Elementary Announcements

November 25, 2019

Prayer & Pledge:

Oh God, creator of the universe, You hold each of us in the palm of your hand. Extend to each member of the Villa community an awareness of your presence, your healing and your peace.  Help us to love and respect one another, to develop our gifts to the best of our abilities, and to use those gifts in the service of others. Help us work together to grow into mature Christian people. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son and our brother. 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.

Announcements/News for the Week:  We celebrate Thanksgiving to recognize and give thanks for our blessings. The pilgrims who survived the hardships of life in a vast new land were thankful for the Native Americans who taught them how to raise the food that sustained their colony throughout the brutal New England winters. These travelers to the new world were thankful for life itself. Today, we enjoy longer lives filled with many freedoms. We live in a country where people generously step up and help others who are facing challenges in uncertain times. It is so important to be thankful for what we have. Count the many blessings that you and your family have received. Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you! I hope that you each are able to celebrate the day with your family and friends remembering how the early Pilgrims gathered to give thanks for their gifts of settlement, harvest, knowledge of their new land, and friendships with the Native Americans. The faculty and I look forward to seeing you back at school on December 2.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving! We look forward to seeing the students back at school on Monday!

Throughout the month, our 4th grade students are sharing reflections on morning announcements on what Respect and Service means to them. 

~The Benedictine Value of respect means to me is to be polite to your siblings, pets, friends and family. Another way to show respect is to join people in games and activities and don’t let them be left out. The Benedictine Value of respect and service means to me to donate stuff to charity. Another way to show respect and service is to help people like opening the door for someone. The Benedictine Value of service means to me to help your family or friends clean up. Other ways to show service is to clean up litter or help your siblings get ready for a test. That is what Respect and Service mean to me. ~Lily

~The Benedictine value of Respect means to respect my elders by mowing their lawn, helping them with laundry or helping them get to there bus stop, or opening doors for them, and not talking when your teacher is speaking. The Benedictine value of service to me is donating to a homeless shelter or donating baby items. You can also help someone cross the street or help them get to their car Another way is you can carry packages for someone . respect is also to not touch other people’s property. Service is volunteering at an elderly person’s home, or volunteer at a soup kitchen. This is what the values of respect and service mean to me. ~Madelyn

Villa Madonna Academy 1960 – 1969: Bowling lanes were installed in the “Activity Room” which is now the hallway and classrooms behind the office in the 1960's as a gift from the Elsaesser family.  A school parking lot was installed and replaced the convent sheep pasture. Villa’s “It’s Academic” team, a high school quiz bowl, appeared on local television and won the first of three consecutive victories in 1963, 1964 and 1965. The Benedictine Sisters opened Madonna Manor, a nursing home, on the east section of the property. VMA students volunteered with Villa’s “Barn Project” in the late 1960’s. This program offered summer day camp opportunities for inner-city children of Covington and Newport.   Students enjoyed summer camp activities in the space that now houses the Montessori. Students held the first “Crazy Daisy Day” at Villa (an event similar to our current Field Day). In 1968 Villa Madonna College was renamed to Thomas More College and moved to its present location on Turkeyfoot Road.

Students of the Month: Congratulations to the following 4-6th grade students for being awarded “VMA Student of the Month in Scholarship.” These students were nominated by their teachers for consistently completing class work and homework satisfactorily, participating actively in class, and being willing to do any requested classroom task: Vanessa Gerakos, Tara Gibson, Antonio Hammond, Kinsey Kochvar, Jay Meyers, Addison Nine, and Michael Popham. Keep up the great efforts, students!

Elementary Archery: The elementary archery team competed in the St. Paul Archery Tournament and placed 2nd. Congratulations to Maxime Cosset who placed 4th in the boys' division and received a individual award. The team was also lead by Riley Clark, Ksenia Miller, and Norie Barker who placed in the top 10. All of the new archers also did good job in their first tournament and we are looking forward to a great season.   

Middle School Archery:   The Villa Madonna sixth grade archers competed as part of the Jr High archery team in their first tournament of the season at Conner. The team finished 4th with a score of 2532 and 31 bullseyes.  Sixth grade scoring was led by Camille Gordon with a 245 and a 7th place finish in the middle school girls division and Luke Zumbiel with a 229. There will be no practice the week of Thanksgiving. Practice will resume on Tuesday, December 3rd as normal.  The next archery tournament will be on Saturday, December 7 at Pendleton Co. High School archers shoot at 10a and Jr High shoot at 11a.

Sixth Grade Girls’ Basketball:  Congratulations to the 6th Grade Girls BB team. They started the weekend by winning the championship game of the Villa Invitational on Friday with a 17-13 victory over St. Paul. The girls split two other games this weekend; defeating St. Phillip 19-7 and losing a triple-overtime thriller to Holy Cross 17-16. 

