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Second Graders on “Safari to Kenya”

Fr. Okumu shares his shuka with Mrs. Purn's second grade class.

Villa Academy second graders recently began their Safari to Kenya, a four week, activity-based unit in which students role-play as photographers invited to travel to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Wildlife Preserve. Throughout their safari, students will participate in various activities tied to lessons about the physical environment of Kenya and the Maasai people and culture. For example, students are tasked with packing their suitcases with appropriate clothing and equipment, requiring them to research the climate in Kenya.

Their studies came to life when students received a special visit by St. Bridget pastor and native Kenyan, Fr. Stephen Okumu. He brought many items to share with the kids including the Kenyan flag, the national team soccer jersey, and his own shuka, a distinctive Maasai garment. Fr. Okumu told many personal stories about life in Kenya – a favorite of the kids being his encounter with a leopard!

Students from Gede Angels Primary School send their thanks to Villa Academy.

In addition, the Safari unit includes a service element where the students raise money for Gede Angels Primary, a newer school on the east coast of Africa.  Monies raised have built a classroom and lavatory, and have also provided for desks, chairs and other school supplies.

Empowered to take charge of their own learning, the Safari to Kenya unit is embraced by students and remains a hallmark of the second grade at Villa Academy.

Spring Conference Sign Ups

Detailed instructions about how to sign up can be found HERE. Sign up site will close on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:00pm.

Classes are not in session Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22.  EDP will be open both days for registered students.

Lower School conferences are optional but highly encouraged.  Grade 6 & 7 conferences are mandatory. Grade 8 conferences are optional.

EDP will be open 8am-5pm on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22 for grades K-8. Register through TEESO. Hourly options are available for Thursday.  There will be an EDP field trip on Friday so no hourly option is available. Children must arrive at Villa by 9am and not be picked up before 4pm.

State Projects – From Classroom to Computer Lab

Families attended an Open House to showcase 5A student PowerPoint slideshows (with animation and sound) on Monday, January 28. Thank you to all who attended.

5B students will present their slideshows on Thursday, February 7 from 2:45-3:15.                                           

This project is complex and the PowerPoint slideshows are so well designed that 5th Grade students are to be congratulated for their perseverance.  Students gathered photos of their state using Encyclopedia Britannica’s Image Quest.  They used World Book Online and other sites to research their state’s economy, geography, culture, and climate. They organized copious facts about their state using a “mind map” created in Inspiration.  Rough drafts were printed, proofread, corrected, re-printed and corrected again to be ready for the Open House presentations.

Whether or not you have a student in this class, if you are in the building Thursday, February 7th from 2:45 – 3:15, please stop by the Computer Lab!

The projects are top notch, but equally impressive is the students’ confidence with technology, their ability to present their work and explain how the computer programs aided their research.

Preschool Mitten Tree Project Update

Preschool students sorted and counted:

9 pair of mittens
48 pair of gloves
35 hats
3 scarves
15 sets of socks (multiple pairs in a set!)
24 sets ( combo hat/mittens, or scarf/ hat or gloves /hat)

As well as 18 gift certificates of $25.00.

A P3 Parent Volunteer and a P4 Parent Volunteer will deliver the donations  to First Place School today. In addition to our donations, the Villa Library is donating close to 100 gently used books to send with our donations.

On behalf of the families at First Place School—-THANK YOU!

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.


The Preschool Mitten Tree Project

The Preschool will begin its Community Service project on Monday, November 26. The Mitten Tree project will run through Friday, December 7. All donations will benefit First Place School, a school for homeless children in the Seattle area.
Preschool Families are invited to donate NEW mittens, gloves, hats, socks, scarves and /or gift certificates that will be given to families at First Place School.  Donations can be brought to school any day until December 7th.



Giving to Others…Easy as Pie

A 5th grade tradition continues! Students in Mrs. Jones and Mr. Richey’s classes made pumpkin pies for the 26th annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Matt Talbot Center – a recovery center for the homeless, addicted and mentally ill located in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

Students paired up to begin assembling pies. Each team rolled out their pie crust, occasionally dusting the dough with flour and constructively debating the appropriate thickness. Mrs. Jones demonstrated how to use a rolling pin to drape the dough over the pie pan and fit it snuggly to the pan’s interior. The class completed this step and then moved on to the pie filling.

The fundamental mission of the Matt Talbot Center is to provide individuals and families the opportunity to overcome obstacles that hinder self-sufficiency. The center offers hope, services and support to those in need. Members are provided with the tools and opportunities to restore productivity and self-sufficiency to their lives and to reestablish relationships with their families.

Members of Holy Rosary Parish, Edmonds, have sponsored this event for many years, and the Villa Academy 5th graders are excited to provide “the trimmings” for this special dinner.