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VCS Weekly Bulletin - August 31, 2018

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



Dates at a Glance                         

Sep. 3, Labor Day – No School

Sep. 4, 5:30pm -7pm: Miss Barnum’s Parent Meeting (potluck 5:30, meeting 6-7)

Sep. 4, 5:30-6:30: Mr. Robbins’ Parent Meeting

Sep. 6, 6pm-7:30pm: Miss Kristen and Miss Ashley’s Parent Meeting

Sep. 7, 8am-9am: PA sponsored Coffee Morning

Sep. 22, 9am-2pm: Schoolyard Habitat Workday.

 

 

Morning Drop Off Helper Needed

We are looking for a greeter for Thursday mornings. This consists of arriving at 8:10am and opening doors for families that drop kids at the “drop-off” in the parking lot. At 8:30am you are done and your children are welcome to help you! If you are available to help please reach out to Natalie Naber (chrisnatgabe@sbcglobal.net )

 

Volunteer Hours

Hello Village Families. If you are volunteering in the garden, the classroom or are helping out in other ways, please remember to sign in, on the volunteer sign in sheet, in the office.

Thank you!

 

Order Yearbooks!

Yearbooks are 15% off if you preorder before September 30th! That's just $17.00!

Order here: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014724174042747

Regular price: $20.00  

 

English-Spanish Dictionaries Needed

 

HELP!  AYUDA!

Spanish class in the middle school starts this Monday.

We are in need of 12 English-Spanish dictionaries. 

If you have one or two, and are willing to donate, please bring them to the middle school classroom.

Gracias,

Claudia & Crisarlin

 

Updated Calendar

A few changes have been made to the calendar.

·         Conference dates have been added to the calendar. These are 1:00 dismissal days for ALL students.

o    Sept 26 thru Oct 3

o    Feb 27 thru Mar 6.

·         The Hoedown has a new tentative date of Friday, Oct 5.

 

Attendance

Illness - If your child is absent you are to call or email the school. Please give the reason to help track illnesses.

Planned Absences / Independent Study - If your child has a planned known absence coming up, please complete an Independent Study request form a minimum of 3 days prior to their first missed day. Forms can be found on the website in the office.

Tardy - If your child is late to school, 8:31 or later. They are to be brought in to the office and signed in by an adult. Younger students will be walked to class by office staff.

 

Conservation in Action

What weighs over 4,000 pounds and is scheduled for delivery to VCS mid-September? That would be our Schoolyard Habitat Project rock features!* These boulders (yes, boulders!) and cobbles will be placed throughout the project to provide habitat for our reptile and amphibian friends as well as places for us humans to interact with and enjoy nature. Our Schoolyard Habitat’s first workday is right around the corner… please come on Saturday September 22nd from 9:00 – 2:00 (or anywhere inside that window) to help do some major site prep work. We are encouraging families to come, however, this time the work will be done by the adults amongst us while our kids enjoy each other’s company. After this site preparation workday our classes (and future workdays) will be superbly setup to accomplish creating our Schoolyard Habitat!

For the love of lizards,

Hattie and Stephanie, Schoolyard Habitat Project Co-ordinators

*Much thanks goes to VCS’s Nunley family’s landscape supply business DryScape for its generous support by discounting the rock and soil products we purchased for the project, you guys rock (get it?!?!)

 

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 wanted to say thank you to the secret waterer, my sister, Carissa who kept the gardens beautiful during our warm summer months.   -Lilia Parker-Meyers

VCS Weekly Bulletin - August 24, 2018

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




It's back to school week!

