Who’s Who in Early Childhood?
Access to our School Information Systems
As a Village School parent/guardian, you have access to multiple systems that allow you to keep your child's information up to date, and also allow you to access their report cards, lunch balances, health information, and find out about upcoming activities and events. These tools will practically put you in the classroom with your child. School events, teacher messages, daily grades and more information are available at a click of a mouse!
After School - After Class Enrichment (ACE)
The ACE program hours for Finna are from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extensions available until 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. ACE is geared for students and parents who desire more activity outside normal school hours. Finna ACE Prep provides students with creative learning activities and a healthy snack for Pre K3 students. In addition to Finna ACE Prep, Pre K4 students are offered additional options including: soccer, yoga, music, art and dance. It is very popular so if you are interested, please reach out as soon as you can!
You can visit the ACE website for more details: http://www.thevillageschool.com/ace or download the brochure for more information.
If you have any questions please contact:
Finna ACE Coordinator
Back to School Night - TBD
Come back to school! Your child’s teacher welcomes and encourages all parents to come for a 30 minutes presentation with question and answer session that provides information on the children’s day to day and what to expect. More than one child? Don’t worry, there will be two - three information sessions that provide the same presentation, so please plan to attend one session for each child.
For your convenience, we offer a one page year at a glance calendar that highlights all of the school holidays and important dates such as report cards, parent conferences and special early dismissals.
Our main focus surrounding carpool is the safety of our students. Thank you in advance for your patience. Below you will find some useful attachments with carpool information. Download them all!
Carpool and School Hours
8:30 a.m. Finna School Day begins for all students
12:30 p.m. Dismissal for all PreK-2 and half day PreK-3 students
2:30 p.m. Dismissal for all full day students
All parents of PreK-2 students are expected to park and escort their children into and out of school. Parents of PreK-3 and PreK-4 students are welcome to either park and come in or drop off and pick up using our moving carpool lines.
Details about carpool etiquette and car tags will be mailed to you later.
The Village School offers different channels of communications. From email messages to social networks, and from an individual phone call, to automated phone calls in case of school closure. In order to receive all this information in the right guardian's preferred email address and telephone number, make certain your information is up to date in Skyward (see "Access to our school information systems" section.)
Weekly teacher newsletter
Expect to receive a weekly newsletter from your child’s teacher. You will find out what they did that week and what is in store for the week to come. It will also include details about future classroom and/or school events. It will even give you hints on what to ask your child about their curriculum project so they can fill you in on what is happening themselves!
Week at a Glance (WAAG)
Every Friday you will receive an email from Sandy Flocks which includes the Finna calendar for next week, future events, and details on everything from carpool to special events. The Back to School night and teacher conferences will be announced in the WAAG. Read it weekly to see what is coming up! It usually comes around 5:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meetings
Our Head of School, Gabriella Rowe, has Town Hall Meetings a year that you can attend in person, or log in and watch live! These information nights cover everything from school expansion, curriculum enhancements across all divisions and everything in between including a Q&A.
From time to time, the school sends notifications, announcements, and other information to our school community. You will receive these in your email account.
Village Facebook Page
If you have not done so, like our facebook page to receive updates of school activities and events. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/thevillageschooltx/
This is a closed group for parents of the Elementary School. If you want to join, just go to the following page and click on "Join Group". One of the directors will grant you access after verifying your identity. Only Village parents can join! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248880588808954/
Follow us on Twitter for the latest news:
- Telephone Calls
Our teachers, nurse and administrators will sometimes reach out to you regarding your child via telephone. Sometimes with concerns, sometimes with good news, so do not feel alarmed if you miss the call and we did not leave a message. In addition, when there is a school closure, we launch our emergency broadcasting system that makes thousands of calls per minute to inform you about our school closure or possibility of closure. If you do not answer this call, a voicemail is left. A notice about school closure is also always posted on the main page of our website and sent via email as well.
Welcome to the school. In order for your child to attend school, you will need to provide some important medical information to the school nurse by the first day of school. Preferably at your earliest convenience.
To better serve you, below is a checklist of the information required. Please also visit our clinic's website page for guidance on the school policy regarding illnesses, "useful links" relating to health and school immunization requirements. Do feel free to contact the school nurse with any concerns or questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms - Required for Finna students
All children enrolled at Finna will be joining us for lunch. You have the option of sending your child’s lunch to school daily or to enroll in the hot lunch program with our food service provider, Flik Independent School Dining.
If you are interested in a hot lunch for your child, we make them here in our kitchens operated by Flik ISD. For Finna children, the lunches are delivered direct to their classroom.
If you will be sending your child to school with lunch from home, we ask that you are mindful of providing healthy options to keep them fueled up for the remainder of the day! We are not able to heat up or refrigerate children’s food but find that an insulated thermos keeps hot items warm and lunchbox ice packs keep food cool as appropriate.
New Parent Coffee
During the year, we offer a few coffee sessions for new parents. Come meet other parents and gain knowledge about our policies and procedures at The Village School. We gather in the Middle School Learning Commons located on the first floor of the Middle School building: 2005 Gentryside Drive.
Upcoming dates for new Parent Coffees will be listed in this section.
Parent Conferences - Dates TBD
Hopes and Dreams Parent Conference - The first of three official teacher conferences. The Hopes and Dreams conference is scheduled about three weeks after school starts. Parents and teachers meet to share goals for the year to come! Times will be set up via skyward with the homeroom teacher. (See "Access to our student information systems" section for skyward access). Instruction on how to signup are sent a week or two prior to the date of conferences.
Parent Conference 2 - The 2nd teacher conference is usually in January.
Parent Conference 3 - The 3rd teacher conference is usually in May.
Additional Communication and/or Conferences - Our teachers are excited to work with you during the school year and want to make the entire experience positive for everyone. If you would like additional feedback and personal meetings, please email your teacher. You will have the teacher’s email addresses once you receive the teacher assignment. This is the best and fastest way to communicate.
The Finna Learning Center provides a healthy snack for your child each day. Snacks include fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, and crackers. Children are also welcome to bring an alternative snack from home.
Sneak a Peek Day
Even before the official start of school, we want you to know what is going on! We offer the "Sneak A Peek Day" where we encourage the entire family to come in for a short time to visit the school. The children meet their teacher, check out their classroom, find their cubby, and leave with a sense of happy anticipation!
Student and Parent Portals
Please follow the below link to the elementary school portal. You will find information here such as the calendar and the student and parent handbook. Other forms and information are available here for your all-year use. Information gets updated every year.
All of our Vikings wear a uniform. You must purchase them at Dennis uniforms.
Visit the store at 2687 Wilcrest, Houston, 77042 or order online at: www.dennisuniform.com
Please, don't forget to label everything with your child's name!
Just for fun, we also have spirit shirt days every Friday of the month in sync with the entire Village School community. Your child will receive a spirit shirt at the start of school. There are also a few occasions during the year where our children dress for an occasion such as Halloween, Go Texan Day and Pajama Day!
VSPA - Get Involved with the Village School Parent Association
Volunteer as your child’s homeroom parent (HRP). Help organize our Winter Festival. Come to the VSPA General Meetings! Meaningful parental involvement means different things to different people and VSPA strives to offer a variety of opportunities to meet members’ diverse needs and schedules.
Visit the VSPA web site: http://www.thevillageschool.com/vspa