Wheelchair Basketball: Sixth grader, Sean Nichols was at a wheelchair basketball tournament this weekend in Michigan with his team, The Cincinnati Dragons. Congrats to the prep team as they came in 3rd place.

Queen City Music Fest: Congratulations to Connor Burke, Isaac Sebald, Emily Robinson, and Derin Inanli who participated in the Queen City Music Fest on Saturday. 

Report Cards: First trimester report cards will be sent home with students in a sealed envelope on Wednesday. If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please contact the appropriate teacher. Fall conferences will be held November 25 and November 26. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548A4AF29A75-fall4

Elementary Basketball Invitational: A big thank you to everyone involved with the planning and execution of our 8th annual Villa Madonna Academy Basketball Invitational It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to play basketball in our gym as well as to have students from other schools on our campus.  There were over 50 games played at the invitational with athletes from 12 different schools on 8 different days! A special thank you to Mr. Dropic, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Demler, and the many coaches and parent volunteers for all the hard work put in to make this event happen. 

Great News - Booster Donation: Thank you to our VMA Boosters who presented a $10,000 donation to the VMA Athletic Department. The Boosters donation is made possible by the generosity of all who participate in events such as Shoot-a-Thon, Villympics, and the Golf Outing. Thank you to our Boosters president Mr. Dave Thomas for his leadership. We are extremely blessed to have our VMABoosters and our parent volunteers working to provide for our athletic teams.

Colonial Day: Third grade students will be taking part in a special Colonial Day as part of a culminating activity for their study of the thirteen colonies. 

Jesse Tree/Christmas Service Project: This holiday season Villa Madonna Academy students will be collecting items for Kentucky Intensive Services and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern Kentucky. We will have giving trees up the Monday we return from Thanksgiving break and will collect through Wed Dec. 20. Items should not be wrapped but should have the ornament attached. Thank you in advance for your help!

Picture Day: Please make note that picture retake day has been scheduled for December 3. School photos were sent home last week. If you are unhappy with your current portrait, please make note that picture retake day has been scheduled for December 3.  You will return your photo at that time, and have it retaken. Students who did not have their photo taken and need a form can pick one up in the main office. 

St. Nick Slipper Day: Our elementary student council would like to do something special for the school. Students may bring slippers to wear in their classroom on December 6th and leave their shoes by their lockers or cubbies for a special St. Nicholas Day treat from student council. Students may wear slippers in their classroom that day. No slippers? No worries! PE shoes may be left by lockers or cubbies to receive a treat instead.

MAPS Challenge: The December MAPS Challenge has been posted on our school’s website in the eFolder for K-6. Completed forms are due to Mr. Tilley by December 6.

Breakfast with Santa: Reserve your place for Breakfast with Santa which will take place at Villa on December 7. A flyer will be going home electronically, in our family folder, to local preschools, and shared through our social media sites. Questions? Please contact vmasantabreakfast@gmail.com.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Mark your calendars for the annual Villa Hills/Crescent Springs Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony which will take place on Saturday, December 7. The Celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. We are still waiting for the city to let us know what time we are scheduled to sing. This is an exciting event for our students and great exposure to showcase our school to the community. 

First Lego League Robotics Competition: Villa students will be competing in the First Lego League Competition and the Jr. First Lego League Competition on Saturday, December 14. We wish the students the best of luck and thank their coaches for all of their work with the students to prepare them for competition.

Immaculate Conception: Catholics celebrate this holyday on December 8. School will not be in session on Monday, December 9th per the Diocese.

Jingle Bell Shop: The annual PTAO Jingle Bell Shop will be held December 10th, 11th, and 12th. This is a fun PTAO fundraiser, which allows the children to purchase gifts for friends and family for the holidays. All items are between $1 and $5. A flyer will be sent home in the next Family Folder with shopping list to complete helping your child stay on task and budget. These lists are REALLY helpful for the volunteers and buddies who will assist your child in the shop. Students will be visiting the shop at the following times:

Tuesday, December 10   8:15 1H; 9:00 1V; 11:30 3B; 12:00 3L

Wednesday, December 11  8:15 KH; 9:00 KK; 12:00 5R; 12:30 5Y

Thursday, December 12     8:15 2M with 6E & 6Y; 12:00 4W; 12:30 4L

Additionally, the Jingle Bell Shop needs you help! We need volunteers to assist at the shop. Please follow this sign-up genius link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B44AAA72DA1FE3-vmajingle

If you have gift wrap that you would like to donate for the sale, we are in need of gift bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper, and tape. All gift wrap donations are needed by Friday, December 6th.  

Grades K - 3 - gift bags and tissue paper

Grades 4 - 6 - wrapping paper and tape

Geography Bee: Our annual bee is scheduled to take place at 1:15 on Tuesday, December 10.

VillaRama Gift Gathering Party for Grades K-6: Mark your calendars as we will be hosting a gift gathering party after school on Friday, December 13 for our students. Flyers went home in the November family folder.  

