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Thank You for a Successful Fall Restoration Day

Dear Friends, As I’m sure you all recognize, on every front at Villa Academy, there’s much activity and on-going good work—in the classrooms, on the campus and among the faculty/staff; work that will continue to elevate and enhance the “Villa Experience.” This past weekend’s Fall Restoration Day was a perfect example; the Villa community came(…)


Remarks at the Blessing of the Villa Grotto

Thank you all for being here – and thank you, each and everyone of you, for what you did to help make this restored grotto, real. This grotto – along with the other improvements to this part of our campus – is the product of a very generous community; a community that values this beautiful(…)


The “Do-Over”

Dear Parents and Colleagues, When I was growing up in Batavia, Illinois – a small town about 40 miles west of Chicago – the neighborhood kids and I would spend nearly everyday, all-day, playing baseball or football or basketball in a vacant lot or at the local grade school.  In playing those games, inevitably, some(…)


Kids Need Space to Learn and Play

Why, in the face of accumulated research that illustrates the benefits of both play and nature, do so many schools and administrators continue to reduce – even eliminate! – recess and outdoor play spaces? Let me assure you that we believe the opportunity to learn, play, and grow outside of the classroom is a vital(…)


Remarks to the St. Bridget Community

Good Evening, everyone – and thank you, Father, for allowing me the last 45 minutes of Mass to talk a bit about Villa Academy. Though Villa Academy traces its history to 1903, the school that sits on top of the hill across the street (being from Illinois, I thought that was a mountain…) was constructed(…)


Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends, On behalf of the Board of Trustees and my colleagues on the faculty and staff at Villa Academy, I extend my best wishes and prayers to you and your families for a truly happy and blessed Thanksgiving. As we gather together with family and friends on this special day, remember to give thanks(…)


The Importance of Outdoor Play

Dear Friends, Earlier this week I had the opportunity to walk down to our garden area and watch our 8th graders and their Kindergarten buddies spread mulch; clean-up the vegetable gardens and flower beds; and plant a variety of native species/plants, in the ongoing task of “Working Our Way to the Water” (WOWW).  Despite the wet(…)


Thank You!

Dear Friends, A goal of mine for the 14-15 academic year, is to be more routine in my notes and communications with the Villa community — hence, this “Head of School Blog!” Often (every couple weeks or so) I send out an “Update From the Head of School” email that has and will, generally, address(…)


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