Elementary School Announcements

May 1, 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:    

As we work these last few weeks of school to achieve our personal best, we think about the Benedictine value of Scholarship, which is actually an aspect of the Benedictine value of Stewardship.  Stewardship is reverence and care for all creation in order to take good care of all of God’s gifts.  Scholarship is simply stewardship in caring for your own intellectual gifts.  This involves the decision to do your very best in your school work and includes doing neat work, having assignments in on time, preparing well for tests, taking part in group work and discussions, and making a commitment to keep your mind alert as you strive to learn new things throughout life. 

 Announcements/News for the Week:

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, May 3.  Thank you!

 Happy Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week!  This week the PTAO, thanks to Mrs. Komaromy-Hiller, has organized a fun week to show appreciation to our teachers during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  One of the best gifts you can give a teacher is a kind word.  Please consider writing a short note to your child’s teacher, having your child write a note of appreciation this week or doing one of the other activities shared in the email sent out last Thursday.


 Students of the Month:  Congratulations to the following K-3rd grade students for being nominated as “Student of the Month in Reverence and Respect”: Brooke Arnsperger, Michael Callioni, Katie Danhauer, Lauren Domaschko, Tara Gibson, Kashvi Jain, Cailyn McKinstry and Emily Robinson . 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!  Keep up the awesome reverent work!

 Grandparents’ Day:  Special thanks to Ms. Ransom, Mrs. Junker and the primary teachers for their help in planning a wonderful Grandparents’ Day celebration.  Grandparents were touched by the special performance including solos from our third graders and enjoyed visiting classrooms. 

 Gallery Night:   Gallery Night was a huge success!  Over 60 students performed at the event.  Special thanks to the entire Carroll family for their work in planning and carrying out the event.  We also thank Ms. Pillow, Mrs. Kolar and Mrs. Hermann for making sure the hallways were decorated with student artwork and Ms. Ransom for assisting throughout the evening.  It was wonderful watching the students perform and share their talents on the stage!  

 Spaghetti Dinner:  Special thanks to the Mr. and Mrs. Martini, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Bezold and the many student and parent volunteers who hosted a lovely spaghetti dinner on behalf of the FAP.  We also thank Sr. Mary Catherine for baking the delicious bread and Sr. Nancy for baking the delicious brownies J

 May Crowning:  Each year we choose one of our sixth grade students to crown the Blessed Mother at our May Crowning.  Being chosen to crown Mary is a great honor.  The teachers try to choose a student who exemplifies the qualities of Mary.  Some of these qualities are kindness, modesty, and friendliness as well as the Benedictine values of hospitality, reverence, peace, scholarship and community.  This year the teachers have chosen Sophia Schaeffer to crown Mary.  May Crowning will be celebrated on May 5 immediately following 9:00 a.m. Mass outside by the Mary statue. 

 U.S. Equestrian Federation:  Congratulations to Emma Paley who completed the United States Equestrian Federation’s Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program.  This program recognizes accomplishment of young equestrians and encourages their future involvement in the sport.  Participants in the program must be in grades 5 – 12, complete 100 hours of training and participate in three equestrian competitions during the year.

 Great American Ballpark:  Congratulations to Deliliah Gorman who sang at a Reds game over Easter break with her choir at the Great American Ballpark!

 Maps 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 on May 10 to let these students share all that they have learned this school year. Information about this test has been shared with the 5th and 6th grade students.

  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.

 Lost and Found:  The lost and found in the gym as well as the area by the Holy Spirit doors are once again overflowing with items.  If you are missing shoes, bags, clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. please check these areas. 

 Service Forms:  Please remember that all service hour forms should be turned into grade level religion teachers by May 15.

  Diocesan Appreciation Luncheon:  The annual luncheon to recognize teachers who have served in the diocese for 5, 10, 15, etc. years will take place on May 1.  At the luncheon Ms. Zeck, Mrs. Horn, Mrs. McGhee, Mrs. Law and Mrs. Bosley will be recognized. 

 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

 FAP:  The FAP will meet on Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the small cafeteria.

 Running Club:  Running Club will meet after school on Tuesday.  Special thanks to Mrs. Law and Ms. Imhoff for working with our students over the past few months to prepare for the Flying Pig races.  We have many students and parents participating in the events.

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

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

 Drama Club:  Drama Club will meet after school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until 5:00 p.m.

 Administrative Team Meeting: The A-Team will meet Thursday morning beginning at 7:45 a.m.

 Mass:  Father Riesenberg will celebrate Mass on Friday with grades K-6 in the theater at 9:00 a.m.  Special thanks to our 3rd grade for planning the liturgy. 

