Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Virture of the Month: PATIENCE


Patience is a virtue.  Practicing Patience means waiting.  We need to learn how to wait.  Advent is a good time to work on this because during this season we are waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ.


Describe a patient person.

Some ways to practice patience are:
  • Waiting for help from a teacher
  • Waiting for someone to pick you up
  • Waiting for an answer
  • Waiting in carpool line

Name some other ways to practice patience

How was I patient today?

We will have many opportunities to practice patience this month as we WAIT in line while we are Christmas shopping.  Think of all the people you can pray for instead of being impatient.
    REMEMBER:  Practice Makes Perfect.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Student Council President: Mimi Mundorf's Thank You Speech to Trinity's Student Body

The Student Council Officers and Classroom Representatives were sworn into their offices for the 2017-2018 school year on October 5. Mimi Mundorf, newly elected president of the Student Council, addressed the student body with a very inspiring speech.

Hello Sister Catherine, Mr. Sloyer, Mrs. Martinez, teachers, staff and fellow students.

I am your student council president, Mimi Mundorf and I am so thankful for this opportunity.  Thank you to all who voted for me and the rest of the student council making this experience possible for us.

Thank you to those of you who believed in me and if you didn’t, then I will make it my goal to persuade you to believe in me, because I believe in every one of you; that’s right everyone.

Now, who is excited for this year to begin?  Raise your hands.  So here is why I am totally psyched for this year.  It will be filled with new ideas, activities, and so much more.  It will involve teamwork, praise for each individual student and chances for everyone to be themselves and show us who they are.  I am so happy that this great school can get even better, but only with the help from you guys.  This year is going to be so much fun and everyone will be able to leave their mark on this school, whether it’s academically, athletically or artistically.  Together, we can make this school even better, we can make this a great year, and we can make this a place that makes people jump out of bed in the morning and rush to school because they love it so much.  We can do a lot of these things, not me, not you, we.  Together we can accomplish anything…and that is my plan for this year, to make people believe in themselves, their friends, and everyone. 

So I hope that you guys are excited for this year and are ready for hopefully the most fun you’ve had at Trinity. 

Once again, I am student council president, Mimi Mundorf and I am welcoming you to the Trinity School year of 2017-2018, or the golden year. 

Thank you and don’t forget, believe in yourself because I do.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Teaching Children? All You Need Is Love

Mrs. Heather Johns was named Teacher of the Year by American Legion Lithuanian Post #154

Trinity School is proud to announce that on September 15th, 2017, second grade teacher, Mrs. Heather Johns, was named Teacher of the Year by American Legion Lithuanian Post #154.  Mrs. Johns was nominated by her great uncle, John Maskavich, who serves as the Post chaplain.  Along with her award Mrs. Johns received a cash award and a coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.

At the age of fifteen Mrs. Johns discovered how much she loved working with children.  She realized that when children are taught well they can teach each other.  Following her high school career, this nugget of truth inspired Mrs. Johns to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with a focus in education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Mrs. Heather Johns receiving the Julie Award Last Year 

Mrs. Johns was hired as a second grade teacher at Trinity School in 2005. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Johns serves Trinity students by preparing them for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  She is the Social Science program coordinator.  Her dedication to teaching and professional development was recognized by her Trinity peers when she received The Saint Julie Award, Trinity’s most prestigious teaching award.

Trinity is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, whose foundress, St. Julie Billiart directed the teachers of her schools to “Teach the children what they need for life.”  In the classroom setting, when Mrs. Johns hears a child say to her, “I understand,” she knows that she is following in the tradition of the Sisters and the mission of Trinity.

In the words of Mrs. Margie Martinez, Trinity Primary School Head:  “Congratulations to Mrs. Johns!  During her years here at Trinity Mrs. Johns has grown to become a confident, seasoned educator.  She is sincerely committed to student success, and strives daily to shape each child to become their best self.  Mrs. Johns is a wonderful teacher, who makes learning fun for the children and is most deserving of this award.”

