Elementary Announcements

October 9, 2017

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.

 Together We Can Do Great Things!

Benedictine Values:  How you treat others is a fair indication of whether you are respectful and deserving of respect.  If you show others respect and compassion, you have every right to expect it in return.  When you are respected you gain the voluntary cooperation of others.  When people respect one another there are fewer conflicts.  Some ways to show respect and earn respect include:  consider others feelings, consider someone's needs, consider someone's ideas, consider someone' wishes, listen to people, always tell the truth, accept others' individuality. 

 Throughout the month of October our fifth grade students will be sharing daily reflections on the value of prayer.

  • Prayer means getting closer to God and Jesus.  You can talk to them about anything.  You know God is always with you.  He will always forgive you and you will feel better.  Prayer can help you be a better person.  It allows you to be with God.  This is what prayer means to me. 
  • What prayer means to me is to talk to God.  Talking to God can make you closer to Him.  You can pray in the morning, afternoon and at night.  Prayer is so important, because you talk to God.  Praying about things you are grateful for can make God happy!  Always remember that God and Jesus are always with you.  This is what prayer means to me. 
  • Prayer is important because prayer helps you communicate with God.  Through prayer you can do many things, like ask God to forgive you and it can help you when you are sad.  It can also help you when you are angry by calming you.  Prayer can do many things but these are just some examples.  That is what prayer means to me.
  • To me prayer is when you talk to God. You can pray whenever and wherever you want.  Praying will make you forgiven of your sins.  God will get closer to you as you pray.  Praying will also make you a better person.  Prayer is something that you might do to help somebody.  For example, you could pray for someone who is sick or in need.  This is why prayer is important. 

Fifth Grade Honor Choir:  Congratulations to Rylie Bond, Sofia Durstock, Nora Ernst, Caitlyn Ingram and Ella Martin 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 3.

Sixth Grade Honor Choir:  Congratulations to Natalee Bond, Trinity Callahan, Connor Gumm and Sydney Short 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 17.

Family Bingo Night:  Our campus was filled with families on Friday night as our guests enjoyed playing Bingo.  Thanks to the Advancement Office for hosting a K-6 Gift Gathering Party!

Collection for Benedictine Schools in Puerto Rico:  As part of a network of 23 Benedictine schools in North America, we will be joining forces with the other Benedictine students in the USA to assist Santa Escolasatica and Colegio San Benito (schools operated by Benedictine sisters in Puerto Rico).  Because of the force of hurricane Maria, much of the infrastructure at these schools has been damaged.  We see this as an opportunity for our students to respond.  We will be sponsoring an out of uniform day on October 18.  Students may be out of uniform with a $3 or more donation.  Thanks in advance for your support.

October MAP Challenge:  The October challenge has been placed on the website and will be due to Mr. Tilley by October 27.

Student Council: Please join the Elementary Student Council in collecting gently used Halloween Costumes to benefit students at local schools in need.  Please bring children's Halloween costumes in a clear plastic bag, labeled with the costume name and size, to the cafeteria between 7:30-7:45 a.m.  Elementary Student Council will collect the Halloween costumes Monday-Friday morning the week of October 9-13. 

Y-Club:  Y-Club will meet after school on Tuesday with Mr. Tilley. 

Skyline Night:  This Tuesday, 10/10, is Boosters Skyline night from 5 - 8 PM at the Crescent Springs location.

PTAO Meeting:  The PTAO will meet on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.

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

Servers Training:  Servers will meet with Mrs. Wellman after school on Wednesday.

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

Mass:  Grades K-6 will celebrate Mass on Friday with Fr. Reisenberg.  Special thanks to our 4th graders for preparing the liturgy. 

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

Drama Club:  Elementary Drama Club will meet after school on Friday.

Craft Show: Come join us for the 20th Annual PTAO Craft Show on Saturday, October 14 in Villa's gym.

Open House:   Our K-12 Open House event is Sunday, October 15, 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!

Yearbooks:  Elementary yearbooks have arrived and are being sorted and delivered this week.  If you need a copy but didn't order one, we have extras for sale in the office ($25).

Picture Day:  Picture day is scheduled for October 25.  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 25 if you would like to order copies of your child's photo.

Blue Day at VMA on 10/27:  We will be celebrating our Blue Ribbon award with several events over the next few weeks.  One of those events is a special day for the students.  All may come out of uniform if dressed in Villa Blue on Friday, October 27.  We will have special treats for the students throughout the day!

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

October Birthdays:  Student birthdays will be announced throughout the week.  Students with October birthdays may be out of uniform on 10/30!


