Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

Join the Student Emergency Response Team!

Middle School students: You are eligible to apply for the Villa Student Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.). Team members are trained to help support faculty and staff in responding to emergency situations, help maintain emergency supplies, and help promote health and safety awareness throughout the school. We will meet the first Tuesday of every month after school for emergency preparedness and first aid trainings, for special guest speakers, and to plan community outreach projects. Community Service hours are offered for attendance at meetings and activities.

To apply to be a part of this elite group, download an application at and return your completed form (and essay for new members) to the Main Office ATTN: Ms. Jenner by Friday, September 28.

Motivating Your Children


Wednesday, September 26 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Villa Academy – 5001 NE 50th Street

This event is for parents with children in Preschool to 3rd Grade

Melissa Benaroya, LICSW will be sharing some simple ways to help motivate our children. She will provide an interactive experience and discussion around the difference between statements that are enabling and those that are empowering. She will also share some simple ways to foster respect and cooperation by “drawing forth” from our children, which promotes intrinsic motivation. Everyone will walk away with a greater or renewed awareness and a set of tools to help motivate their children!

Melissa Benaroya MSW, LICSW, Certified Gottman Educator is a licensed clinical social worker with an emphasis in children and family services. She is the co-founder of Mommy Matters Seattle. She is also a Certified Gottman Educator offering the Bringing Baby Home Program for families with young children and workshops on Emotion Coaching. Melissa practices as a parenting consultant to groups, and individuals by blending her clinical training with her knowledge of child development and discipline. Her book, The Childproof Parent, was released in December 2011 and can be purchased on Melissa lives in Seattle with her husband Russell and two children, Maya and Shane.

Childcare will not be provided.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and invite your friends.


See additional events on the Parent Education Events page.

Welcome back – Classroom Visit Day

Villa Academy is busy place to be this week. Teachers are back and preparing their classrooms for the return of the school year. The new windows and restored terra cotta look wonderful and the summer projects are wrapping up.

Please join us on Thursday, August 30th 1:30-2:30pm for Classroom Visit Day to meet your teachers and check out your new digs!

Mother Cabrini Italian Dinner

Register now for the Mother Cabrini Italian Dinner on September 21st!

The Riga-Tones!

This year, we’re celebrating the legacy of Mother Cabrini, her strong Italian roots, and the importance of family. Dinner will be served “family-style” in the Rainbow Theater and Cafeteria.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be a short program featuring Head of School John Milroy and Villa Students, followed by the Italian musical stylings of The RigaTones!





Food for a Thousand

Today Villa Academy 4th grade students celebrated their year long efforts to fight hunger in the greater Seattle community through a series of community service events, by presenting Food Lifeline with a a check for $1,184!

Students have made several visits to Food Lifeline throughout the year and in very heartfelt essays recalled their experience packaging popcorn for distribution to families in need. Many families are considered the “working poor” – hard working people who despite employment, fall short every month.

Thanks to the success of the Fourth Grade’s “Empty Bowl” soup dinner event, where the proceeds from soup and bowl sales were collected on behave of Food Lifeline, more than one thousand people will have food for the entire day!

Villa’s “green” level climbs

A representative from Washington Green Schools visited Villa lunch to congratulate our students, faculty, and staff on our recent Level 2 WA Green Schools Certification. The certification boost is due to all the “green” efforts, particularly for the energy-saving Cool Schools Challenge project that was accomplished this year.

Stephen’s Spirit of Service

Congratulations to Stephen, the recipient of the Community Service “Youth Challenge Award” presented by the Rotary Club of Lynnwood.

Close to 60 students were nominated for awards in the following categories:  Community Service, Courage, Creativity, Environmental Service, Inspiration, Leadership and a Group Award.

Stephen earned the over all award for Community Service and was presented with a plaque, certificate and cash prize by Stan McKenzie and Tim Ryan of the Lynwood Rotary.

Villa Academy is so proud to see students like Stephen honor a spirit of service here at school, as well as out in the larger community.

Way to go Stephen!!