Catholic Schools Basketball Classic (at the Key Arena Feb 5th)

Picture 4On 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.




Summer, Already?

Not quite, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about camp!

SummerVilla 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.

For more information, directions to Camp Fair and a listing of participating camps, the St. Thomas School Website or  ParentMap.com




APL Buddies

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.




Green Team Changes

Green Team

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.

 

Register here.




Tanner B. Wins the Geo-Bee!

Tanner B

Congratulations to the winner of Villa’s 2010-2011 National Geographic Bee, eighth grader Tanner B. Tanner is eligible to qualify for the next round of competition at the state-level in March. Second place went to Patrick M. (his 3rd time in the finals), and third place went to John D. in seventh grade. Geo-Bee Finalists

Special congratulations to all of our other class-level winners who competed valiantly at our school-level competition: Olivia A. (4), Bryce K. (4), Krista R. (6), Stanley W. (6), Rekha O.

The televised final round of the 2011 National Geographic Bee, hosted by Alex Trebek, will be held in May.  You can visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographicbee for broadcast information.
Thanks to all participating students and their teachers for helping promote geography education and fostering future global citizens!




Building Your Parenting Tool Kit

January 19, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Building Your Parenting Tool Kit
For parents of Preschool through 1st Grade children

Melissa Benaroya and Robin Dowdy from the Mommy Matters program will share four specific discipline strategies that will help take the power struggles out of day-to-day interactions with your children, foster respectful loving family relationships and teach self-discipline.

Melissa Benaroya, LICSW is a clinical social worker, co-founder of Mommy Matters Seattle and founder of the Greenlake Moms web group.  She provides consulting services to organizations interested in reaching out to parents of young children.  Melissa has a Masters degree in Social Work, is a Credentialed School Counselor, is trained in Positive Discipline, is a Certified Gottman Educator and offers workshops on Emotion Coaching.

Robin Dowdy, MEd is a Life Coach, Certified Teacher, Love and Logic Facilitator and co-founder of Mommy Matters Seattle.  Her private coaching practice specializes in discipline issues from the toddler stage through adolescence and supporting professionals with kids.  She empowers parents to create the family, relationships, lifestyle, and work that they desire while being loving authority figures who raise kind and responsible children.  She believes that thriving parents lead to thriving kids.

Go to www.mommymattersseattle.com for more information about Melissa and Robin.




Parent Education Events

Please join us for any or all of the following events. Invite your friends! Invite your nannies and babysitters. Invite grandparents… All of these events are open to anyone who wants to come.

Until further notice, all events will take place in the Parlor. (see details below)

January 19, 9:00 – 11:00am Building your Parenting Tool Kit

January 24, 7:00 – 9:00pm Bully-proofing Your child Ages 5-12 years

February 7, 9:30 – 11:30am Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

February 28, 7:00 – 9:00pm Mothers of Sons

March 1, 7:00 – 9:00pm Dads of Daughters

April 14, 7:00 – 9:00pm Keeping the Connection Alive! How to talk with your Middle SchoolerDear Parents,

  • January 12, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Building Your Parenting Tool Kit

For parents of Preschool through 1st Grade children

Melissa Benaroya and Robin Dowdy from the Mommy Matters program will share four specific discipline strategies that will help take the power struggles out of day-to-day interactions with your children, foster respectful loving family relationships and teach self-discipline.

Melissa Benaroya, LICSW is a clinical social worker, co-founder of Mommy Matters Seattle and founder of the Greenlake Moms web group.  She provides consulting services to organizations interested in reaching out to parents of young children.  Melissa has a Masters degree in Social Work, is a Credentialed School Counselor, is trained in Positive Discipline, is a Certified Gottman Educator and offers workshops on Emotion Coaching.

