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.




Letter from Sr. Ann Cornelia Sullivan , SNJM

Dear Villa Academy Families and Friends,

The Board of Trustees and I are delighted to announce Villa’s next Head of School, John Milroy.  John will become Head of School on July 1, 2011.  There will be opportunities for the Villa community to get to know him better before July.  Also, we are pleased to share that Jody Elsner, who is serving as Interim Head of School this year, plans to return to her role as Lower School Director next school year.

John’s selection is the product of many months of thoughtful review by our entire community — students, parents, faculty, staff, the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees.  We want to thank each and every one of you for the dedication you’ve shown to the school and your passion for its strong future.

Before we share some additional information about John, it is important to reflect on how the Board of Trustees approached the search and the vision established in our Strategic Plan.

Villa’s Future
We are excited about Villa’s future.  It is a future filled with opportunity.  The Strategic Plan, completed last spring, affirmed Villa’s academic strengths and welcoming culture.  It dedicated us to the education of the whole child, guided by the Catholic, Cabrinian tradition.  It challenged us to transition Villa from one of Seattle’s best kept secrets in the realm of preschool to eighth grade education to an institution that is known and admired for academic excellence and whole-child education throughout the city and the region.

As we journeyed through the search process, chief among our goals was to find a leader who would take Villa to a new plateau by building upon the strength and quality of Villa’s academic and instructional programs and celebrating those programs beyond our walls.  The Board of Trustees recognized to achieve the goals laid out in the Strategic Plan, Villa would need a core set of qualities in a new Head of School including:  inspirational and visionary leadership, commitment to academic excellence, financial sophistication and development experience.

John Milroy
We are pleased to have found these qualities in John Milroy. John brings a wealth of experience to Villa.  During his tenure as headmaster of Marmion Academy, John has enriched the school’s academic program and expanded Marmion Academy’s regional profile and alumni support.  Marmion is a leading Catholic boys preparatory school, in the Chicago area.

John brings a vision and style of leadership that will complement Villa’s existing staff and faculty, while building strong awareness of Villa within the Seattle area.  He has dedicated his career to academic achievement and greatly respects the stellar academic excellence and values-based education Villa and its faculty and staff offer.  Further, John possesses the financial and institutional development experience needed to ensure that Villa continues to deliver an exceptional educational and whole-child experience while navigating the changing education and economic environment.

Selection Process
The selection process was extensive and involved all groups within the Villa community.  The Board of Trustees established a Search Committee in May, 2010.  The eight-person committee was chaired by Matt McIlwain, seven-year board member and 11-year parent; and included Liz Swift, past Villa Trustee and parent, Holy Names Head of School;  Matt Barmore, outgoing Villa Trustee, Seattle Prep Principal; Robert Downey, Villa 2nd grade teacher; Kristen Piedra, Villa Trustee and parent; Mary Petersen, incoming Villa Trustee, parent, and Seattle University education administrator; Lendy Vail, Vice President, Villa Parent Association and parent;  and Mike Metzger, former Villa Trustee, former Villa capital campaign chair, and alumni parent.  The committee was advised by Terry Macaluso, PhD, search consultant, Eastside Prep Head of School, and experienced non-profit trustee.

In spring 2010, the Search Committee, in collaboration with the broader community and the Board, specified the criteria to be used to identify qualified candidates, and articulated the challenges and opportunities Villa will encounter.

The Search Committee received 38 applications for the head of school position.  That group was narrowed to 15 and then eight who were invited to participate in a semi-finalist process in October.  Three candidates emerged as finalists and completed two-day visits to interact with all Villa constituencies on campus.  Survey information was gathered from all groups and combined with the notes and observations of the Search Committee and the Board.

Each of our three finalists was highly qualified and each would serve Villa well.  To each we owe a debt of gratitude for engaging in the interview process and allowing us to understand his or her vision for guiding Villa.

I wish to express particular gratitude to Jody Elsner.  Serving as Interim Head of School is highly demanding.  She is performing with her unswervingly high level of professionalism and commitment to Villa.  On top of this, she was a candidate for the Head of School position – a candidacy that was thoroughly competitive and made the decision all the more difficult.

It is important to note that Jody’s work as Interim Head of School will continue until June 30th, 2011.  She will maintain the momentum she has built and keep Villa focused on a strong and successful school year.

Community discussion
Our community is nothing if not engaged.  We wanted to share this exciting information as soon as possible; hence this letter, but we’d also like to have a discussion and answer your questions.  We have scheduled two opportunities for you to meet with members of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. These meetings will take place:

·         Friday, December 10, 8:45 a.m., in the Parlor
·         Monday, December 13, 7:00 p.m., in the Parlor

If these times do not work for you, please feel free to contact me so we can arrange a time to talk by phone.

Thank you for your support of Villa
Change is as exhilarating as it is challenging.  Villa is successful because you, our parents, faculty, staff, students and extended family, make it so.  Our future is very bright.  We are ready to take Villa to a higher plateau.  Let’s go!

Sincerely,
Sr. Ann Cornelia Sullivan , SNJM
Chair
Board of Trustees




Service Project Craft Kits

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On Friday, Villa Academy second grade students will walk to Children’s Hospital to personally deliver craft kits to patients confined to their beds.

Volunteers at Children’s help provide comfort and support to families and patients served by the hospital. This includes providing entertainment to young patients through age appropriate activities, such as crafts!

The craft kits, made by Villa’s second grade students, are filled with materials to make a knitted yarn ornament.  Students count out all the pieces and prepare each bag with everything necessary to make a mini-stocking cap decoration.

Villa delivers about 100 kits. The volunteer director at Children’s assures the class that these kits are very popular and all of them get used!

This  project is especially meaningful to Villa’s second grade students because they are simultaneously learning about the the rights and responsibilities of all people to have access to food, home, school, clothes, and medical help.  Through this service project students can provide a needed distraction for the kids receiving medical treatment, many of whom are faced with very long stays in the hospital.




FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT:

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The Villa Christmas Programs dates and times are listed on the school calendar.  For all programs, doors open 45 minutes before the  program begins. The students have been preparing for some GREAT performances.  All performances are in the Theater.

Bands, Voices and Strings Concert

This year the evening concert will be held on the night of the annual Christmas Illuminata!

Thursday, Dec 9, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the Rainbow Theater

Preschool-Kindergarten*

Monday, Dec 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM in Rainbow Theater

1st-2nd Grades*

Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010 at 2:15 PM in Rainbow Theater

3rd-4th-5th Grades*

Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM in Rainbow Theater

Dress for all programs is nice holiday attire.

*Students in Kindergarten – Grade 5 may wear nice free dress on the day of their program.