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celebrating redemption (December 18, 2018)

Tis the season to celebrate, and in this country we celebrate in grand style with decorations and food and gifts and family. At Trinity, we celebrate with concerts, food, friends and fun. But what are we celebrating really?

We were blessed to enjoy a magnificent Christmas program on Thursday. Seeing the fruit of the hard work put in over the last few months was truly amazing. All of our music groups, from chimes to choirs, and from guitar to the orchestra - it was all on full display, and all to the glory of God. Our Grammar School students, under the direction of Mrs. Jennifer Brown, put on a spirited show "Jingle Bell Beach" which shared the Good News in a creative, inspiring and most excellent way. 

Faculty and staff are enjoying a season of celebration on campus as they coordinate Christmas parties in classrooms, Christmas sweater contests, and parade around with their Christmas Mugs. On Wednesday, we will enjoy a Christmas luncheon together and on Friday, with great anticipation, we will have our alumni join us for a Christmas brunch. I look forward to seeing each of them and hearing about how they are doing. Some of them will join us early for a panel discussion to bless our juniors and seniors as they share their experiences transitioning from Trinity to college and the work force.

In all of this celebration, it's easy to lose sight of what we are celebrating. Even when we sing Christmas carols and talk about baby Jesus, and the manger, and the Christmas story, it's easy to see it as just a story without seeing the purpose of the story. It's important to remember that what we're celebrating is the reason Jesus came, the reason He left His throne in heaven, the reason he condescended to be born a human baby, and that reason is redemption. Redemption is rescue. He came to rescue us.

In Bonhoeffer's advent sermon in a London church in 1933, he told a story of a mine disaster:

     You know what a mine disaster is. In recent weeks we have had to read about one in the newspapers. 
     The moment even the most courageous miner has dreaded his whole life long is here. It is no use running into the walls; the silence all around him remains...The way out for him is blocked. he knows the people up there are working feverishly to reach the miners who are buried alive. Perhaps someone will be rescued, but here in the last shaft? An agonizing period of waiting and dying is all that remains. 
     But suddenly a noise that sounds like tapping and breaking in the rock can be heard. Unexpectedly, voices cry out, "Where are you, help is on the way!" Then the disheartened miner picks himself up, his heart leaps, he shouts, "Here I am, come on through and help me!" I'll hold out until you come! Just come soon!" A final, desperate hammer blow to his ear, now the rescue is near, just one more step and he is free. 
     We have spoken of Advent itself. That is how it is with the coming of Christ: "Look up and raise your heads because your redemption is drawing near."

He has rescued us, He has given us hope, He has set us free. He is so much more than a baby in a manger. He is our Savior, our God, our Deliverer! HE is the reason we celebrate!

A season of mystery (December 11, 2018)

In this culture of "holiday trees", Santa Claus, and commercialism, it is truly a blessing to work in a place where we can talk about Jesus. I love the magical stories of Santa Claus, and I also love giving gifts and decorating our tree. The lights, decorations, Christmas cookies, shopping and all the busyness and beauty of the season come upon us all, whether believers or not. At this time of year, it's especially exciting to be a believer. At Trinity, we have a good time celebrating! We have Christmas concerts, an Alumni Breakfast, the Christmas Mug Club for the faculty and staff, classroom parties, Christmas sweater contest for our Rhetoric School, and our staff also enjoys a Christmas luncheon before going on break. It's busy and it's a blessing to celebrate! It's a special blessing to celebrate with other believers who enjoy the frolic and fun, even while having a reverence for our Savior and a joy about sharing His story.

It's a story we've read and heard many times in our lifetime, a story we've shared with our children, the greatest story ever told - the story of a baby born in a manger, a baby who was God incarnate. And therein lies a great mystery. The mystery of Jesus will always be such this side of heaven. Dietrich Bonhoeffer states, "That...is the unrecognized mystery of this world: Jesus Christ. That this Jesus of Nazareth, the carpenter, was himself the Lord of glory; that was the mystery of God. It was a mystery because God became poor, low, lowly, and weak out of love for humankind, because God became a human being like us, so that we would become divine, and because he came to us so that we would come to Him."

