Dear Parents,
If you Google the name “Nick Foles” (winning quarterback of Super Bowl LII’s Philadelphia Eagles) you will find upwards of 13,000,000 related hits. One internet rabbit trail recently led me to an article about Mr. Foles on cbssports.com. You’ve likely heard that Foles was actually the backup quarterback thrust into late season action. That alone makes his victory remarkable. But it wasn’t long ago that Foles was contemplating retirement after a rough season with the St. Louis Rams. Listen to Nick’s words regarding his rise to fame in the Super Bowl:
“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail. In our society today, Instagram, Twitter, it’s a highlight reel. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you think, like, wow, when you have a rough day, your life’s not as good as that, [you think] you’re failing,” Foles said. “Failure is a part of life. That’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human, we all have weaknesses…. That’s really just been the message: simple. If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling, embrace it, because you’re growing.”
As a parent, I never want to see my children fail. It hurts. At times it has felt as though I have failed. Time and prayer have led me to become a more measured mom in dealing with my children’s failures, and even so, I haven’t always gotten it right.  What a great reminder from this year’s Super Bowl MVP that our failures, and our children’s failures, don’t have to be an end unto themselves; they can be tremendous opportunities for growth. Yes, they are painful, but failure can also provide fruit in its right season.
Have a great weekend!
Warm regards,
Susan Hofer
Interim Lower School Head
 
Got a minute to read more?
Consider this business article asserting that failure just might be a good stepping stone to success.
 
TECHNOLOGY AND FAMILIES: An opportunity to gather together around this important topic
While not an official Trinity Academy sponsored event, Trinity parents, Samantha Kilpatrick, Marilyn Young, and Erin Anderson, are working together to provide an opportunity for parents to engage in conversation around technology and families on Saturday, March 3rd, 9-11 am. See the links below for more information. 
 
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 hallwayNOW through Tuesday, February 13 at the end of the day. The items will be donated to a local church-related clothes closet ministry.  Be sure to label you child’s items to avoid future losses. See this week’s Tiger Tales for information about a new PATT program to sell clothing labels. This just might be the solution we all need.
 
MOVING UP MEETINGS CONTINUE!
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with many of the second and third grade parents as they joined me for this week’s “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 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:
Week of Feb. 12-16 – 8:00-8:30 am, daily
Feb. 20 -3:00-3:30 pm
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
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