The Dome School

Barter Faire T-shirt Contest [deadline April 10 2017]



PRIZE – The artist of the selected shirt design will win (1) their choice of item with the design (e.g. hoodie, short or long-sleeve shirt. Value up to $55) and (2) two 3-day passes to the Barter Faire ($50 value each). Total prize value up to $155.

DEADLINE – Entries must be received by 5pm on April 10. The Barter Faire board will judge.
If available digitally, please submit via email to
If only available as a hard copy, please drop off at the Dome School / TCB office or mail to Ryan Forsythe, T-Shirt Coordinator c/o Hope Mountain Barter Faire, PO Box 812, Cave Junction OR 97523


* At a minimum, designs should include the following elements:
(1) the words “Hope Mountain Barter Faire”
(2) the year “2017” (or the full date: June 23-24-25, 2017)
(3) a dragonfly (optional: a sometimes tradition is to include the number of dragonflies equal to the year of the fair. This is the 15th, so 15 dragonflies, but please don’t stick in 15 dragonflies if it detracts from the overall design)
* If submitted electronically, preferred file formats are JPG, PDF, and PSD. Submit at minimum of 10” wide at 300 dpi.
* Please note that designs will be screen-printed, so the number of colors used should not be more than 5 or 6 at most (more colors = greater cost per shirt). [So note: we may factor potential shirt cost into the design considerations – don’t go overboard!]

FOR INSPIRATION (If you’re on Facebook) – All the previous t-shirt designs should be here:

QUESTIONS? – Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions. Send to Ryan at thedomeschool (a) or call 541-592-3911.


Annual Holiday Bazaar this weekend [Dec 3 & 4, 2016]

Yes, it’s the Dome School’s 34th (!) annual Winter Holiday Bazaar, happening Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, at your Takilma Community Building.

winter bazaar 2016

Visitors can expect crafts, books, blown glass, herbals, farm products, jewelry, baked goods, note cards, dolls and dollhouses, sculptures, ceramics, knitted and crocheted good and much more. The event features live music and raffle prizes. Breakfast and lunch and other food will be available too.


Saturday hours are 10am-5pm. Sunday hours are 10am-4pm.

And please don’t forget: this is a fundraiser for the Dome School. At our Dome School table, you’ll be able to find Dome School and Takilma t-shirts, ball caps, and beanies, bumper stickers, calendars from Syracuse Cultural Workers, and also the new Takilma Common Ground Anthology (collecting the first 25 issues). Please consider supporting the school with your purchases.

We’ll hope to see you all (t)here!

Save the Date: Dome School’s 40th Nov 12 (2016)

Dome School 40th

The community is invited to celebrate 40 years of the Dome School with us!

We’ll cap the day with the return of BROTHER. They rocked our Halloween 2 years ago, and people are still talking about it. Their brand of Celtic tribal fusion rock, with bagpipes and didgeridoos, had everyone hopping about the place. But before that, we’ll have much more. Here’s the current schedule:

* 3-4pm Dome School annual meeting
* 4-8pm Silent Auction (see list below), color-your-own-party-hat, and a time capsule photo booth! (Take your photo and include with a letter to yourself in 35 years–to be included in a time capsule buried with the new TCB addition)
* 4:30pm Greg Walter presents a Takilma/Waldo/Queen of Bronze historic photo slide show
* 5-8pm Dinner available – Veggie chili, meat chili, vegan soup available ($3 cup or $5 bowl)
* 5:30-7pm Story time Open Mic – bring your tales from the past 40 years
* 7-8pm Birthday cake walk
* 8:30-11pm BROTHER in concert.

Admission is free until the concert, though note dinner, dessert, and auction are extra, plus we’ll have other items for sale (e.g. caps, shirts, Takilma Common Ground anthologies). The Brother concert is $10-20/person (sliding scale), with under 14 admitted free. If you have old photos, bring ’em! We’d love to scan and get them back to you that day (we’re hoping to put a 40-year history book together).

We’d like to thank the following people and organizations for donating to our silent auction (more items added soon–check back)

  • Claire Sierra / Balch Hotel – Hotel/spa package ($175 value)
  • Carol Valentine – 2 voice lessons ($80 value)
  • Josephine Community Libraries – IV branch – $40 gift certificate to IV Friends bookstore and/or the December book sale
  • Aquarius Books, Rocks & Gifts – amethyst geode, plus a small ruby (the ruby is the traditional 40th anniversary gemstone) ($59 value)
  • Wild River Pizza – $30 gift certificate
  • Gray Conway – Hand-felted Forest Edge llama fiber hat ($150 value)
  • Davis Painter – Carved and painted emu egg (?? value)
  • Joyce Abrams – 4 rolls pure llama yarn ($82.95 value)
  • Kayla Starr – one-hour massage ($60 value)
  • Left Fork Books – 3-pack of books, including The Doodle, Design, & Draw Book for Illinois Valley Kids of All Ages,  Takilma Common Ground Anthology, and Cobra Lily #1 ($39 value)
  • Illinois Valley News – 1 year subscription ($43 value)
  • Judy Carpenter – Stagg electric guitar, with case, signed by local bands and musicians including Ben Rice Blues Band, Colonel Mustard, and Caleb Orton ($300 value) [NOTE: Brother has agreed to sign at the event!]
  • Marjorie Reynolds – 3 glass-beaded necklaces ($15 value each) and sterling pendant with stone ($45 value)
  • Ashland Food Co-op – $25 gift certificate
  • Bear Images – $15 gift certificate
  • Nick Reynolds – signed copy of Fortunate Son by John Fogarty ($30 value)
  • Mary Reynolds – knit beanie ($40 value)
  • Dome School – 100+ piece glass chemistry equipment – includes test tubes, beakers, erlenmeyer flasks, schlock flasks, graduated cylinders, pipettes, droppers, petri dishes, stacking specimens containers, rubber stoppers, copper test tube clamps, a vacuum jar w/stopper, a spirit lamp, and more (?? value)

