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Villa Restoration Day


Just four weeks ago YOU made history as Working our Way to the Water (WOWW) became our most successful Fund A Need ever.

Four weeks from now our community will once again make history when WOWW officially launches with Restoration Day on May 3. This first phase of our project has Villa partnering with EarthCorps for a unique environmental service-learning project to remove invasive species, return native plants, and create a trail between the Garden Learning Center and the Grotto.

This day is all about empowering our students and uniting our community. As we each take part in the Restoration we develop a sense of community ownership and responsibility for our natural resources. Of course, we’ll have a lot of fun too!

Oh, and did we mention there will be goats? You don’t want to miss the goats!

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for all the details.

ADD: What Parents Need to Know

VillaTALKS presents “Attention Deficit Disorder: What Parents Need to Know” on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.  Jessica Cabodi, Pediatrician with the Poly Clinic in Seattle, will speak to parents about Attention Deficit Disorder. She will go through the medical evaluation process and treatment strategies that are being used to effectively treat this condition in children.  The event is free and open to the public.  All parents and teachers are welcome.

Catholic Schools Week


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: Keeping Your Kids Safe

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.

VillaTalks Offers First Aid/CPR/AED Class

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.

Course Covers:
• 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 Receives Green Flag Award

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.

Ranger Rick presents Villa students with the Eco-School Green Flag.

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.

Villa Christmas Greeting 2013

Click here to view the Villa Christmas Greeting 2013 video