Elementary Announcements

March 25, 2019

Lenten Prayer & Pledge:

God, Father, and Creator, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us, especially the gift of your Son. During this Holy season of Lent, help us to change and grow and become the kind of people you created us to be. Fill our hearts with love for you, and love for other people created in your image. Show us how to use the gifts you have given us to help others in your name. As we journey together toward the light of Easter, we know you are with us in all that we do. May we live always as people of your kingdom, praising your name now and forever. 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.

Joy springs from a grateful heart!

Lent is a special time of 40 days in the church when we start thinking and getting ready for Easter. We also remember the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. It was a difficult time for Jesus. He fasted and was tempted by the devil. During Lent we give up things to remind us how Jesus gave up his life for us. Some people try to do extra kind and generous things to share Jesus' love. How are you doing on your Lenten promise?

Each day during Lent, we will read a short passage from the Bible and share information about that passage.

Announcements/News for the Week:

Lent: Our Lenten theme is "Prayer & Fasting can change your life." During Lent we will focus on daily activities that will help us to become better people. Throughout the season of Lent we will focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Villa Hills City Council Meeting: After researching positions such as city attorney and city engineer, our fifth grade students entered a writing contest. Congratulations to Olivia Wallace (City Attorney), Elliot Hollis (City Administrator), Alyssa Martin (Administration Committee), Sydney Suttles (Public Works Director) and Shayaan Ahmad (City Engineer) who were chosen to participate in the April city council meeting which will be held at Villa Madonna Academy in the theater on April 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Cincinnati Art Museum: We received a postcard from the lead docent sharing great news about our students during the recent K-3 field grade trip to the art museum: "We would like to thank you and your students for coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum. We docents always enjoy our tours, especially when the groups are well organized, the kids are well behaved, and the kids are interested. Your students were a pleasure to tour. Hope to tour your school again in the future and hope the students feel the tour was rewarding to them. Enjoy life with art..." We are so proud of our students and they way they represent our school. Notes like these speak volumes about our students and our faculty. #WeareBenedictine! #ScholarshipRocks #Reverence&RespectRule

State Chess Tournament: This weekend we had two teams compete in the State Team Championship. Our K-5 team came in 5th place out of 18 qualifying teams and our K-3 team came in 12th. This is very impressive and we couldn't be more excited to share this news. Congratulations to Eli Dropic, Connor Burke, Jacob Kramer, Brendan Ramdass, Tiam Zabeti, Evan Forbes, Ben Kremer, and Andrew Kramer!   Chess future is bright at Villa!

Karate Tournament: Congratulations to Francesca Loeb who participated at the AAU Ohio District Championship and won 2 silver medals - one in Kata (forms) and one Kobudo (weapons). She also won gold in Kumite ( sparring). This is her second gold of the season! Her next challenge will be in Chicago in May. Congratulations!

Fourth Grade Boys' Volleyball: The fourth grade boys won their volleyball match against St. Joe's in two games! All of the boys played well, worked together, displayed great sportsmanship, and were excited to win their first match!

Cincinnati Ballet: We congratulate Isabella and Giselle Horn who are performing in the Cincinnati Ballet's mystical tale of Aladdin!

NKY Hockey Association: Congratulations to Seth Degenhardt and his hockey team. After a great regular season, his team won back to back tournament championships!

IOWA Testing: Testing will take place March 18 -29.

Spring Book Fair: We thank Mr. Tilley for all of his work in coordinating our spring book fair.

 Fine Arts Patron's Gallery Night:  Our annual Gallery Night will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Do you study music, voice, dance or another performance art? Then Gallery Night is for you! Gallery Night is an annual showcase of the artistic, musical, and dancing talents of the students at Villa Madonna Academy. If your student is interested in performing at Gallery Night, please complete this form:https://goo.gl/forms/WcBpjCdSXfLtmiY03 . Registrations WILL NOT be accepted after April 5, 2019. Students are permitted to participate in only one performance. That is, if your student performs a solo, he/she may not additionally participate in a group presentation. EXCEPTION: If a student is participating in an official VMA group performance (i.e. Villa Singers, Jr. High/HS Band or Chorus), she/he may also perform a solo piece as well. All selections are subject to review and approval by Villa faculty. Please send in an accompaniment CD to the main office or email an MP3 to jackie@carrollconcertinas.com by April 5, 2019. If you have any questions about Gallery Night, please feel free to contact Jackie Carroll at 513-368-4463 or 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 12, 2019.  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 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. (please do not arrive any earlier) 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, Ms. Ransom Mrs. Law, Mrs. Vieth, or Ms. Kurzendorfer. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xdrnnMO-DPXC-5Ru4YrbYFXsXW8jtiCuCHabCFQu3Wk/edit.

FAP Raffle: The Fine Arts Patrons will be holding a drawing for two box-seat tickets to Dear Evan Hansen at the Cincinnati Aronoff Center on Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 each and will begin being sold in late March. The winner will be drawn on Gallery Night which is Friday, April 12. All proceeds will benefit the FAP which supports Villa's K-12 music, art, and theater department. The FAP also supports educational field trips to enrich the fine arts experience for all students. Please look for more information toward the end of March. You don't want to miss this opportunity to see "a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a music." (The New York Times).

Global Village: This year we focused on learning about three countries: Mexico, China, and India through our book of the month program. Our plan is to continue this by adding three new countries each year. We are hoping to conclude this school year with a special experience for our students - a Villa Global Village. Are you interested in helping us to host this special event? If so, please contact Mrs. Bosley. We think we can get many countries represented through our Villa families and could host a Villa Global Village on Monday, May 20 from 1- 2:30 PM for our students.

Lost and Found: The Lost and Found area is growing! If you are missing items please check the area.

