Make Make Make!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 12/4-12/8


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.


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!

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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.



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!

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Happy Halloween!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 10/30-11/3

We had a spooky couple of weeks here at Free School!

​Last week, we got a donation of giant sheets of cardboard, and used them to built fort village in front of school! Some of us worked on a cardboard wall mural too 🙂

​We started getting ready for our Halloween party and worked on some Fall Crafts with leaves.

​We celebrated Silas’ 8th birthday last week too!

​History class wrapped up their discussion on the Vietnam war and began learning about the Korean war and Science Class learned about and experimented with Chemistry.

​We had such a great time on our first trip to the Plumper Pumpkins Pumpkin Patch, where we played on a very rustic playground, skee-balled with pumpkins, and watched some piglets showcase their athleticism in a race through tunnels and over straw to their lunches!

​On Halloween, we played a game of life size Candy Land with the staff dressed as all of our favorite Candy Land board characters! We had a costume contest to honor all of the hard work and creativity that people put into their costumes. It was so much fun! During the rest of the week, we braved sugar crashes and our first bouldering trip!

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Parent Workshops

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 10/16-10/20

On Monday, we had two parent-hosted offerings, led by Len and Tim. In the wood workshop, Tim taught people about power tool safety, and the group built some workspace platforms for the Play Room. In the folding (or compact) bike workshop, Len taught about some of the history and mechanics of folding bikes and taught some bike repairs.

wood workshopbecks invention

On Tuesday, Room C visited the Multnomah County Courthouse and got to observe some court proceedings. It was a great complement to their Mock Trials class led by Cari.

We’ve been playing lots and lots of Everybody’s It Tag outside in the rainy weather. London led her yoga class, where people experimented with some really ambitious partner yoga. There have also been tons of art and projects happening at school. Electra started her new Art Class and some people worked on some Halloween crafts and opened up an art shop too! We spent the afternoon on Wednesday at OMSI checking out Turbine Hall and the Science Playground.

We also did some science experiments here at school, and watched some amazing science videos. The student couch hosted a conversation around whether using Social Media should be considered appropriate outside of screen time.

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VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 10/2-10/6

​On Monday we stayed here and did some of our Special Monday Activities. We put on a Puppet Show, and had an Art Class where artists collaborated on a big wall project.


origamiart wall

Later in the week, we went to the playground, built popsicle-stick guns called Flippies, did lots of origami and worked on some halloween-themed activity sheets. We also had some epic pokemon battles! We did lots of work building some of our tallest structures yet (some of them were as tall as Beck or Kathy!).

We celebrated Nathan Allen’s birthday on Wednesday with the usual birthday bumps and cookies!

On Thursday, the All-School-Meeting voted to keep board games on tables and let everyone only have one pink rope at a time with their name on it.

We’ve also been spending time testing out our new microphone, practicing the guitar, and watching historical documentaries!

VFS Staff

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