Elementary School Announcements
April 3, 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:    

This month, we will be focusing on the value of stewardship.  Stewardship is a value that is rooted in reverence for all creation.  Ways of showing stewardship are doing your best to develop the gifts God has given to you, taking responsibility for your actions, thinking before acting and being willing to take consequences for your choices, respecting and caring for your property as well as the property of others, and helping to keep our school and all Villa property in good condition.  Our first grade students have written reflections that will help us to live this value to its fullest in order to enrich our own lives that will be shared each day throughout April.

Each day throughout the season of Lent, we read a reflection from Daily Lenten a Catholic devotion booklet.

 Announcements/News for the Week:

Students of the Month:  Congratulations to the following 4th-6th grade students for being nominated as "Student of the Month in Reverence and Respect":  Mark Antrobus, Madison Bailey, Brogan Callioni, Brooke Callioni, Liam Collins, Maya Kondik, and Sydney Short.  These students were chosen by their teachers for showing reverence at school liturgies, commitment to prayer and reverence in the classroom, respectfulness of those in authority, and special interests in spirituality and lives of the saints.  Congratulations, students! 

 Lent Service Project:  Thank you for your support of the student council book drive these past two weeks.  We collected over 1,350 books that will help provide the gift of reading to a child in need. 

 Middle of Trimester:  March 31 marked the middle of the 3rd trimester.  Students in grades 4 - 6 are reminded to check their grades through our online grading system.

 "My Heart Rocks":  St. Elizabeth will be coming to VMA to work with our 3rd graders as part of a healthy heart unit.  The program will take place on Monday, April 3rd.  Students will learn information and complete activities including information about anatomy, healthy food habits, and healthy exercise habits.

 Maps Challenge:  Congratulations to all of the students who completed the March Map Challenge.  April Map Challenges have been posted to the eFolder on the website and should be turned in to Mr. Tilley by May 5.    April is our final map challenge of the school year.  In May, Mr. Tilley will be sponsoring a 5th and 6th grade map contest to let these students share all that they have learned this school year.

 Healthy Challenge:  All students who successfully completed the challenge and turned in their tracking sheet will receive a free pass to Lazer Kraze.  Passes are being handed out this week. Congratulations to Mrs. Wellman's homeroom as they had the highest percentage of participation!

 2016-2017 Elementary Yearbooks:  Elementary Yearbooks order forms will be sent home this week's family folder.  Actual books will be delivered in the fall. Questions should be directed to hpillow@villamadonna.net.

 Second Grade Safe Racer Project:  Second grade students will be testing their "safe racer" cars this Tuesday as part of their study on Newton's Laws of Motion.

 Fish Fry:  Our high school religion teacher, Ms. Eileen O'Connell, is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, April 7, from 4:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. at Murphy's Grille at the Villa Madonna Academy Athletic Fields, weather permitting. Check out some Blue Lightning baseball and enjoy a Lenten meal prepared by Ms. O'Connell. If the game should be canceled due to weather, the fish fry will be canceled as well.

 Fine Arts Patrons:  FAP will meet on Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the small cafeteria.  All are invited to attend.

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

 VMA Science Olympiad Club:  Grades 4 - 6 will have Science Olympiad Club on April 4 and Grades 1-3 will have Science Olympiad Club on April 27.  This month's theme is Forensic Science.  Using simulated blood and some muddy shoe prints, the students will work in teams to investigate "The Case of the Missing Basketballs" to determine whose story about the missing basketballs is true. To sign your child up for club please use the links below: 

Grades 4 - 6: April 4, 2017  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4CAFA622A20-vmaintermediate8

Grades 1 - 3 April 27, 2017  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4CAFA622A20-vmaprimary7

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

 Faculty Meeting Days:  The first Wednesday of each month is set aside as a faculty meeting day.  For this reason, we begin dismissal fifteen minutes early on the first Wednesday of each month.  Students in grades K-6 will be dismissed from 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5.  Thank you!

