Team Gleason Coin Drive

Next week Catholic schools throughout the United States, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week. This week provides a special opportunity to recognize and celebrate the unique mission of Catholic schools: Faith. Academics. Service!

As part of this special week, Villa’s first graders will be leading a coin drive to benefit “Team Gleason”, a non-profit organization aimed at providing individuals with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and other muscular diseases with the care they need to continue to lead extraordinary lives. It also aims to raise public awareness of ALS. Villa Academy’s first-graders hope that their coin drive can assist “Team Gleason” in meeting these goals.

Steve Gleason, a native of Spokane, Washington, founded “Team Gleason.” Steve was an exceptional athlete at his Catholic high school, Gonzaga Prep, and went on to play football and baseball at Washington State University. During Steve’s years on the football team, the Cougars won the Pac-10 Conference title and went to their first Rose Bowl in 67 years. Upon graduating from college in 2000, Steve was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts and later played for the New Orleans Saints. As a special teams player, Steve may be best known for blocking a punt against the Atlanta Falcons (recovered for a Saints’ touchdown) in the Saints’ first game in the New Orleans Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. Steve retired from the Saints in 2008. In January 2011, Steve was diagnosed with ALS.

Steve has spent much of his adult life giving back to those in need – lessons he learned in Catholic schools. In 2003, he founded the “One Sweet World Foundation,” which focuses on literacy and environmentalism. Through this organization, Steve launched “Backpacks for Hope” which provided nearly $500,000 in backpacks and school supplies to Hurricane Katrina’s school age victims. Steve is also known for repeatedly growing his hair long and then donating it to “Locks of Love.”

Steve’s commitment to service exemplifies Villa Academy’s “tradition of educating compassionate hearts.” Steve was recently inducted into the Gonzaga Prep Hall of Fame, where he had this to say about his Catholic education:

“I learned what football coaches call the intangibles; the tools that really matter in life. I learned how to think for myself. I learned how to work with others. I learned how to live my life with purpose, as God intended. I learned how to listen.  I learned to be open-minded. At Prep, I learned what Jesus meant when he said, ‘You will love your neighbor as yourself.’  When I was assigned to the Vanessa Behan crisis nursery for (Junior Class) community service, what I expected to be my burden turned out to be my joy. After a semester playing with these kids who, despite their family circumstances, are able to play and dream and imagine a jungle gym right into a pirate ship and a plastic bucket of pebbles into a treasure chest, I was able to experience Jesus’ words first hand.  The friendships I found and created at Gonzaga Prep also shaped the mold for the rest of my life.”

The first-graders at Villa would like to show their support for “Team Gleason” by conducting a school-wide coin-drive and are hoping that all will support their special project. During Catholic Schools Week, Ms. McFarland’s class, along with Ms. Fisher’s class, will circulate among the school building collecting change from administrators, staff members, faculty and students. Can you help?

The Young and the Restless: The Social Lives of our Children

February 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Parlor

Julie Metzger, famous for her Children’s Hospital classes, will review the latest research on social dynamics to help kids communicate effectively and build healthy relationships to navigate such things as not getting invited to a birthday party or being teased at recess. It can be challenging in the moment to know how to help our children communicate effectively and build healthy relationships. Come hear a review of latest research on social dynamics of children and strategies for kids and parents.

This event is free, open to the public and for parents of children in 2nd through 8th grade.

Childcare will not be provided.


All Parent Education Events 2012

February Monthly Newsletter

February 2012 Newsletter as a PDF.

Caitlin’s Act of Kindness

One of Villa Academy’s own 6th graders, Caitlin Hendricks, was recognized by Seattle United, a new youth soccer club, for her top raffle ticket sales during a recent scholarship fundraiser. Perhaps more impressive was what Caitlin did with the $250 dollar prize money. Read more

We are so proud to see Caitlin model the same compassion and generosity taught by our founder, Mother Cabrini, and embraced by Villa Academy.

Way to go Caitlin!!

PreSchool Spring Conference: Sign up instructions

Villa Academy is pleased to be able to offer to our parents online conference registration. The following instructions should help get you through the online sign-up system.

Logging in

Conference sign-up will open on January 23rd and end on February 3rd.

With the username and password sent to you in the fall, launch your web browser (ie: Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) and go to the address:

Enter your username and password and click “Log me in”. If you have forgotten your password you can have it sent to the email address on record via the forgot password link on the login page. If your email address has changed, please contact the school with an updated address.

Selecting time slots

Once you are logged in, click “Villa Conferences” in the left hand navigation space to access the scheduling page.

The teachers listed will depend upon which child is selected. If you have more than one student, change students with the drop down menu and that student’s teachers will appear. Click the name of a teacher to view his or her available time slots.

To schedule a time, click the word “Available” next to the desired time. To unschedule a time, click the Parent name next to the time and you will have the option to release the time slot. Changes to your schedule cannot be done online after the sign-up cutoff of February 3rd.

As you add times, your schedule will update at the top of the screen.

For a printer friendly version of your conference schedule, click on “View/Print your family Schedule” link at the top of the screen.

That’s it! You’re scheduled!

If you have any problems, please contact us.

Volleyball registration extended

The deadline for CYO volleyball registrations has been extended to Wednesday January 25th, to account for the missed snow days last week.  All late registrations will incur a $20 late fee.  Students who have not participated in a CYO sport need to complete the Annual CYO forms in addition to the Volleyball Registration Form

CYO volleyball registration is open for girls and boys in grades 5 through 8.

Questions about registration can be directed to John Widzgowski, Villa A.D.

Navigating the Next Steps Toward Kindergarten

P4 and P5 Families are cordially invited to have coffee, treats, and conversation with Lower School Director, Jody Elsner, on either Wednesday, Jan. 25th or Friday, Jan. 27th, at 8:30 am in the parlor.

Our time together will be focused on “Navigating the Next Steps Toward Kindergarten”.

  • What does a kindergarten ready student look like at Villa?
  • How are our current preschool children prepared for kindergarten in the Villa program?
  • What do we look for in students applying to kindergarten who don’t attend our preschool?
  • What assessments does Villa use to measure kindergarten readiness, both for current preschool students and new applicants?  What do those measures show?  How are they used?
  • If Villa is a school that is child centered, and focuses on the “whole child”, how do those two values play out in this process?
  • What if I am not sure if my child is ready for kindergaten?
  • and all those other things you are wondering about!

NO need to RSVP . . . just come!