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National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1. Through a variety of events and activities, we’ll focus on the value Catholic education provides young people. Each day we’ll celebrate a different group that makes up our community – parents, faculty/staff, neighbors, students – before an all encompassing celebration of our school on Friday.
There are a few important events/activities to note:
Thursday, January 30
All School Talent Show & Seahawks free dress! Wear your favorite Villa or Seahawks colors/apparel. Wigs and hats are okay, but no face paint or hair color.
Friday, January 31
Students should be in there best dress uniform for school mass at St. Bridget led by our second graders at 9 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us for mass.
In addition, we ask that each student bring toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex or shampoo for our Catholic Schools Week service project. Bring just one item and carry it to mass Friday morning. Our goal is to “Top the Villa Tower” (current record: 108 feet) with our donations.
Sunday, February 2
The Villa Liturgical Choir will sing at St. Bridget’s 10:30 mass. All students, parents, faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Thanks to all in our community for the gift that is Catholic education!
VillaTALKS presents “How to Keep Your Kids Safe” by Kim Estes of Savvy Parents-Safe Kids on January 30, 7 – 9 p.m in the Parlor. The event is free and open to the public. All parents and teachers are welcome. Topics to be covered include cell phones, sleepovers, neighborhood safety, “home alone” readiness, and the do’s and don’ts of safety.
American Heart Association
HeartSaver First Aid CPR AED Course
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Villa Academy Parlor
Open to: Villa Parents, Faculty/Staff, and Villa 8th Graders
Pre-registration required: Contact Angela Finney, Parent Ed Committee.
Course Fee: $25.00
Instructor: Tony McNair
Villa Parent, Tony McNair, has been a Firefighter/EMT for 10 years. He is an EMS instructor at North Seattle Community College. He has been teaching CPR courses for two years and he is certified to teach American Heart Association Courses.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 4 million injuries and illnesses occur annually
in the workplace, and nearly 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital. Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. In this course, students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use.
Upon successful completion of the course, including a first aid, CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course completion card, valid for 2 years.
• Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Associaton Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
• First aid basics
• Medical emergencies
• Injury emergencies
• Environmental emergencies
• Adult CPR and AED use
• Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR
Villa Academy was awarded Eco Schools USA Green Flag – just the second school in Washington state to be so honored – in a ceremony yesterday, recognizing its commitment to environmental sustainability and increasing environmental literacy for its students, faculty and school community.
To win the Green Flag, Villa Academy students and faculty – led by the school’s Green Team – conducted an environmental audit of the school, then created and implemented an Eco-Action plan that focused on reducing consumption and waste, conserving water and energy, caring for our school grounds and promoting outdoor education and experiential learning.
Many schools have implemented the Eco-Schools USA program, some earning Bronze and Silver level awards for their progress. The Green Flag level requires a rigorous combination of environmental audits, curriculum reinvention and internal and external monitoring.
Congratulations to our students and faculty and thank you to Roger Crafts, Norma Jenner and Jeannie Nichols for their leadership in “greening” our school!
The Eco-Schools program is an international network of 38,000 K-12 schools in 51 countries, started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was named by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003. The National Wildlife Federation was named the stateside host in 2008, thus formally launching Eco-Schools USA.
December first marks the first Sunday of Advent, a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus. During Advent, we wait in joy, in hope, and in anticipation for the wonderful event we are about to experience-the feast of Christmas, the coming of Christ into our lives in new ways. This waiting is far from empty; rather, it is full of the hope that God promises us as we prepare for Christ in the feast of Christmas.
At Villa, we will be preparing too-with special prayers each day, decorations including advent wreaths and outside lights, Christmas programs with stories, poems and carols, and the traditional Villa Christmas tree and manger scene in the main hall foyer. But most important during the Advent season are the helping hands extended from Villa Academy to people in need outside our community. Everyone helps-from our youngest preschoolers to the oldest eighth graders as well as our families. Mother Cabrini said, “We must be bearers of Christ’s love to the world.” Our “giving” makes that love real. So, what does our outreach look like during Advent?
Preschool and Kindergarten help children in need all year long. Preschool works with a three different agencies, and Kindergarten partners with Ronald McDonald House. During this Advent season, Preschool students are invited to bring in warm hats, gloves and scarves for First Place School, a school that serves homeless children. They call their drive the “Mitten Tree Project”, named after a lovely children’s picture book. Look for the very real “mitten trees” that will decorate our preschool classrooms and hallway very soon!
Kindergarten also collects hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for children, donating them to the families at Ronald McDonald House. They call their collection “Garlands of Gloves”. Watch for the donated items to be strung in the Kindergarten hallway very soon. Specific information about each drive will be sent home to preschool and kindergarten families. These two drives really make sense for young children because they understand what it is like to be cold.
Students and families in grades 1-8 are once again invited this year to be part of the Adopt a Family Project, assisting families in need through Providence Regina House. In early December, each grade level is assigned a family with multiple members from Providence Regina House. Classes or advisories get together and brainstorm possible gift ideas for each family member, and students then volunteer to bring in particular items. Sometimes the choosing of a gift will be left up to the gift giver! Wrapped and labeled gifts are brought to school by Monday, December 16th this year, assembled in family groups, and then delivered to Regina House by our Student Council Officers and parent drivers on Wednesday, December 18th. Often, these are the only gifts an “adopted family” will receive. Look for information the first week of December about your student’s adopt a family, communicated by either the homeroom teacher in Lower School or your child’s advisor in Middle School.
From preschool through eighth grade, we encourage families to have children be a part of the giving: earn some of the money for gifts doing jobs, go to the store and help pick out the gift(s), wrap them (grades 1-8), and finally bring them to school themselves. Classes will often make cards or decorations to accompany the gifts, and thus making them truly gifts of love. Through this season of waiting and joyful anticipation, your child will begin to understand what it means to be a “bearer of Christ’s love to the world” by extending a helping hand. Happy Advent!
- Jody Elsner, Lower School Director
Congratulations to the Villa 6th grade girls soccer team on winning the CYO Championship! Despite wind gusts that blew the actual ball at times, the Vikings, led by Katie O. with two goals and Rachel R. with another, defeated St. Francis 3-0. Goalies Lizzie K. and Katie O. combined for the shutout, marking the third time this season the Viking defense blanked its opponent.
The team was excited, but not surprised by their victory. Going into the game “we were confident in our skills,” said Cate B. Players give credit to their coaches, Steve Tanaka and David Sommerville, for pushing the team to train hard and believe the amount of running they did in early season practices was one of two key factors in their success. The other being the bond they share as teammates, many having played together since kindergarten. “It’s the most supportive team I’ve ever had,” said Lucy T. The Vikings finished their season with 8 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw.