Elementary Announcements

March 26, 2018

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.

Together We Can Do Great Things!

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:

2018-2019 School Registration: Online registration is now in process for the 2018-2019 school year. To register go to http://www.villamadonna.org and click on the tab 'Admissions' and then go to 'Registration Information'. Or, you can go directly to the registration page at: http://www.villamadonna.org/prospectivestudents/registration-information/. Kindergarten tuition for next year remains the same as this year and grades 1 - 6 will increase by $100. We ask that you complete your registration by March 16 as we begin the scheduling process and planning for our new school year. The faculty and staff are excited to offer incredible opportunities for our students, and so thank you for submitting your registration by March 16.

Prayers for our Villa Family:  Please keep Mrs. McGhee, Mrs. Horn, and Mrs. Wuebben in your prayers.  Mrs. McGhee's mother and her father-in-law passed away last week.  The family appreciates our prayers.  Last week, Mrs. Horn fell and broke her foot.  She will be having surgery this week.  Mrs. Wuebben will be out of school this week as she is waiting for the arrival of her brand new baby girl.

Chess Team: On Saturday, several members of our Chess Team participated in the State Team Championship Tournament held in Shepherdsville. Our elementary school team came in 5th place at state competition! Eli, Clifton, Connor, Caleb and Jacob went into last round undefeated and their only loss was to the eventual state champion Brendais Elementary from Louisville. This wrapped up another successful season for the chess team. We thank the Dropic family as well as the many parent volunteers who have assisted with the Chess Team all year.

State Gymnastic Competition: Congratulations to Ava Mills who competed in the State Championships this past weekend and placed 1st in the beam, 2nd on the floor routine, 7th on the beam, and 3rd place overall!  

Karate Competition: We are #VillaProud of Francesca Loeb who competed at the AAU Karate Ohio District Championship this weekend in Cincinnati. Francesca received Gold in Kobudo, Bronze in Katam, and Silver in Kumite. This was her second competition within a month which involved a lot of training and motivation. Congrats!

Voices of Indiana: Congratulations to Dahlila Gorman who will be singing the National Anthem at the Great American Ballpark on April 14 as part of her choir, the Voices of Indiana. We wish Dahlila the best at the performance!

Welcome House: Thank you for your support in our canned food collection last week. All of the monetary and canned food items were delivered to Welcome House.

USA Swimming's 2018 Junior Olympic Championships: Olivia Wallace was one of 5 nine year old girls to compete in a field of 57 qualifying 10 and unders in the 50 back stroke.  She achieved a personal best time in her Junior Olympic event!  Lauren Domaschko dropped .87 seconds for a best in her backstroke and her relay team did a great job too! Cono Presti competed in 7 personal and two relay events!  He had two Top 10 finishes and improved his personal best time in 8.  Ty Dropic had 4 Top 16 - scoring finishes - highlighted by 10th place in 200 IM!  He also got personal best times in all 7 swims.  Congratulations!!

Joseph Beth Booksellers:  Congratulations to fifth grader, Lily Tribble, who is a bookmark contest winner in the Joseph Beth Booksellers contest.  Lily's artwork will appear on a bookmark that will be distributed after she participates in a bookmark signing event at Joseph Beth.

Kentucky United Nations Assembly:  We are #VillaProud of our KUNA students who participated in a three day global citizenship conference.  While at the conference, students participated in a global village where they represented the country of South Africa.  They shared information that they learned about the country with the 800 plus students at the convention, took guests on a virtual reality field trip, and participated on the international stage by performing a South African dance.  Students then participated in committees where they debated resolutions.  We congratulate Quinn Holtzman and Alejandra Decima, who presented their resolution prohibiting the use of styrofoam or Polystyrene cups, plates, and containers. Their resolution was passed in the summit and endorsed by the Secretary General. We also congratulate Maddie Bailey who received an award for outstanding delegate.  Special thanks to Mr. Tilley who has worked hard to prepare the students for this incredible experience. 

PTAO Mother/Son Event: The deadline to register for the PTAO Mother/Son Event has been extended to this WEDNESDAY, March 28. If you need to register for the event, be sure to turn in your form and paymet before the end of the school day on March 28.

Fifth Grade Service: As part of their service learning project the fifth grade students collected items for the Kenton County Animal Shelter. Through all of their hard work and generosity they have collected over $380, pet beds, boxes of laundry detergent, towels, cleaning supplies, pet toys, and food / treats.  The animals at the shelter (and the workers) will be very happy!

