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!

​VFS Staff

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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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The Water Balloon Battle Royale

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 9/11-9/15

​We started this week off with a trip to the Central Library! We picked out many books for the school’s reading corners and for our own projects.

We kicked off our Fall Standing Plans this week with an inaugural Water Balloon Battle, and a puppet show using our newly built Puppet Theatre! Our new standing plans include a Room A Music class, Potions & Chemistry class, Guitar class, Youtube Club, and more!

puppetspuppet friends

We celebrated Jessica’s Birthday and Ryan’s Birthday with the birthday song and bumps for Jessica and cupcakes from Ryan (even though he had to stay home sick). We also had to say goodbye to a long-time student, Silver, because he is moving.

We’ve had lots of All-School Meetings where we discussed changing around our space and came up with new lunchroom plans to work around allergens.

Have a beautiful weekend!

VFS Staff

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First week of School 17-18!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 9/5-9/8

Welcome to the first Weekly Update of the 2017-18 school year!

Inside of our little school, we have spent a beautiful week seeing our friends and making new ones, getting familiar with the new setup and the space itself for some of us. Unfortunately, our plans to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather had to be revised because of the terrible air quality. We were able to come up with lots of fun indoor plans instead.

We went to OMSI twice and had such a great time, most of us weren’t really ready to leave when we needed to head back for our Last Snack of the Day.

On Wednesday we celebrated Tutti Appreciation Day by making paper plate turtle shells and turtle origami and showing how much we care about our one and only turtle!

We had an eat-like-Tutti Watermelon challenge as well. It was so much fun!

We voted in an All-School Meeting that the clean-up committee will work on assigning each student a clean-up job. It has also been voted that Screen time will only take place in the playroom.

On Thursday we watched a documentary to learn about the Caribbean Sea and visited OMSI again!

On the last day of the week we got a visit from Art a la Carte and made some killer projects.

We also experimented with making different kinds of boats and floating them in the kiddie pool outside! What a great first week we had!

Have a great weekend!

VFS Staff

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