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Summer Work

Caution!Summer work on the campus is well underway! If you have visited the campus since school dismissed, you will have seen that the building cleanup and window restoration projects are going well. You will also have  experienced the new entry routes that have been setup to assure safety during the restoration.

We are very excited to see the work progressing so well. The windows have been removed for restoration, maintaining the classic 9 over 9 pane windows. The terracotta trim is cleaning up nicely to a wonderful shiny white that looks gorgeous against the red brick.

The Extended Day Program space is positively glowing with the new floors installed. The Summer program is being coordinated from the Rainbow Theatre during the work.

There is a lot to see; please be mindful of the signs and equipment if you come to campus. At this time we are using the doors from the playground to the  theater hallway and asking people to park away from the building in order to keep the drop-off area clear for the work equipment.

Have a wonderful summer!


Thank You Grandparents

What a beautiful day! Thank you to all the Grandparents who visited Villa Academy this morning and allowed us to share the academic accomplishments of their Grandchildren!

Please enjoy early dismissal and have a safe and sunny Mother’s Day weekend.



Grandparents Day is here

So many Villa Grandparents play a special part in our students’ lives. We are honored to welcome them to Grandparents Day, a celebration of all that they do to support their grandchildren and the quality education here at Villa Academy!

Friday, May 11th
9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Bridget Church
10:15 a.m. Reception beginning in the Rainbow Theatre, Classroom visits to follow
12:00 p.m. early dismissal
No RSVP Needed

If you have questions please E-mail Marcie Cheung or call 206-729-0219 x 267

New Lower School Director (for the day)

Fifth grader, Will J roamed the school with Mrs. Elsner today, as acting Lower School Director.  You may have seen him wearing his official “Lower School Director” tee and carrying a clipboard of notes regarding this morning’s meeting with Head of School, Mr. Milroy.

Carpool duty, intercom announcements, and classroom inspections kept Will pretty busy all morning. But, he did find time for a little fun!

Unfortunately for Will, he’s not on the payroll, his special day came courtesy of his parents, the highest bidders for Mrs. Elsner’s experience item at this year’s fundraising auction.

Thanks for all your hard work today Will!


Volunteer Appreciation Week

Dear Villa Academy Community,

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all past, present, and future volunteers.

The amount of time and energy volunteers dedicate to our school is incredible! Whether serving lunch, driving on field trips, raising money for the Annual Fund, supervising recess, coaching a sport, organizing the lost and found or uniform exchange, working in the classrooms, serving on the Board of Trustees, Parent Association, or auction committee, and all the other important jobs volunteers do – each and every minute you contribute to Villa Academy makes an amazing difference to the overall educational experience we are able to provide. THANK YOU!!!

Please look for us at drop off Wednesday morning. We will be handing out a delicious treat as a symbol of our appreciation for everything you do.

Thank you so very much for making Villa Academy such a wonderful place.

With warmest regards,
Villa Academy’s Administrative Team

What a Party, What a Success!

Saturday Night Fever

Not only was a groovy time had by all, but over $285,000 was raised for Villa Academy through this year’s auction! Thank you to everyone who played a part in this success – donors, volunteers, bidders, attendees, faculty and staff, and everyone who loves Villa. What a wonderful night!

2012 Fund-a-Need:

$70,450 and counting! It’s not too late to support this year’s fund-a-need project: reinvigorating our Extended Day Program space: Give online now.

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Fund-a-Need 2012: Reinvigoration of the Extended Day Program Classroom Space $75,000 Goal

Environment impacts learning – this is no surprise. The sensory impressions students absorb from their surroundings influence emotional life and consequently their ability to learn.

At Villa Academy we are fortunate to have spacious well lit classrooms, many with awe-inspiring views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. Unfortunately, two of our busiest spaces, classroom 125 and classroom 133, home to our bustling Extended Day Program, show years of wear from countless cheerful children hard at play.

You might be surprised to know that 74% of Villa Academy families utilize EDP. The continued success of the program is a result of our EDP Director Shea Salyer’s committed effort to offer programs that appeal to a wide range of student interests. The following are all part of EDP: Green Team, the musical (“Beauty and the Beast” this year), piano lessons, Writing Club, Mandarin lessons, band and Villa Voices, Sewing, and the Villa Times newspaper.

With your support of this year’s Fund-A-Need, we can inject energy and inspiration back into the EDP space by redesigning the classrooms to better foster exploration, social engagement, and a desire to learn and gain confidence in their own potential.

Inspired by the beauty of our campus grounds and the views from many of our other classrooms, the new design will aim to “bring nature inside” by incorporating a living wall, fish tanks, and natural murals. The refresh will also include:

  • Fresh coats of paint
  • Durable laminate flooring
  • New furniture
  • Mobile room dividers to improve the functionality of the space
  • Improved shelving countertops and cupboards
  • New cubby storage system
  • Gaming area (with new foosball, air hockey, and arcade style basketball tables)
  • A custom built loft and stage area
  • Craft sink station
  • Updated reading and library sanctuary

These improvements will not only enhance the experience of the hundreds of children who participate in EDP, but will help us showcase our afterschool programs to potential families and bolster the program through higher attendance.

As you know, learning and development don’t stop at 3:00PM. Many of our students’ most memorable and influential experiences take place after class, within the walls of our EDP classrooms. Please help us recapture this space as a place of imagination and possibility by making a donation to the 2012 Fund-A-Need, online or at the Villa Auction on March 3, 2012.