Archive for the ‘Field Trips’ Category

4th Graders Fight Hunger

Hunger has been the focus of the 4th graders community service throughout this school year. Partnering with Food Lifeline, they learn about the economic, social and cultural implications of hunger both locally and globally.  But, students don’t just learn about hunger, they become part of the solution.  Multiple field trips to the Food Lifeline facility in Shoreline gives them the opportunity to directly impact those in need by helping to prepare products for distribution to local food banks, shelters and meal programs.

In addition, both 4th grade classes plan an Empty Bowls soup dinner to increase awareness about hunger and raise money for Food Lifeline.  This dinner for 4th grade families includes vegetables planted and harvested by students in the school garden, as well as handmade clay bowls created in art class.

Last week 4th graders visited Food Lifeline for a final time to present their donation to Linda Nageotte, President and CEO of Food Lifeline.

We are so proud of their dedication to this cause and for continuing the great tradition of service at Villa Academy!  Great job, Ms. Southern, Ms. Rutledge and 4th graders!

Ornament Craft Kits for Children in the Hospital at Christmas Time

The Grade 2 students assembled craft kits this week for the Children’s Hospital volunteer department.  These kits provide recreation for children who have long stays at the hospital during the holidays.  The director of the volunteer department is very appreciative of these kits and assures us that each year, every one of them gets used!

Students will a take a short walk to Children’s Hospital to deliver their craft kits.

The kits will bring joy to the children who make the ornaments, and to staff and visitors who will enjoy the beautiful finished products decorating the hospital.

Grade 4 Partners with Food Lifeline

On Thursday, November 15, fourth grade students visited the Food Lifeline distribution center in Shoreline.  They toured the facility and learned about how Food Lifeline receives all of its food from contributions and distributes it to food banks in all of western Washington.  The need in the Seattle area is high and food banks struggle to keep up with the  growing lines at local food banks. Fourth grade students will return to Food Lifeline two more times to help package food donations.


First Grade Class Visits with Grandfriends at Northaven


The First Grade classes visit Northaven Retirement and Assisted living in Seattle as their community outreach project. Each class visits Northaven four times during the year, alternating visits each month. The children read stories with their grandfriends, share a snack,  and maybe sing a song. Everyone enjoys this special time.  Mrs. Portwood’s class made their first visit this week.




Henry O. shares a story.

Eighth Grade Spring Retreat

This week, Villa Academy eighth graders will assemble for the annual Spring Retreat.  This is a chance for our students to step out of their busy routine for a full day of reflection, discussion and prayer at Magnuson Park.

The topics and activities planned for the day include a panel of recent Villa alumni, a discussion focused on healthy social decision making with Julie Metzger, a presentation from Officer Kevin O’Neill, and a capstone activity revisiting personal goals set at Leadership Camp. We are also pleased that Father Saur will join us to talk with the students about how their faith will serve them through the transition to high school.

Eighth graders have also been busy preparing activities for the day through their advisories. It promises to be an exciting opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences as a whole before the fast-approaching final days of the school year are upon us.

Mountain School

On March 28th, sixth grade students visited the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center to participate in the Mountain School program, a nationally recognized environmental education program that teaches students about the ecosystems, geology and natural and cultural history of the mountains.

Read about their visit HERE

Cougar Mountain Zoo

This week, Villa Academy second grade students head to the foothills of Cougar Mountain, just west of Issaquah, to visit and explore the wide array of animals that call the Cougar Mountain Zoo their home.  The primary focus of the Cougar Mountain Zoo is endangered species and education – a perfect introduction to the second grade endangered animal unit which piggybacks their Safari and Kenya curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to view animals including, reindeer, macaws, tigers, cougars, lemurs, alpaca, wallabies, and perhaps even an endangered cheetah!