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VCS Weekly Bulletin - April 13, 2018

Have something for the bulletin? Send it to Shaina at bulletin@villagecharterschool.com.

 


Building a human pyramid
requires great Cooperation.
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Or is it Organization? 馃

Dates at a Glance                         

路  April 18th, 1pm - 2:15pm - PA Meeting

路  April 18th, 5:45pm - VCS Board Meeting

路  April 21st, 9:30am - 11:30am - Creek Clean-A-Thon!

路  April 23rd - April 27th - Teacher Appreciation Week

路  May 4th, 8am-9am - PA Sponsored Coffee Morning

路  May 9th, 1pm - 2:15pm - PA Meeting

路  May 28th - Memorial Day  (No School)

 

 

 

VCS Summer Camp Program is Open for Enrollment

Need something fun to do this summer? Look no further!

The VCS Summer Camp will be filled with fun activities, and interesting outings. Children will be able to choose their activities in the many open studios, go on afternoon adventures such as field trips and group projects, and stay with their Village community of friends!

Studios include:

鉃 Fiber Arts such as knitting, weaving, needle-felting, sewing
鉃 DIY Toy-making
鉃 Music
鉃 Gardening
鉃 Art Journal
鉃 Inventor鈥檚 Workshop (a maker鈥檚 space filled with reclaimed materials, students can create whatever they wish with the available materials)
鉃 Outdoor and indoor Games

The new VCS summer program will be an 8-week program beginning June 11 and running until August 3rd. The program will be from 8am to 5:30pm.  Each week will be themed around a different ecosystem around the world. Of course, since this is Village there will be art, and music, hikes and other fun activities. Incoming students (Kinder and up) will be welcome to participate.

Deadline for sign up is May 18th
鈥 if there is not enough enrollment by this date camp may have to cancel 鈥 let鈥檚 not let that happen!

To learn even more specifics, such as hours and pricing, check out the sign up agreement and detailed description.

 

5th Annual VCS Creek Clean-a-Thon

The Clean-A-Thon is happening Next Weekend!

Hope you all had a nice week off, and were able to gather some pledges for our 5th Annual Creek Clean-a-Thon fundraiser.  Did you fill in your pledge sheets and color the thermometer too? 

Remember this year all the money from your sponsors needs to be turned in Friday, 4/20 before the event. That is only 1 week away so get out and get those pledges.

As a reminder, you and your family can make your pledge online through PayPal. 

Also a big THANK YOU to all our Business Sponsors:

Vantreo
American Tile & Stone
Mr. Rooter
DryScape
BigGreenIT
Art & Soul Music School
Envirichment
Screamin鈥 Mimi鈥檚
Simply Southern Sweets
Chris Maccario Landscape
Trees for a Change
Ryan鈥檚 Custom Crating
ToyWorks
City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks

 

Monday, April 23 - 27 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

This week is an opportunity to show our staff and teachers how much we appreciate all they do for our children all year long.  Each day of the week a special 鈥渟omething鈥 has been planned to honor and recognize their work.  WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP to make it happen.  A sign up sheet will be posted for you to sign up and contribute.  Also, class reps will be forwarding a note requesting your help.

TSAW (Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week) Committee,
Catherine, Crisarlin, Claudia, Jeri, Laurie, Lauren, Mariah and Viki

 

Monte Rio Triathlon

Sunday, June 10 - Volunteers needed. MONTE RIO TRIATHLON. Our school has a chance to support runners at a station and get a grant for the school.

Hi, I'm recruiting volunteers for the Monte Rio Triathlon, next June 10th, 2018 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The volunteer's job is at the FINISH LINE.  The finish line will be located in the parking lot directly in front of the Monte Rio Community Center. As racers finish, volunteers will assist with removing timing chips, handing out race medals, assisting athletes to the medical tent, if necessary, and assist with timing.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event please go to this link: https://vmodcui.active.com/volunteer/jobs?eventGroupId=831301 Once in the site, go to June 10th Finish Line.

