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Celebrating over 80 years
of Academic Excellence!
Monthly Newsletter of the Parents’ Guild
ISSUE 01 September 2014
In this issue
Parents’ Guild President’s Message
VJM President’s Message
Villa Fair
Mother–Daughter Tea
Campus Store
Special Notes & Reminders
Treasurer’s Report
Get Connected to Villa Social Media
Upcoming Events
Father’s Club
Ways & Means
Junior Class Ring Day
Band Fundraiser
Parents’ Guild
Executive Board Officers
Dear Villa Families,
Alison Cacchio
On behalf of the entire Parents’ Guild Board, I would like to extend a
warm back to school welcome to our Villa families, faculty, and staff
LeeAnn Christian
Past President
with a special greeting to the Class of 2018 and their families!
Lisa Pfiester
This is the first edition of the 2014-15 Parents’ Guild Newsletter. Each
Denise Monaghan
month a new edition of the newsletter will be posted on the Villa
website at This communication will be
filled with a wealth of information pertinent to Villa, including
upcoming events, speakers, articles, and photos. Please take a
moment to not only read our monthly newsletter but to browse
Continued on next page
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Jennifer McDonald
Lori Davne
Assistant Treasurer
Maureen Lennon
Recording Secretary
Mary Rigau
Corresponding Secretary
Continued from page 1
through all the tabs posted under the
soon be arriving in the mail. The Sophomore
Parents’ Guild to see the many exciting
class mothers have been preparing all
events we sponsor. The web page is a
summer for this spectacular event. The
wonderful tool to become familiar with the
proceeds from this year’s fundraiser have
activities of our Guild.
been delegated to the renovation of the
Chemistry Lab and to assist Campus Ministry
Our first General Meeting of the Parents’
with additional service opportunities for our
Guild for the 2014-15 school year will be
daughters throughout the school year.
held Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 P.M. in
the school gymnasium. We refer to this
Please also mark your calendars with the
meeting as the “Villa Fair,” an informal
date s of our Parents’ Guild meetings.
“meet and greet” for our parents. This venue
Meetings are typically held the first
p rovide s a n op p or tun it y f or th e Villa
Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise
community to gather and share useful
noted). We will always have an enjoyable
information about our school. You will have
and informative program planned for you!
a chance to gain insight about our Parents’
From my personal experience, I encourage
Guild fundraisers and other school activities
you to get involved at Villa as it goes by
outside of the classroom.
very quickly. It is a great way for you to
enrich your four short years and be an
Villa Fair is a wonderful opportunity to
active participant in your daughters’ high
reconnect with old friends and welcome our
school experience at Villa.
new parents into our community. Please join
us and meet the parents who are your Class
I am looking forward to working with each
Representatives on the Parents’ Guild Board.
of you to maintain a vibrant and exciting
They can answer any question you may
Parents’ Guild for our Villa Joseph Marie
have about your daughter’s upcoming year.
community. We will be able to accomplish
An added bonus for your attendance is a
great things together if we all keep in mind
chance to be the recipient of a unique, one
the secret to our success here at Villa, which
of a kind, Villa item sponsored by our Ways
is t o a l w a ys f o ll ow th e m ot to of o ur
and Means Committee. Light refreshments
Foundress, Mother Maria Kaupas:
will be served at this event through the
Always more
Always better
Always with love
generosity of our Hospitality Committee.
The largest fundraiser of the Parents’ Guild is
our Mother-Daughter Tea. Please mark your
Best Wishes for a Wonderful School Year,
calendars for Sunday, October 19 to attend
Alison Cacchio
this memorable event at The Crystal Tea
VJM Parents’ Guild President
email: [email protected]
Room in Philadelphia. A formal invitation will
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 Ms. Meghan McKeever is our English teacher
Welcome to school year 2014-2015! Our Faculty,
Staff and Administration re-dedicate ourselves to
the Mission of Villa Joseph Marie High School and
the spiritual, educational and personal growth of
each of our young Villa women. We look forward
to sharing your family’s high school journey and
this unique partnership opportunity with each of
I am excited to announce that the respiration of
Maria Hall is finally completed. It has been a long
and arduous process from the devastating fire in
January 2012. Thanks to Mr. Steve McIntyre and
his dedicated workers, Mr. Ed Williamson, our
insurance con sultant, and the prayers and
support of our entire community. Mother Maria’s
home will be a living shrine and testament to her
vision and dedication to the Catholic education
of young women. We look forward to welcoming
each of you to Maria Hall for events, meetings
and celebrations. Members of our Institutional
Advancement Team will be relocating their
offices to the 2nd floor of Maria Hall and I will bilocate between the main school building and
Maria Hall.
