Elementary School Announcements
February 21, 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.

We are Called; We are Chosen:   

Last week was a great week to watch our students practicing random acts of kindness.  Being kind is a way to connect with others and to build community.  When we see someone else in need and choose to help in some way, it brings about positive power.  It shows us that we can really make a difference in another person's life.  Let's continue to practice kindness.  Here are some ideas on ways that you can make a difference in someone else's life:

  • Share your smile generously
  • Start a conversation with someone you normally don't talk to
  • Make a thank you note for your mail carrier, a fire fighter, or your favorite store clerk
  • Write a note or draw a picture for someone who seems to be having a bad day
  • Look for times you can help a neighbor with yard work or errands
  • Grow plans from seeds indoors and give the seedlings to someone
  • Read a story to someone
  • Sit with someone different at lunch
  • Try playing a new game with someone at recess
  • Phone a friend and share something positive about the person
  • Donate food or clothing items to a local charity.
  • Have fun with these simple yet wonderful random acts of kindness!

 Announcements/News for the Week:

End of Second Trimester/Grades:  K-6 teachers will be available for conferences on March 9 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  If you are interested in signing up for a conference, please do so at the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a4af29a75-spring2  Please remember that if you need to speak to your child's teacher now, email or call to set up an appointment.  There is no need to wait until March 9 for a conference.

 KDA Mobile Science Lab:  We are excited to have the KDA Mobile Science Activity Center visiting Villa Madonna Academy on February 21, 22, and 23.  Students in grades 3 - 6 will have the opportunity to visit the lab each day to learn about various science concepts through various activities including making soybean lip balm, learning about the importance of horses to KY, and making ice cream.  Our K-3 students will visit the lab one day to hear the information about horses.  We are in need of parent volunteers to attend activities with classes.  If you are interested in volunteering, please check out the form at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080548A4AF29A75-kdascience1

 Chess Club:  We had a very successful Regional Championship Tournament in Lexington, KY on Saturday. In  the K-1 Section, our team came in 2nd place and Caleb Schleper tied in for 1st place.  Hudson Bond tied for 4th place. Our K-3 team won 1st place, with an impressive 17 out of possible 20 points. Eli Dropic won 1st place, with a  perfect 5 out of 5 score, while Connor Burke, Ari Poddar and Brendon Ramdess tied for 2nd place. Clifton Valentine came in 7th place. Our K-5 team came in 5th place, with Rowen Poddar placing 2nd. All 3 teams advance to State Team Tournaments which will be held in Paducah and Sheperdsville in March!

 Mathcounts:  Congratulations to 6th graders Ian Halpin and Liam Collins who participated against 8th graders at the  Mathcounts competition this weekend.  They scored incredibly well.  Ian placed in the top 3 of the students at the event and Liam was only five points behind!

International Gymnastics Competition:  Congratulations to Katya Olivia who traveled to Florida to participate in the Gasparilla Classic, International Gymnastics Competition.  Katya took second place 'All Around' and help her team take first place.  Katya also took first place on 'Bars' with personal best score of 9.675.  She also took second place on 'Vault' and second place on 'Beam'. Great work, Katya!

Kentucky United Nations Assembly:  KUNA will meet after school on Tuesday and on Wednesday with Mr. Tilley.

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

Booster's Mtg.:  The Boosters will meet on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the gym conference room.

Mass:  Grades K-6 will celebrate Mass with Father Riesenberg on Friday.  Thanks to the 5th grade for preparing the liturgy. 

Book of the Month:  We will share projects completed from our February book of the month after Mass on Friday and then share our book for March.

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

February MAPS:  Students, if you are interested in completing the February MAP for a prize, please complete your grade level map found in our eFolder on the website.  All MAPS are due to Mr. Tilley by Friday, February 24.

6th Grade Drama Club:  The Drama Club will begin meeting on Fridays to prepare for their spring production. 

Feast of St. Walburg:  On February 25, we celebrate the Feast of St. Walburg.  The Benedictine Sisters who sponsor VMA named their monastery after St. Walburg.  Many miracles, especially healing, have been attributed to St. Walburg.  Say a special prayer for our Benedictine Sisters on the 25th and wish a "Happy Feast day" to those you meet.  

VillaRama Silent and Live Auction Items:  You will not want to miss this year's silent and live auction items donated by our faculty and staff.  Back by popular demand...an elementary student and five friends will join Mrs. Bosley and a teacher of the winner's choosing to PLAY HOOKEY for the afternoon at either Crestview Town Center (lunch, pottery painting and dessert) or at Dave and Busters (lunch, games and dessert)!

