The Dome School

An update of current events at the Dome School/ TCB, what happened during Covid and what it’s like now:

There are many things to be thankful for. Sustaining us through the year-and-a-half closure included the Cans for Kids program sponsored by IVCanDo, with donations of refundable bottles and cans. Board members, staff, parents and community members have volunteered to sort at these events, roughly once a month.  It’s been a lifesaver and our biggest fundraiser.

The Dome School/Takilma Community Building was gifted a brand-new, state-of-the-art wood furnace by Todd Stone, replacing the original which gave many good years of service but was wearing out. It was installed by Board Chair Mark Kelz and Community Volunteer Kerry Whitehead. It works spectacularly, keeping us warm and cozy.

We are fortunate to have received a grant from the Four-Way Community Foundation to upgrade our fire alarm system. To complete the project, we are awaiting parts which have been stalled near the port of Los Angeles.

We were lucky enough to receive a PPP (paycheck protection program) Loan as an emergency government grant, which has since been forgiven. This grant enabled the staff to sort, clean, organize and plan for several months through spring and part of the summer. It was wonderful to be able to come together again after being disbanded for a year. We’re grateful to have a dedicated staff with a supportive Board.

Low enrollment, mostly due to Covid issues, has been another big strain on our budget.  Tuition has always been the greatest source of income and we are struggling until we can approach normal levels of students.

The other big financial strain on the Dome School/TCB has been the fact that we have been unable to use our beautiful building for ANY fundraising events. Normally over a third of our budget comes from our concerts, dances and rentals.  As Covid restrictions ease we will be trying to begin once again having fundraising events, but we are currently far behind the former levels and the future of the pandemic is still in doubt.  

As we try to regain our pre-pandemic equilibrium we are regretfully once again asking friends and family to pitch in if they can to help get us through this school year successfully.  We need to be able to pay teachers and staff so that our kids can continue to learn and grow in our nurturing educational environment.

Warm Regards,

The Dome School Board and Staff

Takilma community rallies to raise money to help the Dome School survive prolonged school closure

The Dome School

After launching GoFundMe campaign on Giving Tuesday, $3,415 of the $22,500 goal has been raised

 

Takilma, OR — For over 40 years The Dome School and Takilma Community Building have been at the heart of the Takilma community, educating generations of children and supporting the region.

In addition to being a school, it has served as a gathering space and local event center, nestled in the woods approximately 9 miles south of Cave Junction, Oregon.

Community-funded and operated, the Dome School is no stranger to tight budgets. But the prolonged school closure due to the pandemic has the organization and community center fighting to stay afloat.

On Giving Tuesday last week, supporters of the Dome School launched a GoFundMe campaign to help it survive this period and open back up when it’s able to.

Since the campaign went live 5 days ago, 31 people from across Josephine County, Oregon, and the country have contributed, raising $3,415 of the $22,500 goal.

“Not only is the Dome School a beloved and highly effective educational institution, it is the glue that holds together this 50-year-old, close-knit community,” said Kate Dwyer, Takilma resident and Board Member of the Three Rivers School District and the Takilma Community Association.

Due to physical distancing restrictions, the Dome School has not been able to run most of its annual fundraisers that would normally keep the school solvent. In the past, it’s survived through various fundraisers like the Dome of the Dead halloween fundraiser, Women’s Cafe in the spring, Winter Bizarre, and building rentals. None of these have been possible this year.

For many years the Dome School has worked hand-in-hand with families as a non-profit, parent co-operative PreSchool, and Elementary School to ignite a lifelong love of learning and a deep caring for the diversity of humanity and the natural world. By weaving together school, family, and community,the Dome School has created a sense of belonging that empowers children to be leaders in a changing world.

But 2020 has stopped the school right in its tracks.

The school and community gathering place, a host to a number of different needs and functions including the local food co-op, has been closed and hasn’t heard the pitter-patter of children’s feet since the pandemic led to closures in March.

While the school and buildings have been closed, the community of people it’s created over the years was still able to unite during the Slater Fire. Volunteers from around the area stepped up to cook, feed, and support the brave fire fighters and responders that worked tirelessly to keep Josephine County safe.

