Last Saturday night’s Auction, held at Seattle’s historic Arctic Club, had a Great Gatsby theme – and it certainly lived up to the hype! The guys in their black ties and the dolls in their flapper dresses and cloche hats had a roaring good time – all to benefit VIlla Academy. Auction 2013 was one of the most successful Villa Auctions in recent memory and, on behalf of my colleagues on the faculty and staff,
Thanks to all who attended, sponsored, contributed, or procured auction items and worked on this great event! Many thanks go especially to Jennifer Roberts, our Auction Chair (and flapper-extraordinaire), and her “army” of volunteers that put in hundreds of hours over the last year to make the Auction a tremendous success. I offer a special thank you, also, to my colleague, Marcie Cheung, our Development Events Coordinator, for all that she did to make this event special…Well Done, All!
Although we’re still counting all the coins, it appears that we’ve grossed over $340,000 for Villa Academy – including over $77,000 toward our School Security Fund-A-Need with additional contributions still being received and processed. For those who’d still like to support the Fund-A-Need, you can do so at: Fund-A-Need 2013.
Finally, if you’d like to see proof that the Villa Auction 2013 was a “blast,” checkout these pictures from the photo booth: Auction 2013. If you’d like a copy of one or more pictures from the photo booth, just “click” here: Photo-Booth – Auction 2013.
What a great event…Thanks everyone!
John K. Milroy
Head of School
As many of you know, last year, Villa Academy’s preschool raised over $1000 for Wuqu’ Kawoq Maya Health Alliance to help two-year-old twin boys, Juan and Juan in Guatemala. Recently, the preschool class received a video update from Wuqu’ Kawoq’s Medical Director, Dr. Peter Rohloff. The young boys were severely malnourished and had a number of medical issues when Dr. Peter (as he is known to the preschoolers) first met them a year ago. ”They are much better now thanks in part to all of the money you were able to raise for them,” Dr. Peter reported, “and their mother, in particular, is very, very grateful for everything that you did to help them out.”
Continuing their Coins for a Cause community service project, the preschool is currently collecting money for another Guatemalan child, Levi. Just a few months old, Levi was born with congenital deformities of his hands and feet. Additionally, he is severely malnourished. Levi’s overall health needs to improve before doctors can begin the multiple operations required to repair his deformities. Dr. Peter thanked the preschoolers in advance for their efforts: “Funds raised will provide Levi with the milk, food, and vitamins he needs to get stronger.” Preschoolers are especially excited their coins will help with one of the surgeries to restore full use of Levi’s hands and feet. ”My kids were very touched to give for that reason alone as they wanted baby Levi to be able to hold his toys and run and play like they do,” said preschool teacher Sara Olson.
Coins for a Cause, which will run through March 28, also provides students the opportunity to learn about Guatemalan culture and geography. This will include a short lesson in Kaqchikel, one of the Mayan languages, an introduction to quetzal birds and howler monkeys, as well as a glimpse into the village where Levi lives.
Contributions to the preschoolers’ Coins for a Cause may be made directly at http://www.wuqukawoq.org/levi.
Sports and activities are really rolling right now.
Basketball – We offer clinics all week long with Watts Basketball. Just go to Watts Basketball and sign up for the time that works for you and your friends.
Tennis and Golf got off to a great start last week with over 30 kids signed up and swinging a club or racquet. If you missed this session, look for the next session starting in late April.
Volleyball has started and we are competing very well and have 5 teams in four grades.
Baseball is gearing up to start play in the 7-8th grade league on March 17th for the first time in over 6 years.
Track registration forms are in the office and here online. Forms are due April 26th.
Barbara Bennett, M.A., Educational Therapist/Educational Consultant, discusses up-to-date scientific theories about learning disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD. These theories are based upon almost a century of solid research and effective intervention techniques. Barbara Bennett, who trained with key national figures in both dyslexia and ADHD, presents the reasons for a comprehensive evaluation and for an individualized treatment model that works. What is the role of accommodation in the process of skill acquisition? Can your child truly be an independent, functional student who can read, write, spell, do math, think, problem-solve, speak articulately – and turn his or her work in on time?
Ms. Bennett, who served on the WA Branch board of IDA (International Dyslexia Association), is a life-long IDA member. A co-founder of Eastside CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), she co-facilitates its monthly meetings.
Childcare will not be provided.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and invite your friends.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Villa Academy – 5001 NE 50th Street
This event is for parents with children of all ages.
This year’s book is sure to be something special! Don’t miss out! Please see the Yearbook Order Form for detailed information.
ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20!
**Remember, 8th Grade students will receive a yearbook for Graduation. Unless you are ordering a second copy for someone, DO NOT order a yearbook for your graduate.
A reminder that re-enrollment agreements and deposits are due Monday, March 4th. If your plans have changed for the 2013-14 academic year, please email Christa Callanan, Admission Director, immediately.
Financial Aid Tax Forms Due
If you plan to apply for Financial Assistance for the 2013-14 academic year, please remember that your 2012 tax documents are due on Thursday, March 7th. Please drop them at the main office, the admission office, or upload them to your Parent Financial Statement. It isn’t too late to apply for Financial Assistance for the next academic year. Contact the Admission Office with questions.
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.