Dear Lower School Families,
It is my privilege to write this week on behalf of Mr. Breazeale who spent several days this week serving on an accreditation team elsewhere in the state.
As Director of Curriculum and Instruction, I am often asked to define classical education and its unique approaches to teaching and learning. This is no small task. I am an unabashed herald for what we do, but if I’m honest, what we do is becoming increasingly rare. And when things become increasingly rare, it is in our nature to wonder if other, newer, bigger, and shinier replacements ought to replace what now may be considered “old.”
C.S. Lewis says that when we have lost our way, the quickest way forward is usually to go home. In a sense, that’s the goal of a classical education. Believing that much of modern education has lost its way, classical educators affirm a return to the ideologies and philosophies of great men and women of the past. We see this as a way to move forward in a culture bent on embracing anything new, whether or not it has been tested and proven worthy. So, we read the Great Books, we study Aristotle, we teach Grammar, we wrestle with Logic, and we engage in dialogue around learning circles using good, old-fashioned eye contact and civil conversation. None of this is an accident; we are intentional in all we do.
Typically, during the final homestretch of the school year, we can all use a reminder of why Trinity is “worth it”. I want to encourage you that your children are in great hands! While we remain committed to our mission of offering an education grounded in the Christian faith and the classical tradition, rest assured that our team is always striving to improve. To that end, we will continue to question, ponder and analyze all that we are doing for our students, your children. Whether it’s determining the role of technology in classrooms or discussing best practices for teaching a new generation of students, we know that innovative classical learning combines the best of the past, the realities of the present and the possibilities of the future.
Have a wonderful weekend!
LS Dress Code Update
Weather forecasts continue to show temperatures in the upper 60’s and lower 70’s for the next two weeks so we will continue to waive the winter weather dress code restrictions for Lower School until further notice. Students may still opt to wear the modifications associated with winter months but these modifications are not required.
Please note that this only applies to the Lower School, given their physical activity during each academic day as part of a lengthy recess and/or PE.
PATT Spirit Night March 15th @ PDQ
Did you know that every year PATT, through your participation in events like Spirit Nights, is able to invest $15K-$20K back into the Trinity community in the form of teacher grants, hospitality, staff appreciation, cultural arts, and special assemblies to name a few. So, if your family eats at PDQ, pick up some gift cards in carpool line even if you are not able to join us March 15th ($10 gift cards available for $8). If you do not use carpool, Barbara, in the administration building, will have PDQ cards you can purchase. Or, you can send an email to email@example.com and we will have an envelope with your gift cards ready for you to pick up with Barbara. Please make checks payable to PATT before you pick up with Barbara.
Please see the attached flyer for more details.
Mark Your Calendars
Note that the 2017-2018 one page calendar and a skeleton calendar for 2018-2019 can be found online!
- Wednesday, March 15th – PATT’s PDQ Spirit Night (Falls of Neuse PDQ), 3:30-8:00 PM
- Friday, March 17th – End of 3rd quarter
- Monday, March 20th – No school for students
- Monday, March 20th – 4th Annual Trinity Golf Classic – Register Here
- Friday-Saturday, March 24th-25th – HS Spring Theatre production (7:00 PM Friday & Saturday; 1:00 PM Saturday)
- Wednesday, March 29th – Poetry & Prose Finals at 8:30 AM (awards presentation at 2:15 PM)