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COVID-19 Mask Requirement Change

October 1st, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Dear Trinitas Parents,

First and foremost, I want to thank you for exercising greater diligence when evaluating symptoms of student illness at home. The extra ounce of caution you are using and the time you are taking to call the office to talk through symptom evaluation only increase our chances of keeping classrooms open to in-person learning. Some of you have reached out with questions about the impact of your travel plans over breaks and holidays on your child’s return to the classroom. Thank you all for the care that you are showing for your child’s classmates and teachers and for the school!

Second, I want to make sure you are aware of a change that will impact our kindergarten through 6th grade. This past Friday the governor announced a change to the mask requirement for public and nonpublic schools under Executive Order No. 2020-185, which requires all students in K-12 to wear masks while in the classroom when the region is in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan. The new requirement goes into effect on Monday, October 5. Barring any changes to the order or to our regional risk level, all students will be required to wear masks in the classroom beginning next Monday. Please take time to talk to your child about the change–as our teachers will be doing in the classroom–and acquire enough masks to allow for a clean face covering every day.

This change won’t be easy for many students, and it will be more challenging for some than for others. Know that we will be watching over your children and watching out for them. Teachers have already been spending more class time outside this fall. Expect that to increase. Transitions between classes might route students outside whenever possible so that they can take a “mask break” as they move. Perhaps if we can find a canopy solution to provide a little overhead shelter, we may be able to spend time outdoors even on drizzly days like today. All of this will mean that weather-appropriate attire is even more important than before. In the end, know that we are very aware of the impact this change will have on our students and that we will keep a close eye on the overall wellbeing of every child.

Best regards,
Peter Marth

Donuts with Dad (or VIP)

September 27th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Update: This event has been rescheduled for Monday, October 5. All other details remain the same.

Donuts with Dad is a favorite fall tradition at Trinitas! We hope dads (or VIPs) can join us on the morning of Wednesday, September 30, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., for drinks, donuts, and fellowship. Please note that this event will be held outdoors. Dress for the weather, and if you’d like to sit while eating and drinking, bring blankets or camp chairs. If your child is a big breakfast eater, please think like a Hobbit and treat this as “second breakfast”. Following donut time, dads and VIPs are welcome to stay for a special outdoor Morning Prayer at 8:15 a.m.

As with any outdoor event, the weather may alter our plans. Please watch for any necessary updates as the day approaches.

Additional important details:

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Plans for Grandparent/VIP Day

September 27th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Though we are unable to invite guests to the school building, we still plan to celebrate Grandparent/VIP Day and honor the special people in our students’ lives by sharing a short video and gift. To participate, please complete the form sent in the all-school newsletter.

Grandparents or VIPs are still welcome to pick up students at dismissal, if they want to enjoy lunch together. Please contact the office if your child(ren) will be picked up by someone else at dismissal on Wednesday, October 7. Without parent authorization, we are not able to release a student to anyone other than a parent.

Grandparent/VIP Day is still a half day that marks the beginning of our fall break. Dismissal will be at 11:35 a.m. There is no school on Thursday, October 8, or Friday, October 9.

Virtue Focus – COMPASSION

September 27th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

When Jesus spoke to his disciples to tell them he would be with them only a little longer, he gave them this commandment: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love on another.” John 13:34-35

As we focus on the virtue of COMPASSION throughout this quarter, let us remember that loving one another isn’t optional; it’s a commandment. Let us live so that our words and actions demonstrate to everyone that we are disciples of Christ.

2019-2020 Student Honors and Awards

September 24th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

We were not able to celebrate our students’ impressive 2019-2020 achievements at an awards night last spring, but we will recognize them at lunch on Friday, September 25.

Congratulations to all! Well done!

Special School Events

Speech Meet – Joanna L., Noah W., Samuel B., Timothy G., Ellie G., Ivana R., Abby G., and Sophia S.

Spelling Bee – Isla M., Noah I., Ellie G., Fiona M., Justin M., Truman M., Beatrice V., and Lily T.

Geo Bee – Tommy K., Sam H., Samuel B., Aaron B., Gabriel F., Ellie G., Sophia S., Lily T., and Vency R.

