Watch for articles about classical Christian education, from the philosophical to the practical. We will include reflections on Scripture, poetry, philosophy, literature, summaries of relevant books and films, articles, podcasts, and “best practice” tips from fellow travelers on this journey toward “lives well-lived”.
In our previous post, we encouraged our readers to listen to a reflection on Canto 17 of Dante’s Purgatorio. In this post, we draw your attention to Canto 18.* Here, Dr. Steve Boyer examines the moral psychology of love. He takes us on a journey inside the soul from attraction through imagination to inclination to quest. If one’s reason does not actively stand guard in the face of temptation, Dr. Boyer observes, the soul finds itself captive to worldly passions. If you do not listen to his 12-minute reflection, do at least hear Dr. Boyer‘s words about the dangers of distraction:
“Time is love. What you do with your time shows what you really love. And it ultimately becomes what you love. So, don’t be content with mere entertainment. Don’t doze off. Wake up! What are you giving yourself to?”
*Again, even if you have not been reading Dante’s Comedy or listening to the lectures, this is worth a listen! We recommend parents listen first, before sharing with their student, as not all content may be appropriate.
We wish to thank all the students for another great Spelling Bee! Congratulations to the winner, Abigail Z., and the runner-up, Jude W., who will advance to the next level of competition. We know they will represent Trinitas S-P-L-E-N-D-I-D-L-Y!
We also wish to recognize the other classroom finalists who participated in the school bee!
3/4: Joanna L., Isla M., Noelle P.
5/6: Timothy G., Tommy K., Fiona M.
7/8: Gabriel F., Ivana R., Lily T., Thomas T.
The all-school photo is next Wednesday, January 26. Students should arrive in dress uniform. Picture retakes will also be offered that day. Please contact the office if you would like a retake for your child.
We strive to be a school where friendships form and flourish, and particularly between classrooms, among older and younger students. Chess Club is a great opportunity for developing logic skills, of course, but it’s an even better opportunity to build relationships. It brings the whole school together. We value the learning, the mentoring, and the fun that Chess Club brings to our classrooms every winter.
Just beginning and looking to build chess skills at home? Try EZChess games at kidchess.com.
Henry Ford said, “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” How can we bring out the best in each other? Our virtue focus for quarter three is FAITH—it’s a good time to ask how we and our friends can help each other follow our Lord more closely.
Costumes are fun. Books are great. Why not combine the two? Book Character Day is a treat for students and staff! On Wednesday, March 2, they can leave their uniforms home and come dressed as a Biblical, historical, or book character. Students should bring three or four clues about their character for a fun guessing game!
Character ideas must be submitted to the classroom teacher for approval by February 16.
While we do not want to be merely “fair-weather” friends, it can be fun to be a friend in fair weather—at a sledding party, for example! Plan to join the family fun and form warm bonds of FRIENDSHIP in the cold snow on January 22.
Wintertime might be hibernation time for some, but it brings our chess boards out of their slumber. Chess Club begins next Friday and will run for four weeks during the last hour of the school day. This is an excellent opportunity for those who know the game well to sharpen their skills and for beginners to learn more! If you have a board at home, we encourage your family to play together too!
Let’s play a guessing game. Who said, “Let your pleasure be your guide”? The ancient philosopher Epicurus? The utilitarian John Stuart Mill? Beyonce? Here’s a clue: The words are from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Surely, you may be thinking, they must be the words of some shade or devil in Hell, designed to lead Dante the pilgrim astray down some hedonistic path. Would you be surprised to know that Dante’s trusted guide Virgil speaks those words to him at the top of Mount Purgatory? Listen to Dr. Brian Williams’ thirteen-minute reflection on Purgatorio, Canto 17 * to find out more about what Dr. Williams calls “sanctified hedonism” and the impact what we read (and watch and listen to) has on our lives. We were made for love. Are our loves becoming properly ordered so that we find pleasure in the right things and in the right way? Or are our loves becoming disordered?
*Even if you have not been reading Dante’s Comedy or listening to the lectures, this is worth a listen! We recommend parents listen first, before sharing with their child, as not all content may be appropriate.
At Trinitas, we celebrate the end of each quarter with a “Color Day”. Please review the guidelines for appropriate Color Day clothes, i.e., non-uniform clothes, if you haven’t already. We hope to avoid a situation where a student must call home for other clothes on that day. Please note that a student may still wear the uniform on a Color Day, but in general, most, if not all, students (and staff) choose to celebrate with different attire.
In addition, this Wednesday, January 19, is a bonus Color Day for students who have not lost any “Oops” coupons during the first half of this year. All other students will still wear the regular school uniform. Teachers will be communicating who is eligible for the bonus Color Day in their classrooms. If parents have questions, they should contact their child’s teacher.This post contains additional content available to members only. Please log in to view the full post.
Reminder for next week: Wednesday, January 26, is our all-school photo and picture retake day. Students should arrive in dress uniform for the all-school photo. Please take a moment to make sure your child’s dress uniform items are ready to go next week!