Elementary School Announcements
March 20, 2017 

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.

We are Called; We are Chosen:    

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. This weekend, Mr. Aubrey McGinnis, father of fourth grader, Brea McGinnis, passed away after a battle with cancer.  Please keep the McGinnis family in your prayers. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially for the students.  As a parent, you may want to talk to your child about death because it impacts each person in different ways. How children will react will depend on the relationship they had with the person who died, their age, and their prior experience with death. We suggest that you listen to your children. If they want to talk, answer their questions simply, honestly and be prepared to answer the same questions repeatedly. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Bosley, your child's teacher, or our school counselor, Mrs. Wuebben.

On Tuesday, March 21, we celebrate the feast of St. Benedict.  St. Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome and early in life was drawn to the monastic life. At first he became a hermit and he withdrew to a cave high in the mountains for three years. Some monks chose him as their leader for a while, but found his strictness not to their taste. He had an idea of gathering various families of monks into one "Grand Monastery" to give them the benefit of unity, fraternity, permanent worship in one house. Finally he began to build what was to become one of the most famous monasteries in the world-Monte Cassino.  The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor and living together in community.

Announcements/News for the Week:

Terra Nova Standardized Testing:  From March 20 - March 31, students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be taking the Terra Nova and In-View tests.  Please ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep and eats breakfast in the morning. It is important that students arrive on time and do not leave during the school day. These are timed tests and are difficult to reschedule. 

Lent Service Project:  The Elementary Student Council will be holding a book drive to collect new or gently used children's books.  The books will be donated to "Adopt a Book" who will distribute them to various charities and organizations for children in Northern Kentucky and the Tri-State area.  Donations will be accepted every morning before school in the cafeteria from March 20 - 31.  Thank you for your support and for giving the gift of reading to a child in need!

Healthy Challenge:  During the week of March 20, we will be participating in a Healthy Challenge coordinated by the Northern Kentucky Health Department. As shared at the faculty meeting, each student will receive a Tracking Chart to track TWO GOALS: The "Challenge" is to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables or more each day for at least 5 out of 7 days. Plus, a second goal of either:  1. Swapping out sugar-sweetened drinks like soda, juice drinks, Kool-Aid & sports drinks for water or low-fat milk. 2. OR Exercising 30-60 minutes each day. Lastly, your child needs to TURN IN their Tracking Chartat the end of the Challenge Week. All students that "successfully complete" the Challenge 5 out of 7 days and turn in their Tracking Chart to Mrs. Froelicher will receive a certificate & free pass to Laser Kraze Laser Tag & Trampoline Park!  We hope that you will consider joining us for this healthy challenge!

Spring Book Fair:  Mr. Tilley will be holding a spring book fair in the library the week of March 20. Classes will be coming to book fair during their normal library schedule.  As in the past we will be open until 4 p.m.  Family Night is Wednesday from 5pm-7pm.  All parents, grand-parents, and other family members and friends are welcome to visit the book fair during our open hours and on Family Night. 

Scripps Howard Spelling Bee:  We congratulate Henry Ratterman, our school spelling bee winner who advanced to regional competition.  On Saturday, Henry had a great run at the competition placing 7th out of 49 spellers.  Some of the words that Henry spelled correctly were:  Embargo, Macadamia, Sevruga, and Meistersinger. We are so proud of Henry and this great accomplishment.

Destination Imagination:  Congratulations to all the VMA Destination Imagination teams who participated in the 2017 Kentucky State Destination Imagination Tournament! All teams participated exceptionally well and showed great school spirit.  The Garlic Army of 3rd grade won first place in the Elementary Show & Tech, Did I Mention of 4th grade won first place in Elementary Scientific as well as the Da Vinci award for innovative technical solution and the Imagination Keepers of 4th grade took second place in the same category, Pseudonymous Six of 5th grade took first place in Fine Arts and received an award for outstanding artistic solution to their problem, Villa Girls Rock of 2nd grade took second place and The Creators of 3rd grade took third place in the same category, Duck Duck Gooses of 7th grade won first place in Middle School Improv, the VMA Lightning of 2nd grade and VMA Tigers Kindergartens both won first place in Rising Stars Category with the kindergarten students also received a special award for their wonderful story telling. We thank the coaches for their dedication to the students and thank the parents for their support as well.  A special thanks to the Gerakos family for surprising our teams with snacks and treats as well as posters cheering on our teams.  This event was a very successful day for our Villa DI teams as FOUR of our teams qualified for Global Finals which will take place May 23 - 28 at the University of Tennessee!