As you think about whether an item is worth your $, please don’t forget that your contribution supports the expansion of the community building. So why not consider donating $80 or $90 for that $43 IV News subscription?

Takilma Tees and Caps – a TCB fundraiser

Announcing the return of Takilma T-shirts! And introducing Takilma and Dome School caps!
This year’s Takilma Folk Faire saw the debut of these new organic long sleeve shirts with Alan Laurie’s beautiful painting, as well as the various choices of caps. We’re selling these as a fundraiser for the Takilma Community Building’s expansion project.

SHIRTS - $30 eachTakilma Tees

* Organic fine jersey 30/1 combed ring spun 100% certified organic cotton 4.4oz/sq. yd.
* All are long-sleeve and in choice of colors: Ocean (navy-ish), Slate (brown-ish), Avocado (sage greenish), and Natural.
* Adult sizes S, M, L, 2XL (XL sold out)
* Made in the USA and Purchased from (“merch on a mission”)
* Your purchase supports the Takilma Community Building expansion
* Available until sold out, in the office during school hours (9am-2:3opm)

HATS – $25

With hats, we are taking PRE-ORDERS. You don’t have to pay now—pay when they come in and we get you the cap. This allows you to custom order your cap. There are 3 different styles, 3 color choices per style, and 3 different embroidery options, for a total of 27 different possibilities (see below). The order form is here: CAP ORDER FORM.

Takilma Caps

We also have order forms in the office – feel free to stop in and fill one out. But please try to return order forms by 9:30am on Monday, October 10, so we can place our order and get you your new cap. Thank you!


1. Organic Cotton Twill “Corps” Style (on left in photo above), available in Black, Jungle Green, and Manzanita (a burgundy-ish color)

2. Hemp Trucker Baseball Cap Style (center), available in Brown/Oyster, Olive/Oyster, and Navy/Oyster.

3. Organic Cotton Trucker Baseball Cap Style (right in photo above), available in Charcoal/Black, Olive/Oyster, and Red/Oyster

ALL are available with three embroidery options: With “Takilma” on a dragonfly, with “Dome School” on a dragonfly, and with just a dragonfly. And again, this fundraiser directly benefits the Takilma Community Building expansion project. Thank you for your support.

Barter Faire 8 days away: June 17-19, 2016

It’s coming!  The 14th Hope Mountain Barter Faire is only 8 days away.  This 3-day festival features some great entertainment, unique vendors selling and bartering their wares, and some very fine food. It is a family-friendly event too, with a supervised “Kid Village” playground area (look for costumes, parades, face-painting and more). If coming from far away, attendees can camp.

The Faire began in 2003 to support the Dome School, but today is sponsored by YES! (Youth Empowerment & Support), a non-profit organization created to continue this mission of support for the Dome School’s programs.

Check out the poster below (for a tentative list of bands) and be sure to check out the Barter Faire website to learn more. But we’re hopeful that our school families and the local community will come out and enjoy the Faire, while helping to support the Dome School. Thanks!

2016 Barter Faire poster

Seeking Elementary Teacher for 2016-17 school year [UPDATE: position filled]

Thank you for your interest in our Elementary teacher position!

[UPDATE: The school has filled this position, though we leave the notice below in our News/Updates section in the interest of posterity or something like it. Thank you.]
The Dome School seeks a 5 day/week Elementary teacher for the 2016-17 school year. Prior teaching experience and 2-4 year degree preferred.

Our school is a strong parent cooperative and our program is proud to support community-based learning and outdoor education. We spend at least 3 days each month studying in the field. Parents teach specialty subjects and trade skills for their parent hours. Several community members work all year long in the classroom! Communication and community involvement skills are highly important components to this position.

Another important element to our program is our thematic, emergent curriculum. We build our curriculum around different themes that stem from children’s interests. We may start the year with an ocean theme, and, due to children’s interests, a ship theme may emerge. Once we feel we have learned all we want to learn about the ocean and ships, we will introduce the next theme; maybe theater will be next, emerging into Shakespeare’s Globe Theater or architecture may be next, emerging into Fort building or a larger construction project.  We use themes to integrate all academic subjects in a meaningful, high interest way. Arts, crafts and other hands-on projects are always a large part of our thematic curriculum.

