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Third Graders Celebrate Pollinator Day

Pollinator Day on Thursday May 24, was the culmination of a three month project introducing third grade students to pollination and pollinators. The event was grounded in their studies of the life cycle and traits of a particular pollinator and how the animal’s traits provided an advantage to the environment. Students shared their knowledge with(…)

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Become a Villa Garden Summer Volunteer!

We’re looking forward to a warm, sunny summer and would love your help maintaining the Villa Garden when school’s out! Below is information about volunteer training, shifts, and our end of summer potluck. Volunteer Training We will be hosting two volunteer training sessions to help people get acquainted with the space, learn about our garden systems,(…)

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8th Grade Visits Idris Mosque

This week, 8th graders visited the Idris Mosque where they witnessed a prayer service and conversed with Imam Mahmoud (from Egypt) and his translator Azizeh. Both the Imam and translator were impressed by the level of the questions and comments from our students. As part of their follow-up to the visit, the students wrote thank(…)

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Visit the Green Team’s Crane Tree

by the Villa Green Team The pear tree in the Garden Learning Center hung with paper cranes, made by Green Team students, is a symbol of peace and reminds us to stay calm and appreciate our wonderful community and school. The cranes are made out of G.O.O.S.E paper (still Good On One Side Everyday) collected(…)

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Second Grade Read-Aloud Podcasts

This year, the second grade classes have been creating podcasts for our listening pleasure! Each week, their Read-Aloud Podcast features a creative story written by a pair of students. The students then work with our Educational Technology Specialist Kim Alessi to read their story aloud and then edit and add sounds to create the podcast.   “Sunshine(…)

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Villa Treehouse Update

Scott Baker, owner of Tree Solutions and Villa’s arborist of many years, is helping us work with the city on construction approval. Below is an excerpt of a letter he wrote to the City Department of Construction and Inspections. “..In recent history, there has been an increase in the construction of treehouses and other tree‐supported(…)

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Register Now for Villa Ventures Summer Camps

Camp descriptions and registration>> Your child is certain to find fun, education, and inspiration during the 2017 Villa Ventures Summer Camps! Carefully designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures (June 19-30, July 10-21) offers weeklong morning and afternoon camps with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. The most memorable childhood experiences involve exploration and learning new things, but we also recognize that(…)

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Advent Helping Hands Projects Bring Love to Life

Advent Season is a special time at Villa Academy. Our campus is filled with the sights and sounds of the season, from the special daily prayers and Christmas poems and carols to the traditional Villa Christmas tree and manger scene in the main hall foyer. But, what is most important to us during the Advent(…)

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1,250 Problem-Solving Minutes in 5 Days

Recently, Mrs. O’Neil’s 5th grade math class competed in a statewide Fall 2016 Story Problem Challenge Event run by the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. From October 24 – 28, fifth graders spent 15 – 20 minutes of their math class online every day learning to solve very challenging word problems(…)

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GOAL! 6th Grade Girls Soccer Win the Championship!

Our 6th grade girls soccer team won their championship game on Saturday, November 5, 2016, with a score of 4 – 0 over Lakeside. Our team had an excellent season with 6 wins, no losses, and 1 tied game. Eight teams made it to the playoffs at the end of October. Villa’s team won the(…)

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Villa Academy Loses a Dear Friend

From L to R: K.C. Pleas, Shonagh Pleas, Lawrence (Buzz) James, Terry James, Nancy Pleas, Darby James, Gretel James The Villa Academy community lost a dear friend last Sunday with the passing of Mrs. Nancy Pleas. ‘Grandma Nancy,’ the matriarch of our neighbors, the Pleas family, died peacefully early Sunday morning, October 30, 2016. Mrs. Pleas(…)

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Thank You for Your Help at Stewardship Day!

Together with over a hundred volunteers, big and small, we prepared the Garden Learning Center for winter, planted native kinnikinnick shrubs and conifer trees along the Lake Trail and parking strip, and continued trail maintenance in the woods. Try out the view from the new garden benches! The fabulous 2nd Grade Girl Scouts pitched in(…)

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P5 Plants The Abby Tree

The end of October, P5 students planted an Oregon White Oak seedling that will grow into a mighty oak tree in 100-200 years!  Donated by Reese and Riley’s grandparents, “The Abby Tree” honors a beloved family dog. When our P5 kids are grandparents visiting the Villa campus, they can tell their grandkids that they helped(…)

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Wunderbar! What a Wonderful Kickoff Party!

Neither rain, nor wind, nor dark of night dimmed the enthusiasm of the Capital Campaign Oktoberfest Kickoff on October 6, 2016. Our guests munched on brats, downed their brew, and were entertained by The Queen of Oktoberfest, aka The (6′, 8″) Austrian Amazon, who yodeled her heart out out to “YMCA” and other well-known Bavarian folktunes.(…)

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Thanks for a Record-Setting Italian Dinner!

