Joe S. class of ’09 was named the 2010 U.S. Junior Solo Bagpiping Champion this weekend at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg.
The competition is open to all pipers and snare drummers younger than 18.
Joe clinched the title of Champion with a solo performance of “Too Long in this Condition” on a set of Inveran bagpipes. His prize: the Ralph Murray Memorial Scholarship for room, board and tuition for two weeks at the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming.
This year the second grade raised a total of $963.00 for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
In the spirit of service, the Villa Academy second grade teamed up with the UNICEF Trick-or-Treat program and turned this Halloween into a service opportunity.
The UNICEF Halloween tradition started over 60 years ago, when Mary Emma Allison and her children followed a parade of costumed children down the street and inside a downtown Philadelphia department store. At a booth inside, donations were being collected for UNICEF’s powdered-milk programs. After this experience, Mary Emma and her family started a local grassroots campaign using a nationwide network of churches and community groups to expand the fundraising efforts for UNICEF by combining collections with the tradition of trick-or-treating.
The second grade continued the tradition this year by coordinating the UNICEF trick-or-treat collections for the entire Lower School. They passed out the collection boxes, made posters for the hallways, visited classrooms to explain the charity, gathered the donations, and count the money (as part of a coin counting curriculum.)
Michael L. is one of 24 winners in last year’s Holy Childhood Association’s Christmas Artwork Contest. On Saturday, Dec. 11, Michael will be honored at a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., where the artwork will be displayed during Advent and Christmas.
See the article in the Catholic NW Progress.
Today, in rainy 40 degree weather, Mrs. O’Neil and the 2nd grade tackled a forest of overgrown rhododendrons with hand-held pruners and work gloves.
Their mission: to reveal the historic Sacred Heart Villa Academy marquee at the original main entrance.
Each year Mrs. O’Neil finds a project that highlights Villa’s history. Computer lab studies are integrated with community curriculum in the classroom, and students have the opportunity to examine elements of the school that are original to Villa from 1924.
This year students were excited to uncover a buried treasure beneath years of overgrowth!
Look for the display of this project in progress on the main bulletin board outside the computer lab!
It’s time for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Each year Villa Academy students collect non-perishable food items for needy families. We work in conjunction with St. Bridget Parish and St. Vincent de Paul. We are asking each classroom to bring in as many food items as possible. Disposable diapers are also really important; we will even take opened boxes. Lower school families may still have some that their children have outgrown.
Ideas for the food drive are:
Peanut butter and jam
Canned meats, chicken and tuna
Macaroni and cheese
Ready made spaghetti sauce
The drive will run from Monday, November 15th, through Friday November 19th.
This is a tough time for many families, so we are asking people to just do what they can. Please keep in mind that food banks are really hurting, and children in our state go to bed hungry. Babies and toddlers in soiled diapers are at high risk for physical abuse, as well. Parents and caregivers with little patience and a low tolerance for crying, often overreact and
lash out at the little ones.
Please collect and donate whatever you can. Your help is truly appreciated!
Villa 6th grade girls completed their undefeated season by winning the CYO championships this past Saturday. Their
season record was 8 wins and 2 ties. They defeated St Joseph in the semifinals 2-0 and defeated St Francis 1-0 in added
time to take the title. Congratulations to the Villa ladies and the coaches on a superb season!
11/4 – Villa 2, St Joseph 0
11/6 – Villa 1, St Francis 0 (AET)
Parents, Staff, Faculty and Students,
The fall 2010 Book Fair was a huge success. Your purchases earned approximately $1400 for library books. I hope you enjoy the books you purchased as much as our students will enjoy the new books we will purchase for our library with the book fair proceeds. We are also especially thankful for the many books that were purchased for the library wish list and the birthday book program. Our children will enjoy many new books for years to come, due to your generosity.
Many thanks are offered to our wonderful volunteers! These parents helped the students with book selection, estimating the cost of purchases with tax, counting money and making change. A special “thank you” goes to the following volunteers: Laurie A., Wendy G., Amy F., Rebecca D., Jennifer P., Judy H., Anne H. and Wendy N.
Special events, like the book fair could not happen without Villa’s facilities department personnel. We truly appreciate the “behind-the-scenes” efforts, putting up banners, setting up tables, helping load and unload books.
The staff and management at University Book Store were extremely supportive and knowledgeable. The book selection was perfect for Villa’s clientele. It is always a pleasure partnering with an independent book store for this event.
Again, many thanks to all the Villa families, friends, staff and faculty who contributed to the success of the fall book fair!