Congratulations to Kara Cochran for taking 3rd place in the middle school track meet last week held at Lloyd!

Good luck to our students competing in matches this week:

Monday, October 9:                VMA Girls' Golf

Tuesday, October 10:               5th Grade Girls' VB

Wednesday, October 11:         6th Grade Girls' VB

Thursday, October 12:              VMA Girls' Golf           

Friday, October 13:                 

Haunt your Library Writing Contest:  Students, you can enter an original poem or tale in the Kenton County Library's 15th annual spooky writing contest.  Deadline for entries is October 15.  Limit of 700 words.  Winners will be announced and prizes awarded on October 23.  Submit entries in a Word document to writingcontest@kentonlibrary.org or in person at the Covington Children's Department.  Entries must include child's name, age, address, phone, email address, school and grade level. 

Prudential Spirit of Community Award: 5th and 6th grade students... If you've made a difference through volunteering over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award!  Even more importantly, you could win recognition that might inspire other young people to follow your example.  These prestigious awards have honored more than 100,000 students at the local, state and national level over the past 18 years solely for their volunteer work.  All applications must be posted by November 7, 2017.  Visit http://spirit.prudential.com , click on the "Apply Now" link, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Prepare Affair:  Prepare affair will be held this year on November 11.  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. 11 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.

Parent Reminders/Information:

Day off of School:  Please remember that school will be closed for K-12 on Monday, November 27 as a gift to our students, faculty, staff and VMA families for our Blue Ribbon Award. 

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 15, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. Your help is needed. Please contact Janet Baugh at jbaugh@villamadonna.net to sign up. 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!

Thunder and Lightning Raffle:    Congratulations to our October Thunder & Lightning Raffle Winners: Edward and Lynette Holland, parents of Villa students Natalie and Kelsey; and, alumna Terry Hirschfeld '61.

Meeting with Teachers:  If you have questions or concerns and need to make an appointment with a teacher, please be sure to email or call to set up an appointment.  As with all professionals, an appointment or phone call is appropriate before meeting with a teacher.  Please do not just "stop by the classroom" to talk as many times, teachers have other commitments or may be teaching at that time.  Thank you for your cooperation.

VMA SCRIP:   Please RE-ENROLL your Kroger and Remke loyalty cards to Villa Madonna. These programs require users to re-enroll every year so we can benefit. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com or www.remkes.com/rewards/caring-neighbor today.  Use VMA SCRIP for all your purchasing needs! Need gift cards to Abuelos, Subway or Speedway? We've got it! We accept payment by check. Please contact scrip@villamadonna.net for any questions.

Craft Show Signs:  The Craft Fair is Saturday October 14th.  There are still yard signs available.  Please stop in the office or contact Sandi Borchers 513-260-4075.

Craft Show Bake Sale:  We are looking for donations for our 20th Annual Craft Show Bake Sale!  We need individual snacks as well as whole pies, loaves of bread, etc. You may sign up at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=60b0d49a4ab2da20-bake&useFullSite=true

Craft Show: Come join us for the 20th Annual PTAO Craft Show on Saturday, October 14. We are still seeking adult and student volunteers for this event. What a fun way to earn service hours, spend time with friends and meet new people! Set up is on October 13. The event is October 14. Students are asked to please stop by the office for a volunteer form. Adult volunteers may sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d49a4ab2da20-20th. Any questions - contact Karen Poole 859.801.3693/krpoole@zoomtown.com

Virtus:  Parents who wish to volunteer at Villa must be Virtus trained.  Please contact Julie Dickman, 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."

Looking Ahead


20         Faculty in-service - No School

25         Picture Day

27         Blue Day at VMA!; Mass; Enrichment; 4-6 grade Villa Rama Event

30         Students with October birthdays may be out of uniform


1          All Saints Day - No School

3          E.S. Mass; Enrichment; End of 1st Trimester; Fifth Grade Honor Choir; KYA Weekend

7          FAP @ 8:00 AM

8          Faculty Meeting; PTAO Meeting @ 6:30 PM

10         E.S. Mass; Enrichment

14         Spelling Bee (?? At 1:15 PM)

15         Report Cards sent home

17         E.S Mass; Enrichment; Sixth Grade Honor Choir

20         E.S. Conferences - 3 PM-6PM

21         Blue Ribbon Ceremony in Gym; Noon Dismissal; E.S. Conferences - 12 PM - 3 PM

22 - 25  Thanksgiving Break - No School        

27         No School

28         K-3 field trip to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

29         4-6 field trip to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

30         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.