New Uniform Sweatshirts FAQ

Everything You Need to Know About Villa Sweatshirts and the New Logo

As many of you have asked and inquired, the Spirit Store is beginning the process of adding our new logo to our uniform Villa Sweatshirts. We have done a few mock ups of them and they look great. It’s a fantastic way to show our Villa pride and get the word out about our amazing school. Listed below are some questions that will help make this new sweatshirt transition easier.

Q: “When are the sweatshirts with the new logos going to be available?”
A: We will begin ordering all uniform sweatshirts with the new logo beginning this summer or when inventory is out. (All special order items such as middle school sweatshirts will still have the Viking.)

Q: “What are you going to do with all the new sweatshirts you have in inventory with the old logo?”
A: A: I’m so glad you asked….for those of you who love the old logo or for those of you hoping to save a bit of money, all old logo uniform youth crewneck sweatshirts will be $15 and youth hoodies will be $20. Adult sized crews will be $20 and adult hoodies will be $25. It’s a fire sale! So support the VPA by helping us sell these sweatshirts to make room for the new ones. Fill out your order forms and all forms received between 4/7/14 and end of school will be billed at the above prices. These prices are good as long as we have inventory in stock and after the new sweatshirts are ordered prices will be set back at the normal rate.

Q: “Can I still wear my old logo uniform sweatshirts even after the new logo sweatshirts come out?”
A: Of course you can! You can hand them down or pick them up in the uniform exchange for as long as you like.

Q: “What about the Viking Logo? Is that going away?”
A: Heck NO! The Viking logo will still remain on all of our spirit gear, sporting items, and on special order items such as middle school sweatshirts. Go Vikings!

Q: “I have seen those completely awesome socks around the hallways, can I still order those?”
A: Why yes…yes you can! Get your orders in ASAP to have the coolest Villa socks around!

If you have any questions about the sweatshirts and the new logos please do not hesitate to ask. You can email Alethia Mead or Julie Jablonski or you can go to the big guns and email Amanda Peterson.

Thanks again for your understanding and patience during this transition. We hope that you will love your new sweatshirts and that you will want to stock up on the old ones.

- Alethia and Julie


Villa Restoration Day


Just four weeks ago YOU made history as Working our Way to the Water (WOWW) became our most successful Fund A Need ever.

Four weeks from now our community will once again make history when WOWW officially launches with Restoration Day on May 3. This first phase of our project has Villa partnering with EarthCorps for a unique environmental service-learning project to remove invasive species, return native plants, and create a trail between the Garden Learning Center and the Grotto.

This day is all about empowering our students and uniting our community. As we each take part in the Restoration we develop a sense of community ownership and responsibility for our natural resources. Of course, we’ll have a lot of fun too!

Oh, and did we mention there will be goats? You don’t want to miss the goats!

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for all the details.

Cope Miller’s Sports Update


Register NOW for Soccer and Track!
Track is starting next Tuesday the 1st. It is never too late to sign up.


We are offering a FREE pass to everyone to come and try out a Donald Watts Basketball class and a Cassidy Gray soccer class. FREE! This is a great opportunity for every student! I feel it is very important for every child to participate in some athletic team setting. It is great for your body and your mind. It teaches teamwork, commitment, cooperation, skills, working as a unit, and how to win as well as lose.

Please contact Donald Watts and Cassidy Gray by the end of April to schedule your FREE class!


Exciting news – Donald Watts is back by popular demand to lead Watts Basketball Classes at Villa Academy. Spring classes fill up fast, from the Little Dribblers (K-3rd Grade) and Future Stars (4th – 6h Grade) to All Stars (6th – 8th Grade), so register ASAP!

The Watts Way – CONFIDENCE, TEAMWORK, ENJOYMENT – are the touchstones your child will cultivate and take with them through life.  They’ll learn the best about the game and, most importantly, themselves! During the eight week course, professional coaches work closely with each student to nurture a sense of game intelligence while building character, confidence, sportsmanship and other lifelong skills that stick beyond the basketball court.

“Watts paved the way for a lot of us in the community…The hard work Donald puts in the community and on the court rubs off on people, its a blessing…”  – Nate Robinson (University of Washington, Denver Nuggets)

HURRY! Classes begin soon, so please register today. Questions? Call (206) 467-1383 or email the team at



Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you all.

- Cope Miller 604-4347



Dear Friends & Colleagues,

As you may be aware, there has been a significant breach of security impacting the Archdiocese of Seattle, affecting thousands of current and former employees and volunteers.  As of this writing, approximately twenty current and former faculty or staff members of Villa Academy have had fraudulent tax returns filed using their name, Social Security Number and other personal information along with at least six Villa volunteers.  It appears – though this point has not been confirmed by the Archdiocese — that this information may have been gleaned from records associated with the criminal background checks that are required for all faculty, staff and volunteers working in a Catholic school or parish in Western Washington.  Villa Academy is a Level-II Catholic school, which means that we’re not directly associated with a parish and operate independent of the Archdiocese.  We do, however, follow the Archdiocesan protocols related to the mandatory criminal background checks of employees and volunteers.  This is how, I believe, Villa Academy’s faculty, staff and families may have been exposed, though, again, this has not been confirmed.

