Elementary Announcements
August 31, 2020
What's Happening This Week?
Monday, August 31
  • Lunch - Bagel w/PB, CC, or Salami
  • Joke of they Day - What do you call a cow in an earthquake? A milkshake.

Tuesday, September 1
  • Lunch - Beef Taco
  • Cool Fact - Jellyfish aren't fish as they have no bones, brain, or heart.

Wednesday, September 2
  • Lunch - Chicken Patty
  • Joke of the Day - What do you call a funny mountain? Hill-arious

Thursday, September 3
  • Lunch - Steak Hoagies
  • Cool Fact - Kangaroos can't walk backwards.

Friday, September 4
  • Lunch - Grilled Cheese
  • Elementary Prayer Service
  • Joke of the Day - What has two legs but can't walk? a pair of pants
School Prayer
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.

Pledge of Allegiance
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.
Dear Students,
 
Can you believe it is almost September? September is the month where we transition between seasons. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for some cooler fall days! 
 
The faculty and I are so impressed with all that you are doing as we wrapped up our first full week of school. You are quickly learning procedures for your grade level. You are doing such a great job of listening to your teachers and classmates too! I have noticed that you are smiling more (yes I can tell even through your masks when you are smiling), and you have very positive attitudes. I love this! 
 
Remember to always be respectful to others and to yourself. It is important to treat all people justly and fairly. Remember to practice the Benedictine value of respect as you interact with others throughout the school. Doing what your teacher asks you to do for class, walking correctly throughout the building, thanking the ladies in the cafeteria for a great lunch, throwing away trash in trashcans, and listening to your teachers and classmates are all ways you can show respect to others. It is also important as we begin the year to respect yourself. You can do this by getting organized, making good decisions, telling the truth, being punctual, and honoring all commitments that you make. 
 
The Boy Scouts of America just sent us the Supernova Award certificates from last year. Congratulations to Liam A., Neil A., Austin M., Isaac S., and Ethan S. for all of their hard work to obtain this recognition. The Supernova Award is given to scouts who complete the requirements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
 
Let’s make this another great week!
 
I look forward to hearing about all of the exciting things you will be learning this week! Make this a great one.
 
Blessings,
 
Mrs. Bosley
Announcements
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Happy Birthday!
Birthdays will be announced each day. Students who celebrate their birthday in September may be out of uniform on 9/30.
9/1 Hannah F. (1st)
9/3 Abigail G. (1st)
9/5 Lila D. (3rd)
9/6 Ulysses V. (K)
2019-2020 Yearbooks
Elementary yearbooks for the 2019-2020 school year have arrived and are being delivered. Thanks to Mrs. Pemberton and all of the faculty who helped her create a beautiful book filled with memories of last school year.  If you didn't order a book and would like one, we do have extras. Please contact Mrs. Junker in the main office.
Villa Montessori
Villa Madonna Montessori had a successful orientation last week for their students. The full schedule begins this week. We wish Mrs. Stacey Browsky and her team all the best!
Labor Day
On Monday, September 7, we celebrate Labor Day. This holiday celebrates the value and dignity of work, and its role in the America way of life. Please remember that school will NOT be in session on Monday, September 7.
Haunt your Library Writing Contest
Students in grades 1-6, you can enter an original poem or tale in the Kenton County Library’s 18th annual spooky writing contest. Deadline for entries is October 18. Limit of 700 words. Submit entries via a Word document by emailing
writingcontest@kentonlibrary.org. Entries must include child's name, age, address, phone, email address, school and grade level. 
Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Students in 5th and 6th grade, if you’ve made a difference through volunteering over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Even more importantly, you could win recognition that might inspire other young people to follow your example.  All applications must be posted by November 10. Visit http://spirit.prudential.com, click on the “Apply Now” link, and follow the on-screen instructions.
Parent Information
Faculty Meeting: 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, September 2 so that the faculty meeting can begin promptly at 2:45 p.m. 

COVID-19 Resources: The Diocese of Covington updated its guidance on the reopening of schools on August 29. The full update may be found here. Updates have been made to these areas in the document: Clarification on an area for Classroom Spacing (p. 6) and Cafeteria (p. 8), High School sports (p. 12), Family Trips (p. 13), Infection Procedures (p. 14-16), and Exposure Guidance (p. 17). Please take the time to read through these changes so that you are familiar with our policies, and please review them with your student(s).

Talking about Covid: If you are in need of information on how to support your child during the pandemic, the articles posted on our counselor's page may be helpful.

Friday Spirit Wear: Please note that each Friday you must wear uniform bottoms (shorts, pants, skirt, or jumper) but you may wear a Spiritwear top to school.

Service Hours: Students are asked to log their service hours each school year. A form went home in the beginning of the year packet. We realize that with Covid there are extra restrictions for service in the community. However, students can still serve you and others. Students could do extra chores around the house for you or a relative/friend. They could make cards to send to local organizations thanking them for their work (fire, police, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.). Collect items to donate to a local organization such as St. Vincent DePaul. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s religion teacher.

Birthday Treats: We love to celebrate birthdays! If you would like to send in a treat to celebrate your child's birthday, be sure to contact your child's teacher via email. Packaged treats or non-edible items are best to protect our students who have allergies and especially important during the COVID pandemic. Thank you!

Website FORMS: Forms sent home during the school year can also be found on our website (www.villamadonna.org)  in an electronic folder. Once you log in with the parent username, go to the MY VILLA LIFE tab and click on EFOLDER K-6. There, you will find flyers.

Virtus: Parents who wish to volunteer at Villa must be Virtus trained. Please contact Julie Dickman, in the main office if you have any questions. To register and sign up for a class, visit www.virtus.org and click on “Registration.” Don’t forget that August is an open month. If you missed a bulletin, be sure to go into your Virtus account and catch up before you are locked out of the system!

Follow us on Social Media: Have you liked our social media pages? You will get a view into what the students are doing at school through photos and videos.
Facebook @vmaelem Twitter @VillaMadonna Instagram @vmaelementary

BoxTops: We will once again be participating in the Box Tops for Education™ program. Mrs. Karen Poole is our school Box Tops Coordinator. The box tops program is now digital. You simply need to download the app to your smart phone and scan your receipt anytime you purchase Box Tops for Education. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Poole at krpoole@zoomtown.com.
Calendar

September
2 Early Dismissal for Faculty Meeting
(we will dismiss from 2:15 - 2:40 PM)
4 Elementary Prayer Service
7 No School - Labor Day
11 Elementary Mass
18 Elementary Prayer Service
25 Elementary Mass; Middle of the 1st Trimester
30 September 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.