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Green Team Survey

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.


Historic Marquee Clean-Up Project


Marquee Clean Up

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!

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Independent High School Night


7-8:30 P.M.

This event is for all 8th grade students and families interested in independent  high school options. Nine different PNAIS high schools will present information.  This will be a great night to learn more about the schools you are interested in! For more information, please call the Admission Office at 206-527-9388.

Native Plant Garden courtesy of the Green Team

Native Garden Green Team

The Villa Academy Green Team is planting a native garden in the strip of soil between the two carpool lanes on the east side of the school. Funding for this student-driven project came from a $300 “Terry Husseman Sustainable School Award” granted to Villa Academy by the Washington State Department of Ecology.  Preparations for the garden began in May and will continue through the summer and into next year.

All the plants in the Green Team garden will be native to Washington State. In an effort to save water and energy in the summer months, the Team has focused their selection on plants that flower only in the spring and fall and have chosen species that are found in areas with more sun exposure and drier soil.

The students have worked diligently to plan and prepare the execution of this project. Lots of brainstorming, research and schedule planning preceded the first day of digging last week. As part of their preliminary planning, the Green Team writes, “Our native plant garden is important because it gives homes to native animals and our plants are adapted to the climate and to native animals. It also provides a variety of foods all through the year.”

At one of their earliest meetings, student members of the Green Team voted to spend the $300 award from the WA Department of Ecology on tools, supplies and planting soil to keep their garden growing.

Join us as we watch the Green Team’s Native Garden bloom! Students will begin planting this week. Informational plant signage and additional garden touches (such as bird feeders, woodpecker suet logs, etc) will be coming soon!

Field Day 2010

Field Day 2010

Who: The Villa community, students Grades K-7.

What: FIELD DAY!  This year, we will be having a fun run/walk followed by game play time.   Follow the seventh grade leaders to complete the course!

Where: A run/walk route around the entire Villa campus, starting on the soccer field and ending on the playground.

When: June 17th.  9am-11am.

Kindergarten-2nd grade running and playing from 9-10

3rd-6th grade running and playing from 10-11

Why: To celebrate the end of a great school year!  What’s better than exercise, games and time with friends?!?

For student safety, the campus will be closed to vehicle traffic from 9:00-11:00am.

This year we are changing things up a bit for Field Day.  In previous years, Field Day has consisted of a series of games for teams of students to navigate, while competing in mixed grade level teams with their peers.  This year, the first activity of the day for Field Day participants will be a Fun Run.  The course takes 12-15 minutes to walk, traversing many of Villa’s most treasured locations.   Having all students, faculty and staff participate in the Fun Run allows Villa students to observe our community participating in a healthy, physical activity.  The walk/run will end on the Villa playground where a bouncy house obstacle course, face painting and games await those who complete the course.  Students will be given more freedom than in previous years and will have the opportunity to visit each game in their own time.  In order to ensure students have an opportunity to access all the games and experience success while playing, Field Day will occur in two sessions, one for Grades Kindergarten-2, and one for Grades 3-6.

Field Day is the first opportunity for seventh grade students to serve as the leaders of our school.  Traditionally, seventh grade students forgo playing, and become the directors of the day’s events.  This change in roles is an important one for our upcoming eighth grade class, and it is a real pleasure to see them act in such responsible roles helping the younger students.  Seventh grade students will set up large alphabet signs along the running course for participants to follow. They will also be in charge of organizing the games, face painting and managing student flow.

We look forward to a great end of the year.

Preschool Garden Clean Up Day

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When: Saturday, April 24, 9:00am-1:00pm

Who: All Preschool Parents Past and Present and Middle School students looking for volunteer service opportunity


  • Heavy pruning of an old laurel hedge
  • Serious weeding of terraced garden (with a statue of Mary)
  • Mulch all Preschool garden beds
  • Clean Up for green pick up!

Bring: Your own garden gloves and tools

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a young child friendly event. We will not be able to supervise children.

We are working hard to make our Preschool Garden an amazing outdoor space for our children NOW and for years to come!

Thank you for your help!

Questions: Please email P-5 teacher, Sara Olson

Villa's Christmas Illuminata

Christmas Illuminata

7pm Thursday, December 3rd

Hot cocoa, cookies, caroling, and tree lighting!

Come one, come all!

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