Please let me know of any questions you have. I would like to get all volunteers signed up ASAP :-). If you know someone who is or may be interested to join our team of volunteers, feel free to forward this message.

Thanks!!!

Crisarlin
Finish Line Captain

 

National Library Week

Check out this document regarding National Library Week, for fun activities to gear up for summer reading!

 

Help Wanted

Donations and Volunteer Support Needed

Jars Needed
The PA is looking to the community for jars - about 32 oz size with no labels. Mason jars are great.  Lids are not required. We are looking use these as vases for the flowers for teacher appreciation week in May.

 

Garden Group

It鈥檚 time to get the garden growing!  Have you noticed that our beautiful village garden is beginning to take shape?  Come and join us on Friday afternoons at 2:00 for some gardening fun!  Weather permitting, so this Friday may be canceled due to rain, but we will resume after the break (Cesar Chavez festival is the following Friday).   Also, we are looking for pots or planters of any shape or size if you have any extras lying around.

 

Facebook Group for Parents

Did you know?? Village Charter School has a parent-run Facebook group. Click here to add yourself to our small parent-run page. Share ideas, reminders of activities/holidays/events, ask questions, and get to know other parents!

 

Order Yearbooks

Don鈥檛 forget to get your order in for your yearbook! Pick up order forms in the office or follow this link to place your order and customize 2 free extra pages for your child's copy: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014724174042747

  • Your personalized yearbook only costs $20.00. 
  • Yearbooks are printed on high quality 100% recycled paper in beautiful full color.
  • For each VCS yearbook sold, Trees for the Future plants a tree in our school's name.
  • Complete your 2 free custom pages no later than April 23.
  • Custom pages are optional, if you don鈥檛 customize you鈥檒l receive a standard yearbook.
  • Order your yearbook by May 7 to get free bulk shipping with the rest of VCS!

 

Photos Wanted

The Yearbook Staff could always use additional photo coverage! If you take 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. Presently, our greatest photo needs are:

Field Trips!
Gardening
Recess/Games/Sports
Music
Spanish
Drama/Plays
Visual Arts (drawings, paintings, collages, etc.)
Projects (dioramas, labs, etc.)
Upcoming: Cesar Chavez Festival
Upcoming: Creek Clean-a-Thon

 

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.

鈥淚 am in deep appreciation to our teachers and staff for weaving such amazing learning around history's peacemakers these last many weeks, and to Claudia, Crisarlin, Catherine, and all of the parents whose attention and hard work brought Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and the UFW struggle and accomplishments to life for our community. And a special muchisimas gracias to the mariachi brothers and the amazingly inspiring Alicia Sanchez who never fails to bring tears along with laughter and awareness to her experience and storytelling. I love our school, and I love this event!

And, if I haven't said it lately--thank you, Shaina, for rocking the weekly bulletin! I appreciate the effort it takes and I appreciate you for taking it on.鈥 -Deneene


鈥淚 appreciate Claudia for all of the amazing Cesar Chavez events she has organized. It has really taught me so much more about his life and legacy, and Dolores鈥 as well.鈥 - Ash

VCS Weekly Bulletin - March 30, 2018

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

 


Sensei Wisdom demonstrates
an Aikido move with Sage B.

Dates at a Glance                         


路  March 30th, 4:30pm - Cesar Chavez Festival/Potluck

路  April 2nd - 6th - Spring Break  (No School)

路  April 13th, 8am-9am - PA Sponsored Coffee Morning

路  April 18th, 1pm - 2:15pm - PA Meeting (Date Change)

路  April 21st, 9:30am - 11:30am - Creek Clean-A-Thon!

路  April 23 - 27th - Teacher Appreciation Week (Date Change)

 

 

Enroll now for VCS Summer Camp Program

The new VCS summer program will be an 8-week program beginning June 11 and running until August 3rd. The program will be from 8am to 5:30pm.  Each week will be themed around a different ecosystem around the world. Of course, since this is Village there will be art, and music, hikes and other fun activities. Incoming students (Kinder and up) will be welcome to participate.

To learn even more specifics, see the separate email to be sent out soon.

