There is one more week left in this quarter; PERSEVERE! Even though our virtue focus will shift next quarter to the virtue of RESPONSIBILITY, we will not leave perseverance behind. Perseverance is needed to develop habits for all the other the virtues.
All students will take part in Chess Club which will meet during the last hour of the day on four Fridays: January 22, January 29, February 5, and February 12. Students will be dismissed at the regular time. Homeschool partners should contact their teacher if they would like to participate.
Do I need to bring a chess set to chess club?
Trinitas has purchased new chess sets to be used during chess club, so you do not bring a chess set.
I don’t know anything about chess! How will I participate?
Chess is a challenging game and one you will enjoy. You will enjoy it more if you take some time to learn about it now. Visit www.kidchess.com and learn a little bit each day or on the weekends.
Start by going to the LEARN CHESS tab and begin with SETTING UP. Remember, use the kidchess website by clicking on LEARN CHESS which is a free section with tutorials and games. Under LEARN CHESS, use the SKILL LEVEL tab to get guidance on your child’s level.
What if no one at home can play chess with me. How can I practice?
Play practice games here: http://www.kidchess.com/play-chess/ezchess/. Use the LEARN CHESS tab to learn the basics or review the basics of the game.
Am I too young to play chess?
All of our students can learn to play chess. Using the www.kidchess.com website is one way to help teach your child the basics ahead of time. Play games using only the pawns at first.
Will Chess Club be different this year due to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols?
Yes, Chess Club pairings and games will be kept within each classroom. We look forward to next year when we can connect all the grades in Chess Club once again! Our older students enjoy playing against the younger students and vice versa.
Glory to God! We have reached our goal for this year’s annual fund drive. Enough donations poured in during the last week of December that we met our matching challenge grant and the amount needed for our $70,000 fund goal.
From all of the students, staff, and board members, thank you for your generosity, your partnership, and your prayers!
We recently began a series on the three R’s of education. In this Classical Christian Education Corner, we continue our discussion of Reading. In our last post, we looked briefly at Who should read, and Why, When, Where, and What to read. Now we turn to the question of How we should read. A classical answer to this question is: thoughtfully, deeply, and widely.
The idea can be illustrated with a contrast. When we started Trinitas, Accelerated Reader (AR) was a popular reading program in many schools. Students read from AR’s library of pre-classified or ranked books. They choose books in their “zone of proximal development,” i.e., books that are not too hard nor too easy. When they finish reading, they take short multiple-choice quizzes to earn points and rewards. It is an efficient and simple system. Its name, Accelerated Reader, is revealing of its goal. Trinitas began our Thoughtful Reader Book Club (TR) with intentional contrast to AR. We felt that racing through books to earn points and rewards may produce accelerated readers, but we worried it would not produce thoughtful readers. So, our book club encourages students to read from a list of classic good and great books on their own and with their families. Together, we dive into one of the books for activities and discussions of deeper themes. (We sent home information about this year’s Thoughtful Reader Book Club just before Christmas. It’s not too late to join!)
2020 was certainly a year for PERSEVERANCE. We continue this virtue focus as we begin 2021. In the first chapter of 2 Peter, we are told that in order for our faith to bear fruit, we must grow in virtue. Then St. Peter provides a beautiful progression made possible through the power of the Holy Spirit: “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” May the faith in your homes grow in all these ways and blossom in mutual affection and love in 2021.
Is your child R-E-A-D-Y for the Spelling Bee? We encourage everyone to keep studying this year’s Bee word lists. We are looking forward to some super spelling next week!
It wouldn’t be winter at Trinitas without the Chess Club. The activity will be kept within each classroom this year, but there will still be much chess to play! The clubs will run four consecutive Friday afternoons, starting on January 22.
We hope students (and parents) had time for good reading over the break. It’s not too late to join our Thoughtful Reader Book Club! Discussion guides will be sent home with students or may be found in the school newsletter.
2021 Thoughtful Reader Selections:
Gr. 7-8 – Watership Down
Gr. 5-6 – Black Beauty
Gr. 3-4 – The Trumpet of the Swan
Gr. K-2 – Just So Stories
Students in Gr. 3-8 may choose among the many different editions of the book for their group, but the book should be unabridged. Gr. K-2 families may read any collection or retelling of the Just So Stories. Please see email sent on January 29 for more information.
Though many of our upper grade students read the TR book on their own, we think these are wonderful read-aloud books for kids of all ages. Parents, please consider joining your students for some family reading time!
Interesting Fact: Did you know Black Beauty helped bring about more humane treatment of horses in both England and the United States?
For those enrolled, the deadline to opt out of the Continuous Re-Enrollment Agreement is February 15. Watch for information to arrive with the 2nd quarter report cards near the end of the month. You will receive a note acknowledging if you have signed an agreement or not.
Before the clock strikes twelve and the new year begins, we want to thank all those who have already given toward this year’s annual fund drive and to let everyone know that we still have $4,100 in dollar-for-dollar matching funds available until December 31. With your help, we have been able to raise almost $52,000 without selling a single candy bar or roll of wrapping paper, but we still have $18,000 to go before we reach this year’s goal. As 2020 comes to a close, please consider what you might be able to give in order to help us cultivate lives of faith, reason, and virtue in our children.
You may donate online or maximize your gift and avoid electronic processing fees by mailing a check payable to “Trinitas Classical Association.”
Thank you for supporting Christian classical education and the children and faculty of Trinitas!