Villa Community, you set a record last Friday night: 546 guests attended the Mother Cabrini Italian Dinner!Everyone had a great time and the weather gods smiled upon us. Many parents and kids say the Italian Dinner is their favorite event!Thank you to our 8th grade volunteers who helped with serving, cleaning, face painting, games, and more!(…)

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Breaking Ground on our New Multipurpose Field

On Wednesday, right after the Family BBQ, we held our official Groundbreaking Ceremony to highlight the beginning of construction for Villa’s new Multipurpose Field! It was also the symbolic groundbreaking for the entire scope of our Campaign projects. Backed by students just prior to Field Day games, Head of School John Milroy; Campaign Chairs Tim(…)

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6th Annual Villa Academy World Fair

7th graders hosted the 6th Annual Villa Academy World Fair in the Rainbow Theater this week. Parents, students, and faculty learned more about conflicts around the world through the projects 7th graders had created over the course of the year in World Geography. Guests explored pollution in Antarctica, obesity in Mexico, lion poaching in Africa, the Demilitarized(…)

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The Villa Class of 2012 Reunion

The Villa Class of 2012 will be heading off to college soon, but not before returning for a reunion in the Parlor this week. It was a time for seeing old classmates, enjoying pizza, and sentimental tours of our building. Parents, too, enjoyed re-connecting “Villa style” with a great sense of community. Our alums will(…)

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Villa Teacher to Train Faculty in Guatemala

Elizabeth O’Neil, lower school math teacher, will fly to Guatemala this summer, hosted by the nonprofit organization, Avivara. Their mission is to to improve the quality of, and access to, education in rural, poverty-impacted villages in Guatemala. School there will still be in session, and Elizabeth will do a two-week teacher training on math concepts(…)

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Congratulations to the Villa Class of 2016

Villa Academy is proud of this year’s graduating class. After a full week of activities, including the Recognition Ceremony, Baccalaureate Mass, Time Capsule Ceremony, and Commencement last evening, they have completed their years at Villa. We wish them the best of luck in their next adventures! ADDITIONAL CONGRATULATIONS Jocie T., Awarded Wold Scholarship as girl(…)

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Kindergarteners Visit with Fire Fighter Dave

Last week, Fire Fighter Dave, dad of Jack and Ainsley R., visited with the kindergarten classes to discuss safety. As part of their unit on safety, the kindergarteners read the book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman, a wonderful story about an officer and his loyal dog who give safety tips to an elementary school. The(…)

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8th Graders Present Their Culminating Projects

Last week, 8th graders presented their projects in front of faculty members, parents, and fellow students. Topics ranged from Syrian refugees and bio weapons to eating disorders and Autism. Students demonstrated impressive poise, professionalism, and presentation skills. Over the course of their 8th grade year, students spend over 200 hours studying and preparing their culminating(…)

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Fifth Graders Excel at Villa Finance 101

Before 5th grade teacher Bill Richey began his second career as a teacher, his first career was in finance. He has long noted a lack of knowledge among even college students about banking, investments, and the workings of the stock market. His remedy? “Finance 101″. Last Friday, parent guests attended a Finance Open House—a culmination(…)

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Thank You, Moms of the Class of 2016

Yesterday afternoon, we celebrated a lovely group of women at our 8th Grade Moms Luncheon. Thank you for the many ways, big and small, seen and unseen, that you’ve supported Villa over the years. We especially thank you for the gift of your children. This year, twenty-six 8th grade moms are graduating their last child(…)

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Thank You, Villa, For Your Stewardship!

Spring Stewardship Day last Saturday was blessed with beautiful weather and a can-do spirit! Over 150 parents, students, faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Among the tasks handled were prepping our (huge) Garden Learning Center for planting by creating bedding rows and and loading and spreading umpteen wheelbarrows of mulch for garden(…)

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Faculty Team Wins Annual Faculty vs 8th Grade Basketball Game

Spring at Villa brings one of our favorite traditions: the annual Faculty vs 8th Grade Basketball Game! On the sidelines, students and faculty cheered for their favorites and enjoyed a halftime show featuring free throw attempts (sadly, no winners this year). It was a fantastic afternoon of laughter, good sportmanship, and a win for the faculty team.(…)

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Special Guest Megan Watzke Helps Middle Schoolers Study the Nature of Light

This April, Villa 6th and 7th graders began their explorations into the nature of light. Special guest Megan Watzke visited to talk about light’s nature as vibrations and particles, “false” or representational color, and how today’s electronic communication is truly powered by light. Ms. Watzke is the Press Officer for NASA’s Chandra Xray Observatory (whose telescope(…)

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4th Grade Annual Empty Bowls Soup Dinner a Success!

