Snow Tube Field trip and Valentine’s Day!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 2/12-2/16

It’s been a beautiful week! We started it out with a special trip up to Mt. Hood to bond over some long car rides and some exhilarating snow tubing! It was so much fun!

Of course we celebrated our love for each other with Valentine’s on Wednesday, delivering cards and candy! Even Tutti got a valentine! We spread the love to other animals too, on our special field trip to the Oregon Humane Society.

We’ve had some live musical accompaniment in the way of guitars, piano, and singing to go along with our work and play this week. We also had a love song playlist playing all day on Valentine’s Day.

Other than that, we keep ourselves busy per usual, working on cool projects, participating in the All-School Meetings, designing “the King of Emojis costume”, and playing outside when the sun was out!

Have a good long weekend!

VFS Staff

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Cactus Crochet!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 2/5-2/9

We’ve finished another busy week at The Village Free School. This week we were almost too busy with all of our projects and everything happening here to send out our Weekly Update!

However, we did get to take advantage of the beautiful weather and play outside at the park and on our tree.

We celebrated Rachael’s birthday by making rice krispie treats. We also had a visit from Felix’s mom, Cathy, who hosted a cactus crocheting workshop.

Have a restful weekend

VFS Staff

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Busy but fun week!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 1/29-2/2

What a busy week! We had a great time at The Central Library on our Monday Adventure, reading and finding resources for our classes and independent studies.

​After Morning Meeting each day, we have been holding space for students to meaningfully engage in the Project Time. There were some really cool lego projects, Arcade cabinet building, Origami, Story-writing,..etc. It’s been pretty magical to see what children can create!

We voted to host a decision-making All-School meeting every Thursday at 1 pm. We passed the proposal to stop using pink ropes in the Rumpus room. Other than that, we also had a robust conversation around ageism at the Free School. Ultimately, the proposal to abolish age division was voted down.

On Wednesday, we had a special performance by Jester Theater! The play was called Pumphries Family Reunion. The kids extremely enjoyed their performance while learning about Oregon history! Some of our students were even selected to participate at the end of the show. It was super fun!

​We watched a video learning about Black History Month through kids’ perspectives during Friday’s Project time. Justine also hosted a documentary screening on Maya Angelou’s And Still, I Rise. It was beautiful.

Have a restful weekend

VFS Staff

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Hot Lunch!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 1/22-1/26

The Project Zone has been bustling with people making amazing things! This week, people still had lots of energy left over after their hard work, so the Rumpus Room was also pretty happening. Chorus Club held their first meeting in The Rumpus Room too!

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​Everyone has been super impressed with the meals provided by the Hot Lunch Crew, who have been getting their rhythm down, and served up some delicious Pizza and Spaghetti this week!

​We had some special visitors here doing research at the end of the week. Kelly and Peter took photos and some video interviews to document our school!

​On Friday, some of us went to the Laika exhibit at The Portland Art Museum to learn more about Laika Studios and animation.

Sending you all some of our energy to have a productive weekend!

VFS Staff

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Kathy’s last day before Sabbatical Leave

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 1/15-1/19

This week we have been crossing new bridges and revisiting old ones!

As we had previously voted in at All School Meeting, The Village Free School has decided to begin a new annual event called Middle Name Day. This day happens whenever Cole decides and is a day where whoever wants to can go by their middle name for the day. This year that day was Thursday! We kicked it off by making a circle at our morning meeting and introducing ourselves to each other. It was a lot of fun and we got to see some new personas come out.

A group of Room C students ran their first Hot Lunch offering this week! They have put a lot of work into planning and preparing this new offering, and this week they made a delicious meal of burritos and tacos for 12 people.

The All School Sleepover Committee has begun to research and prepare for its proposal to have an All School Sleepover this year. The All School Sleepover has been a tradition in the past, although it hasn’t occurred in several years.

We are so grateful for parent volunteers who have been coming in during Project Time to share their expertise with our students. They have been able to learn circuits building skills, coding skills, and many more. Shout out to all of them!

Today was Kathy’s last day until she returns from her sabbatical. We will miss her for the next two months! Of course, we did give her an All-School hug!

Have an exciting weekend!

VFS Staff

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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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