 Villa Hills City Council Meeting:  After researching positions such as mayor, public works director, chief of police, city engineer, fifth grade students entered a writing contest.  Congratulations to Evelyn Kuhns and Adam Hassoun who were chosen to participate in the April city council meeting which will be held at Villa Madonna Academy in the theater at 6:30 p.m.  In addition, the city will honor our two state winning chess teams including Hudson Bond, Connor Burke,  Eli Dropic, Francesca Loeb, Ari Poddar, Brendon Ramdass, Caleb Schleper,  and Clifton Valentine.

 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.

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

 Fourth Grade Wax Museum:  Fourth grade students will be hosting their annual Wax Museum on Thursday, April 6 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the theater.  All are invited to attend and hear information from students about the person they read/ learned about as part of their biography unit.

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

 Mass:  Students in grades K-6 will celebrate Mass with Fr. Riesenberg on Friday.  Special thanks to our 4th grade for preparing the liturgy. 

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

 Rosary Club:  Rosary Club will meet after school on Thursday with Mrs. Kolar.  Students will learn about St. Catherine and pray the Rosary.

 PTAO Mother/Son Event:  Our annual PTAO Mother/Son event is scheduled for Saturday, April 8.

 Out of Uniform:  All may be out of uniform on Monday, April 10 with a donation of $2 or more for our Destination Imagination Teams.  We have four teams going to global competition and this is one way that we can support getting our teams there!

 Service Learning:  As part of their service learning project, the third grade students will be hearing from a guest speaker from Cohen Recycling Center on April 11.  Then, the students hope to collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House as part of their recycling unit in science class.  

 VMA Singers:  The VMA Singers will meet with Ms. Ransom after school on Tuesday, April 11.

 Running Club:  Running Club will meet after school on Tuesday, April 11 with Mrs. Law and Ms. Imhoff.

 PTAO:  Our PTAO will meet on Wednesday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. in the small cafeteria.  All are invited to attend.

 Stations of the Cross:  During the holiest week of the Catholic Liturgical year, the students and teachers will observe the traditional 6th grade presentation of the Stations of the Cross. Under the guidance of Mrs. Eichmann and Ms. Yuenger the students have learned about the significance of the Stations of the Cross while practicing for the performance.  Each year the performance is a very reverent and fitting way for our student body and faculty to celebrate Holy Week.  The sixth grade students will be sharing the Stations of the Cross with our student body in the Chapel at various times throughout the day (8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.).

 E.S.:  Kentucky Department of Agriculture Essay and Poster Contest:  Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students all across the Commonwealth to create and submit original works of art to show the importance of agriculture to the Commonwealth's way of life and our future. Students are encouraged to submit either a poster, essay, or digital image based on the contest theme. The theme for 2017 is "Kentucky Farmers Feed the Hungry."  Statewide poster and essay winners from each grade, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will be chosen, and an overall digital winner will be selected. Cash prizes will be presented to the winners at the 2017 Poster and Essay Awards Ceremony.  Entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 7th and mailed to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, 111 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601

 April Board Meeting:  The board will meet for the April meeting on the evening of April 12.

 Second Grade Retreat/Eucharistic Adoration:  On May 2, the 2nd grade students will be having their First Communion Retreat.  They will begin their day with mass followed by Adoration.  Eucharistic Adoration will be held in the VMA Chapel from 9 a.m. until Benediction that afternoon at 1:45 p.m.   Teachers and students are invited to Adoration to pray for the students making their First Communion and the Villa Community. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080548A4AF29A75-eucharistic1 

 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 April!  All students who celebrate a birthday in April may be out of uniform on Friday, April 7.

 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:  Villa offers a variety of summer camps for students.  Below are camps for the summer of 2017.  Flyers are located in the e-folder as well as under Academics, Elementary, Summer Camps.