Chess State Champions:  This weekend, our Chess team participated in their final tournament of the year.  Our K-3 team consisting of Eli Dropic, Ari Poddar, Brendon Ramdass and Connor Burke came in 1st place!  The team won 3.5 out of 4 possible points and had to go into an additional round of blitz chess in order to determine a state champion.  The blitz round was done in front of hundreds of spectators, in a most exciting finish for our students.  We are thrilled to report that after our K-1 State Chess victory two weeks ago, we have been named State Champions again with this K-3 team!  The students, faculty and parents can't thank the Dropic family enough for their dedication and support to our students. 

Essay Contest Winners:  Congratulations to Evelyn Kuhns and Adam Hassoun for winning a writing contest sponsored by the City of Villa Hills.  Evelyn will shadow the City Attorney and Adam will shadow the City Administrator at the city's April 5th meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Villa's theater.

Swimming:  Congratulations to Cono Presti and Ty Dropic who competed in the USA Swimming's Junior Olympics at The Ohio State University.  Cono finished in 6th place among 9 year olds in the 50 Yard butterfly and 17th place among 10 & Under Boys in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay.  Together Ty and Cono's Medley Relay team earned the Top 20 spot.  Congratulations to Olivia Wallace and Lauren Domaschko who participated in the Mary Lou Swim Meet held in Cincinnati.  Olivia earned 6th place for 8 & Under Girls, and Lauren tied for 2nd among 9-10 girls!

Yearbook Cover Contest:  Students in grades K-6 have the opportunity to design the cover for the elementary yearbook.  First place artwork from grades 4-6 will appear on the front cover of the 16-17 yearbook.  First place artwork from K-3 will appear on the back cover.  Winners will be announced and will receive a FREE yearbook!  All entries are due to Ms. Pillow by April 7.  The Title of our yearbook is "Bolts of Blue."  You may draw, paint or color your design.  Your entry should be 2-D and must be a vertical 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper.  The title of the yearbook as well as 2016-2017 and 'VMA' or 'Villa Madonna Academy' should also be included.  Please put your name and homeroom on the back of your entry. 

Girls Golf: There will be a pre-season sign up meeting for those wishing to playon the girls' golf team next fall on March 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym conference room.  Anyone in grades 5-12 for the 2017-2018 school year is welcome.  If you have any questions, please contact Coach Schuh atgschuh24@gmail.com or Coach Pillow at hpillow@villamadonna.net

Tennis:  Shayaan Ahmad played in the B10's Camargo Junior Open, and won the whole tournament!!!! His opponent in the finals was ranked #4 in the Midwest/Ohio Valley. The finals went into a super tiebreaker with the score being 6-2, 4-6, 10-8. It was a great match! 

Running Club:  Running Club will meet after school on Tuesday with Mrs. Law and Ms. Imhoff.

Math Club:  The sixth grade math club will meet after school Wednesday with Mrs. McLagan.

Strings Lessons:  Mozart and Beethoven String lessons will take place this week.

High School Musical:  We wish the high school students participating in the musical the best of luck this weekend as they will be performing on Thursday - Sunday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Students in grades 3 - 6 will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Friday.  We thank Fr. Riesenberg and Fr. Johnson for hearing confessions.

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

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

Ice Cream Social:  On Sunday, March 26, we will host an open house for prospective kindergarten and first grade students.  Thank to Janet Baugh and the primary teachers for assisting with this event.

April Lunch Menu:  The lunch menu has been placed on our website:  http://www.villamadonna.org/campus/cafeteria/

Birthday:  Happy birthday to all of our students who celebrate their birthday in February!  All students who celebrate a birthday in March may be out of uniform on Friday, March 31.

Parent Reminders/Information:

Sick Students:  When your child is sick, you are required to notify the main office.  Please call the school office and leave a voice mail or send an email to Mrs. Junker.  You may also include who the homework should be sent home in your message.  Please remember that students need to be fever free, vomit free and diarrhea free for at least 24 hours before they may return to school.

Summer Camps at VMA:  Flyers were sent home in the family folder and can be found in the K-6 eFolder.

~STEM Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 5.  Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

~Art Camp (Murals) for students entering grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 the week of June 5. Time:  12 - 2:00 p.m.

~Drama Camp for students entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 the week of June 12.  Time: 9-12 p.m. 

~Backstage Drama Camp for students entering grades 7 and 8 the week of June 12.  Time:  12:30-3:00 p.m.

~Drama Camp for students entering grades 2, 3, and 4 the week of June 19.  Time: 9-12 p.m.

~Maker's Camp for students entering grades 5 and 6 the week of June 19.  Time:  1-3 p.m.

~Scrapbook Camp for students entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 19.  Time: 12 - 2:00 p.m.