In April, 2016,  Villa 4th graders hosted one of the most successful Empty Bowls Soup Dinners in school history, raising $1,300 for Food Lifeline. This was the culminating event of their yearlong service learning project and a meaningful night for them and their families. Since September, 4th graders have volunteered at the Food Lifeline warehouse, completed(…)

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Diversity Day with Villa 3rd Graders

Villa third graders hosted family and friends last week at Diversity Day! The event showcased their study of cultures from around the world. After a short group performance, students shared their culture projects with Gallery Walk visitors who sampled delicious treats, played fun games, and learned more about how kids live in other countries.

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Diving Deep into Ocean Conservation

Annie Crawley, an award-winning underwater photographer and author, is on a mission to speak at 100 schools in 100 days across the Seattle area. This week, she met with Villa students to share about ocean exploration and conservation. Her amazing images and stories about “myths and monsters” of the sea highlighted the beauty of the(…)

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VPA’s Julie Metzger Talk a Hit

“She nailed it! Great topic, lots of take away ideas, funny and entertaining but totally relatable.” Over 90 people attended Julie Metzger’s talk “Great Conversations Between Parents and Kids: Top Ten Talks to Have Together” last Monday night. Julie’s talk was enthusiastically received and she began the evening with heartfelt comments about how important Villa(…)

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Drama Students Shine in The Lion King Jr.

Last week, Villa celebrated the “Circle of Life” along with a little “Hakuna Matata” at the Villa Production of Disney The Lion King Jr. Creative scenery and costumes set the scene for this joyful performance that showcased the musical and dramatic talents of our students! With direction by Shea Salyer and musical direction by Jacob(…)

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Preschoolers Celebrate Mother Goose Day in Style

On January 20, 2016, the parlor was transformed into the land of Mother Goose as the preschoolers shared rhymes and songs they had worked hard to choose and memorize. In clever, creative costumes with handmade props, characters like Little Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, Georgie Porgie, and Humpty Dumpty shared their rhymes. The clocks and(…)

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7th Graders Investigate Conflict in Africa

Villa 7th Grade students recently investigated a current or historical conflict in Africa using the Five Themes of Geography (Regions, Movement, Location, Place, Human-Environment Interactions) as a framework. They developed research questions, evaluated sources, wrote a formal essay, and designed a visual project. The subjects of this year’s projects included blood diamonds, HIV/AIDS, the lives(…)

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What Does a Balanced Lunch Look Like? See What 6th Grade Scientists Discovered

What does a balanced lunch look like? 6th Grade science students answered that question with educational posters that decorated the Villa lunchroom. Students photographed various lunchroom tray food choices and then used the SuperTracker website to analyze the overall nutritional value of each. They created posters to show their findings.’ See more of the 6th grade posters(…)

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5th Graders Explore A Different Way to Multiply

Right before Winter Break, fifth graders discovered a different way to multiply! Instead of using numbers for factors and products, students used strips of colored paper. The orange strips represent ones, the yellow are tens and the green are hundreds. When placed in an overlapping pattern and multiplied at the intersections, students were able to(…)

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8th Grade Mock Trial: The Case of the Poisoned Donut

Did Defendant Nathan attempt to murder Betsy with a poisoned donut? The Prosecution, led by Anna, Esq. and James, Esq. and the Defense, led by Emma, Esq. and Smith, Esq., argued their cases calling witnesses to the stand. In addition to the accused and victim, Lisette, Pilar, Rihan, Cate, Justin, Minola, Charlie, Kate, Alexa, Owen,(…)

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6th Grade’s Ancient Egyptian Museum

Last week, Villa’s 6th grade classrooms transformed into an Ancient Egyptian Museum! With over 30 exhibits and activities designed and hosted by the students, the Museum was a big hit with the 6th graders’ buddies and family members. Visitors played games, toured pyramids via a Minecraft project, viewed maps, and discussed geography, culture, family life,(…)

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Congratulations, Villa Speech Team

Congratulations to the 18 students participating in the Bishop Blanchet Speech Tournament on Saturday, December 12th. Cameron O. won Most Inspirational Speaker for the Villa Team! Thank you to all of our parent helpers. Speech Team members participating were David N., Kate M., Ryan Y., Garrett W., Greyson D., Jenna T., Aidan Sh., Sam M.,(…)

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Illuminata Shines

Thank you to all parents, grandparents, friends, and kids for making Illuminata 2015 shine! 375 of you showed up to hear our student musicians, drink cocoa and eat Christmas cookies, and have your photos taken with Santa. It was a beautiful evening full of good cheer. We appreciate your patience and good humor as we(…)

