Elementary Announcements

October 15, 2018

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.

Joy springs from a grateful heart!

Benedictine Values:  Jesus tells his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray.   Prayer is one way that faith can deepen and become stronger. The challenge is to pray, so that God will find faith among us. We pray together each morning when we begin our school day, before lunch, and each afternoon at the end of the school day. What are some other times of the day that you pray? Perhaps you pray each night before you go to sleep or each morning when you wake up. Who/What do you pray for? Perhaps you pray for your parents, siblings, teachers, or those who are having a difficult time. Perhaps you pray for God to watch over you and guide you.

Throughout the month of September, our 5th grade students are sharing reflections on morning announcements on what PRAYER means to them.  Below are their reflections for the week:

  • Prayer is important to me because you can ask god if he can help you and you can thank him for everything He has done. You can also ask him for forgiveness. I pray before I eat and I thank God or ask him for forgiveness for something I might have done. Prayer makes me feel good. I remember to talk to God which makes me feel better.
  • Prayer is important because it brings you closer to God. We pray together at church and we make sure that our hands our folded when we pray. You begin a prayer by making the sign of the cross. Sometimes we pray for people in need. Sometimes we pray to help calm down. Sometimes we pray to thank God for all that we have.      
  • Ayer is important because when you pray you are asking or telling God about something. When you pray, you are giving some of your time to talking to God. Prayer is important because talking to God is important. It is good to pray when you get up, before lunch and at night. There are many prayers that you can say. You can thank God for the food and drink that he has given us. You can thank him for all of the wonderful things in your life like your parents, sisters and brothers, and pets. This is why prayer is important.      

Announcements/News for the Week

Craft Show: Our campus was packed throughout the day on Saturday as people visited our 21st annual VMA Craft Show. Special thanks to our PTAO, Mrs. Poole, Mrs. Biehl-Mitchell, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. McKinstry, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Daniels, and Mrs. Wainscott for planning an incredible event! Thanks to the many, many volunteers who helped work throughout the event!   The Craft Show Committee thanks the many students and parents who assisted them with this event. If you displayed a sign, please be sure to return the sign. Mrs. Klopp and Mrs. Poole will be at the HS Parking Lot and Holy Spirit entrance on Tuesday morning to collect the signs. Thanks so much!

Cultural Arts Programs:  Special thanks to our Fine Arts Patrons for sponsoring two opportunities for our students last week including a performance of Jungle Book by Playhouse in the Park and a trip for our K-3 students to attend a performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall.

'Socktober': This Elementary Student Council will be collecting socks to donate to St. Vincent DePaul the next two weeks. Every night in the US an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets (9,000 right here in Greater Cincinnati). Help us make s difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless by donating a pair of winter socks.

Academic Team: This week our Jr. High and 6th grade teams faced St. Agnes, and we won all 3 matches! Varsity won by the score of 32:16, JV won 22:20 and 6th graders won 25:14. Congratulations to our students!

Boys Golf: Congratulations to the boys' golf team for their wins against Blessed Sacrament and Saint Paul last week. Max earned his personal best score of the season and Quinn, Dolan and Drew all scored better than their average scores. Go Vikings!

Girls Volleyball: The fifth grade girls have had an amazing few weeks with volleyball. Because of their great teamwork, the girls won their game against St. Joes and St. Cecilia. We wish the team all the best this week.

Cross Country: Our elementary students did very well at the regional championships in cross country. Cole, Kamdyn, Seth, Kailyn, Sofia, Brea, Rylie, Alyssa, Sam and Ethan were top 20 finishers and received medals. Keep up the great work!

PTAO Faculty/Staff Appreciation: On October 18 the PTAO would like to celebrate the Villa faculty and staff members by treating them to some Fall Favorites. We are planning to provide a popcorn bar, apple cider, and delicious fudge. If you are interested in providing some of the treats (or your own fall favorite), please sign up using the link below. Thank you in advance for your assistance! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094ca4a72da5fe3-fall

Jingle Bell Shop:  The PTAO sponsored Jingle Bell Shop is a great way to let your child experience the spirit of giving this Christmas season.  The Jingle Bell Shop will be held in the Center Building on December 3- 5.  The shop will be supervised by Virtus trained parent volunteers who will assist your child with gift selections and managing money.  This is a great opportunity for the students to budget money and to make purchasing decisions. You will delight in seeing the joy and excitement on your child's face when you open the gift they especially chose for you!   To sign up to volunteer go to:   

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845adab22a3f94-jbsvolunteers2017.  In addition to the class shopping blocks, we will have the store open on December 5 from 2:15 - 4:30 p.m. for those parents who would like to bring preschool aged children or their students after school to shop. 

