Make a Wish!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 5/21 – 5/25

It’s hard to believe our Spring term is almost over! Our schedule has been packed with many fun activities and individual projects. We started off on Monday learning about the importance of recycling with Ashley from the organization Trash for Peace. With her help, we made a new recycling bin out of plastic bottles! After that, we made wishes at the Wishing Tree and played at Irving Park for the rest of the day.


We have been making lots of art, cooking, and finishing final projects.

We had visitors from The Frazier Community School on Friday morning. We gave them a tour and took some time to chat with them about our school and theirs.

In Room A Cooking we made miso soup! Yum!

We had a Spring Gardening Class Feast at the park on Friday afternoon. We ate vegetables that we grew ourselves, turning them into salad rolls with yummy almond butter sauce!

Have a good weekend

VFS Staff

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VFS Artsy Week!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 5/14 – 5/18

We’ve had a great week after our amazing All School Sleepover! We hope everyone who attended had a great time and got some rest afterward, during the long weekend.

We had an easy start to the week, staying here on Monday for a visit from the owner of Fingerbang! Nail Salons & our alum Miranda, who came to visit and give a makeup tutorial.

Zoe Keller, a local artist came in on Thursday to host a drawing workshop, and share animal and habitat themed art with us. She even left us with some books she made and illustrated!

In DIY Everything class, students made some string nail art with Rachel and Karl!

They look so beautiful!

In Zoology, students have started working on their final projects. They are currently studying vertebrates.

The Bill Nye Science class learned about Food Chains. Did you know that all food chains begin with the sun?

On Friday, Chorus Club went to KBOO to record their hit single! It was so much fun. We learned that becoming a musician really takes a lot of patience and practice. It took us more than 10 takes to complete a song! Soon our VFS song (debuted at the Grand Reopening) will be featured in the website and our very own Podcast!

Have a good weekend

VFS Staff

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Sleepover at School!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 5/07 – 5/10

We’ve had a short week at school following our last two days of Family Conferences! We’ve been spending more and more time outside in the beautiful weather, and getting a chance to meet lots of new people trying out experience days!


We’ve been doing lots of cooking projects lately. Gardner hosted the Room A Cooking class on Wednesday and taught us how to make caramel, and Henrik and Joseph made cake for Home Ec.


We made a poster for Noppawan to deliver to The Brooklyn Free School while she visits this weekend!


See you in the morning!

VFS Staff

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Learning Gardens Lab!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 4/30 – 5/04

We had a great time climbing the giant Grandfather (Horse Chestnut) Tree at Learning Garden Labs field trip this Monday.

We also learned about how the garden is used by the community, did a scavenger hunt, tried some edible herbs fresh from the garden, and made some wooden crafts there! It was so much fun!

Lots and lots of us have been going to the park in the afternoon every other day this week. We have been really enjoying our outside time, playing Everybody’s It Tag, climbing trees, and so forth!

Bill Nye Science class learned about super saturation. Room A Cooking made limey berry popsicles!

We had Family Conferences on Friday and will continue with another round on Next Monday. This is already our last round of conferences for this academic year. Time does flies! Looking ahead, there’s not many weeks left for the school. We hope everyone enriches their VFS experience to the fullest. Our fun time is definitely not to be over soon!

Have a Springy weekend!

VFS Staff

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Clean Up Anarchy!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 4/23 – 4/27

This week we spent a lot of war, sunny days at the park. After some consideration, climbing our tree here at school is back with some new safety regulations. We’ve also been using our outdoor space for other activities, like log ball, and four-square. Check out our new beautiful mural in the stairwell!

All-school Meeting voted to experiment with our current Clean Up Time routine, by making the previously mandatory clean up jobs optional, with interesting results. At a discussion during Friday’s morning meeting, some observed that many people were picking up the slack for others and taking on more responsibility than they might have otherwise, while other people noted that some jobs (such as Kitchen Crew, Tutti Duty, and Bathroom Crew) still don’t feel optional because of health & safety concerns.

We had several cooking projects this week, including southern-fried chicken, pizza, and blueberry muffins.

Have a beautiful weekend!

VFS Staff

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KBOO visit


VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 4/16 – 4/20

​We visited KBOO community radio station on our Adventure Monday this week! KBOO staff gave us a little presentation and a tour around the space that is full of activists’ history and soul.

​Guevara, who really knows her way around the station because her mom works there also assisted in the tour! We got to practice being DJs in their studios too!

Reminiscing on our Grand ReOpening event last Saturday, we would like to give a big shout out to everyone in our community.

​The turnout was so wonderful! Students projects & performances, and overflowing support from families really made our weekend! The pictures from the photobooth are now available online (use code VFS2018)! Please check them out!

In Room A Cooking class, we made Mango and Sweet Sticky Rice to celebrate Thai New Year too!

At an All-School Meeting, we had a conversation around tree climbing. Next week, we are going to have a conversation about how to take better care of the trees and our outside space and climb safely. For right now, we have asked students to pause climbing our beautiful tree. In the meantime, take a look at these fun tree climbers’ photos!

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Have a beautiful weekend!

VFS Staff

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VFS Grand Re-Opening!

VFS Weekly Update

for the week of 4/9 – 4/12

On Monday, we stayed here for an incredible comics workshop taught by Ellery’s mom, Jennifer Shiman! This comics workshop was focused on using sound effects. BAM! Thanks Jennifer!

We’ve been steadily getting ready for our Grand Reopening. On Thursday, we had our dress rehearsal and dedicated the day to setting up our projects.

The sun has been shining, and our tree is blooming! We’ve been doing lots of climbing our tree and playing in the pink petals. We also got some new tree rounds to play with! Chorus Club even took advantage of the nice weather to rehearse outside this week.

We’ve started our new round of offerings for this term. Room A Cooking made homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows! The first Spanish class started by learning about Spanish pronouns. Lots of people have been working hard on math during our new I ❤ Math hour at the end of each day. The Zoology class learned about what qualifies something to be alive and what makes something an animal.

In other exciting news, we are working as a community to improve project time. We’ve been discussing how we use our space during project time, and how we can create supportive cohort groups to elevate everyone’s project time experience! Please take some time at home to think about and discuss what your project time expectations and goals are. We have set the intention that everyone should participate in project time to the best of their ability, and most of the space is reserved for this activity until 11:30. For students who are not yet ready to commit to the full 2 hours of project time, the playroom and sometimes the rumpus room and outside are open for playing!

Have a great weekend and we hope to see you all Saturday, at our Grand Re-Opening, from 2-6!

VFS Staff

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