February
Principal's Message
Greetings!

February was jam-packed with wonderful experiences! Students built self-confidence, demonstrated a variety of skills, and enjoyed the results of hard work and practice during this month's several dramatic and musical performances as well as through presentations to parents and classmates. Our first Cultural Fine Arts Day provided cultural discovery and appreciation and our long-standing Everybody Counts program developed student awareness of disabilities and challenges.

Enjoy the photos of these and many more Villa activities and think Spring!
EDUCATION
Cultural Fine Arts Day deepened students' knowledge of Native American, African, and Japanese cultures. Presenters and activities included a falcon with Raptor, Inc., a pow-wow, making dream catchers, the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy with the Japan America Society, karate with Kosho Karate, sushi sampling with Fusian, Okinawan drum dancing, Sakura Ladies Chorus, Mancala games, African mask making, dancing and drumming with Baoku Moses and his band, and Pastor Stephen Rogers' descriptions of traditional Native American regalia. It was an amazing day! Thanks to all who helped make it possible, including LaRosa's for the delicious lunch for presenters and volunteers.
Montessori B Outdoor Education students examined and explored their natural world with magnifying glasses and binoculars.
7th grade Drama Club presented Stone Soup and Three Questions to enthusiastic audiences, and donated $356 in door proceeds to the charity Bread for the World. View more photos here .
Facilitated by parent volunteers and Junior High students, Everybody Counts Week increased students' understanding of various disabilities and challenges through activities, presentations, and discussions.
Toddlers created a "kitty" Valentine holder and celebrated the day with a classroom party and Valentine exchange.
Montessori and Traditional Kindergarteners performed songs and a group dance for their parents during their Valentine's Tea, a favorite Villa tradition. Enjoy more photos of the event here.
During the Science Fair 7th graders used the scientific method to explore topics such as air pollution levels, energy drink effectiveness, and golf ball bounces. 8th graders designed Rube Goldberg machines to complete a task using 3 simple machines and 10 transfers of energy. Junior High students shared their projects and discoveries with younger students and parents.
Students and teachers celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing as 100-year-olds, collecting and displaying 100 items, and answering the question "What would it be like to be 100 years old?"
French students learned about Nice, France's famous Carnaval parade of floats and created restaurant "boulangerie"-themed floats which were judged by Villa faculty.
Cincinnati Zoo on the Move brought an Asian Water Dragon to enhance 2nd graders' study of animal adaptations and the rain forest.
8th graders delivered two crowd-pleasing performances of Oklahoma! Jr., raising more than $1,000 from ticket sales to be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation. More photos of the performance are available here.
FAITH
We observed Ash Wednesday at a Kindergarten - 8th grade Mass and distributed ashes to Manor House students and teachers.
COMMUNITY
The Villa community donated more than 340 new toys and games to Rosie's Red Wagon Campaign, our Catholic Schools Week project. Our Student Council delivered the toys to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for distribution to their patients.
Pink Out! raised more than $1,200 for the Karen Wellington Foundation for LIVING with
Breast Cancer. Students paid $2 to wear out-of-uniform pink and enjoyed a candy sale during lunch. This Foundation is close to our heart, as Karen Wellington was a Villa mom and wonderful volunteer during her children's years as Villa students.
Villa Parents' Organization
VPO hosted a wheelchair basketball team to promote inclusion & understanding during Everybody Counts Week. Kids had fun learning how to play the game in a wheelchair while also learning acceptance of other people that may be different than they are.
Villa Boosters
Boosters wrapped up boys' and girls' 3-8 grade winter Basketball season. Congratulations to this 6 th grade boys team who won the Denny Osborne Memorial Tournament at St. Veronica. We appreciate all the coaches, assistant coaches, and players who helped with a great season and are especially grateful for our past parents who continue to show their love for our school by volunteering and coaching even after their children have graduated. Go Eagles!
Faculty Feature
Ms. Kate Durso started as the Intermediate teaching assistant this past August and volunteers as a coach for Villa’s Girls on the Run Team. Ms. Durso started running 9 years ago when she set a goal to complete a full marathon, though at the time she could only run a mile. Ms. Durso ran the Chicago Marathon twice, in 2009 and 2010, and she’s excited to help Villa’s Girls on the Run Team members achieve their goals this spring.