National Mythology Exam

Gold Medalists (perfect score) – Justin M., Lily T.
Silver Medalist (96-99%) – Sophia S.
Bronze Medalists (90-95%) – Gabriel F., Abby G., Ivana R., Vency R.

National Latin Exam

Lily T. – Ribbon & Certificate for Outstanding Achievement and Special Certificate for perfect score
Ayanna S. – Ribbon & Certificate for Outstanding Achievement
Ivana R. – Ribbon & Certificate for Outstanding Achievement

Latin I:
Sophia S. – Gold Summa Cum Laude
Jacob M. – Silver Maxima Cum Laude

Special Honors

Humanities Award for Bible, reading/literature, grammar, writing, and history: Justin M.

Perfect Attendance (no absences AND fewer than 3 tardies, including in Zoom):
Ellie G., Emily G., Timothy G., and Justin M.

Honorable mention for only one or two days missed:
Samuel B., Gabriel F., Abby G., Tommy K., Jacob M., Jonathan M., Isla M., Sophia S., and Malcolm S.

Virtue Focus – COMPASSION

September 17th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Preparing students for lives well-lived means preparing them to think, to act, and to love well. Virtue formation is an important part of who we are and what we do at Trinitas. We are moving to a Virtue of the Quarter (rather than a Virtue of the Month) schedule this year to give everyone more time at school and at home to work on forming habits of virtue.

While bad habits can be formed quickly, good habits take time! We strongly encourage families to acquire The Book of Virtues, edited by William Bennett, or The Children’s Book of Virtues (for grades K-2) and to read these inspiring stories together. Our virtue for the first quarter is COMPASSION.

Watch for updates and “Try This” ideas to come home soon. We will also make connections to our virtue focus in our Classical Christian Education Corner features, the first of which appears this week.

CCE Corner – A Life of Virtue

September 17th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Welcome back to our Classical Christian Education Corner! In the year ahead, watch for short pieces about classical Christian education, from the philosophical to the practical. We’ll include reflections on Scripture, poetry, philosophy, and literature, summaries of relevant books, articles, and podcasts, and “best practice” tips from fellow travelers on this journey toward “lives well-lived.”

In our first CCE Corner for the year, we begin with the topic of Virtue. Trinitas was formed with the purpose of preparing students for lives well-lived. But what is a life “well-lived”? A life with physical health? Pleasure? Friends? Wealth? Power? Honor? A very quick history lesson shows that a theme throughout classical and Christian thought is that whatever else you think is part of the good life, a life well-lived must be a life of virtue. Ancient philosophers identified four Cardinal Virtues: wisdom, courage, temperance, and justice. “Cardinal” comes from the Latin word “cardo” which means “hinge.” The Cardinal Virtues are considered the primary virtues, the pivot on which the other virtues turn or depend. These four virtues were later incorporated into Christian moral teaching during the Middle Ages by thinkers like Thomas Aquinas, and three Theological Virtues were added: faith, hope, and charity (love).

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Parent Orientation Recording Available

September 13th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen
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NOTICE – Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

September 13th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Our morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up routines are off to a good start! To help streamline the process, we encourage you to review the following reminders.

For arrival time, only use the drop-off lane if you will be there for a minute (i.e., “unload and go”). If your passengers aren’t ready to jump out of the vehicle with their things or need a hand, please park in the designated areas.

To save time for everyone and to make sure students can simply enter the school upon arrival at the door, students should be wearing their masks before they exit the vehicle. Walking and carrying a backpack and putting on a mask all at once is more challenging than one might think!

Due to windshield glare, we cannot see faces or name plates that are sitting on the dash at dismissal time. Please press your name plate (or your smiling face) against the windshield when you are one of the first several cars in line.

PSF Parent Coffee

September 13th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

PSF will host a parent coffee Monday, September 14, starting at 8:00 a.m. It will be held outside, near the Trinitas entrance. Coffee, tea, juice, and baked goods provided. Carefully prepared food and beverages will be served. Please join us to connect with friends, old and new.