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Book Tasting. Reservations Only

 

“Book Tasting. Reservations Only” read the sign on the door as the Aloha Pineapples filed into their classroom one Fall morning. They were greeted by the sight of a full-blown book café and their teacher, Ms. Aisling, transformed into ‘waitress’ for the morning.

In teacher-speak, it was a “mini room transformation.’ Aisling had ‘set the stage to engage’ — decorating the room, dressing up as a waitress and even playing background café music.

Students perused the six ‘tasting’ tables, each introducing a different genre of books from the classroom library – biography, historical…

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Easy Online Registration. Extended Hours for Those Needing Assistance.

Campbell Union School District’s elementary and middle school registration starts Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, and the process will be almost paperless.

“We’re excited about the advantages of the online process,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Parents will gain the convenience of doing most of the process online, ability to check the status of their registration on demand, and assurance that the school has immediate access to the contact information entered into the system.” Parents still will need…

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Ben Franklin and Germs

 

By Lisa, Village School Parent

“When do Centers start?”

“Yay, we have Centers this week!”

“I got to go to Gardening (or Ceramics, or Lego Engineering, or you name it…) today!”

“I LOVE Centers!!!”

These are phrases teachers, parents and volunteers routinely hear about Centers, with kids’ enthusiasm (even glee) showing how fun, hands-on projects and activities spark their natural curiosity, with valuable, real-world learning occurring along the way.

Each year, Village offers approximately eight different Centers for upper…

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Truth as Great as Fiction

 

By Lisa, Village School Parent & Library Team Member

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” — Kate DiCamillo


New Books in the Village Library

For those of us on the Library Team, nothing puts smiles on our faces more than connecting with students and helping them find books they love, books they can read purely for enjoyment.

And some of you might be surprised to learn that for many kids reading nonfiction is fun! So we are very glad to say that we…

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By Jennifer R., Village School Parent

 

Now in it’s 15th year, the Campbell Union School District (CUSD) Rising Young Author awards recognize a talented group of twelve young students whose short stories, essays, research papers and poems demonstrate excellent writing and go beyond the expected. Entries were chosen from hundreds entered in the District’s Annual Writing Faire, and judges chose one author per school from grades 3 through 7.

Superintendent Dr. Shelly Viramontez explains the Rising Young Author program “is a signature event for CUSD…

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Children and Natural Disasters

 

By Brett, Village School Parent

As a faculty member in the Child Studies Program at Santa Clara University, I strive to make connections between practice and theory so that my students will be effective stewards of children. Similarly, as a parent, I want to be equipped with the appropriate responses to my children when we’re confronted with “a situation” near or far.

The devastation of North Bay fires, Hurricane(s) Harvey, Irma and Maria, combined with the images of children being pulled from the rubble of a collapsed elementary school after the…

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Parenting Toolbox

 
Asking for Help: My Newly Discovered Superpower 

By Matthew, Parent Education Trainer and Village School Parent

It was a typical morning, nothing out of the ordinary. Both my daughters were up and lazily moving through the morning regimen. I was droning on repeatedly with my typical interrogation techniques (very non-PD of me): “Did you eat your breakfast?” “Did you brush your teeth?” “Did you comb your hair?” Each question was met with an indifferent stare or a mumbled “No.”

Situation normal, all fairly uneventful.

When the clock hit…

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Camping Trip Reflections

 
Reflection on Our First Village Camping Trip

By Julie, Village School Parent 

I was hesitant to commit to going on the camping trip. In new environments I tend to like to hang back and observe for a while before jumping in. Being a parent has been a binge-watch mini series of pushing myself to go beyond my comfort zone. I knew it would be a good experience for my son, so I decided to “take one for the team.”

When we arrived on Saturday morning we were welcomed by my son's teacher, Gretchen, and the friendly faces at the registration table. Seeing the…

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Principal's Corner

 

 

Principal David Wilce

Universal Design for Learning

Welcome back to a new school year! I have great expectations that this will be another fabulous year at Village, thanks to our incredible staff, our dedicated parents and, not least, your enquiring and inquisitive children.

Village School has a rich history of progressive and innovative education. Our mission statement encourages students “to discover their fullest potential on the road to life-long learning,” and our Village values remind us that, “We all belong. We are all…

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New Way to Have a Say

 

Input from parents, staff and other community members is very important to us in Campbell Union School District. Because we know you are very busy, we are offering a new, online way to provide your thoughts, ideas, and questions to us. It is called Thoughtexchange, and we hope it will be a convenient way to engage and communicate with us about our District and schools. 

On the morning of January 16, you may have received an invitation email from Thoughtexchange with simple instructions on how to participate in this process, which will be open through January 26.  …

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