Elementary Announcements

January 9, 2019

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.

Joy springs from a grateful heart!

Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany at the Vatican sharing a message for us to be like the Magi who left their home on a path to find God. "In order to find Jesus, we also need to take a different route, to follow a different path, his path, the path of humble love. And we have to persevere. For, only those who leave behind their worldly attachments and undertake a journey find the mystery of God. As we follow our path to Jesus, let us shine his light through our actions of love toward one another.

Throughout the first half of the school year, we focused on the values of service, respect and hospitality. This month, we will focus on reverence for creation. Our third grade students will be sharing reflections throughout the month.

Announcements/News for the Week:

Archery: Villa Madonna hosted the 1st Annual New Years Nock-out Archery tournament this past weekend.  The day was highlighted by Sophie Cordonnier scoring a 280 for the tournament, finishing first in the middle school girls division and setting a new school record for archery!  6th grade scoring was also led by: Ethan Barker, Nora Ernst, and Lauren Agriesti.

The Elementary Archery Team competed in the 1st Annual Villa Madonna New Year's Nock Out Tournament on Friday night.  It was a great opportunity for us to be Benedictine hosts, and to share our amazing school.  The team shot their season high score, improving by almost 500 points over their previous high score.  The team was led in scoring by Camille Gordon who placed in the top ten in the Elementary Girls Division.  Several other archers shot their personal best scores, including Luke Zumbiel, Maxime Cosset, Sean Nichols, Alex Taylor, and Liam Stumbo who all improved their scores by 50 points or more. 

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped make the event a success!

Third Grade Boys' Basketball: Congratulations to the boys on their hard work. The team reached the championship game of the St. Joe's Holiday classic which will take place on January 13 at 1 PM. The team also won their league game vs. Blessed Sacrament. Keep up the great work Vikings!

Fourth Grade Boys' Basketball: Congratulations to the 4th Grade boys basketball team on their exciting win in overtime against Blessed Sacrament.  Special shout out to Max Hildenbrand who hit the game winning shot!

Fifth Grade Girls' Basketball: Congratulations to the girls for a big win over St. Agnes 24-11! #GoVikings!

Fifth Grade Boys' Basketball: Congratulations to the fifth grade boys basketball team with a huge 34-16 win against Beechwood over Christmas break. Strong performances by all players. The team was led by Michael Callioni with 19 points 4 assists and 2 rebounds, Jay Meier with 6 points and 6 rebounds, and Drew Thomas with 4 points and 6 rebounds. Excellent defense by Charlie Vanness, Max Watson, Ian Priuer and Ty Gudgeon. It was a great team effort and a great team win!

Recruitment Activities: As always, thank you for your support and assistance with our recruitment activities. We have several students lined up to shadow and families to tour this month. This week we will be mailing items to prospective students and personally handing out invitations at local pre-schools to our K-6 Open House on February 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. Do you have a family member or friend ready to apply to Villa in the fall? Visit http://www.villamadonna.org/prospectivestudents/application-process/ to print forms and learn about the NEW STUDENT admissions process. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Baugh at jbaugh@villamadonna.net or 859-331-6333 ext. 139.

Reminders of School Procedures: As we begin a the second half of the year, we remind you to be attentive to dress code, reporting to school on time, being respectful at all times including in your classroom, in the cafeteria, at recess, and in the hallways, and practicing stewardship as you take care of our school and the things entrusted to you.

Global Book of the Month: Throughout the school year, we have partnered with the World Affairs Council for our Book of the Month program. We have been focusing on a global classroom theme that will help with international connections so that students can benefit from a genuine connection to cultural diversity. International speakers will be invited to share stories through interactive presentation and activities related to their cultures. These experiences we hope will provide opportunities for students to not only explore the world but also develop skills, awareness, and an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. Last week, our next country of study was introduced - China. The students were so excited to hear about the country they will be studying for the next few months!

January Lunch Menu: The January lunch menu has been placed on our website in the eFolder.

