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

The Weekly – March 7, 2014


The fun and festivities began at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Remember, it’s Friday night rush hour so allow plenty of time to get downtown.

Your mask!
Your WHITE auction catalog!
Your dancing shoes…the after party will be something very special!

411 University Street
Map & Directions

Please consider a cab or Uber. Relax, while someone else fights the traffic on your way to the auction and stay safe on your way home.


Valet Parking at the Fairmont Olympic (enter on University St.)
4-5 hours: $32
5+ hours: $47

Olympic Garage, 415 Seneca St. (corner of 5th and Seneca)
4-6 hours: $25
6+ hours: $28
Overnight: $37

We will accept Visa/MasterCard or personal check only. We cannot accept any card with a March 2014 expiration date. Save time with “Quick Check” by providing your credit card information at Registration.

You’ve heard all about it. You’ll make it possible. Please raise your bid cards tonight. For those unable to attend the auction, you can support Working Our Way to the Water here.

There will be two raffles: Win a $5000 Auction Credit or a Louis Vuitton Carryall with $500 to spend! Tickets for each auction are $100 and will be available to purchase before we are seated for dinner.

You can make a $10 bet turn into nearly $3,000 with a few flips of a coin! Be sure to hold up your bid card before the game starts if you do NOT want to participate, then the fun begins. Hold your head or your tail as Auctioneer extraordinaire, John Curley, flips a coin to see who sits down, and who advances to the next round. The Heads and Tails winner must spend their winnings at the auction.

After a peaceful and transforming ferry ride to Vashon Island you will enjoy a tour of this beautiful, organic farm. Next, you’ll be treated to an amazing meal prepared by James Beard Award winning Chef Matthew Dillon. The multi-course dinner will be designed around locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, Matt’s remarkable vision, and a perfectly selected wine flight. Following dessert, sip schnapps by the fire in the library, wander the farm, enjoy the patio garden, or learn about that secret ingredient in your favorite dish.

Last year’s winning bidder said, “Our evening at Old Chaser Farm could only be described as extraordinary in such a way that we felt removed from everyday life. Don’t miss this opportunity!”

Thank you…Bar Ferd’nand, Matthew Dillon, Christopher & Jennifer Roberts, and The Corson Building



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.


The Blanchet High School Arts Department welcomes 7th and 8th grade middle school students to a costumed fgure drawing invitational on Wednesday, March 12th, 4-6 p.m. No previous drawing experience required. Art instructor, Margaret Newcomb, will provide direction. The lesson is free, and all materials will be provided. Each middle school student will take home a frame-worthy true work of art! To reserve your student’s spot, please RSVP Margaret Newcomb. Include the young artist’s name, grade, and school. Come express your creativity at BBHS!



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Villa Forts: More Than “Just” Child’s Play

What’s with all the forts?

What occurs in the orchard each day is more than “JUST” child’s play.

It begins with a desire inherent in most every kid to establish a “special place”…those forts and tree houses, closets and nooks of childhood where we escape with our favorite book, a best friend, or even just our imagination. That simple want, say to build a fort, becomes far more complex in a school setting where there are dozens of others who share the desire. A remarkable process thus unfolds: one that David Sobel describes as children reliving the history of the human race:

“They create primitive shelters, form tribes, battle over resources, learn to barter, create legal systems, invent currency, learn to monitor their own behavior, recognize the impact of the built environment on the natural environment, learn to restore changed ecosystems.”

Indeed, that is exactly what our staff and faculty witness throughout the year as we observe children engaged in fort building.

As a whole, the opportunity for this kind of learning through play is quickly vanishing.

A lack of open, “wild” spaces, safety concerns, and a achievement oriented culture that doesn’t value play, keeps kids mostly indoors or in structured outdoor activities.

Fortunately, Villa and this beautiful campus provide students with opportunities that most kids don’t have. This year’s Fund-a-Need offers an exceptional chance to provide them with even more sacred “unplugged” space to explore, create and experiment. Learn more about Working Our Way to the Water by visiting our FAN webpage here.

