Each year I’ve taught has held special memories. These memories will often come flooding back unannounced, and I’m once again transported back to a moment in time with a particular group of students. There’s the day I fell off my chair teaching sixth grade, or when that same class read the “kissing scene” between Tom and Becky in Tom Sawyer and I chose just the right students to pull off the reading of that scene with drama and flair. Oh, how we laughed. I’ll never forget the boy who had worked so hard at fifth grade math that when he finally got a good grade on his math test, he burst out of his seat to give me a running, leaping hug, accompanied by the most heartfelt, “Thank you!” What a privilege to have a front row seat to the big and small joys of growing up and learning.
Summer is upon us, and Trinity’s faculty, staff and administrators will soon wave goodbye to your children, dole out hugs, and reminisce about the joys and trials of the past year. I pray that your family’s year has been filled with an abundance of joy. Joy has been the theme of the Lower School this year, and I can attest that joy has been abounding inside Lower School classrooms and hallways.
As I close out my interim role over the next couple of weeks, I want to thank you for the support and encouragement you have shown me. It is a testimony to this special community that you have handled the mid-year transitions so smoothly. Thank you. It has been a sincere honor to partner with you this second half of the year, and I have even accumulated a host of wonderful memories sitting in this seat as well. My highlight reel will include moments sitting with some of you and sharing Kleenex over your children’s struggles, discipling and praying with young ones who’ve made an unwise choice and landed in my office – they are the only ones who need Kleenex in this scenario- 😉 or listening to teachers’ hearts for their students and collaborating about ways to meet the needs in their classrooms.
I pray you enjoy these last days of the school year and take time to reminisce about all the wonderful memories you and your children have made along the way.
Interim Lower School Head
COACH MARTIN NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Sign up here to donate or purchase supplies, and even more importantly, sign up here if you would like to volunteer that day. Coach Martin needs several more parents who are free that day to make this day a smashing success. Thanks so much!
JOIN FELLOW TRINITY PARENTS FOR A SPECIAL END-OF-YEAR EVENT
Join Allison Ashley, along with her friend and author, Kimberly Perry, on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00pm in the atrium. The topic of conversation will be about equipping and empowering parents in safeguarding their children regarding boundaries and personal safety. Come and learn ways to start the conversation with your children. Kimberly Perry, founder of We Stand Guard*, will share personal safety strategies and tools to help empower our kids, using child friendly language in a customizable way. Workbook required – available for purchase at the workshop for $20.
Kimberly Perry is an author and elementary school educator with over 15 years of experience working with children across the country and a Master of Arts in Teaching. After teaching boundaries and personal safety to over 1,000 elementary school students, she was inspired to write the Say “NO!” and TELL! books. She values the wise words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
*We Stand Guard offers solutions to prevent the problem of child sexual abuse by teaching boundaries and personal safety to children and grown-ups. We raise awareness and educate people about the growing problem of child sexual abuse and combat this epidemic with prevention strategies by empowering families and organizations.
Interested in attending? RSVP here
Questions? Contact Allison Ashley here
LOWER SCHOOL STRINGS PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES
There are new string orchestra opportunities for lower school students next year! We are splitting lower school students into two orchestras: the Mozart String Orchestra and the Haydn String Orchestra. The Mozart Orchestra is for grades 1st-3rd grade and will meet on Thursdays 2:30-3:15. The Haydn Orchestra is for 4th-6th grade and will meet Mondays from 2:30-3:15. There also is a Middle School Copland Orchestra that 5th and 6th graders may audition for if interested. It will meet on Wednesdays 3:00-3:45 There will only be 2-3 outside of school performing requirements. Follow this link for more info: https://trinityacademy.wufoo.com/forms/rkkr4x11o0q9ke/
We also have 2 sessions of Summer String Camp Intensive. This is for 1st-8th graders who are interested in trying out a string instrument but are not quite yet ready to commit to a full year of private lessons or orchestra. The camp is geared towards students who have never played before and first through second year string players. There are two one week sessions the last two weeks of July from 9am-12pm. Students are able to do both or choose just one week. There also are 4 assistantship spots for experienced string players who will act as peer mentors and receive individual chamber music coaching. Follow this link for more info: https://trinityacademy.wufoo.com/forms/rbcpu9f1x5nx1d/
CAMP TRINITY OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMPS-Register now!
Camp Trinity’s 2018 Summer Day Camp offers rising K-6th grade participants a variety of opportunities to make new friends and experience new things in an atmosphere that seeks to glorify God. The Day Camp operates Monday-Friday from 7:30am-6:00pm. Each camper will get the opportunity to experience activities such as archery, fishing, low ropes, swimming, crafts, field games, and gym games, all within a positive environment. All campers will be engaged spiritually through daily devotions that are designed to explore God’s grace to us through Jesus Christ. Camp Trinity’s counselor to camper ratio is 1:10. The cost is $185.00 per week.
The Day Camp also offers a half-day option for rising TK participants.
Week 1: June 4th-8th, 2018
Week 2: June 11th-15th, 2018
Week 3: June 18th-22nd, 2018
Week 4: June 25th-29th, 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
May 29: LS Field day
May 30: LS Awards at 8:15; 6th grade promotion at 9:45; Early release 11:45
May 30: Evening event hosted by Allison Ashley in atrium at 7:00 pm
May 31: LS Praise and Worship service at 8:15 – parents welcome to join
May 31: Kindergarten promotion at 10:am; Early release/last day of school 11:45