FAP: The Fine Arts Patrons will meet on Tuesday, January 8 at 8:00 a.m.

Lock Down: We are scheduled to practice a lock-down drill the week of January 7.

Y-Club: KUNA will meet after school on Tuesday (1/8) with Mr. Tilley.

PTAO: The PTAO will meet on Wednesday, January 9 at 8:00 a.m.

Early Dismissal Day: Wednesday, January 9 is a 2:15 p.m. dismissal day so that the faculty can meet promptly at 2:45 p.m.

Jim Bisenius' Bully Proof Youth Program: Please mark your calendars for a presentation with Mr. Jim Bisenius on January 9, 2019 in the theater. Our schedule is: Parent Session at 8:00 a.m. in the theater, Grades 3 - 6 at 12:00 p.m. in the theater, Faculty/Staff at 2:45 p.m.

Chess Club: Chess Club will meet after school on Wednesday (1/9) with Mr. Dropic.

Mass: Grades K-6 will celebrate Mass on Friday, January 11 with Fr. Riesenberg.

Enrichment: Grades K-6 will meet for enrichment on January 11.

2nd Trimester: Friday, January 11 marks the middle of the second Trimester. This is a good time for you to make note of how you are doing with your studies and make any necessary changes for the second half of the trimester or keep up the good habits you have already formed.

Destination Imagination: We will be hosting our annual DI Challenge Day at Villa on Saturday, January 12. We thank Mrs. Kolar and Mr. Dropic as well as all of our parent coaches for their assistance with this special day.

VMA Shoot-a-thon: The Boosters' Annual Shoot-a-thon will take place on Saturday, January 12 in the gym. All money raised on this day goes to Athletic programs for grades K-12. This is also team picture day for grades 1-8 basketball teams. Information about this event has been handed out through coaches and can also be found in our K-6 eFolder.

Villa-Rama Bingo: We will be hosting a Bingo event for families on Sunday, January 27. All are invited to attend this fun afternoon. Look for a flyer coming home in the family folder from the Advancement Office.

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week begins on January 27. Please look for information from the committee that will be sent home in the family folder on January 9. The faculty with the help of student council has planned a great week for our school!

Girls' Basketball Appreciation Night: Girls' BB Appreciation night will take place on Monday, January 28.

Boys' Basketball Appreciation Night: Boys' BB Appreciation night will take place on Thursday, January 31.

January MAP Challenge: The January challenge has been placed on the website and will be due to Mr. Tilley by 1/31.

January and July Birthdays: Students who celebrate their birthday in January or celebrate their birthday in July will be recognized during our daily announcements. All students who celebrate their birthday or have a ½ birthday in January (July 2019) may be out of uniform on January 31.

Box Tops: Don't forget to turn in any Box Tops that you have saved. Send in your BoxTops to the main office in a baggie or sealed envelope with your child's grade # noted. This is just one way that you can help earn money for our school!

Parent Reminders/Information

School Delays/Cancellations: Just a reminder that should we have severe weather, school delays or cancellations will be communicated by means of local radio/TV stations, Villa's website, Villa's Facebook pages, and by text through the Remind App (if you have not signed up for this feature you can by texting @villawe to the number 81010).

Jim Bisenius' Bully Proof Youth Program: Parents, please mark your calendars for a presentation with Mr. Jim Bisenius on January 9, 2019 in the theater. Our tentative schedule for the day is: Parent session at 8:00 a.m., Grades 3 - 6 at noon, and faculty and staff at 2:45 p.m. Mr. Bisenius visits our elementary school every two to three years to share his Bully-Proofing Youth information. Mr. Bisenius will meet with all students and teachers throughout the day. We highly recommend every family be represented at the parent session as the information is just that important. Questions? Please email Mrs. Wuebben at gwuebben@villamadonna.net.

Faculty Meeting Days:  Students in grades K-6 will be dismissed from 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9 so that the faculty meeting can begin promptly at 2:45 p.m.  Thank you!

