Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

“Food Driving”

This week, Grade 6 students spearheaded the St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving Food Drive in conjunction with St. Bridget Parish. They consolidated collection boxes and bags throughout the school –  63 boxes of nonperishable items in total!

Here is another advisory group entry: Food Stadium

A new twist this year: Middle School Advisory groups participated in a structure building competition. The competition entailed creating free-standing structures out of the donated food collected by each Middle School advisory group. Winners will be selected in two categories: the tallest structure and the most creative structure.

The winner of each category wins a free dress day!!

Ms. Reznicek/Ms.Sprute’s Advisory won “Most Creative” (below)

Empire State Building




Ms. Pothier’s Advisory won “Tallest Structure” but sadly no photo of their creation was captured.

The Green Team is out to save the planet this Halloween!

Halloween just wouldn’t be complete without trick-or-treating. But that pile of leftover candy wrappers doesn’t actually need to become waste. Sure, you can throw these out and add to the landfills, but that’s no fun. You’d never believe what you can make with your candy wrappers. You can make bookmarks, binder and folder covers, hair bows, and much, much more!

Open your candy very CAREFULLY this Halloween and turn in any UN-RIPPED, flat, clean, non-peanut-y (nut free) candy wrappers in Ms. Nichols, Ms. Jones, Ms. Jenner and Mr. Crafts’ rooms, so the Green Team and the Yarn Yodelers (and you!) can turn trash into treasure.

Ideas for crafts if you want to join in the fun:

Extra credit: Any math class that wants to estimate how big the pile of candy wrappers from Villa students will be if we threw it all together (# of wrappers, volume, weight, or any measure)? Let us know!

Inspired by Michelangelo

Sixth grade students at Villa Academy had a chance to experience painting as Michelangelo once did in the Sistine Chapel.  While Michelangelo built his own 66-foot scaffolding and had his paints and supplies hoisted up with a pulley system, Villa students stayed grounded, substituting the underside of their desks for the Sistine Chapel.


Join the Yarn Yodelers

Come relax on a comfy couch, chat about life, and try knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing or another creative project. All are welcome; no experience necessary. Bring supplies (or come arrange to borrow). Community Service Opportunity: help us knit warm headbands to be donated to homeless shelters.

4th-5th Grade students during Lunch Recess

Middle School during Lunch (bring a sack lunch)

Wednesdays in Ms. Jenner’s office, Room 423

Annual Juried Art Show

Six Villa Academy student art submissions were judged winners in the Archbishop Murphy High School 6th Annual Juried Art Show last Sunday. Artwork was submitted by students at nineteen local grade schools and fell into five categories: drawing, painting, sculpture, sacred art, and photography.

The objective of the show is to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of each participant. The AMHS Fine Arts Council sponsors this show that has become an important tradition for many of the K-8 schools.

The Seattle Art Museum has provided a family pass to each K-8 student who participated in the show, and  sixty pieces, from various categories, will be displayed at the Seattle Art Museum this summer, August 3rd through September 4th.

From Villa Academy

Shelly (1st place) – Sacred Art
Logan (2nd place) – Painting
Gabi (3rd place) – Drawing
Francesca (Honorable Mention) – Cultural Art

P4 Dragon Parade

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Ms. Holloway’s P4 dragon dancers paraded from their classroom, on the first floor of the convent, to the library on the 4th floor of Villa’s main building. The preschoolers made a quick stop in Ms. Purn’s 2nd grade classroom to perform their dragon puppet dance. The 2nd grade has also been studying Chinese New Year and was happy to be part of the audience.

Villa Student pushes for community partnership with APL



As part of a service learning project, Villa Academy third grade students have partnered with students at the Academy for Precision Learning (APL), an independent K-8 school, serving students both typically developing and those across the Autism Spectrum. 

During their first visit, Villa students read aloud and shared an art lesson with their APL buddies.  This was a special experience for both schools, but especially for one family with students enrolled at both schools.

The idea for this buddy program comes from Cate, a Villa Academy student in Ms. Nichols’ third grade class.  Cate’s older sister, Morgan, is a student at APL and on the autism spectrum. Her family was active in founding APL four years ago and now Cate is the driving force in the new partnership between her school and her older sister’s school.

Villa Academy third grade teachers, Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Furman, are excited to participate in a learning experience mutually beneficial to both groups of students. The learning goals for their classes are inclusiveness, understanding, embracing differences and caring for others – attributes they believe are best learned through personal experience.