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All School Family BBQ/Picnic

We look forward to welcoming ALL of our school families to our annual All School BBQ/Picnic tomorrow, June 11, followed by Field Day for grades K-7. Enjoy a complimentary lunch and visit with friends before we say goodbye for the summer.

Here is the schedule:

11:50 am: Grades 6 and 7 dismissed from class to meet families outside and the get food

12:00 pm: Grades K-2 – Families meet students at their classrooms and then proceed outside to get food

12:10pm: Grades 3-5 students dismissed from classrooms to meet families outside and then get food

Once families have food (served in front of the school on “driveway”), please proceed to the grassy front lawn to eat and enjoy each others’ company. When students are finished eating and have disposed of their trash and compost, they may remain on the front lawn to play. (All recess rules apply to the front lawn too.) Parents/adults are asked to supervise.

When the airhorn blows at 12:45pm, K-7 students will report to the soccer field. There, the current 7th graders (our leaders next year) will lead the games for us! Students will travel through the various fun activities in groups composed of K-6th grade students. Games will conclude at 2:00 pm, when students will return to class for regular 2:15 Wednesday dismissal.

We hope everyone is able to come and celebrate the conclusion of the school year, even for just an hour or so. If you are unable to attend, you can designate another family for your child to eat with, and let your child’s teacher know.

ADD: What Parents Need to Know

VillaTALKS presents “Attention Deficit Disorder: What Parents Need to Know” on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.  Jessica Cabodi, Pediatrician with the Poly Clinic in Seattle, will speak to parents about Attention Deficit Disorder. She will go through the medical evaluation process and treatment strategies that are being used to effectively treat this condition in children.  The event is free and open to the public.  All parents and teachers are welcome.

It’s A Record! An Update from the Head of School

March 10, 2014


Dear Friends,

Villa Academy’s Auction 2014 was an unqualified success — and it looks like we have set an auction record!

As of Sunday afternoon (March 9th), this year’s event has raised over $430,000 for Villa Academy — with $150,000 dedicated to our Fund-A-Need (FAN) project! These numbers are preliminary and will certainly increase as donations to the FAN continue to come in via Villa’s website.

As I mentioned on Friday night, it takes dozens of people and hundreds of hours to plan and produce such a successful event as our 2014 Auction. To all of you who worked so hard and long to make this event a success, THANK YOU!

I want to especially thank Jennifer Roberts, who chaired our auction committee for the second year in a row; her creativity, inspiration, hard-work and leadership resulted in an incredible evening — again! Also, thanks and congratulations to Villa’s Institutional Advancement staff for all that they did to coordinate the work of many, many volunteers and vendors — resulting in a great event. You’ve all made a big difference for Villa — WELL DONE!

Finally, if you haven’t had the chance to view the FAN video that was shown at Friday night’s auction, here’s a link to it: Working Our Way To The Water – FAN 2014. Please share it with family members and friends… they’ll be glad you did!

Villa Academy is a wonderful school and community with a terrific history — but the best is yet to come!


John K. Milroy
Head of School

Villa Ventures Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Your child is certain to find fun, education, and inspiration during the 2014 Villa Ventures summer camp at Villa Academy! Carefully designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures offers weeklong morning and afternoon classes with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. We recognize, as a summer camp, fun is paramount, but we also believe the best camp experiences involve exploration of new frontiers of learning. We offer a variety of classes, including visual and performing arts, sports, science, languages, as well as special interest topics such as animation and cooking. If you sign up for both AM and PM camps, lunch supervision and afternoon camp check-in is included.

Registration is now through the Active Network so you will need to set up a new account with your email. Receive an early bird discount of $25 if you register by Friday, February 28th! Simply enter the Coupon Code, VILLANOW, when you checkout.

Click here to see course descriptions and to register.

See you this summer!

The Weekly February 7, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Fund-A-Need

Villa Academy offers our students something no other school can: a magnificent campus that abounds with whole-child learning opportunities. Along with the lawns, orchard and majestic trees, our grounds include a 20-acre undeveloped parcel of land leading
to 600 feet of Lake Washington shoreline. This year’s Auction Fund-a-Need, Working our Way to the Water, offers an exceptional chance to engage kids in hands-on, experiential learning. Starting “at the top” and working our way down, components include:

The Greenhouse: a 12X12 polycarbonate professional-grade greenhouse will be installed, complete with hardscaping, near the organic garden. From preschool gardening, to 1st grade insect study, to 3rd grade’s Life Lab science program, to increased sustainable gardening by Villa’s Green Team, the Greenhouse will truly facilitate learning in many ways.

