January Virtue Focus – Faith

January 24th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

We continue to focus on building our FAITH: believing in someone or something even when it is difficult. Due to our snow day, we plan to reschedule our guest chapel speaker. We hope you are finding time to do some of the suggested readings and “Try This” activities together at home.

Remind and Verizon: A “Shutdown” of Another Kind

January 24th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

As far as we have been told, Remind and Verizon have yet to reach an agreement about their text messaging service for schools. As is the case with another certain shutdown, both sides are positioning and blaming the other for the impasse. If Remind and Verizon do not sign an agreement before the 28th, Trinitas will purchase a plan through Remind that promises no disruption in service.

Benefits of Outdoor Play in Winter

January 21st, 2019 by Peter Marth

Outdoor Education from Unstructured Winter Play

More often than not, Michigan winters serve up some pretty chilly and snowy days. That doesn’t deter teachers from taking students outside for recess at Trinitas though. We believe fresh air is important enough that students need time to draw it into their lungs even when that air nips at their noses. They need time to run around and release endorphins even if they have to run in snow pants. They should have time to play and interact in ways that are not dictated or micro-managed by adults even if it takes adults extra time to help find hats, tie boots, and tuck mittens.   Read the rest of this entry »

Parent Information Night (PIN) – February 12

January 17th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

Parent Information Night is less than a month away. Invite a friend! Looking to place a flyer or card? Try your local library, bookstore, coffee shop, or YMCA.

Your participation in PIN is essential! We ask all full-time students attend the presentation portion that starts the evening. Parents, we hope many of you can join us to welcome our guests and share with them what makes Trinitas so special.

Congratulations, Spellers!

January 17th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winner, Gabriel B., and runner-up, Natalie P. They will represent Trinitas at the Regional Spelling Bee on February 12. Family and friends are welcome to attend the event at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School. The event begins promptly at 4:30 p.m.

Classroom bee finalists:  Aaron B., Emilia F., Gabriel F., Abigail G., Elizabeth G., Justin M., Elizabeth S., Sophia S., Lily T., Frankie V.

1st/2nd grade winners:  Sam H. and Isla M.

January Virtue Focus – Faith

January 17th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

During the month of January we will be focusing on the virtue of FAITH. We will be talking about and practicing ways to place our faith and trust in God while also learning to be faithful and trustworthy in all we do. On January 23, we will welcome our guest speaker, Pastor Traci Parker from the Woodland Drive-In Church, a unique outreach ministry of Fifth Reformed Church.

As your family continues to discuss this virtue, here are some recommended readings* and “Try This” ideas.

Grades K-4:
All Things Beautiful (748)
Daniel in the Lion’s Den (756)
The Honest Disciple (762)
The Lamb and The Tyger (800)

Grades 5-8:
Intro to Faith (741)
Faith of our Fathers, Living Still (773)
We Understand So Little (774)
The Kids Can’t Take It If We Don’t Give It (778)

*Readings can be found in The Book of Virtues, ed. William J. Bennett. Copies can be found on Amazon Smile.

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Bonus Color Day Rescheduled for January 25

January 17th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

The snow day (or ice, in this case) on Wednesday caused us to miss our Bonus Color Day. We have moved it to Friday, January 25. Students who have not lost any uniform Oops coupons will be allowed to wear appropriate, non-uniform attire to school. (Shirts must have sleeves.) Students should also remember to wear or bring clothing and shoes suitable for P.E. All other students must come to school dressed in uniform. If there are questions, contact the office.

Remind and Verizon: Known Issue and Solution

January 17th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

On Monday, we received word from Remind.com that Verizon Wireless customers will no longer be able to receive our text messages beginning January 28th. If you are a Verizon customer, you likely received the same message. Remind is currently promoting two free solutions, but neither of them are terribly user friendly, nor are they supported on all devices.

We value our ability to communicate with you immediately about emergencies and to send text messages about special events or significant changes to routine.

Remind has told us that they are working on yet another solution. If they are able to resolve the issue before the 28th, we will be very grateful. If Remind and Verizon do not remove this roadblock before the 28th, Trinitas will purchase a plan through Remind that will allow us to continue communicating with you via text message regardless of your wireless carrier. At this point, no action is needed on your part. We will send another update prior to the 28th with follow-up information.

Thank you for your patience and your continued partnership in preparing students for lives well-lived!

Icy Conditions – January 15

January 17th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately, a freezing mist began around 7:00 a.m. this morning. Earlier in the morning, yet one more Winter Weather Advisory looked like it was impacting only areas around I-96 and to the north. Late changes in conditions and the timing of the treatment of roads made for unpredictable road surfaces all over the Grand Rapids area by the morning commute. One road might be relatively fine while the next intersection might be a sheet of ice. It was a difficult travel day.

We do the best we can to make prudent cancellation calls and to salt our parking lot and sidewalks, but it can be challenging to deal with circumstances beyond our control. Throughout the day, we continued to monitor the forecast and weather and road conditions, and we treated surfaces again before dismissal.

Please be careful (and let your children know to be careful) as parking lots and sidewalks–especially on days like this–may be very slippery. If children are prone to rush to or from the vehicle, they should be cautioned to walk carefully. The new paving stones are never treated for snow or ice, so please use the sidewalks as you enter and exit the building. Finally, if conditions in your local area make travel to school dangerous or uncomfortable, please consider keeping children home or delaying their arrival. The safety of our families and staff is of utmost importance to us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Mr. Marth

Spelling Bee Next Week

January 10th, 2019 by Trinitas Classical

Monday is the Spelling Bee! Classroom bees will begin promptly after morning prayer. Three to five finalists from each room in Grades 3-8 will advance to compete in the all-school Spelling Bee starting at approximately 9:00 am. Parents are welcome to attend.