“The Dome School is a vital part of our community and history. It’s where we teach our kids and come together as a community. The school relies on tuition and community fundraisers to survive financially. Since March 2020 there has been no school or fundraisers,” said Jennifer Folkerts, whose 6-year-old daughter attends the school and is eager to return.

“We need to do everything we can to support the Dome School during this pandemic – so there’s still a school for our kids to return to.”

 

Deadline extended! [Position closed–no longer hiring]

{edit: this position was filled. We are no longer hiring at this time]

DEADLINE EXTENDED! We have extended the deadline for our staff positions, though for 2 different reasons. Read on to learn more!

For our Co-Administrator position, we are extending the deadline because we have substantially changed the work schedule. Originally we were seeking help 6 hours/week, but now the position will be 24 hours/week. Our Co-Administrator helps oversee the day-to-day functioning of the school. Computer proficiency required. One part-time position available, approximately 24 hours per week, September-May. The new deadline for this position is April 17. Please get a cover letter and resume to us us if you are interested in these positions.

For our teaching positions, we want to interview a minimum of 3 candidates for each position, so we have extended the deadline to hopefully get a few more applicants: two part-time Preschool teachers, one part-time Kindergarten teacher, one full-time Upper Elementary teacher (Grades 3-5) and one part-time Secondary teacher (Grades 6+). The new deadline for these teacher positions is May 1. Please get a cover letter and resume to us us if you are interested in these positions. See the flyer below for more information. Thanks!

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Salary – Staff are paid monthly; beginning July 1, 2019, the starting pay rate is $11.25, with an additional amount based on certification or degree ($.25 for A.A., $.50 for Bachelors, or $.75 for a Masters degree).

Additional Benefits - Staff with students at the school also qualify for a generous tuition discount based on number of hours worked. Staff also receive nutritious lunches, paid holidays, and paid sick/personal days equivalent to 2 weeks of their regular schedule.

Positions begin with staff meetings in June, July, and August, professional training days in late August, and a regular teaching schedule commencing in September. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. Please clearly indicate which position(s) you are applying for. Applications can be dropped off at the school emailed to thedomeschool@gmail.com, or mailed to Dome School Hiring Committee, care of the address below. All applicants will be considered carefully. Those candidates selected for interviews will be notified shortly after the closing date. All applicants will be notified when the position is filled.

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NOTE WELL: Deadline to submit for Co-Administrator position is April 17 and for Teacher positions is May 1. 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 9am-3pm.

The Dome School has a non-discriminatory policy concerning gender, race, color, creed, religion, and national and ethnic origin.

Please note: Any offer of employment made by the Dome School is contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal background check.

2019 hiring notice_FINAL

2019 Women’s Cafe – March 16

Womens Cafe

This year’s event (the 27th annual!) is Saturday, March 16 4-9pm

Please join us for an evening of entertainment and enrichment as local women perform and share: musicians, singers, poets, writers, artists, dancers, healers, and more

The evening kicks off at 4pm with an art exhibit and sale. Performances are scheduled for 6 – 9pm.

We also feature a cafe atmosphere with quiche, salad, sweets, and drinks.

Admission is on a sliding scale – $8-15. If you can pay a little more, please consider it, so that others who can’t afford it can come and pay a little less.

Please note that there is delicate artwork and mature topics, so no young children.

Sat March 10 at the Takilma Community Building

9367 Takilma Road, Cave Junction 97523

Dome School is hiring! [Deadline EXTENDED]

DEADLINE EXTENDED! We have extended the deadline for our staff positions, though for 2 different reasons. Read on to learn more!

The Dome School seeks the following staff for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • 2 preschool co-teachers
  • 1 kindergarten co-teacher
  • 1 upper elementary teacher (grades 3-5)
  • 1 secondary teacher (grades 6+)
  • 1 co-administrator

For our Co-Administrator position, we are extending the deadline because we have substantially changed the work schedule. Originally we were seeking help 6 hours/week, but now the position will be 24 hours/week. Our Co-Administrator helps oversee the day-to-day functioning of the school. Computer proficiency required. One part-time position available, approximately 24 hours per week, September-May. The new deadline for this position is April 17. Please get a cover letter and resume to us if you are interested in these positions.