There are a number of personnel changes and
 Mrs. Lauren Carr, Director of Curriculum and
Instruction 2013-14, will assume the title and
responsibilities of Interim Principal for 20142015.
 Ms. Stephanie Salinis is our new Campus
 Mrs. Becky Flynn Hensel is our new Athletic
 Mrs. Lorraine (Lori) Gabriele has returned to
Villa as Assistant Director of the Guidance
and Counseling Department.
Our 5-year Strategic Plan has been completed in
4 years and we are now focusing on educational
and building upgrades and new initiatives which
will be an open and actively collegial dialogue
with each segment of our community—indeed,
we truly are “better together!!”
 Mrs. Marissa Brown, Dean of Students, will also
take on the role of Schedule and
Transportation Manager for the Athletic
 Ms. Mary Jordan is the new Council Rock
School Nurse who will be at Villa on Tuesdays
throughout the school year.
All love and blessings on each member of our
community as we faithfully embark on our 201415 journey!!
We also welcome a number of new faculty to our
School family:
Mary T. Michel
 Ms. Kathleen Sundquist is our Science teacher
for Honors Anatomy/Physiology and AP
VJM President
 Mrs. Melissa Holdren is returning as our
Freshman Art teacher and School Pla y
for academic English-Juniors; Honors EnglishJuniors and Seniors.
Mr. R ob Mc H ug h i s our Ita l ia n / Sp a n i sh
We welcome you to attend our first Parents’ Guild Meeting
of the year, “Villa Fair.” This unique look at Villa will be held
o n W ed ne sd ay , Oc to b er 1 a t 7:00
in the Villa
Purpose and Mission
The Parents' Guild of Villa Joseph
Marie High School exists to foster,
Villa Fair is an informal “meet and greet” for parents as well
financial and educational activities
as a way to gather useful information about Villa Joseph
of VJM and to foster communication
Marie High School. You will have the opportunity to meet
between the school and parents.
promote, and encourage the social,
members of the Parents’ Guild Board and VJM
Administration and Faculty to learn about various academic
departments, services and school functions. There will also
be display tables with information available on all Guild
sponsored events including the Mother-Daughter Tea and
annual Golf Outing.
Our goal is to engage the parent
community in becoming involved in
Parents’ Guild sponsored initiatives
and events to enrich and enhance
We inv ite yo u to com e and learn more abo ut the
educational resources available, as well as to get familiar
with our fundraising efforts and our social events at Villa this
the school environment through
social activities and f undraising
events that promote school spirit.
year. Each committee of class representatives is currently
planning their stations and has information to share with you
about the special events that are upcoming for your
daughter. Your class representatives are looking forward to
General Meetings
All meetings are held in the VJM
meeting you, the members of their class.
gymnasium at 7:30
We encourage you to come join the Villa community and
otherwise indicated below with an
meet new friends or catch up with old ones. This evening is
P .M .
on the first
Wednesday of the month unless
asterisk. The meeting schedule for
one of the premier fun events that no parent will want to
the 2014-15 school year is listed
miss! Light refreshments will also be available.
October 1, 2014*
Villa Fair
Please note 7:00 P.M. start
November 5, 2014
December 10, 2014*
Christmas Social
Please note 7:00 P.M. start
February 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
May 6, 2015*
Senior/Alum Tribute
Please note 7:00 P.M. start
Class Reps Villa Fair 2012
JPG Photography will be on hand to capture a photo of you
and your daughter or perhaps a group of friends. You may
pre-register for pictures at Preregistration will receive a $5 credit toward the purchase of a
photo package. No money will be collected the day of the
Tea. Following the event, you will receive a link to view your
pictures and purchase online.