Covington Ladies Home Game Day: 4th, 5th, and 6th graders - please join us to play boardgames with the ladies at the Covington Ladies Home.  This is scheduled from 1-2 p.m. on March 25th & April 29th, 2018. You will get one service hour for each sign up, and you will help the 5th grade DI team. The first 6 people to sign up for each event will be able to go have fun with the ladies. Parents are welcome to stay during the event, but not required as DI Parents will be present for the full hour. However, pickup must occur promptly at 2pm. Sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0B4DAFAD2EA7FF2-covington2.

Music in our School Month: Throughout the month of March, we will be playing music each morning on announcements and sharing a little bit of information about the composer or the selection. We hope you enjoy!

  • MARCH 26 "The Stars and Stripes Forever" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mRn9chmRAY. From 1880 to 1892, John Philip Sousa was the Director of the Marine Band, the band who plays for Presidential Inaugurations.  Mr. Sousa started composing while he was a teenager.  He wrote many types of music but his marches made him famous.  He wrote mainly music for marching bands.  "The Stars and Stripes Forever" is the official national march of the United States. 
  • MARCH 27 "Star Wars" Main Theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D0ZQPqeJkk. I'm sure everyone recognized this music from Star Wars!  It was written by John Williams who also wrote the music to the Indiana Jones movies, Jurasic Park, Harry Potter and many other movies.  Mr. Williams celebrated his 86th birthday in February!
  • MARCH 28   Best Piano Music - Liebestraum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAr-PKUyo7Q. Happy March Birthday to William Steinway (1835).  He founded the H.F. Steinway and Sons piano manufacturing company in New York.  Do you know where there is a Steinway piano in the school? The piano in the theater is a Steinway built in 1901!

We hope you have enjoyed learning new music and learning many fun facts about music, history, social studies, and more this past month as we celebrated Music in Our Schools Month! 
Running Club:  Running Club will meet on Monday with Mrs. Law and Ms. Imhoff.

March Birthdays:  All students who celebrate their birthday in March may be out of uniform on March 27.

Fourth Grade Wax Museum:  The 4th grade students will be hosting their Biography Wax Museum Day on Tuesday from 1:45 - 2:30 p.m. in the theater.  Classes are invited to hear the presentations.  

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.).

Middle of the Third Trimester:  Wednesday, March 28, marks the middle of the third trimester. Midterm grades can be viewed in the online grading portal.

Girls Golf: There will be a signup meeting for all those wishing to play on the girls golf teams next Fall on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 in the gym conference room. All those in grades 5-12 are welcome to play as we will again field an elementary and high school team. We will be trying on team golf shirts that night as well so that we can have them ready for the start or the season. If you have any questions, please contact Katie-Scarlett Skinner atvillagirlsgolf@gmail.com.

Boosters: The Boosters are looking for a chair for the 27th Annual Golf Outing at Devou on Friday, June 15, 2018.  There is plenty of help for the committee chair, but we need a volunteer to head the committee that sets it up.  Please email Dave Thomas if interested at thomas913@fuse.net.

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

Third Grade Service Project: The third graders will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.  Along with studying recycling, The Cohen Company will also be presenting information to our students.  They will share how they recycle the pop tabs, and how a certain percentage of the money from the pop tabs will go to the Ronald McDonald House to help families when their child is being treated at area hospitals.  The students will be collecting pop tabs from Feb. 7-March 23.  If you would like to donate tabs, just send them in to one of the third grade homerooms!

Girl Scout Recycling Caps and Lids:  Please support our 5th grade Girl Scout Troop by bringing in caps and lids to be recycled.  Students will be collecting throughout the school year.  More information can be found in the elementary e-folder.  Examples of acceptable caps and lids include:  medicine bottle caps, milk jug caps, toothpaste tube caps, flip-top caps (ketchup, mustard), cream cheese container lids, and any lid with a recycle number 2, 3, or 5.  Questions?  Please contact the 5th grade Girl Scouts.

Cub Scout Service Project: For the 1st Grade Cub Scouts Service Project, a paper bag will be placed in all of the homerooms, the art room, fab lab and aftercare to collect all broken crayons and used markers.  If you have old crayons that you are getting rid of, please put them in the paper bag. They will be sent to Crayola at the end of the school year and Crayola will recycle them for children in need and for a clean planet.

Parent Reminders/Information:

Tax Credit: The KY House of Representatives is preparing to release its 2018 Budget. Email your State Representative today by clicking here or call 1-800-372-7181 and tell your State Representative that Scholarship Tax Credits must be included in the Budget so that more Kentucky families can choose the school that best fits their children's needs. Those not familiar with the issue can go to www.edchoiceky.com and/or see the attached document to learn more.

