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It was a special morning for fifth graders as they participated in Jump Up to Middle School and got a glimpse of what the future holds for them as middle schoolers at Villa Academy. The event kicked off with a fun and informative presentation from a group of eighth grade ambassadors on the differences between lower school and middle school. Lockers, laptops and dances generated the biggest excitement, while homework and dances were the areas of greatest concern! The fifth graders then visited a variety of middle school classrooms where they were able to observe and ask questions of teachers and/or current students. This also gave them a taste of what it’s like to transition between classrooms on the upper floors of the school. After a special pizza lunch and ice cream sundaes with the eighth grade ambassadors, fifth graders were presented with their Villa “Class of 2017″ t-shirts.
See more photos of Jump Up to Middle School on the Villa Academy Facebook page.
Our annual Villa Halloween Parade for Kindergarten through Grade Eight will begin onThursday, October 31st, at 8:45am! Led by Mr. Milroy, Mrs. Elsner and Mr. Joseph, the parade will wind through the halls and classrooms of Villa. We will travel only on the second and third floors, making it safer for everyone to show off the truly creative costumes that have become legendary in our school. A great place for viewing the parade will be in the main foyer or along the second or third floor hallways. The Parlor is reserved for Kindergarten students and their Grade 8 buddies only. (Preschool students will have their own parade for just their classes.)
As we think about the school Halloween celebration let’s review the Villa Academy costume guidelines:
1. Costumes should be appropriate for a Preschool through Eighth Grade audience in a school environment. Excessive “blood, gore, and wounds” are to be left at home and saved for trick-or-treating. Although these can be fun for older students, they can be frightening for little ones.
2. Also to be left at home for the school day on October 31st are all weapons, pretend or real. These include, but are not limited to: guns, axes, scythes, knives, pitchforks, sticks, light sabers, etc. These can be great fun when children go trick- or-treating or attend family parties, but can be dangerous at school.
3. Costume accessories should be tasteful and appropriate for a Preschool-Eighth Grade audience. Such things as fake cigarettes, pipes, and lighters should not come to school.
4. Masks and headpieces should also stay at home, unless the wearer’s face is completelyvisible. They should also allow the owner to easily navigate halls and stairs.
5. Finally, we ask your help in making sure that costumes are age appropriate for Villa students, and are not overly revealing (length of skirt, neckline, see-through, etc.) or offensive. Costumes should be comfortable enough (including shoes) for students to parade up and down stairs as well as sit in class.
Students are welcome to wear their costumes all day, or change into “free dress” after the parade. Thanks for your help in making sure ALL students have a fun, safe, and happy Halloween!
Race To Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. After the screening there will be a discussion with a panel of local educators including Villa’s own James Joseph.
This event is open to the public. Advance tickets are available online for $10 or at the door for $15.
The Villa community is invited to visit the Fall Book Fair, held in the Rainbow Theatre between October 21st and October 25th. The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to some new literature, to generate excitement for reading, and to raise funds for the Villa Library.
This is a fundraiser for our library so please take advantage of this great opportunity to purchase new titles, classics, and student favorites.
Classes will visit the fair on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please see the schedule for the day classes visit the fair below. During conference days, students may visit the Book Fair with their families. Preschool classes may visit with their families anytime during the week.
We are still looking for some volunteers to help with classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If you are interested in helping please email Marta Franzen.
Schedule for Class Visits
Jones 5A, Nichols 3B, Portwood 1B, Ashwood KC, Kessler 3A, Richey 5B, Southern 4A
Brooks 7A and 8A, Reznicek 7B and 8B, Purn 2A, Downey 2B, Rutledge 4B
Calomeni 6A, O’Donnell 6B, Fisher 1A, Goetz KA, Moreno KB, Ashwood KC
We hope to see you at the fair as we work together to encourage reading and support the Villa Library!
Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 7-9 p.m. | Villa Academy | 5001 NE 50th St.
Kindergarten has changed dramatically since we were kids and more than ever
parents are wondering”what does it mean to be ready for kindergarten?”
Join us for an evening with experts who can help you understand what a kindergarten-ready
kid looks like and under what circumstances one should consider extending the time a child spends in pre-k.
The panel will discuss academic, social, emotional, and developmental aspects of kindergarten readiness.
This session is designed for any parent whose child is approaching kindergarten.
This is event is free and open to the public.
More information can be found here.
The Building & Grounds Committee of the Villa Board of Trustees is planning a Campus Clean-Up Party on Sunday, October 20th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Villa Academy. They’ll need 40 – 50 volunteers to help spruce-up the grounds of the campus for the new student open house on November 2nd. If you can help on the 20th, it would be greatly appreciated!
When the work is done (around 4:00 PM), Villa Board members will fire-up the grill and throw-on some bratwurst as a “thank you” to all of you who make the Villa Academy community so special!
To volunteer on the 20th, please follow this link: Campus Cleanup/Beer & Brats with the Board. If you can bring some tools to help with the cleanup (rakes, shovels and refuse bags would be particularly appreciated) please indicate that in the comment section of the link.
It’ll be fun – and greatly appreciated!
Friday, March 7, 2014
Villa Academy’s Auction and Masquerade Ball
will be held in the Spanish Ballroom at the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel
This will be a party to remember…
Put on your black or white cocktail attire and don a mask
Cocktails, incredible auction items, elegant food, and fabulous Fund-A-Need
Stay for a rocking after-party and delicious treats in the Spanish Foyer
The photo booth is back by popular demand
The Fairmont Olympic is extending a deeply discounted room rate
to all Villa parents, so plan to stay the night
Mark your calendars for March 7. Don’t miss this extraordinary event!