Elementary Announcements
March 15, 2021
What's Happening This Week?
Monday, March 15
  • New student testing this week
  • Sixth Grade Daily Station
  • Lunch: Corn Dog
  • Joke: What should you say to a runner in the St. Patricks’ Day marathon? Irish you luck

Tuesday, March 16
  • Lunch: French Toast
  • Sixth Grade Daily Station
  • Joke: What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover? A rash of good luck

Wednesday, March 17
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day - students may wear green accessories with their uniform - no hair dye please
  • Sixth Grade Daily Station
  • Lunch: Chicken Fajita
  • Joke: What did the Irish potato say to his sweetheart? I only have eyes for you!

Thursday, March 18
  • Sixth Grade Daily Station
  • Lunch: Steak Hoagie
  • Joke: What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping? A dino-SNORE

Friday, March 19
  • Prayer Service (3rd)
  • Sixth Grade Daily Station
  • Lunch: Grilled Cheese
  • Joke: What did one plate say to the other plate? Dinner is on me!
Dear Villa Families,

Each year our sixth grade students prepare for and present the Stations of the Cross. This is always such a special time for our school to come together in prayer. Because of Covid restrictions, the sixth graders had to come up with a creative way to present their personal reflections as they studied the events that lead to Jesus' death. They decided to create a podcast and are releasing one station a day, beginning this week. The students, with the help of their teachers, have been working hard since the beginning of the Lenten season and we thank them for their leadership in helping our faculty and students to reflect and pray the stations.

On March 21 we celebrate the Feast of St. Benedict. St. Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome and early in life was drawn to the monastic life. At first he became a hermit and he withdrew to a cave high in the mountains for three years. Some monks chose him as their leader for a while, but found his strictness not to their taste. He had an idea of gathering various families of monks into one “Grand Monastery” to give them the benefit of unity, fraternity, permanent worship in one house. Finally he began to build what was to become one of the most famous monasteries in the world—Monte Cassino. The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor and living together in community. The sisters at St. Walburg follow St. Benedict's rule and we use many of the same principals for getting along peacefully, praying together, working hard, and putting our best attention to our studies here at Villa Madonna Academy.

Don't forget to register your child for the 2021- 2022 school year. To register, please click here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Janet Baugh.
Mrs. Soshana Bosley
Prayer & Pledge
Lenten Prayer: God, Father, and Creator, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us, especially the gift of your Son. During this Holy season of Lent, help us to change and grow and become the kind of people you created us to be. Fill our hearts with love for you, and love for other people created in your image. Show us how to use the gifts you have given us to help others in your name. As we journey together toward the light of Easter, we know you are with us in all that we do. May we live always as people of your kingdom, praising your name now and forever. 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.
Happy Birthday!
3/15 Mrs. Laverty
3/16 Cole (6th)
3/19 Brooke (6th)
3/20 Mylee (2nd)
3/22 Alex (6th)
3/24 Ava (6th)
3/35 Seth (5th) and Emily (4th)
3/27 Samantha (K)
3/28 Makeley (3rd)
3/31 Ella (K) and Finn (K)
The Elementary Archery Team participated in the State Tournament in Louisville on Friday. The team shot a season high score of 2180 and placed 26th out of 32 teams, finishing the season as the second ranking Catholic elementary school in the state. Congratulations to Tristan Lucas, Cailyn McKinstry, Emily Barker, Kamdyn Jhaveri, Hudson Bond, Kinsey Kochvar, Scarlett Wainscott, Tonatiuh Uzoukwu, and Reese Brown who all set new personal scoring records at the tournament! The Middle School Team shot a season high score of 2873 to finish ranked 70th in the state out of 101 teams who attended. Scoring was led by Ethan Barker, Sean Nichols, Nora Ernst, Sophie Cordonnier, and Eleanor Barker. Congratulations to our teams on a great performance at State and for an outstanding season this year!
Parent Information
Faculty/Staff Appreciation: They will teach you now on Zoom. They will teach you in a house. They will teach you with a mouse. They will teach you here or there. They will teach you because they CARE. Let's thank the teachers for all that they've done to make our school oh so much fun. The PTAO Teacher Appreciation Committee invites you to help us provide snacks and treats for our faculty! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044AA9A92DA6FE3-drseuss.

