We are looking forward to our upcoming open house. Please continue sharing the registration link with neighbors and friends as well as the flyers and postcards that went home to families. We ask that you keep this event and our entire marketing season in your prayers. We are blessed by these gatherings as we have the opportunity to tell others about Trinitas and the distinctiveness of Christian classical education. We always hope it is a blessing to our guests as well!
Please also spread the word about our upcoming Parent Information Nights: Wednesday, February 9 (virtual), and Thursday, March 10 (in person).
Per a news release issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and a news release issued by the Kent County Health Department, both agencies have adopted the most recent guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding isolation and quarantine for people in the general population who have tested positive or been exposed to coronavirus.
These changes do not apply to K-12 or congregate care settings, both of which should continue to use existing guidelines and policies regarding isolation and quarantine.
We thank families for continuing to monitor symptoms of illness and following best practices for health and hygiene. Testing is still available at our Kent County school testing sites. Below is the link for scheduling with updated clinic times. The clinics are all open for at least 2.5 hours a day Monday through Friday.
We hope our families have been enjoying some good books together as part of our Thoughtful Reader Book Club. Hard copies of discussion questions for group books are being sent home with students in grades 3-8. Links can also be found in the January 7 school newsletter. Parents of students in K-2 are encouraged to read any or all of the Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel with their children and to talk together about them. Students can be encouraged to interact with the stories in fun ways too, e.g., by re-telling the story or making up their own adventures with drawings, Lego, or play-dough.
Please note the discussion guides are meant to help students as they read and to help facilitate discussion when the groups meet to talk about the books. It is recommended that students take a few notes (include page numbers for reference), but the questions will not graded or collected.
The “100 Days of Dante” series continues! It’s not too late to join the climb up Mount Purgatory. Grab a copy of The Divine Comedy or just listen to/watch the engaging ten-minute lectures. You can start at the beginning with the Inferno or jump right into the middle of Purgatorio, though we would highly recommend going back and listening to Purgatorio cantos 8-11. We are excited to host a guest for our second discussion on February 4 at 7:00 p.m. We will hear from James Matthew Wilson, a Dante scholar and gifted poet himself. Parents who have participated at any level or who are just curious to listen in are welcome to come. Mark your calendars and watch for details!
One goal we have as a classical school is to build student skills in rhetoric–the art of effective, persuasive, even beautiful, speaking or writing. As a Christian classical school, we intend to produce no Sophists; this goal has a higher purpose–for students to be well-equipped to “give a reason for the hope that is in you.” (I Peter 3:15) If you did not have the chance to read our post before the break, you can read about how our annual Speech Meet not only builds confidence in public speaking but also helps us delight in God and his good gifts.
Click here to read the the most recent CCE Corner.
We continue to focus on the virtue of FRIENDSHIP–the start of a new year is a good time to practice being a “faithful” rather than a “fair-weather” friend. What does this look like in word and in deed?
Happy New Year! We pray that God will bless this new year with His grace and love for mankind, and grant us peaceful times, healthful seasons, and lives that please Him.
The numbers for our annual fund drive are still being finalized, but it appears that we have met—and perhaps slightly exceeded—our goal of raising $75,000 this year. Thank you to everyone who participated! Your generosity is an encouragement and a model for our students.
On behalf of the Trinitas community,
Peter Marth, Headmaster