As we continue celebrating this season at school this week and next, I pray we won't get too busy to remember the mystery of the Christ child and our mission to share the good news.

A Season of Waiting (dec. 4, 2018)

At Trinity, we often feel like we are in a "crazy" season, or having a jam-packed day, or week. At this time of year, there is much anticipation for Christmas. There are parties and concerts to attend, there is a break from school, there are college students coming home, or grandparents visiting, there are gifts to buy, goodies to bake, and vacations and celebrations to plan. We are all anticipating, expecting and waiting. Advent is a season of waiting. 

"Advent" is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning coming. It is the season that lasts four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Christians around the world celebrate the coming of Christ in a manger in Bethlehem and also await the second coming of Christ in the clouds as the judge of the world. Advent calendars, advent wreaths and advent candles are all traditional symbols that helps us to remember for what and for Whom we are waiting.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of my favorite authors and theologians, wrote letters from prison during the Christmas season. Some of his letters and sermons have been compiled into a devotional called God is in the Manger. A letter to his fiancee on December 1, 1943 states, "I think we're going to have an exceptionally good Christmas. The very fact that every outward circumstance precludes our making provision for it will show whether we can be content with what is truly essential. I used to be very fond of thinking up and buying presents, but now that we have nothing to give, the gift God gave us in the birth of Christ will seem all the more glorious."

We look forward, we expect, we wait. We work hard while we wait for our break; we love others while we wait for the One who loved us first; we celebrate that He came in a manger while we wait for Him to come back for us.

Embracing the Crazy (November 26, 2018)

On any given day at Trinity, with over 560 students, and over 150 faculty and staff, things are bound to happen! There are so many wonderful things that happen every day, in the classroom, at recess, on the athletic field and at music rehearsal. But there are also so many things crammed into every given day that it can feel a little "crazy" at times. 

Fall Fun Day is a day that expresses on the outside what I sometimes feel on the inside. It's wild, it's crazy, it's busy, it's fun, and it's a special day. It's not a day that I can hold to a tight schedule or worry about the details. I've chosen instead to "embrace the crazy". I'm able to do that because it's a day that appears crazy on the surface, but is really a well-oiled machine that is organized by our amazing PTF and teachers; it is manned by over 100 volunteers, and it is super fun! The PowderPuff football game and cheer is something to which the Upper School students looks forward. It has been a crazy competition from the beginning but each year we learn how to make it more controlled (i.e. professional referees) for the safety of our students.  We've been able to do that without taking out any of the fun!

You may have heard me talk about the "genius of 'and' vs. the tyranny of 'or'" and there are many ways that the "genius of and" expresses itself at school. Many of our faculty and staff wear many hats. They are parents and teachers, coaches and volunteers, administrators and friends, administrative team and mentors, serious about school and serious about having fun! We have music 'and' athletics; there are students to whom academics comes easy 'and' students who need some extra support; we have serious work to do 'and' we hope to make it fun as often as possible. The Imago Dei School is perhaps the best example of the "genius of and" - we can have a private Christian school AND we can have a school for children with special needs, even if no one else is doing it.

Fall Fun Day is the perfect way to end our first trimester of hard work with an especially fun day. It's an opportunity to see the "genius of and" at work and to embrace the crazy. We're just returning from a week long Thanksgiving break and I am ready to work hard and inspire the students to work hard for the four weeks we have until Christmas break...one day at a time, with determination and perseverance, trusting that God has good things in store for us as we put Him at the center of our days and prepare for the season that celebrates our Savior.

My Teacher's Heart (Nov. 12, 2018)

As the Head of School for Trinity, I am encouraged on a daily basis by a multitude of things. It is a great privilege to partner with our parents, faculty and staff to serve the next generation.