Children’s’ Theatre: Grades K-3 will be going to the Taft Theatre on December 16 to see a performance of Charlie Brown Christmas. We thank our FAP for sponsoring this cultural arts field trip for our students. 

Christmas Spirit Week:  The elementary student council would like to spread Christmas cheer and so have planned a special week for our faculty/staff and students. We hope you have a lot of fun during this week. Merry Christmas!  

Monday, December 16:  Wear your favorite Christmas sweater

Tuesday, December 17:  Dress Like a Present, a Christmas Tree, or your favorite Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 18:  Wear your favorite Christmas Pajamas or your favorite Ugly Christmas sweater

Thursday, December 19:  Candy Cane day - Wear red and white today!

Friday, December 20:  Out of uniform if you wear Christmas colors and/or accessories

Kindergarten Christmas Pageant: All K-6 classes are invited to our annual Christmas celebration with the Kindergarten students on December 19 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the theatre. The kindergarten students will also share the story of Jesus’ birth at 7:00 p.m. for family and friends.

First Grade Gingerbread Houses: The first grade will be creating gingerbread houses at 10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria on December 20.  Grades 1 - 6 are invited to view the houses after they are created at 11:00 a.m.

12/20 Noon Dismissal: Just a reminder that we will be dismissing at noon on December 20. Please make note that ALL STUDENTS WILL DISMISS FROM THE CAFETERIA AT NOON ON 12/20 AS THERE IS NO AFTERCARE. 

Aftercare: Please mark your calendars….there will NOT be aftercare on November 26 and December 20. These days are noon dismissal days and we do not have teachers available to run aftercare. 

Registrations for NEW Students for 2020-2021 School Year: If you have a child at home interested in attending Villa in grades K-6 next year or know of a child who is planning to attend VMA next fall, it is time to submit an application. We are currently accepting applications from prospective families for students entering VMA next fall.  Current student registration will take place in March. Please contact Janet Baugh at ext. 139 if you need more information.

Virtus: Parents who wish to volunteer at Villa need to be Virtus trained. Please contact Julie Dickman, our Virtus Coordinator, in the main office if you have any questions. To register and sign up for a class, visit www.virtus.org  and click on “Registration.”

Madonna Manor’s Winter Mix & Mingle: Join Madonna Manor for an evening of great fun and good including appetizers and desserts with entertainment by Kenny Cowden, accomplished singer/songwriter, as he performs classic and current rock, pop, country and original tunes on December 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. Where? Madonna Manor, 2344 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017. No charge to attend with a donation of a toy for Toys for Tots. Please RSVP by December 2 to Brenda Clark at 859-426-6325.

VillaRama 2020: Saturday, February 29, at Receptions in Erlanger. You won’t want to miss this unique occasion and celebration as we gather on Leap Day to support Villa Madonna. This year’s event will certainly pack the house as we welcome a special guest band for the evening. Put on your dancing shoes and see the Naked Karate Girls as you support Villa and celebrate with our Villa family. Be sure to save both of these dates on your calendar. Questions for these events may be directed to Kyle Isaack at kisaack@villamadonna.net.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center offers classes that you may be interested in attending with your son or daughter. To register for the classes below, please visit https://www.stelizabeth.com/docs/default-source/thefamilybirthplace-documents/documents/2019/women'swellness_childbirtheducation.pdf?sfvrsn=64c30072_0

Mother/Daughter Class I –Appropriate ages: 9-12. Designed to open communication between mothers and daughters regarding puberty. Discussion includes physical and emotional changes of girls during adolescence.

Parent To Son - Appropriate ages 9 - 12. Designed to open communication between a mother/father and son. Discussion includes emotional and physical changes of boys during adolescence.

SafeSitter –SafeSitter is a program for girls and boys age 11-13 that teaches adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. Topics include safety and security precautions, child development and age appropriate activities and the business aspect of babysitting. Each student receives a manual with all the information covered in class.

Looking Ahead:


25        E.S. Conferences – 3 PM-6PM

26        Noon Dismissal; E.S. Conferences – 12 PM – 3 PM

27 – 29 Thanksgiving Break – No School


3         FAP Meeting

4         Faculty Meeting – 2:15 PM dismissal

6         ES Prayer Service (5th); Book of the Month; ES Drama Production

7         Breakfast with Santa; Villa Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony

9         Immaculate Conception – No School

10        Jingle Bell Shop Week; Geography Bee at 1:15 PM

13        Xavier PLC; ES Mass (6th); ES Enrichment

14        First Lego League Competition

16        Children’s Theatre: Charlie Brown Christmas grades K-3

19        Kindergarten Christmas Pageant; December or June birthdays may be out of uniform

20        First Grade Gingerbread Houses; Noon Dismissal; Middle of 2nd trimester

23        Christmas Break Begins – No School


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