Villa Ventures Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Your child is certain to find fun, education, and inspiration during the 2014 Villa Ventures summer camp at Villa Academy! Carefully designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures offers weeklong morning and afternoon classes with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. We recognize, as a summer camp, fun is paramount, but we also believe the best camp experiences involve exploration of new frontiers of learning. We offer a variety of classes, including visual and performing arts, sports, science, languages, as well as special interest topics such as animation and cooking. If you sign up for both AM and PM camps, lunch supervision and afternoon camp check-in is included.

Registration is now through the Active Network so you will need to set up a new account with your email. Receive an early bird discount of $25 if you register by Friday, February 28th! Simply enter the Coupon Code, VILLANOW, when you checkout.

Click here to see course descriptions and to register.

See you this summer!

The Weekly February 7, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Fund-A-Need

Villa Academy offers our students something no other school can: a magnificent campus that abounds with whole-child learning opportunities. Along with the lawns, orchard and majestic trees, our grounds include a 20-acre undeveloped parcel of land leading
to 600 feet of Lake Washington shoreline. This year’s Auction Fund-a-Need, Working our Way to the Water, offers an exceptional chance to engage kids in hands-on, experiential learning. Starting “at the top” and working our way down, components include:

The Greenhouse: a 12X12 polycarbonate professional-grade greenhouse will be installed, complete with hardscaping, near the organic garden. From preschool gardening, to 1st grade insect study, to 3rd grade’s Life Lab science program, to increased sustainable gardening by Villa’s Green Team, the Greenhouse will truly facilitate learning in many ways.

The Restoration: Villa will develop a long-term partnership with EarthCorps, (think PeaceCorps for the environment) who will GIS-map our undeveloped property, and conduct an ecological assessment. Our woodlands are a true habitat for birds, animals, and plants, but the trails are degraded, invasive species are choking native growth, and the wetlands are unprotected. EarthCorps will provide a phase-one Restoration Action Plan to guide work from the top edge of the woods to the grotto. Students will actively engage with EarthCorps volunteers (who are emerging environmental leaders from over 60 countries) in numerous restoration and educational activities during school. Trails will be improved so that students of all ages and their teachers have improved access. We’ll kick off The Restoration with a herd of hungry goats, who just love to eat blackberry vines!

The Grotto 2.0: Built over 70 years ago, the Villa Grotto is in a woeful state
of disrepair and requires rebuilding by expert stoneworkers skilled in “dry-stacking.”
Once the grotto – part of our historic and spiritual tradition – is rebuilt, imagine
the possibilities for quiet reflection, circle or story time, and class retreats.

We can’t do it without you! Serving all our students, your Auction Fund-a-Need Gift
will bring their learning to life in a massive outdoor science lab and living classroom;
will nourish their spirits in sacred “unplugged” space; will enliven their inherent
desire to explore, create, and experiment. And finally, your participation paves
the way for future possibilities as we continue Working our Way to the Water.


[RE]Enrollment Week is February 10 – 14 and it’s your chance to win big! Next year’s enrollment contracts were mailed today. Simply return yours by Valentine’s Day and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win your enrollment deposit back (one child only)! Contracts can be mailed or dropped off in the office. For your convenience, you can also pay your deposit online.


This will certainly be a night to remember! An event you don’t want to miss! Join
us in the Spanish Ballroom at the magnificent Fairmont Olympic Hotel for cocktails,
incredible auction items, elegant food, a fabulous Fund-A-Need, a rocking after
party, special prizes and good friends! Purchase your tickets online today!


Please bring to Francesca’s office in the convent or leave in the front office with
a note to Francesca’s attention and your name. You may also contact Francesca to
arrange a specific time to bring an item in. Thank you so much!


You’ll spend four days exploring all that Boston has to offer then unwind each evening
in your deluxe club level room at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. The
highlight of your trip will surely be four club level seats to historic Fenway
Park on August 23, 2014 to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners.
Your spot in the State Street Pavilion Club features a spectacular view of the
game and in-seat dining service.

