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Academics taught in a meaningful, whole world and nature-based context
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A lively calendar of diverse cultural celebrations
A school program and community that thrive on parent participation and choice
Teachers who teach from the heart
A joyful, caring aftercare program

Village News

VCS Weekly Bulletin - December 1, 2017

Have something for the bulletin? Send it to: Shaina at shainamarietaylor@gmail.com or cscarlisle@gmail.com

 


Leaf-Jumping in Extended Care

Dates at a Glance                         

Wednesday, December 6 - Makeup Picture Day
Friday, December 8, - Craft Fair - Details Below
Friday, December 13, 1:45 - 2:45 - PA Meeting
Wednesday, December 20 - Winter Solstice - Details to come
Thursday December 21 to January 5 - Winter Break - No School
Monday, January 8, - School is back in session
Friday, January 12, 8am - 9am - PA Coffee Morning
Monday, January 15, - Martin Luther King Jr Holiday - No School
Wednesday, January 17, 1:45 - 2:45 - PA Meeting

 

 

 

Our Annual Village Winter Craft Fair is Friday, December 8th!

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Mexican Themed Potluck

We hope everyone will be able to join us for this special evening. 

The children will have an opportunity to make gifts for friends and family (or themselves) in different crafting stations sprinkled among the classrooms.  You and your children will have a chance to make photo frames (with photos taken on-site OR bring in your favorite), magnets, holiday cards, glass ornaments, sun catchers, rock painting, cork planters AND the ever popular, cookie decorating. In the meantime, the production team is in full gear collecting materials.  We love to use recycled materials.   

THERE IS A SIGN-UP SHEET FOR SUPPLY  DONATIONS ON THE MESSAGE BOARD OUTSIDE THE OFFICE. 

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. The night of the event we need volunteers helping with the crafts in super-fun 1-hour shifts.  If you might be available, please see the sign-up sheet on the message board outside the office or contact Crisarlin Vazquez, crisarlin@gmail.com

All crafts will require one ticket.  Tickets are $1 each to help cover supply costs.  Tickets can be purchased in advance in the office or that afternoon at the fair.

POTLUCK

This year we invited both the Northwest Prep and Schaefer families to participate in this get together. We are thankful for the wonderful community that Village Charter School has, and would like to share it with the other schools sharing the site.

You can bring a wholesome potluck Mexican dish to share, ingredients to make quesadillas (though we do NOT need tortillas)  or a quesadilla maker. If you are able to bring any if these, please see the sign-up sheet on the message board outside the office.

Giving Tree/Adopt a Heart Program

If you have not already had a chance, please stop by and check out the Giving Tree located outside of the VCS office. VCS has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County to be an Adopt a Heart location this year. This program provides needed gifts to vulnerable, low income and at-risk individuals in our community.

If you would like to be a part of the program, simply select a heart from our Giving Tree and purchase the item(s) listed on the card. Then, wrap the gift(s) and affix the sticker from the tag to the wrapped gift. If you have multiple packages, please write the full code from the sticker on each package and bundle the packages together. Please bring the wrapped and labeled gifts to the VCS office by Tuesday, Dec 19.
As of this morning there are only a few hearts remaining on our tree to be sponsored!
Cheers, Lilia

Makeup Picture Day

There will be a Makeup Picture Day for all classrooms on Wednesday, December 6th. (Weather permitting)

Donations & Volunteer Support

Playground Help Needed
Calling all parent who love to play! We are looking for some help on the playground. Morning recess times 10:20-11:00
Please consider dropping in to play a game of tag, soccer, jump-rope or bring some new games to the field. We are needing some supervision help and help bringing some games and activities to the children.
If you can help us out please be sure your fingerprinted and check in at the office before going to the yard!
Please contact Miss Malika if you can help!

Trip to the Recycling Center
We are looking for someone to take a large load of metal to the recycling center. You will need a truck! You can keep the money you get! See Miss Malika for details.

Yearbook
The Yearbook Staff could always use additional photo coverage! If you take any photos at school events, on field trips, or even of just regular campus activities and classwork, please email them to emmakerfoot@gmail.com any time throughout the school year, or drop them off in person on a memory card, flash drive, or CD.

