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


First Things

Entrepreneurs in Training

Students from Mr. Pacenski's Media & Journalism class participated in an Advertising Shark Tank. Each girl, or pair of girls, had to prove their ability to sell a product that is not traditionally marketed to teenage girls.


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

Some of the Villa staff and administration had their first look inside the new construction area this week, which includes the new auditorium and main offices.

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.


Thanks to everyone who came to cheer on our rowers at the first Ergathon this past Friday night. Fun was had by everyone. The Ergathon helps support the team and cover the cost of new equipment. The rowing team will take delivery of 2 new eight oared shells at the end of this month. Thanks to all who participated in this event; its your generosity that makes this all possible. 


Spring is almost upon us, which means that spring sports start up in a few weeks. As the winter seasons end, if you're looking for something new to be part of or just curious about what Villa Rowing is all about, come check us out! We will be holding  a prospective rowers meeting February 26 at 7pm in the library. At this meeting you will learn what were all about and meet some of the girls, parents and the coaches. No experience is required; any girl can join. No matter what your class  year, we have a spot for you. Currently we are running open practices for any interested athlete; practices are held on campus after school Monday through Friday. If you wish to attend, all you need to do is ask one of the girls on the team, or contact the coaches. It should be an exciting spring season. The fall season ended on a high note, and we are looking to carry that into the spring.  Any questions can be sent to Head Rowing Coach John Musial


Admissions News & Notes

Stephanie Gahagan, Director of Admissions |

Alumnae News & Notes

Congratulations to Kelly Whitten '07, who was recently named to this list for communications professionals: Observer's 15 Rising Stars in the PR Industry for 2018

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

College Night was cancelled on February 12, 2019 due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for a future date TBD.

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 |

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.


Junior Retreat Day

On Friday, February 8, the entire junior class went out to 6 service sites for their class retreat. The juniors really modeled Mother Maria's message of living a life of faith, love & service. 


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 |

Senior Quotes for Yearbook

Attention Seniors! Please submit your personal quotes for the yearbook by March 22, 2019. These quotes will appear next to your portrait. You can submit your own words, words from a person you admire, scripture, or a famous quote. Please do not exceed 25 words. Send an email with your full name, your quote of choice, and the speaker of said quote to Any questions, see Mrs. Oakley.


On sale from February 11-22 in the cafeteria! Bracelets are $5 and cross-body purses are $10. This is run by the Spanish Honor Society Villa chapter "Con Amor."



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 15

Day 1 - Schedule A


Chicks w/ Sticks:



Saturday, February 16



Sunday, February 17


Monday, February 18


Tuesday, February 19

Day 2 - Schedule A 

Wednesday, February 20

Day 3 - Schedule A

Thursday, February 21

Day 4 - Schedule A


Spring Concussion Meeting/Presentation:

6:30p.m., Library

Friday, February 22

Day 5 - Schedule A 

Junior Immersion

Saturday, February 23

7th Grade Practice Test:

8 a.m. 

Sunday, February 24


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