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Preschool Book Drive

All three of the Preschool Classes –The P5, P4 and P3 classes– are teaming up once again for our 3rd  Trimester Community Service Project. For our Final Community Service Project of the year we are also teaming up with the three Villa Academy Kindergarten classes.

We are collecting gently used books (any age) for the local Ronald McDonald House.  The Ronald McDonald  House is located right here in our very own community. Families are invited to  stay for various extended periods of time all while seeking care at Children’s  Hospital. Families often come from very far away. Most of the patients and  siblings are indeed five years of age and younger. Donations such as gently used books help families during this difficult transition to feel that they have not just a house but a HOME.

Our Book Drive begins,  Monday May 16th and continue through Friday, May 20th . This would be a great  opportunity for you and your child to get together to decide what book or books you would like to donate from your shelves at home.

The Ronald McDonald House is really looking forward to our donations. Thank you  for your consideration.

Please look for our special book boxes  just outside each of our classrooms starting on Monday, May 16th.

Thank  you for your consideration,
The Preschool Team

WA Green School Award

Thanks to the efforts of the Green Team, Villa Academy received its first Washington Green School Award!

The award was presented by Marcia Rutan, Seattle Public Utilities, Community Recycling Program Manager, before the entire Villa community following the Grandparent’s Day Liturgy at St. Bridget last Friday.

Student members of the Green Team were all invited forward to receive their special recognition and proudly accept their Washington Green School flag.

Washington Green Schools provides resources and tools to involve students, teachers, and community members in assessing and taking action to increase resource conservation and waste reduction in schools. The program encourages students to engage as stewards and leaders in their schools and beyond.

Villa’s Grandparents Day is Coming Soon.

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Grandparents have so much to share with younger generations and we are honored to have so many of them involved in the lives of our students.  Many Grandparents play a crucial role in their grandchild’s education.  Whether they are involved in a child’s daily schedule, or on a less frequent basis, a lot can be learned from the history, experience and life views of our Grandparents. It is truly a privilege to be able to share these experiences!

Grandparents, join us as we celebrate your contribution and influence on the lives of our students this Friday, May 13th.

Friday, May 13th
9am Mass at St. Bridget Church
10:15am Reception in Theatre, followed by classroom visits
Noon dismissal
No RSVP Needed

If you have questions please E-mail mwirtz@thevilla.orgor call 206-729-0219 x 267

Spring Break

We wish you a safe and restful Spring Break!


Annual Juried Art Show

Six Villa Academy student art submissions were judged winners in the Archbishop Murphy High School 6th Annual Juried Art Show last Sunday. Artwork was submitted by students at nineteen local grade schools and fell into five categories: drawing, painting, sculpture, sacred art, and photography.

The objective of the show is to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of each participant. The AMHS Fine Arts Council sponsors this show that has become an important tradition for many of the K-8 schools.

The Seattle Art Museum has provided a family pass to each K-8 student who participated in the show, and  sixty pieces, from various categories, will be displayed at the Seattle Art Museum this summer, August 3rd through September 4th.

From Villa Academy

Shelly (1st place) – Sacred Art
Logan (2nd place) – Painting
Gabi (3rd place) – Drawing
Francesca (Honorable Mention) – Cultural Art

A Fourth Grade Essay

Ms. Cassarino’s 4th grade class worked on this essay as a followup to a very successful Empty Bowls Soup dinner for Food Lifeline.

4th Graders Battle Hunger in Western Washington

The annual Empty Bowls Soup dinner was from 5:00 – 6:30 on April 7, 2011.  It was a nice, spring Thursday night, a perfect night for a family gathering.  The tickets for the Soup Dinner were $3.00 a piece, and $10.00 for a handmade bowl.  We served over 150 people and raised close to $1,000.00 for Food Lifeline.

Our 4th grade soup dinner raises awareness about hunger in our community and we learn about world hunger.  We donate the proceeds to Food Lifeline who uses 96 cents for every dollar they earn to feed the hungry in Western Washington.  That’s just a few reasons why we have the dinner.

To prepare for this dinner, we peeled carrots and cut them.  We also cut onions, celery, chicken, and separated soup ingredients.  In addition, we took butter, put the butter in bowls and creamed the butter.  Another job that we did was to cut loaves of bread into pieces.

We made special soup bowls in art class.  The bowls were sold for $10.00 a piece and they held extra soup.   We gave the bowls to our parents and said in our poem to them, “This empty bowl that you take will remind you of all our caring.”  The $10.00 went to Food Lifeline as a donation.

Some families don’t get to sit down and have dinner together.  At the soup dinner, it’s a family time, so we got to eat together.  No sports were in the way.  Over 160 family and friends came to the soup dinner.  Another visitor who came was named Erin.   She is a representative from Food Lifeline.  Erin gave a speech about Food Lifeline and ending hunger and complemented us on our service.

A job that we did at the soup dinner was to refill the water pitchers whenever they were empty.  Also, we gave our painted bowls to someone in our family.  For serving the soup, we did one to two ladles of soup for small bowls and put a little more in the big bowls.  After we served the soup and the bread we would ask, “Would you like a cookie?”

At the soup dinner we ate lots of good food.  Chicken noodle soup that we made ourselves, and slice of bread with butter.  For dessert we could choose from a variety of different cookies.  It was delicious.

During the dinner all of the 4th graders went up to the middle of the room, said a prayer and recited a poem about hunger.  The poem really showed just how lucky we are.  We shared that 55% of the people around the world suffer from hunger in our poem.

The fourth grade raised about $1,000.00 from the ticket sales and an impromptu donation after the program.    We are giving all of our money to Food Lifeline.   We are able to feed 1,000 people for one whole day with that money.

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!