WHEN: January 21st –January 28th
WHAT TO BRING IN: COINS
WHERE: Your child’s classroom
The second trimester preschool service project was inspired by a P5 family. This Villa family has been previously involved in service efforts in Guatemala and will be traveling to Guatemala in February to continue these efforts.
The preschool would like to help by encouraging students to participate in a coin drive to fund nutritional assistance for the children in crisis from last year’s tropical storms.
It costs $2.50 a month for each child enrolled in the nutrition program. For kids under two, this particular supplement improves their cognitive and motor development, improves their IQ’s, and boosts their immune systems. And, it says a lot to the communities that we are partnering with medical personnel who speak their own Mayan dialect, Kaqchikel.
The preschool is excited for the opportunity to learn about a culture different from our own and to follow the adventure of a Villa family who will be going full circle with our coins in Guatemala.
Watch this video featuring Mrs. Hernon’s medical partner for this project, Peter Rohloff. He was featured on ABC’s 20/20 a couple of weeks ago – he explains the nutrition issues facing Guatemalan kids…
Today was Mother Goose Day for the whole preschool! Students came dressed as their favorite Mother Goose character and did a wonderful job of playing their role. Humpty Dumpty, Jack Be Nimble, Little Miss Muffet, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Little Boy Blue were all in attendance. Even Mother Goose herself was there!!
Each class paraded for the others carrying all sorts of creative props. Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat, had her fiddle, and Humpty Dumpty brought his own wall! The preschool teachers joined in the fun with their own storybook costumes like, Jack and Jill, Hot Crossed Buns, and the Queen of Hearts. The parade was followed by a little dancing, singing and the reading of nursery rhymes!
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On Saturday Feb 5th Seattle University plays The University of Portland at the Key Arena starting at 7pm. Fulcrum has organized a fun event to cap Catholic Schools Week and asks that every school in the diocese participate by buying tickets to the game.
The goal is to pack the Arena with kids from every school. It will be a fun night with a principal shooting contests and other games. 50% of the proceeds go to the Fulcrum Foundation and 50% go directly back to the school from which the tickets were ordered.
TO BUY TICKETS:
Visit the Fulcrum Foundation website and use the code “Villa Academy”
Villa Academy will receive 50% of the revenue, and all Villa seats will be grouped together.
Thank you for your support.
Not quite, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about camp!
Villa Academy will once again offer Villa Ventures, a variety of week-long morning and afternoon summer courses for students ages 4yrs – 14yrs old. The program runs July 5- July 29th and includes everything from visual and performing arts, sports, science and technology, academic enrichment, as well as special interest topics such as chess and cooking.
Villa Ventures has reserved a booth at the 2011 ParentMap Camp Fair. For information on summer camp options join us on Saturday, February 5th, 2011, at St. Thomas School. Come meet directors and representatives from 90 camps for all ages, pre-school to adult. Don’t miss Camp Fair 2011, one of the largest camp fairs in Washington, at the St.Thomas School campus, 8300 N.E. 12th Street, Medina, WA, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Villa Academy third graders are partnering with the Academy for Precision Learning (APL), an independent school, serving children of all abilities, with a primary focus on instructing children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The idea for this buddy program came from Villa third grade student, Cate B. Cate’s sister Morgan is an APL student and on the autism spectrum. Her family was active in founding APL four years ago and now Cate is eager to build a partnership between her school and her sister’s school.
Cate’s excitement was obvious today as she helped APL teachers field questions from her classmates regarding what students at APL are like.
“How should we talk to the other kids?” asked one classmate.
“Just like you would talk to any other friend,” advised Jessica, a teacher from the APL. Cate followed up by explaining that students who need extra help communicating, like her sister Morgan, have a teacher with them to lend a hand.
Jennifer Annable, Executive Director of the APL, emphasized, “APL kids are just like you. Everyone learns a little bit differently, because everyone is a little bit different.”
Villa students were inquisitive about the types of differences they would experience, but it was the similarities that had student really energized.
“Do you like gym class? American Girls Dolls? Nintendo Wii?” asked APL teacher, Jennifer. “So do my students?” she said.
The room squirmed with excitement as students shared personal stories about the similarities they shared with APL kids.
Villa third grade teachers, Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Furman, expect that their first visit to APL, on January 13th will be a mutual learning experience for both groups. The learning goals for their classes are inclusiveness, understanding, embracing differences and caring for others – attributes they believe are best learned through personal experience.
There will be a scheduling change to Green Team, the middle school student-led environmental action team, for the winter and spring trimesters. The group will meet only twice a month, but for a slightly longer meeting time. Meetings will be after school the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and will run from 3:30 until 5:00 pm. (Some may go until 5:30 depending on the activity…but notice will be sent beforehand.)
Members of Green Team will continue to gain valuable community service experience (and logged hours) while working on hands-on environmental science research and action projects and making positive “green” changes in the Villa community.
Here is the upcoming schedule for 2nd Trimester:
January 13 - Meeting 1 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm
January 27 - Meeting 2 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm
February 10 – Meeting 3 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm
February 24 – Meeting 4 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm
March 10 - Meeting 5 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm
For planning purposes, students and parents must sign written contracts regarding attendance of these meetings.