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A small school environment with a rich multi-cultural curriculum honoring the whole child
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 - September 22, 2017

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

Dates at a Glance

Wednesday, September 27 to Wednesday October 4 – Parent/Teacher Conferences Week (All Minimum Days!). Make sure to sign up on the sign up sheets outside the classrooms!
Friday, October 6, 8am-9am - Coffee Chat - PA sponsored Coffee Morning
Friday, October 6, 5:30pm-8pmHoedown - Follow link for details and see Potluck Guidelines
Wednesday, October 11, 1pm-2:15pm - PA Meeting - Details to come
Friday, October 13 - No School
Monday, October 16 - No School
Friday, November 3 – Dia de Los Muertos – Time to be confirmed
Friday, November 10th - No School

 

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.

 

Tutoring

Emma is available to provide on-site tutoring on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00. Her rate is $30 an hour, which is flexible depending on the subject(s). You can reach her at emmakerfoot@gmail.com.

 

Enrichment

Girls on the Run
Mondays & Fridays 3:15pm-4:30pm - For those signed up for Girls on the Run, Meet in Multi Use Rm #23. Any questions contact Crisarlin Vázquez, crisarlin@gmail.com

Private Piano Lessons at the Village!  ♫ ♫ 
My name is Denise Youssef (a.k.a. Simon’s Mom) and I am offering private piano lessons at our beloved school! For the time being the lessons will only be on Wednesdays and space is very limited!  Miss Ashley has graciously allowed this to happen in her room* because that’s where the piano is! 😊

The fee will be $15/weekly for a 20 minute lesson (not including materials fee) and cash or check made payable to: Denise Youssef is fine as payment.  I ask that the monthly fee is paid upfront at the first lesson of the month. See this flyer for more details, and print out this form to sign up.
 

Donations & Volunteer Support

There are soooo many PLEASE Read!!!

Volunteering
Have you been volunteering on campus?  Are you remembering to sign in at the office?  Please do!  Not only is the PA tracking these hours, but it is also helps the office in case of an emergency situation to account for everybody who is on campus.

Dye Set
Malika is looking for a dye set for making letters!

If you can help please let her know at ravengirl@sonic.net or catch up with her at school! She would love to hear from you.

BINGO
Crisarlin and Claudia are on the lookout for BINGO games with numbers, food, letters, or colors. They will only need to use them for around three weeks for middle school Spanish. If you can help, please let Crisarlin know at crisarlin@gmail.com

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.

Carpentry Class
Miss Kristen and Rebecca are seeking wood and tool donations for our new carpentry and wood-projects elective with the middle school class.  We are excited to get this class up and running, making something useful or fixing things around here at Village!

Currently they are looking for some small and large items, if you can help with any of these let Kristen know.

·  Tape Measures
·  Carpentry Squares
·  Saw Horses
·  Chop Saw &/or Circular Saw (even if these items are just borrowed for a few days and returned it would be helpful) 

We'd appreciate donations of your time and expertise, as well!   Please send any potential offers of donation or questions to Miss Kristen at kelizpearce@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Yard Duty
Come play! We are looking for parents to do yard duty, to play with the kids during recess! Let us know when you're available and if you'd like to do recess. Must attend a brief training and be fingerprinted.  A sign-up sheet will be available on the Board outside the office. (If you went through this training previously, you can take a refresher course or start immediately.)
 

Order Yearbooks!

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)
August 31st - September 30th = 15% Discount
October 1st - October 31st = 10% Discount
November 1st - November 30th = 5% Discount

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.

I would like to send a special appreciation to the anonymous donor who provided the bottles for the human heart project!  - Mr. Robbins

I have an appreciation for all the lovely people who were able to attend our Classroom Meeting! Thank you for your positive energy and open minds. For those who were unable to attend, your spirit comes through your students and we are so glad for the great start to this school year. I am so happy to know you all! -Ashley

A huge thank you goes out to Ava Baker's dad for the donation of basketballs. - Rebecca

Dinnerware Donations?

 
Our kindergarten and middle school buddies are seeking place setting donations.


Do you have any spare cutlery, cloth napkins, cups, bowls or dishes to contribute? They don’t need to match — any extra pieces you have would be great!


Drop them off in the collection bins outside of Miss Malika’s room or Mrs. Montrose and Mr. Robbins’ room any time before October 3rd (the Tuesday before the Hoedown).

 

VCS Weekly Bulletin - September 15, 2017

Photos featured in this bulletin are of Ms. Barnum's students who got to try out some old-fashioned washboards on Thursday!

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

Dates at a Glance

Monday, September 18, 3:15pm-4:30pm - Girls on the Run Begins - Meet in Multi Use Rm #23
Tuesday, September 19, 5pm-6pm. -  Parent Meeting. Miss Ashley’s, Rm 25 - Details below.
Wednesday, September 27 to Wednesday October 4 – Parent/Teacher Conferences Week (All Minimum Days!) Make sure to sign up!
Friday, October 6, 8am-9am - Coffee Chat - PA sponsored Coffee Morning
Friday, October 6, 5pm-8pmHoedown - Follow link for details
Wednesday, October 11, 1pm-2:15pm - PA Meeting - Details to come
Friday, October 13 - No School
Monday, October 16 - No School
Friday, November 3 – Dia de Los Muertos – Time to be confirmed
 

Parent Meeting

Let's not forget Miss Ashley is having having her first Parent meeting on Tuesday September 19th, from 5-6pm in her classroom.  Ash will be there if you need childcare for this meeting, the cost is $5 per child and is available for children who are 4 years or older. 
 

