Elementary Announcements

February 21, 2018

Lenten Prayer & Pledge:

Almighty God, guide us throughout this Lent so that all we do may be motivated by love of you and our neighbor.  Through your goodness and mercy, you have given us this sacred season as an opportunity to respond more fully to the grace of our baptism.  May our hearts be strengthened in faith, hope, and love as we reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, who died for us so that we might live forever with him in Heaven.  Amen

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Together We Can Do Great Things!

Jesus came to give his life for us.  We are asked to give of ourselves too.  We can do this every day by finding ways to serve others instead of just serving ourselves.  When we give our last piece of candy to a friend or spend an hour with our little sister instead of watching TV, we are giving of ourselves for others.  This is one way we can unite ourselves and our sacrifices with Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross.

 Each day during Lent, we will read a short passage from the Bible and share information about that passage. 

 Announcements/News for the Week:

Third Grade Character Study:  Congratulations to the third grade students for a job well done on their character projects last Thursday.  Our guests loved hearing the students present the information that they learned.

 Cincinnati Boychoir:  Congratulations to fourth grader, Ryan McLagan, who was named Co-Captain of the Journeymen, Cincinnati Boychoir's treble concert choir.  This choir is one of two Cincinnati Boychoir's professional groups comprised of thirty-two fourth through eighth grade students from around the tristate area.  Ryan will be touring Princeton University's music college and performing in the Princeton University Chapel with the group.  While there, he will be working with undergraduate students in Princeton's Westminster Choir College Music Education Lab, and will collaborate with the Princeton University Glee Club and the Princeton Boychoir. Then, Ryan will travel to New York where he will participate in a workshop with the New Jersey Youth Chorus' Coro Vivo Treble Boychoir.  At the end of the tour they will get to go into Philadelphia to tour Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell!

 5th Grade Destination Imagination Team Service Project:  The 5th grade DI team is sponsoring another service day at the Covington Ladies Home Game Day.  Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 may sign up for this opportunity for service hours.  There are limited spaces to sign up, so sign up quickly.  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0B4DAFAD2EA7FF2-covington1 .

 Third Grade Service Project:  The third graders will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.  Along with studying recycling, The Cohen Company will also be presenting information to our students.  They will share how they recycle the pop tabs, and how a certain percentage of the money from the pop tabs will go to the Ronald McDonald House to help families when their child is being treated at area hospitals.   The students will be collecting pop tabs from Feb. 7-March 23.  If you would like to donate tabs, just send them in to one of the third grade homerooms!

 End of Second Trimester/Grades: The second trimester ended on February 16.   K-6 teachers will be available for conferences on March 8 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  If you are interested in signing up for a conference, please do so at the following link.  Spring conferences are optional.  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080548A4AF29A75-spring4    Please remember that if you need to speak to your child's teacher now, email or call to set up an appointment.  There is no need to wait until March 8 for a conference.

 KDA Mobile Science Lab:  We are excited to have the KDA Mobile Science Activity Center visiting Villa Madonna Academy on February 20, 21, and 22.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the lab to learn about various science concepts through various activities including making a superabsorbent polymer (3rd - 6th), learning about the importance of soil (3rd - 6th), and learning about the importance of seeds (K-2).  We are also pleased to welcome special guest, Miss Kentucky, Molly Matney who will speak to our students about the importance of eating healthy foods.

 4th Grade Girls' Basketball:  Congratulations to the 4th Grade girls who won the gold division championship of the IHM league! On Saturday the team defeated St Joe's in the semi-finals 13-5 and then beat IHM 11-9 in the finals.  The girls' teamwork on defense was their strength throughout the season. We thank coaches Mr. Esposito and Mr. Schroeder for all of their work with the girls this season.

 Kindergarten Testing:  Testing will take place over the next two weeks.  Please welcome our guests if you see them in the main office.

 Y-Club:  Kentucky United Nations Assembly will meet after school on Tuesday with Mr. Tilley.  Wednesday meeting is cancelled.

 Chess Club:  Chess Club will meet after school with Mr. Dropic on Wednesday.

 Booster's Mtg.:  The Boosters will meet on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the gym conference room.

