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For Alumni and Their Families
Fall 2015
Dear Villa Academy Graduate,

I often note in my letters and other communiqués to the school community that Villa Academy is a very busy place - both during the school year and throughout the summer! On every front there's much activity and on-going good work - work that will continue to elevate and enhance the "Villa Experience."

Recently, you may have noticed two large signs posted near Villa Academy's entrances - one near the main school entrance on 50th Street - the other near the entrance to the preschool on 49th Avenue. These signs are being posted in accordance with a land use application to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and to give public notice that Villa Academy seeks to make improvements to an existing facility. More specifically, we have submitted a land use application to replace the existing grass soccer field and install a larger, synthetic turf field that, in addition to use as a soccer field, could be used throughout the school year for physical education classes and as an outdoor classroom/laboratory for other programs. It could also be used for a myriad of recreational and community events. The new field I've proposed to the City would be large enough to serve as a regular season home field for all Villa Academy soccer teams, kindergarten through 8th grade; additionally, our proposed new field would be large enough to host some Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) post season/playoff games.

The preliminary steps in any construction process are quite lengthy in Seattle; this is one important step in a process that Villa's Board of Trustees and I have been working on over the last year, with more to do. As the process unfolds, I look forward to sharing more details with the Villa community concerning this project - and others - in the months/years ahead.

Should you have questions about our plans to improve the soccer field, or any other aspects of Villa Academy, please feel free to email, call or stop by; "there's lots going on" and it's a great time to be at Villa!
 
Sincerely
 
John K. Milroy
Head of School
MAKING CONNECTIONS
Hello Alums!

It's finally fall as evidenced by the beautiful changing colors of the leaves, the brisk air, and the parade of costumed students flooding down the hallway.

We've had a wonderful start to the 2015-16 school year and are eager to keep our momentum going. We especially hope that many of you can make it to our Alumni Happy Hour on Nov. 5th (see below for details). The more the merrier!

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to email or call me if you would like to tour the school or just reminisce about the good ol' days at Villa.

Warmly,
Suz Fix
Alumni Coordinator

Please contact me if you are interested in becoming involved in Alumni Outreach or if you have any memories, photos, or accomplishments you'd like to share with the Villa Alumni community.

You can reach me by email or phone: (206) 729-0219 ext. 289
FALL ALUMNI HAPPY HOUR
All alums (21+) are invited to our fall happy hour! It's a great opportunity to try some tasty brews, catch up with old friends, and meet new ones.

Best of all, the first round is on us!

See the invitation below for details and take a minute to RSVP to sfix@thevilla.org.


 

GROTTO REBUILD PROJECT

Back in May 2015, Villa was fortunate enough to host a hands-on workshop led by three internationally renowned stone masons, Andrew Louden (UK), Cameron Scott (US), and Dean McClellan (CAN). Their goal was to teach the art of dry stone walling all while rebuilding Villa's historic grotto.

If you want to learn more about it, here's a link to the Seattle Times article which was first published in Sept 2015.

DISCOVERED TREASURE

Last year, we found a box filled with letters and photos from the 1990s that was tucked away in a closet at Villa. These letters were written by parents to their children to comfort them in case of an emergency. We were able to return some of these special notes back to the families they belong to, but we still have many more! Most of the letters are for graduates from the classes of ’96 – ’04. If you are a student from this time period, please contact
Suz Fix, Alumni Coordinator, at sfix@thevilla.org.

VILLA'S PLACE IN HISTORY

This week, we were honored to have Mary Winslow, daughter of a woman who lived at Villa in the 1930s, come to tour the school. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Villa's place in Seattle history. Just after the Great Depression, many parents found themselves in the challenging position of being unable to financially care for their children. Villa was one of the places where parents could send their children, knowing that they were safe, cared for, and receiving an education.

Mary's mother Theresa lived at Villa Academy from the early 1930s until 1941.  Theresa is pictured below on the far right in the front row. Mary is in the second photo, standing in almost the same spot as her mother, a mere 74 years later.

VillaNOW Campaign

Looking for a way to give back to your alma mater? Contributing to the VillaNOW fund is a wonderful way to show your support!

School tuition simply doesn't cover all the costs of running an independent school. Annual giving through VillaNOW provides funds for financial aid, faculty salaries, curricular enhancements, and maintenance of our historic buildings and grounds. In short, whether it's $5 or $5000, your gift helps support the people and programs that make Villa Academy so special.

As alums, we suggest donating according to your graduation year! For instance, if you graduated in 2003, donate $20.03. Grad from 1985? How about a donation of $19.85 or $198.50? We welcome your participation—it means more than the size of your gift.

This year we're proud that 100% of our faculty and staff gave to the VillaNOW fund.

Curious why?


Support VillaNOW! Make a gift online today!
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