News from Villa Maria School!

STAMFORD—There is a lot happening in the month of May for Villa Maria School! Our word of the month for May is Creativity, and needless to say, it is evident in all the events taking place: Art Fair, STEM Fair, Career Day, Grandparents Day, Dedication and Blessing of the Performing Arts Center, Annual Performance, etc.

Performing Arts Center

The dedication and blessing of the Peggy O’Malley Performing Arts Center will take place at Villa Maria School on Friday, May 17 at 10:30 am with Bishop Frank Caggiano officiating. Tom and Mary Alice O’Malley from Greenwich have been generous benefactors to the school since their daughter, Peggy attended Villa. There will be a presentation by the students, followed by the blessing and dedication, remarks, and power point presentation. The event will conclude with a luncheon in the convent for all the guests.

125th Anniversary

The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters came from Poland to the USA 125 years ago. They served the people in Stamford at Holy Name Parish, Holy Spirit Parish, and Villa Maria Retreat House and School. The Sisters of Heart of Mary Convent and their Associates, together with Msgr. Kevin Royal and the parishioners in Holy Spirit Parish will celebrate the 125th Anniversary at the 11:30 Mass on Sunday, May 19. The celebration will focus on the Congregation and also on all the Sisters who were principals and teachers at Holy Spirit School. The Bernardine Associates are helping with the celebration and will be Readers and Eucharistic Ministers at the Mass which will be followed with a brunch in the parish center.

Villa Rolls Out the Red Carpet

Every year, our students do an annual performance and this year, it is “Villa Rolls Out the Red Carpet.”  Students will perform songs, play different instruments, share the history of some of the songs, etc.  The whole school opener will “Be Our Guest” (from Beauty and the Beast), and the closer will be “This Is Me” (from The Greatest Showman), before departing the stage and risers with “So Long, Farewell” (from The Sound of Music). Of course, there will be a red carpet; a five-foot reel and Oscar; a popcorn machine with a cart; plus pole and rope stanchions on loan from The Palace Theatre. The dates of the performances are Wednesday, May 22 at 12:30 pm and Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 pm. Students wrote their bios which will be posted in the foyer.

Villa Maria School is a non-profit, co-educational school in Stamford, Conn. serving students with learning disabilities.

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