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Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood Documentary Screening

November 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Parlor

It’s movie night and this one is free. This film throws light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that sells kids and their parents everything from junk food to the family car. Drawing on insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.

This movie screening is free, open to the public and for parents with children of all ages.

Childcare will not be provided.

All Parent Education Events 2011-12

The Mysterious White Dome

Have you seen it?

Have you noticed the mysterious white dome that was recently erected below the parking lots?

What is it?

Where did it come from?

We are excited to announce the Garden Learning Center, a project funded by a Villa Parent Association Grant and recently assembled by the Villa Green Team. The green house will be used to sprout seeds for the adjacent garden beds and as an educational tool for multiple grade levels.

(We ask the curious to look but not touch the structure.)

Third and Sixth grade students in particular will use the new structure in their study of nutrition, digestion and sustainability.  On Monday November 14th, both grade levels will venture to Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island, an organic farm purchased by the Roberts Family as part of

Green Team Assembling the Garden Learning Center - a community service project funded by a Villa Parent Association grant

a sustainable farming project with a local Seattle restaurant.

Students will have the opportunity to tour the farm, meet farm manager, Pierre Monnat and restaurant owner, Matthew Dillon to discuss sustainability goals and learn hands-on farming practices that can be adopted at Villa Academy.

The field trip will encourage thought and planning for our joint garden community service project this winter and spring. This project is intended not only to teach nutrition and sustainability, but also to highlight the importance of giving back to our local and global community.

Catholic Social Teaching includes our responsibility to care for the world’s resources as stewards and trustees, rather than mere consumers and users. Meeting human needs today and in the future demands owners, managers, and regulators of all resources, especially those required for the production of food have an increased sense of stewardship and conservation.

Info about Old Chaser Farm

Spring is here, Easter on the way!

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

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

Green Team construction project underway

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).

Congratulations Green Team!!

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.


Villa Partners with UW Landscape Architecture Students

Villa Building


Students in the University of Washington Landscape Architecture program have selected the spacious grounds at Villa AcademyPicture 3 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 IMG_2147addressed 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.