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Summer Work

Caution!Summer work on the campus is well underway! If you have visited the campus since school dismissed, you will have seen that the building cleanup and window restoration projects are going well. You will also have  experienced the new entry routes that have been setup to assure safety during the restoration.

We are very excited to see the work progressing so well. The windows have been removed for restoration, maintaining the classic 9 over 9 pane windows. The terracotta trim is cleaning up nicely to a wonderful shiny white that looks gorgeous against the red brick.

The Extended Day Program space is positively glowing with the new floors installed. The Summer program is being coordinated from the Rainbow Theatre during the work.

There is a lot to see; please be mindful of the signs and equipment if you come to campus. At this time we are using the doors from the playground to the  theater hallway and asking people to park away from the building in order to keep the drop-off area clear for the work equipment.

Have a wonderful summer!


Villa’s “green” level climbs

A representative from Washington Green Schools visited Villa lunch to congratulate our students, faculty, and staff on our recent Level 2 WA Green Schools Certification. The certification boost is due to all the “green” efforts, particularly for the energy-saving Cool Schools Challenge project that was accomplished this year.

Gardening at Villa

Garden Party

Save the date!  We’re breaking ground for Villa’s new garden.

Villa Academy Garden Work Party
April 21, 2012
2:00 to 4:00 pm

The creation of a Garden Learning Center (near the garage on the east side of campus) will provide classroom teachers with an authentic outdoor laboratory for a variety of sustainable, hands-on learning projects.  From developing seedlings to measuring perimeter and area to observing insect life, the variety of learning opportunities that a garden will provide for students is limitless.  In addition to educational value generated by the project, produce from the garden will be harvested directly for use in the Villa kitchen.  This will contribute fresh, organic food and install a sense of pride and appreciation for the fruits of hard work and God’s gifts of creation.

At the work party this Saturday, April 21st, we will be building six 3′x10′ raised beds.  The garden layout was designed by students.  The raised beds will form the letter V for Villa!  We will also be tilling nearby soil for additional planting space.

Families and younger siblings are welcome.  Please bring gloves.  Tools will be provided.  We will also provide snacks and water.

Meet up by the garage below the parking lot.

This is a great way for middle school students to earn 2 community service hours toward third trimester.

Spring is here and it’s time to plant!  Please come help us get ready and enjoy some time outside with other members of the Villa community!

Jeannie Nichols and Roger Crafts
Teacher Coordinators


Fort Building in the Orchard

The 25 acres of green space at Villa Academy have many uses, perhaps the most visually interesting are the student-built forts in the orchard. Designed and built by the hands of our young future architects, negotiators, and project managers, the rustic forts, although only yards away from the adult manufactured play equipment, take students to a world all their own.

Branches, sticks and logs are transformed into a wonderland of student-run dwellings.  Take a walk through the orchard forts during lower school recess you will see students wheeling-and-dealing, trading building materials and negotiating the terms of their property rights.

Nature faces tough competition (television, cell phones, computers, busy family schedules) for the attention of young learners, but that makes a sunny winter recess spent building forts at Villa Academy all the more special!


Fund-a-Need 2012: Reinvigoration of the Extended Day Program Classroom Space $75,000 Goal

Environment impacts learning – this is no surprise. The sensory impressions students absorb from their surroundings influence emotional life and consequently their ability to learn.

At Villa Academy we are fortunate to have spacious well lit classrooms, many with awe-inspiring views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. Unfortunately, two of our busiest spaces, classroom 125 and classroom 133, home to our bustling Extended Day Program, show years of wear from countless cheerful children hard at play.

You might be surprised to know that 74% of Villa Academy families utilize EDP. The continued success of the program is a result of our EDP Director Shea Salyer’s committed effort to offer programs that appeal to a wide range of student interests. The following are all part of EDP: Green Team, the musical (“Beauty and the Beast” this year), piano lessons, Writing Club, Mandarin lessons, band and Villa Voices, Sewing, and the Villa Times newspaper.

With your support of this year’s Fund-A-Need, we can inject energy and inspiration back into the EDP space by redesigning the classrooms to better foster exploration, social engagement, and a desire to learn and gain confidence in their own potential.

Inspired by the beauty of our campus grounds and the views from many of our other classrooms, the new design will aim to “bring nature inside” by incorporating a living wall, fish tanks, and natural murals. The refresh will also include:

  • Fresh coats of paint
  • Durable laminate flooring
  • New furniture
  • Mobile room dividers to improve the functionality of the space
  • Improved shelving countertops and cupboards
  • New cubby storage system
  • Gaming area (with new foosball, air hockey, and arcade style basketball tables)
  • A custom built loft and stage area
  • Craft sink station
  • Updated reading and library sanctuary

These improvements will not only enhance the experience of the hundreds of children who participate in EDP, but will help us showcase our afterschool programs to potential families and bolster the program through higher attendance.

As you know, learning and development don’t stop at 3:00PM. Many of our students’ most memorable and influential experiences take place after class, within the walls of our EDP classrooms. Please help us recapture this space as a place of imagination and possibility by making a donation to the 2012 Fund-A-Need, online or at the Villa Auction on March 3, 2012.

2nd grade gives Mr. Milroy virtual tour

Mrs. O’Neil’s 2nd grade computer class gave Mr. Milroy a virtual tour of campus through the presentation of a collaboratively produced picture book, featuring digitally enhanced photographs of Villa’s historically rich architecture. Students photographed an assortment of images around campus before carefully narrowing their selection to the final collection of photos. Each student used the Pixie program to enhance the appearance of a photo, by modifying the color or  applying a special effect. Every page included a letter to Mr. Milroy, composed by the students in Kidpsiration, explaining its historical or religious significances.




Watch: Students present Mr. Milroy with the finished project