Dates at a Glance                         

Aug. 28, 8:30am - 9:30am: Gala event planning meeting (outside by picnic tables)

Aug. 30th, 6pm-7:30pm: Miss Malika’s Parent Meeting

Sep. 3, Labor Day No School

Sep. 4, 5:30pm -7pm: Miss Barnum’s Parent Meeting (potluck 5:30, meeting 6-7)

Sep. 6, 6pm-7:30pm: Miss Kristen and Miss Ashley’s Parent Meetings

Sep. 9, after morning circle until 10am: PA sponsored Coffee Morning


 

School Choir

Thursday afternoons 3:15 - 4:15
Starts Thursday August 30th
5 sessions $70

Featuring:

·  1800's costumes for girls and boys of all ages
·  songs of the civil war era
·  Christmas Carols
·  Old time dances
·  Gaelic singing
·  And some school standards

Interested? See sign up outside of Miss Barnum's classroom #24
Questions should be directed to Miss Barnum in person.

 

Gala Planning Meeting

There will be a Gala event planning meeting, Tuesday,  August 28th from 8:30-9:30am at school.
Please meet by the outside picnic tables. All help is welcome and appreciated.

 

English-Spanish Dictionaries Needed

HELP!  AYUDA!
Spanish class in the middle school starts this Monday.
We are in need of 12 English-Spanish dictionaries.
If you have one or two, and are willing to donate, please bring them to the middle school classroom.

Gracias,
Claudia & Crisarlin

 

Conservation in Action

This section will be used to detail how VCS’s students and school community creates and connects to the exploration and care of our natural world.

Let’s start by congratulating ourselves! Many months have gone into preparing a proposal that has now paid off, literally. VCS has been awarded $3,200 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement a Schoolyard Habitat and Outdoor Classroom Program. Over the span of this coming school year, we will install native planting areas and habitat features designed to engage our whole school community in the stewardship and study of nature. We will be creating a Butterfly and Bee Habitat Garden (our version of a B&B), Habitat Hill (complete with bird nesting boxes students will build, monitor and maintain) as well as a Lizard Lounge (features for amphibians/reptiles along with a mini wetland to provide water for all). All VCS classes will be involved in the Schoolyard Habitat creation as well as by our families coming together on work days (stay tuned, first workday is coming in September!)  There will be much work to do this school year knowing that our work will provide countless years of learning in our very own living laboratory! Please contact Hattie (hatfield.turner@gmail.com) or Stephanie (stephanielennox@comcast.net) if you would like to take a leadership role in this project or with any questions.

Here’s an excerpt from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Program description:

The mission of the Schoolyard Habitat and Outdoor Classroom Program is to get students to experience nature. The Program helps schools create natural spaces on school grounds where students will observe, draw, write, think and question. A Schoolyard Habitat project restores native wildlife habitat while including features that support students frequently going outside to learn, discover, create and celebrate the environment. During the formative years of life, students develop perceptions and values about their environment. Schoolyard Habitats can provide students with a powerful example of land conservation and stewardship.

“In nature, nothing exists alone” - Rachel Carson

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better” - Albert Einstein

Good to Grow,

Hattie and Stephanie, Schoolyard Habitat Co-oordinators :)

 

Carpool Partners

We are looking for carpool partners from east
Santa rosa.  In particular, we are seeking assistance with 1:00 pickups
for our son Leo, who is in kindergarten.  We can share driving
responsibilities. Email megmariehamill@gmail.com.
Thank you!

Thanks!

Meg

 

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.

Crisarlin and Hattie, I so appreciate your hard work and dedication to see through the Schoolyard Habitat Grant proposal process. The countless hours you spent over the past many months to make this dream real is what made it happen, thank you a million! - Stephanie

Huge appreciation going out to all VCS teachers and staff for creating a energetically and physically sparkling school environment that welcomes us back with love, joy and excitement. Also, thank you for your support in the creation of and enthusiasm to implement our Schoolyard Habitat project, it’s going to be a great habitat growing year! – Stephanie

I have a huge appreciation for all the “greening” support Jasmine Maes has graciously given these past several days. Our days are more beautiful because of you.
Love, Miss Malika

A huge appreciation to all my parents who have had their children here on time and ready to start their day!
Thank you, Miss Malika

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