October & November Lunch Menu:  The lunch menu can be found on our website in the K-6 eFolder.

October Birthdays:  All students who celebrate their birthday in October may be out of uniform on 10/26.

Geography Question for the day:  For our second month of school, we will share a geography question that has appeared in past Geography Bee competitions.  See if you can figure out the answer before it is announced!

October MAP Challenge:  The October challenge has been placed on the website and will be due to Mr. Tilley by October 26.

Fifth Grade Honor Choir:  Congratulations to Alyssa Martin, Ryan McLagan, Dahlila Gorman, Reagan Carmen, and Anna Kolar who have all earned a place in the KMEA District 6 Honor Choir!  The students will perform at Lakeside Christian Church in Lakeside Park, KY on November 2. The conductor is world renowned composer/ conductor Rollo Dilworth!

Sixth Grade Honor Choir:  Congratulations to Nora Ernst, Rylie Bond, Ella Martin, Caitlyn Ingram, and Sofia Virzi who have all earned a place in the KMEA District 6 Honor Choir!  The students will perform at Florence Baptist Church in Mount Zion, KY on November 16. The conductor is Jill Campbell from Asbury College. 

Yarn Needed: Do you have any yarn lying around your house that you no longer need? The elementary crochet enrichment group is looking for donations of yarn for the next cycle of enrichment groups. Students will be working together to create blankets to donate to children in need. Please send donations to Mrs. Froelicher or Mrs. Wuebben by 10/19.

Original Works:  Original Works projects are underway.  Soon your student will bring home a magnet displaying a piece of their original art.  You may purchase this magnet, and order additional products if you like or return the magnet.  Check out the display case by the office to see some of the products you can order.  They make great Christmas gifts!

Fire Safety Presentation:  October is Fire Safety Month and so the VHCS Fire Department will be meeting with our K-3rd grade students to review fire safety procedures at school and at home.  They will meet with students on Monday for a short presentation.  Then, students will get to view the trucks that they will park at the Holy Spirit doors.

Y-Club: Y-Club will meet after school on Tuesday with Mr. Tilley. Special thanks to our students who hosted a table at the Craft Show to raise money for Go Pantry.

Kindergarten Trip to the Farm:  Kindergarten students will make their annual trip to Benton Farms on October 18th.

Rosary Club: Rosary Club will meet after school on Thursday with Mrs. Kolar and Mrs. Law.

Drama Club: Drama Club will meet after school on Thursday with Mrs. Eichmann and Ms. Yuenger.

4th & 5th Grade Academic Team:  Students will have practice this Thursday from 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY: Please note that there is no school on Friday, October 19, for students this day so that the faculty can meet.   We are excited to have Mrs. Buchino and Mr. Herring who wrote the book, Connecting across Cultures, to talk about global education in the elementary classroom for our morning session and the KY State Police Department on campus to lead our faculty and staff through lockdown and lockout trainings through live action drills for our afternoon session.

Open House:  Our K-12 Open House event is Sunday, October 21, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. Please be sure to invite friends and family to attend! Thank you in advance for your support of our biggest enrollment event of the year!

Picture Forms: Picture forms are being sent home today with K-6 students. Be sure to look for the form. Forms need to be returned to homeroom teachers by October 24 if you intend to purchase photos. For your convenience, orders can be placed online by going to mylifetouch.com and entering our elementary picture day ID: JC118209Q0.

Picture Day:  Picture day is scheduled for October 24.  All students will have their photo taken at school for our annual yearbook.  Students may come to school out of uniform if they dress nicely for their picture.  Picture order forms will be sent home shortly and need to be returned by October 24 if you would like to order copies of your child's photo.

Mexico Book of the Month Speaker:  The World Affairs Council will be providing us with a speaker on October 26 to share information about Mexican culture.  We are excited to have our first cultural speaker of the year!

Family Movie Night:  We will be hosting a family movie night in the theatre on October 26 at 7:00 p.m. for our Villa students and their families.  We will be showing the movie Coco! There is no fee for this event, however space is limited so do reserve spaces for you and your child(ren) by going to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a4af29a75-family.  