 Drama Club Improv Production:  All are invited to attend the 1:00 p.m. drama club show in the theater on Friday, May 5.  The students will also perform for family and friends at 7:00 p.m.

 4th Derby:  The fourth grade students have been learning about the KY Derby as part of their KY History unit.  Come and join them at 2:00 p.m. on the lawn to view a ‘running of the roses’.  We will begin the celebration by singing “My Old Kentucky Home.”


 Rosary Club:  The Rosary Club will meet after school on Friday.

 DI Bingo on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Destination Imagination BINGO:  Please join our Destination Imagination teams in Villa’s cafeteria for some great Bingo and help the teams earn money for their trip to global competition.  Join the teams on Sunday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. Questions, please contact Amanda Kolar at ambkolar@gmail.com.

 End of Year Picnics:  Lunch will be served in the cafeteria on May 22 and 23.  The cafeteria staff will NOT serve lunch on the 24th due to class picnics.  Below is our tentative schedule for end of the year picnics.

10:30 – 12:00    Kindergarten at Montessori Playground, 1st at VMA Playground, and 4th at VMA Soccer Fields;

12:00 – 1:30      2nd and 6th at Montessori Playground, 3rd at VMA Playground, and 5th at VMA Soccer Fields.

 May Lunch Menu:  The lunch menu has been placed on our website:  http://www.villamadonna.org/campus/cafeteria/

  Happy Birthday:  Happy birthday to all of our students who celebrate their birthday in May!  All students who celebrate a birthday in April may be out of uniform on Friday, May 19.

 Athletic Information:

Registration for Fall Volleyball and Golf:  Registrations for Fall Volleyball and Golf are taking place.  Forms will be sent home in the Family Folder this week and are available on our website.

 Booster's Golf Outing:  Save the date for our 26th annual golf outing which will take place on Monday, June 12at Summit Hills Country Club.  This annual event includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner at the beautiful Summit Hills Country Club in Edgewood.   Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 AM. Shotgun start at 1:00 PM.  Dinner, Awards and Silent Auction at approximately 6pm.  Forms are on the website under the Athletics tab.  Questions:  contact Mary Pavel 331-6333 ext 506 or Eric Schmitt 331-6333 ext 103.

  Parent Reminders/Information:

Family Directory 2017-2018: Each school year, we publish a VMA Family Directory. In an effort to update our current directory, please assist us by signing into the VMA website. Go to MYVILLALIFE, and then click on the Family Directory. Review the information for your family’s listing. If there are changes that need to be made to your listing, please email Eileen Junker at ejunker@villamadonna.net. If everything is correct, no further action is needed. Please note: We will update each child’s grade level for next school year and remove current seniors.

 Calendar Reminder:  Thursday, May25 is the last day of school for students in grades one through six.  We will dismiss immediately following the awards ceremony held in the gym.  Dismissal should begin at 11:00 AM.   There will be no after school care on May 25 so please plan accordingly. 

  Designated Parking Spaces:  Please do not park in spaces designated for VillaRama, athletics, handicap, etc. unless authorized to do so.  Thank you for your cooperation.

  Elementary Athletic Coaches:  Coaches in the Diocese of Covington are asked to take a course titled, Play Like a Champion.  This course serves children by partnering with sports organizations to provide all children with an opportunity to play sports in a safe, supportive, and inclusive sports environment. Play Like a Champion provides research-based, character-oriented educational clinics and resources at the youth through high school level for administrators, coaches, parents and athletes. If you are an elementary coach, please consider signing up for the next course which will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at St. Joseph School, 4011 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY in the library.  To sign up for the course please go to:www.virtus.org.  Enter your ID and Password.  You will see the “Training Tab”.  Click on Live Training on the left column.  Then, click on “pre-register for an upcoming live training session in your area”.  Click on the “PLAC” session that you would like to attend.   (Do NOT choose a Protecting God’s Children for Adults session.) 

  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. 

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.

 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. 


 PTAO:  Villa Madonna Academy’s PTAO (Parent Teacher Administrator Organization) has many exciting openings to fill for the 2017-2018 school year.  PTAO involvement provides families with a rewarding and enriching way to serve the Villa Madonna Academy community and become an integral member of a team working to benefit our children and school.  Below, are several positions that we are hoping to fill soon.  If you are interested in learning more about or possibly fulfilling a PTAO role(s) for next school year please e-mail Mrs. Bosley at sbosley@villamadonna.netKindergarten Celebration: This individual coordinates with the Kindergarten teachers to provide refreshments for this memorable event.  This is generally chaired by 1st grade parents. Event is scheduled for May 23, 2018. Thank You for Considering the Many Ways You Can Make a Positive Impact in the Villa Community.


 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:


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.