Before we founded Trinity, I was a teacher at a local junior high school. Teaching was what I had always wanted to do. As a little girl, I played school with all my stuffed animals and my dog Sox, using all of my dad's lesson plans, grade books and textbooks. I loved playing school and pretending to be a teacher. I cannot believe I actually get to do it for a living and life's calling.

When we first started Trinity, we had only K-2nd grade, so in only our second year as a school, we had third grade and needed to begin teaching Latin. I learned just enough to teach Latin to our first class of third graders. I taught Latin for three years before we were able to find a good Latin teacher and I put my full focus on administrative duties and growing our school, but I missed teaching. A few years ago, I filled in for our Government teacher one day and the passion for the subject and the students grabbed a hold of my heart and I didn't want to let go. Soon I took over the class on a regular basis and I’ve been teaching Honors Government to our seniors ever since. 

Yesterday, at our all school Corporate Time, my heart overflowed. Seeing our students present something attached to their learning and our curriculum inspires, encourages and blesses my teacher’s heart. It is the greatest gift in the world to see children learn and catch fire to an idea or concept.

To have my own 12th grade class present, with zeal and passion, something that we have been learning in Honors Government overwhelmed me with gratitude. They presented the Preamble to our U.S. Constitution and I was proud to know that it is bigger than just memorizing a few paragraphs to present in public. They learned our Preamble, they committed it to memory, they will be able to recall it, and they know they are responsible for helping to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves, and to pass to the next generation things they have learned at Trinity. Sometimes I can't believe what Jesus, by his grace, allows to happen through our school. 

I am blessed to be a part of Trinity's faculty, grateful for our community, and privileged to serve our students.

 

veterans day (nov. 5, 2018)

Next week is Veterans Day and while we always celebrate it at Trinity, this year will be a new and exciting kind of celebration. It is the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day (which we now call Veterans Day) and we will combine it with Grandparents Day. We will honor our veterans, active service men and women, and first responders. Many of our grandparents will be honored in those categories.

The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was the armistice that ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and their opponent, Germany.

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

On Monday, November 12, Trinity will be hosting a combined Grandparents Day and Veterans Day celebration.  We will welcome grandparents, family, friends and community to enjoy a Corporate Time presentation, Fine Arts presentations during the Grand Brunch, and classroom visits.

In the evening, at 7:00pm, we are blessed to have Colonel Bartolomea, USMC, speak to us.  The last time we had a military speaker (General Berger), it was amazing and our families loved him and what he had to say. I am super excited to have the Colonel speak, as I know he will be awesome too!

Grandparents Day is an important day in the life of our school and Veterans Day is an important day in our country and I am very pleased to be combining the events into one day, so we can celebrate and honor those who are so deserving.

grandparents day (october 30, 2018)

Grandparents Day is a holiday created by federal proclamation in 1978, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. It is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day, so it falls between September 7 and 13.

Most family holidays are associated with traditional activities, but Grandparents Day has no real traditions to claim. This leaves some families wondering whether they should celebrate Grandparents Day at all and, if so, how they should do so. At Trinity, while we do not celebrate on the day that it is noted on the national calendar, we have made a tradition of celebrating our grandparents!

The purpose of Grandparents Day, according to the original proclamation, is "to honor grandparents and to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children." Notice that the celebration flows two ways: Grandchildren honor their grandparents, and grandparents honor their grandchildren.

At Trinity, we fulfill that purpose and enjoy seeing the love and celebration flowing both ways. We choose a day each year to invite Grandparents and special friends (since we know that not everyone has Grammies and Papas that can attend) to visit school and see what the students are learning. It's a sort of  "open house" where they visit classrooms and attend a "Corporate Time" presentation, where each grade demonstrates something they are learning, so guests get a snippet of what is going on in each grade level. Fine Arts groups play during the Grand Brunch for the enjoyment of all.

As in the purpose of the original proclamation, we honor our grandparents. We thank them for all they've done to support and encourage their grandchildren in their Trinity education. Some grandparents even help financially with tuition and/or extracurricular activities. We thank them with a lovely morning, designed to celebrate them and to share a little bit of school with them.

