Speech Meet – Practice & Polish

November 5th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

We hope students are continuing to polish their Speech Meet recitations. Practicing in front of an audience can be very helpful! Please encourage your child to present his/her speech for someone before Speech Meet day. It could be a parent, grandparent, neighbor, or friend from church. It helps to practice in front of a mirror too!

Field Trip to John Ball Zoo

November 5th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Grades 3 and 4 enjoyed a rainy but wonderful day at the zoo on Friday, October 29. After a one-hour interactive lesson with a zookeeper, students enjoyed walking around to view the exhibits.

During our lesson on animal adaptations, we got to touch 4 different animals including an anaconda. We were blessed to have wonderful chaperones who drove us and then enjoyed the zoo with us.

“Math Circle” for Middle Schoolers

November 5th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

The Calvin University Math Circle is an opportunity for 6th-8th grade students to engage with exciting problems and topics in mathematics. Meetings are led by a professor in the Calvin math department and typically begin with a warmup activity or game that leads into the day’s problem or topic. The Math Circle seeks to generate enthusiasm for problem-solving in mathematics. Students also discover applications of mathematics and participate in a community that nurtures critical thinking, communication, and abstraction.

The Math Circle will meet Mondays at Calvin University, 4:00-5:15 p.m., from January 31 to March 21. The cost is $80/semester. Click here to register.

Information: https://calvin.edu/go/mathcircle


November 5th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

As we conclude this quarter, we hope everyone has made progress in building habits of SELF-DISCIPLINE over these many weeks. Our virtue focus for the second quarter is FRIENDSHIP. As we explore this virtue together, let us “encourage one another and build each other up” (I Thessalonians 5:11).

CCE Corner—Discernment Continued: Squid Game

November 3rd, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

In this post, we continue our discussion of the virtue of discernment by noting that cultivating discernment requires guides. Listening to scripture and the words—spoken and written, past and present—of wise and mature Christians is necessary for us to grow in this virtue. Relying solely on our own wits is never a good idea, and when we consider how to navigate digital culture for ourselves and our children, we must recognize our utter inability to stay ahead of the digital deluge. At Trinitas we highly recommend a couple sources—Plugged In and Protect Young Eyes (PYE)—to help families make good choices regarding things to read, watch, listen to, and play.

Speaking of choices, we’re drawing your attention to the disturbingly popular show you may or may not have heard of yet—Squid Game is #1 in 90 countries. We recommend that you read reviews by PYE and Plugged In. Examples like this series and the recent TikTok “trend” of stealing and vandalizing school property to post as “trophies” make it clear that parents must be aware of what their children are viewing and doing online or even just hearing and observing from other kids being online.

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Picture Day Coming Soon

October 28th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Picture Day will be Wednesday, November 10, starting after Morning Prayer. Students may wear regular approved uniform options. Dress uniform is optional. Order forms will be sent home as soon as they are available. There will also be online ordering options.

Retake day will be January 26. An all-school picture will also be taken on that day. Dress uniform will be required for the all-school picture.

Maker Faire – Join Us Next Friday!

October 28th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Parents are invited to view our Maker Faire next Friday, November 5, starting at 2:00 p.m. Please park in the upper lot and enter through the church narthex doors. Dismissal will still be in the upper lot from 3:00 – 3:15. Please remember that students who wish to stay for the Maker Faire after dismissal must be supervised by a parent or authorized adult (i.e., regular carpool driver) starting at 3:15.

Those who are participating in the Maker Faire should plan to stay until it is done at 4:00 p.m. and will need to take down their displays at the end.

Please contact the office is you have questions.

Uniform Closet Sale – Thursday, November 11

October 26th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Bring your dollar bills to conferences on Thursday! The uniform closet is overflowing, thanks to your generosity! All items will be on sale for $1.00. Come replace those pants from last spring that are now too short. Clothes will be available for sale on the honor system in the downstairs hallway. Please note the office will be closed during conferences, so change will not be available.

Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 25th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Parent-teacher conferences are required for all full-time families. Use the links below to sign up. We encourage you to sign up early to get your preferred times!

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CCE Corner – Lives of Faith, Reason, and Virtue, part III

October 24th, 2021 by Becca Tellinghuisen

We concluded our previous post with the observation that a robust view of human reason will not only include virtues of intellect but virtues of character as well. One virtue that lies at the heart of this intersection is the virtue of discernment. “Discernment” comes from the Latin word discernere meaning “to see, discern, distinguish, separate.” It may be used in a variety of contexts, for example, someone with a “discerning eye” may have a knack for identifying things of particularly good quality. When we talk about discernment as a virtue necessary for human flourishing, we mean the ability to distinguish or separate good from evil. This requires two things: recognition of a standard outside of oneself and an act of the will.

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