Feasting on a Good Book

Thanksgiving meals (or “feasts”) reminded me of an article I shared last year, written by one of our 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Gina Scrudato. Her reflection on the value of reading beautiful literature, titled “Feasting on a Good Book,” can be found here.

With our longer Christmas break just a few weeks away, this is an excellent time to identify some engaging, beautiful literature for your child to read while on vacation. If you want assistance identifying a book for your child, ask their teacher for recommendations or visit websites such as classicalreader.com. Once you have identified a book (or two or three), the Wake County library system allows you to place a hold on a book and emails you when it has arrived. This Christmas, let’s be a school full of students who experience the 1,792,000 difference!

New TK/Kindergarten Families

Earlier this year on the Trinity blog, I shared considerations for families considering Kindergarten. I want to share this resource again for a few reasons:

1) it may help those with younger children who are debating when to begin Kindergarten.

2) it can serve as an easily shareable resource for you to send to friends who are beginning the Kindergarten search process. You can share this link with them.

If you have a child, who is NOT currently enrolled at Trinity, who will be joining us next year (in any grade), please contact Celeste Huffstutler our Director of Admissions to begin the application process.

A Peek into the Upper School – Religious Studies Sequence

Several years ago the Lower School adopted a specific resource to assist with our Bible curriculum. We found that this resource helped us manage the divide between important content about the Bible while also providing students with an opportunity to experience the grace and beauty of the Gospel. As students mature and move into our Upper School, we want them to continue to make their faith their own. By regularly exposing them to great Bible-based content, coupled with the teacher-led, Socratic dialogue that accompanies these classes, our students learn to think deeply about a variety of faith issues.  These are the classes that our Upper School students take over a six-year span:

  • An overview of the Old Testament (7th grade)
  • An overview of the New Testament (8th grade)
  • Biblical Worldview (9th grade)
  • Christian Ethics (10th grade)
  • Apologetics (11th grade)
  • History of Ideas (12th grade)

These courses, paired with core classes in history, logic, and science (using secular texts) allow students to more fully explore their personal beliefs, in a setting surrounded by Christian men and women who love (and are equipped) to answer their probing questions. The Lower and Middle School courses build a solid foundation of knowledge, but the courses students take in 9th-12th grade are perhaps the ones that have the greatest impact on them developing a faith that will stand the test of (college and) time.

Technology Focus – Summary

There have been a variety of resources shared this past month highlighting technology. A full list can be easily accessed by looking at the recent postings on our blog or by looking at the articles on our blog tagged with technology.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Friday, December 1st – Lower School Basketball Spirit Night (5:10-7:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, December 6th – LS Chapel at 8:05 AM (Pastor Tanner Griffith speaking)
  • Wednesday, December 6th – Winter Student (private lesson) Recital (6:30 PM in Founders Hall)
  • Thursday, December 14th – Lessons & Carols service at 7 PM at Christ Baptist Church
  • Friday, December 15th – Grandparent Prayer Breakfast 9 AM in the Atrium (Invitation can be viewed here and Grandparents can RSVP here).
  • Wednesday, December 20th – All-School Christmas Chapel in Founders Hall, 8:15 AM

Matthew Breazeale
Lower School Head
Trinity Academy