Robin Dowdy, MEd is a Life Coach, Certified Teacher, Love and Logic Facilitator and co-founder of Mommy Matters Seattle.  Her private coaching practice specializes in discipline issues from the toddler stage through adolescence and supporting professionals with kids.  She empowers parents to create the family, relationships, lifestyle, and work that they desire while being loving authority figures who raise kind and responsible children.  She believes that thriving parents lead to thriving kids.

Go to www.mommymattersseattle.com for more information about Melissa and Robin.

  • January 24, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Bully-proofing Your Child Ages 5-12 years

Discover skills to help your child make friends and handle bullying when the teacher isn’t looking during recess or transitions.

Susan Fox is a pediatric neurodevelopmental therapist, author and director of The Pediatric Therapy Clinic with twenty years of experience helping parents. She has written several books as well as taught numerous workshops on child development and is currently holding classes at the Microsoft campus. She also lectures regularly and provides consultation and training to early childhood educators and therapists.

Go to kidstherapy.info/home/ for more information about Susan.

  • February 7, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

Reading and Hands-On Math for your Preschooler

Learn about what behavioral, cognitive, and sensory motor skills every kindergartener needs to know to be successful. Discover books and ideas that you can use at home.

Susan Fox is a pediatric neurodevelopmental therapist, author and director of The Pediatric Therapy Clinic with twenty years of experience helping parents. She has written several books as well as taught numerous workshops on child development and is currently holding classes at the Microsoft campus. She also lectures regularly and provides consultation and training to early childhood educators and therapists.

Go to kidstherapy.info/home/ for more information about Susan.

  • February 28, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Mothers of Sons

For parents of children age 8 to 16

Known for his humor and familiarity with the adolescent and pre-adolescent mindset, Rob Lehman will provide an entertaining and informative discussion for moms about parenting their sons.  Sometimes mothers feel confused on what their role should be in steering their son in his course toward manhood.  This talk covers some of the unique issues facing boys as they mature, some of the things on their minds, and strategies in building communication between a teen boy and his mom.

Julie Metzger RN, MN and Rob Lehman MD teach the popular program on puberty and sexuality at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Overlake Hospital, and Children’s Hospital at the Stanford Medical Center.  Rob has devoted his professional career to adolescent health care.  As a physician, his practice has focused on teenagers in many different clinical situations, including schools, homeless clinics and public health facilities.  He is also a passionate advocate for youth on the local and national level and has been on the UW faculty since 1989.  He has taught pre-teens and teens for over 20 years and developed the For Boys Only, The Joys and Challenges of Growing Up. Rob and Julie are writing their first book on puberty and sexuality for pre-teens – watch for it in the fall of 2011.

Go to www.greatconversations.com for more information about Julie and Rob.

  • March 1, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Dads of Daughters

For parents of children age 8 to 16

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.

Julie Metzger RN, MN and Rob Lehman MD teach the popular program on puberty and sexuality at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Overlake Hospital, and Children’s Hospital at the Stanford Medical Center. Julie is a pediatric nurse, writer and educator.  She developed her popular Heart to Heart, For Girls Only program in 1989, and has taught the class to tens of thousands of mother-daughter teams.  She is a co-designer and instructor of several other classes aimed at fostering child-parent communication.  Rob and Julie are writing their first book on puberty and sexuality for pre-teens – watch for it in the fall of 2011.

Go to www.greatconversations.com for more information about Julie and Rob.

  • April 14, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Keeping the Connection Alive!

How to talk with your Middle Schooler (even when they don’t want to talk with you!)

Just when their lives get more complicated, 11-14 year-olds often stop going to their parents for advice and support. How do parents respond? What new skills are helpful? Lori Gradinger of Courageous Communications will help middle school parents, and any other parents who might want to prepare for what is to come, learn tools and tips for their new job as the parent of a pre-teen. Lori is a communication coach and a parent who understands what you are going through. She has helped countless parents navigate through these interesting times. You will leave this evening with tools and tips that will help you know what to say and how to say it so it will be heard. There will also be time for questions and discussion.

Go to www.courageouscommunication.net for more information about Lori.