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Still Learning and Growing Together

May 5th, 2020 by Becca Tellinghuisen

Dear Friends of Trinitas,

We hope this finds you and your loved ones well as we continue this time of separation.

You may be wondering, “How does a school that has marketed itself as ‘free from digital distractions’ move to distance learning?” Here are answers from two of our 8th graders:

“You may wonder how the change to online learning is working for those of us coming from families and a school where we do little online. Much to my surprise, the change went very smoothly with the help of family members and teachers. During this time of change, the teachers have been extremely understanding and gracious, quick to help and aid students who are struggling. Even though I no longer can see my classmates and teachers face to face, many teachers have arranged their schedule so students can come to video classes a little early to allow students to talk with one another and with their teacher, continuing our friendships despite our separation.”

“Despite the many obstacles set before the school, Trinitas has done an amazing job transitioning the setting from a physical school building to online. The learning curve has been tough for me, but as a routine is setting in, I now recognize the life-long values of such a large and sudden change, and it will equip me for years to come.”

The governor’s March 12 order closing all K-12 schools in Michigan was hard news to hear for teachers and students throughout our state. But on that very next day, our staff got to work! By Monday the 16th, we were teaching our classes online. While we look forward to the day when we can return to face-to-face instruction and community events instead of screen-based education, we are very grateful for the technology that is keeping us connected right now.

Our staff has always believed our students exemplify the virtues of hard work, perseverance, creativity, and joy. They are impressing and inspiring us every day by how they have risen to this challenge. The news that our school would be closed for the remainder of the year was, of course, difficult to hear. We will continue to seek new ways to connect with each other and encourage one another. Though all the previously scheduled events have been removed from our calendar, we are starting to fill those days and weeks with community building events and experiences that will bring us together, even if we are apart.

We are grateful for your support and your prayers during this difficult time. We miss seeing each other! We are mindful that every household is facing its own challenges during this crisis, and so our prayers are with you as well.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” Psalm 91:1-2