Thank you…Kate & Chris Allen, Joshua Buckler & Molly Carlson, Mike & Catherine
Bursiek, Stead & Kendall Burwell, Lisa & Ethan Caldwell, Fay & Sean Chi, Tamara
Colagrossi & Bent Turner, Jill & Sean Cunningham, Brian Dewey & Molly Brown, Patrick
& Heidi Evatt, Christina & Mark Fitzpatrick, Pamela & Eric French, Benjamin & Lia
Halasz, Beth Koehler, Claudine & Kean Lawlor, Ann LoGerfo & Greg Landis, Ray & Nicole
McKinley, Brad & Erika Merlino, Frank & Margarita Morrow, Heather & Steve Murch,
Kathy & Ted Perkins, Christopher Landman & Julia Sommerfeld, Kathy & Chris Nielsen,
Jennifer & Robert Peyree, Tim & Jennifer Porter, Michael & Marion Richards, Brade
& Amy Scelfo, Gilliat & Lisa Schroeder, Tonya & Kai-Hon Shum, Jennifer & Nicholas
Seibert, Tim & Julie Smith, Kelli Smith-Bailey & Christie Smith, Alex Veress & Christine
Logar, Amy & Dan Waltson, Zarah & Jeffrey Wellhausen, Marie Farrelly & Jeremy Griffin.


Join us on February 11 at 7 p.m. in Villa’s Rainbow Theater when Laura Kastner,
nationally recognized child development specialist, will speak about her latest
book, Wise-Minded Parenting: Seven Essentials for Raising Successful Children. This
is truly a “must see” event! World renowned author and therapist, John Gottman,
of the Gottman Institute, said of Wise-Minded Parenting: “This is a great book -
a must read for all parents.” Kastner is a UW Professor and author of four parenting
books. She has appeared on The Today Show and the McNeil/Lehrer news hour and has
been a keynote speaker in hundreds of settings.


Thank you to our students who brought donations to mass last Friday during Catholic
Schools Week. We collected over 400 items and topped tower, breaking our previous
record! As a reward students will have Free Dress next Friday, February 14!


Please remember 51st Ave NE to the South of campus is for exiting traffic only.
Parking on the street is limited and there is no turn around room. Please do not
park and block the our neighbors’ driveways…even if you think it’ll be OK for
a few minutes! Thank you.


The Villa Ultimate Frisbee season is almost upon us! This is an exciting, non-contact
team sport, played by thousands of men and women the world over. It mixes the best
features of sports such as soccer, basketball, and football into an extremely fun
and high-energy game. Ultimate is open to all 6th – 8th grade students at Villa.
No experience is necessary to join. The basic practice schedule is below. Games
will normally take place during practice slots, but may also be at other times.
Practices start in mid-March, and the season runs through the end of May. Registration
will begin on February 14. The deadline to registers is February 28.

6th Boys: Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm Fridays 3:30-4:45 pm
7th Boys: Mondays – 5:30-6:30 pm Fridays 5:00-6:15 pm
8th Boys: Mondays – 4:30-5:30 pm; Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
MS girls: Mondays and Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm

Email Roger Crafts with questions.


The Weekly – January 31, 2014




All roads lead to Rome! You and up to 6 friends or family members will stay at the UW Rome Center Penthouse Apartment, located in the heart of Rome’s historic district. This is a great trip for a family (or 2 families!), or could be a great vacation for your parents or in-laws. Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe…the rich history and culture, stunning ancient ruins, and majestic monuments surround you. It is also a modern city and you will savor the finest foods, in the most charming of restaurants. You will feel like a local in your spacious penthouse featuring a furnished terrace overlooking Campo de’ Fiori, an open market, as well as panoramic views of the Eternal City. There are two bedrooms, two full baths, living room and a fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include a washing machine, dishwasher, TV/DVD player, cell phone for guest use, and unlimited high speed internet.

This trip includes two $600 United Airlines vouchers. The dates of travel are May 24th-May 30th. May is the perfect month to travel in Rome, as the temperatures are mild and the crowds are at a minimum.

Thank you…Jim Rogers & Christine Ingebritsen, Phil & Anne Kennedy, Randy & Meg Bannecker, Kathy & Ted Perkins, Michelle & David Rudd, Gretchen & John Hollett, Lisa & Ethan Caldwell


We would love to add you to our list of on-call volunteers for the month of February. We will be having a few work sessions throughout the month to get everything ready and would love to add you to our list of volunteers. Email Alexa if you are interested and she will contact you with more information. THANK YOU!!!!! It takes a village to pull this event off and it is going to be great! -Alexa


Enrollment Week is right around the corner! Contracts for next year will be in the mail on February 7th. It will be a quick turn around this year with contracts due on Valentine’s Day! If you are interested in receiving financial assistance please call Angela Dugan at 206-729-0219 ext.260. The financial aid deadline is Thursday, February 6th.