VCS - Shirt Orders Now Available
We are now taking orders for VCS t-shirts and sweatshirts in various styles. You may choose any style, color or size shirt with several logo options.

Logo size options:
FULL - large tree on front of shirt
POCKET – small tree on front pocket area of shirt

Logo color options:
½ TONE: Beige tree
FULL COLOR: Colorful tree

VCS NAME ON SLEEVE: This is only available on long sleeve shirts
Orders are due by Friday, December 8. Payment is due at time of order by check or cash in exact amount. Delivery to VCS will be the week of December 18 prior to release for winter break

Shirt Style Options | Shirt Order Form 

Resource List
The list includes info on FREE bikes, beds, acupuncture, music, animal care and more, for families affected by the recent fires. 

Donation List

Parent Giving Program
Hopefully all glitches have been fixed with the program used for auto payments. If your payments for August - October were not processed please pay your pledged amount to date by check in the office.
Our school does depend on these donations in order to cover the costs of enrichment programs, staff support, festivals, office supplies and other general operating expenses, and has been running under the projection based on these pledges.

Come run with us and support the VCS Team!

Girls on the Run Sonoma County 5k
Family Fun Run

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 am
SOMO Village, North Parking Lot
1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park CA

Lace up your shoes and join nearly 300 Girls on the Run girls from all over Sonoma County in this non-competitive family fun run that is open to the whole community! Families and friends, men and women, boys and girls of all ages….even strollers are welcome (no dogs please)! It is a wide, flat, tree-lined course that loops around the SOMO Village property. The course is completely paved, with views of the surrounding farmland and beautiful Sonoma Mountains. Anyone from the most competitive runner to the recreational walker can participate, so come rain or shine to….run, walk, or cheer!

Online registration is available at www.gotrsonomacounty.org. In person registration and packet pick-up at Fleet Feet, Santa Rosa on Friday, December 1 from 11:00 - 6:00 pm. Race Day registration is available from 7:30 am - 8:45 am.

Extended Care

Please use EC only if it is a necessity. Space is limited and while we are still able to provide this service, it will be challenging to manage high numbers of students especially as the weather shifts.
We ask that you not use EC for play dates. Now with limited space this is more imperative than before.
Also, we must remind you that any student on campus who is NOT in direct contact with a parent MUST be signed in to EC.

Rainy Weather

A reminder per the handbook: Every day our children go outside, rain or shine. Children may get wet and sometimes muddy. It is important that they have appropriate rain gear. Every child should have a hooded rain jacket and rubber boots. There will be a space in every classroom for rain gear to be kept at school. If your child is in need of rain boots there are several extra pairs available in the office.
 

VCS VOLUNTREE!

Our tree is gaining more leaves!  Thank you for Volunteering/Donating to our school!
The LEAVES represent our family Volunteer Hours/Donations, the time and energy we give toward the school’s growth and abundance. Leaves will be added each month in correspondence to community members’ time (ideally 1 hour per week/4 hours per month). So, make sure to sign in and log your hours in the office!
Thank you for helping VCS blossom!
*If you need suggestions on where and how to volunteer, contact VCS Volunteer Coordinator Katie Hanneman @ katieheffron@gmail.com.
 

Tutoring

Emma is available to provide on-site tutoring on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30. Her rate is $30 an hour, which is flexible depending on the subject(s). You can reach her at emmakerfoot@gmail.com.

Fundraising

Reminder to sign up with eScript and AmazonSmile, easy ways to earn $$$ for our school! Tell your family, they can support VCS too!

Appreciations

Have an appreciation you wish to make? You can email it in by Friday morning or just stop by the office and drop off a note in the orange Appreciation Jar and it will get added to the next Bulletin.

Thanks so much to Catherine for the assistance with the bulletin while we were on vacation! You are amazing! - Shaina 


Claudia, Thank you so much for the donation of 250 tortillas from La Tortilla Factory for our Craft Fair Potluck Quesadilla station!