For our teaching positions, we want to interview a minimum of 3 candidates for each position, so we have extended the deadline to hopefully get a few more applicants: two part-time Preschool teachers, one part-time Kindergarten teacher, one full-time Upper Elementary teacher (Grades 3-5) and one part-time Secondary teacher (Grades 6+). The new deadline for these teacher positions is May 1. Please get a cover letter and resume to us if you are interested in these positions. See the flyer below for more information. Thanks!

Our school is a strong parent cooperative and we are proud to support community-based learning and experiential education. Community members often work in myriad ways to support the school. Communication and community involvement skills are highly important components to these positions.

Our Preschool and Kindergarten programs have a strong focus on social and emotional development and learning self-regulation through a play-based curriculum. Hours for the position are 8:30am-1:30pm, Tues & Thurs for Preschool, and/or 8am-3:30pm, Mon, Wed, & Fri for Kindergarten. Prior teaching experience preferred.

Our Upper Elementary program (Grades 3-5) includes a thematic, emergent curriculum. We build our curriculum around different themes that stem from children’s interests. Arts, crafts, and other hands-on projects are always a large part of our curriculum. One full-time position available. Position hours are 8am-3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Prior teaching experience and a 2-4 year degree preferred.

Our Secondary program (Grades 6+) features a holistic approach to academics. One part-time position available, with some flexibility of hours due to splitting class time with other teachers between 8am-3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Prior teaching experience and a 2-4 year degree preferred.

Our Co-Administrator helps oversee the day-to-day functioning of the school. Computer proficiency required. One part-time position available, approximately 24 hours per week.

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Salary – Staff are paid monthly; beginning July 1, 2019, the starting pay rate is $11.25, with an additional amount based on certification or degree ($.25 for A.A., $.50 for Bachelors, or $.75 for a Masters degree).

Additional Benefits - Staff with students at the school also qualify for a generous tuition discount based on number of hours worked. Staff also receive nutritious lunches, paid holidays, and paid sick/personal days equivalent to 2 weeks of their regular schedule.

Positions begin with staff meetings in June, July, and August, professional training days in late August, and a regular teaching schedule commencing in September. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. Please clearly indicate which position(s) you are applying for. Applications can be dropped off at the school emailed to thedomeschool@gmail.com, or mailed to Dome School Hiring Committee, PO Box 812, Cave Junction, OR 97523. All applicants will be considered carefully. Those candidates selected for interviews will be notified shortly after the closing date. All applicants will be notified when the position is filled.

Deadline to submit is May 1 for teacher positions and April 17 for the co-administrator position. 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 9am-3pm.

The Dome School has a non-discriminatory policy concerning gender, race, color, creed, religion, and national and ethnic origin.

Please note: Any offer of employment made by the Dome School is contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal background check.

2018 Bazaar is Dec 1 & 2

Yes, it’s the Dome School’s 36th (!) annual Winter Holiday Bazaar, happening Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, at your Takilma Community Building. Saturday hours are 10am-5pm. Sunday hours are 10am-4pm.

winter bazaar 2018

Visitors can expect crafts, books, blown glass, herbals, farm products, jewelry, baked goods, note cards, dolls and dollhouses, sculptures, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, ornaments, wreaths, bird houses, wooden boxes and bowls, leather goods, pillows, purses, beeswax candles, and much more. The event features live music and raffle prizes. Breakfast and lunch and other food will be available too.

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

We’ll hope to see you all (t)here!

Secondary program news! (hiring and website)

Two quick updates for our Secondary Program:

First, we have a new website! Check it out at http://secondaryclass.weebly.com . We’ll hope to add new content at least every few weeks, so be sure to check back to learn more about the class.

Second, we’re hiring! Yes, we’re looking for someone with an interest in alternative education and working with an amazing group of kids. Here’s the flyer with more information (below). Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

2018 hiring notice

Announcing our “Support” page

Well that was a grand time last night! Our grand re-opening of the Takilma Community Building was an amazing time had by all. Two brilliant bands–the Nomads of Bend and the Illinois Valley’s own Grin Hound. Delicious Lebanese dinner courtesy Steph and the Galloping Goose. The cake from Nia and /’keIk/.  Not to mention the amazing history all around the great room, with the photography of Dr. Jim Shames. New t-shirts with Dallion’s design. Silent Auction. Ribbon-cutting. Tours. And more!