The 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team has made the playoffs! Let’s cheer them on tomorrow (Saturday, Feb 1) at 9 a.m. at Holy Rosary Edmonds as they take on the winner of the St. Anthony/OLF game. GO VIKINGS!! Baseball, tennis and golf registration is now open. For more details, including last weekend’s results, read the complete Cope Miller’s Sports Update right here!


Join us on February 11 at 7 p.m. in Villa’s Rainbow Theater when Laura Kastner, nationally recognized child development specialist, will speak about her latest book, Wise-Minded Parenting: Seven Essentials for Raising Successful Children. This is truly a “must see” event! World renowned author and therapist, John Gottman, of the Gottman Institute, said of Wise-Minded Parenting: “This is a great book – a must read for all parents.” Kastner is a UW Professor and author of four parenting books. She has appeared on The Today Show and the McNeil/Lehrer news hour and has been a keynote speaker in hundreds of settings.


Your child will LOVE the 2014 Villa Ventures summer camp, June 30-July 25 at Villa Academy! Designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures offers weeklong morning and afternoon classes with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. We recognize that, as a summer camp, fun is paramount, but also that the most memorable childhood experiences involve exploration of new frontiers of learning. We offer a variety of classes, including visual and performing arts, sports, science, as well as special interest topics such as animation and cooking. The courses are led by Villa’s exceptional faculty, as well as experienced professionals from the community. The instructors have the opportunity to teach subjects they love, so they guide the students with special dedication, enthusiasm, and knowledge that extends far beyond the pages of a textbook. Come join us this summer! Registration opens Friday, February 14th on the Villa website.

Cope Miller’s Sports Update

Registration is due by February 7th. Last year our 7th/8th grade team joined the CYO league and came up one run shy of winning the championship! We’ll have another strong team this season and we’re also looking to add a 5th/6th grade team. Contact Athletic Director Cope Miller with any questions (604-4347).

Congratulations to our 8th Grade Boys who have made the basketball playoffs! Come cheer them on tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Holy Rosary School in Edmonds where they will take on the winner of the St. Anthony/OLF game.

We are still looking for a large number of soccer jerseys to be handed in. Please take a look at home.


Dates: February 13-April 3
Class meets Thursdays from 3:20-4:20.
Cost: $130 for 8 weeks, $240 for both golf and tennis

TGA Premier Youth Tennis is bringing the tennis court to Villa Academy! TGA, in national partnership with the United States Tennis Association, co-designed a tennis enrichment program that focuses on athletic, academic and character development for children. The TGA curriculum uses tennis equipment that is modified to be size appropriate and safe, so we can turn the school gym into a tennis court. In addition to professional tennis instruction, your child will take part in a combination of physical fitness for health benefits and academics such as math, science, language and social studies for educational development. Every class focuses on social interaction, developing positive character traits and most importantly having fun! TGA’s mission is to empower our students with the tools to be successful on the tennis court and in life.

Dates: February 14-April 4
Class meets Fridays from 3:20-4:20.
Cost: $130 for 8 weeks, $240 for both golf and tennis

TGA Premier Junior Golf brings the golf course to Villa Academy! Our national, award winning, 5 level program is specially designed for children and builds upon the educational concepts they are learning in the class room. Fun comes first in every TGA class, but our curriculum also focuses on instilling self-confidence and life values through professional golf instruction. Students learn the fundamentals, etiquette and rules of the game. Best of all, we provide all the equipment and training materials so children of all skill levels have the chance to come out and tee it up with TGA!

Register online. Questions? Contact Brad Kirkpatrick or 206-355-3494.

Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26
8th Girls 19 – St. Anne 41
8th Boys 37 – ASB 20
7th Girls 11 – St. Paul 29
7th Boys 51 – St. John/St. Al 37
6th Girls  8 –  St. John/St. Al 23
6th Boys 22 – St. Anne 40
5th Girls 18 – SCDS 6
5th Boys 20 – St. Anne 24

Saturday, February 1

8th Boys vs St. Anthony or OLF, 9 a.m. at Holy Rosary Edmonds