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Enrichment Activities

Villa Academy offers a broad range of enrichment programs that provide opportunities to experiment with an interest, develop new skills, or pursue a passion. And all of Villa Academy’s enrichment programs are truly “co-curricular” – building on and complementing lessons, skills, and activities introduced through the school curriculum.

CURRENT PARENT? Please visit the VikingNET Enrichment page to register for enrichment activities.

WHEN: before and after school

WHO: Kindergarten through 8th Grade

NOTE: Programs vary depending on student interest and instructor availability.

Speech Team
Speech Team is a phenomenal growth experience and fun time for any middle schooler! As they write, memorize, and deliver speeches, students gain confidence speaking in front of a group. The Speech Team competes in various public speaking events, such as persuasive speaking, impromptu speaking, interpretation of literature, and editorial commentary.

Green Team
The Green Team is a student-driven, after-school club that explores issues of environmental stewardship, sustainability, and conservation including food waste composting, recycling, energy use, and air quality. This student team participates in hands-on environmental science projects that include conducting research, gathering data, and analyzing and sharing results in order to establish lasting, positive changes in our school and community.

Chess Club
Brand new, developing, and experienced chess players receive age- and experience-appropriate instruction in a warm and supportive team environment. Chess4Life focuses on positively encouraging students at all levels, developing sportsmanship and ‘team play’, and providing the opportunities that students need in order to achieve success in chess.

Villa Times Student Newspaper
The Villa Times newspaper staff publishes Villa Academy's only school newspaper. Led by Marta Franzen, students learn how to plan and organize issues; write news and feature stories; illustrate and edit stories; and publish and sell a newspaper. Middle school students have opportunities for leadership by helping younger reporters with writing, typing and editing, as well as managing newspaper content and design.

Performing Arts Enrichment Classes
The confidence to stand up in front of a crowd or help orchestrate a school-wide or community performance – this is part of Villa Academy’s whole-child philosophy. Villa Academy students are natural performers and they have numerous opportunities to show off their abilities, from class projects, to school-wide assemblies, to spirit rallies. and each grade-level organizes, leads, and performs at least one prayer service during the school year – unique events which are known for their great music and creative approach to seasonal or liturgical themes.

In addition to class related projects and presentations, Villa Academy students can further explore their creativity and technical skill through a range of before and after school performing arts offerings.

Band
The Villa Academy beginning and advanced bands are open to grades 4-8. Instruction focuses on rehearsal technique, music fundamentals, and a variety of repertoire, and students participate in performances throughout the year.

Drama
The Villa Academy After School Theatre Program offers each grade level (K-8) the opportunity to discover their inner thespian, director, choreographer, props manager, or stage manager.

For grades kindergarten through two, the school offers an after school Fall Musical Workshop. Participants are introduced to a range of theater styles, singing, acting, and puppetry in a warm and informal environment.

Grades three through eight are invited to participate in the Villa Youth Theater, which performs a musical each spring. Auditions and rehearsals begin in February, with performances in March. All students who register receive a part in the ensemble, with special auditions for lead roles.

P3 Enrichment Fridays

Attend P3 class on Fridays from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. in addition to the regular Tuesday – Thursday classes. The format for Fridays is similar to the other days with entry activities, circle time, story, play, center time, and, perhaps, time in an enrichment area. All regular P3 staff members are present on Fridays and there is no maximum enrollment.

P4 Enrichment Program

Extend the school day from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Each day has a different theme and activities, including supervised outdoor play, time for lunch, and an hour of focused enrichment fun.

P4 Enrichment is an opportunity for your child to play, interact, and explore with their friends beyond the regular P4 scheduled day. Included in this two-hour block each day is supervised outdoor play, time for lunch, and an hour of focused enrichment fun. Each day has a different theme and activities.

Monday - Fine Arts Exploration
We explore visual art, drama, music, or creative movement. For example, we might learn about a famous artist then create paintings in a similar style, or we might turn a favorite story into a play. During music and creative movement sessions we will sing, make music, and move—working on coordination, dexterity, balance, and musicality.

Tuesday - Science Club
We encourage curiosity, hone observation skills and learn about the scientific process through fun experiments. Through each experiment we practice making predictions, performing experiments, recording our observations, drawing conclusions, and making Science connections to everyday life especially through work in our Preschool Garden.

Wednesday - Movers and Shakers
During our Wednesday afternoons together, we explore how our bodies move. Creative Dance for all Ages is a unique, brain-compatible program that uses the elements and principles of dance to help children through a variety of learning processes (perceiving, understanding, doing, creating, and valuing). We also use a program based on Kundalini Yoga that uses stories to teach basic yoga poses, the importance of breathing, and how we can use our breath to calm down.

Thursday - Game Day
Games are not only fun; they can be rich learning opportunities. Games can help kids master new skills and concepts such as number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting; letter recognition and reading; visual perception and color recognition; and eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity. We participate in games of all types including board games, SmartBoard games, and outdoor games.

Friday - Book Club
We explore in-depth many award-winning children’s picture books through reading, discussion, and dramatic re-enactment. We then create individual and group stories, books, and poems based on the stories that we explored.