Dear Middle School Parents

When scheduling dances for the year last summer, we inadvertently scheduled the Villa only dance for the Friday before the auction. Ooops! I must have been flashing back to the days when the auction was off campus. In any event, we have rescheduled the Villa only dance for Friday, May 27. We realize that this is the Friday night of Memorial Weekend and recognize that some families choose to take family trips that weekend. If that is the case and your middle schooler will not be able to attend the dance, we are truly sorry. Nevertheless, with all of the activities this spring and with Easter falling so late in the year, we really had few options. One advantage of the later date for this dance is that our sixth graders will be that much older and readier to participate comfortably in the dance.

Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 27 from 7:00-10:00 for the Villa only dance. All current Villa middle schoolers are invited.

Thank you,
Pat Preib




No Bullies!

No Bully Zone

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Bullying hurts! It can’t be ignored or accepted as a natural part of Middle School. Intentionally causing harm to another person through physical, verbal or social manipulation is wrong and contrary to Villa Academy’s Cabrinian tradition of compassion. With guidance from Ms. Jenner, Villa Academy sixth graders tackle this issue in a two day anti-bully workshop – students identify the different types of bullying, discuss real life scenarios, and learn strategies to stop peer aggression.

Further Reading:

Best Friends/Worst Enemies by Michael Thompson

Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons

The bully and the bystander

BullyingInfo.org




Hi-de-ho Villa Neighbors!

FlowersToday, as part of Catholic Schools Week, we celebrate our neighborhood community!  We would like to thank our close neighbors for their support, patience and understanding with a special card and small gift, crafted by our kindergarten/eighth grade buddies and delivered by our Middle School students.

Living near a school is a joy and a challenge.  Our neighbors are the best!

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Basketball Playoffs

Villa Academy is proud to announce we have three teams in the CYO playoffs.Check the schedule below and view the playoff brackets for more information. See you at the games . . . Go Vikings!!

7th grade girls Basketball Playoffs
Location:  St. Anthony (Renton)
Date:  Sunday, 2/6
Time:  2:30 pm
Opponent:  Guadalupe

8th grade girls
Location:  Blanchet  (small gym)
Date:  Sunday, 2/6
Time:  1:15 pm
Opponent:  Immaculate Conception

8th grade boys
Location:  St. Louise (Bellevue)
Date:  Thursday, 2/3
Time:  6:00 pm
Opponent:  St. Monica





The Diversity Speaker Series

Barbara J. Love

Bending the Arc of the Universe: How Young People Change the World

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Women’s History Month
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Bush School Community Room

Dr. Barbara J. Love is an exciting speaker, presenter, consultant, and writer on multicultural organizational development and critical liberation theory. Her education background includes teacher education and staff development, curriculum development, and multicultural organizational development. She has degrees in history and political science. She consults internationally on organizational and individual empowerment and transformation. She has worked with a variety of organizations in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa on issues of diversity and inclusion. Dr. Love works from a unique set of assumptions about the nature of humans and the process of personal, organizational, and social change which participants have found empowering, enabling, and effectively motivating. Dr. Love has published widely on issues such as internalized racism, self-awareness for liberation workers, building alliances for change, and critical liberation theory. She is a professor of social justice education in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of National Training Laboratories and is on the Board of Directors of the National Black Women’s Health Initiative and The Equity Institute. She works with the Black Liberation and Community Development Project of the International Re-evaluation Counseling Communities. She has worked with organizations in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean on issues of diversity, inclusion, and liberation. She has coauthored chapters on Knowing ourselves as Instructors, Racism, and Ageism and Adultism in Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice.

Brian C. Johnson
Reel Diversity: Framing the Diversity Conversation Through Modern Film

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Black History Month Celebration
Time:
7:00 p.m.
Location: The Bush School Community Room
Brian C. Johnson honors the struggles and accomplishments of the ordinary citizens who launched the Civil Rights Movement by committing himself personally and professionally to the advancement of multicultural and inclusive education. He serves as a faculty member in the department of developmental instruction at Bloomsburg University and is the director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence. He is a founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs, a consortium that promotes best practices in higher education. He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from California University of Pennsylvania and has completed the necessary coursework toward a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University. His research is in the area of white student racial identity development. Brian is the coauthor of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook (2008) and in December 2009 Sense Publishers released We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training. Johnson serves on the ministry team at Revival Tabernacle in Watsontown, Pennsylvania where he is a church elder, youth minister, and a team leader for the Tabernacle Players, the church’s performing arts troupe. He is a film reviewer for Christian Spotlight on Entertainment (www.christiananswers.net). In August 2009, his book Sintimacy: The Christian’s Love Affair with Secret Sin was published by Revival Nation Publishing.




Villa’s Liturgical Choir

Liturgical Choir

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On Sunday, the Villa Academy Liturgical Choir sang and rang in the beginning of Catholic Schools week at Mass at St. Bridget.

If you missed it, click the “watch” link above to listen to a short clip of their performance.




Visit from Mr. Milroy

Mr. Milroy's Visit 2

Last week, Villa students enjoyed a visit from Mr. Milroy, next  year’s new Head of School. This was Mr. Milroy’s first return-trip to campus since the interview process last fall. Mr. Milroy comes to Villa from Marmion Academy, a Catholic preparatory school in the Chicago area. His short visit was busy as he began to acquaint himself with the school, and prepares to move to Seattle.