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VCS Weekly Bulletin - August 13, 2019


Dates at a Glance                  

Monday, August 19, 5:00pm - 8:00pm - Gathering/Campus Clean Up

Tuesday, August 20, 5:45pm - Board meeting

Wednesday, August 21, 8:30am - First Day of School


VCS Gathering/Campus Clean Up

We will have a general campus clean up and room organization on Monday 8/19 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Not only does this give everyone a chance to ready the campus for Wednesday's first day of school but it also serves as a meet & greet for teachers/staff, old and new friends.

Every family is asked to bring one simple finger food dish to share. Supplies needed for this event are functioning vacuum cleaners and rags. VCS will supply the rest.


Board Meeting

The first board meeting of the 2019-2020 school year will be held Tuesday, 8/20 at 5:45pm. All are welcome to attend.


Welcome to The Village Charter School

VCS welcomes new staff members; Rachael Parent as our new 4th & 5th grade teacher, Kája Pavlíček as Middle School aide, and Sage Winter who will fill in for Miss Jessica as Miss Barnum's aide & Extended Care support staff. We are very happy to have all of you joining our community.

Policy Reminders

The handbook was sent out last week to all families. We ask that you also read the policy reminders listed below as it is important that we start the new school year off right.


Snacks/Lunches: We encourage you to send your child to school with snacks and lunch that are whole foods rather than processed foods. This helps guarantee that preservatives and processes which remove the nutritional value of foods are not present.

  • Whenever possible, send the food in recyclable and reusable containers, reducing landfill waste.
  • Send as much protein as possible to support brain function.
  • Please do not send food high in sugar or with corn syrup.
  • Water only.
  • If your child brings highly processed food or a sweetened beverage, s/he will be asked to put it away and save it for the ride home at the end of the day.
  • Chewing gum and candy are not allowed.


Food Allergies and Sensitivities: A number of students in the school have dietary restrictions due to allergies and sensitivities. Prior to preparing a special class treat, you should check with your child's teacher to find out about any restrictions in the class!

Teachers may occasionally provide cooking projects that contain sugar and processed flour (i.e., gingerbread men), but that will be done at the teacher's discretion and they will notify parents of students with dietary restrictions in advance.

Class Treats: For special occasions and birthday treats, please talk to your child’s teacher regarding school approved recipes and/or food alternatives.

We also actively support people who have made specific dietary choices. Please communicate any needs you have regarding diet.

Lunch Containers: Lunch containers or thermal bags must have a lid that closes securely. Label your child’s reusable containers or bag. Please do not have media images on lunch containers.



The Village Charter School guidelines for school dress are based on matters relating to health, safety, good school organization and deportment. Safety and cleanliness are important. Items disruptive of the school’s learning environment should not be worn.

Clothing: Please send your child to school in clothing that helps support his/her learning. All clothing should be free of images or language that is distracting, violent, aggressive or media based. Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length. No spaghetti strap tank tops.

Shoes/Boots: Shoes need to be comfortable, secure and able to take the wear and tear of running, hiking and everyday play. Please avoid flip-flops or clogs without back straps.

Field Trip Attire: Students are to wear appropriate shoes and clothing for field trips. Long pants (unless otherwise specified), long socks, sturdy shoes or boots, weather and trip appropriate layers, and child-sized backpack. Parents will be called to pick up their child if their child is not dressed appropriately for the field trip.



Cell phones and personal entertainment devices (ipods, electronic toys, etc.) are not allowed on the school campus. If we find a student with one of these items we will hold it in the school office and return it to a parent at the end of the day.  



Everyone should use the main parking lot/off of Piner Rd. (Please avoid bus entrance and west parking area.) The small lot is for staff and YMCA use ONLY.

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.: Students are to be signed in to the extended care room. You may accompany your child to his/her classroom cubby to drop things off, but prior to you leaving the campus your child must be left with the extended care director.

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.: Parent Escort - Parents wishing to escort their children to class are to park in the main parking lot and walk to the VCS campus/yard area.

