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.



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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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.

VFS Staff

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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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Tornadoes! Fire! Vortexes! Banned Books!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 9/25-9/29

​On our Adventure Monday, we made a trip to the Belmont Firehouse. We learned about the life of firefighters and how the fire station operates. We also saw a video about what to do in a fire emergency and talked about how we can stay safe in case of a fire. We even got a chance to slide down the pole like a firefighter!

​Room A explored Tornadoes and Vortexes this week during Room A science class! They made their own tiny tornadoes. Some people spent time during the week doing experiments on their own too!

science class

Room C had their Mock Trial class taught by Cari (Martin’s mom) and Physics offered by Chrisina (Nathan’s mom). They also got a chance to celebrate the freedom to read with a discussion around Banned Books Week led by Justine.

​Creativity was flowing with paper plate art, pumpkin carving, and sewing projects!

​We took advantages of Portland’s last round of sun to play outside, and tried out some slacklining!



​We enjoyed playing games as always and played with Tutti too!

yu gi ohtech decks

Try to have as much fun as Tutti this weekend!

VFS Staff

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Gravity Defying!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 9/18-9/22

This week at The Village Free School, we worked on more puppets and puppet theatres, DIY rubber pop caps, black-out poetry and lots of other projects. We had our first Physics class and our first Circus Skills class! Everyone was learning about playing the guitar from Room A up to the teens.

Our week was packed with growing through lots of conflict resolution work, and then dancing it off like crazy!

​We watched the trains go by a lot, too.

leo and ellery watching the trainleos train schedule


We also built a lot using legos, tiny lumber, plus-pluses, and our new foam blocks. On Thursday, someone forgot to pay the gravity bill and we ended up with a tower of physics-defying trouble on our hands!

no gravity towertowering tower


We ended the week with a fun troll-themed day! We watched The Trolls movie and made troll-hair headbands!

VFS Staff

P.S. – Here’s a picture from our very well-attended first comics workshop of the year with Jennifer Shiman!


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