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Family Game Night This Friday!

January 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Fellowship, food, and fun – for your friends and family too! Please invite others to our Game Night this Friday, January 17. Bring a blanket and games to share. Classrooms will be open for board games and mixers. The gym will be open for large group games. We will start at 5:30, but arrive when you can. The games will start wrapping up around 8:30 p.m. We would appreciate clean-up help as it gets closer to 9:00.

You may bring your own dinner, or you may place an order to be delivered by Chick-fil-A. Please call Rena Spurlin at 616-299-2012 or email rena.spurlin@cfagrsouth.com and indicate “Trinitas Game Night”. The Chick-fil-A orders will arrive at 6:00 p.m.


How Do I Study for the GeoBee?

January 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Use the GeoBee Challenge App, a free and engaging quiz game on your phone or tablet. See image to help direct you to the official app.

Use a student atlas. Review U.S. states, countries, and major physical features in the U.S. and around the world (bodies of water, mountains, etc). Then get more detailed: capitals, state nicknames, basic earth facts (highest and lowest points, etc.). Build your knowledge with other information found in atlases, such as population, religions, languages, animal and plant life, climate, economics, and monuments.

Test your knowledge. There are tools on National Geographic’s website, including the daily quiz. Blank outline maps are another easy way to test your knowledge.

For a more detailed summary of how to study, click here.


Grades 3-8 Field Trip

January 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen
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January Virtue Focus – Work

January 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

During the month of January we are focusing on the virtue of WORK. The new year is a good time to cultivate new work habits and attitudes. When we find that we are putting off jobs we should do, it would be good to remember the words of Mary Poppins (and Aristotle long before her): “Well begun is half done.”

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Congratulations, Spellers!

January 15th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winner, Gabriel B., and runner-up, Lily T. They will represent Trinitas at the Regional Spelling Bee.

Classroom bee finalists who participated in all-school bee:  Ellie G., Fiona M., Justin M., Truman M., Abby P., Nathan S., Beatrice V., Isaiah V.

1st/2nd winner: Isla M.; 1st/2nd runner-up Noah I.


Chess Club – Let the Games Begin!

January 15th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Chess Club is off to a great start! Our next club meeting is Friday, January 24. Parents, please join us! We need helpers to play with students who are still learning the game. After you check in at the office, Mrs. Bodine will direct you to a room.


Geography Bee – What To Expect

January 15th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Love quiz shows and geography trivia? You are invited to come watch our inaugural Geo Bee on the morning of Wednesday, January 29. Students in 3rd-8th grade will first participate in classroom rounds after Morning Prayer. The questions are oral and will cover a wide range of topics in geography. Unlike a spelling bee, students will stay in for every round. They earn a point for each correct answer.

Ten students from 4th – 8th grade will move on to school finals at approximately 9 a.m. (While the Bee does not officially include 3rd graders, they will participate as a “practice year”.) In the finals, all students will answer the same questions and will write their answers on a board (like “Final Jeopardy!”). Students are eliminated after a second wrong answer. Our school champion will advance to the next level of competition, an online qualifying test to determine competitors in the State Geo Bee.

Though they will not be competing in the Geo Bee, the K-2 students will be joining the fun that week with some geography-themed activities.


2019-20 Annual Fund Drive

January 9th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

We began this year’s annual fund drive with a goal of raising $70,000. We are pleased to report that through your generous support, we exceeded our goal! It is also worth noting and expressing our gratitude for the addition of over twenty families and alumni to the number of those who participated in last year’s campaign. Thank you for your prayers and your partnership as we help children cultivate habits of the life well-lived!


Spelling Bee – Monday, January 13

January 9th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

We are looking forward to the Spelling Bee on Monday morning! Parents are welcome to attend. Classroom bees will begin immediately after Morning Prayer. Three to five finalists from each room in Grades 3-8 will go on to compete against one another in the school Spelling Bee starting at approximately 9:00 a.m.


Thank You for Giving to the School of Promise

January 9th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

We raised $326 dollars in December for the School of Promise in Thailand! Thank you for your generosity. Special thanks to our students who made cards and prayed for the School of Promise students. Mrs. Bodine has been in contact with the school’s founder. He expressed his gratitude and sent us a video link to share with the Trinitas community.