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7th Graders Design Earthquake-proof Buildings

The Villa seventh graders have been studying plate tectonics and earthquakes.   They’ve researched about the forces in the earth’s crust that move the continents, types of faults, seismic waves, how earthquakes are monitored, and earthquake safety.  This project is a culmination of that research.   They were given the question “How can we make(…)

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Stewardship Poetry Contest: We are All Winners!

by Eleanor C., 7th Grade At Villa, our great property means a lot to us, as well as the stewardship of our grounds. To show this, everyone in the school wrote an acrostic poem with the word “Stewardship”. The Villa green team voted and selected winners for all of the sections. Each winner got a(…)

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Buddies Build Fairy Houses to Keep the Fairies Safe and Warm

(as seen on Facebook) P5 and their 4th grade Buddies had so much fun last Thursday creating elaborate fairy houses together on the Villa Grounds. The Buddies built the little houses out of all natural materials, including small sticks, rocks, acorns, pinecones, shells, moss, and leaves. The Fairy House project promotes imagination, creativity, and responsibility—the(…)

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8th Grade Girls Soccer Champions!

(as seen on Facebook) In a highly contested, back-and-forth game, Villa Academy and St Anthony tied 5-5 in the championship soccer game. They will each be named Co-Champion in the 8th Grade Girls division. This makes it the 3rd straight CYO championship this class has attained! Congratulations, ladies! (Visit Facebook to Like, Comment, and Share)

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This is Better than Recess!

The 6th Grade Advisory Group’s first visit to WestSide Baby this week was a great success. The boys (and parents!) worked to package diapers and Mr. Joseph got a special task of assembling a baby toy. They also toured the facility and learned about the people WestSide Baby serves. “This is better than recess!” The(…)

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Halloween Parade 2015

The Halls of Villa—er—Hogwarts School went dark today in the big windstorm but not before ninjas, princesses, zombies, witches, minions, cowboys, and you name it, roamed the floors led by Milroy Dumbledore and Calomeni Snape. Parents lined the way, cameras poised and ready to catch photos of their little goblins. The Halloween Parade is a(…)

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Getting to Know You, Our New Families

Over the last six weeks, we have conducted “Fireside Chats” with almost all of our 36 new Villa families. We began these last year as a way to better connect and get to know those new to our school. We were continually impressed by thoughtfulness of these meetings. One mom said she felt like shouting(…)

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Thank You for a Successful Fall Restoration Day

Dear Friends, As I’m sure you all recognize, on every front at Villa Academy, there’s much activity and on-going good work—in the classrooms, on the campus and among the faculty/staff; work that will continue to elevate and enhance the “Villa Experience.” This past weekend’s Fall Restoration Day was a perfect example; the Villa community came(…)

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You Rocked VillaNOW Day!

  Thank you parent community for raising $56,955 is just one day! At this point VillaNOW has reached the $159,761 mark, with 34% of our parent community already participating. A big thank you to our 8th grade VillaNOW Volunteers, Alexa D., Minola M., Charlie K., Jonah C., Tess J., Savanah S., Smith H., and Sydney(…)

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Great Job, Team Tecathon!

Thanks to Team Tecathon who did a great job representing Villa at The Bush School. The team had to solve two social issues using technology. Team members included Eleanor C., Alicia F., Julian B., Jenna T., Linsey S., Kate M., Greyson D., Margaret F., and Sofie R.

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Thank You for a Successful Book Fair!

Villa Community, Thanks to all of you for your support of the Villa Book Fair. The event was a huge success! The children loved visiting the book fair, looking at books, making choices for themselves, and managing their money. We hope they are enjoying their selections. We also want to thank our wonderful volunteers who(…)

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Happenings in the Villa Middle School

It’s hard to believe that the first month of the year has come and gone until I think about all of the amazing learning and growth that has already happened in the past few weeks: 6th graders gathering in the newly rebuilt and rededicated Grotto, first to sketch and label what their ideal learning environment is(…)

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Remarks at the Blessing of the Villa Grotto

Thank you all for being here – and thank you, each and everyone of you, for what you did to help make this restored grotto, real. This grotto – along with the other improvements to this part of our campus – is the product of a very generous community; a community that values this beautiful(…)

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Seventh-Graders Show Courage & Build Trust on Rock Climbing Trip

Last week, the seventh grade students travelled to eastern Washington on a geology rock-climbing trip. A first major piece to seventh grade Advisory, this trip begins student work toward healthy community building through self-knowledge, compassionate and authentic communication, trust, support, persistence, and problem-solving. Throughout the year, Villa’s seventh graders will get to know each other(…)