Mrs. Johns is married and the mom of two wonderful children.  In the little spare time allowed to her, she is an avid runner, a healthy food enthusiast, a crime novel aficionado, a beach lover and Beatles fan. Trinity is truly blessed to have Mrs. Johns on the Primary teaching team.  We would all like to say, “Congratulations, Mrs. Johns, for sharing your faith, wisdom and love with your students, their parents, your Trinity peers and the entire Trinity family.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

You Are Invited to the Trinity Studio: Interview with Paul Sloyer, Middle School Head

Trinity’s PR and Marketing Committee will be featuring several articles on Trinity teachers and staff. Based on the popular Bravo TV show Inside the Actor’s Studio starring James Lipton, our version called Inside the Trinity Studio will highlight a select group of faculty members by asking the subject 10 questions requiring one-word answers. It is challenging for the interviewee and fun for the reader. We hope you enjoy this interesting look at one of Trinity’s leaders, Mr. Paul Sloyer, the Head of the Middle School.

Paul Sloyer was interviewed by Christine Walsh, Trinity Admissions Director.

Paul Sloyer, Middle School Head

Date of interview: September 26, 2017

Q. What is your favorite word?
A. Yet - the most powerful word in the English language.

Q. What is your least favorite word?
A. No

Q. What makes you feel creative or inspired?
A. Being outside

Q. What is your pet peeve?
A. Lateness

Q. What or where is your favorite place?
A. Vienna, Austria

Q. What sound or noise do you love?
A. Flowing water

Q. What sound or noise drives you crazy?
A. Bells

Q. What job other than your own would you like to attempt?
A. Chef

Q. What job would you not like to attempt?
A. Accountant

Q. What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
A. Welcome!!

Mr. Sloyer's favorites: Blue, college football (Florida Gators), vegetable gardening, billiards, cooking, fishing, hiking, cookbooks, the mountains and Thanksgiving!

Paul Sloyer interviewed by Trinity Admissions Director Christine Walsh

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 2017: Virtue of the Month: RESPONSIBILITY



Responsibility is accepting the consequences of your actions.

Seeds to Plant:  If it needs to be done, Do It!

Weeds to Pull:  No excuses!

Family/School Rule:  No complaining, no blaming, no whining.

Everyone—both children and adults—has things to do in life that are important for their own growth and that of others.  It is each person’s job to do these things to the best of his/her ability.

A person who is Responsible gets the job done.  You cannot depend on an irresponsible person.

An Irresponsible person often says:  I don’t know; nobody told me; I didn’t mean to.

A Responsible person will find out the correct information and think before he/she acts.

No one Makes you do something.  You are in charge of yourself.

Whatever choice you make, you also Choose the Consequence.

A Responsible person accepts the consequences of his/her actions.

List all the Responsibilities that you have.

How are you doing?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September's Virtue of the Month: Respect


Be mindful that ALL people are entitled to respect because each person was made by God according to a unique plan.  All of God’s creatures have a right to RESPECT.

1.  Give EXAMPLES of how Jesus showed respect for all people.

2. I am respectful when I …………………

3. How do you feel when someone does not treat you with respect?

4. In every situation remember the GOLDEN RULE:

Do unto others as you  would have them do unto you.

5. Make a LIST of how to respect YOURSELF.

6. Make a LIST of ways you respect OTHERS.

7. Make a list of ways you respect the ENVIRONMENT.

8. Here’s a good rule to live by:  Before you say anything, ask yourself:

“Is it kind?” and “Is it necessary?”

9. Create a CLASS MOTTO for RESPECT.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy 76th Birthday, Trinity School!

Trinity School in Elicott City, MD

Happy 76th Birthday, Trinity School!

Friends and colleagues,

I just wanted to send a short note to wish everyone at Trinity a happy 76th birthday!  I am thinking about everyone and praying for you all this day- especially with the beloved Genesee Valley trip finishing up for the 7th grade.  I hope that everyone has had a wonderful first week of school, and that everyone gets a weekend to catch up on rest in the two days ahead.  For as wonderful as the first few days of school are- it's even more wonderful when they are done and life at school can get back to normal!

Things are going well here in Minnesota, and we are finishing our 2nd week of school.  I've been enjoying the start of the school year, although I underestimated the culture shock of joining a different school, where there are policies I am not used to, stories I am not aware of, and 180 middle school students to learn their names.  I also am learning to teach a US history course 4 times a week, doing the best I can to learn history myself before presenting it to my students!  Overall, it has been wonderful being back in Minnesota and the weather has been beautiful- although we're only a few months away from winter.  We will see how much I like the weather then.

I hope everyone has a great day today and a day where you can celebrate a wonderful school you get to call home.  

God bless,

Kyle Rickbeil