News and Announcements

We want to thank you for your understanding and patience with today's school closing. This is the first time in Villa's 50 year history that school has been closed due to weather conditions. School will be back in session tomorrow. Please use caution while traveling to and from school tomorrow, as many roadways will still be under repair.

Thank you all again for helping to keep our community safe! We look forward to seeing you at school tomorrow.
Due to unsafe travel conditions and the unavailability of many staff to arrive safely at school, and the forecast for continued rain, we have decided to close school for the day. While the magnitude of this storm was not known until early this morning, we apologize for the abrupt schedule change and appreciate your understanding. We plan on having school resume tomorrow, and will keep you updated as the day goes. Please stay safe (and dry)!
What Children Teach Us About Peace
John Hunter, a keynote speaker at the AMS 2014 Annual Conference and creator of the World Peace Game, shares his thoughts about peace education and how Maria Montessori’s ideals of the prepared environment and following the child can lead to new discoveries for students and educators alike. Peace education is a vital component of the Montessori curriculum. The teaching of peace and global citizenship can transform a child's life and lead them to a more fulfilling world view. Learn more about Montessori education at

What Children Teach Us About Peace from American Montessori Society on Vimeo.

We Still Need Your Help!! The Pre-Primary Teachers are Headed to the Montessori Congress in Chicago July 30th!
Unlike the sensorial, math, geography, cultural, and even practical life areas in the classroom, whose beautiful materials in and of themselves call to the children to come engage with them, the language area must come alive through the teachers’ invitational, motivational “tricks of her trade.” The consultant whet our appetites to learn more about just how to do this. And fortunately, a summer Montessori Congress held in Chicago is featuring this same consultant who will be giving a two day language workshop that promises to do just that. We need your help to get there!
Villa Alum Take Home Medals at HOSA State Bio-tech Competition
It is not unusual that Villa graduate’s move on to become successful contributors in High School, College, and the World. As a school community, we love sharing in the joy of student achievements no matter if they are still attending Villa or not. So, it is with great pride that we announce the profound achievement of Tristan Neal and Matthew Pandelakis, who both took home medals in Biotechnology in the State Bio-tech competition through HOSA. Congratulations to Tristan, who won Gold, and Matthew, who took home the Bronze.
The Mad Science Group Visits First Graders

The Mad Science Group Visits First Graders First graders had a visit from mad scientist Dr. Chaos. During AIMS testing week, all of the elementary children participated in state testing except the first graders. Instead, they had a series of fun activities throughout the testing days including a science presentation from The Mad Science Group. Dr. Chaos was the presenter, and her program had a bug theme, which was very engaging for the students.
Upper Elementary Art Show

Upper Elementary Art Show Upper Elementary students showed off their art projects and art history research during their Art Show on April 24th, 2014. There were so many beautiful pieces to enjoy— it was a great community event!
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Parent Pointers

Have you Filled a Bucket Today?
There is a new buzz word on the Early Childhood Campus these days and as parents, I think it is important to know it and tap into its power!

The word is BUCKET-FILLER… and the question that is posed on a daily basis is: HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY?

This new lingo sprang up from Carol McCloud’s book; Have you Filled a Bucket Today? In her book she explains that everyone in the whole world walks around carrying an invisible bucket. Each person’s bucket has only one purpose. Its purpose is to hold YOUR GOOD THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ABOUT YOURSELF. We all feel very happy and good when our bucket is full. We all feel very sad and lonely when our bucket is empty.
Most of us did not have the opportunity to attend a Montessori school in our formative years. As a result, much of what goes on in a Montessori classroom is unfamiliar, and perhaps, hard for us to understand. The Montessori materials are so unique, and the Montessori Method is so amazing that we wanted to share some of it with you via a PARENT EDUCATION SERIES offered by our Elementary I and II teachers.
New Focus on Teaching Self- Regulation Skills
What is Self-Regulation?
Self regulation is pretty synonymous with self-control but with some added depth and breadth. It includes self-efficacy, responsibility & accountability, moderating behavior, maintaining balance both within and without, responding appropriately, being proactive vs. reactive, and a combination of self-confidence and empowerment.. In a nutshell, self-regulation is learning to regulate one’s own physical, emotional, and cognitive processes in healthy, pro-active ways in order to be successful across several domains of life. It is critical for both success and happiness.
The Power of Empathy
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? How can you really be there for another person? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to get in touch with our own fragilities.
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