The Dome School

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

IMG_0949Please join us to celebrate the grand re-opening of the NEW Takilma Community Building, featuring 2 new classrooms, a new library, and additional bathrooms. We’re still in the planning stage, but wanted to give a SAVE THE DATE notice. We’ll definitely have food, music, photos, and more.

And please note: at this point, we are planning live music for the evening, but with 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.)

Update: We have confirmed the Nomads of Bend! The Nomads are a Klezmer/Flamenco/Balkan/Turkish band who are always ready for a party! You’ll definitely want to bring your dancing shoes. And we may even have a second band to take you well into the night!  We’ll update this space as soon as we can confirm additional music.

Please save the date: Saturday, April 28, 2:30-11:30pm (start and end times are somewhat tentative, but not the date).

Dome School is hiring [Deadline Dec 7]

Thank you for your interest in our teacher positions!

The Dome School is seeking to fill a 3-day/week Elementary teacher for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. Prior teaching experience and 2-4 year degree preferred. We hope for the position to begin January 2.

Our school is a strong parent cooperative and our program is proud to support community-based learning and outdoor education. 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 these positions.


An important element to our Elementary 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.

The position will require serving as a co-teacher focused on supporting Grades 1-2. Responsibilities include implementing lessons; designing and maintaining the classroom environment; and collaborating with other teachers, parents, and community volunteers.


For all positions, we do not have an application form. Please submit a cover letter and resume, including at least 2 references. Applications can be dropped off at the school office or mailed to Dome School Hiring Committee, PO Box 812, Cave Junction, OR 97523.  Deadline to apply is Thursday, December 7.

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.

Rummage Sale this weekend [6 May 2017]


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!



Announcing the 30/50/70 Campaign

The Takilma Community Building Expansion’s

30/50/70 Campaign (Apr 22-June 30)

(or 30 Ways to Help Us Raise $50K in ~ 70 Days)

We have reached a critical point in fundraising for the Takilma Community Building. We’re still approx $75,000 short of our goal. The good news is that we have a lead on a few large-ish donations we can maybe expect soon. But that still leaves a solid $50,000 or more, and if we don’t have it soon, the expansion will not be finished in time for the next school year. Worse, we will owe a penalty to the contractor. The community’s support is essential at this time. But we don’t want to keep asking for donations without giving something back. And so, we are launching our 30/50/70 campaign, with 30 ways for you to give and get something in return.

ALL of these will benefit the community building expansion. (Click here to download the PDF with a handy checklist, or click here to learn more about the need for the expansion.) Thank you so much for your support!!

1. Rock out on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. We’ll kick off our fundraising blitz at this great event. Free from 4-6pm, but when the headliners go on, your admission supports the TCB.

2. Take something home. At the aforementioned Earth Day event, we’re having a silent auction. Why not bid on a unique piece of art, a gift certificate, or more? NOTE: Items 1 and 2 raised more than $850 for the building expansion. Thank you–we’re on our way.

3. Get flower power. Why trek to GP when you can get bulbs delivered right to you and support the building expansion at the same time. Spring bulbs available until May 1, then Fall bulbs available. Order via the link at NOTE: This fundraiser raised $347. Thank you!

4. Get a good price on something new-to-you. On Saturday, May 6, come out to our Rummage Sale at the County Building in Cave Junction, 9am-4pm. Clothes, books, toys, household items, and more. We’ll have street tacos and sweets for sale too.  NOTE: The rummage sale was a success. Thanks to everyone who came and supported. We’ll update you soon on how much was raised. 

5. Celebrate Mom. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, from 10am-2pm, Diggin’ Livin’ is offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch Menu. They’re donating 5% of Deli Sales to the expansion. Even if Mom is in another state and you just want to pick up a smoothie or a fresh baked pastry, stop in and support the TCB.  (Thanks, Joy and Eric!)  NOTE: A fine time had by all (how about them apple pie waffles?). More soon on this fundraiser.

6. Enjoy local theater.  The 7th IV Whirlwind Play Fest is happening on May 20 at 6pm. For this special performance, which will happen at Frog Farm following the Skill Share, the Whirlwind PlayFest people will put any donations toward the TCB expansion. (Thanks, Kaci!)

7. Cover your head. Perhaps you’ve seen people sporting those cool ‘Takilma’ and ‘Dome School’ trucker caps (and how about the ones with just dragonflies!). Get yours at the Dome School office or Barter Faire.

8. Try to win BIG. Our BIG Raffle is limited to 100 tickets, available at $50 each. Grand prize is $2000 with five $100 winners. Winners announced June 24 at Barter Faire. Full info: NOTE: As of May 15, we’ve sold 23 tickets, so we’re on our way. (Only 77 to go!) 

9. Get the Takilma Common Ground Anthology combining the first 25 issues. $10 from each $20 purchase goes to the TCB. Available at the school/TCB office during school hours (M-F 9am-3pm). (Thanks, Alan and Rachel!)

