Dear Lower School Families:
It’s time to sign up for Fall Conferences. As noted on our school calendar, conferences are being held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-29. These conferences are an opportunity to continue the partnership begun at Curriculum Night.
As noted on the School Calendar, there is no school scheduled for Wednesday through Friday. All three days are set aside for conferences.
Conference signups will begin ONLINE, Tuesday, Oct. 12th and close on Friday, October 22..
Each Lower School family has the opportunity to choose the conference times that fit their family’s schedule. Lower School conferences generally begin at 7:30am each day and conclude at 5:00pm.
Here are some important details:
P3 Parents: Please sign up for a 25-minute conference with your child’s teacher on either Wednesday or Friday.
P4 & P5 Parents: Please sign up for a 25-minute conference with your child’s teacher any day.
Grades K-2: Please sign up for a 25-minute conference with your child’s homeroom teacher any day. (Second grade families can sign up to conference with their child’s math teacher as well.)
Grades 3-5: Please sign up for a 25-minute conference with your child’s homeroom teacher (any day. YOUR CHILD WILL COME WITH YOU TO THE CONFERENCE AND HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE. Please keep this in mind when signing up. (You may also conference with your child’s math teacher as well.)
Ms. Hamilton (Learning Support Specialist), Ms. O’Neil (Technology and Grades 2/3 Math) and Ms. Mahaffey (Grades K-3 French) will also be available for conferences during these three days.
The rest of our “specialists” will be busy seeing Middle School students and families during these conference days. Any of them would be happy to meet with you at a mutually agreeable time, outside of these three days. Just send an email to set up an appointment. These specialists include: Kevin Lee (K-4 PE), Roger Crafts (5th Grade PE), Jean Johnson (K-5 Music), Melissa Kunselman (K-5 Art), Mr. Repanich (4th Grade Math), Mr. Grytting (5th Grade Math) and Karen Strand (Library).
Specific instructions for our online sign up procedures will arrive in your inbox Tuesday, October 12.
Thank you. We look forward to seeing you then.
Lower School Director
Middle school students are invited to join us for six Friday evenings, January 7 – February 11. We leave directly after school to drive up to Snoqualmie Summit for over 1 hour of instruction then 1½ hours of free skiing/boarding, returning to Villa by 10:20pm. Lessons offered through WebbSki Ski & Snowboard School. All skill levels welcome. No experience necessary!
The cost is $153 (plus a $45 deposit) for all six weeks of transportation, instruction, and supervision. Rentals and lift passes are available through WebbSki, but separate. Season passes are individually purchased directly from the ski area. Scholarships available; contact the Admission Office. Registration is first come first served, though we do our best to accommodate all interested students who register by the deadline.
Interested? Come to the Ski & Snowboard Bus Info Night for families on Monday, October 18 at 6:30pm in the Parlor for complete information and to receive registration materials. If you are not able to attend the Info Night or are already familiar with the program, you can pick up registration materials in the Main Office after October 18.
Returning participants may receive a brochure from WebbSki in the mail, which is for your use if you want to take lessons from them at another time. You must sign up through Villa to participate on the Ski Bus.
Mark your calendars and make plans to visit the Fall Book Fair. The Book Fair will be open October 25 through October 29th and held in the Rainbow Theater.
On Monday and Tuesday, students will visit the Book Fair with their classes. The remaining days are conference days and the fair will be open from 8:20am – 3:30pm. On Friday, October 29th the fair will open 8:20am to 1:00pm.
The University Bookstore provides books for our fair. Shop early in the week for the best selection.
Check next week’s Monday Memo for more details and schedule of class visits.
Karen Strand and Leslie Keeney
On Wednesday October 6th at 6:00PM there will be an College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) parent information night. CPM is the math curriculum that is being used in the middle school. This year we adopted a new series for use in the sixth and seventh grades. For you to better understand how to help your student at home, Mr. Repanich will be demonstrating how to use the online information from CPM. To make this a meaningful session please bring your student’s laptop that night or your own laptop so that you can navigate the website and explore the tools as they are presented.
Wednesday, October 6th
6:00 pm – 7:00pm
Students may attend.
During the second week of school, the Class of 2011 took their turn at Leadership Camp.
Students challenged themselves and each other to work together, to plan and execute activities, to dig deep and find their strength, and most importantly, to push themselves way out of their comfort zones and live to tell about it.
Here’s what they had to say:
“When other people wobble, it makes us all fall.”
“Can you give us a little more leeway now that you’ve blinded us?”
“Why did we want to cross this bridge in the first place?”
The teachers also contributed their energy, patience, flexibility, and individual gifts to make Leadership Camp a success. They nudged the students towards taking responsibility for their own community, and as a result, saw leadership qualities emerge from students who, in school, are on the quiet side.
Students felt confident about themselves after tackling the high ropes course, and it was fascinating to see what our students are able to accomplish when given the chance to lead their peers without adult input!
Many of the lessons learned at camp will continue throughout the year. Advisors know the power of later reminding individual students about the brilliant moments we observed, such as, one boy encouraging another to try the high ropes course and another student speaking up in the big group about having trouble trusting. Teachers also plan to harness the students’ enthusiasm for leading assemblies and bring it as their next—perhaps on-going—leadership challenge at school.
What a wonderful way for our students to demonstrate to themselves and to their younger classmates how to lead graciously. We are very proud of them. We are off to a great start!
The 7th Grade traveled to Vantage last week to learn more about the geology and renewable power sources of Washington State.
The students ate lunch high above the Columbia River and were able to observe the consecutive basalt flows that occurred numerous times over geologic time. Students walked down to the Indian petroglyphs and had a chance to draw one or two.
From there the group crossed the Columbia River, past the Running Horses Monument, and were dropped off in a beautiful sagebrush-filled basin surrounded by the giant basalt columns known as the Feathers. After a brief introduction by the instructors from Passages Northwest and BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development – a division of the YMCA), the large group split into advisories. Mr. Estill, Ms. Jenner and Ms. Rutledge, as experienced Passages Northwest instructors, joined us for this portion of our adventure.
After setting up their tents and equipped with rock-climbing shoes, harnesses, and helmets, students were led to the base of the Feathers to begin Rock Climbing 101. Using Mr. Crafts, Ms. Preib and others as guinea pigs, the instructors demonstrated proper technique and communication especially for belaying.
As dusk approached, we had dinner and some played a rousing game of “Where’s My Fishie” while others visited or hiked.
By trip’s end, each advisory was a tight-knit group. Students came away from this experience ready to support one another through future challenges and adversity – much like they did through the challenge of climbing the Feathers.
The four hours of rock-climbing went by so quickly that even the tired students wanted more when it came time for the final “good-bye” circle.
In the circle, many of the 7th Grade students expressed their gratitude for the adventure and those that made it happen. More than half mentioned “trust” as a defining word for the day. Many explained that their deeper understanding of “trust” would easily spill over into their lives at school and at home. And while talking to a handful on the bus ride home, many of the 7th Grade students simply wanted more rock. Awesome.
INDEPENDENT HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT
At VILLA ACADEMY
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
This event is for all 8th grade students and families interested in independent high school options. Nine different PNAIS high schools will present information. This will be a great night to learn more about the schools you are interested in! For more information, please call the Admission Office at 206-527-9388.