What is Trinitas doing in response to COVID-19?

CCE Corner – Putting Compassion into Practice

October 22nd, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

In our last CCEC, we said that a tenet of classical Christianity is that God’s perfect self-giving love perfects our human nature. His love restores our nature to its original design and enables us, through grace, to love God and our neighbor. We observed that practicing the virtue of compassion requires us to begin with prayer (even for our enemies) and with accepting God’s own gift of love. What might be some next steps for developing the virtue of compassion?

St. Thomas Aquinas, following St. Augustine, thought about compassion as a virtue having two parts: an affective part (heartfelt sympathy) and an effective part (an act of the will to relieve another’s suffering). So how can we develop both of these?

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Prudence, Planning, and a Pandemic

October 22nd, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Dear Families,

As you are almost certainly aware, the number of COVID-19 positive cases is on the rise in Kent County. Kent County Health Department recently shared the following information with schools:

Our numbers of people testing positive that are related to schools is rising. Our middle school and high school numbers are significantly higher than the elementary numbers. The rate of positive cases in elementary age children is about half of the rate for people age 12-17 years (both nationally and in Kent County).

Through our contact tracing, we are seeing very limited transmission of the virus from the classroom setting. Most of the new infections among students can be traced to social activities and sports activities.

The number of close contacts which have to be placed in quarantine is rising. During the month of September, the average number of close contacts per positive case of COVID-19 was 6.4. During the week of October 11-15, the average number of close contacts per positive case was 9.3.

Dozens of school superintendents across Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties are appealing to their districts to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines outside of school, and I am making a similar plea. (You will find their letter and a related article on the local news.) Regardless of your political convictions, your stance on government orders and individual rights, or your opinions about coronavirus, our ability to keep children in the classroom depends on you doing your best to keep them healthy and, when not healthy, keeping them home.

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Picture Day (Gr. K-6) Next Week!

October 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Lifetouch will visit Trinitas next Wednesday, October 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Order forms will be sent home with students today. Parents will also be getting email reminders and order links directly from Lifetouch. Homeschool partners are welcome to join us anytime during those hours.

Students may wear “every day” or dress uniform attire for their photos. Blazers are available for students to borrow for pictures only. If you would like your child to borrow a blazer, please contact the office before Tuesday morning.

Our 7th and 8th graders will have their pictures taken when Lifetouch returns for retake day.

Coming Soon – Speech Meet

October 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Our annual Speech Meet has been scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, November 18. While we will not be able to welcome guests to attend this year, we are looking into ways to record the speeches so families can view them.

Selections are due next Friday, October 23. All selections must first be approved by the classroom teacher. For ideas, consult the Speech Meet binder in the office or this list that was found by a Trinitas parent. Students were given a handout with the Speech Meet guidelines. Please note the selection form at the bottom which should be submitted for teacher approval.

Modified Dress Uniform for Speech Meet:
Boys: khaki pant and belt, white Oxford shirt and tie,* uniform socks and dress shoes
Girls: plaid skirt or skort, white blouse, uniform socks or tights** and dress shoes.
*Ties will be distributed a day or so ahead of Speech Meet and will be returned by the end of the day.
**No leggings

Parent-Teacher Conferences – November 12 & 13

October 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Parent-teacher conferences are required for all full time families. A sign-up form will be sent soon. Please note that we plan to offer some in-person and some Zoom meetings on both days, though in-person conferences are subject to change if the virus situation changes.

N.B. The conference days are half days. Dismissal will be at 11:35 a.m. on both Thursday, November 12, and Friday, November 13.

Classical Education Book Sale & Uniform Closet Sale

October 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

PSF plans to host a 2-day sale event for our parents, featuring an array of classical education books and Uniform Closet stock. Trinitas received a donation of materials from another classical school, including many books that nicely complement our curriculum. Books will be available for purchase at the sale for only 25 cents each! In addition, Uniform Closet items will be sold at reduced prices.

The sale will take place on Thursday, October 22, and Friday, October 23, 2:30-3:15 p.m. Please stop by and check it out! Plan to park in the upper lot. Sales should be wrapped up by 3:15 pm for prompt student pick-up. Exact change welcome.

Virtue Focus – COMPASSION

October 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Our virtue of the quarter is a virtue with two parts. COMPASSION has an affective part (heartfelt sympathy) and an effective part (action to relieve another’s distress). As you read, talk, and think about compassion look for ways to cultivate feelings of sympathy and practice acts of mercy. You can use the suggestions in our Virtue Home Connection poster or come up with your own.

3rd/4th Team Building with Altus – Week 2

October 16th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Our 3rd and 4th grade class continues to work on building character and community with Altus Adventures on Tuesdays in October. Their session this week, “Self-Control and Taming the Tongue” focused on James 3:4-5, 10.

Parents, ask your son or daughter to tell you what any of the “fingers” stand for in the ‘five finger contract’. Also ask your student to tell you about a game he or she played with Altus and (hopefully!) one thing that he or she learned.

CCE Corner – Love and Human Nature

October 3rd, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

In our last CCE Corner, we talked briefly about the four Cardinal Virtues: wisdom, courage, temperance, and justice and the three Theological Virtues: faith, hope, and charity (love). Our virtue focus for the first quarter of the year is a virtue deriving from the Theological Virtue of charity: COMPASSION.

The word “compassion” comes from Latin “pati” (to suffer) and “com” (with). What does it look like to have compassion for, “to suffer with,” one another? Before we try to answer that question, it would be good to recognize the source of this virtue. While all virtue is the result of practice, we cannot even begin to exercise the Theological Virtue of love without the grace of God.

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3rd/4th Team Building with Altus – Week 1

October 2nd, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Altus Adventures, in addition to leading our 7th/8th leadership event this weekend, will be working with our 3rd/4th class throughout the month of October to help build friendship and character.

The first session, “Reaching Out,” will center around James 2:1. Parents, here are some follow-up questions and conversation starters to learn more about your child’s experience.

Share with your child about a time in which you went out of your way to include someone, or someone else included you.

Ask your student to think of a time and share it too. If your student can’t think of one, ask him or her to make a plan to reach out to someone and share how it goes!