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Colored eggs and cartoon chickens are the advertiser’s secular representation of Easter, but eggs and baby chicks are also deeply symbolic of spring, new life, and re-birth. As we move forward into spring and approach Easter, please remember the true essence of the holiday and take some time to observe the examples of re-birth happening all around the Villa campus. You may have already noticed the budding native plant garden, courtesy of the Green Team, and if you haven’t heard yet, the kindergartners are raising baby chicks – they had a healthy hatch of 15 beautiful babies!
Preschool Garden Clean Up Party
Wednesday, April 13
8:30 – 11:30am
We are asking our preschool parents (both past and present) or middle school students needing volunteer hours, to join us as we clean the preschool garden.
Please bring your own garden gloves and tools.
We have four big projects to complete in preparation for Earth Week 2011
1. Pruning of an old laurel hedge
2. Weeding the raised beds and vegetable beds
3. Preparation of raised beds and vegetable beds with compost and new topsoil
4. CLEAN UP—–bag up all of our debris for pick up!
Come for an hour or stay for all three! We will be hard at work RAIN OR SHINE!
PLEASE NOTE: We are asking younger students to STAY AT HOME FOR THIS EVENT!
Thank you for your consideration—– We are really working hard to make our Preschool garden an amazing outdoor space for our children.
Questions? Concerns? Contact P5 teacher, Sara Olson
This week the Green Team began the initial stages of construction for Villa Academy’s first official outdoor classroom. If you haven’t heard yet, the funding for this classroom was generously granted by the Villa Parent Association. Designs were finalized, lumber was ordered, and now our Green Team members have managed to dig all of the post holes for each of the 9 FSC certified cedar benches and white-board that will make up the classroom.
Completion of our new outdoor classroom is projected within a month (pending the schedule of further work parties). Until then, please be cautious of the construction zone just below the main Villa entrance (west side).
The Green Team made international environmental news! This article was just published on the National Wildlife Federation’s web site. The Green Team is now an official Eco-Action team, part of NWF’s Eco-schools USA program, and Villa will soon be a certified Eco-school.
The Green Team has even more to celebrate . . . .
Next week, the Green Team will begin the layout and construction of Villa’s first ever outdoor classroom. It will be located just outside the main (west) entrance to the school on the slope surrounded by old growth fir and cedar trees. Much of the materials for this classroom will be purchased with the help of a parent association grant award.
Thanks to the hard work of the Green Team students, the 5th-8th grade student lunchroom waste monitors, the Villa facilities department and cooking staff, and Lisa (a volunteer parent of a 6th grade student), Villa Academy will also be a certified Washington Green School. Soon, we will have a bright green flag to show off in our lunchroom.
Students in the University of Washington Landscape Architecture program have selected the spacious grounds at Villa Academy for a case study project. This partnership provides UW students with the opportunity for practical application of their studies and gives the Villa Academy Building and Grounds Committee well developed suggestions for campus improvements.
The discipline of landscape architecture is focused on the creation of urban open-space and development that meets the aspirations and needs of human, wildlife, and other biological processes on earth.
As part of the initial research, UW students met with Villa’s middle school Green Team. The Green Team offered guided tours of campus as well as their thoughts and ideas surrounding future campus development. Watch Video.
Last week, the Landscape Architecture class presented spatial and programmatic ideas to the Villa Building and Grounds Committee. There are four student teams, each with a different vision for the future development of Villa’s campus.
All of the groups addressed traffic and pedestrian challenges and looked for ways to improve the busy flow at drop-off and pick-up times. Many of the teams had exciting suggestions for ways to integrate outdoor learning. Designs for outdoor classrooms, amphitheaters, sensory gardens, agricultural areas, and space for students to practice environmental stewardship were illustrated on large presentation posters on every wall of the classroom.
An architectural model of the Villa Academy campus was the center piece of the room, reminding us all of the amazing resource we are fortunate to be working with.
The Villa Green Team is gathering information about the large plot of woods between the school and Lake Washington. Please take a moment to complete the 3-question survey.
Today, in rainy 40 degree weather, Mrs. O’Neil and the 2nd grade tackled a forest of overgrown rhododendrons with hand-held pruners and work gloves.
Their mission: to reveal the historic Sacred Heart Villa Academy marquee at the original main entrance.
Each year Mrs. O’Neil finds a project that highlights Villa’s history. Computer lab studies are integrated with community curriculum in the classroom, and students have the opportunity to examine elements of the school that are original to Villa from 1924.
This year students were excited to uncover a buried treasure beneath years of overgrowth!
Look for the display of this project in progress on the main bulletin board outside the computer lab!