There were no Scrooges here today as Ms. Robson’s 6th grade class enjoyed an authentic Charles Dickens Christmas complete with dancing and delicious food. In long plaid skirts, shawls, top hats, and capes, they learned to waltz and perform the box step with the help of grandparents Patrick Kinnell and Toni Glass. While dining by candlelight and toasting the festive day, they feasted on a bounty of turkey, stuffing, carrots, baked apples, and homemade pie. “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” Charles Dickens- A Christmas Carol
Argh!! Ahoy mateys!! Ms. Robson’s sixth grade class has been reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island this month. These buccaneers followed clues around the school on their scavenger hunt to find the buried gold. With treasure maps and an “X” to mark the spot, they raced against time and each other to reach the bounty. This famous book first published in 1883 is a commonly read adventure story about pirates, bravery, and determination.
The Rhetoric students have begun preparations for caroling on December 15th! As they gather around Mr. Hughes on the piano in the Grand Hall, the beautiful music echos throughout the school. These students will visit local nursing homes to share the gift of song with those in our community. Merry Christmas and may the light of Christ shine through these students this advent season.
Ribosomes, cell membranes, mitochondrion, and the nucleus are all critical parts of a cell and 9th grade is learning all about it this week! With old fashioned shrinky dinks and even some candy cell assembly, Mrs. Degraaf is teaching her science students God’s perfect design in the makeup of a cell. In their quest to compose a paper outlining the “journey through the cell”, these students are learning about plant and animal cells, their structure, and their function. Using Reeses butter cups for a nucleus, chocolate sprinkles as ribosomes, jelly beans as mitochondrion, and twizzlers as the endoplasmic reticulum, the 9th graders found that science is fascinating AND delicious!
With Thanksgiving festivities behind them, over 40 fathers and sons of all ages came out to enjoy some flag football last Saturday morning. The teams battled one another in an attempt to capture the opponents red flag. It was a cool and beautiful day and despite some aches and pains from the dads, the men were largely without injury. For our older gentlemen, bragging rights go to the non-jersey team until they meet again……….
It has been a busy season here at Trinitas and we could not do all that we do without the amazing volunteers who so graciously give of their time and talents. Mr. Shawn Hennessey and Mr. Shannon Parsley dedicated over 2 1/2 days of their time to prepare and cook over 365 pork shoulders. They slept in their cars and on cots to make sure the meat was cooked to perfection and served to us right on schedule. Much of the seasoning and packaging was also done by our hard working rhetoric students who stayed after school and worked together beautifully to accomplish the task set before them. While these students were working on BBQ, other volunteers were helping to watch the young children in aftercare while their parents were in parent teacher conferences. The whole week was an amazing display of self sacrifice and giving for which we are tremendously grateful. Thank you to all that donated their time and made these wonderful events possible! You have blessed us a great deal.
The next time you see a lovely table centerpiece or a beautifully decorated Christmas tree or wreath, think of the Lost Arts Club. Several of our Trinitas ladies are learning and cultivating the wonderful and sometimes “lost arts” of homemaking, decorating, cooking, and creating beautiful things. From jewelry making to cake decorating to instructions on writing a proper thank you note, these ladies are bringing back what was once common practice in our culture. For Grandparents Day this year they assembled stunning table decorations for our guests. They will learn the art of conversation and practice as they host a spring tea party and will help to host other special events in the future. May our ladies always see the value in the gift of making things beautiful and lovely!
Friday afternoon was an exciting time here at Trinitas Christian School! Our League of Houses stood off in a volleyball competition for a 1st place prize of 500 house points. The grand hall was full of students, teachers, and parents cheering for their house in hopes of victory. The games started with houses George vs. Valerian followed by Augustine vs. Polycarp. A third game was played for 3rd and 4th place then a championship game for 1st and 2nd place. House Augustine won 1st place for 500 points. House Valerian won 2nd place for 300 points. House George came in 3rd place for 100 points and House Polycarp was 4th place. It was a wonderful time of fun and fellowship! Thank you to Mr. Cowart, the house Deans, and house Stewards for hosting such an enjoyable event!
With banners on display, the 3rd grade teams of Athens, Corinth, Sparta, and Argos competed in the annual Trinitas Olympic Day. Mrs. Phillips’ class challenged one another in arm wrestling, javeline throws, and a “discus” throw using a frisbee. The “potato put” allowed the children to see just how far they could hurl what would later become Mrs. Phillips’ dinner!! The stad and dialous races (50 and 100 yard dashes) ended in close finishes between the teams, but overall, team Sparta earned the most olive leaf crowns.
Over 110 of our beloved grandparents joined us recently to enjoy some time with their grandchildren and experience the special and unique community we have here at Trinitas. We started the day with an extended morning meeting and singing the hymn Be Thou My Vision. After a light breakfast and welcome from the junior class, the seniors presented a piece on what it means to be a classical and Christ-centered school. The grammar choir provided beautiful singing and the kindergarten class recited Psalm 1. The melodious handbells rang out with the 9th grade class followed by clever math jingles from the 4th grade. Many of our special guests visited the classrooms and almost all stayed to enjoy a delicious lunch of sandwiches, salads, and cakes.