Retreat: The Benedictine Sisters will host a Day of Mediation, Mindfulness and Movement on Saturday, April 21, 9 AM - 4:30 PM at St. Walburg Monastery, Villa Hills. A variety of techniques for mindfulness, meditation and movement will be introduced and integrated. Simple movements for "every-body" will be demonstrated. Yoga mats and chairs will be used. $30 fee covers snacks and lunch. Contact Sister Dorothy Schuette,OSB atdorothysosb@gmail.com, 859-739- 7520.

Summer Athletic Camps:  Sign up for summer athletic camps with our High School coaches!  To register for the following summer camps, please fill out the registration form found at http://www.villamadonna.org/files/8815/2172/4774/2018_Summer_Camp_Reg_Form-2.pdf.

  • May 29 - June 1 - Girls & Boys Track Camp at Villa. This camp is for students entering grades K - 6. 
    Time:  9am -noon. Organized by Villa Varsity Coach Joe Cordonnier. Camp fee - $120
  • June 18 - 21 - Girls Basketball Camp at Villa. This camp is for students entering grades 1 - 6.
    Time:  6:00pm-7:30pm.  Organized by Villa Varsity Coach Brian Coburn. Camp fee -  $60
  • July 23 - 26 - Girls Volleyball Camp at Villa. This camp is for girls entering grades 3 - 6,
    Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm. Organized by Villa Varsity Coach Sandi Kitchen. Camp fee - $60

Summer Camps at VMA: We will once again be hosting several summer camps at Villa. Flyers for these camps were sent home and are available in the eFolder on our website. Athletic Camps will also be held this summer and information will be shared when details are finalized.

  • STEAM Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 4. Time: 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Rock Painting Art Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 4. Time: 11:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Drama Camp for students entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 the week of June 4. Time: 9-12 p.m.
  • Crochet Camp for students entering grades 5, 6, and 7 the week of June 4. Time: 12:15 - 2:15 p.m. 
  • Behind the Scenes Drama Camp for students in 7th and 8th the week of June 4. Time: 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Drama Camp for students entering grades 2, 3, and 4 the week of June 11. Time: 9-12 p.m. 
  • Ugly Doll Art Camp for students entering grades 4, 5, and 6 the week of June 11. Time: 12 - 2:30 p.m.
  • STEM Camp for students entering grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 the week of June 11. Time: 9:30-12 p.m.
  • Loom Knitting Camp for students entering grades 5, 6, and 7 the week of June 25. Time: 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. 
  • Super STEAM Camp for students entering K, 1 and 2 the week of June 18. Time: 9 - 4:00 p.m.

This camp is being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up visit: http://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camp/summer

  • Harry Potter Camp for students entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 18. Time: 9 - 4:00 p.m.

This camp is being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up visit: http://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camp/summer

  • Jr. Jedi Camp for students entering K, 1 and 2 the week of June 25. Time: 9 - 4:00 p.m.

This camp is being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up visit: http://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camp/summer

  • Star Wars Camp for students entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 25. Time: 9 - 4:00 p.m.

This camp is being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up visit: http://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camp/summer

IOWA Assessments Standardized Testing: From April 16 - April 26, students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be taking the Iowa Assessments and CogAT tests. These tests Iowa 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. More information about testing will be shared closer to testing.

New Kentucky Immunization Requirements: A recent amendment to the KY Administrative Regulations on the immunization schedules for attending school added new immunization requirements for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018. Effective July 1, 2018 ALL students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. To meet this requirement, a CURRENT certificate of Immunization Status must be provided to the school showing the dates your child received the two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. If your child has already received two doses of the vaccine, he or she will not be required to receive the series again. ALL K-6 students will need to turn in a copy of an updated immunization form to the main office for their child before August 15, 2018. .

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 27 around 7:00 p.m. Villa's art teachers 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 were sent home in the family folder and can be found on the website under the e-Folder. 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.

Grandparents' Day: Students in grades K-3 will participate in Grandparents' Day on Friday, April 27. More information about Grandparents' Day will be sent home closer to the event.

Boosters Golf Outing: The Golf Outing will be changing venues this year.  Mark your calendars for Friday, June 16, at Devou.  Shotgun start at 1:00 P.M.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare 2018 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.

 Looking Ahead:


29         Holy Thursday - No School

30         Good Friday - No School


1          Easter

2 - 6      Easter Break - No School

9          Classes Resume

10         FAP Meeting; Fire Drill

11         Faculty Meeting - 2:15 dismissal

12        K-3 field trip - Mary Poppins

13         ES Mass; ES Enrichment

16         IOWA Testing Week; Spring Book Fair

18         PTAO Meeting; Villa Hills City Council Meeting with 5th Grade Essay Winners

20         ES Mass; ES Enrichment

23         IOWA Testing Week

25         Administrative Professionals Day

27         K-3 Grandparents' Day; Gallery Night

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.