Students enjoyed Icees outside on Friday afternoon to celebrate the conclusion of our fourth week of the school year.
Elementary Announcements
September 14, 2020
What's Happening This Week?
Monday, September 14
  • Lunch - Coney Dog, mixed vegis, farmer's wife salad, pears
  • Joke of the Day - Why did the jelly roll? Because it saw the apple turnover.

Tuesday, September 15
  • Lunch - Chicken Strips, stuffing, broccoli w/ cheese, minestrone salad
  • Cool Fact - A bolt of lightning is five times hotter than the sun.

Wednesday, September 16
  • Lunch - French Toast, sausage, eggs
  • Board Meeting
  • Joke of the Day - What made the mouse afraid to take a swim? The catfish!

Thursday, September 17
  • Lunch - Rib-b-que, cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad
  • Cool Fact - A steel ball will bounce higher than a rubber ball.

Friday, September 18
  • Lunch - Cheese Max Sticks, corn, mixed fruit
  • Elementary Prayer Service (5th grade leading)
  • Joke of the Day - Why did the cow cross the road? To go to the MOOOvies!
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,

The school year is in full swing now and it is already the middle of September! Time really does fly when you are having fun. I hope that you are all enjoying getting to know your teachers and your classmates. I have been in numerous classrooms over the last few weeks and have witnessed many phenomenal lessons and activities. The love of learning is certainly evident! Some of my favorite highlights from the week include watching our first graders take part in a virtual STEM activity led by a parent, helping a group of second grade students write five sentences about things that they love, listening to a group of fourth graders talk about the science lab they did to go along with their study of plants, and observing fifth graders measuring the volume of objects by displacing water. Of course, the highlight of our week was enjoying Icees outside on Friday afternoon to celebrate the conclusion of our fourth week of the school year.

Please show a warm Benedictine welcome to Mrs. Fischer. Mrs. Fischer is very excited to be working with the second grade students and teachers.

As we begin our week together, let’s talk about what we heard in this weekend’s Gospel. Peter asks Jesus, “How often must I forgive?” Jesus responds very clearly, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” This is a simple phrase that Jesus shares with us on how to live as he wants us to live. Jesus is telling us that not only must we forgive, but we must also forgive fully and completely. This is not always an easy task for us, especially when we experience betrayal or suffering. But, Jesus teaches us that God forgives us and wants us to forgive others.  Think of a time that you have forgiven a friend, a sister, or a brother. How did you feel after you forgave them? The reconciliation that you feel when you truly forgive someone usually brings about a feeling of great happiness. The next time you forgive someone, see if you notice this feeling.


Keep doing amazing things this week!
 
Mrs. Bosley
Announcements
Happy Birthday!
Birthdays will be announced each day. Students who celebrate their birthday in September may be out of uniform on 9/30.
9/16 Jacob (1st)
9/17 Jonah (6th) & Mrs. Droege
9/23 Ms. Yuenger
9/24 Syllus (6th)
9/28 Chloe (6th)
9/30 Austin (1st)
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, consider applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award!  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.
Strings Lesson: Is your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student interested in learning to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass? Southbank Quartet Video.
A flyer with information has been sent home with additional information. Classes at Immanuel School of Music:
Questions? Contact Susans@immanuelumc.org
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Fire Poster Contest:  Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10 and you can enter a fire poster contest. Students may use crayons or colored pencils. Entries should be no larger than 12” X 9” in size. The theme is:  “Serve up fire safety in the kitchen.” www.nfpa.org may have additional information to assist you with your ideas. All entries must be turned into Mrs. Bosley by October 1.  
Thunder & Lightning Raffle: How would you like to win up to $8,000? You can with our Thunder & Lightning Raffle! Tickets are $50 each. There are two $500 winning tickets drawn each month start in October. Each ticket drawn will be returned to the hopper giving you 16 chances to win up to $8,000 total. To purchase your ticket, please go to: https://villamadonna.org/support/thunder-lightning/
Parent Information
Progress Reports: Friday, September 25, marks the middle of the first trimester. Grades for students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade will be updated online by 4:00 PM on Monday, September 28. If you have a question about your child’s progress, please contact his/her teacher.

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, PE 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
18 Elementary Prayer Service
25 Elementary Mass; Middle of the 1st Trimester
30 September Birthdays may be out of uniform
October
7 2:15 p.m. dismissal for Faculty Meeting
12  CSO Virtual Field Trip
16  Faculty in-service – No School
19  Faculty in-service – No School
21  Picture Day
30  October birthdays may be out of uniform; End of the 1st Trimester
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.