Engineers Day Open House at UK:  Engineers Day at the University of Kentucky in Lexington will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9 - 1 PM  This event is a "come and  go" type event.  While at the event you will be able to explore exhibit and watch demonstrations.  For more information visit:http://www.engr.uky.edu/eday/

Dream Out Loud Challenge:  Students, you could win a $1,000 college savings account by participating in the Dream Out Loud Challenge by sharing how you plan to change the world after you graduate from college.  Students in K-6 can submit an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question, "How will I change the world after I go to college?"  Official rules, prize details and guidelines are available at https://www.kysaves.com/buzz/dream-2017.shtml  Entries can be submitted online or by mail.  The challenge ends on March 20, 2017. 

Joseph-Beth Bookmark Contest:  If you are interested in designing a bookmark, consider entering Joseph-Beth's bookmark contest.  The template can be found in our eFolder and winning entries will win a $50 Joseph-Beth gift card and their very own Bookmark Signing Event.  The contest runs from now until March 31.  All entries must be dropped off at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Towne Center.

March 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 February may be out of uniform on Friday, February 24. 

Elementary Athletics:

Congratulations tothe 6th grade boys who defeated St. Joe's Walton 38-7. This win was a total team effort as nine of the players on the team scored in the game!

VMA 2nd grade girls defeated St. Cecilia 12-3 on Saturday to extend their overall record to 10-2.  Next up is the 3rd round play vs St. Agnes on Saturday.  

We're proud to report that the 4th Grade girls' basketball team had a great team victory this weekend over IHM in their league tournament. They play in the tournament semi-finals next Saturday. 

 Good luck to all of our teams who have games this week! 

3rd Grade Boys - Saturday, February 25

4th Grade Boys - Sunday, February 25

5th Grade Boys -Tuesday, February 21

6th Grade Boys - Tuesday, February 21 and Saturday, February 25

Parent Reminders/Information:

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.  These tests measure a child's ability to perform in basic areas such as reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.  Terra Nova test scores measure each child's growth as well as serve as a standard of measure to help us continue to evaluate our curriculum and progress.  These tests are just one of the many tools we use to assess the skills and abilities of our students.  Please mark your calendars for these two weeks to make sure that your child is at school during testing.

Summer Camps at VMA:  We will once again be hosting several summer camps at Villa.  Flyers for these camps with more details will be distributed in the March 1 family folder and will be available in the eFolder on our website.

  • Track Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.  May 30 - June 2.  Time:  9 - noon.
  • 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

  • Volleyball Camp for girls entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.  July 24-26.  Time:  11:30 - 1:30 p.m. 

Scholarship Tax Legislation:   Currently, there is legislation in the KY House and Senate regarding a Scholarship Tax Credit. Under the proposed program, individuals and businesses who donate to scholarship granting organizations receive a tax credit. The Diocese of Covington supports this legislation and has asked us to contact our representatives to co-sponsor House Bill 162 and Senate Bill 102. For more information, go to edchoiceky.com. To send a message to your state representative and senator, go to edchoiceky.com/take-action. 

Cincinnati Boychoir:  Do you know a boy in grades 1-5 who loves to sing?  Boychoir Experience is a 6 week program designed for the beginning singer.  There is no need for the boys to audition, and Saturday morning rehearsals include music games, singing, new friends, instruments and FUN!  Rehearsals take place at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and Session II starts Saturday February 25 at 9am.  All boys get to sing onstage at the Aronoff with 150 "big brothers" from the year-round program at their spring concert, "Every Voice" (featuring music that highlights the rich and impactful history of African American choral music in the United States, including spirituals and gospel music) on Sunday, April 9 at 3pm.  Interested boys should register here:  http://cincinnatiboychoir.org/programs/choir-programs/

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.

Villa-Rama 2017:  Mark your calendar for an exciting evening in celebration of Villa Madonna Academy.  Villa-Rama, Villa's largest social event and fundraiser of the year, will take place on March 4.  This event includes live and silent auctions, raffles, and an opportunity to celebrate Villa with other VMA supporters!    For additional information on Villa-Rama please contact Maureen Regan at 859-331-6333 ext. 133 or at mregan@villamadonna.net

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:

March

1          Ash Wednesday; Early Dismissal for Faculty Meeting; Report Cards sent home
3          Enrichment
4          VillaRama
5-7        KUNA Trip
7          FAP Meeting
8          PTAO Meeting @ 8:00 AM
9          Spring Conferences 3 PM - 6 PM
10         No School - Faculty In-service
17         Reconciliation Service or Mass; Enrichment
20         Terra Nova Testing Week
27         Terra Nova Testing Week
24         Reconciliation Service or Mass; Enrichment
31         Students with March birthdays may be out of uniform; Mass; Enrichment; Middle of 3rd Trimester

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.