 Diocesan Principals' Meeting:  A Diocesan Principals meeting will take place on Thursday from 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 

 Mass:  Grades K-6 will celebrate Mass with Father Riesenberg on Friday.  Thanks to the 3rd  grade for preparing the liturgy. 

 Alzheimer's Association:  After Mass on Friday, Moe from the Alzheimer's Association will be stopping by for a few minutes to thank us and to let our students know how their donations make a difference in the lives of others.

 Enrichment:  Students in grades 1- 6 will have enrichment this Friday.

 Feast of St. Walburg:  On February 25, we celebrate the Feast of St. Walburg.  The Benedictine Sisters who sponsor VMA named their monastery after St. Walburg.  Many miracles, especially healing, have been attributed to St. Walburg.  Say a special prayer for our Benedictine Sisters on the 25th and wish a "Happy Feast day" to those you meet.  

 St. Elizabeth Healthcare:   On February 26 grades 3 and 5 will be taking part in the My Heart Rocks program offered by St. Elizabeth.

 Running Club:  Running Club for students signed up from grades 3 and 4 will meet after school on February 26 with Mrs. Law and Ms. Imhoff.

 Report Cards:  Report cards will be sent home with students on February 28.

 February Birthdays:  Happy birthday to all of our students who celebrate their birthday in February!  All students who celebrate their birthday in February may be out of uniform on February 28.

 February MAPS:  February MAPS have been posted in our eFolder and are due by Friday, February 28.

 March Lunch Menu:  The March lunch menu has been placed on our website.

 Music in our Schools Month:  March is Music in our Schools Month.  We will share a song and information each morning on announcements. Thanks to Ms. Ransom for her work on this project.

 Tornado Drill:  We will participate in the KY statewide tornado drill 10:07 a.m. on March 1.

 Dream Out Loud Challenge:  Students, you could win a $1,000 college savings account by participating in the Dream Out Loud Challenge by sharing how you plan to change the world after you graduate from college.  Students in K-6 can submit an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question, "How will I change the world after I go to college?"  Official rules, prize details and guidelines are available at https://www.kysaves.com/buzz/dream-2018.shtml   Entries can be submitted online or by mail.  The challenge ends on March 19, 2018. 

 Engineers Day Open House at UK:  Engineers Day at the University of Kentucky in Lexington will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9 - 1 PM  This event is a "come and  go" type event.  While at the event you will be able to explore exhibit and watch demonstrations.  For more information visit:http://www.engr.uky.edu/eday/ 

 Engineering Exposition at UL:  Engineering Exposition is an annual event sponsored by the Speed School Student Council and aims to expose students in grades K-12 to STEM fields.  This year's event will be held on March 3, 2018.  For more information on this event visit:  www.engineering-expo.com .

 Girl Scout Recycling Caps and Lids:  Please support our 5th grade Girl Scout Troop by bringing in caps and lids to be recycled.  Students will be collecting throughout the school year.  More information can be found in the elementary e-folder.  Examples of acceptable caps and lids include:  medicine bottle caps, milk jug caps, toothpaste tube caps, flip-top caps (ketchup, mustard), cream cheese container lids, and any lid with a recycle number 2, 3, or 5.  Questions?  Please contact the 5th grade Girl Scouts.

 Cub Scout Service Project:  For the 1st Grade Cub Scouts Service Project, a paper bag will be placed in all of the homerooms, the art room, fab lab and aftercare to collect all broken crayons and used markers.  If you have old crayons that you are getting rid of, please put them in the paper bag.  They will be sent to Crayola at the end of the school year and Crayola will recycle them for children in need and for a clean planet.  

 Parent Reminders/Information:

Summer Camps at VMA: We will once again be hosting several summer camps at Villa. Flyers for these camps with more details will be distributed in the March family folder and will be available in the eFolder on our website.


  • STEM Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 4. Time: 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Art Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 4. Time: 11:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Drama Camp for students entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 the week of June 4. Time: 9-12 p.m.
  • Behind the Scenes Drama Camp for students in 7th and 8th the week of June 4. Time: 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Drama Camp for students entering grades 2, 3, and 4 the week of June 11. Time: 9-12 p.m.
  • Art Camp for students entering grades 4, 5, and 6 the week of June 11. Time: 12 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Super STEAM Camp for students entering K, 1 and 2 the week of June 18. Time: 9 - 4:00 p.m.

