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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
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.
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!
Today the preschool had a very special guest speaker! P5 mother, Laura, the liaison for the Preschool’s “Coins for a Cause” fundraiser, spoke to students about their meaningful contribution to the children of Guatemala.
The $400 raised back in January funded a nutritional assistance program for Guatemalan children struggling to recover from last year’s tropical storms.
P5 Mom Laura, explained to our preschoolers that many families in Guatemala can’t afford to feed their children a balanced nutritional diet. Now, because of the preschool’s donations, some of these children receive a peanut butter vitamin that comes packaged in a small condiment style wrapper, similar to ketchup or soy sauce. This story resonated with several of the Villa P3 student, who were eager to share the types of nutritious foods their family eats, and inquire about peanut allergies.
Each student received a photograph of a Guatemalan child that was helped by Coins for a Cause fundraiser. One student was quick to notice that the Guatemalan child in the picture was wearing a traditional woven shirt. As Laura explained to the students, this is a sign of which village she comes from.
High-fives were exchanged all around as Laura thanked the preschool for helping children, not much younger than themselves, halfway across the world!
Students at Villa Academy and Assumption-St. Bridget School are writing letters to the students at MeySen Academy in Sendai (located in the earthquake area). These letters will be delivered this week to an ASB family with a connection to MeySen. The letters are very heartfelt and special.
Additionally, the Villa Student Council is organizing a fundraiser in conjunction with ASB. ASB has set a goal of $1000. We hope to match their goal. The collection begins Wednesday, March 23, and ends on March 30. All donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Services. Students can bring donations to the Main Office or to their classroom.
About MeySen Academy:
MeySen Academy is located in Sendai. All kindergarten students have been accounted for (the earthquake hit just after they went home). Students, families and some teachers are actually living at the school after the quake.
Over its 40 year history, MeySen Academy has become one of Japan’s premiere educational institutions specializing in early childhood development and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
The standards of MeySen Academy management are rooted in the ethics and guiding principles of Christianity, though the school has no special affiliation with any denomination or religious organization. The expectations we have of MeySen students, teachers, and staff are based on the character principles of Christianity and our curriculum openly incorporates Biblical principles and values. About one third of the teaching staff plus all of the administrators are Christians. However, there is open and dynamic interaction among teachers, students, and parents of all faiths, enhancing the international teaching experience for our teachers.
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).
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.