This year, for the first time, we're combining our Grandparents Day celebration with Veterans Day, which is on November 12. Many Trinity grandparents are veterans themselves and we can give them double honor as we thank our veterans for their service. Many people have Veterans Day off work, so we hope that by holding our celebration on this day, more families and friends will be available to attend.

I look forward to sharing more about Veterans Day and how we integrated it with Grandparents Day next week.

Homecoming (oct. 23, 2018)

Saturday was our annual Homecoming, and, as always, I love welcoming back our alumni – these former students are people that I have known for some or all of their childhoods, and I grew to love them all. I love seeing their faces, hugging them, and hearing how they're doing in their respective schools and careers.
 
Homecoming (or hoco, or HoCo) is a tradition in high schools and colleges in our country. It's named for the coming-home of the alumni and is tailor-made for the social customs of the given schools and reflects the values of the school. Some schools hold dances and elect Kings and Queens, some have entire weekends or weeks devoted to their alumni. There is a certain amount of school spirit and nostalgia attached to the event that alumni can reflect on as they visit their old stomping grounds.
 
For us, the focus is on the people. We want our alumni to want to come back, to want to visit with us, to participate in traditions like the alumni/faculty volleyball smackdown, to feel special and to enjoy what we still have to offer to them. This year, in response to some of their feedback, we gathered a panel of Trinity parents who are professionals that stand out in their field. Many colleges offer "distinguished alumni" panels where alumni who stand out in their field come back to speak to the students. For us, our alumni are still too young to be "distinguished" in their careers yet, so we invited parents to be on our panel. The alumni had exclusive access to the "Alumni Networking" panel, where they could hear from Trinity parents like T Meyer (Wealth Management Advisor), Chileshe-Nkonde-Price (Cardiologist), Mark Williams (Composer) and Andrew Wilson (Architect). They were also able to ask questions and network with these professionals.
 
We know our alumni value the relationships they have at Trinity, both with their peers and with the faculty and staff. They come back to see each other and to enjoy being "home" at Trinity, where they are known and loved. They got to enjoy food and fellowship, friendly competition on the volleyball court, some professional networking, a Varsity Volleyball Playoff game, and a football game, where they were honored and appreciated. I pray they enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed having them home.

 

Besides being a time for our alumni, it is a fun day for our whole Trinity community, as we plan the event to include students of all ages and their families. We had bounce houses and breakfast in the morning and we enjoyed watching the faculty and alumni play volleyball. Many headed to The Masters University for a Varsity Volleyball playoff game in the afternoon and then reconvened at Fillmore High school for the football game, lots of yummy dinner and snack options, Senior recognition, a Grammar School banner competition and some exciting cheerleading for girls of all ages, as our younger friends joined our Varsity Cheerleaders for the night. It was wonderful to see so many of our families enjoying the day together!

the lost art of penmanship (Oct. 16, 2018)

I remember learning to write in school, learning to form letters between lines on a paper, with those ascenders (like d and h) and descenders (like g and p). It mattered back then. Do your mothers and grandmothers have beautiful cursive writing but like me, sometimes you cannot read your own handwriting? These days, the time we spend typing and texting may actually be detracting from our ability to compose a legible note.

Trinity is taking the time to teach D'Nealian and require the use of it. D'Nealian is a style of printing that is designed to ease the transition to cursive handwriting. Students begin learning cursive in 3rd grade and are required to use it on writing assignments throughout high school, with exceptions made for some transfer students who never had the opportunity to learn it. Sometimes, prospective parents will ask me at an Information Meeting, "How often will my 2nd grader get to be in the computer lab?" I always take the opportunity to explain the importance of children writing with pencils in their hands. There is a connection between the brain and the hand, and the fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination are practiced while the mind is telling the hand what to do. Do you remember making flash cards for study aids? Did the act of writing help you to remember what you wrote? Having a pencil in hand helps one to think. Children learn patience, discipline and the rewards of practice, which will be foundational for everything else children need to learn.

