TAX FRAUD NOTICE

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…

Sincerely,

John K. Milroy

Head of School




The Weekly – March 14, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS!
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!

IT’S OFFICIAL…
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.

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

AUCTION ITEM PICK UP
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.

PHOTO BOOTH
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.

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URGENT TAX FRAUD NOTICE
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.

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COPE MILLER’S VIKING SPORTS UPDATE
TRACK
Please register ASAP!

SOCCER
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.

WATTS BASKETBALL
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 www.wattsbasketball.com.

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ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER: 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.

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8TH ANNUAL CATHOLIC AFRICANS CONNECTION CONFERENCE
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.

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SPIRIT STORE SPRING ORDER
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.

LOST & FOUND NEWS
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.

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YEARBOOK ORDERS
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.

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VILLA ACADEMY
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!

Sincerely,

John K. Milroy
Head of School




The Weekly – March 7, 2014

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME MAGIC+MISCHIEF?

TICK TOCK!
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.

DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT…
Your mask!
Your WHITE auction catalog!
Your dancing shoes…the after party will be something very special!

THE FAIRMONT OLYMPIC HOTEL
411 University Street
Map & Directions
206.621.1700

TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
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

AUCTION NIGHT PURCHASES
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.

WORKING OUR WAY TO THE WATER
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.

RAFFLES
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.

PLAY HEADS & TAILS
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.

ITEM OF THE WEEK: OLD CHASER FARM DINNER FOR TEN
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

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YEARBOOK ORDERS
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.

 

BLANCHET ART LESSON
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!

 

 

VILLA ACADEMY
5001 NE 50th Street, Seattle, WA, 98105

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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!