I have an appreciation to Emily Salings for being a great friend and helping me when I was sad. Emily Salings is the best. 💜 Gabi


I appreciate Crisarlin and Catherine for all you do! And also Carolyn in the office. Because you all Rock! - Tiffany

 

VCS Weekly Bulletin - November 21, 2017

Have something for the bulletin? Send it to: Shaina at shainamarietaylor@gmail.com or cscarlisle@gmail.com

Dates at a Glance                         

Photo by 20172018 Yearbook Staff

Racing Mr. Robbins

 

·  Tuesday, November 21  - End of Trimester - Report Cards
·  Wednesday, November 22 thru Friday November 24 - Thanksgiving Break -  No School
·  Friday, December 1, 8-9am - Coffee Morning
·  Friday, December 8, - Craft Fair
·  Wednesday, December 20 - Winter Solstice - Details to come
·  Thursday December 21 to January 5 - Winter Break - No School


 

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday this week’s bulletin is all about Thanks.  Please take a moment and read the appreciations below and reflect on what you are thankful for as well.

Appreciations

Have an appreciation you wish to make? You can email it in by Friday morning or just stop by the office and drop off a note in the orange Appreciation Jar and it will get added to the next Bulletin.

I am SO thankful for all the parents helping take children into class and walk children out to the parking lot for parents with little children who are napping or parents running late. I have been both and it is so helpful that other parents  (Mariah, Hattie, Liz, and Stephanie just to name a few!) are willing to help! I am thankful for our community! Warmest regards - Mikela Nunley (Malia's mom)

“A huge gratitude to Rebecca and Chris for putting our family up in a home in Guerneville during the fires. This gesture was priceless and will never be forgotten.”
-Kushins Family

“To all the families on our campus who lost their homes (over 30), for continuing to show up and be a part of our community, despite your broken hearts. We are stronger because you are with us.”
-Lauren

I am very thankful to have found this supportive and caring community, it is so much more than just a school it truly is a Village. - Catherine

I am so happy to have a Giving Tree in front of the office now.  I hope we, as a community, can help those who need it most. (More info on the Giving Tree, and how to participate will be in next week’s bulletin).

Thank you to all who helped to put the garden to sleep; Chris Maccario, Ed, Sabina and Rebecca. - Catherine

VCS Weekly Bulletin - November 17, 2017

Have something for the bulletin? Send it to: Shaina at shainamarietaylor@gmail.com or cscarlisle@gmail.com

Dates at a Glance                         

Photo by 20172018 Yearbook Staff

Carpentry Class

 

·  Tuesday, November 21  - End of Trimester - Report Cards 

·  Wednesday, November 22 thru Friday November 24 - Thanksgiving Break -  No School

·  Friday, December 1, 8-9am - Coffee Morning

·  Friday, December 8, - Craft Fair - Some details below, more to come

·  Wednesday, December 20 - Winter Solstice - Details to come

·  Thursday December 21 to January 5 - Winter Break - No School

 

NY Sponsor - Jericho High

Hello Village Families,

    It's been over a month since the fires and, yet we are still reminded daily that 'it takes a village' to heal, that we can’t do this alone.  In this spirit, Jericho High School in New York has reached out to support our community by writing cards and fundraising for our school’s families affected by the fires. Cards are in the office to be read first by teachers and then distributed to classrooms.  If parents would like to also read them, you are welcome to; they are on Rebecca’s desk. It is nice to know children around the country are thinking about our children and supporting us.  This was a kind act. If anyone feels moved to write the students back, I will send cards/emails back to them. Here’s to healing together.

Warmly,
Lauren
(Ella and Micah’s mom)

Resource List
The list includes info on FREE bikes, beds, acupuncture, music, animal care and more, for families affected by the recent fires. Click here to view or download the list.
Here are two additions:
                1. Photo Shoots available for FREE on 11/25, 11/26, in SR, by Laura Turbow, East Bay photographer coming to a home in Brush Creek.

                2. Art & Soul offering monthly Healing ARTS classes, for all ages, on a drop-in basis for all affected by the fires. First class, Thursday, Nov. 30th, 5:30-6:60pm. Please call to reserve your space: 707-575-7701.
 

