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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.
Mark Your Calendar: Two outstanding speakers are coming to Meridian in March!
“The Young and the Restless: Social Lives of Our Children.”
On Thursday, March 17, Julie Metzger, pediatric nurse, writer, and educator, will present “The Young and the Restless: Social Lives of Our Children.” Julie has spoken previously at Meridian and approaches the sometimes-bewildering stages of parenting with humor and insight. She will discuss ways to help children communicate effectively and build healthy relationships, including myths about bullying, differences in how girls and boys approach socially stressful situations, and parents’ roles in their children’s social development. The talk will be held in the Good Shepherd Center Chapel, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Meridian Parent Association.
“Reel Diversity: Understanding Multicultural Literacy”
On Wednesday, March 30, Brian C. Johnson, a nationally recognized speaker, author and educator, will present “Reel Diversity: Understanding Multicultural Literacy”. Mr. Johnson will discuss how to help children critically evaluate the media surrounding them-especially Hollywood film-and how movies impact how we think about ourselves and those who are different than us. Mr. Johnson will explore strategies for parents and teachers of elementary school students to have deeper and more meaningful discussions about diversity and social justice through the medium of mainstream Hollywood movies. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Brian is the author of We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training (2009) and co-author of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook (2008). Please RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/howtohelp
The Villa Girl Scout Troop will be out again in full force this weekend if families would like to plan on picking up some cookies with their grocery shopping. The troop is also accepting donations of cookies for Operation Cookie Drop and the University District Food Bank.
Friday,March 4, Wedgwood QFC 4-6pm
Saturday, March 5, Wedgwood QFC 12-2 and U Village QFC 2-4
Sunday, March 6, U Village Courtyard 1-3 and Met Market 2-4
Many thanks to all who stopped by and bought some cookies last weekend.
Students in the University of Washington Landscape Architecture program have selected the spacious grounds at Villa Academy for a case study project. This partnership provides UW students with the opportunity for practical application of their studies and gives the Villa Academy Building and Grounds Committee well developed suggestions for campus improvements.
The discipline of landscape architecture is focused on the creation of urban open-space and development that meets the aspirations and needs of human, wildlife, and other biological processes on earth.
As part of the initial research, UW students met with Villa’s middle school Green Team. The Green Team offered guided tours of campus as well as their thoughts and ideas surrounding future campus development. Watch Video.
Last week, the Landscape Architecture class presented spatial and programmatic ideas to the Villa Building and Grounds Committee. There are four student teams, each with a different vision for the future development of Villa’s campus.
All of the groups addressed traffic and pedestrian challenges and looked for ways to improve the busy flow at drop-off and pick-up times. Many of the teams had exciting suggestions for ways to integrate outdoor learning. Designs for outdoor classrooms, amphitheaters, sensory gardens, agricultural areas, and space for students to practice environmental stewardship were illustrated on large presentation posters on every wall of the classroom.
An architectural model of the Villa Academy campus was the center piece of the room, reminding us all of the amazing resource we are fortunate to be working with.
Troop 43672 unloaded hundreds of boxes of cookies on Saturday (at a top secret warehouse!) to be sold in the upcoming cookie sale. Members of the troop will be out selling cookies at local stores for three weekends starting February 26th.
The troop will take donated cookies to the University District Food Bank and Operation Cookie Drop for members of the military.
You can find Villa girls at
Wedgewood QFC: Sat, Feb 26th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Safeway: Sun, Feb 27th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Wedgewood QFC: Sun, Feb 27th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Met Market: Sat, Feb 26th, 4:00 – 6:00pm
At Mountain School, students are introduced to ﬁeld science and research skills by investigating the habitat potential of the forest community surrounding the Learning Center for carnivores such as the ﬁsher, pine marten, lynx and wolverine, endangered forest dwellers. Students are taught how to measure tree diversity, canopy cover, coarse woody debris and ground cover by creating and surveying their own forest transects in small groups. They learn the roles of forest carnivores in the ecosystem and the history of hunting and trapping that have dramatically reduced their numbers. At the end of this program, groups analyze their data and draw conclusions regarding the potential of the Learning Center forests for regional wildlife.
Tuesday, February 15, 5:30, Rainbow Theater
Villa is hosting a representative from the North Cascades Institute for a parent/student informational meeting.