Sunday October 19, 2014
11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Crystal Tea Room
Wanamaker Building
100 East Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107
$50.00 per person
(Includes parking in the Wannamaker Parking
Garage, 1301 Chestnut Street)
Show your support by giving a gift or monetary donation.
Think outside the box! No donation is too small and every
donation contributes to the overall success of the event.
Please send all donations into school to be placed in the gift
collection box located in the school’s lobby.
Please join the Villa Joseph Marie High School community on
Sunday, October 19, for one of our most treasured traditions,
the Mother-Daughter Tea. This event is the Parents’ Guild
annual fall fundraiser and is hosted by the Sophomore Class.
Proceeds from this year’s Mother-Daughter Tea will be
applied toward the renovation of our Chemistry Lab and will
assist in funding the Campus Ministry for service opportunities
that will take place throughout the school year.
No time to shop, no worries. We’ve made shopping easy by
setting up an Amazon Gift Registry. Please log onto and search for the Villa wish list at
[email protected] Your donation will be
mailed directly to the school and placed in the gift collection
box located in the school’s lobby.
The Tea includes a tribute from the Senior Class to their
mothers and the always popular fashion show will feature the
Sophomore Class modeling the latest in formal attire,
provided by Dress Up Time, located in Northeast Philadelphia.
Among the day’s many Villa traditions, our guests will have
the opportunity to purchase raffle and auction tickets to win
fabulous prizes donated by our Villa community, including:
1st Prize:
2nd Prize:
3rd Prize:
For further information or questions, please contact Gift
Procurement Co-Chairs:
Betsy Bruscella
JoAnne Schultze
Christmas in Manhattan for Two ($1,000 value)
(Includes an overnight stay, dinner & tickets to
Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular)
Apple iPad ($500 value)
Tiffany Sunglasses ($300 value)
[email protected]
[email protected]
Ad Book
Please consider supporting Villa by placing a business
advertisement or Prideline in the Tea Program book! A
business advertisement is a great way to show your
workplace’s support for Villa and gain exposure. Pridelines are
an opportunity for families to express their love for the Class
of 2015. For further information or questions, please contact
Raffle Tickets will be sold for $10 per ticket or 3 tickets for $25.
Invitations for this treasured Villa tradition will be mailed in
Special dietary considerations are available
upon request. Please make your request when you RSVP to
the Tea. We kindly request responses by Friday, October 3. If
you have any questions, please contact one of the MotherDaughter Tea Co-Chairs.
Ad Book Chair:
Susan Bratspis
[email protected]
Following the words of our founder, Mother Maria Kaupas,
“Always more, always better, always with love. . .”
Always more Let’s unite as a Villa Joseph Marie family
Special Note to Parents of Sophomores
Please know that in order for a Sophomore student to model
in the 2014 Mother-Daughter Tea fashion show, their parent
or guardian must have attended 5 out of 7 Parent Guild
meetings during the 2013-2014 school year and be an active
member of a Tea committee.
Always better By uniting as one we will be able to make
this fundraising event a huge success and
continue the legacy of our Blue-Ribbon
Always with love Our generosity is proof of the love and
commitment we have for our daughters’
success at Villa Joseph Marie High School
Special Note to Parents of Freshman
2014-2015 Modeling Requirements: Please note that in order
for a Sophomore student to model in the 2015 MotherDaughter Tea Fashion Show, a parent or guardian must
attend 4 out of 6 Parents’ Guild meetings during the 20142015 school year and become an active member of the Tea
committee as a Sophomore parent. This guideline is in place
for the 2014-2015 school year due to having only six
meetings. Also, please remember to sign in at each Parents’
Guild meeting you attend so that your participation is
appropriately recorded.
It is only through the kindness of our families that we are able
to achieve success in our fundraising efforts for the school.
We are most grateful for your extraordinary generosity.
Mother-Daughter 2014 Tea Co-Chairs
Krina Amspacher
Nancy Boyce
Jody Travagline
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Campus Store
The VJM Parents’ Guild Campus Store Committee
welcomes you to the 2014-2015 School Year!
