February 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Parlor
Book clubs are great motivators to actually finish a book. So, check this one out of the library and plan to finish before the end of February. Villa parents will gather in the Parlor for an evening of discussion about Richard Louv’s latest book, The Nature Principle. His first book on this subject, The Last Child in the Woods, started an international movement to reconnect children with nature. Now, Louv reaches even further with a call to action for the rest of us. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv shows us how connecting with the natural world can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; and build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies. It should be an interesting read and interesting evening talking about what we thought of it.
This event is for Villa parents.
Childcare will not be provided.
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?
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.