All of this was made possible by Village鈥檚 own Ash Strong.

So send your World Explorer(s) to discover a summer camp with fun, friends and adventure.

 

Cesar Chavez Festival 

Today! Friday, March 30th at 4:30pm in the VCS Field!
Please join us for an afternoon of singing and dancing along with speaker Alicia S谩nchez, who worked closely with Cesar Chavez. Also you won't want to miss the live Mariachi band, featuring VCS students singing along!

There will be a potluck after the festival, the theme is Mexican so dig out those Enchilada recipes, flan or bring something for the tostadas bar.  

Tentative schedule for this event:

Starting at 4:30
Prayers of the Farmworkers (Ashley/Middle School)
Dance 鈥 Pajaritos (Kristen)
Dance 鈥 La Raspa (Malika)
Play 鈥 (Ashley)
Dance 鈥 Pancha鈥檚 Mix (B2)
Speeches Skits 鈥 (Middle School)
Dance 鈥 El Picket Sign (B2)
Guest Speaker 鈥 Alicia Sanchez
Mariachi Songs 鈥 De Colores, Cielito Lindo, Las Ma帽anitas
Potluck in the VCS Quad following the festivities.

Hope to see you, your family and even friends and the great community event celebrating Cesar Chavez.

Don't forget school hours are 10:00 - 4:00 on Friday.

 

5th Annual VCS Creek Clean-A-Thon!  

Hope you spent some time on Wednesday afternoon stopping by the table Mariah had set up to sign up for working on the Village Charter School's 5th Annual Creek Clean-a-Thon Fundraiser on Saturday, April 21th, from 9:30am-11:30am.

She handed out pledge forms with a thermometer your kids can color in as they get pledges towards their goal of $120. If you missed picking yours up a copy is attached to this bulletin and you can print it out yourself.

Don鈥檛 forget to ask your friends and family to sponsor you over Spring Break!

Even if you cannot attend the cleanup day, please still promote our school鈥檚 efforts by collecting donations/pledges in support of the event.
 

Check out the information and forms below, and visit the Creek Clean-a-Thon's Facebook Page

Creek Clean-a-Thon Letter to the Community

Creek Clean-a-Thon Sponsorship Letter

Additional Update:
We are still looking for Business Sponsors for this fundraiser.  If you own a business or know someone who does please consider sponsoring this VCS Fundraising event.  It is good for the environment, good for the kids, and good promotion for the business too. You can find the letter regarding this attached to the bulletin.
 

Help Wanted

Donations and Volunteer Support Needed

Jars Needed
The PA is looking to the community for jars - about 32 oz size with no labels. Mason jars are great. Lids are not required. We are looking use these as vases for the flowers for teacher appreciation week in May.

 

Parking

Please remember that the small lot is for staff parking and YMCA use only. VCS parents and visitors are to use the large lot.

 

Garden Group

It鈥檚 time to get the garden growing!  Have you noticed that our beautiful village garden is beginning to take shape?  Come and join us on Friday afternoons at 2:00 for some gardening fun!  Weather permitting, so this Friday may be canceled due to rain, but we will resume after the break (Cesar Chavez festival is the following Friday).   Also, we are looking for pots or planters of any shape or size if you have any extras lying around.
 

Enrichment

VCS RUN CLUB
VCS Run Club will meet again Monday, March 26th at 3:15 pm

Join us every Monday @ 3:15pm for an easy 3-4 mile run. All running levels are welcome, girls, boys, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas鈥
It's free, no sign up needed, just bring your running sneakers, a smile, and good attitude to have a good sweat. We will be leaving from the VCS campus at 3:15 PM.
For more information contact Crisarlin V谩zquez 

 

Facebook Group for Parents

Did you know?? Village Charter School has a parent-run Facebook group. Click here to add yourself to our small parent run page. Share ideas, reminders of activities/holidays/events, ask questions, and get to know other parents!

