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Double Masking (From Kent County Health Department)

February 22nd, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

With the presence of the new variant in Kent county, there have been many questions about double masking. When two people are both wearing single masks, and they are worn correctly and consistently, the risk of infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is reduced by about 84%. If a person is wearing a second cloth mask over a surgical mask that protection increases to about 96%.

Requiring students and staff to wear two masks is impractical and will increase the resistance to wearing a mask at all. However, if a students or staff must be in a situation where they cannot maintain other risk reduction practices such as social distancing, hand washing, avoiding crowds, we highly recommend that a second cloth mask be worn over the surgical mask. Such examples might be when traveling on a plane or being in an airport, or attending a sporting event.

To learn more, click on this CDC link.


Virtue Update – RESPONSIBILITY

February 22nd, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

As Christians, we are called to be “our brother’s keeper.” What specific ways can you practice responsibility for others in your life?


Winter Field Trip (Grades 3-8)

February 11th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen
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Next Parent Information Night – March 11

February 11th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

We were pleased to welcome several families to our Parent Information Night on Wednesday. Our final PIN will be Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. Once again, we ask that you share this link with friends, neighbors, colleagues who might be interested in Christian classical education.


Book Character Day Is Coming!

February 11th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

On Wednesday, March 3, students and teachers have the opportunity to leave their uniforms home and come dressed as a Biblical, historical, or book character. Character ideas must be submitted to the classroom teacher for approval by February 17. Students should bring three or four clues about their character for a fun guessing game! Check your student’s backpack for a flyer which provides more information.

Click here to see photos from Book Character Day 2019.


Kindergarten Round-Up – March 23

February 11th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

If you have a child starting kindergarten in the fall, please plan to attend Kindergarten Round-Up on Tuesday, March 23, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Children will enjoy group activities with Mrs. Hultink and work through some oral and written exercises which help to assess readiness. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Marth to discuss tips and hints for a successful start to kindergarten. Please contact the office to register.

N.B. While we plan to hold Kindergarten Round-Up in person, we will be watching the COVID situation and following recommended precautions. The meeting with Mr. Marth may be in person or virtual. More information will be available as the event approaches.


Cold Day + Great Book = Winter Fun!

February 11th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

A good book might not keep you warm, but it will keep you entertained! It’s not too late to join the Thoughtful Reader Book Club. While this is a voluntary extracurricular activity, we encourage all students to participate. The discussion guides (which can be found in school newsletter) are not classroom assignments and will not be turned in to teachers. The questions are designed to help the students as they read and to facilitate good discussion on Friday, March 5.

All K-2 students will participate in Thoughtful Reader activities earlier that afternoon.

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Poortenga or Mrs. Tellinghuisen.


Find the CCE Corner on the Website

February 11th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Our CCE Corner posts have always been available in the School News on the website, but they are now easier to find by clicking “The Classical Parent” under the Community Life menu.

If you haven’t been reading the CCE Corner posts, we encourage you to start now! They are articles about classical Christian education which discuss the philosophical as well as the practical. They include reflections on Scripture, poetry, philosophy, literature, summaries of relevant books, articles, podcasts, and “best practice” tips from fellow travelers on this journey toward “lives well-lived.”


Virtue Update – RESPONSIBILITY

February 11th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

As we look for ways to grow in RESPONSIBILITY this quarter, it would be good to practice: “A place for everything and everything in its place!” Or, a good camping practice can apply at home and school too: “Leave no trace.”


CCE Corner – Virtue of the Quarter and the Home Connection (We Need YOU!)

February 4th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

In this Classical Christian Education Corner, we are taking a brief break from our series on the three “R’s” of education (Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic) to talk a bit about our Virtue of the Quarter program and our Home Connection (a.k.a. We Need YOU!). We began our virtue education program a few years ago as a way to be more intentional in forming the minds and hearts of our students (and ourselves). As Aristotle observed, virtue is not an isolated action, but a habit, a repetition of certain ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. So, how can we develop habits of virtue?

Our Virtue of the Quarter begins by employing examples from Scripture, history, and literature. When training the mind and heart to love God and others, we think it essential to capture the imagination. Alternative views of the good life abound, and they can be very attractive. Secular culture bombards us with images and ideals that crowd our imaginations, engage or dull our minds, and draw our hearts. The Christian vision of virtue should outshine them all. As French writer and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery observed, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” While education needs rules and assignments (and ship building needs people to collect wood and perform assigned tasks), it needs more. Virtue education at Trinitas is designed to inspire the minds and motivate the hearts of our students.

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