I received a letter from Seattle Archbishop Sartain; in his letter he assured area pastors and school principals that “we [the Archdiocese] are doing all in our power to get to the bottom of [this issue] with the assistance of experts and law enforcement.  The security of your personal information is of great importance to us and this serious situation causes deep concern for everyone.  We will continue to investigate every possible angle with the best resources available.”  

I understand how frustrating and concerning this situation is; I’ve spoken with dozens of colleagues and parents over the last week and have answered numerous emails and phone calls. I wish I could provide an easy answer that would “fix” the problem — unfortunately, I can’t.  My best counsel is to visit the Seattle Archdiocesan website and follow the instructions listed there.  Also, please regularly re-check the website for updated information and advice. 

As I learn more, I’ll certainly share that information with you… Stay tuned…


John K. Milroy

Head of School

The Weekly – March 14, 2014

Congratulations, Villa Academy, on a beautiful, memorable, and record-setting auction!  We raised a total of $437,538. Thank you to all of our attendees, supporters, sponsors, and volunteers!

Not only is the Magic+Mischief auction a record-breaker, but so is our Fund-a-Need!  We are over $161,000 and counting! If you haven’t yet donated to Working our Way to the Water, there’s still time. Remember, your FAN gifts can be matched by your employer. Donate online. And if you haven’t yet seen the FAN video with all those cool vintage photos of Villa, you can watch it here.

Please take a few minutes to complete our Auction Survey. We appreciate your feedback!

You can pick up your auction items from Francesca Rogers on the 2nd floor of the convent across the breezeway. Pick up will be more efficient for you if you contact her ahead of time.

You’ll definitely want to check out the fun shots from the auction Photo Booth. Any photo is available for you to download at no cost.  Just open the photo in a new window, right click and make your selection.


Please review the emails sent to you this week from John Milroy regarding the URGENT tax fraud notice. Many employees, parents, and volunteers in the Archdiocese – including some at Villa – have been affected and the problem seems to be growing. We strongly encourage each of you to VISIT THE ARCHDIOCESE WEBSITE. Just look for the RED BUTTON labeled IRS Tax Fraud Scam.


Please register ASAP!

Please register ASAP for fall CYO soccer.

Also, Cassidy is available for group or private clinics now and has camps planned through out August to get ready for the season. Contact Cassidy at 1-360-441-2977.

After school classes at Villa Academy at 2:15 and 3:30 every Wednesday. Through March we will be offering semi-private (no bigger than 4) and small groups (no bigger than 8 ) from 5- 8:30 on Wednesdays and 4:30- 8:30 on Fridays by appointment. Looking ahead to April we have additional days becoming available but they are already filling up fast. Register at


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.


The Villa community is invited to join the 8th Annual Catholic Africans Connection Conference on Saturday, March 22. Please see the flyer for more information.


It’s time for our spring special order for duffel bags and personalized sweatshirts for middle school. This will be your last chance this year to order these items. The due date for ordering is Wednesday April 16th. All forms need to be completed and turned into the office no later than this date as the order will be placed the following day. You can find the order forms online or in the main office.

Have you seen all the Villa pride walking the school lately in the form of Villa Socks? Did you know they are approved uniform wear? What’s that….you don’t have any socks yet? You are in luck, we have plenty left to fill your orders. Fill out the spirit order form and pick them up in the main office just a few days later.

It will be time to purge the Lost & Found closet soon! There are many great items still in the closet found in the Fall. We will be purging the closet by the end of March, please come check before then. This is also a good time to remind everyone to label your students’ clothing, bags, lunchboxes, water bottles, and anything else they bring to school. (If your students change clothes at school for any reason, please label every piece of their clothing they plan to change in and out of.) It really helps us identify found items quickly – and as you already know, we the volunteers deliver found items to the classrooms free of charge! Questions: email Tonya Shum.


It is time to order your child’s yearbook for the 2013-2014 school year. Production is well underway and this year’s book promises to be a special keepsake for your family. The cost per book is $39.00. You may order as many copies as you wish for students in Preschool through Grade 7***. Scholarships for books are available upon request. Contact Angela Dugan for more information.

***GRADE 8 PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: Your Grade 8 student will receive a yearbook for Graduation. Unless you are ordering a second copy for someone, DO NOT order a yearbook for your graduate.

Please complete the ONLINE FORM no later than Wednesday, March 26th. Orders received after the deadline WILL NOT be processed as the publisher has set a firm deadline for receiving notification of our total order. As in the past, yearbooks will be billed directly to your student account. The amount will be invoiced with your April 2014 Statement. Please DO NOT send checks or money after submitting this form.

If you choose not to order a book for your family, please indicate this by marking the appropriate line below. We want to be sure we do not miss any orders and will be sending reminders to families who do not submit a form.

Please contact Karen Jones with any questions.


5001 NE 50th Street, Seattle, WA, 98105

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