Our second grade teacher, Mrs. Poorman, led our students on a journey in time to the prairie. Like the book they finished reading, Little House on the Prairie, they enjoyed activities like tilling soil, chopping wood, cooking over the open fire, quilting, whittling, and making homemade pies with lard crusts. Girls in their bonnets and boys in their suspenders they looked the part of the dutiful prairie children.
The freshman biology class dissected earthworms last week. In their study of invertebrates, they learned about these creatures created by God to till and compost our soil. Specifically, they observed the digestive system including the esophagus, crop, and gizzard. And what experiment could conclude without creating a gizzard kabob? Our gentlemen always find an interesting manner to enjoy the guts of the investigation. Mrs. DeGraaf was kind to share a worm that was somewhat still intact with our third grade class.
The medieval market that was unveiled last year was solidified as a favorite Trinitas celebration. Our eighth and fourth grades enjoyed activities reminiscent of ancient days as they visited the squire school, abbey, blacksmith, apothecary, market, baker, and even the jailer when they offended the medieval courtesies. The gentlemen jousted for the hand of the fair maidens and all feasted on roast chicken, fruits, vegetables, and breads baked that morning while jesters entertained the lords and ladies. We may say this every year, but it truly was the best yet.
The much anticipated Trinitas Winter Ball was a smashing success. Guided by Mrs. AJ Traylor, the event committee planned a beautiful evening with snow upon arrival, formal class pictures, a delicious five-course meal, and formal dancing with prepared dance cards. This evening is sure to be the social highlight of the year for our rhetoric class, their parents, and probably the freshman as well who enjoyed learning food service first hand. The students enjoyed the foxtrot, waltz, Gay Gordon, Virginia Reel, and polka with the ease of seasoned dancers because of six weeks of lessons and are already asking for opportunities to dance again.
Last week, Trinitas second grade students participated in our annual Egyptian Day. Students wove baskets from reeds, crafted cartouches from clay, and modeled for personal Tutankhamen masks. Parents were on hand to mold the plaster of paris creations and serve the authentic Egyptian feast which included dates and raisins, hummus and pita, and chicken stew with meloukhia. All enjoyed the finale, an original skit of the Exodus.
One of our all time favorites here at Trinitas is Zeus’ Family Reunion when the seventh and third grades combine to present the fictional lives of the Greek Gods and Goddesses. The students’ favorite is probably the mosaic project and, of course, the food. Nectar of the Gods, Pastichio, Domathes me Lahano, Loukoumades, Spanakopites, Baklava, and Ambrosia will delight the most distinctive palates next Thursday.
Not to be outdone by their children, many of the Trinitas staff and parents have been taking lessons from our friends at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in preparation for the Grand Hall Winter Ball. Our Rhetoric School parents were invited to join their children for an evening of food, fellowship, and historic dancing. Our guests are certain to enjoy the waltz, foxtrot, Virginia Reel, pattycake polka, and the like.
Don’t all children like to play cowboy? Our sixth grade class, as part of their westward expansion studies, celebrated the wild, wild, west last week. They enjoyed target practice, horseback riding, roping, and campfire cooking.
The Trinitas ninth through twelfth grades have been taking dance lessons in PE this month from professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Pensacola. All have enjoyed dancing (and watching) the waltz, foxtrot, Gay Gordon, and Pattycake Polka. The Rhetoric School will join with their parents for an evening of dance and feasting at the Grand Hall Winter Ball in February.
Today the freshman class created DNA models using twizzlers and marshmallows. This was such a treat on so many levels!