Drop off - If you wish to use our drop off option please pull into the main parking lot where adults will be available to guide your child to the VCS campus. There will be a volunteers and signs at the turn-in location, as well as volunteers at the drop-off site. You can then continue in a circle and leave from the same place you entered. (Please seeMap, page 25 in the appendix) 

After 8:30 a.m.: Please walk your child to the office. Sign them in, and a staff member will walk them to their classroom.

1:00/3:00 Pick up: Children are to be picked up from their classroom by a parent or guardian. Any student not released to a parent or guardian will be signed into extended care. No child will be dismissed to the yard or parking lot.



Observe the NO PARKING areas clearly marked by signs and pavement markings.

School's Out!

Have a wonderful summer!

VCS Weekly Bulletin - May 31, 2019

3rd Annual VCS Yearbook Signing Party 

Dates at a Glance                  

June 7, 1pm - Graduation Ceremony followed by Carnival

June 18, 5:45pm – Board Meeting (Budget/LCAP Public Hearing)

June 25, 5:45pm – Board Meeting (Budget/LCAP adoption)

Middle School Events

May 31, 7pm - Glow Night, REMINDER: NO CELL PHONES!

June 3 - Field Trip - Hidden Forest Nursery, Sebastopol

June 5 - Service Project Presentations, 12:15 - 1:00


Registration Reminders

Please return your registration packets by Friday, June 7. See previous emails regarding instruction and corrections sent on May 13 and May 14.


Extended Care Billing

The May/June E/C billing will be sent out the week of June 10th. Your final E/C payment is due at that time and should be made in a timely manner.  Books close June 30th.



Get up on stage... Share experiences... Win prizes...

Come celebrate the end of a great school year and the beginning of summer!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Here's just a sampling of all the fabulous reasons to spend this afternoon with your Village:

FOOD: Yummy BBQ, sno-cones, pop corn & sweets at our cake walk

GAMES: Go Fish, Bean Bag Toss, Spin the Wheel, Twister, sack race, leg tie race

AND MORE: photo booth, dunk tank bucket, pony rides, sheep petting, volleyball games & the "Moonracker " rides

1. We need LOTS OF LITTLE PRIZES.  Do you have party favors laying around (cluttering up your home? :-).  We'll take them off your hands and put them to good (recycled) use.  We're definitely not asking folks to purchase new ones, we're confident we can collect plenty for our carnival games just from re-using what families can gather around their homes.  Just toss 'em in a bag and drop 'em in the office NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, JUNE 4th.

2.  On the yummy side of things, WE NEED ITEMS FOR OUR CAKE WALK (everything sweet to eat is welcome--homemade or store bought, sugar-full, sugar-free, gluten-full, gluten-free, etc.).  The more the (much) merrier! Baked goods can be delivered anytime on Thursday, June 7, including just bringing it along when you arrive at the carnival.

3. AFTERCARE KIDDOS:  If you will be unable to attend the carnival, but your child will be in aftercare, they don't have to miss all the fun.   You will have an opportunity to pre purchase tickets that will be distributed on the day of the event when students are dismissed from aftercare to participate. More info to come.

3.  Last, but certainly not least, we are asking for volunteers for setup and cleanup, AND that EACH PARENT that's able to attend SIGN-UP FOR ONE 30-MINUTE SHIFT to actually make the fun happen! 

Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet. To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Thank you for volunteering!

Volunteer Opportunity

Hello everyone,

Volunteer opportunities for "VILLAGE CHARTER SCHOOL YEAR END CARNIVAL AND TALENT SHOW" are now open.

Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Thank you for volunteering!



We set some lofty goals at the beginning of the school year and by working together we accomplished almost all of what we set out to do! We created our schoolyard habitat complete with a lizard lounge/rock garden, wetland, living tee-pee, butterfly/bee forage with over 30 kinds of native plants throughout our newly created space. Our Fall and Spring workdays were hugely successful, full of fun times built around working hard to improve our school and our Earth. Woodshop middle school students built us 6 bird nest boxes. Ashley’s class put up the boxes and have been weekly monitoring the bird life that has taken up residence.