All Campus Store Fall Special orders received the first
week of school will be distributed on Wednesday,
October 1 at the Parents’ Guild “Villa Fair” general
meeting. However, if you ordered Pinnies, you will be
notified when they are available for pick up which
will be before Fall Spirit Day, Friday, September 26.
Once again the
Campus Store will
The Campus Store has some new stock and carries
the traditional favorites. Please stop in to see the
wonderful additions and our selection of school
supplies, Villa spirit wear and accessories. We have
everything from Villa pens/pencils to mugs and
be selling the very
Normal hours of operation are every Tuesday and
Thursday throughout the school year during all lunch
periods. The Campus Store will also be will be open
during the following upcoming special events:
that create
which are flexible,
hanging organizers
functional space in
school lockers and
include three
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
New Parent Orientation
First week of school during lunch hours
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Back-to-School Night
sturdy shelves and
handy side
pockets. Priced at
$25.00 and
available in
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Villa Fair Parents' Guild Meeting
assorted colors.
If you have any questions regarding the Campus
Store, or would like to work at the store please
Amy Karch
[email protected]
Ellen Mullarkey
[email protected]
Leticia Brzezicki
[email protected]
All Campus Store proceeds support
the VJMHS Parents’ Guild.
Enjoy shopping!
Special Notes & Reminders
Parents’ Guild
Ways and Means Committee
Fathers’ Association
The VJM Fathers’ Association is an
organization that supports the Villa
Joseph Marie community through
much needed volunteer work at
various events during the year. We
are a very informal group, no
meetings (well one or two social
meetings) no fundraisers - but a
Are you feeling lucky?
desire to help when we can. If you
The Ways and Means Committee will be
kicking off the 2014-2015 School Year at the
Villa Fair on October 1. Bring your checkbook
or cash and take a chance on the 50/50 as
well as many great raffles.
would like to join or for more
information please contact us at
[email protected]
Junior Class Ring Day
The Class of 2016 should have received their Ring Day invitations in
the mail. This year’s Ring Day Mass will be held in the School
Gymnasium on Friday, October 10 beginning at 8:30 A.M. Following
the Ring Day Mass, a luncheon will be held at Spring Mill Manor in
Ivyland. RSVPs are due for the Luncheon by Friday, September 19.
We are looking forward to seeing all Juniors and their guests on this special day!
Please note: If you did not receive an invitation or have any questions about Ring Day,
please contact one of the Senior Class Representatives listed below:
Helen Duffner
Laura Durnin
Chris Giaimo
Heidi Gutsch
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Villa Band
Car wash Fundraiser
Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Chick-Fil-A, Newtown, PA
Please come out and support
our talented musicians!!
This is one of the Villa Band’s
biggest fundraisers of the year.
2014-15 Parents’ Guild Executive Board
The following is an un-audited summary of the Parents’ Guild
Fund for the two months ended July 31, 2014:
Beginning Balance as of June 1, 2014
Total Revenue
Total Expenses
Ending Balance as of July 31, 2014
transferred to the Guild from Villa Joseph Marie High School.
Expenses included a donation to the Angel Fund ($3,000), a
Alison Cacchio
Past President
LeeAnn Christian
1st Vice President
Lisa Pfiester
2nd Vice President
Denise Monaghan
Jennifer McDonald
Assistant Treasurer
Lori Davne
Recording Secretary
Maureen Lennon
Corresponding Secretary
Mary Rigau
Campus Store
Leticia Brzezicki
Amy Karch
Ellen Mularkey
advertisement ($3,410), the Senior/Alumni Tribute Dinner ($395),
Fathers’ Club/Golf Outing
Mike Tysiak
the Spring Spirit Day ($251) and gifts for the 2014 Ring Day
Sharon Hamilton
Marie Ramalho
donation to VJM for technology ($42,000), the Golf Outing
($250), reimbursement to the school for the 2014 graduation
Proceeds in excess of $16,000 from the 2014 Golf Outing
remain in the ending balance for the purchase of digital
signage for the corner of Holland and Upper Holland Roads.
Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer McDonald
VJM Parents’ Guild Treasurer
Mother-Daughter Tea Co-Chairs Krina Amspacher
Nancy Boyle
Jodi Travagline
Susan Schramm
Ways & Means
Helene Crozier
Anita Wagner
Class Representatives
Freshman Representatives
Nicole Hess
Margie McKevitt
Lisa Miletto
Kelly Vesey
Sophomore Representatives
Mary Rose Brady
Mary Copperthwaite
Theresa Kern
Susan Mazzitelli
Junior Representatives
Karen Gouger
Denise Langan
Maureen Menarde
Dawn Wyatt
Senior Representatives
Helen Duffner
Laura Durnin
Chris Giaimo
Heidi Gutsch
Alumni Representatives
Marilyn DaBronzo
Barb Endo
Kathy Lawler
Donna Ludovico
Volunteers Needed
Are you new or a veteran to Villa? Do you
have time, talent, and energy to put
to w ard w o rthw hile ef f o rts? A r e y o u
resourceful, imaginative, and serviceminded? WE NEED YOU!
Please visit the Parents’ Guild page of the Villa website and
click on the “Volunteer” tab. There you will find many
opportunities to become involved with Guild activities held
during the school year.
If you have any questions about becoming involved, please
email the Parents’ Guild at [email protected]
“Always more, Always better, Always with love”
VJM Email Use for Information
Email communications are becoming the common
means to communicate events, information, and
reminders regarding Villa Joseph Marie High School
and the Parents’ Guild. The email address linked to
your family in the Student Directory is the primary
email where these notices are sent.
Receive VJM Calendar Alerts
The website calendar is equipped with a Site Alerts
section that will enable you to sign up to receive
Alert Notifications via email. When you register, you
can receive News Alert Updates and Calendar
Event Reminders. This is a great way to keep up to
date on the various events occurring at Villa
Joseph Marie every day.
In o rder to m ake cert ain y o u are receiv ing
information sent via email, please be sure to add the
following email addresses to your contacts within
your email account:
[email protected]
[email protected]
To register and get started, click the button at the
top of the calendar page that looks like this:
Contact the Parents’ Guild
Do you have a suggestion for the Parents’ Guild?
Do you want to become a board member for the
upcoming year? Do you want to volunteer to work
on a committee for one of our
fundraising events? The Parents’ Guild
can be contacted via email at
[email protected]
Many personal email services will spam bulk emails
with no notice to the recipient.
Email Address Changed?
Changes to your email information can be
submitted online using the Update Contact Info
page on the VJM website.
This Week at Villa is a new email communication, delivered on Thursday afternoons, to give parents a summary of
the school week ahead.
Information in This Week at Villa includes details about club meetings, college visits,
school assemblies, community service opportunities, various deadlines, and more, as well as messages of thanks
and congratulations.
If you have not been receiving This Week at Villa, please notify Melissa Morley Amour,
Associate Director of Institutional Advancement, at [email protected] to be added to the mailing list.
VJMHS has a Twitter account and it will be used to
VJMHS has a Tumblr account. This is mainly a student
announce (in conjunction with Grade Connect) school
campus ministry/service blog account which is
closings, schedule changes, activity changes, activity
administered by our Campus Minister. This is used by
announcements, etc. Please follow us at:
the students in detailing and documenting their
campus ministry service activities. Any student with a
Tumblr account can follow us at:
Back to School Dance
September 5
7:00 to 10:00 P.M.
Back to School Night
September 17
7:00 to 9:30 P.M.
Spirit Day
September 26
12:30 to 2:45 P.M.
VJM Band Carwash Fundraiser
September 27
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Fall Open House
October 5
1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
Junior Class Ring Day
October 10
8:30 to 11:00 A.M.
Mother-Daughter Tea Fundraiser
October 19
11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Did you know?
Questions or Suggestions for the Parents’ Guild?
Please feel free to contact a Parents’ Guild member with any questions or
suggestions regarding Guild functions that may enhance their ability to
help the school provide an excellent high school experience for our
daughters. Suggestions are always welcome! Please send us a note either
through school or via email at: [email protected]
Absences and lateness
can be emailed to
[email protected]
This information is also listed
for your convenience at the
bottom of the calendar
magnet distributed at
Back to School Night.
Villa Joseph Marie High School
Parents’ Guild
1180 Holland Road
Holland, PA 18966-5135

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