 

Order Yearbooks

Don鈥檛 forget to get your order in for your yearbook! Pick up order forms in the office or follow this link to place your order and customize 2 free extra pages for your child's copy: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014724174042747

  • Your personalized yearbook only costs $20.00. 
  • Yearbooks are printed on high quality 100% recycled paper in beautiful full color.
  • For each VCS yearbook sold, Trees for the Future plants a tree in our school's name.
  • Complete your 2 free custom pages no later than April 23.
  • Custom pages are optional, if you don鈥檛 customize you鈥檒l receive a standard yearbook.
  • Order your yearbook by May 7 to get free bulk shipping with the rest of VCS!

 

Photos Wanted

The Yearbook Staff could always use additional photo coverage! If you take 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. Presently, our greatest photo needs are:

Field Trips!
Gardening
Recess/Games/Sports
Music
Spanish
Drama/Plays
Visual Arts (drawings, paintings, collages, etc.)
Projects (dioramas, labs, etc.)
Upcoming: Cesar Chavez Festival
Upcoming: Creek Clean-a-Thon

 

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.

Claudia 鈥 Thank you so much for all the time, energy and effort you put into making this years Cesar Chavez happen.  Crisarlin and I are so thankful to have parents like you involved with PA! We couldn鈥檛 have done it without you! Gracias! - Catherine

Jeri 鈥 You have really helped out on this festival, picking up stakes for the picket signs, and offering the flatbed and to cook the pork for the potluck. You are always so cheerful, we wish would saw you more at the meetings, but love all you do here.  Thank You! Catherine & Crisarlin

Mariah 鈥 Thank you for taking up the Fundraising and Creak Clean Up for us this year. You are doing an awesome job!  Thanks!  - Catherine

VCS Weekly Bulletin - March 23, 2018

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

 


Happy Spring!

Dates at a Glance                         


路  March 23rd, 1:00pm - Film-screening of 鈥淒olores鈥

路  March 23rd, 2:00pm - Garden Group

路  March 28th, 3:30pm - Schoolyard Habitat Team Meeting

路  March 30th, 4:30pm - Cesar Chavez Festival/Potluck

路  April 2nd - April 6th - Spring Break  (No School)

路  April 21st, 9:30am - 11:30am - Creek Clean-A-Thon!

 

 

Will you need Morning Extended Care on Friday?

Will your child need AM Extended Care on Friday, March 30th? If the answer is YES, you must contact the office or E/C staff with their expected time of arrival. Friday, March 30th is the day of the Cesar Chavez Festival with school starting at 10:00 am. The E/C staff would like to plan on proper coverage for students arriving at school prior to 10:00 am.

 

Garden Group

It鈥檚 time to get the garden growing!  Have you noticed that our beautiful village garden is beginning to take shape?  Come and join us on Friday afternoons at 2:00 for some gardening fun!  Weather permitting, so this Friday may be canceled due to rain, but we will resume after the break (Cesar Chavez festival is the following Friday).  Also, we are looking for pots or planters of any shape or size if you have any extras lying around.

 

Schoolyard Habitat Team

The schoolyard habitat coordinator from School Garden Network will be coming to our campus this Wednesday, March, 28 at 3:30 to look at our garden space and see if we meet requirements for funding. If you are interested in being on the habitat team or have input, ideas or resources for a project like this, please come and join us!

 

Facebook Group for Parents

Did you know?? Village Charter School has a parent-run Facebook group. Click here to add yourself to our small parent run page. Share ideas, reminders of activities/holidays/events, ask questions, and get to know other parents!

 

Cesar Chavez Festival


Festival Update

The 4th through 8th graders were able to participate in the showing of the documentary Dolores.

Had more fun practicing songs today with the Mariachi Band.  The classrooms are all getting ready for this exciting festival that is happening next Friday! How this month has flown by with all the amazing activities.

There will be a potluck after the festival, the theme is Mexican so dig out those Enchilada recipes, flan or bring something for the taco bar.  There is an online sign up available https://www.volunteersignup.org/7MBCK it includes ideas for some food items as well as helping to set up. There will also be a paper sign up on the bulletin board with the Festival flyers on Monday. The VCS Potluck Guidelines are also attached below if you would like to review them.

