Elementary Announcements

October 23, 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: 

In the Rule of St. Benedict, monks were expected to serve one another as they did tasks within the monastery.  They were to perform all actions with hospitality and reverence.  Their tasks included the scheduled time for prayers and reading, cleaning the monastery, preparing meals, dishwashing, bread making, farming, raising cattle, serving one another at meals, copying books, and arts of many kinds.  Throughout all that the monks did, reverence and hospitality were expected.  We are called reflect on how we serve others whether we are at home, at school or out in our community.  All that we do we should do with hospitality and reverence.  How are you doing on making sure that your actions show hospitality and reverence?  Are you doing the best that you can in class?  Are you showing respect to your teachers, your classmates, and others here at school?  Are your actions showing respect to your parents?  Take some time to think about how your actions can imitate those of Christ.

 Fifth grade students will be sharing daily reflections on what prayer means to them.

  • Prayer means to talk to God or Jesus.  Whether at Church or in the car, you can always pray.  You don't have to be kneeling to pray.  You just have to talk to God.  When you pray, God is always listening.  Even when you think He isn't, He always is.  Prayer means talking.  Prayer means listening.  Just a simple prayer can change someone's life.  Think about someone that you can pray for today
  • I use prayer by involving it in my everyday life.  Prayer affects my life, because it can be a solution to my problems.  It always makes me feel better when I pray.  If there is not someone near, I can always talk to God. 
  • Prayer is important to me because it helps me grow closer to God.  Through prayer,  I can ask Him important things and I can pray for people who are sick.  This is why prayer is important. 
  • Prayer is a way to get closer to God and Jesus.  Prayer can be just a few word.  You don't have to be at Church to pray.  You can pray before you go to bed, when you wake up and throughout the day.  Prayer helps you get to heaven.  Prayer is talking to God.  You can talk to Him about your day.  You can talk to Him about anything.  No matter what you are feeling, God will always listen.  Prayer is also a way to ask for forgiveness for your sins.
  • Prayer means to let God know that you care about the things that you pray for.  You can pray because you are thankful, worried, or scared.  You can pray at Mass, at home and at school.   There are billions of things you can pray for, just look around, a person you see around the corner could be your next prayer. 

Announcements/News for the Week:

Duke TIP:  The Duke University Talent Identification Program recognizes and supports the efforts of gifted students in our area. 4th grade students who have scored in the top 5% of the nation on selected subtests of the TerraNova or InView were invited to participate in the Duke TIP program.  89% of our fourth grade students qualified for this program - Congratulations!  We are so proud of all of our students as they continue to work hard both in the classroom and out.  Thank you to parents and teachers as they continue to foster a love of learning!

Puerto Rico Collection:  Thank you for your support of our recent drive to help the Benedictine schools in Puerto Rico.  We collected over $800 in grades K-6! 

Responsive Classroom:  What an incredible day the faculty had together on Friday as we dove into concepts including positive community building, creating engaging academic lessons, effective classroom management tips, and utilizing developmentally responsive teaching techniques in the classroom!

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.

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

Carnegie Artstop Workshops:  The Carnegie is currently offering after school workshops in visual and performing arts for ages 7-12.  Please see their website for more information:  


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

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.

Chess Club:  Chess Club will meet after school on Wednesday.

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

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

Drama Club:  Elementary Drama Club will have practice on Thursday until 4:00.  We will NOT have practice this Friday due to the Halloween Party.  We hope to see everyone at the party! 

 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!

Mass:  Grades K-6 will celebrate Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with Fr. Riesenberg.  Thanks to the 3rd grade for preparing the liturgy. 

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

Villa Rama Halloween Party:  There will be a Grade 4-6 Halloween Party benefitting VillaRama on Friday, October 27 from 7-9 PM in the cafeteria. There will be a costume contest, dance party, spooky treats, charades, bingo and relay races. Admission is a gift for VillaRama. For an Amazon wish list and other gift ideas, click http://villamadonna.org/support/villarama/gift-gathering-parties/. RSVP no later than 10/26 to bmotley@villamadonna.net.

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

"Sock-tober" :  Our Elementary Student Council is sponsoring a collection for the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky.  Students may wear a Halloween shirt, sweatshirt or sweater, crazy Halloween themed socks, and Halloween accessories with their uniform bottom on October 31 if they donate a pair of winter socks.  Wool socks are preferred. 

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

End of the 1st Trimester: The end of the first trimester is November 3.  Report cards will be sent home on November 15. 

Report Card Conferences: We will again use the Sign-up Genius website to schedule parent-teacher conferences.  The sign-up link will be sent out to parents the week of October 30.  Report card conferences will be held on November 20 (3-6 p.m.) and November 21 (12 - 3 p.m.).

Athletics: Congratulations to the 5th grade girls and the 6th grade girls for their wins last week! 

Good luck to our students competing in matches this week:

Monday, October 23:              VMA Boys' Golf

Wednesday, October 25:         6th Grade Girls' VB                      

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:

October Faculty and Staff Appreciation:  Mrs. Stapleton and Mrs. Patel have set up a Sign-Up Genius for parents to help with the Halloween themed October Faculty and Staff Appreciation event sponsored by the PTAO.  It can be found at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094ca4a72da5fe3-october .

Basketball Invitational:  We will be hosting an Elementary Basketball Invitational on November 10 - 12 and November 17 - 19.  Thanks to the Athletic Department and Boosters for all of their work on this event.  Interested in helping at the event?  Consider signing up to help with the concession stand:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aaaa623abfd0-invitational

Cafeteria:  Please remember that if you are going to eat lunch at school, you need to contact the Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Barb Droege, to let her know that you will be eating lunch by emailing her at bdroege@villamadonna.net.  Thank you for your assistance.

Aftercare:  Please mark your calendars....there will NOT be aftercare on November 21 and December 21.  These days are noon dismissal days and we do not have teachers available to run aftercare. 

Picture Forms:  Picture forms were sent home last week with K-6 students.  Forms must be returned by this Wednesday (picture day.)  Orders can be placed online by going to mylifetouch.com and entering our elementary picture day ID:  JC117233Q0.

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 16.  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.   

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 4 - 6.  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!  If you are interested in signing up to volunteer please go to:

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!

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


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); 3rd Grade Field Trip; 2nd Grade Reconciliation Retreat

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.