We intentionally do not have computer screen time in the grammar grades. It is an unneeded distraction for our young friends to work on a screen at school and, statistically, it is not shown to improve learning in reading, writing and math. Some of our little ones are better on a computer, iPad or phone than I will ever be because they get plenty of screen time at home and it seems to come naturally to them. And whatever we could teach them will soon be obsolete. Our time is better spent learning to print and to write cursive, and to develop the thought process that comes with handwriting.

keeping up the momentum (October 9, 2018)

In every school year, there are annual biorhythms: August is full of energy, excitement, new uniforms and backpacks, new teachers and classes; May has the energy of celebration of achievement and the anticipation of summer vacations. At certain predictable times in between, there can be sort of a slump, a kind of loss of energy, a case of the "blahs". Early October is one of these times, and as the first energy dip in the new school year, it warrants attention. By this time, the honeymoon is over, the first quizzes have been graded, the first round of colds has hit, Fine arts groups are well underway for rehearsals but no performances yet, and for many students (and parents), school is just school again. At Trinity, we make an effort to remind our students, and each other, that there is much to be excited about and we want to keep the momentum going.

We've had our first pep rally, first service project, our first games against our rival, SCCS (which reveals the amount of energy our students, parents and faculty possess!), our first field trips, and some exciting classrooms activities (see this week's stories and Scenes of the Week for birds, fish and frogs). These are fun things we've done amidst the necessary (dare I say less fun) stuff like standardized testing, homework and SAT prep. We are ramping up for Spirit Week and Homecoming next week and those events help keep up the energy and momentum on campus.

Once we're in November, it seems that we are rolling along at a faster pace as we run towards Grandparents Day, Fall Fun Day, and Thanksgiving break. By the time we hit Thanksgiving break, we will have been in school for 11 weeks with no real break, and we will all welcome some time to rest, enjoy family, and reflect on the many gifts God gives that we are thankful for.

Between Homecoming and early-mid November, we must be intentional about our attitudes and momentum as we may struggle to keep up the energy in the post Spirit week/Homecoming let down. If we are paying attention, we can rekindle those fires, and as we study together, worship together, compete in good-natured House games and competitive sports, serve our community and churches, and spend time with loved ones, we can make it to the next break with a joyful attitude.

"Classical" is a Culture Changer (Oct. 2, 2018)

The medieval model of classical education is so much more than teaching subjects or skills, or preparing people for the workforce. In fact, in order to be a valuable member of a workforce, it's important to know what's good and true and beautiful. If we prepare good people, they will perform well in life, both personally and professionally. We want to prepare students for college academically but we are more concerned with who they are when they get there. We want to do what our mission says: produce young men and women of virtue, wisdom, purpose and courage...young men and women that colleges want on their campuses, businesses want to hire, parents would want their son or daughter to marry, and who will be raising up the next generation for service to Christ, to our community, and to our country. This is how our little school in Santa Clarita can change culture for the Kingdom.

So how do we develop and educate these young people? Classical education begins with the belief that Christ is sovereign over everything. So He must be integrated into every part of our curriculum and our community. We must recognize His fingerprints on History, as we see how He prepared the world for all that He would do; we see the amazing order of the world God created in math and science. We experience a relationship with Him as we study His word but also as we interact with others in a loving and gracious way - something that students learn on the playground, in group projects, in fine arts ensembles, on the athletic field, and many other venues.

Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric are more than just the classical buzz words that make up the trivium. They are purposeful seasons of learning development, and therefore the tools of learning that we utilize in our school. All subjects have a "grammar" - the fundamental rules and core knowledge of each subject, and young children enjoy the chants, songs and routines that foster this learning. "Logic" is the ordered and logical relationship of particulars in each subject - and 7th and 8th graders are at the developmental stage of asking questions and discovering the how and why of everything. "Rhetoric" is the stage where the grammar and logic of subjects can be clearly communicated. Our 9th-12th graders are learning every day how to speak and write effectively and persuasively. 

