COVID-19 has been challenging, but Trinitas perseveres in providing an excellent education to our students. As most of you know, the Annual Fund drive is our only fundraising effort of the year. While it is not an easy time to offer additional support for the school, would you please prayerfully consider how you can help Trinitas continue to challenge students to lives of faith, reason, and virtue?
Our fundraising goal for this year is $70,000. This amount would enable us to close our budget gap and meet increased financial aid* and technology needs resulting from the pandemic. It would also add a modest amount to our cash reserves (increasing them from 2 months to approximately 2½ months).
Friends of Trinitas have generously offered to match any donations received between now and the end of 2020, up to a maximum of $30,000. Please take full advantage of this generous offer with whatever amount you are able. We are all in this together–every contribution is needed.
Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help raise the remaining $40,000 by December 31. Donate online now or help us avoid electronic processing fees by sending a check payable to “Trinitas Classical Association”.
We thank you for your gifts and your prayers as we face the challenges of this current year, striving as always to prepare young hearts and minds to love and serve the Lord.
*Please note that Trinitas has maintained our commitment to providing approximately 10% of expected revenues for financial aid to families with demonstrated need. This year, there has been a significant increase in need. Financial aid awards vary, but in no event are they greater than 50% of tuition.
Our previous Classical Christian Education Corner took a historical/philosophical look at the virtue of perseverance. In the Christian tradition, one of the ways we become the new creations God intends and show our love for Him and others is by being diligent in our tasks. Perseverance has more recently become a hot topic in academic and popular psychology, with a different emphasis than the Christian version. U Penn psychology professor Angela Duckworth may be credited with some of the excitement. Duckworth was awarded a MacArthur “Genius Grant” and has a TED talk on the concept of “grit.” She defines grit as the ability to stick to long-term goals and the ability to keep going despite adversity. Her research has led her to conclude that grit, or we could call it perseverance, is more important in determining achievement than intelligence, talent, quality of instruction, family life, or income. Whether we are inclined to frame this virtue in the context of the demands of love or the desire for achievement, or both, we are still left with the question: How do we get better at persevering?
The classical answer is, of course, practice. This may seem less than helpful when you find yourself tempted to give up on something—it’s a little like someone just saying “Don’t give up” or “Persevere in persevering.” If we think about the problem from a few different angles, however, we may come up with some ideas to help put perseverance into practice.
We wish to recognize all the students for their wonderful Speech Meet recitations on Wednesday, and we congratulate the following classroom finalists.
1st/2nd – Corinne H. and Noelle P.
3rd/4th – Noah W., Watson B., and Isaac H.
5th/6th – Sonia T. and Justin M.
7th/8th – Ellie G. and Isaac F.
When we think of the perseverance of an athlete, we usually imagine vigorous activity; but, an important part of athletic training is rest. Muscles and minds need time to rebuild. We hope that as you and your families continue to persevere throughout this school year, that you will find regular times for rest. May this upcoming break be a time of rejuvenation and blessing for you all and a time of praise and thanksgiving to our Lord for all of His good gifts.
As COVID cases continue to surge in our region and throughout the country, the CDC has offered guidelines for how to navigate the coming holiday season. For both the health of our community and our ability to keep students and teachers in their classrooms in the weeks ahead, it is crucial for families to act with prudence when celebrating Thanksgiving or attending other holiday weekend events. We all need to do our part in this fight.
NOTICE: If a friend or family member with whom you spend Thanksgiving (or other time over break) begins to exhibit any of the COVID symptoms prior to your child’s return to school on Monday, November 30, we urge to you exercise the utmost caution and keep your child(ren) home from school until more is known about your loved one’s health situation.
UPDATE: Due to COVID restrictions, Lifetouch has cancelled our November 30 picture/retake day. We will let families know when it has been rescheduled.
Students in Grades 7-8 should arrive in their picture day uniform. It may be dress uniform or “everyday” uniform. Blazers and ties may be borrowed from the office. The students will be given the opportunity to change later in the day for P.E.
K-6 parents who would like retakes for their children should contact the office. You will need to send the original portrait package back to school on or before retake day.
Our Virtue Focus of the Quarter is PERSEVERANCE. As we leave our first quarter behind and begin anew, we can take inspiration from the words of Winston Churchill: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Click here for the Perseverance Home Poster.