~ Harry Potter Camp for students entering grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 the week of July 10.  Time:  9 - 4:00 p.m.

 http://www.cincymuseum.org/sites/default/files/2016-3209_Brchr_MusCmps_sm_012517_0.pdf

~Dinosaur Camp for students entering grades K and 1 the week of July 10.  Time:  9 - 4:00 p.m.   

              http://www.cincymuseum.org/sites/default/files/2016-3209_Brchr_MusCmps_sm_012517_0.pdf

Summer Athletic Camps at VMA:  Please mark your calendars - a flyer will be coming home soon!

~Track Camp for students entering grades 1 - 8.  May 30 - June 2.  Time:  9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

~Boys Basketball Camp for students entering grades 3 - 8.  May 30 - June 1.  Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

~Girls Basketball Camp for students entering grades 3 - 8.  May 30 - June 2.  Time: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

~Boys Baseball Camp for students entering grades 3 - 8.  June 5 - June 7.  Time:  1:00 - 3:30 p.m.)

~Girls Volleyball Camp for students entering grades 3 - 8.  July 24 - July 26 Time:  1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Driving on Villa's Campus:  Please be sure that as you drive on campus you obey all traffic laws.  Please stop at stop signs, follow the speed limit of 15 mph, and allow students, faculty and staff to cross at cross walks.  Several faculty/staff members have shared that they have almost been hit crossing crosswalks. We want to keep all safe on our campus.  Thank you for helping to ensure that all are safe on campus.

Applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 School Year for all NEW students. Testing for admission begins in February. If you have a new student entering Villa in the fall, please complete the Application and Release of Records Form found on our website at http://villamadonna.org/prospectivestudents/application-process/.  Please contact Janet Baugh at ext. 139 if you need more information.

Gallery Night:  Gallery night is an annual showcase of the artistic and musical talent of the students at VMA and will take place on April 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Villa's art teacher will display projects from their art classes.  Students may perform a musical, dance or dramatic presentation in the theatre during Gallery Night.  Forms with more information about how to sign-up will be sent home in the family folder and are on our website under the e-Folder.  Sign up forms are due by April 12.  If you have any questions about Gallery Night, please feel free to contact Jackie or Wallly Carroll at 859-426-5746 or at jackie@carrollconcertinas.com.

Grandparents' Day:  Calling all grandparents or special grand-friends!  VMA grades K to 3 will be having Grandparent's Day on Friday, April 28, 2017.  Students are encouraged to invite a grandparent or someone special (other than a parent) to share an afternoon filled with fun at school.  Because many of our students may not have a relative in town that can attend, we have scheduled special teachers and sisters from St. Walburg Monastery to serve as special guests for the afternoon.  Please indicate on the Google form if you would like a surrogate grandparent for the afternoon.  We will begin with a prayer and performance in the theatre at 1:30 p.m.  Check-in begins at 1:00 p.m. in the foyer by the main office. After the performance, grandparents or the student's special guest will visit their grandchild's classroom for an activity and snack.  After the classroom visit, grandparents are invited to tour the school to view classrooms and artwork.  Please go to the link below and TYPE in your child's name, grade level, guests name(s) and if your child has permission to go home with their guest that afternoon.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Law, or Ms. Zeck.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0e_dl9M0z2GUnrYXEKfGOKYilEuJ7XKY0yWnP1KIcPRAglw/viewform

Once Upon a Mattress Tickets: Tickets for the high school spring musical, Once Upon a Mattress are now on sale. Please visit www.seatyourself.biz/villamadonna to order tickets. Shows on March 23-25 are at 7:30 p.m. and the show on March 26 is at 2:00 p.m. Come join us for a fun-filled show as we take you on a toe-tapping journey in the retelling of "The Princess and the Pea."

FAP High School Play Gala: The "Once Upon A Mattress" Gala is Saturday, March 25thth  at 5:30 P.M.to be held in the cafeteria.  Price per ticket is $50 which includes ticket to the show.  We can accommodate those who would like to see the play on a different date.  Please keep in mind that this is an adult only reception.  For more information, contact MaryAnn Pietromonaco at 513 967-6116 or maryann.pietromonaco@ms.com.

Once Upon A Mattress Sponsorship: The Gala committee would like to remind everyone that the deadline for sponsorships with inclusion in the program is March 9th . Please contact MaryAnn Pietromonaco at 513-967-6116, maryann.pietromonaco@ms.com

Reds Baseball Game:  Villa is selling tickets to the REDS vs. PIRATES baseball game at Great American Ballpark on Monday, May 1 at 7:10 p.m. Tickets are $12.00. Athletics gets a $10.00 rebate for each ticket sold! All seats are in the same cheering section so we all get to sit together! Registrations are due no later than April 24.  Seats are limited so please reserve yours today! Ticket Order Form can be found at http://villamadonna.org/files/9914/8882/3512/VILLA_WINS_WITH_THE_REDS_2017.pdf.

