Mothers of Sons & Dads of Daughters

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 Coming Soon!

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.

P4 Dragon Parade

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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.

Villa Partners with UW Landscape Architecture Students

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Students in the University of Washington Landscape Architecture program have selected the spacious grounds at Villa AcademyPicture 3 for a case study project. This partnership provides UW students with the opportunity for practical application of  their studies and gives the Villa Academy Building and Grounds Committee well developed suggestions for campus improvements.

The discipline of landscape architecture is focused on the creation of urban open-space and development that meets the aspirations and needs of human, wildlife, and other biological processes on earth.

As part of the initial research, UW students met with Villa’s middle school Green Team. The Green Team offered guided tours of campus as well as their thoughts and ideas surrounding future campus development. Watch Video.

Last week, the Landscape Architecture class presented spatial and programmatic ideas to the Villa Building and Grounds Committee.  There are four student teams, each with a different vision for the future development of Villa’s campus.

All of the groups IMG_2147addressed traffic and pedestrian challenges and looked for ways to improve  the busy flow at drop-off and pick-up times.  Many of the teams had exciting suggestions for ways to integrate outdoor learning. Designs for outdoor classrooms, amphitheaters, sensory gardens, agricultural areas, and space for students to practice environmental stewardship were illustrated on large presentation posters on every wall of the classroom.

An architectural model of the Villa Academy campus was the center piece of the room, reminding us all of the amazing resource we are fortunate to be working with.

Visit by Author Jon Scieszka

Author Jon Scieszka will visit Villa on March 9th

Jon Scieszka will be sharing his writing experience and introducing his latest chapter book with 2nd through 5th graders on Wednesday, March 9th at 12:45.  Mr. Scieszka is a well known author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  His story, The Stinky Cheese Man, won a Caldecott Honor Medal. His books include:

  • Knucklehead
  • Science Verse
  • Math Curse
  • Cowboy and Octopus
  • The Time Warp Trio Series
  • His latest works are the picture book call Truckery Rhymes and 2 chapter books called Spaceheadz Book 1 and Book 2.

Mr. Scieszka’s visit is sponsored by Secret Garden Bookstore and the store will have copies of his books for sale. Watch for a Secret Garden book order flyer coming home with your child the week of March 1.

Girl Scout Cookie Season has arrived.

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Troop 43672 unloaded hundreds of boxes of cookies on Saturday (at a top secret warehouse!) to be sold in the upcoming cookie sale. Members of the troop will be out selling cookies at local stores for three weekends starting February 26th.

The troop will take donated cookies to the University District Food Bank and Operation Cookie Drop for members of the military.

You can find Villa girls at

Wedgewood QFC: Sat, Feb 26th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Safeway: Sun, Feb 27th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Wedgewood QFC: Sun, Feb 27th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Met Market: Sat, Feb 26th,  4:00 – 6:00pm

Mountain School

Mountain SchoolThis spring, Villa sixth graders will venture into the North Cascades to participate in a field science study offered by the North Cascades Institute.

At Mountain School, students are introduced to field science and research skills by investigating the habitat  potential of the forest community surrounding the Learning Center for carnivores such  as the fisher, pine marten, lynx and wolverine, endangered forest dwellers. Students are taught how to measure tree diversity, canopy cover, coarse woody debris and ground  cover by creating and surveying their own forest transects in small groups. They learn  the roles of forest carnivores in the ecosystem and the history of hunting and trapping  that have dramatically reduced their numbers. At the end of this program, groups analyze their data and draw conclusions regarding the potential of the Learning Center forests for regional wildlife.

Tuesday, February 15, 5:30, Rainbow Theater
Villa is hosting a representative from the North Cascades Institute for a parent/student informational meeting.