New Space!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 1/8-1/12

This week, we have been exploring VFS Parent Volunteer opportunities during some of our Project Time meetings. Nick, Leo Kuzma’s Dad and Jim, Trevor’s Dad came in to share some offering ideas on Tuesday and Thursday. We’ve also been working on a decoupage project for our quiet room table!

Jessica gave the first tour of our new space to interested families with help from Fiona and Linnea. Tutti was a star as usual, entertaining our visiting guests. Tutti also made an appearance in the Rumpus Room for a game of Tutti Tag this week!

We will be starting our Winter Term Standing Plan this coming Monday. There are many interesting classes and clubs being offered by both staff and students such as Podcasts Club, Philosophy, Chorus Club, Peer Mediation training, Drawing circle, and so many more amazing offerings. Kathy has been working hard to prepare independent math packets before she leaves for her 2-month sabbatical!

Rubik’s cubes are currently a hit at the Free school. Dave, Nathan, Ryan, and Micah’s dad, has brought in his collection of Rubik’s cubes. They range from the 2×2 to 13×13! The kids have been enjoying trying to solve them and Dave has been a great mentor to them! They even took a whole cube apart to look at how it works from inside and learn about its algorithms. How cool!

A lot of people have been getting sick lately. Please keep your children home if they are sick so they don’t spread germs. Wash hands often and drink lots of water!

Have a good & healthy long weekend

VFS Staff

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VFS at the New Location

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 12/11-12/15

(The first All-School Meeting in our Great Hall)

Welcome to Winter Term Weekly Update! Our first week in the new space has been amazing! It has been so nice to see everyone after the break, and in our new space!! This space is a free school dream come true! It is more than twice as big as our old location. Staff and students are still exploring all of the creative ways we can use this space. Our small community is growing and thriving!

We’ve been taking advantage of the park next door and spent hours there on the days it wasn’t raining. We’ve had a great time going wild and containing our rumpus in the rumpus room, also quietly reading and hanging out in the Great Hall and the quiet room.

We set out class offerings in The Project Zone on Friday. They will be left out for students to look over and sign up on for the next several days. We have also begun certifications. Along with our outdoor and off-campus certifications, we are now beginning to certify for the kitchen, the wood shop, the sewing machine, the typewriter, and the glue gun station!

We are experimenting with holding one big Project Time meeting in the Great Hall at 9:30 in place of separate morning room meetings. Be sure to get here in time for our meeting to be informed about the day and involved in our project time plans.

Have a smiley weekend!

VFS Staff

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Our Last Week!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 12/11-12/15

This will be your last weekly update of the year! This was our last full week of school in this building and before the break. It has been a magical week!

We went ice skating at The Lloyd Center for our Adventure Monday, followed up by our most-amazing-Project-Fair-ever-so-far!! Our adventure and our Tuesday night showcase were both so inspiring, awesome, and cute! We will let these pictures speak for themselves! We wish we had pictures of it all to show you!

justine and london performance

 

guevara violin

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We’ve been making decorations, watching movies, and packing. It’s been a great time to relax for the last of our days in this building and enjoy each other’s company before break.

puppet show

 

Have an amazing break! See you next year!

VFS Staff

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Make Make Make!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 12/4-12/8

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We spent most of this week preparing for our Project Fair next Tuesday! We had dress rehearsals on Friday at Metropolitan Community Church, and have been steadily practicing and working on all of our projects.

 

ewok oli

london and justine

 

We had a great time at the NorthWest Children’s Theatre’s production of Cinderella on Thursday!

We’ve been listening to lots of music and having dance parties at school lately. This week we also celebrated Henrik’s 11th birthday and played a lot as usual.

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henriks birthday

 

playing magic

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

VFS Staff

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Jumpin Jumpin

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 11/27-12/1

This week, students have been working hard preparing for the upcoming Project Fair and being creative as usual.

We challenged ourselves to see how far and how high we could jump at our jumping tournament on Wednesday!

We celebrated Leif’s 16th birthday this week!

Our wonderful alumnus, Wyatt, came to visit on Friday and hosted a science workshop.

We spent Friday morning watching a special movie for the holidays (Home Alone!) and made wreaths and festive decorations.

Have a cozy weekend!

VFS Staff

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Birthday Bumps

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 11/13-11/17

We stayed at school on Monday this week and had an art class and puppet show.

Wednesday morning, we took a great trip to OMSI.

This week, we also celebrated London’s 11th birthday, Devin’s 11th birthday, and the first ever birthday of our favorite baby, Maddalena!


During Project Time, we have been setting up a lovely morning routine of sipping hot tea, turning on relaxing background music, and working on self-directed projects. Many Room B students have been spending their project time working on Math and Reading skills.

Room C took a week off from classes to focus on designing their curriculum and setting goals for themselves.

On Friday, we had our first Community Clean-up of the year!

Have a wonderful Fall Break!

VFS Staff

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Playing at the Park

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 11/6-11/10

We had a great time at Clackamette Park this week! We faced our fears at the skate park, practicing skateboarding and doing some parkour. We searched for beautiful stones in the stream, and spent lots of time on the swings too.

clackamette

 

falling off the slackline

The space was filled with music this week! Noppawan worked with several students one-on-one playing the keyboard, we had lots of relaxing music to set the atmosphere playing, and had fun at Cynthia’s music class as always.

We made lots of found object sculptures out of popsicle sticks, toilet paper rolls, empty bottles, recycled glue sticks and more!

Jack had his birthday this week!

Have a beautiful weekend!

VFS Staff

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