As teacher appreciation season draws to a close, we would like to thank all parents and friends for their help in making our teachers and staff feel appreciated and special. The creative art projects given to each teacher, the delicious “take-home” meals and also the chocolate and cheese day were all highlights of the month. Mrs. Phillips was especially touched by the “goat bag” that was created for her. The children drew images of her favorite animal and inscribed, “Don’t worry, I goat this!” It is a blessing to have such generous families and devoted teachers. We are tremendously grateful!
The Drama Club presented Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream last weekend with tremendous success and fan fare. With Friday night sold out and over 230 in attendance, the students were in rare form and delivered a wonderful performance! As the love affair between Demetrius, Hermia, Helena and Lysander unfolded, the laughs and twists were everywhere. Saturday was also well attended and patrons enjoyed their fairy kiss treats and scones during intermission. The Drama Club would like to thank Miss Brittany Hartke for her tireless leadership and efforts, Miss Charity Robson for her expertise and creativity directing the fairies, and Mrs. Miranda Varela for creating the amazing set which helped to convey an authentic looking garden scene and for directing the Athenians. It was a large “team effort” with excellent results! Well done Trinitas!
The 3rd and 7th grades enjoyed exploring caves and discovering dark treasures underground at the Marianna Caverns on May 4th. They traveled to Marianna, Florida to experience the beauty of this geological marvel. The students were able to implement their studies in science as they learned about various rocks and rock formations at this amazing state park. After adventures in hiking, watching for bats, and finding salamanders in the cave, the students relaxed with a picnic on the grounds.
The book Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, served as the model for our 2nd grade Prairie Day last week. They made heart shaped cakes similar to the ones Mr. Edwards brought Laura and Mary for Christmas and learned to square dance together. With long lacy dresses and bonnets in tow, the girls created beautiful beaded necklaces and churned butter. The boys chopped wood for the fire, plowed, and helped make candles. After eating pancakes on the griddle, the dishes were washed outside in a very authentic manner. It was a memorable day of appreciation for the pioneers that have gone before us and the benefits we have gained from their experiences.
The strawberries were bountiful at the Akers of Strawberries farm on March 29th! The kindergarten and senior classes enjoyed harvesting pallets full of beautiful red berries last week. After gathering their summer time treats, they cooled off with fresh yogurt and strawberry shortcake. It was a perfect day for a picnic on the grounds, piggy back rides, and fun on the playground. This trip brought everything full circle for seniors Parker Gilley, Caleb Price, and Bennett Looper, as it was just 12 short years ago that they too were in kindergarten here at Trinitas and on the same field trip. My how time flies! Godspeed to our Seniors and may God bless you all.
Yesterday was a huge success as our 4th, 8th, and 11th grade students enjoyed a bountiful feast and celebration
while learning all about medieval times and traditions. The authentic outdoor marketplace was open for all lords and ladies in attendance. They enjoyed earning their beans to purchase food from the market by doing good deeds, acting chivalrously, chopping wood, writing a specific virtue in calligraphy, or discovering home remedies at the apothecary. They milked a goat and a brave few even drank the milk! Unique spices were available for them to bottle up and try at their feast. With quivers full of arrows, our knights and ladies tried their hand at archery with hopes of piercing an apple clean through the heart. Finally, a great celebration ensued as the jousting competition brought forth a valiant hero whose reward was the select opportunity to dine with the King and Queen. While 4th and 8th graders were partaking in the feast, the 11th graders performed skits for all to enjoy. The 8th graders then serenaded the king and gave presentations about brave knights and warriors.
Thank you to all that helped organize and serve during the day. It was an outstanding feast day and wonderful opportunity to transform our school into a scene from the middle ages.
Where would we be without our devoted and beloved Mrs. Howell? As our only remaining founding family member on staff, she is in many ways the backbone of our school. In the 5th and 7th grades at the time, her children were among the first students to attend Trinitas. She joined Mr. Trotter in the office after her first year as a parent, and has been on staff ever since. The Howell’s daughter Ashley is our first alum to bring her own children here as students. Mrs. Howell quietly and diligently works each day and blesses us with her patience, wisdom, and creativity. Thank her when you have the opportunity, for her tireless efforts to keep the “trains running on time” and keeping us all in line. She is amazing!
The 5th grade participated in the annual celebration of early American history last week. With authentic attire and presentations given “in character”, it was an educational feast for all to enjoy. They relished dressing up and learning all about our founding fathers. Thank you to all that participated, cooked, and helped host this memorable day!
Mrs. Phillips’ Latin class has been full of fun and surprises thanks to our dear friend, Mrs. Emily Shafer. Each week, Mrs. Shafer mysteriously appears with a mid-day coffee latte “pick me up” for our beloved Mrs. Phillips. Last week, the class surprised her with latte mustaches to accompany the “latte surprise”. Thanks to Mrs. Shafer for her devotion to our staff and for keeping us guessing on when the next “latte appearance” might be……..
The Junior and Senior students and parents reported a wonderful and snowy trip to New York City last weekend. With 48 in attendance, much ground was covered in the city. They saw the Cloisters, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a Metropolitan Opera performance and/or the Phantom of the Opera. They toured the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, CNN, and walked in the snow through Central Park. They had a breathtaking view from the top of the Empire State building and sketched their own art at the beautiful Frick Museum. They ice skated in Rockefeller Center and paid tribute to 911 victims at the memorial erected on the victims’ behalf.
They crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on foot to have one final delicious meal at Juliana’s pizza (voted best pizza in the US!). There was beautiful white snow on the ground and smiles from ear to ear! Thank you to all that participated and organized this trip of a lifetime. It was unforgettable!