Track Camp for incoming students in grades 1-8. May 30-June 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball Camp for incoming students in grades 3-8. May 30-June 1, 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.

STEM Camp for incoming students in grades 1 - 3 the week of June 5. Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

Art Camp/Murals for incoming students in grades 4-7 the week of June 5. Time: 12 - 2:00 p.m.

Archery Camp for students entering grades 4 - 8.  June 5 - 7.  Time:  8 - 10 a.m.

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

Drama Camp for incoming students in grades 5-8 the week of June 12. Time: 9-12 p.m. 

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

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

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

Scrapbook Camp for incoming students in grades 3-7 the week of June 19. Time: 12 - 2:00 p.m.

Games & Fitness Camp for incoming 4th - 7th graders the week of June 19.  Time:  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

LEGO Robotics Camp for incoming students in grades 4 - 8 the week of June 26.  Time:  9 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4CAFA622A20-vmalego

Camp Awesome - Checkpoint:Awe5ome - Spy Camp for incoming students in grades 3 - 10 the week of June 26.  Time:  9-12 p.m. for 1/2 day or 9-3 p.m. for full day.

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

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

 Scholarship/Financial Aid Forms:  Please remember that forms for scholarships and financial aid information are due on April 15.  Information is available on our web page at www.villamadonna.net  under the "Admissions" tab. Questions, please call Donna Wesseler (859-331-6333 X125) or Terri Kurzendoerfer (859-331-6333 x126).

 Registrations for the 17-18 School Year:  For our scheduling purposes, please remember to submit your registrations for the 2017-2018 school year.  The requested due date was Friday, March 17, in order to avoid late fees. Thank you!

 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.

 FAP's Spaghetti Dinner (Grades K-6):  Please join the Fine Arts Patrons (FAP) for a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, April 28 (Gallery Night) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The menu features spaghetti with meatballs and tomato sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and drink.  A vegetarian option and carryout are available upon request.  Adults are $10 (includes adult admission to Gallery Night), and students/children are $5.  PAYMENT WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR.  Seatings will be on the half hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Space is limited.  Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are highly recommended.  Please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054bafaa2fa20-fine to reserve your spot today.  All proceeds will benefit fine arts programming for grades K - 12.  Please contact Maria Martini at mariam192@aol.com or Melissa Collins at melissabcollins@icloud.com with questions.

 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

 Grandparents' Day Treats:  Grandparents' Day is right around the corner!  K-3 Room Parents have been contacted to help assist with treats for the event which will take place on Friday, April 28.

 PTAO Used Uniform Sale: Please joins us for the end of school used uniform sale on Monday, May 15 from 8:00 -8:45 A.M. and 2:00-3:30 P.M. This is a great opportunity to purchase gently used items at a terrific price! If you have items to sell or donate please drop those off in the school office before May 8.   Please note that the PTAO has decided to change the nature of the Used Uniform Sale.  In the future it will be solely a PTAO fundraiser in order to eliminate the cost associated with paying out many small checks to people selling their items.  We will only be accepting donations of uniforms from here out. 

 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. 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 and individual spiritual direction are available 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.

 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

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; XU PLC

May

1          Teacher Appreciation Week; Diocesan Teacher Recognition Luncheon

2          FAP Meeting

3          Faculty Meeting

5          ES Mass / ES May Crowning, ES Drama Performance, 4th Grade Derby Race

10         PTAO Meeting @ 8:00 AM; Lion Witch and the Wardrobe for grades K-6 at 9:00 in the theater

12         ES Mass; One -Up Day; Enrichment

16         PAC Meeting; First Communion Celebration

18         4th Grade Frankfort Trip

19         Students with May birthdays may be out of uniform; E.S. Mass; First Grade Young Author's Tea at 1 PM

22         Career Day

23         Olympic Day

24         End of Year Class Picnics; Kindergarten End of Year Celebration at 7 PM

25         End of Year Prayer Service; Awards Ceremony; End 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.