Boosters Shoot-a-thon: The Boosters Shoot-a-thon will take place this March! Our annual event will take place during basketball practice times on Saturday, March 20 for our elementary students.

Grandparents’ Day: Our annual K-3rd grade Grandparent’s Day will be held virtually on Friday, April 30. Students are encouraged to invite a grandparent or someone special to tune in to their special message which will be shared via Facebook on April 30.  

Fine Art Patrons Gallery Night: Our annual Gallery Night will be held virtually on Friday, April 30 via Facebook beginning at 7 p.m. Gallery Night is an annual showcase of the artistic, musical, and dancing talents of the students at Villa Madonna Academy. If your student is interested in performing for our Virtual Gallery Night, please take a video of your child and upload it to your child’s school Google Drive. Then, share that file with Mrs. Holtzman at aholtzman@villamadonna.net . You can make your video as simple or creative as you like!  Videos will be accepted through April 25.

Elementary Career Day: Do you work in a job that you love? Do you have an interesting career path? Do you wish to share some thoughts and ideas about careers with our Villa Madonna Academy Elementary Students? Do you know someone who has a job our students would love to learn more about? If so, we would love to hear from you! Every year we organize a Career Day where people from the community share information about their careers. Students enjoy hearing about the many career choices they have as they learn and grow. Students normally meet guests in person, however this year we are going to do a virtual format. If you are willing to provide a video sharing information about your career, please upload it to your child's school Google drive. Then, share that file with Mrs. Bosley at sbosley@appsvillamadonna.net. Videos should be uploaded by May 15.
Things you might want to include in your presentation: 
A brief history/background of yourself that led to your current career or job;
Average day-in-the-life at your job.
Description and responsibilities of your career/occupation;
Education and/or training required (please do emphasize the importance of lifelong learning);
Skills needed (examples: good communication skill, eye-hand coordination, etc.);
Personality traits that make you good at your job (introvert/extrovert, analytical/compassionate, etc.);
What courses in school would help a student prepare for a career in your field;
What specific types of tools, equipment and/or technology do you use on a regular basis;
Any extracurricular activities in school or college and how they may have helped you;
What do you like most about your job, what do you like least about your job;

Boosters Golf Outing: Save the date for the 2021 Boosters Golf Outing. It will be held June 21 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union. There will be a 1:00 pm shotgun start. More details will be provided in coming weeks.

COVID Safety Reminders: We remind all of our school community to follow COVID-19 requirements. Please wear a mask, maintain social distance, wash/sanitize hands frequently, keep your child at home if they are feeling sick, and keep your child home if someone in the household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. The most recent safety information (1/21/21) can be found here. Covid testing information can be found here and scheduled here. On Friday, January 21, the Diocese updated the travel quarantine guidance.  As a result, we will return to our previous guidance which mandates quarantines for travel to states where the positivity rate is 15% or higher or there is a high-risk activities trip (i.e. traveling sports teams, flying). The updated Diocesan document can be found here and the state positivity can be found here.

Spring Testing - Grades 3 through 6: We will be conducting spring testing the week of April 19. After several discussion with the faculty and a review of testing options we have decided to pursue using the ACT Aspire test for our 3rd - 6th grade students. The ACT Aspire test maps student progress and connects to the scoring system of the ACT 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.  More information will be shared closer to testing.

2021-2022 School Calendar: Please find a copy of the 2021-2022 school calendar by clicking here.

Dismissal: Cars should not line up around the school building until 2:20 p.m. If you arrive on campus before this time please park in a parking lot space. This rule is in place so that emergency vehicles or guests on our campus can get to school buildings and the Monastery.

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.” If you missed a bulletin, be sure to go into your Virtus account and catch up before you are locked out of the system!
19        ES Prayer Service (3rd)
26        ES Prayer Service (5th)
31        Stations of the Cross (6th); March birthdays-out of uniform
1         Holy Thursday – No School
2         Good Friday – No School
4         Easter
5-9      Easter Break – No School
12       Classes Resume
13       FAP Meeting; Fire Drill
14       Faculty Meeting – 2:15 p.m. dismissal
16       ES Prayer Service (4th); Middle of 3rd Trimester
19-23   Testing Week grades 3- 6
21       Administrative Professionals Day
23      ES Prayer Service (3rd)
29       April birthdays may be out of uniform
30       ES Prayer Service (6th); Virtual Grandparents’ Day; Virtual Gallery Night
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.