10. Get more Takilma Common Ground. Volume 2, combining the second 25 issues, will be here in June. 100+ pages bigger than Volume 1, it will cost slightly more at $22. But pre-pay now and save $2 (Thanks, Rachel and Alan!)

11. Unload your bottles and cans. Bottle deposit are now 10 cents. Let us take them off your hands, and turn them into $ for the TCB. Through June. Drop off at school (near wood pile).

12. Eat peanuts. Visit the Galloping Goose booth Friday nights at the CJ Farmers Market. They are raising funds for our expansion with sales of fresh roasted peanuts. (Thanks, Steph!)

13. Eat Blueberries. Ida’s Blueberries, that is. Check out for more info and to get early notification of sales. (Thanks, Ida!)

14. Doodle. Through July, Left Fork Books is donating profits from sales of The Doodle, Design, & Draw Book for Illinois Valley Kids of All Ages. The $7 book is available at select IV locales, including the Southern Oregon Guild and the Dome School office. (Thanks, Ryan!)

15. Smile! The Amazon Smile program gives an extra bonus while you shop Amazon. Start at and enter Dome School as your chosen charity. Similarly, you can connect your Fred Meyer card online, so we get a bonus when you shop (and these do not take away from your own rewards–it’s a bonus that you can support us!).

16. Reduce and Recycle. We’re collecting old printer cartridges, cell phones, tablets, and laptops, which we can turn into funding. Bring them by the school office anytime.

17. Honor a loved one. By having a room in our addition named in their honor. Gather friends and family and bundle your contributions together.

18. Help secure land for the community. The Takilma Community Association is negotiating to purchase adjacent land. You can donate to the TCA, to help purchase this land and ensure it is remains in its natural state (and if the sale goes through, the seller plans to donate proceeds to the TCB expansion!)

19. Enjoy Barter Faire. We’ll have a booth with assorted goodies. So come on out June 23-24-25 to help us celebrate the 15th Hope Mountain Barter Faire.

20. Rent the building. Want to rent the building sometime down the road? Pay ahead and get a discount. We get funds now when we need it; you save money on your rental down the road. Contact Jenn at 592-3911 to discuss.

21. Drink the Lemonade. This is not before our goal of June 30, but we know we’ll still need to be raising money through the summer. So head to Out N’ About for the Turning Moon Fest on August 4 and check out our planned smoothie and lemonade booth.

Yes, that’s only 21 so far. We’ll be adding more over the next 2 months, so please check back periodically. Thank you!

Get Flower Power and support the school!

Here’s another way you can help us fundraise for our community building expansion.  Through May 1, if you visit the Flower Power site and make a purchase, we will receive 50% back for every dollar you spend. Please use the link below.

With 13 days to go (as of this writing), we have already earned $204 through this fundraiser. Please consider perusing the different bulb choices. And remember, this is for our students and also our entire community (learn more at

Dome School Flower Bulb Fundraiser:


Thank you!


The Big Raffle! [Apr 22 - Jun 24, 2017]

Announcing The BIG Raffle

5050 Raffle

a 50/50 fundraiser for the Takilma Community Building expansion

Yes, we need to kick fundraising in to gear–we’ll announce more fundraising activities at our Earth Day Celebration (and here and on Facebook, if you can’t make it out this Saturday)–but we’re hopeful this will help get the funding completed. So this Saturday, we’re kicking off our BIG Raffle.

The Grand Prize is $2000, plus there will be five $100 Winners.

100 tickets maximum will be available, each at $50 each (numbered 00-99). Assuming we sell all tickets, that will be $2500 in prizes and $2500 for the building expansion.

And we have decided to award all prizes provided a minimum of 50 tickets are sold. (If less than 50 tickets are sold, all ticket sales will be refunded.)  So, yes, if we only sell 50 tickets, it will be a 100/0 raffle (100 in prizes, zero to the school). This just seems easier than giving everyone’s money back if we only sell 50 or 60 or 80. Hopefully we sell all and this makes the $2500 for the school. Fingers crossed!

The Drawing will be held Saturday night, June 24, at the Hope Mountain Barter Faire (just prior to the headlining act). Prizes can be collected at the Barter Faire, or following Barter Faire at the Dome School office (call to make sure we’re open–we have limited hours in the summer).

Tickets can be purchased at the Dome School office during school hours (9am-3pm Mon-Fri, through May; more limited hours in June). Tickets are also available Fridays at the CJ Farmers Market (if you don’t see a Dome School booth, look for market manager Sarah Kuhn) or from any member of the building expansion committee. We’ll update right here if we add locations around town where tickets can be purchased.

And again, please remember this is a fundraiser to make sure our building expansion happens. Please learn more, and watch a fun video of the need for the expansion here:

For more information, please call 541-592-3911.

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.


A Women’s Cafe – March 10

Womens Cafe

This year’s event (the 26th annual!) is Saturday, March 10 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

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?