Hope to see you, your family and even friends and the great community event celebrating Cesar Chavez.

The Cesar Chavez Festival is Friday, March 30th at 4:30pm in the VCS Field! Weather permitting, please join us for an afternoon of festivities, a community potluck and speaker Alicia Sanchez, who worked closely with Cesar Chavez. You won't want to miss the live Mariachi band, featuring VCS students singing along!

The school day has been adjusted to accommodate this festival, noted on the VCS calendar and bulletin.

Watch this month for further details from your child鈥檚 teacher.

The PA will also send requests on ways you can help and get involved.

 

5th Annual VCS Creek Clean-A-Thon

A Quick Update:
As we wrap up the festival we also are gearing up more for the Creak Clean-up Fundraiser.  We will be having representatives (including some of our middle schoolers) going into the classrooms next week to get the kids excited about this event.
SAVE THE DATE! It's time to start planning for the Village Charter School's

5th Annual Creek Clean-a-Thon on Saturday, April 21th, from 9:30am-11:30am.

Have a special passion for our school's environmental mission? Want to help spread the word about our commitment to environmental education and community? Once again, we have a very special opportunity to support our children's environmental awareness and education WHILE serving our larger Santa Rosa community AND raising critical funds. All while having tons of fun!

We are again asking students and their families to participate in three ways:

          1. The first is by collecting donations/pledges for our school in support of our creek cleanup work. If each student gets $120 in pledges, we will easily reach our goal of $10,000 for our school!

          2. The second we are looking to procure local Community/Business sponsors who would be interested in making a tax-deductible donation toward our event (and having their business featured in our event promotions and on our event tee shirts).

          3. And last, is to attend the event and be the 鈥減eople-power鈥 cleaning the creek.

Even if you cannot attend the cleanup day, please still promote our school鈥檚 efforts by collecting donations/pledges in support of the event.

Check out the information and forms below, and visit the Creek Clean-a-Thon's Facebook Page

Creek Clean-a-Thon Letter to the Community

Creek Clean-a-Thon Sponsorship Letter

 

Enrichment

VCS Run Club

VCS Run Club will meet again Monday, March 26th at 3:15 pm

Join us every Monday @ 3:15pm for an easy 3-4 mile run. All running levels are welcome, girls, boys, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas鈥

It's free, no sign up needed, just bring your running sneakers, a smile, and good attitude to have a good sweat. We will be leaving from the VCS campus at 3:15 PM.

For more information contact Crisarlin V谩zquez.

 

Parking

Please remember that the small lot is for staff parking and YMCA use only. VCS parents and visitors are to use the large lot.

 

Help Wanted

  • Fairy Garden Help - I am looking for someone who has an hour or two to help me with a project in my magical garden. Maybe next week after the rain lets up. Any time of day is fine. Please just email me or come on by the classroom.

                    Thank you,
                    Miss Malika

  • Floor Lamps Needed - Miss Malika is looking for a couple of floor lamps to use in the classroom. Do you happen to have one in the garage or unused or in your give away pile?

 

Order Yearbooks

Don鈥檛 forget to get your order in for your yearbook! Pick up order forms in the office or follow this link to place your order and customize 2 free extra pages for your child's copy: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014724174042747

  • Your personalized yearbook only costs $20.00. 
  • Yearbooks are printed on high quality 100% recycled paper in beautiful full color.
  • For each VCS yearbook sold, Trees for the Future plants a tree in our school's name.
  • Complete your 2 free custom pages no later than April 23.
  • Custom pages are optional, if you don鈥檛 customize you鈥檒l receive a standard yearbook.
  • Order your yearbook by May 7 to get free bulk shipping with the rest of VCS!

 

Photos Wanted

Do you have photos of the Craft Fair, Harvest Hoedown, Girls on the Run, field trips you've chaperoned, or anything else from the 2017/2018 school year? The Yearbook Staff could always use additional photo coverage! If you take 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.

 

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.

 

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