March and April Lunch Menu:  The March and April lunch menu has been placed on our website.

YClub: YClub will meet this Tuesday with Mr. Tilley.

Second Grade Retreat: The 2nd grade teachers are planning a special day on March 26 for their students as they prepare for the sacrament of First Communion.

Chess Club: Chess Club will meet after school on March 27.

Mass: Elementary students will celebrate Mass with Fr. Riesenberg on Friday, March 29. Special thanks to our 6th graders for preparing the liturgy.

Enrichment: Students will have enrichment on Friday, March 29.

Safe Racer: Second grade students will have their annual safe racer car race on March 29.

March Birthdays: All students who celebrate their birthday in March may be out of uniform on March 29.

March MAPS: February MAPS have been posted in our eFolder and are due by Friday, March 29.

FAP Meeting: The Fine Arts Patrons will meet on Tuesday, April 2 at 8:00 AM. All are invited to attend.

Early Dismissal on April 3: K-6 will dismiss at 2:15 PM so that the faculty can meet after school.

Mass: Elementary students will celebrate Mass with Fr. Riesenberg on Friday, April 5. Special thanks to our 5th graders for preparing the liturgy.

Enrichment: Students will have enrichment on Friday, April 5.

Collegiate Day: Students may wear their favorite collegiate shirt or colors with their uniform on April 5.

Chess Club: Chess Club will meet after school on April 10.

PTAO Meeting: The April PTAO meeting will take place at 6:30 PM on April 10 in the gym conference room. All are invited to attend.

YClub: Our Yclub will be hosting a $2 out of uniform day on April 11. More information will be shared closer to the day.

Grandparents' Day: Grades K-3 will celebrate Grandparents' Day on Friday, April 12. Students are asked to wear their gym uniform (blue Villa shirt with black shorts). Our program will begin in the theater at 1:30   PM. Special thanks to Ms. Ransom for her work with the students on a special performance. We also thank the GD Committee for their work in arranging all of the details of the afternoon.

Gallery Night: Gallery Night will take place on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 PM. This is an annual showcase of the artistic and musical talents of our students. We hope to see many of our teachers and families at this special event. Be sure to check out the beautiful artwork displayed around the school building.

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.

Middle of the Third Trimester:  Wednesday, March 17, marks the middle of the third trimester. Parents of students in grades 4 - 6 can check student progress through the online grading portal, MMS.

Easter Break: School will not be in session on Holy Thursday or Good Friday. Easter break will take place April 22 - 26.   Have a blessed Easter and enjoy the break! 

Parent Reminders/Information

Pretty Pony Boutique Ladies Night:  Come shop for a cause on April 11 from 7 - 9 PM at the Pretty Pony Boutique located in Crestview Hills Town Center.  25% of all sales during the event will be donated back to Villa.  Snacks and beverages will be provided, so make it a girls' night out while shopping!

2018-2019 School Registration: Online registration is now in process for the 2019-2020 school year. To register go to http://www.VillaMadonna.net/prospectivestudents/registration-information/. We ask that you complete your registration by March 16 as we begin to plan and schedule classes for our 115th Anniversary Year!  Please note that all applications for scholarships and tuition assistance are due no later than April 1. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Baugh or Mrs. Bosley.

Chair for Breakfast with Santa:  Are you interested in helping to plan a wonderful day for young children?  Then, consider signing up with the PTAO to chair Breakfast with Santa December 2019.  This is always a wonderful event and a whole lot of fun to plan with some friends! Questions, please contact Mrs. Bosley or 2018 Chairs Mrs. Arnsperger and Mrs. Nine. If we do not find a chair within the next few weeks, we will not have enough time to plan this event.

Summer Camps at VMA:  We will once again be hosting several summer camps at Villa held by Villa faculty members and the Cincinnati Museum Center.  Flyers for these camps with more details will be distributed in the March family folder and will be available in the eFolder on our website. Information about athletic camps will be shared shortly.

~CSI Camp for students entering grades 3, 4, and 5 the week of June 3.  Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

~Drama Camp for students entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 the week of June 3.  Time: 9-12 p.m.

~Behind the Scenes Drama Camp for students in 7th and 8th the week of June 3.  Time: 12:30-3:00 p.m.

~Drama Camp for students entering grades 2, 3, and 4 the week of June 10.  Time: 9-12 p.m.

~LEGO Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 10.  Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

~Dance Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 10.  Time: 12 - 2:30 p.m.

~Crochet Camp for students entering grades 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 10.  Time: 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

~ Stuffed Animal Crochet Camp for students entering grades 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 17.  Time: 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

~Four camps are being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus.  To sign up for these camps visit:  https://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camps/summer/

St. Elizabeth Healthcare 2019 Adolescent Classes: You may be interested in the following classes offered through St. Elizabeth Healthcare. More information on the classes listed below can be found at: https://stelizabeth.com/events/calendar. Just type the class name in the keyword box.

Mother to Daughter I - Designed to open communication between mothers and daughters regarding puberty. Discussion includes physical and emotional changes of girls during adolescence. 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. 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 activities, and the business aspect of babysitting.   Appropriate for ages 11 - 13. 

Virtus:  Please remember to complete your monthly bulletin. We appreciate all our volunteers and the time you give to Villa!  

April

2          FAP Meeting

3          Faculty Meeting

5          ES Mass; ES Enrichment

10         PTAO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

12         XU PLC; Grandparents' Day/Grandfriends' Day; Gallery Night

17         Stations of the Cross; Middle of 3rd Trimester; Villa Hills City Council Meeting with 5th Grade Essay Winners

18         Holy Thursday - No School

19         Good Friday - No School

21         Happy Easter

22 - 26Easter Break - No School

24         Administrative Professionals Day

29         Classes Resume

30         Students with April 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.