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.
GET YOUR AUCTION TICKETS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
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!
HAVE AN AUCTION ITEM TO DROP OFF?
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!
ITEM OF THE WEEK: PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ AT BOSTON’S FENWAY PARK!
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.
STUDENTS TOPPED THE TOWER!
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!
NEIGHBORHOOD COURTESY REMINDER
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.