Tutoring

Emma is available to provide on-site tutoring on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00. Her rate is $30 an hour, which is flexible depending on the subject(s). You can reach her at emmakerfoot@gmail.com.

 

NEW Science Kits for Village Kids!

Parents,
Village has been donated a few science kits that can be adapted to multiple ages [thank you to Ella and Micah's Nana, Jennifer (Retired, Lead, Science Coordinator for Pasadena Unified School District)].  These kit have lessons plans that can last all year-long!

These kits can be taught in your child's classroom under three conditions:
1. Your teacher agrees (So far, Miss. Barnum has agreed to all three and Middle School to Geology)
2. You have been trained on the curriculum
3. You check out the materials (some consumables may be to be replaced if this becomes popular) from library/computer lab.

If you are interested in becoming trained and missed the opportunities today (Friday, 9/15) then there is still the option of a future training done by Lauren, let her know if you are interested, please RSVP by email to Lauren: Lcyxprs@aol.com
 

Order Yearbooks!

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)
August 31st - September 30th = 15% Discount
October 1st - October 31st = 10% Discount
November 1st - November 30th = 5% Discount

Follow this link to place your order! https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014724174042747
 

Donations & Volunteer Support

There are soooo many PLEASE Read!!!

Volunteering 

Have you been volunteering on campus?  Are you remembering to sign in at the office?  Please do!  Not only is the PA tracking these hours, but it is also helps the office in case of an emergency situation to account for everybody who is on campus.

Science Project

Mr. Robbins is looking for empty, plastic water bottles that our families might have laying around. The middle school needs a few dozen for materials in a science project on the human heart. If our families have any such bottles that they were planning on recycling, he would be thrilled. What a great way to recycle those single-use, usually-disposable kind that clutter up landfills!

Yearbook

Do you have an outdated digital camera collecting dust? We would like to give it new life! Used point-and-shoot digital cameras with rechargeable lithium batteries and matching chargers, SD cards (any size), and appropriately sized USB cables would all be useful to us.

We also have an AA-battery operated camera which needs rechargeable AA batteries and a battery charger.

Additionally, if you yourself 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.

Carpentry Class

Miss Kristen and Rebecca are seeking wood and tool donations for our new carpentry and wood-projects elective with the middle school class.  We are excited to get this class up and running, making something useful or fixing things around here at Village!

Currently they are looking for some small and large items, if you can help with any of these let Kristen know.

  • Tape Measures
  • Carpentry Squares
  • Saw Horses
  • Chop Saw &/or Circular Saw (even if these items are just borrowed for a few days and returned it would be helpful) 

 

We'd appreciate donations of your time and expertise, as well!   Please send any potential offers of donation or questions to Miss Kristen at kelizpearce@gmail.com.  Thank you!


Outdoor Play

Malika is looking for old half wine barrels, and also plastic gutters, tubes and fittings (pvc) type material. Her dream is to use these for the children to make ramps and runs for water or marbles or things like that. This would be an outside activity and her hope  is for the children to be able to build and take them apart over and over again.

If you can help with  any of the above please let her know, she would love to hear from you.

Yard Duty

Come play! We are looking for parents to do yard duty, to play with the kids during recess! Let us know when you're available and if you'd like to do recess. Must attend a brief training and be fingerprinted.  A sign-up sheet will be available on the Board outside the office. (If you went through this training previously, you can take a refresher course or start immediately.)

Enrichment

If there is anything you as a parent would/could contribute either this fall or in the spring we would love to hear about it, contact Lauren, at lcyxprs@aol.com and let her know.

Choir

It's not too late to sign up, there are still 12 sessions to go! Join the fun! Wear the old timey costumes and sing along to all new 1800's songs! $5 per sessions  (payable to Miss Barnum). Thursdays 3:15-4:15pm.

YMCA Preschool  - Survey For Infant Program

The YMCA Preschool has asked if our parents would take a survey so they can collect interest about a potential infant program. Please take a minute of your time to take a look. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6NH3NPJ

 

A Note From The PA

Thank you to all the wonderful families who came to our first PA meeting.  I have to say it was a bit daunting to follow in Lauren's footsteps, but Crisarlin managed to keep me on track.I also felt like we covered a lot of information and were able to get things done. What I enjoyed most was seeing the New and Returning families mingling and making connections. I am looking forward to our next meeting.

Catherine Carlisle & Crisarlin Vázquez
PA Co-Chairs

 

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.

 

Fundraising

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

 

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 appreciate all the teachers for all the hard work they put into the beginning of the year. We love you!
-Anonymous

Thank you Catherine & Crisarlin for rocking the PA meeting! Thank you, Parents, who have stepped up to help the PA in our many efforts. Thank you to the kiddos, also, who were so patient during the meeting. - Deneene

I want to give a big thank you to Catherine, for being so helpful and welcoming during my first week on the PA. You have made this transition fun! -Shaina

A big thank you to Miss Malika and Miss Kaylie, for making my daughter’s first few weeks of Kindergarten so magical. -Shaina

Thank you to all the new parents who are getting involved in helping making our Village continue to be a wonderful place for our children. - Anonymous

Thank you to all teacher, staff and parents for making us feel welcome! - Anonymous

 

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