Once again, students will be welcomed back to school with a modified schedule on the first day. School will start at the normal time, but Morning Prayer will be delayed in order to give parents, students, and teachers a more gentle transition on the first day. The afternoon will feature activities for individual classrooms and the school as a whole. (It’s almost like having Field Day at the beginning of the year!)This post contains additional content available to members only. Please log in to view the full post.
Come out to John Ball Park for a FREE family-friendly community concert on July 21, at 7pm. Enjoy pre-concert music and activities for kids before we take the stage with music from The Pink Panther and Jurassic Park, the finale from Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 and more! Click here for more details.
Coach Aaron Cochrill, athletic director and coach of West Michigan Lutheran High School, will again lead the youth basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 2-8. The event will be held in the St. Mark gym. Please view the registration form for more information, including session dates and cost.
If you apply to enroll your child in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year on or before March 15, please plan to attend Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, March 15, from 12:45-2:45 p.m. Children will enjoy group activities with our kindergarten teacher and work through some oral and written exercises which help to assess their readiness for the kindergarten class. During part of that time, parents will meet with the Headmaster to discuss tips and hints for a successful start to kindergarten.
You may register online or call the school office at 616-855-6518.
Our Kindergarten program meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, during regular school hours (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.).
Please view the 2018-2019 Academic and Vacation Calendar here.
A Classical Approach to Handwriting
by Anne Poortenga, Ph.D.
With interactions, both business and social, becoming increasingly digitized, what’s the point of spending valuable class time instruction on the apparently unnecessary skill of handwriting? With the Common Core Standards adopted by most states mandating manuscript instruction only until the first grade and not requiring cursive instruction at all, proponents of handwriting instruction would seem to have a tough case to make. Pointing to practical reasons, backed by scientific studies, many public and private schools continue to provide handwriting instruction even into middle school. Classical schools enjoy these practical benefits of handwriting instruction, but also situate handwriting within the bigger picture of what it means to be well-educated. Read the rest of this entry »
At this time, Trinitas Classical School has begun actively searching for a full-time teacher to lead its 5th and 6th grade classroom after the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year. Those who would like to learn more or apply should request an application online or call the school office at 616-855-6518.
COMPASSION is our virtue focus for January: caring for someone and encouraging them. We’re looking forward to hosting Mrs. Mary Beeke as our chapel guest next Wednesday. Be sure to ask your student what he or she learned from her talk, and also check your student’s backpack for January’s virtue poster with readings and “Try This” ideas to do as a family.
As is the case for most private schools, the cost of a child’s education at Trinitas exceeds tuition. Most schools raise funds by selling goods, products, or services door-to-door and to relatives. In our experience, the majority of people who would buy items or services from our children would give toward the good of their education without the added gimmicks. Our practice, then, has been to seek the support of Christian, classical education during one annual fund drive so as not to become a nuisance throughout the school year.
This year we have set a goal of $85,000 to cover operating expenses and make improvements to our new home. In the spirit of generosity, a friend of Trinitas has offered to match gifts postmarked by December 31, 2017, dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $30,000.
To keep tuition affordable and take advantage of the generous match, we ask that you prayerfully consider what you may be able to donate.
Trinitas accepts no taxpayer funding either directly or indirectly. Trinitas is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and your gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Thank you for partnering with us in the work of preparing students for lives well-lived!
p.s. If you shop for Christmas presents on Amazon, know that when you shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5337994, Amazon will make a donation to Trinitas Classical Association.
K-8 Art (B.F.A., Kendall College of Art and Design)
We are delighted to announce that former Trinitas Art teacher and administrative assistant, Marie Couretas, will be leading our Art classroom this year! Marie brings a breadth of perspective, having travelled through Greece and South Korea and having formally studied stone carving in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and painting conservation in Florence, Italy. Since she last taught at Trinitas, Marie also completed her Post-Baccalaureate Studio Art program at Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy. She is currently teaching at two schools in Grand Rapids, MI and works as a freelance artist and photographer.