The Restoration: Villa will develop a long-term partnership with EarthCorps, (think PeaceCorps for the environment) who will GIS-map our undeveloped property, and conduct an ecological assessment. Our woodlands are a true habitat for birds, animals, and plants, but the trails are degraded, invasive species are choking native growth, and the wetlands are unprotected. EarthCorps will provide a phase-one Restoration Action Plan to guide work from the top edge of the woods to the grotto. Students will actively engage with EarthCorps volunteers (who are emerging environmental leaders from over 60 countries) in numerous restoration and educational activities during school. Trails will be improved so that students of all ages and their teachers have improved access. We’ll kick off The Restoration with a herd of hungry goats, who just love to eat blackberry vines!

The Grotto 2.0: Built over 70 years ago, the Villa Grotto is in a woeful state
of disrepair and requires rebuilding by expert stoneworkers skilled in “dry-stacking.”
Once the grotto – part of our historic and spiritual tradition – is rebuilt, imagine
the possibilities for quiet reflection, circle or story time, and class retreats.

We can’t do it without you! Serving all our students, your Auction Fund-a-Need Gift
will bring their learning to life in a massive outdoor science lab and living classroom;
will nourish their spirits in sacred “unplugged” space; will enliven their inherent
desire to explore, create, and experiment. And finally, your participation paves
the way for future possibilities as we continue Working our Way to the Water.


[RE]Enrollment Week is February 10 – 14 and it’s your chance to win big! Next year’s enrollment contracts were mailed today. Simply return yours by Valentine’s Day and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win your enrollment deposit back (one child only)! Contracts can be mailed or dropped off in the office. For your convenience, you can also pay your deposit online.


This will certainly be a night to remember! An event you don’t want to miss! Join
us in the Spanish Ballroom at the magnificent Fairmont Olympic Hotel for cocktails,
incredible auction items, elegant food, a fabulous Fund-A-Need, a rocking after
party, special prizes and good friends! Purchase your tickets online today!


Please bring to Francesca’s office in the convent or leave in the front office with
a note to Francesca’s attention and your name. You may also contact Francesca to
arrange a specific time to bring an item in. Thank you so much!


You’ll spend four days exploring all that Boston has to offer then unwind each evening
in your deluxe club level room at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. The
highlight of your trip will surely be four club level seats to historic Fenway
Park on August 23, 2014 to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners.
Your spot in the State Street Pavilion Club features a spectacular view of the
game and in-seat dining service.

Thank you…Kate & Chris Allen, Joshua Buckler & Molly Carlson, Mike & Catherine
Bursiek, Stead & Kendall Burwell, Lisa & Ethan Caldwell, Fay & Sean Chi, Tamara
Colagrossi & Bent Turner, Jill & Sean Cunningham, Brian Dewey & Molly Brown, Patrick
& Heidi Evatt, Christina & Mark Fitzpatrick, Pamela & Eric French, Benjamin & Lia
Halasz, Beth Koehler, Claudine & Kean Lawlor, Ann LoGerfo & Greg Landis, Ray & Nicole
McKinley, Brad & Erika Merlino, Frank & Margarita Morrow, Heather & Steve Murch,
Kathy & Ted Perkins, Christopher Landman & Julia Sommerfeld, Kathy & Chris Nielsen,
Jennifer & Robert Peyree, Tim & Jennifer Porter, Michael & Marion Richards, Brade
& Amy Scelfo, Gilliat & Lisa Schroeder, Tonya & Kai-Hon Shum, Jennifer & Nicholas
Seibert, Tim & Julie Smith, Kelli Smith-Bailey & Christie Smith, Alex Veress & Christine
Logar, Amy & Dan Waltson, Zarah & Jeffrey Wellhausen, Marie Farrelly & Jeremy Griffin.


Join us on February 11 at 7 p.m. in Villa’s Rainbow Theater when Laura Kastner,
nationally recognized child development specialist, will speak about her latest
book, Wise-Minded Parenting: Seven Essentials for Raising Successful Children. This
is truly a “must see” event! World renowned author and therapist, John Gottman,
of the Gottman Institute, said of Wise-Minded Parenting: “This is a great book -
a must read for all parents.” Kastner is a UW Professor and author of four parenting
books. She has appeared on The Today Show and the McNeil/Lehrer news hour and has
been a keynote speaker in hundreds of settings.


Thank you to our students who brought donations to mass last Friday during Catholic
Schools Week. We collected over 400 items and topped tower, breaking our previous
record! As a reward students will have Free Dress next Friday, February 14!