Campus Parking Reminders:  Please do not park in reserved spots, especially those at the Monastery, near the gym, in front of the gym, garage, side doors, or at the Holy Spirit entrance. Please do not park in any fire lanes. These are safety issues, and we appreciate your support.

Dismissal: Please remember that cars should not line up around the school building before 2:30 p.m. If you arrive on campus before 2:30 p.m., please pull into a parking lot and park in one of the spaces. This rule is in place so that an emergency vehicle or guests on our campus can get to the Monastery, to Madonna Manor, to the Montessori school or to the gym. Students have been reminded that if they leave the building with a junior high or high school student they may not be near the lake. Thank you in advance for adhering to these safety rules.

Middle of Second Trimester: Next Friday marks the middle of the second Trimester. MyVMA accounts should be updated by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14 for students in grades 4-6. If you have questions about your child's progress please be sure to contact the appropriate teacher.

Lockdown drill: Each January we practice what to do during a 'lockdown' with all students. We plan to have our annual January drill next week.

Villa-Rama:  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 February 9. 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 Kyle Isaack at 859-331-6333 ext. 133 or at kisaack@villamadonna.net.

A Wired Family: Will your student be receiving any technology for Christmas this year?  Help them make smart, responsible choices with their devices!  Internet Safety speaker, Stephen Smith, will be back in February to speak to our parents and students. He has a great website that is helpful for parents: https://awiredfamily.org/

Information from the KY Health Department: Below is a list of information provided by the KY Health Department to help prevent the spread of flu, strep throat and gastrointestinal illnesses that often rise during winter months. The faculty and staff of VMA will continue to speak to the children about staying healthy and continue to keep the school clean in order to help prevent the spread of influenza. Please do your part by following these everyday preventative actions and speaking to your child about them as well:

1. Stay home when ill. Keep children home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medicines. Children with vomiting or diarrhea should also be kept home.

2. Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw away the tissue after use and wash hands. If a tissue is not available, cover the mouth and nose with a sleeve. Teach children to, "Sneeze into your sleeve." Droplets of the flu virus can be spread to someone up to six feet away, so this step is especially important.

3. Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing and before you eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

4. Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth. This is how germs spread.

5. Do not share drinks, food, pencils, etc.

Cold Weather: The cold weather has returned! Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for these cold days. Hats, warm jackets and gloves or mittens are essential for the students to be able to enjoy their time at play outside when the temperature is above freezing and to protect them from the cold during dismissal time.

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.

Co-Chair for Jingle Bell Shop: Our current chair for Jingle Bell Shop is looking for someone to assist with Jingle Bell Shop for December 2019 and then chair in December 2020. This is another wonderful event for the students and a whole lot of fun to plan. Questions, please contact Mrs. Bosley or Chair Mrs. Gorman.

DATE CHANGE: IOWA testing dates have changed per the Diocese.  The new dates for testing are March 18 -29.

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

PTAO Daughter Event and Son Event: Thanks to some wonderful people who have stepped up to chair these PTAO events, plans are underway for these two events. The Daughter event will take place at Villa on March 1. The Son event will take place at Villa on March 16. Information about the Daughter event will be coming home this week in the family folder.


8          FAP Meeting

9          PTAO Meeting 8 a.m.; Faculty Meeting - Early Dismissal (2:15 p.m.)

11         XU PLC; ES Mass; ES Enrichment; Middle of 2nd Trimester

12         Destination Imagination Instant Challenge Day at VMA        

16         Symphonic Revolution! for 4-6 at Music Hall by CSO at 10:30 a.m.

18         ES Mass; ES Enrichment

21         MLK Day - No School

25         ES Mass; ES Enrichment

28         Catholic Schools Week Begins

30         CSW Mass at the Cathedral

31         Cincinnati Zoo at Villa in gym at 1:30 p.m. for K-6; Students with January/July 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.