Quite fitting that our final graduation series post highlights Miss Ava Cook who arrived at Villa di Maria in September 2005 at the age of two.  Over the course of almost eleven years, she spread her kindness in every direction…and then some.  Mrs. Milos, Mrs. Nidhi and Mrs. Rebecca all contributed to Ava’s VdM “river,” and she will now embark not only on a new journey at a new school, but one in an entirely different city as the Cooks will be moving to Seattle in a few short weeks.

Honoring Ava Cook: Continue reading “Ava”

Why Write?


“My overarching research focuses on how learning and interacting with the world with our hands has a really significant effect on our cognition,” Dr. James said, “on how writing by hand changes brain function and can change brain development.” Continue reading “Why Write?”

A Queen and Two Pirates-


Summer news from Family Thrall: Continue reading “A Queen and Two Pirates-“

How’s Your Summer So Far?


Jacob and Nathan, VdM Primary students Jacob and Nathan, VdM Primary students

As you’ve transitioned into your summer schedules, summer camps, summer vacations, summer reading, summer swimming, summer sleeping and summer FUN, we must inform you that we MISS YOU, VdM families!  IMMENSELY! Continue reading “How’s Your Summer So Far?”