We are asking for a 5-day per week commitment, Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-2:30pm. The job responsibilities include:

  • Developing curriculum
  • Head teacher responsibility for approximately 7-12 kids in the 1st-3rd grade
  • Co-teacher responsibility for entire elementary cohort (12-24 kids)
  • Collaborating daily with another teacher
  • Collaborating with parents and community volunteers
  • Monthly staff meetings
  • Biannual parent-teacher conferences
  • Designing and maintaining the classroom environment
  • Ordering school supplies and re-stocking supplies as needed

Deadline to submit resume with cover letter has been extended to April 7. We plan to conduct interviews in early April and make a decision by the end of April. While the position begins full-time in September, our hope is that the candidate will be available for several paid days of work throughout May, to meet with the current staff, shadow and train with our outgoing teacher, and get a better feel for the school culture and environment.

For more information, please peruse the rest of our website (particularly our history, our mission/philosophy page and our info for parents). Feel free to call us with any questions. Our office number is 541-592-3911 and we’re here weekdays 9:30am-2:30pm.

11th Annual MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration – Jan 16, 2016

The community is invited to head on over to the Dome School

Saturday, January 16


The Dome School’s 11th Annual

Celebration and Dance Benefit

presented by the Indigo Children Project


Dinner starts at 5pm, with the return of our popular CAKE WALK
At 6pm, presentations begin featuring the Dome School students, a dance performance of “Glory” from dancefarm, and also the RCC / IV Choir.
Beginning at 7:30pm, you can dance to Hot African drumming, followed by IRAE and the Bay Area’s Fire Squad Band.

This is a family event–please no guns, alcohol, drugs, or dogs.
Proceeds benefit the Dome School and Nhimbe for Progress.

Admission is sliding scale $10-20 with KIDS FREE
(dinner and cake walk are extra)

Please come out, enjoy some home cooking, along with great performances and music.

We’ll hope to see ya (t)here!

Martin Luther King

33rd (!) Annual Winter Holiday Bazaar – Dec 5 & 6 (2015)

Yes, it’s the Dome School’s 33rd annual Winter Holiday Bazaar, happening Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, at your Takilma Community Building.

Visitors can expect crafts, books, blown glass, herbals, farm products, jewelry, baked goods, note cards, dolls and dollhouses, sculptures, ceramics, knitted and crocheted good and much more. The event features live music and raffle prizes. Breakfast and lunch and other food will be available.

Saturday hours are 10am-5pm. Sunday hours are 10am-4pm.

This is a fundraiser for the Dome School. We’ll hope to see you (t)here!

winter bazaar 2015

Annual Meeting – November 11 (2015)

A quick reminder that the annual gathering/meeting for the Dome School is Wednesday night, November 11.

This is a time for the entire Dome School family- students, parents, staff, community members- to come together. We’ll provide dinner at 6pm, and the meeting will follow at 7pm.

Come on out to learn about what’s been happening at the school, as well as to help us select new members for the school board. Please join us!

Dome of the Dead Halloween & Day of Dead celebration (coming October 30, 2015)

It’s our annual Halloween Party / Day of the Dead Celebration!

dome of the dead fb
This year features none other than Frankie Hernandez & the Old Soul Parade, live in person at your Takilma Community Building!

Note well: this event takes place on Friday the 30th–not Halloween–so that come Oct 31st you can be trick or treating, getting spooked at IV Haunt, or checking out the other parties around the Valley.

We’ll have a delectable tamale dinner available starting at 6pm (until sold out). Your choice of 2 of 3 available tamales (Black Bean-Eggplant-Goat & Gorganzola Cheese; Jalapeño-Pesto-Potato; and Sweet Potato-Onion-Red & Beaver Dam Pepper) plus salad and side of black beans. [A la carte tamales $3]  Sweets and drinks will be available all night.

From 8-10pm, enjoy family friendly boogie time with Gold Miner spinning the tunes (including Halloween fare like Ghostbusters, Monster Mash). Expect breaks for costume contests, raffle, and more

Then the main event gets going around 10:30pm, with Frankie Hernandez & The Old Soul Parade. Frankie rocked the Halloween dance a few years back and it was a great time–we’re eagerly awaiting the return!

Most years if the event falls before Halloween, we call it a Halloween party and if it’s after, we call it a Day of the Dead event. This year we’re celebrating both–so feel free to bring items for an altar.

By the way, this is one of the biggest fundraisers for our Dome School kids, so we’re hopeful the community will come out and support it. We’d really appreciate help in the form of volunteering at the event (working the kitchen, for example), or help in the days leading up (we’re planning a tamale-making party the Sunday before). Donations of food/veggies for the dinner would likewise be very much appreciated, as would donations for prizes (we’re thinking either a silent auction or a raffle, but we’d like to have prizes for costume contests as well). If you’re able to help with either your time or with a donation of produce or art or a gift certificate (or ??), please call the school. Thanks!

We’ve also set up a Facebook event page—If you do Facebook, we’d appreciate if you could share widely and invite your friends to join:

Please plan to come on out and support our kids. Thank you!