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1 Dear Friends, From the Principal’s Desk When the 2019-20 school year began, we were looking forward to another year of academic accomplishments, faith celebrations, and exciting activities. We did not anticipate the COVID-19 pandemic that would prompt the rapid change from traditional learning to distance learning and that we would all need to embrace a very different learning environment. I am proud of St. Ursula Villa’s teachers’ efforts as they continued their dedication and commitment to delivering the same high-quality academic instruction and educational content in this new format. I remain grateful to Villa parents for their patience and understanding throughout these last few months. In this edition of the Villa Voice, you will learn how we went from teaching in the classroom to educating our students through distance learning. This process was challenging but our faculty and staff worked together to create a curriculum that was engaging and instructive for every grade level. Our focus on faith this year included a Villa Family Day of Service in February in which our St. Ursula Villa families came together to volunteer at Matthew 25 Ministries to grow our school’s family outreach and service to others. You can read about that along with our other faith focused activities from this past year in this issue. Our annual Villabration event, originally scheduled for March 28th, was re-scheduled for June 6th as a virtual celebration beginning with online bidding then culminating with a Facebook Live Virtual Villabration. Our Villa community came together to show their support as we took this event from gathering on campus to broadcasting it through social media. This edition also features a photo collage of our legacy families of St. Ursula Villa alumni who are now Villa parents! I hope you will enjoy looking at the pictures of these parents and their kids. We are sad to say good-bye to one of our longest serving and most beloved teachers; Ms. Kathy Finkbeiner is retiring after 44 years at the Villa! She has devoted her life to educating and developing young minds and has been a valuable member of our faculty. Another long-time staff member, Ms. Maripat Price, retired from her position as Development Associate this past December. We wish them both all the best in this next phase of their lives. As most of you know, I retired as the principal of St. Ursula Villa at the end of the school year. I have been very blessed to have been at the helm of such a special school for the past nine years. I appreciate all the encouragement, support, and trust the Villa community has shown me during my time here. I am confident the Villa will continue to grow and flourish in the years to come. Sincerely, Polly Duplace MISSION STATEMENT St. Ursula Villa, a codeucational Catholic elementary school in the Ursuline tradition, nurtures the whole child, fosters academic excellence, and instills a Christ-centered commitment to society. Administration Polly Duplace, Principal Kent Halaby, Assistant Principal Lisa Wolfer, Director of Early Childhood Board of Trustees Jody Sedler, Chair Suzy Dorward Marianne Scott Emmert Dan Ferris Paul Frodge Matt Iacobucci Karen Jahnke Craig Maliborski John Meisenhelder Jessica Metzger Bill Mulvihill Jim Neyer Tracy Sagester Peter Stautberg Judy Wimberg Chip Workman Contributors Cari Brehse Polly Duplace Sr. Margie Efkeman Kathy Finkbeiner Kent Halaby Terri Lessnau Maripat Price Marta Runnels Trey Savage Kristy Thomas Moira Veech Lisa Wolfer Address St. Ursula Villa 3660 Vineyard Place Cincinnati, OH 45226 Phone (513) 871-7218 Alumni Kindly direct all updates, address changes, or other correspondence to [email protected] or at On the Cover St. Ursula Villa social media posts captured innovative, impactful, creative, and heartfelt moments of the 2019-20 school year. In this Issue: 01 From the Principal’s Desk 04 Graduation 08 Highlights & Happenings 15 Annual Report 23 Alumni News