Please remember 51st Ave NE to the South of campus is for exiting traffic only.
Parking on the street is limited and there is no turn around room. Please do not
park and block the our neighbors’ driveways…even if you think it’ll be OK for
a few minutes! Thank you.


The Villa Ultimate Frisbee season is almost upon us! This is an exciting, non-contact
team sport, played by thousands of men and women the world over. It mixes the best
features of sports such as soccer, basketball, and football into an extremely fun
and high-energy game. Ultimate is open to all 6th – 8th grade students at Villa.
No experience is necessary to join. The basic practice schedule is below. Games
will normally take place during practice slots, but may also be at other times.
Practices start in mid-March, and the season runs through the end of May. Registration
will begin on February 14. The deadline to registers is February 28.

6th Boys: Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm Fridays 3:30-4:45 pm
7th Boys: Mondays – 5:30-6:30 pm Fridays 5:00-6:15 pm
8th Boys: Mondays – 4:30-5:30 pm; Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
MS girls: Mondays and Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm

Email Roger Crafts with questions.


Cope Miller’s Sports Update

Registration is due by February 7th. Last year our 7th/8th grade team joined the CYO league and came up one run shy of winning the championship! We’ll have another strong team this season and we’re also looking to add a 5th/6th grade team. Contact Athletic Director Cope Miller with any questions (604-4347).

Congratulations to our 8th Grade Boys who have made the basketball playoffs! Come cheer them on tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Holy Rosary School in Edmonds where they will take on the winner of the St. Anthony/OLF game.

We are still looking for a large number of soccer jerseys to be handed in. Please take a look at home.


Dates: February 13-April 3
Class meets Thursdays from 3:20-4:20.
Cost: $130 for 8 weeks, $240 for both golf and tennis

TGA Premier Youth Tennis is bringing the tennis court to Villa Academy! TGA, in national partnership with the United States Tennis Association, co-designed a tennis enrichment program that focuses on athletic, academic and character development for children. The TGA curriculum uses tennis equipment that is modified to be size appropriate and safe, so we can turn the school gym into a tennis court. In addition to professional tennis instruction, your child will take part in a combination of physical fitness for health benefits and academics such as math, science, language and social studies for educational development. Every class focuses on social interaction, developing positive character traits and most importantly having fun! TGA’s mission is to empower our students with the tools to be successful on the tennis court and in life.

Dates: February 14-April 4
Class meets Fridays from 3:20-4:20.
Cost: $130 for 8 weeks, $240 for both golf and tennis

TGA Premier Junior Golf brings the golf course to Villa Academy! Our national, award winning, 5 level program is specially designed for children and builds upon the educational concepts they are learning in the class room. Fun comes first in every TGA class, but our curriculum also focuses on instilling self-confidence and life values through professional golf instruction. Students learn the fundamentals, etiquette and rules of the game. Best of all, we provide all the equipment and training materials so children of all skill levels have the chance to come out and tee it up with TGA!

Register online. Questions? Contact Brad Kirkpatrick or 206-355-3494.

Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26
8th Girls 19 – St. Anne 41
8th Boys 37 – ASB 20
7th Girls 11 – St. Paul 29
7th Boys 51 – St. John/St. Al 37
6th Girls  8 –  St. John/St. Al 23
6th Boys 22 – St. Anne 40
5th Girls 18 – SCDS 6
5th Boys 20 – St. Anne 24

Saturday, February 1

8th Boys vs St. Anthony or OLF, 9 a.m. at Holy Rosary Edmonds

Catholic Schools Week


National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1. Through a variety of events and activities, we’ll focus on the value Catholic education provides young people. Each day we’ll celebrate a different group that makes up our community – parents, faculty/staff, neighbors, students – before an all encompassing celebration of our school on Friday.

There are a few important events/activities to note:

Thursday, January 30
All School Talent Show & Seahawks free dress! Wear your favorite Villa or Seahawks colors/apparel. Wigs and hats are okay, but no face paint or hair color.

Friday, January 31
Students should be in there best dress uniform for school mass at St. Bridget led by our second graders at 9 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us for mass.

In addition, we ask that each student bring toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex or shampoo for our Catholic Schools Week service project. Bring just one item and carry it to mass Friday morning. Our goal is to “Top the Villa Tower” (current record: 108 feet) with our donations.

Sunday, February 2
The Villa Liturgical Choir will sing at St. Bridget’s 10:30 mass. All students, parents, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Thanks to all in our community for the gift that is Catholic education!