VMA Annual Golf Outing:  Save the date for our 26th annual golf outing which will take place on Monday, June 12at Summit Hills Country Club. 

PTAO Craft Show:  The 2017 Craft Show will take place on October 14, 2017.  Many hands make this community event happen each year including the Chair (Mrs. Poole), Treasurer (Mrs. Graner), Vendor Managers (Mrs. Biehl-Mitchell and Ms. Callahan), Concession Manager (Mrs. Litz) and Bake Sale Manager (Mrs. McKinstry).  Members of the CRAFT SHOW are looking for additional assistance in the following three positions.  If you are interested in working with this team and having a lot of fun with this event, please contact Mrs. Poole or Mrs. Bosley!

~A Marketing Manager is needed to coordinate the marketing of the Craft Show during the weeks before the Craft Show.  This includes making sure there are enough road and pole signs, distributing and posting the signs before the Craft Show and the surrounding communities, and retrieving the signs the day after the Craft Show.  This committee member would work with Mrs. Holtzman to utilize social media, Church Bulletins, community press, community bulletin boards and small newspaper ads.

~ A Facilities/Logistics Manager is needed to prepare the Villa Craft Show Committee for the Craft Show.  Laying out the booth spaces, and coordinating the details for keys, tables, chairs, tables and set up sound system.   This committee member should be available the night before the Craft Show.   This committee member should be available on the day of the Craft Show; to assist the vendor managers and answer questions as they arise during the course of the day.

~ A Raffle Manager member is needed to collect raffle donations from Villa families, friends of Villa, direct sales agents and vendors. This person will create baskets/displays for the donated items and the day before the event this person will arrange the display of the raffle items.  This committee member is needed to oversee and coordinate the volunteers the day of the event.

The Carnegie Summer Camps:  Camp Carnegie has just released its summer camp schedule.  Ten half day and two full day camps are being held.  For more information, please go to:  http://www.thecarnegie.com/summer.php

Catholic Social Teaching Mercy:  The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery invite you to join them for a silent directed retreat April 21 - 23, 2017.  Private rooms for retreatants and individual spiritual direction on all three days.  Directors:  Mary Jo Ruccio, Srs. Dorothy Schuette and Cathy Bauer.  For more information or to register, contact Sr. Dorothy at dorothysosb@gmail.com

St. Elizabeth Healthcare 2015 Adolescent Classes:  You may be interested in the following classes offered through St. Elizabeth Healthcare.  More information can be found at:  http://stelizabeth.com/docs/default-source/thefamilybirthplace-documents/documents/2016/maternalchildeducationschedule_2017.pdf

~ Mother to Daughter I - Designed to open communication between mothers and daughters regarding puberty.  Discussion includes physical and emotional changes of girls during adolescence.  Classes offered 3/14, 5/9, 7/18, 9/5 or 11/4.  Appropriate for ages 9 - 12. 

~Parent to Son Class - Designed to open communication between a mother or father and son.  Discussion includes emotional and physical changes of boys during adolescence.  Class offered on 3/8 or 10/4.  Appropriate for ages 9 - 12. 

~Safe Sitter - A program that teaches adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.  Topics include safety and security precautions, child development and age appropriate activites, and the business aspect of babysitting.   Classes offered 5/20, 7/7, 9/23 and 10/21.  Appropriate for ages 11 - 13.

Thomas More Women's Basketball Camp:  Thomas More will be hosting a girls' summer basketball camp the week of June 19 and the week of July 10 from 9 - 3 p.m.  For more information please visit www.tmcsaints.com/camps

Elementary Facebook Page:  Be sure to "like" our school Facebook page, Villa Madonna Academy Elementary, to see great photos and exciting updates of our faculty and students.

Looking Ahead:

April

4          FAP Meeting

5          Faculty Meeting; Villa Hills City Council Meeting at VMA

7          ES Mass; Students with April birthdays may be out of uniform; Enrichment

8          PTAO Mother/Son Event

12         PTAO Meeting @ 8:00 AM; Stations of the Cross

13         Holy Thursday - No School

14         Good Friday - No School

16         Easter!

17-23    Easter Break - No School

24         Classes Resume

26         Administrative Professionals Day

27         Team Leader Meeting

28         Grandparents' Day; Gallery Night

Focused on the Benedictine tradition of scholarship, service, and hospitality, Villa Madonna Academy, a private, Catholic, K-12 school, develops lifelong learners prepared to lead in the global community.