March
Principal's Message
Greetings!

The month of March began with Parent Visit Days and ended with Easter Break - with rich learning activities, spiritual experiences, and our community's favorite social event, Villabration, in between!

I wish you a very blessed Easter and hope your family enjoys a wonderful break together.
EDUCATION
We commend these 8th graders for receiving $477,900 in merit scholarships to Cincinnati's competitive high schools. Additionally, 100% of the Class of 2018 were accepted to their first-choice high school.
Students and parents enjoyed the Book Fairs in both the Manor House and Main School and supported our library in the process.
2nd graders celebrated St. Patrick's Day with their Traditional 3-year-old buddies.
7th grade Language Arts students studied Greek mythology and The Adventures of Ulysses, creating cards with descriptions of the book's many characters. Groups compared cards, added information throughout the study of the book, and used them as a visual aid and effective hands-on learning project.
Kindergarten through Junior High students explored how weather affects life on Earth, tested their forecasting skills, observed how clouds are created, and discovered the power of pressure and wind during COSI On Wheels' "Current Conditions" program.
Toddlers focused on the arrival of spring by creating "footprint" ducklings.
On a field trip to the Cincinnati Nature Center, 4th graders learned about the formation of soil layers, how fossils are created, and the unique topography of our area.
FAITH
7th grade Religion students dramatized the Stations of the Cross and led the school community in solemn reflection about Christ's last days.
Throughout the Manor House, students hunted for eggs, enjoyed games and crafts, and feasted like bunnies in their classroom parties.
COMMUNITY
Parents visited Main School and Manor House classrooms and shared a fun morning with their children and teachers. View more photos here.
Fathers and daughters of all ages shared a special evening at the Father Daughter Dance sponsored by the Villa's 2nd grade Brownie troop.
The Talent Show shone a spotlight on 4th - 8th graders' music, dance, and performance skills to a very enthusiastic crowd.
After MargaritaVilla chairs Becky and Dan Scullin kicked off Saturday's Villabration, the sold-out crowd enjoyed dinner and Live Auction which included an entertaining "Fins to the Left/Fins to the Right" game to win a night on the town, and Special Appeal to fund St. Ursula Villa Family Emergency Tuition Fund. Thanks to our sponsors, donors, and attendees, the popular and important fundraiser raised over $230,000 to support our educational programs. You can view event photos here, and access additional auction items here.
Villa Parents' Organization
VPO is busy planning May Party 2018. We are excited to introduce some new games and fun for everyone to enjoy as well as have traditional favorites. Be on the lookout for the volunteer sign ups after Spring Break!
Villa Boosters
Villa spring sports include Track & Field for K-8th grade, Soccer preschool-5th, Boys Baseball K-4th, Girls Softball K-3rd, Boys Tennis 6th-8th, and Boys Volleyball 3rd-8th. Good luck to all our spring teams and go Eagles!
Faculty Feature
Ms. Laura Riehle joined our faculty as the Villa's Ursuline Campus Minister after teaching Religion classes and facilitating retreats at Cincinnati-area Catholic high schools for 28 years. Her hobbies include cooking, music, her pets, and a special interest and talent creating religious art. Ms. Riehle says "I think it is very important to have images that speak to us of faith and goodness. I look at others' paintings and use them to guide my own creativity." Examples of Ms. Riehle's creations are displayed in the Manor House Chapel and used in her lessons with Villa students.