Village News

School Closure Update

Dear Village Charter School Community,

I hope that this finds you and your family safe and doing as well as possible during this shelter-in-place mandate.  Seeing many of you in passing during the pick-up time was a welcomed gift! We have just received an update regarding the suspension of classes.

Please be advised that in coordination between North Bay County departments of education, all schools will be suspending classes and continuing distance learning through May 1, 2020.  This is the plan for now.  This decision will continue to assist in reducing community spread of  COVID 19.

  • VCS has suspended classes through May 1, 2020, until further notice. Our teachers will continue to update their distance learning plans. Most classes will be transitioning to the use of Google Classroom, Zoom, and/or Google Meet in addition to packets Now that we know the closure has been extended, please download these apps. Reminder: We have Chromebooks for check out if needed.
     
  • For now, we will stick with our next pick up date, Wednesday, 4/1/2020, between 11:00-1:00. If you are unable to pick up work for your student, please let us know so we can make arrangements.
     
  • I will be working with Emma to create an updated resource tab on our website where we can post ideas, weekly schedules for easy access, share photos of the wonderful things you are doing/creating at home, and anything else that helps us stay connected as a community.


Thank you for all. Your kindness and understanding means so much to all of us.

Please take care and be safe.

Rebecca Ivanoff, Director
The Village Charter School
2590 Piner Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Letter From Rebecca

Hello VCS Families and Students!


Today, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with our teachers and staff (with all proper social distancing practices in place). I have missed them and I miss all of you! The teachers are currently working to put together appropriate, optional learning programs for the students, so I hope everyone is ready to get back on track with some schooling!

The process of creating a remote learning environment has many moving parts and we want to make sure that the work we put out there is interesting, manageable, and accessible to all students and parents/guardians. Our goal is to have our first week of assignments ready to go out no later than this Wednesday, March 25th. Any work we assign will be available both electronically and on paper, with physical pick-up of textbooks and packets starting this Wednesday at VCS (basketball court area, weather permitting) between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM and 5:00 - 6:00PM. Please make sure only one person comes to the pick-up site. If you are unable to pick up school work during this window of time, please let us know and we will come up with an alternate plan to make it available.
 

Here is a bullet point list of what you can expect:
 

  • Kindergarten families can expect a letter from Miss Malika no later than Wednesday outlining her plan for the students.
     
  • For grades 1-8, all the teachers will be following a uniform weekly calendar that provides structure and expectations for each day. We are trying to keep as much consistency across the grades each day to support families with siblings (and help maintain the sanity of parents/guardians).
     
  • Each day of the week will include a variety of academic and nonacademic activities. It is our expectation that each activity is completed within each day.
     
  • Each day will have an elective/wild card slot. Teachers will provide many choices for how to fill this time. As our choice list grows (and, yes, we’d love your ideas), we will post them on our website.
     
  • Your child’s teacher will be sending out a communication by email soon. When you get the email, please respond as directed as this will serve as confirmation for the best way to communicate with you.
     
  • Heads up—As thing evolve and change (and they will) we will keep you posted via email and the website.
     
  • For tomorrow (3/24), have your child(ren) follow this sample day to get started:



We are still going on the assumption that schools will reopen on April 8th, but are making plans for the possibility that we will be out longer. Please be patient with your children, the teachers and yourself. Learning remotely is not something that comes naturally to most of us and it is going to take some time to settle into this new way of going to school. It can’t provide all the many parts we experience in the classroom, but if we embrace this process and grow with it, there is much to learn. Our hope is that each day the students find a way to practice their academic skills, laugh, draw, read, be helpful, dance, sing, run, and reconnect with our incredible VCS community as we venture through this unexpected shared experience.

I hope you are all physically, mentally and emotionally well.

Wishing I could see everyone at morning circle.

Rebecca

School is closed through March 27

Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE)  and Sonoma County Public Health is recommending school closures through March 27. VCS is following this recommendation. Staff will work on getting remote learning set up for students. As of right now school will resume on Monday, March 30.