Trinity has graduated seven classes so far and every graduate has been accepted to a 4-year university. Some of our alumni are in the workforce making an impact. A few have gotten married. Some are engaged to be married. Some are in the military serving our country. Some have come back to teach at Trinity and impart what they've learned on your students. Some are still in college earning their degrees, making an impact where they are. It's very exciting to see who and what our students are becoming. They are a generation of culture changers and they are already making a difference.

School Rivalries (Sept. 25, 2018)

USC vs UCLA. Harvard vs Yale. Berkeley vs Stanford. Annapolis vs West Point. And in our little valley, it's Hart vs Valencia and Trinity vs SCCS. Rivalries have a reputation. Mascots being stolen, insults spray-painted on campus and other grudge-related acts. Even without those crazy (and sometimes illegal) pranks, rivalries can be strong! And it is so with ours against Santa Clarita Christian School.

We've had two games recently against SCCS - football and volleyball. And I have found the psychology of rivalry interesting. You might notice that in big college rivalries, there is some similarity between schools. USC and UCLA are both big Los Angeles prestigious universities. Harvard and Yale are both Elite East coast schools. Annapolis and West Point are both military schools who have a similar motivation to produce defenders of our country. For Trinity and SCCS, we are both K-12 private Christian schools here in Santa Clarita. Another element that creates rivalry is the frequency of head-to-head games. We get to play SCCS often and those games are the best attended. Finally, we are pretty evenly matched with them in most sports. These three components (similarity, frequency of meeting, and parity) create energy which fuels intense excitement in the stands.

Rivalries are tradition and they create a feeling of family. When everyone is cheering together, wearing their school colors and rooting for the same outcome, there is a feeling of camaraderie. There is an energy in the stands where students, parents, faculty and alumni are bound together in celebration and competition for events like the Faith Bowl, which create memories and tradition. 

Since SCCS and Trinity are both Christian schools, we hope to have a respectful and yet exciting rivalry that honors the Lord. It's fun to be loud and united in competition, but we don't want to lose sight of what we have in common and that's spreading the gospel. It was a beautiful thing to witness the school choirs sing together at the Faith Bowl. It's a blessing to gather on the field or court to pray together before a competition. It's a joy to know that while we play (or cheer) for our school, we are all doing it to the best of our ability for an audience of One!

We look forward to finishing our season with athletic teams at all levels.

Discipleship (Sept. 18, 2018)

It's so special to be in a place where we can intentionally teach our students about their Father and Creator. Under Dr. Dixon's leadership, we are adding an additional layer this year to our spiritual life on campus with the catechism. It's a joy for my soul to witness our students of all ages learning about our Lord.  Not only in the classroom, but on the playground, in athletic competitions, fine arts groups, and with intentional times like chapel. With our big kids, we've started our discipleship groups. I started my group with the senior girls last week and it's very encouraging to see how many girls want to be seeking the Lord together on a regular basis during their lunch hour.

We discussed what they would like to use this time for and two things we are considering are Tim Kellar's devotional on Psalms, and a "40-Day Journey" with Deitrich Bonhoeffer, breaking down the Psalms.

Sometimes I get stuck on an author and that happened this summer with two authors. I've been reading Ken Follett - historical fiction is my favorite! I also read a few of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's - "God is on the Cross",  "Letters and Papers from Prison", and "The Cost of Moral Leadership".

Another book I recommend is "Do it Scared" by Scott Allan. If you're going to have an impact, you're going to have to put yourself out there. Our kids are doing that on a regular basis. Our football players did it Friday night, Fine Arts students do it regularly, our little people do it when standing up to say their bible verse in class, and our seniors just started their work on their senior thesis. Trust me, every single one of them does that afraid. You build courage while you're doing it.

September 11th (Sept. 11, 2018)

Today is September 11th and it’s a day of remembrance for our country. This morning we honored our military, first responders and those who lost their lives on this fateful day in 2001. I’m so proud of our Young Americans for Freedom students for their commitment to make this event happen each year. They do a beautiful job!

