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.
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!
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,
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.
Please join us on Friday, January 25, starting at 5:30 pm. Bring a blanket and game to share, picnic style. Classrooms will be open for boards games, and the gym wil be open for volleyball and large group games. For dinner, you may bring your own or join a group order for Chick-fil-A.
To place an order for Chick-fil-A to be delivered, please email your selection to Rena Spurlin or call at 616-299-2012 and indicate “Trinitas Game Night”.
During the month of January we will be focusing on the virtue of FAITH: Believing in someone or something even when it is difficult. 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. This church started almost 50 years ago to minister to people who, for various reasons, find it difficult to worship in a traditional church setting. Look for our home connection sheet containing readings as well as things to try and to talk about.
Parents are invited by East Grand Rapids Public Schools to attend an informative presentation by Officer Jermaine Galloway, also known as “Tall Cop,” regarding the risks and dangers of youth substance abuse. This 2-hour presentation will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center, 2211 Lake Drive SE.
Covering a wide array of topics, Tall Cop discusses alcohol and drugs that are popular with youth of all ages, e-cigarettes, marijuana-laced vapes, and new marijuana products with high potency levels. In addition, Tall Cop explains how prescription pills are being sold and how additional components to the pills are causing overdoses and deaths. As marijuana laws continue to change throughout the country, Tall Cop illustrates how students are obtaining over-the-counter and easy-to-get legal drugs. Our youth today are presented with more accessibility to substances than ever before, and Tall Cop provides communities and schools the most current and relevant information to assist in keeping our children safe.
How did you first hear about Trinitas? Perhaps it was a well-placed yard sign or print ad. Maybe it was an online search for classical or Christian schools in the area. Most of our families, however, learn about Trinitas from another person who was already part of our community. That is why we need your help!
We are about a month away from hosting our Parent Information Night, which will be held on February 12, at 7:00 pm, and we ask for your help in spreading the word. An envelope containing marketing materials for Parent Information Night was sent home with your child. Please look through the contents of the packet soon since our goal is to have the materials distributed by early next week.
It will help our marketing efforts if you also let the office know where you have placed the flyers and invitation cards. You are our best resource for letting prospective families know about Parent Information Night, and we appreciate your assistance!
Do you ever struggle to articulate what classical education is? The following might be of help as you talk to friends and family about Trinitas:
Trinitas is a private Christian school which educates students in kindergarten through 8th grade using the classical model: an approach which dates back to ancient Greece and Rome, and which fosters mastery in any discipline by walking students through a natural progression of stages. Students learn the language of a subject, how that language fits together, and how to express the content of that subject to others effectively. (As an example, children learn the parts of speech, they learn how those parts work together, and finally they learn to arrange them to create a desired effect.) At Trinitas students engage narrative world history, detailed English grammar, classic literature, Latin and Greek, structured composition, inquiry-based science, reasoned mathematics and logic. They learn from great thinkers by memorizing and imitating their craft and then assimilating techniques for their own self-expression.
The Trinitas boys’ basketball team had the opportunity to play a game at Davenport University on December 21. Proceeds went to support Kids’ Food Basket. They will finish their season at an upcoming tournament. Watch for details!