Elementary Announcements
September 8, 2020
What's Happening This Week?
Monday, September 7
  • Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 8
  • Lunch - Chicken Nuggets
  • Cool Fact - In 1883, American brothers, James Ritty and John Birch invented the cash register.

Wednesday, September 9
  • Lunch - Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Joke of the Day - What is a Martian's favorite snack? Space Chips

Thursday, September 10
  • Lunch - Salisbury Steak
  • Cool Fact - Cans of diet soda will float in water while regular soda cans will sink!

Friday, September 11
  • Lunch - Fish Sandwich
  • Elementary Prayer Service
  • Surprise Pep Rally :)
  • Joke of the Day - How do scientists freshen their breath? With experi-mints!
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,

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend with your family and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Did you hear the good news about Villa Madonna Academy? We have earned the title of Best Private school in Cincy Magazine's Family Choice Awards. Thank you for making our community top in our region. We also congratulate our high school who earned Best SAT/ACT Prep.

Often when we are wronged, we complain about it to someone else or we let the disagreement fester in our hearts. In the Gospel reading this past weekend, Jesus reminds us to do the opposite: talk to the person. If that doesn't work, ask another person such as a parent or friend to help you talk to the person. When confronting someone about a disagreement, remember to listen. What qualities are needed to truly listen to someone? patience, empathy, eye contact, focus, etc.). You might practice listening to others this week including your parents, teachers, family members, and classmates. Jesus reminds us that he is present when we are seeking reconciliation and praying together as a community.

This week our nation remembers those who died or were injured in the terrorist attacks on our country on September 11, 2001. American flags around the country will be flown at half staff to show respect. We too will pay respect to those affected by 9-11 by offering our prayers. We also remember that by living out the Benedictine values we hold so dear, we can do our part to make our world a truly peaceful place!

Make this week a great one!
 
Peace,
 
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.
9/8 Mrs. Junker
9/11 Gabby (2nd)
9/13 Mrs. Desmond
9/16 Jacob (1st)
9/17 Jonah (6th)
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.
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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Parent Information
Driving on Campus: We have had several reports of cars driving down the wrong side of the road at dismissal, almost causing an accident. Please remember to be safe and obey all traffic laws. Reports made to the school will be shared with the police.

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
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
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.