    This camp is being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up visit:http://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camp/summer 
  • Harry Potter Camp for students entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 18. Time: 9 - 4:00 p.m.

    This camp is being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up visit:http://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camp/summer 
  • Jr. Jedi Camp for students entering K, 1 and 2 the week of June 25. Time: 9 - 4:00 p.m.

    This camp is being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up visit:http://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camp/summer 
  • Star Wars Camp for students entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 25. Time: 9 - 4:00 p.m.

    This camp is being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up visit:http://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camp/summer  

 Registrations: This is a call for all sibling applications. We are currently accepting new student applications for the 2018-2019 school year. You may request forms from Janet Baugh at admissions@villamadonna.net or print and submit the Application and Release of Records Form located at http://villamadonna.org/prospectivestudents/application-process/ .

IOWA Assessments Standardized Testing: From April 16 - April 26, students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be taking the Iowa Assesments and CogAT tests. These tests Iowa test scores measure each child's growth as well as serve as a standard of measure to help us continue to evaluate our curriculum and progress. These tests are just one of the many tools we use to assess the skills and abilities of our students. Please mark your calendars for these two weeks to make sure that your child is at school during testing. More information about testing will be shared closer to testing.

Villa Madonna Montessori: VMM will be hosting an open house for their programs for children ages three and four on February 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. 

Diocese of Covington Speaker: The Diocese is sponsoring guest speaker, Alissa Parker - mother and co-founder of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initative on February 21 from 7 - 8 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. All are invited to attend. 

New Kentucky Immunization Requirements: A recent amendment to the KY Administrative Regulations on the immunization schedules for attending school added new immunization requirements for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018. Effective July 1, 2018 ALL students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. To meet this requirement, a CURRENT certificate of Immunization Status must be provided to the school showing the dates your child received the two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. If your child has already received two doses of the vaccine, he or she will not be required to receive the series again. ALL K-6 students will need to turn in a copy of an updated immunization form to the main office for their child before August 15, 2018. . 

PTAO Mother/Son Event Save the Date: All VMA Moms/Sons in grades K-6 are invited to Woodland Lakes Christian Camp & Retreat Center on April 21, 2018. for a fun filled day. More information will be shared closer to the event.

Soccer Camp: The Villa Madonna High School Boys' and Girls' Soccer Teams are offering a 1/2-day soccer camp on Saturday, February 24 for boys and girls ages 7-12 (up to 6th grade). The camp will take place at Villa Madonna Gym. You can attend either a morning session 9:30 AM - 11 AM or an afternoon session from 12:00-1:30 PM. All levels of skill are encouraged to attend. We ask campers to bring a soccer ball with their name on it and gym shoes. The camp will cover basic ball skills, dribbling, passing, and shooting. A special training session for goalkeepers also will be held. Cost of the Camp is $15 per player. There also will be a basic skills camp for children ages 4-6 from 2:00-3:00 PM focusing on soccer fundamentals; cost of this camp is $10. Registration information and forms are available at the Villa Madonna Athletic Website: [http://www.villamadonna.net/athletics/athletic-camps/  ]. For additional information, please contact Mary Pavel at 859-331-6333; or Glenn Rice 859-331-6005.

 Looking Ahead:


2          ES Mass; ES Enrichment

6          FAP Meeting

7          Faculty Meeting - 2:15 dismissal

8          Spring Conferences 3 PM - 6 PM

9          Faculty In-service - No School

14         PTAO Meeting @ 8:00 AM

16         ES Mass; ES Enrichment

18         Ice Cream Social - Primary Recruitment Event 1 - 2:30 PM; KUNA

19-20    KUNA

22         HS Spring Play 22 - 25

23         Reconciliation Service Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6; ES Enrichment

27         Students with March birthdays may be out of uniform

28         Stations of the Cross; Middle of 3rd Trimester

29         Holy Thursday - No School

30         Good Friday - No School


Villa Madonna Academy, a private, Catholic, K-12 school educates students in a Christ-centered community rootedin the Benedictine traditions of scholarship, service