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Opening Up the Conversation: “How Was School?”

by Jen Gutzmer, MA, LMHC Villa School Counselor “How was school?” Shoulder shrug. “Fine.” “That’s it?” Shoulder shrug. Sound familiar? As a parent you are eagerly awaiting an opportunity to connect with your child after they’ve been away at school. However, from kindergarteners to teenagers, questions about the school day are often met with blank(…)

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Supporting Back-to-School Transitions

by Ms. Jen Gutzmer, MA, LMHC Villa School Counselor Back-to-school excitement? Back-to-school butterflies? Back-to-school dread? Returning to school after an action-packed summer can bring up some big feelings! Here are some tips for easing into the new school year: Be curious. Chances are your student has some thoughts about the upcoming year. Ask questions like(…)

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The “Do-Over”

Dear Parents and Colleagues, When I was growing up in Batavia, Illinois – a small town about 40 miles west of Chicago – the neighborhood kids and I would spend nearly everyday, all-day, playing baseball or football or basketball in a vacant lot or at the local grade school.  In playing those games, inevitably, some(…)

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Welcome, New Faculty!

Ms. Molly Bocian will be joining the preschool team as an instructional assistant in our P4 class. Ms. Bocian, a graduate of Bishop Blanchet High School, recently completed a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University with a focus on Studio Art and Art History. She has teaching experience at Bishop Blanchet High School and, for(…)

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Kids Need Space to Learn and Play

Why, in the face of accumulated research that illustrates the benefits of both play and nature, do so many schools and administrators continue to reduce – even eliminate! – recess and outdoor play spaces? Let me assure you that we believe the opportunity to learn, play, and grow outside of the classroom is a vital(…)

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Galapagos Expedition: Part Six

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND I am sitting in my hotel in Guayaquil, Ecuador, getting ready to go to the pool and then head out to dinner in the city. I tried posting an update yesterday but ran out of internet minutes. Thursday and Friday were both packed with activities. Thursday included a tour of the Charles(…)

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Villa Academy Class of 2015

Last night, the 38 young men and women of the Villa Academy Class of 2015 celebrated Graduation. This impressive group has earned admission into the area’s top high schools, many with honors and/or scholarships. Congratulations to our new graduates, who go forth confidently with hearts full of compassion and integrity, and with minds rich in(…)

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Galapagos Expedition: Part Five

SANTIAGO ISLAND Today started with pre-breakfast (there are so many more than 3 meals a day on this ship! pre-breakfast is served early and consists of coffee, juice, pastries, fruit and yogurt!) and a photography walk on the Espumilla Beach with our photo instructor Fernando. At first it didn’t seem like there was much going(…)

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Galapagos Expedition: Part Four

DARWIN’S FINCHES “I have stated, that in the thirteen species of ground-finches, a nearly perfect gradation may be traced, from a beak extraordinarily thick, to one so fine, that it may be compared to that of a warbler.” ― Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle At the beginning of the trip, Bekah and I were(…)

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Galapagos Expedition: Part Three

MARINE IGUANAS ON FERNANDINA ISLAND This morning we hiked on the black lava surface of Fernandina Island and I finally got to meet the famous, endemic, marine iguanas. There is no way for me to improve on Kurt Vonnegut’s description of them in his novel, “Galápagos”. Here is his mostly accurate description of what is(…)

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Galapagos Expedition: Part Two

NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND AND RABIDA ISLAND Sunday morning we walked was through North Seymour Island which is known as a nesting ground for frigate birds. Frigate birds are famous for the bright red balloon that male frigates have at their throat, which they inflate to attract a mate. The highlights for me though, were the(…)

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Galapagos Expedition: Part One

In recognition of her commitment to geographic education, Villa fourth grade teacher Teri Rutledge was selected as one of the 2015 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. Teri has embarked on a 10 day Lindblad voyage aboard the National Geographic Endeavor to the Galapagos Islands for a one-of-a-kind field experience, accompanied by Lindblad-National(…)

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Conversation with a Master Stone Mason

In June 2015, Master stone mason Andrew Loudon of London, England gave an informal presentation and answered questions regarding the traditional craft of dry stone walling and his world-renowned, award-winning work. Loudon has been a professional dry stone waller since 1994 and attained Master Craftsman status in the year 2000 from The Dry Stone Walling Association of(…)

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4th Grade Soup Dinner

Congratulations to our 4th graders on last night’s successful soup dinner to benefit Food Lifeline!   Throughout their 4th grade year, Villa students focus on the issue of hunger. They examine the causes of hunger and think critically about how to alleviate it. Students are empowered to become part of the solution by writing elected(…)

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Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Benefits Villa Academy

