Please let me know which volunteer positions interest you! If you have not filled out a volunteer packet yet, please swing by the office to pick one up. If you have any questions
We ask families to contribute 40 hours of volunteer hours per year, and single parent households to contribute 20 hours. There are so many ways to meet these hours, while getting to make connections with other families, and helping to make Village School the incredible community that it is. We could not do this without you!
Another way to contribute to our school community is by attending Parent Council Meetings! We will be holding our next meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at 6pm in the Village School Library. Every parent and guardian's voice is valued in decisions about what Parent Council funds are used for, events that are held and collaborations with departments and teachers at the Village School!
Don't forget to sign in and out at the office when you volunteer, as well as to sign up for HelpCounter and report your hours so we can see the amazing contributions from our Village School Families
8th Grade Fundraising
The 8th Grade class would like to thank our Village School community for helping to support our upcoming 8th Grade trip! We made over $400 dollars through Eclipse Glasses sales. All of this will go into our fund that helps send every 8th grade kid in the 2024 graduating class on a week-long trip at the end of the year.
For those who are curious, the 8th Grade trip has been a tradition at the Village School for many years! Classes have travelled many different places, but most recently they visited a beautiful camp out on the Oregon Coast. The trip involves several days of activities, programs, bonding time, and organized reflection on their graduation from Middle School and transition into High School. It's an amazing experience. With the support of the community through these fundraisers, every child is ensured a spot on this trip, which includes all travel, lodging and meals!
See some opportunities to support the 8th grade below:
Wreath Sales are here! The ordering deadline is November 6, 2023. Order pick up will be the first week in December. Orders can be made via our online store (click here), by QR code, or follow the link under Shop on the Village School Website, or in person at our sales table on 10/18 after school, or on 10/27 during the Día de los Muertos festival.
6th Grade Helpers
Thank you so much to Juni and Vela for helping out the office!
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is starting soon. OBOB is a state-wide, voluntary reading program in which students form teams of four, read from a set of 16 books, then participate in "battles" where they answer trivia questions about the books. OBOB will be an extracurricular activity taking place outside of school hours. This may be different than some grades had in the past. Be on the lookout for OBOB sign up sheets that students who want to participate bring home. Students may form their own team or sign up and I will place them on a team. I also need at least one parent for each team to be their coach. This involves hosting a meeting, (usually once a week or once every 2 weeks) helping the children decide what books to read, and helping them practice answering questions. If you are interested in coaching, please provide your name and contact information on the OBOB sign up sheet. For more information, you can see the OBOB website or contact me.
Molly Bautista, VS Librarian
The Village Kitchen
What a special treat to have an alumni not only visit but ask to volunteer!
Thank you Bellah for helping in the kitchen on Thursday morning.
We are still looking for a Thursday morning laundry folder. If you can pop in after drop off every Thursday or every other, please let me know. It is a simple tasks that doesn't take too long to do and it is super helpful.
Do you have a picky eater? We have the fun experience of watching children's palates develop over the span of many years. Over the past 13 years we have seen a wide range of eating preferences, habits and shifts among our student population. Some children would prefer to eat pasta and pizza for lunch every day. Others will only eat school lunch when peanut butter + jelly sandwiches are offered. A few students won't touch pasta but will ask for a second bowl of lentil soup or chickpea tandoori. Many of our younger eaters are reluctant to try quinoa, tofu or pad thai, but after many months, or years, of exposure, we consistently find the vast majority of student in the upper grades are excited to eat just about everything that we offer. Thank you for encouraging them to try new foods and thank you for supporting our program!
Día de los Muertos Celebration
The Village School Day of the Dead celebration is just around the corner! Keep an eye out for more information about this fun evening.
Thank you so much to Jim Tedrick for designing the beautiful poster!
The Village School Math Night
Math games for all ages including parents! Prizes! Pizza! Wednesday, November 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsored by Title 1 and Mathnasium of Eugene
Please sign up here to volunteer at this fun event!
Village School Lunch Diaries
Starting off the week right with some tacos, quinoa, and the most delicious cabbage apple slaw!
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.
The next Parent Council Meeting will be on November 14th at 6:00pm! We will be meeting in the Village School Library.
Please join us and send questions and ideas to email@example.com.
The notes from past meetings can be found here.
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!
Community Bulletin Board
Eugene - Springfield Youth Orchestra String Academy
Registration is still open!
Beginning Strings – for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! This class is postponed until Oct. 10th - we need a few more signups! Tell your friends about this great opportunity! Classes will be from 7:35 - 8:20am every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Village School.
Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) offers your children a chance to learn the violin, viola, or cello – and they provide the instrument to take home! Accessible, affordable classes are held right here at the Village School. Classes meet twice a week before school, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:35-8:20 in the music room.
Scholarships for program fees and instrument rentals for any family that qualifies for federal assistance. We also have scholarships for private lessons!
There are so many benefits! Students gain self-confidence, discipline, cooperation, and the sheer joy of making music together. They perform for their schools, and twice a year, the strings students from different classes come together to play their concerts and show what they’ve learned to family and friends.
It’s a unique and wonderful experience – find out more here: https://esyorchestras.org/programs/string-academy-i/ or 541-484-0473.
Oregon Children's Choir
Sing with the Oregon Children’s Choir!
The Oregon Children’s Choir welcomes 1st-12th graders to join one of our fun and inspiring choirs for the 2023-2024 school year! Develop new singing techniques, learn new songs and make new friends. Choirs meet once per week after-school and perform four concerts per year. Scholarships and sibling discounts available. Registration and information at www.oregonchildrenschoir.org.