We’d like to thank all Village School teachers/classes and the many families who came to the work parties for being a major force in planting out the space and working to battle the weeds and dreaded Bermuda grass. Our project will stay well-watered this summer (and beyond) thanks to Josh Landis working his irrigation wizardry! Deep gratitude to the original team who made this project possible by applying for and receiving the grant to fund the project (Crisarlin and Hattie). Huge appreciations to the Nunley family/DryScape Materials and their generous donations of landscaping materials that helped our project come to life.

This year has seen a VCS dream come true and this is well deserving of our collective celebration and congratulations! Please look forward to another set of Fall and Spring workdays next school year so we can keep our dream alive. We also look forward to working with all the classes again next year, learning together about ourselves and our world by observing, tending and enjoying our thriving Schoolyard Habitat!

Your Happy Habitat Co-ordinators,

Hattie and Stephanie


Thank You - Yearbook Team

I have huge appreciation for the yearbook team: Avery, Kai, Thomas, Sarai, Ella, Bella, and Nate. You made an incredible yearbook, and you made so many great memories along the way. Dizzy drawing, arguing over control of the music, drum towers, waffles, the eternal debate over what to call yourselves on the staff page... So many jokes, so much fun, all poignantly enriched by Ella crying the whole time, and resulting in a beautiful yearbook which our community will treasure. I'm really, really proud of you goofballs.

Much love and admiration for you all!



Signups for VCS Summer Camp are OPEN

Keep your kids active and having fun this summer! Signups for VCS Summer Camp is OPEN!

Enrollment is open on a drop in or weekly basis, OR you can join us for the full eight week session of enriching activities, games, and learning!!

Summer Camp will be Open to all 2019/2020 enrolled* VCS K-8th students

Please see the attached VCS Summer Camp sign up sheet for more details and turn in your forms in the office ASAP to secure your spot! You don’t want to miss the fun!



Have an appreciation you wish to make? You can email it in by Friday morning to and it will get added to the next Bulletin.

Thank you Josh Landis for connecting the life giving drip irrigation system that is crucial for our schoolyard habitat to live through its first summer (and beyond)! - Stephanie

Thanks Shaina for organizing our bulletins this year, you have done an amazing and important job for us! - Stephanie

Huge thanks to Ms. Barnum for another amazing Pirate Island adventure, it is a special time and what fantastic fun it is! Thank you to all the families who helped to make the magic happen…. clearing the creek, contributing treasures, creating a fairy wonderland… we are so blessed to have the community that we do, this is real magic! - Stephanie

Thank you Ashley! for connecting your students and class to the wonders of nature and the deep care of our environment… raising steelhead in the classroom, adopting all of our nest boxes, taking field trips to working agricultural lands… you have helped to instill a deep sense of care that gives our kids a solid foundation as stewards of the Earth and this is exactly what the world needs! - Stephanie

Crisarlin, Viki, Claudia, Jeri, Hattie, Katie, Lauren, Michaela… you give so much of your time and attention to our school it is a beautiful thing that you do for our community. We have the amazing celebrations, Spanish in our classrooms, Girls on the Run, gardens, events, festivals and gatherings at our school because of you and you are an amazing example of community service in action, thank you! - Stephanie

Carolyn and Rebecca, Village School is truly blessed to have your on-going attention and care of our community. Thank you for ALL that you do, you take such wonderful care of us all!

Thanks to all of our morning drop-off greeters, it is so sweet to see your smiling and welcoming faces each day of the week this school year. Your dedication and help is much appreciated! - Stephanie

Village Charter School Board of Directors… your time and contributions to keeping our school going is imperative to our success. Thank you for all you do to keep our school going, we couldn’t/wouldn't be here without you! - Stephanie