School Schedule Change

PLEASE READ

After much discussion with the staff and PA, starting Monday 11/13, we are officially changing the start and end time for each school day (see schedule below). This adjusted schedule not only addresses the traffic/parking situation, but more importantly, allows us to maintain the sense of community on campus that is key to our school's culture. VCS has never been a "drop-off" school. VCS needs the parents here--in our classrooms, lingering  and talking after the bell, hanging out while the kids play basketball, joining us in morning circle and Friday coffee...the list goes on. So, thank you. Thank you for all the adjustments you have already made, for your flexibility and creative thinking. And thank you for embracing this 15 minute shift in your day. - Rebecca

School Hours

Kindergarten   
8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Daily

1st – 8th Grades          
8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Wednesday

The new school schedule will be effective this Monday, November 13th, 2017.
 

Parent Giving Program

Due to some unforeseen issues, the automatic withdrawal system for the monthly pledge amount has been unable to function for the past two months. As of now, it is back on track, but there will be no retroactive billing without your permission for these missed payments.
Our school does depends on these donations in order to cover the costs of enrichment programs, staff support, festivals, office supplies and other general operating expenses, and has been running under the projection based on these pledges. You are welcome to bring cash or check for any missed payments to Carolyn if you would like to keep up on your payment.

Community Event Invite

There is a FREE Open Studios event this Friday from 5 - 8. Seth Richardson, a VCS parent, has recently been accepted by the Fulton Crossing Gallery on River Road to have his design studio/office/showroom there! This is a great opportunity to meet all the artists showing here as well. Milo (Miss Malika’s class) will be showing some of his work in the studio shortly as well!  He is so excited about it!

This is a really fun event and the artists run the gamut from jewelry to sculpture to furniture to paintings to encaustic...come by and check it out!

Also, feel free to pass this along to anyone else that you think might be interested in attending outside of our community.

 

Come run with us and support the VCS Team!

Girls on the Run Sonoma County 5k
Family Fun Run

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 am
SOMO Village, North Parking Lot
1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park CA


Lace up your shoes and join nearly 300 Girls on the Run girls from all over Sonoma County in this non-competitive family fun run that is open to the whole community! Families and friends, men and women, boys and girls of all ages….even strollers are welcome (no dogs please)! It is a wide, flat, tree-lined course that loops around the SOMO Village property. The course is completely paved, with views of the surrounding farmland and beautiful Sonoma Mountains. Anyone from the most competitive runner to the recreational walker can participate, so come rain or shine to….run, walk, or cheer!

Online registration is available at www.gotrsonomacounty.org. In person registration and packet pick-up at Fleet Feet, Santa Rosa on Friday, December 1 from 11:00 - 6:00 pm. Race Day registration is available from 7:30 am - 8:45 am.

Extended Care

Please use EC only if it is a necessity. Space is limited and while we are still able to provide this service, it will be challenging to manage high numbers of students especially as the weather shifts.
We ask that you not use E/C for play dates. Now with limited space this is more imperative than before.
 

Rainy Weather

Fall weather is finally on its way! We have several extra pairs of rain boots available at school. You can inquire in the office if they are needed.

A reminder per the handbook: Every day our children go outside, rain or shine. Children may get wet and sometimes muddy. It is important that they have appropriate rain gear. Every child should have a hooded rain jacket and rubber boots. There will be a space in every classroom for rain gear to be kept at school.

VCS VOLUNTREE!

The VCS tree is a symbol of strength, nurturing, protection, rootedness, and growth. It is this tree that represents the life experience and education our children receive at the Village. And when VCS is supported by our community’s energy, time, and resources, we are nourishing the tree and helping it to flourish.
It is in this spirit that we have created the VCS Voluntree so that everyone can be reminded of its meaning and witness their part in helping it grow:
The ROOTS represent our Parent Giving Program + the Fundraising we do for our school’s financial foundation and sustenance. They will grow to show our giving support each month.
The LEAVES represent our family Volunteer Hours/Donations, the time and energy we give toward the school’s growth and abundance. Leaves will be added each month in correspondence to community members’ time (ideally 1 hour per week/4 hours per month). So, make sure to sign in and log your hours in the office!
Thank you for helping VCS blossom!
*If you need suggestions on where and how to volunteer, contact VCS Volunteer Coordinator Katie Hanneman @ katieheffron@gmail.com.
 

