Villa Academy Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Thank You Notes
Due date for Notes: Friday, April 8, 2011
Each year the Villa Parent Association prepares a heartfelt appreciation luncheon in celebration of Villa’s fabulous teachers and staff. This year the luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 13 during conferences. At the luncheon we present each faculty and staff member with a decorative bag containing appreciation notes written by Villa parents and students. Many have commented that the thank you notes are the best part of the day!
All forms of expression of “appreciation” are welcomed and encouraged!
- Children’s drawings
- Student or parent written thank you notes (they need not be lengthy)
- Other wonderful, original ideas (just need to fit in the bags)
- It is the thought that counts!
- Remember notes for members of the non-teaching staff who work hard behind the scenes helping the school to run smoothly.
- Click HERE for a list of our Faculty and Staff for a convenient reference.
- Put the recipient’s name on the outside of the envelope so we can sort the envelopes quickly and accurately.
- Drop your notes (which we will collect daily) in the decorated box in the Parent Lounge or send them via KidMail (Erik J. 8A) so we have time to sort them and prepare the individual gift bags.
Thank you for taking the time to make the Villa Academy Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon a huge success!
Questions? Please contact me:
206 484 4823
The Green Team made international environmental news! This article was just published on the National Wildlife Federation’s web site. The Green Team is now an official Eco-Action team, part of NWF’s Eco-schools USA program, and Villa will soon be a certified Eco-school.
The Green Team has even more to celebrate . . . .
Next week, the Green Team will begin the layout and construction of Villa’s first ever outdoor classroom. It will be located just outside the main (west) entrance to the school on the slope surrounded by old growth fir and cedar trees. Much of the materials for this classroom will be purchased with the help of a parent association grant award.
Thanks to the hard work of the Green Team students, the 5th-8th grade student lunchroom waste monitors, the Villa facilities department and cooking staff, and Lisa (a volunteer parent of a 6th grade student), Villa Academy will also be a certified Washington Green School. Soon, we will have a bright green flag to show off in our lunchroom.
Mark Your Calendar: Two outstanding speakers are coming to Meridian in March!
“The Young and the Restless: Social Lives of Our Children.”
On Thursday, March 17, Julie Metzger, pediatric nurse, writer, and educator, will present “The Young and the Restless: Social Lives of Our Children.” Julie has spoken previously at Meridian and approaches the sometimes-bewildering stages of parenting with humor and insight. She will discuss ways to help children communicate effectively and build healthy relationships, including myths about bullying, differences in how girls and boys approach socially stressful situations, and parents’ roles in their children’s social development. The talk will be held in the Good Shepherd Center Chapel, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Meridian Parent Association.
“Reel Diversity: Understanding Multicultural Literacy”
On Wednesday, March 30, Brian C. Johnson, a nationally recognized speaker, author and educator, will present “Reel Diversity: Understanding Multicultural Literacy”. Mr. Johnson will discuss how to help children critically evaluate the media surrounding them-especially Hollywood film-and how movies impact how we think about ourselves and those who are different than us. Mr. Johnson will explore strategies for parents and teachers of elementary school students to have deeper and more meaningful discussions about diversity and social justice through the medium of mainstream Hollywood movies. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Brian is the author of We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training (2009) and co-author of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook (2008). Please RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/howtohelp
The Villa Girl Scout Troop will be out again in full force this weekend if families would like to plan on picking up some cookies with their grocery shopping. The troop is also accepting donations of cookies for Operation Cookie Drop and the University District Food Bank.
Friday,March 4, Wedgwood QFC 4-6pm
Saturday, March 5, Wedgwood QFC 12-2 and U Village QFC 2-4
Sunday, March 6, U Village Courtyard 1-3 and Met Market 2-4
Many thanks to all who stopped by and bought some cookies last weekend.
Julie Metzger and Rob Lehman are leading two workshops at Villa Academy this week!
Mothers of Sons (For Moms of boys ages 8 to 16)
Monday, Feb 28 at 7:00pm
Known for his humor and familiarity with the adolescent and re-adolescent mindset, Rob Lehman will provide an entertaining and informative discussion for moms about parenting their sons. Sometimes mother feel confused on wheat their roles should be in steering their son in his course towards manhood. This talk covers some of the unique issues facing boys and they mature, some of the things on their minds, and strategies in building communications between a teen boy and his mom.
Dads of Daughters (For Dads of girls ages 8 to 16)
Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00pm
Known for her humor and familiarity with the adolescent and pre-adolescent mindset, Julie will provide an entertaining and informative discussion for dads about parenting their daughters. There is nothing quite like being a dad of a daughter – sometimes as our girls get older, they become more of a mystery. This talk explores how dads can remain close to their daughters while balancing our hopes for their lives with their passions and priorities in mind also strategies to promote understanding.
Ultimate Frisbee practices start the week of March 7! Not Registered yet? Hurry!
Registration Closes on March 1, 2011.
Ultimate Frisbee 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 extrememly fun and high-energy game. Ultimate is open to all 6th – 8th grade students at Villa. No experience is necessary to join.
2011 afternoon practices and game schedule:
6th grade boys Monday (3:30 - 4:45) and Wednesday (5:00 - 6:15)
7th grade boys Tuesdays (5:00 - 6:15) and Thursdays (5:00 - 6:15)
8th grade boys Mondays (5:00 - 6:15) and Thursdays (3:30 - 4:45)
MS girls Tuesdays (3:30 - 4:45)
Games will be on Friday between 4:00 and 8:00pm on the Magnuson turf fields OR will take the place of a normally scheduled practice on the Villa field.
Any parents interseted in helping with Ultimate at Villa should contact Roger Crafts for information as soon as possible.
Ms. Holloway’s P4 dragon dancers paraded from their classroom, on the first floor of the convent, to the library on the 4th floor of Villa’s main building. The preschoolers made a quick stop in Ms. Purn’s 2nd grade classroom to perform their dragon puppet dance. The 2nd grade has also been studying Chinese New Year and was happy to be part of the audience.