Elementary Announcements

October 14, 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.

Announcements/News for the Week:

Jesus tells his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray.  Prayer is one way that faith can deepen and become stronger. The challenge is to pray, so that God will find faith among us. We pray together each morning when we begin our school day, before lunch, and each afternoon at the end of the school day. What are some other times of the day that you pray? Perhaps you pray each night before you go to sleep or each morning when you wake up. Who/What do you pray for? Perhaps you pray for your parents, siblings, teachers, or those who are having a difficult time. Perhaps you pray for God to watch over you and guide you.

Throughout the month, our 5th grade students are sharing reflections on morning announcements on what PRAYER means to them. 

Villa Madonna Academy 1940 – 1949: During a record cold winter in 1940, students took up ice skating, skiing, tobogganing, and building snowmen on campus. A Mothers’ Club began in May, 1941.  The first “Tweed Twirl” dance was held on February 21, 1941 in the “Rec” room (Center Building 6th Grade Classrooms). Students wore plaid skirts, sloppy Joes, saddles and angora anklets as they were all the rage. Music from the jukebox, otherwise known as the Nickelodeon, provided entertainment. As World War II raged, students in 1942 played their part in supporting the war effort and established a “Pearl Harbor Club" for the purpose of buying defense bonds and stamps. As the war continued, students served as air raid wardens and conducted air raid drills, dousing lights and putting up blackout curtains in 1943. Members of the Villa Junior Red Cross knitted sweaters and scarves to “keep our fighting boys warm”.  Donald Graham, an instructor for Disney artists, and Dick Mitchell, an artist for Disney Studios, visited Villa Madonna in 1944. While at the academy the men talked to the girls about illustrating and drew Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck,  and other characters on the schools chalkboards. The men were touring the country looking for talented artists.  The biology classes in 1945 assisted the war efforts by collecting milkweed pods which were used in making life jackets.

Craft Show: Our campus was packed throughout the day on Saturday as people visited our 21st annual VMA Craft Show. Special thanks to our PTAO, Mrs. Wainscott, Mrs. Biehl-Mitchell, Mrs. Wenning, Mrs. Webb, Ms. Miller, Mr. Virzi and Mrs. Bennett for planning an incredible event! Thanks to the many, many volunteers who helped work throughout the event!  The Craft Show Committee thanks the many students and parents who assisted them with this event. If you displayed a sign, please be sure to return the sign to the main lobby of the school building or the Holy Spirit entrance. Thanks so much!

6th Grade Volleyball: Congratulations to the 6th grade girls’ volleyball team who defeated St. Cecilia in two games (21-9 and 21-15). The girls are now regular season champions of their league with a game record of 15-2. Villa will be the #1 seed in the post-season tournament. They play Wednesday (10/16) at 6:45 at St. Henry Elementary. Come to the game and cheer on our girls!

Boys Golf: The Boys Middle School Golf Team won their match last week 148 - 200 -222 over St. Pius and Blessed Sacrament. The team played its best match of the year. The Boys Middle School Golf Team also won their match last Thursday against St. Mary and St. Therese 161 - 179 - 187. 

Elementary Cross Country: Our students participated in regionals last Wednesday. All of the runners did a great job. Medal finishers include Kam Javari (9th), Seth Degengardt (23rd), Lila Dropic (23rd). Congratulations to all of our runners!

Cincinnati Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty: Third grader, Elle Breitling, performed in the Cincinnati Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty. Congratulations to Elle!

KY State Taekwondo Tournament: On Sept 28th, 4 VMA elementary students, Camille Gordon, Jake Kiefer, Ruby Logsdon, & Sean Nichols, participated in the KY State Taekwondo Tournament. Each of them earned at least one medal for different events from Traditional Forms, Creative Breaking, Creative Forms with Weapons, Creative Forms without Weapons, Archery, Team Forms, and Team Demonstration. Congrats!

Villa Ski Club: Villa Ski Club season passes are now on sale! Perfect North Slopes ski and tubing passes are now available for purchase at a 30% savings. This price is available until Nov.3. Visit perfectnorth.com and scroll to the bottom to Club Log-In. Username: villa. Password: vikings. Family and friends are welcome to join at this discounted rate. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Blincoe at tjblincoe@hotmail.com or 859-802-8258.

Third Grade Trip: Third grade students will be making their annual field trip to the Behringer Crawford Museum on Tuesday, October 15.

Student Y-Club/KYA: Our Y-Club will meet after school on Tuesday with Mr. Tilley.

Student Council: The Elementary Student Council will meet on Wednesday morning (7:30) with Mrs. Horn and Mrs. Wuebben.

Kindergarten Trip: Kindergarten students will be making their annual field trip to Benton Farms on Thursday, October 17

Academic Team: Elementary Academic Team will meet after school on Thursday for practice with Ms. Young and Ms. Haskamp.

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

No School on October 18 - Faculty in-Service: Just a reminder that school will not be in session on October 18 as the faculty will meet for our annual fall in-service. 

MAPS Challenge: The October MAPS Challenge has been posted on our school’s website in the eFolder for K-6. Completed forms are due to Mr. Tilley by October 31.

October Birthdays: Students and faculty with October birthdays may be out of uniform on Wednesday, October 30.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Grades 4-6 will visit Music Hall on October 22 to hear the CSO perform, Epic Playlist. Students will experience the personal connections behind music selections from Beethoven, Price, Tchaikovsky, Shotakovich, Ponchielli, Ginastera, Stravinsky, Tilzer and more!