Donations & Volunteer Support

Playground Help Needed
Calling all parent who love to play! We are looking for some help on the playground. Morning recess times 10:20-11:00
Please consider dropping in to play a game of tag, soccer, jump-rope or bring some new games to the field. We are needing some supervision help and help bringing some games and activities to the children.
If you can help us out please be sure your fingerprinted and check in at the office before going to the yard!

Yearbook
The Yearbook Staff could always use additional photo coverage! If you take any photos at school events, on field trips, or even of just regular campus activities and classwork, please email them to emmakerfoot@gmail.com any time throughout the school year, or drop them off in person on a memory card, flash drive, or CD.

Craft Fair
Want to help with the VCS Craft Fair tradition?  We have started organizing, planning and looking at crafts and materials needed.  If you would like to be a part of this community event please let Crisarlin or Lilia know, a supply list is posted below if you would like to help by donating items you already have to this event. PLEASE don’t feel like you have to buy them!   Crisarlin’s email crisarlin@gmail.com.
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR CRAFTS
There will be a donation box for supplies in VCS Office Room 31, and a sign up sheet on the bulletin board.
1.     Succulents – tiny starts
2.     Wood  - Branches and disk (round ornament shape)
3.     Tissue Paper
4.     Mason jars (smaller)
5.     Gem stones (self adhesive preferred)
6.     card stock
7.     Clear glass ornaments
8.     Rocks 2-3” in size
9.     String (colored)
10.  Twine
11.  Wire
12.  Magnets


Tutoring
Emma is available to provide on-site tutoring on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30. Her rate is $30 an hour, which is flexible depending on the subject(s). You can reach her at emmakerfoot@gmail.com.
 

Order Yearbooks!

LAST CHANCE!

If you order your 2017/2018 VCS Yearbook early, you can get a special early bird discount!
The completed yearbooks will be delivered no later than the last Monday of the school year (6/04/18).

(Regular Price: $20.00)
November 1st - November 30th = 5% Discount

Pick up order forms in the office or follow this link to place your order! https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014724174042747
 

Fundraising

Reminder to sign up with eScript and AmazonSmile, easy ways to earn $$$ for our school!

VCS Gear
Looking for a little something extra?  Something cozy? Something to show your Village Charter pride :-)?  Stop by the office and grab a Village Tee Shirt, Sweatshirt or Hoodie (and support our special school as a bonus). Lots of styles, sizes and colors to choose from for kids and adults. 

  • Kids T-Shirts - $15
  • Adult T-Shirts - $20
  • Sweatshirts & Hoodies - $30

 

Appreciations

Have an appreciation you wish to make? You can email it in by Friday morning or just stop by the office and drop off a note in the orange Appreciation Jar and it will get added to the next Bulletin.


Thank you, Ed Flores, for the loan and construction of the "Yoga Tent" so the kiddos can continue to breathe, stretch, and move during the rain and chill. And thank you, Rebecca and Benji for helping me assemble it today! - Deneene

Michelle Barnes, a big Thanks, for Volunteering for the open Monday Morning Greeter position. - Catherine

Thank you to all the parents who are showing up for the PA meetings! - Deneene

Thank you to everyone helping to facilitate the drop-off and parking situation in the mornings! - Deneene

Big appreciative shout-out to the Yearbook Staff--Annie, Bella, Brenna, Ella, Emily, Sarai, and Millie--for assisting with taking school pictures! They've been hauling tripods and reflectors and seating back and forth, escorting students to and from the photography area, keeping records of absences to do make-up photos, and inspiring lots of big smiles! You're an awesome team. I'd also like to give appreciation to Opal and Catherine for loaning us equipment, and to Miss Barnum for the most pivotal loan of all: her camera! Thank you all for making Picture Day happen!

 

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