VillaRama Gift Gathering Party - Roller Skating:  Students and their families in grades K-6 are invited to a Family Roller Skating Party at the Florence Fundome on Sunday, November 4 from 4-6 PM. This is a gift gathering party for VillaRama, our school's largest fundraiser. Admission is a gift to be used at VillaRama suggested gift amount $25. Enjoy an afternoon of family fun and support our school! RSVP by October 31 to bmotley@villamadonna.net. Need gift ideas? Go to villamadonna.org/support and click on VillaRama.

Heroes Day: The Villa community is hosting a recognition ceremony on November 17 to honor our American heroes who have served our country or are currently serving our country. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Theater with a ceremony hosted by our 6th grade students. All are invited to stay for Mass which begins at 9:00 a.m. as well. Please be sure to RSVP using the form sent home in Family Folder or in the efolder. Questions? Please contact Ms. Ransom at pransom@villamadonna.net.

Breakfast with Santa: Reserve your place for Breakfast with Santa which will take place at Villa on December 1. A flyer went home in the Family Folder and is in the efolder. Questions? Please contact vmasantabreakfast@gmail.com.

Athletics: Good luck to our students competing in matches this week:

Tuesday: 5th Grade Girls' Volleyball; Boys' Golf

Wednesday:  6th Grade Girls' Volleyball; ES Cross Country

Thursday: Boys' Golf

Saturday - ES Cross Country

Parent Reminders/Information

Common Sense Media: Looking for educated, honest, and moral reviews about media your kids are exposed to?  The website: www.commonsensemedia.org is a great resource for parents and a sight that our technology teachers use with our students!  Read honest reviews from both parents and kids about movies, TV shows, books, and video games before you allow your students to view them!  We can all help our children be informed, value-based consumers of technology and media.

Villa Pride: Thank you for being #VillaProud! Wear your Villa Spirit Wear and tell others how much you love our school.  Thank you for liking and sharing our Facebook posts and Twitter feeds as well. Let's show the community our school pride!

Open House:   Our K-12 Open House event is Sunday, October 21, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. Your help is needed. Please use this link to sign up to assist: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4dabad2ca2f85-villa.   We are looking for students and families to give tours, register guests, place yard signs, greet, and help with mailings. Students will earn service hours for their assistance. Please be sure to invite friends and family to attend! Thank you in advance for your support of our biggest enrollment event of the year!

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

Boosters Meeting: The next Boosters Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym Conference Room.               

Prepare Affair: Prepare affair will be held this year on November 17. To volunteer, go to https://secure.pwchomerepairs.org/prepare and sign up as a Prepare Affair Volunteer - 'I have a crew', then select Laura Mate- Villa Madonna as your crew leader.We will meet at the Villa main parking lot at 9:00 AM on Saturday, Nov. 17 and then drive to each of our assigned houses. Carpooling is suggested since parking can be tight at some of the houses. We should be finished around 12:00 PM.Please bring your own rakes and gloves. Leaf bags will be provided.Contact Laura Mate at lauramate@twc.com if you have any questions.

PTAO Breakfast with Santa:  Ho-Ho-Ho Santa is on his way!  Please see the family folder for your invitation to our annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 1. Our professional photographer is returning, we have a delicious menu fun crafts planned! We would love to see you and your family - extended family and friends are always welcome.  Send your reservation to the school office as soon as possible.   If you wish to volunteer to help with the event or have any questions, please contact one of the event chairs - Mrs. Arnsperger or Mrs. Nine. We are also looking for someone to chair this special event for December 2019 so if you are interested please let us know!


1          All Saints Day - No School

2          E.S. Mass; 5th Honor Choir; Nov. Book of the Month; ES Enrichment; End of 1st Trimester       

6          FAP

7          Faculty Meeting; KYA

9          XU PLC; E.S. Mass; ES Enrichment; Grades due by 3 PM; KYA

10         KYA

13         PAC Meeting

14         Spelling Bee at 1:15 PM; Report Cards sent home; PTAO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

16         Heroes Day 8:30 a.m.; E.S Mass; ES Enrichment

19         Bring the Mountains to you! for K-6 at Villa by Russ Childers at 9:00 a.m.; E.S. Conferences - 3 PM-6PM;

20         Noon Dismissal; E.S. Conferences - 12 PM - 3 PM

21 - 23  Thanksgiving Break - No School        

30         ES Mass; ES Enrichment; Students with November birthdays may be out of uniform


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.