Picture Day: Picture day is scheduled for October 23. All students will have their photo taken at school for our annual yearbook. Students in K-6 may come to school out of uniform if they dress nicely for their picture. Picture order forms will be sent home closer to the event and need to be returned by October 23 if you would like to order copies of your child’s photo

Anne Buenger Speaker Series: As part of our Xavier University Professional Learning partnership, the faculty will be attending the Anne Buenger Speaker on October 24 at the Cintas Center at 4:30 p.m. This year’s speaker, Manny Scott, will share his story and how one act of kindness, one word of encouragement, or one gesture of genuine love can change the trajectory of a student’s life. 

Japanese Speaker: The Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati will be providing us with a speaker on October 25.

Meeting Teresa of Avila: The Benedictine Sisters invite you to join us for a morning reflection entitled "Meeting Teresa of Avila" on October 26 in the Lower Level of St. Walburg Monastery. The presenter is Sr. Deborah Harmeling. The morning will start at 9 am with registration, coffee and pastries.  The talk will begin at 9:30 and go until 11:45 with a break. We will end the morning with Noonday Prayer. Registration fee is $20.00. If you wish to stay for lunch, add $6.00. We ask that there be no walk-ins. If you wish to register, please contact Sr. Deborah Harmeling at sdhosb@yahoo.com or (859)-331-6771.

Open House:  Our K-12 Open House event is Sunday, October 27, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. Please be sure to invite friends and family to attend! Thank you in advance for your support of our biggest enrollment event of the year!

Suffragettes: Children’s Theater will perform Suffragettes for our students beginning at 9:00 AM in the theater on Thursday, October 31. ​In 2020, we celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States – the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. During the performance, students will experience the empowering history of the brave women who made triumphant strides through sacrifice and determination. We thank an anonymous donor for providing this special opportunity for our students

Aftercare: Please mark your calendars….there will NOT be aftercare on November 26 and December 20. These days are noon dismissal days and we do not have teachers available to run aftercare. 

Internet Safety: Internet Safety speaker, Stephen Smith, has shared information keeping kids safe on the internet and social media platforms several times on our campus. His website is a great resource for parents: https://awiredfamily.org/

Looking for educated, honest, and moral reviews about media your kids are exposed to? The website: www.commonsensemedia.org is a fantastic resource for parents and a sight that our technology teachers use with our students! Read honest reviews from both parents and kids about movies, TV shows, books, and video games before you allow your students to view them! We can all help our children be informed, value-based consumers of technology and media.

Campus Parking: Please remember that cars should NOT line up around the school building before 2:30 p.m. We are having major difficulties in getting needed vehicles around our buildings because of people who are lining up before 2:30 p.m. Please remember to park only in the parking lots. Please do not park in reserved spots, especially those near the gym, in front of the gym, garage, side doors, at the Holy Spirit entrance, or at the Monastery. Please do not park in any fire lanes. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Open House:  Our K-12 Open House event is Sunday, October 27, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. Your help is needed. Please contact Janet Baugh at jbaugh@villamadonna.net to sign up. We are looking for students and families to give tours, register guests, place yard signs, greet, and help with mailings. Students will earn service hours for their assistance. Please be sure to invite friends and family to attend! Thank you in advance for your support of our biggest enrollment event of the year!

Virtus: Parents who wish to volunteer at Villa need to be Virtus trained. Please contact Julie Dickman, our Virtus Coordinator, in the main office if you have any questions. To register and sign up for a class, visit www.virtus.org<http://www.virtus.org/> and click on “Registration.”

Meeting Teresa of Avila: The Benedictine Sisters invite you to join us for a morning reflection entitled "Meeting Teresa of Avila" on October 26 in the Lower Level of St. Walburg Monastery. The presenter is Sr. Deborah Harmeling. The morning will start at 9 am with registration, coffee and pastries.  The talk will begin at 9:30 and go until 11:45 with a break. We will end the morning with Noonday Prayer. Registration fee is $20.00. If you wish to stay for lunch, add $6.00. We ask that there be no walk-ins. If you wish to register, please contact Sr. Deborah Harmeling at sdhosb@yahoo.com or (859)-331-6771.

VillaRama 2020: Saturday, February 29, at Receptions in Erlanger. You won’t want to miss this unique occasion and celebration as we gather on Leap Day to support Villa Madonna. This year’s event will certainly pack the house as we welcome a special guest band for the evening. Put on your dancing shoes and see the Naked Karate Girls as you support Villa and celebrate with our Villa family. Be sure to save both of these dates on your calendar. Questions for these events may be directed to Kyle Isaack at kisaack@villamadonna.net<mailto:kisaack@villamadonna.net>.

Looking Ahead:

October 

18        Faculty in-service – No School

22        Music Hall – CSO Epic Playlist grades 4, 5, and 6

23        Picture Day

24        Faculty Professional Development Anne Buenger Speaker at Xavier

25        Global Speaker @ 9; ES Mass; ES Enrichment

27        K-12 Open House 1- 3 PM

30        October birthdays may be out of uniform

31        9:00 Suffragettes Performance; End of 1st Trimester                                                     

November

1         All Saints Day – No School

5         FAP Meeting

6         Faculty Meeting – 2:15 PM dismissal

7-9       Kentucky Youth Assembly; HS Play

 8        Xavier PLC; E.S Mass (3rd); ES Enrichment

13        PTAO Meeting 6:30 PM.; Spelling Bee at 1:15 PM; Report Cards sent home

15        E.S Prayer Service (6th); ES Enrichment

21-24   National Council of Teachers of English Professional Development

22        E.S. Mass (4th); ES Enrichment; November birthdays may be out of uniform

25        E.S. Conferences – 3 PM-6PM

26        Noon Dismissal; E.S. Conferences – 12 PM – 3 PM

27 – 29 Thanksgiving Break – No School

           

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.