Once again, Villa is participating in Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event on May 5: a one-day online charitable event that will stretch your donation. It’s easy to participate! Click here to go directly to the Villa Academy listing on the Seattle Foundation website. You can fulfill your VillaNOW pledge or give a new gift.  The Seattle(…)

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Villa’s New Founders Honored at Leadership Gifts Dinner

The third annual Leadership Gifts Dinner, held last night in the Rainbow Theater, honored those parents that saved Villa Academy from closing in 1977 when the Missionary Sisters could no longer staff the school. It is because of these New Founders and their extraordinary leadership that Villa Academy exists today. “They chose to see a(…)

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Champions of Salmon: 8th Grade & Kindergarten Buddies

Last Friday, our eighth grade students with the help of their Kindergarten buddies released over 210 coho salmon fry (babies) into Lake Washington directly from Villa’s own lakeshore. It was an exciting scene with buddy groups carefully transporting small cups, each containing 2-3 fry, to various release points along the shoreline. Last month and earlier(…)

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Grandparents/Grandfriends Day

Grandparents & Grandfriends Day Friday, May 8, 2015 Join us for photos, refreshments, and fun! 9 – 10 am Mass at St. Bridget Church (across from Villa Academy) 10:15 am – 12 noon Reception & Classroom Visits (Villa Academy) RSVP & Questions Francesca Rogers 206.524.8885 x267

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Villa Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week

Today, April 20 is National Volunteer Recognition Day. At Villa, we’ve decided to make it Volunteer Appreciation Week! We want to fully acknowledge the significant contributions you make of your time, talent, and treasure to Villa Academy. Whether its volunteering in the classroom or on the soccer field, procuring auction items or supporting VillaNOW Annual(…)

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Spring Restoration Day: May 3

SPRING RESTORATION DAY SUNDAY, MAY 3 | 12:30-3:30PM Join us as we celebrate our community and continue the restoration of our beautiful campus! We will be preparing our new garden space for planting, enhancing the area immediately surrounding the greenhouse, removing invasive species in preparation for more native planting this fall, and clearing brush along(…)

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Grotto, Greenhouse & Restoration Day: A WOWW Update

Working our Way to the Water, the 2014 Auction Fund-a-Need was Villa Academy’s most successful venture of its kind in school history. Nearly $170,000 was raised to elevate Villa’s outdoor education experience and improve utilization of our forested, waterfront acreage. Much has already been accomplished over the last year: Villa’s faculty, staff, students and parents(…)

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Villa Teacher Named National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

Congratulations to 4th grade teacher Teri Rutledge who has been named a Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow! Ms. Rutledge, one of 35 educators selected from across the United States and Canada, will be traveling on a Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands later this year for a one-of-a-kind field experience and professional development. (…)

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Villa Academy Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Coordinated by the National Catholic Education Association, it starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2015 is January 25 – 31. Through a variety of events and activities, we’ll focus on the value Catholic education(…)

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Student Council Thanks You for Your Generosity

The Student Council would like to send out a BIG thank you to the Villa community! Thanks to your generosity, we filled 10 SUVS and vans with presents and delivered Christmas for eight families to Providence Regina House. We can tell you that your presents are going to make a real difference in the lives(…)

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Salmon in the Classroom

This year, Villa’s eighth grade students will be raising baby salmon in the classroom! The students began the year analyzing Villa’s lakeshore property as a potential release site for chum salmon fry (babies). In September, they gathered water and vegetation samples looking for invertebrates (little water bugs) that could feed salmon and also took note(…)

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Ms. Rutledge Achieves Board Certification

For the second year in a row, Washington has more new national board certified teachers than any other state – including Villa’s very own Teri Rutledge! Ms. Rutledge was one of 946 Washington teachers who achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-review process similar to Board certification in medicine. Board certification is considered the(…)

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Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends, On behalf of the Board of Trustees and my colleagues on the faculty and staff at Villa Academy, I extend my best wishes and prayers to you and your families for a truly happy and blessed Thanksgiving. As we gather together with family and friends on this special day, remember to give thanks(…)

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6th & 7th Grade Teams Win Soccer Championships!

