Dear Parents,

All throughout my elementary years, my father and I had a standing date just about every Saturday morning. The Fletcher Free library in Burlington, Vermont, was a beautiful old brownstone building with two levels, its large windows overlooking a busy downtown side street. I can picture it like it was yesterday. My father loved mysteries, and it was during these hours with him that I was first introduced to Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and later, Agatha Christie. A love of mysteries turned to a love of classics in high school, and now my bedside table holds an eclectic conglomeration of books by C.S. Lewis, Sue Grafton, and most recently, a Dutch author explaining the benefits of living a simple life based on the principle of “hygge.”

My father passed away unexpectedly eighteen years ago, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to thank him for reading aloud to me every night, taking me on trips to the library, and talking about books with me in the car or at dinner. His legacy is my treasure, and I miss our book discussions and shared love of beautifully written prose.

Life is busier these days, and quiet time spent reading books often gets lost in the shuffle of other wonderful activities. My hope and prayer for all of us, but especially for folks like yourselves in the trenches with little ones, is to find the time to read, and to share the experience with your children. Perhaps, one day, your children will look back fondly as I do, remembering sweet times spent with a parent enjoying books.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,

Susan Hofer

GOT A MINUTE TO READ MORE?

Here’s an article with tips for creating environments where children want to read.

LOST AND FOUND:

Trinity’s Jr. Beta Club serves our community by sorting Lost and Found items periodically throughout the year. There is a large assortment of lost items looking for owners.  You can peruse the items in the 6th grade hallway starting at noon on Friday, February 2. The items will remain for approximately one week before being donated to a local church-related clothes closet ministry.  Be sure to label all clothing and personal items for your child to avoid future losses.

MOVING UP MEETINGS CONTINUE!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with many of the kindergarten and first grade parents as they joined me for their designated “Moving Up” meetings. Here’s the schedule for the next several gatherings. All meetings take place after drop-off at 8:00 in the Atrium, and last about 30-45 minutes.

February 6: Rising Third Graders

February 8: Rising Fourth Graders

February 13: Rising Fifth Graders

February 15: Rising Kindergarteners

February 16: Rising 7th Graders – NEW! Led by Upper School Head, Jane Houchin

February 20: Rising Sixth Graders

RE-ENROLLMENT NOTES:

View the re-enrollment email instructions here. Also, if you need assistance with the Excel worksheets, Brad Hodgson our Director of Technology will be available to assist you in the iLab at the following times:

Feb. 6 – 3:00-4:00 pm

Feb. 7 – 3:00-3:30 pm

Feb. 8 – 3:00-3:30 pm

Week of Feb. 12-16 – 8:00-8:30 am, daily

Feb. 20 -3:00-4:00 pm

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

February 6: Rising Third Graders

February 8: Rising Fourth Graders

February 7: Assembly led by the LS Latin club at 8:05 am

February 21: Presidents’ Assembly led by the kindergarten class at 8:05 am

February 22-26: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

February 28: Re-enrollment due by 4:00 pm to enjoy the Early-Bird Discount

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