We founded Trinity in 2001, so it was just a few days after school started with our 28 little people, that we all sat watching the news in horror. I wondered what would become of these young people, what would become of Trinity, what would happen in our country. I could never have imagined what God would do here at Trinity. Seventeen years later, we are thriving. Those little people have graduated years ago, and are finishing up college or have already finished and are working. I have no doubt that some of them will have little people of their own and in a few short years, we could have second generation Trinity students! I continue to be amazed at what God is doing here at our “little school” founded in 2001 in a tiny church on 15th Street in Newhall. 

Wally and I were blessed this weekend to attend 2nd Class Midshipman Parents' Weekend at the US Naval Academy, where our son, Ian, is a junior.  We were able to sit in on a couple of his classes, attend the Navy vs. Memphis game, and have dinner with the juniors and families in his company.  It was a very special time!

All of our students are back on campus this week, after a week of Spiritual Emphasis, team-building, worship, discussion and fun. We are prayerfully moving into the school year, laying all of our people and our facility at His feet. We trust Him to continue to work in and through our people. Join us to pray any time. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 8:00am in the lobby.

An Emphasis on Spiritual (Sept. 4, 2018)

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and, after attending Back-to-School Night, are fully prepared for the first semester of school. Since yesterday was Labor Day, I thought I'd remind you that Labor Day has been an annual celebration of American workers and their achievements since 1894. Average Americans at that time worked 12-hour days, seven days a week just to provide basic necessities for living. Even children as young as 5 or 6 worked in mills, factories and mines! Can you imagine our little kindergarten friends working in mines? You can read more about Labor Day here.

I am very excited for this week for our students as it's an important time in the life of our school, when we carve out time to focus on our relationship with God and with our peers at school. On Friday, our Logic School had their Spiritual Emphasis Day, today our Rhetoric School headed to Forest Home for the rest of the week, and our 4th-6th graders will have a special day on Thursday. Before much time passes at school, we want to remind them how to be good friends, how to build friendships, how to honor God in their actions and choices, and how to grow in their love for God. This sets the tone for the school year, the upper school students enjoy the team-building games, and the grammar school students enjoy their treats and interactive time with Mr. Richardson and me.

I hope you will take advantage this year of the special times with our administrators. We want to be available to answer questions and connect. There are opportunities throughout the year for:
Mornings with Massetto
Checking in with Richardson
Coffee with Caddow

IDS Connection
Dunkin with Dr. Dixon

These dates  are all on the calendar. You can get to know other parents and get to know our administrators and their hearts for your students and for their work here at Trinity. If you can make yourself available, I highly recommend attending. 

One last thing: I invite you to join me and others to pray! We have a prayer group that meets to pray over our school every Wednesday morning at 8:00am in the school lobby and we also have a Moms in Prayer group that will be meeting on Tuesday mornings. Contact Mrs. Strader at danistrader@msn.com for more info on that. 

I pray blessings on your week! 

Welcome Back! (August 28, 2018)

Welcome back to school Trinity families! I am so excited to be back after a fun and full summer. Wally and I were blessed to spend time with our entire family in Arizona this summer. Our son Ian was visiting from the US Naval Academy and we enjoyed some time at the beach with him. Our girls, Hannah and Lily, played lots of volleyball and basketball while I read several historical fiction novels and Dietrich Bonhoeffer biographies. Our middle child, Hannah, is a senior this year and I'm so excited for her and can't believe how fast time flies.

As we embark on our first full week of school, I'm reminded why I love being here so much! It's the people! Our littlest students to our biggest, parents around campus, and an amazing faculty and staff!

At Trinity, we love our students and we are so happy that they love to be at school. We know that one of the best ways to teach children is to model the qualities we hope they develop. Our teachers are fantastic mentors and role models.

I pray that your family will be blessed this school year by what happens in the classroom, after school, in fine arts, athletics, and at home.