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VCS Weekly Bulletin - November 9, 2017

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Dates at a Glance                         

Photo by 20172018 Yearbook Staff

Yoga Class

Friday, November 10 - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, November 14 - Picture Day - Miss Barnum's & Miss Ashley's classes
Tuesday, November 21  - End of Trimester - Report Cards
Wednesday, November 22 thru Friday November 24 - Thanksgiving Break -  No School
Friday, December 1, 8-9am - Coffee Morning
Friday, December 8, - Craft Fair - Some details below, more to come
Wednesday, December 20 - Winter Solstice - Details to come
Thursday December 21 to January 5 - Winter Break - No School


School Schedule Change


After much discussion with the staff and PA, starting Monday 11/13, we are officially changing the start and end time for each school day (see schedule below). This adjusted schedule not only addresses the traffic/parking situation, but more importantly, allows us to maintain the sense of community on campus that is key to our school's culture. VCS has never been a "drop-off" school. VCS needs the parents here--in our classrooms, lingering  and talking after the bell, hanging out while the kids play basketball, joining us in morning circle and Friday coffee...the list goes on. So, thank you. Thank you for all the adjustments you have already made, for your flexibility and creative thinking. And thank you for embracing this 15 minute shift in your day. - Rebecca

School Hours

8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Daily

1st – 8th Grades          
8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Wednesday

The new school schedule will be effective this Monday, November 13th, 2017.

Parent Giving Program

Due to some unforeseen issues, the automatic withdrawal system for the monthly pledge amount has been unable to function for the past two months. As of now, it is back on track, but there will be no retroactive billing without your permission for these missed payments.
Our school does depends on these donations in order to cover the costs of enrichment programs, staff support, festivals, office supplies and other general operating expenses, and has been running under the projection based on these pledges. You are welcome to bring cash or check for any missed payments to Carolyn if you would like to keep up on your payment.

Picture Day

We will start picture day's this year with Miss Barnum's & Miss Ashley's classes on Tuesday, 11/14. The other classes will have their pictures taken on a date yet to be determined, weather pending.

Craft Fair

Want to help with the VCS Craft Fair tradition?  We have started organizing, planning and looking at crafts and materials needed.  If you would like to be a part of this community event please let Crisarlin or Lilia know you would like to be on the Craft Fair Committee. Crisarlin’s email

Come run with us and support the VCS Team!

Girls on the Run Sonoma County 5k
Family Fun Run

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 am
SOMO Village, North Parking Lot
1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park CA

Lace up your shoes and join nearly 300 Girls on the Run girls from all over Sonoma County in this non-competitive family fun run that is open to the whole community! Families and friends, men and women, boys and girls of all ages….even strollers are welcome (no dogs please)! It is a wide, flat, tree-lined course that loops around the SOMO Village property. The course is completely paved, with views of the surrounding farmland and beautiful Sonoma Mountains. Anyone from the most competitive runner to the recreational walker can participate, so come rain or shine to….run, walk, or cheer!

Online registration is available at In person registration and packet pick-up at Fleet Feet, Santa Rosa on Friday, December 1 from 11:00 - 6:00 pm. Race Day registration is available from 7:30 am - 8:45 am.

Extended Care

Please use EC only if it is a necessity. Space is limited and while we are still able to provide this service, it will be challenging to manage high numbers of students especially as the weather shifts.
We ask that you not use E/C for play dates. Now with limited space this is more imperative than before.

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.


The VCS tree is a symbol of strength, nurturing, protection, rootedness, and growth. It is this tree that represents the life experience and education our children receive at the Village. And when VCS is supported by our community’s energy, time, and resources, we are nourishing the tree and helping it to flourish.
It is in this spirit that we have created the VCS Voluntree so that everyone can be reminded of its meaning and witness their part in helping it grow:
The ROOTS represent our Parent Giving Program + the Fundraising we do for our school’s financial foundation and sustenance. They will grow to show our giving support each month.
The LEAVES represent our family Volunteer Hours/Donations, the time and energy we give toward the school’s growth and abundance. Leaves will be added each month in correspondence to community members’ time (ideally 1 hour per week/4 hours per month). So, make sure to sign in and log your hours in the office!
Thank you for helping VCS blossom!
*If you need suggestions on where and how to volunteer, contact VCS Volunteer Coordinator Katie Hanneman @

Donations & Volunteer Support

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

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 any time throughout the school year, or drop them off in person on a memory card, flash drive, or CD.

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

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)
November 1st - November 30th = 5% Discount

Pick up order forms in the office or follow this link to place your order!


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



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 want to appreciate Kyle for opening his umbrella to cover Rebecca from the rain, and letting Miss. Malika to go before him to the restroom. Clearly showing the life skill of caring. - Anonomous

I want to thank Kyle for insisting that I go before him to use the bathroom!!! I felt so considered and appreciative for this young man’s generous and polite nature towards me. - Miss Malika

A huge and heartfelt appreciation to Ella Kushins, for being my aide at center time on Wednesday. - Miss Malika

Though it seems so long ago, huge thanks to everyone who made the hoedown such a wonderful evening for our community. - Anonomous

I appreciate Catherine for all of her help with the PA. - Anonomous

Also I’d like to add an appreciation for Rebecca being a wonderful leader in modeling our Life Skills of compassion and inclusion when inviting Shaffer Elementary students onto campus when their campus was uninhabitable due to the fires. Also an appreciation for Catherine and Crisarlin for continuing to charge ahead with the PA even in the face of the disaster our community is in. Thank you! Lauren

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