One thing we’d like to highlight here, however, is the announcement of our new monthly giving program. You can set up your bank or credit card to give a small monthly donation to public radio and the library and other places–why not the Dome School?  The short version is this: head to donorbox.org/domeschool and you can pledge $5 or $10 or more to join all your much larger bills.

The longer version can be found at our new “Support” page here on the website. The top of the page details the monthly program, but if you scroll down, you can find other ways to support the school–many that won’t cost you any additional money. Programs at Fred Meyer, Office Depot, and Amazon allow you to designate the Dome School to receive a small bonus each time you shop. And this doesn’t take away from any points you may earn for yourself!  Please check out the SUPPORT page and consider supporting the school. Thanks!

 

Save the Date: TCB Grand Opening [April 28, 2018]

IMG_0949Please join us Saturday, April 28, to celebrate the grand re-opening of the NEW Takilma Community Building, featuring 2 new classrooms, a new library, and additional bathrooms.

This is a free event; we are asking for NO ADMISSION. Yes, normally we ask for a fee, but this is our gift to the community to THANK YOU for your support of our building expansion project. Thank you! (That said, dinner will be an extra charge, if you wish to dine during the event.)

For music, we have confirmed two eclectic bands. First, the Nomads of Bend! The Nomads provide a fusion of traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern music, and they are always ready for a party! You’ll definitely want to bring your dancing shoes. Second, playing into the wee hours, will be GRIN HOUND. Some words they use to describe themselves: “Doo Slop / Sound & Fury / Rock ‘n’ Roll Yowls spinnin’ Ghost Yarns.” Yes, this will be a night of music the likes of which you maybe perhaps probably have never heard before.

TCB FINAL 40418_smDinner will be a treat too! The Galloping Goose presents a Middle Eastern meal, with three main dishes to choose from: Lebanese Chicken, Goat Kibbe (Lebanese meatloaf), or Falafel. Also, fresh flatbreads, an array of seasonal sides. $20 per whole meal, or a la cart build your own dinner. Trust us, it will be well worth it to arrive early for dinner, and the Galloping Goose will donate a portion of the proceeds to the TCB building expansion. And bonus: for dessert, we’ll have Kate Dwyer’s famous baklava as well!

And did we mention a beer tent? Yes, it’s a special occasion, so why not offer the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer in an adult-only space. But lest you think this is the typical party focused on the adults, we are planning a kids space too, with activities just for the young’ers.

Here’s the schedule of activities/events, to be updated as we can:

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

3 – 5 pm: Tours of the new TCB

5pm:  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Cake Cutting (cake courtesy /keɪk/ ) 

5 pm until sold out: The Galloping Goose presents a Middle Eastern/Lebanese Dinner 

6 pm – Midnight: Beer Tent Open

7 – 10pm Free Concert: NOMADS of BEND

10:30 pm Free Concert: GRIN HOUND

PLUS:

  • Historic Photo Display (courtesy Dr. Jim Shames)
  • Supervised Kid Space, with activities
  • Silent Auction
  • Brand New Takilma Community Building T-shirts (design courtesy Dallion)
  • The Release of Volume 3 of the Takilma Common Ground Anthology

 

We’ll hope to see you all (t)here for the festivities, on Saturday, April 28.

 

Rummage Sale this weekend [6 May 2017]

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This very coming Saturday, May 6, we’re having a big Rummage Sale at the County Building in Cave Junction (102 S. Redwood Highway). Come on down from 9am-4pm, and find something new-to-you: clothes, books, toys, household items, furniture–something for everyone.

We’ll also have street tacos and sweets for sale, so you won’t have to run away to score some sustenance while browsing the bevy of books or perusing the plethora of pots and pants.

This is a fundraiser for our school programs, including our expansion of the Takilma Community Building. Please come out to support our school and community.

Note: If you have clean gently-used items you’d like to donate to the rummage sale, please bring them to the county building on Friday, May 5, between 3 and 6pm. Thank you!