COMPASSION is our virtue focus for January: caring for someone and encouraging them. We’re looking forward to hosting Mrs. Mary Beeke as our chapel guest next Wednesday. Be sure to ask your student what he or she learned from her talk, and also check your student’s backpack for January’s virtue poster with readings and “Try This” ideas to do as a family.
As is the case for most private schools, the cost of a child’s education at Trinitas exceeds tuition. Most schools raise funds by selling goods, products, or services door-to-door and to relatives. In our experience, the majority of people who would buy items or services from our children would give toward the good of their education without the added gimmicks. Our practice, then, has been to seek the support of Christian, classical education during one annual fund drive so as not to become a nuisance throughout the school year.
This year we have set a goal of $85,000 to cover operating expenses and make improvements to our new home. In the spirit of generosity, a friend of Trinitas has offered to match gifts postmarked by December 31, 2017, dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $30,000.
To keep tuition affordable and take advantage of the generous match, we ask that you prayerfully consider what you may be able to donate.
Trinitas accepts no taxpayer funding either directly or indirectly. Trinitas is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and your gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Thank you for partnering with us in the work of preparing students for lives well-lived!
p.s. If you shop for Christmas presents on Amazon, know that when you shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5337994, Amazon will make a donation to Trinitas Classical Association.
K-8 Art (B.F.A., Kendall College of Art and Design)
We are delighted to announce that former Trinitas Art teacher and administrative assistant, Marie Couretas, will be leading our Art classroom this year! Marie brings a breadth of perspective, having travelled through Greece and South Korea and having formally studied stone carving in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and painting conservation in Florence, Italy. Since she last taught at Trinitas, Marie also completed her Post-Baccalaureate Studio Art program at Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy. She is currently teaching at two schools in Grand Rapids, MI and works as a freelance artist and photographer.
What is Classical Christian Education?
Join us for a free, fun, and information-packed introduction to Classical and Christian education and a tour of our new location in Kentwood.
Wednesday, July 19th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 8th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today!
The office is open Monday-Thursday from 8am-12pm throughout most of the summer. Please call the office ahead of your visit as vacations and conferences do occasionally take us out of the office.
Congratulations to Trinitas students who participated in the Student Achievement Testing, which is administered by the Piano Teachers’ Forum of Grand Rapids each year. Close to 400 students studying music in the Grand Rapids area took part in the event, and students were tested in performance, theory, sight reading, aural awareness and technique. Special recognition goes to the following Trinitas students for their performance on the testing.
Jasmine Z., Level 6, Total 86.75
Ashley Z., Level 6, Total 87.75
Max L., Level 4, Total 90.75
Kira V., Level 3A, Total 95.75
Robyn T., Level 2A, Total 94.50
Ava T., Level 2B, Total 94.75
Paul L., Level 3A, Total 94.75
When Trinitas finished its first year in 2006, the school was leasing four classrooms from a small urban church in Grand Rapids. Recess took place in a parking lot and gym in a basement. The office had room enough for a copier and one small table. After the school expanded through 8th grade and enrollment grew, Trinitas moved in to the Sunday School rooms of the church building it now occupies. Classrooms were larger and more numerous, and the campus included a playground and gym. Over time, the congregation’s youth and early childhood ministries have grown, and constraints within the existing space signal that the time has come for a move.
As Trinitas looks to the future, the school is working with St. Mark Lutheran Church to transition in to the classroom wing of its building. St. Mark Lutheran, located in Kentwood, has the space and amenities to accommodate a larger student body and classrooms which will offer students and teachers a dedicated learning environment. Look for an announcement about open houses in the months to come!
Continuous or Automatic Re-Enrollment
Trinitas is moving to a continuous enrollment model that will simplify life for over 90% of its families.
This year, the re-enrollment process will look almost exactly the same as in past years. Parents will still receive and turn in forms with their deposits to the office. There will be one additional signature page, however, that will convert the re-enrollment process from “opt-in” to “opt-out” for future years. In other words, once parents sign a continuous enrollment form, they will never have to worry about another re-enrollment form as long as they aren’t changing their enrollment status. Read the rest of this entry »
Congratulations to the winners of our classroom and all-school Spelling Bees! Two of our students will represent Trinitas at the Regional Spelling Bee on February 16th. The event will be held at Forest Hills Central Middle School and will begin promptly at 4:30pm.
First Place, Gr. 4-8 – Grace P.
Runner-up, Gr. 4-8 – Peter C.
Third Grade Winner – Ivana R.
Second Grade Winner – Justin M.
First Grade Winner – Fiona M.