Thomas A. Kardish, President    Ι    Lauren Carr '00, Principal


First Things

Robotics Team Qualifies for States

Congratulations to the Robotics Team, who  qualified for States on Saturday, February 2, 2019, by placing 6th after the qualifier match. They will compete at Norristown High School on March 2, 2019 for the State Title. Way to go!

Villa on Video

Annual Fund 2018-2019

Help Us Meet Our Goal This Year!

Already, Villa has achieved nearly 65% of its Annual Fund goal for this year. But we cannot meet that goal without your support!


Every gift, regardless of size, enables Villa to build on its educational culture of excellence, provide access to students of all socioeconomic circumstances, maintain the school's facility and campus, and support the professional development and growth of our extraordinary faculty.

Construction Corner


Construction Update

A peek at the inside and the outside!


Athletics News & Notes

Becky Flynn Hensel '99, Athletic Director

For those interested in playing a SPRING sport, please check the Athletics webpage for information related to tryouts and what is needed from each athlete to be deemed eligible to participate. One of the requirements is attendance at the Concussion Education and Orientation presentation scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the library--please mark your calendars! If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director Becky Flynn Hensel. In addition, ImPACT testing will be provided on Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26 after school in the library. Please use the sign-up genius link to schedule your appointment.



Who:  The Villa Rowing Team

What:  Villa's 1st Annual Erg-a-thon

Where:  Villa's Gymnasium

When:  Friday, February 8th @ 5:30pm

Why:  A fun event in which Villa girls, that currently do not row, can come out and experience what rowing is all about! The current Villa rowers have been tasked with bringing as many friends to this event as possible! Help them beat their teammates!! Also, you'll have a chance to see what it's like to be a rower. Each friend that comes out will have the chance to get on an erg. Lastly, you'll have the chance to win some cash with a 50/50! This is an event you won't want to miss, especially because there will be food!

Admissions News & Notes

Stephanie Gahagan, Director of Admissions |

Alumnae News & Notes

Update on the Mueller Sisters '18 


Carolyn Mueller '18 is the face of Catholic University women's golf on their Twitter page (see photo, right).


Kristina Mueller '18 has made the Dean's List at Temple for  Pre Health Professions/Pre Med.


From their mom: 

Thanks to all of you for helping to mold them into absolutely fantastic women.




Development News & Notes

Jennifer Drayer-McDonald,  Director of Development |


Villa Scrip Program

Check out Villa's Scrip Program! Through, Villa offers gift cards to hundreds of retailers that provide a direct benefit to you and our school — a percentage of your purchases will be donated to Villa and an equal percentage will be applied to tuition for the following school year for your daughter or another student of your choosing. Click here to learn more!


Guidance News & Notes

Anne Perez,  Director of Guidance |

College Planning Night: February 12, 2019

Villa Guidance is sponsoring a College Planning evening on February 12 at 7 p.m. in the gym. Admissions counselors will be joining Mrs. Bedrosian and Mrs. Perez to share their insights and thoughts about the college planning & application process. Junior families are highly encouraged to attend, but all are welcome. We look forward to seeing all of you!

Upcoming College Fairs:

Allentown Regional Fair: Wednesday, March 6, 2019: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Lancaster Co. Regional Fair: Thursday, March 14, 2019:  8:30-11 a.m.                 
Main Line Regional Fair:  Monday, April 8, 2019: 6:30-9 p.m.
Northeast Regional Fair: Monday April 29, 2019: 8:30-11:30 a.m. & 6-8 p.m.      
Northwest Regional Fair: Tuesday, May 14, 2019: 6:30-8:00 p.m.


2019 Spring Regional College Fair Dates


Mission & Ministry News & Notes

Stephanie McCarthy, Director of Mission & Ministry |


Prayer of Petition

Gracious God, we praise and thank You for Your faithfulness and love. You have blessed us with the example of Your servant, Maria Kaupas, whose deep faith in Your presence, love for the Eucharist, and zeal in fostering the faith life of others continue to inspire us. Through her intercession, we pray that Maria Middleton be cured of her brain tumor. Help us to continue life's journey with a heart filled with a profound faith in You and that trust which is born of love. We ask this through Jesus our Lord and the power of the Spirit. Amen.


Beatification Prayer

O loving Jesus, we beseech You, grant that Your servant, Mother Maria, who was imbued with Your Eucharistic Presence while on earth, may through the intercession of Your Immaculate Mother and Saint Casimir, be glorified by visible signs and miracles; so that for Your glory and salvation of souls, she may, by Your power, be declared Blessed. Amen.

Litany for Mother Maria

The Archbishop of Chicago recently approved a new Litany for Mother Maria. Please join the Villa community in praying this litany as we continue to pray for Mother Maria's canonization.


Attention Junior Families

Junior Retreat will take place on Friday, February 8

Pause Retreat: February 12


Parents' Guild News & Notes

Anita Wagner, President |

Campus Store

The Campus Store (in our temporary location - Room 211) will be open only on Thursdays during all lunch periods in January and February.  Thank you. 


School News & Notes

Marissa Brown, Dean of Student Affairs |

Winter Formal Rescheduled for Saturday, February 9

Winter Formal will now be held on February 9 from 7-10 p.m. Please join us for a fun night of dancing and memories! 

2019 Phillies All-Star Teachers Contest

The Phillies will honor great educators in the region who are making a difference on May 3, 2019, during the 19th annual Teacher Appreciation Night. Now through March 15, 2019 at 4:59 p.m. ET, you can nominate a teacher, past or present, who has positively impacted your life. For more information  or to submit your nomination, click here


The Week Ahead


Friday, February 8 

Day 2 - Schedule A


Junior Retreat


Saturday, February 9 

Winter Formal:

7 p.m., Gym


Sunday, February 10


Monday, February 11

Day 3 - Schedule A

Tuesday, February 12

Day 4 - Schedule A 

College Planning Meeting:
7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13

Day 5- Schedule A

Thursday, February 14

Day 6-2 - Schedule A

Friday, February 15

Day 1 - Schedule A 

Chicks w/ Sticks: 
4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Saturday, February 16


Sunday, February 17


Monday. February 18




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