It was a great weekend for Viking soccer as both the 6th and 7th grade girls teams prevailed in their championship games! Saturday morning saw the 6th graders defeat St. Louise 3-1, while the 7th graders – who also took on a St. Louise team – won their match 5-0. This was the second championship in a row(…)

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Marysville Pilchuck Shooting

MARYSVILLE PILCHUCK SHOOTING Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, families, and faculty of Marysville Pilchuck High School.   Providing Information to Children after Traumatic World Events by Jen Gutzmer, MA, LMHC, Villa Academy Counselor When sudden, traumatic, and shocking events occur in the world we may be unsure of how to share information with(…)

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Villa Hosts Kindergarten Readiness Panel

KINDERGARTEN: READY OR NOT? A Panel Forum on Kindergarten Readiness Kindergarten has changed dramatically since we were kids and more than ever parents are wondering “what does it mean to be ready for kindergarten?”  Join us for an evening with experts who can help you understand what a kindergarten-ready kid looks like and under what(…)

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Villa Student Publishes First App

Congratulations to Villa 8th grader Collin M. who recently (it went live on Sept. 24th) published his first app inthe iPhone/iPad App Store. Collin designed and created Astro Brawl completely on his own over the course of this past summer. He has spent the last year teaching himself two computer languages (“Java” and “C# in Unity(…)

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Villa Artists Featured at SAM

The award-winning artwork of Villa third grader Cleia Y. and seventh grader Cameron T. is currently on display through October 17 at the Seattle Art Museum as part of the Community Corridor Art Gallery’s presentation of the 10th Annual Archbishop Murphy High School Juried Art Show. More than 700 pieces of art from students at(…)

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New Faculty Announcement

Dear Friends, I’m happy to announce the appointment of several new instructors and instructional assistants for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. All are experienced and well-prepared educators who bring an abundance of talent to Villa’s academic program and I’m excited that they’ll be joining our team! Our new instructors include: Ms. Jenny Romischer, who(…)

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All School Family BBQ/Picnic

We look forward to welcoming ALL of our school families to our annual All School BBQ/Picnic tomorrow, June 11, followed by Field Day for grades K-7. Enjoy a complimentary lunch and visit with friends before we say goodbye for the summer. Here is the schedule: 11:50 am: Grades 6 and 7 dismissed from class to(…)

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Villa Earns Green Schools Award

During halftime of the 8th grade vs. Faculty basketball game, Villa was awarded a Level 3 certification from Washington Green Schools, becoming the first Washington Green School to certify in the School Grounds and Gardens category. Villa is one of only two schools in King County to earn Level 3 certification. Congratulations to all of(…)

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Kindergarten Coin Drive

Our kindergarten classes collected $284 in their recent Ronald McDonald House Coin Drive! Once the money was collected they used their money skills to sort and count the coins then purchased items from the RMH wish list. The children were very excited to pick out items for the RMH! Working with RMH has been extremely(…)

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New Uniform Sweatshirts FAQ

Everything You Need to Know About New Villa Sweatshirts  As many of you have asked and inquired, the Spirit Store is beginning the process of adding our new logo to our uniform Villa Sweatshirts. We have done a few mock ups of them and they look great. It’s a fantastic way to show our Villa(…)

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Villa Restoration Day

VILLA RESTORATION DAY | MAY 3 | 9AM-2PM Just four weeks ago YOU made history as Working our Way to the Water (WOWW) became our most successful Fund A Need ever. Four weeks from now our community will once again make history when WOWW officially launches with Restoration Day on May 3. This first phase(…)

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Cope Miller’s Sports Update

  SOCCER AND TRACK REGISTRATION Register NOW for Soccer and Track! Track is starting next Tuesday the 1st. It is never too late to sign up.   FREE CLINICS We are offering a FREE pass to everyone to come and try out a Donald Watts Basketball class and a Cassidy Gray soccer class. FREE! This(…)

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TAX FRAUD NOTICE

Dear Friends & Colleagues, As you may be aware, there has been a significant breach of security impacting the Archdiocese of Seattle, affecting thousands of current and former employees and volunteers.  As of this writing, approximately twenty current and former faculty or staff members of Villa Academy have had fraudulent tax returns filed using their(…)

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ADD: What Parents Need to Know

VillaTALKS presents “Attention Deficit Disorder: What Parents Need to Know” on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.  Jessica Cabodi, Pediatrician with the Poly Clinic in Seattle, will speak to parents about Attention Deficit Disorder. She will go through the medical evaluation process and treatment strategies that are being used to effectively treat(…)

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It’s A Record! An Update from the Head of School

March 10, 2014 Dear Friends, Villa Academy’s Auction 2014 was an unqualified success — and it looks like we have set an auction record! As of Sunday afternoon (March 9th), this year’s event has raised over $430,000 for Villa Academy — with $150,000 dedicated to our Fund-A-Need (FAN) project! These numbers are preliminary and will(…)

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Villa Forts: More Than “Just” Child’s Play

What’s with all the forts? What occurs in the orchard each day is more than “JUST” child’s play. It begins with a desire inherent in most every kid to establish a “special place”…those forts and tree houses, closets and nooks of childhood where we escape with our favorite book, a best friend, or even just(…)

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2014 Villa Ventures Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Your child is certain to find fun, education, and inspiration during the 2014 Villa Ventures summer camp at Villa Academy! Carefully designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures offers weeklong morning and afternoon classes with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. We recognize, as a summer camp, fun is paramount, but we also believe(…)

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Cope Miller’s Sports Update

BASEBALL: LOOKING FOR ALL 5TH,6TH 7TH AND 8TH GRADE BOYS Registration is due by February 7th. Last year our 7th/8th grade team joined the CYO league and came up one run shy of winning the championship! We’ll have another strong team this season and we’re also looking to add a 5th/6th grade team. Contact Athletic Director Cope Miller with(…)

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Catholic Schools Week

  National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1. Through a variety of events and activities, we’ll focus on the value Catholic education provides young people. Each day(…)

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VillaTALKS: Keeping Your Kids Safe

VillaTALKS presents “How to Keep Your Kids Safe” by Kim Estes of Savvy Parents-Safe Kids on January 30, 7 – 9 p.m in the Parlor. The event is free and open to the public. All parents and teachers are welcome. Topics to be covered include cell phones, sleepovers, neighborhood safety, “home alone” readiness, and the(…)

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Viking Athletics Update

BASEBALL: LOOKING FOR ALL 5TH,6TH 7TH AND 8TH GRADE BOYS Registration is due by February 7th. Last year our 7th/8th grade team joined the CYO league and came up one run shy of winning the championship! We’ll have another strong team this season and we’re also looking to add a 5th/6th grade team. Contact Athletic Director(…)

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“Little Mermaid, Jr.” Registration

Come join us for this year’s musical Little Mermaid, Jr. directed by Shea Salyer with musical direction by Jean Johnson.  Auditions for principal roles will be Tuesday, January 21st  from 3:15-5:30 in the Rainbow Theater. Twice a week rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, 3:15-5:30 and Thursdays, 3:15-5:30 beginning Tuesday, February 4th. Performance dates will be(…)

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VillaTalks Offers First Aid/CPR/AED Class

American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid CPR AED Course Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 6:00pm – 9:00pm Villa Academy Parlor   Open to: Villa Parents, Faculty/Staff, and Villa 8th Graders Pre-registration required: Contact Angela Finney, Parent Ed Committee. Course Fee: $25.00 Instructor: Tony McNair Villa Parent, Tony McNair, has been a Firefighter/EMT for 10 years.   He is(…)

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Villa Receives Green Flag Award

Villa Academy was awarded Eco Schools USA Green Flag – just the second school in Washington state to be so honored – in a ceremony yesterday, recognizing its commitment to environmental sustainability and increasing environmental literacy for its students, faculty and school community. To win the Green Flag, Villa Academy students and faculty – led(…)

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Villa Celebrates Advent by Extending a Helping Hand

December first marks the first Sunday of Advent, a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus. During Advent, we wait in joy, in hope, and in anticipation for the wonderful event we are about to experience-the feast of Christmas, the coming of Christ into our lives in new ways. This waiting is(…)

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Villa Halloween Parade

Our annual Villa Halloween Parade for Kindergarten through Grade Eight will begin onThursday, October 31st, at 8:45am! Led by Mr. Milroy, Mrs. Elsner and Mr. Joseph, the parade will wind through the halls and classrooms of Villa. We will travel only on the second and third floors, making it safer for everyone to show off(…)

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VPA Presents Race to Nowhere

The VPA is hosting a screening of the film, Race to Nowhere on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. in the Rainbow Theater. Race To Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the(…)

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Villa Book Fair

The Villa community is invited to visit the Fall Book Fair, held in the Rainbow Theatre between October 21st and October 25th. The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to some new literature, to generate excitement for reading, and to raise funds for the Villa Library. This(…)

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Auction 2014

Magic+Mischief in Black+White  Friday, March 7, 2014 Villa Academy’s Auction and Masquerade Ball will be held in the Spanish Ballroom at the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel This will be a party to remember… Put on your black or white cocktail attire and don a mask Cocktails, incredible auction items, elegant food, and fabulous Fund-A-Need Stay(…)

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Mother Cabrini Wants You to Eat Pasta!

The Villa Parent Association invites you to the fall’s biggest family event: The Mother Cabrini Italian Dinner The Date: September 27 The Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Dinner served until 6:45) The Place: Villa’s Rainbow Theater and Cafeteria The Price: $10 single tickets, $40 for a family of four or more Tickets available ONLINE ONLY. Click here to(…)

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Important Back to School Information

It’s hard to believe the end of summer is already nearing. Villa Academy is coming back to life as staff and faculty return to begin preparations for the 2013-14 school year. We are looking forward to seeing you and your kids soon! For your convenience, links to important back to school forms and information are(…)

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