Friday, February 24, 2017

Trinity School Awarded Knott Foundation Grant for Technology

February 24, 2017

Hello Everyone! 
In 2012, aware of the approaching STEM tidal wave and the necessity of having a viable IT-ready facility, the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation granted Trinity $81,000.00 to kick off Trinity's technology initiative.

Moving to the present, in September of 2016 the Development Team began work on a proposal to the Knott Foundation requesting their support for our ongoing technology upgrades.  Maintaining our edge in the realm of education technology is critical to the success of Trinity's curriculum, particularly in the areas of science, math and STEM.  Every day, all students, from the youngest to the oldest, benefit  from the effectiveness of our wireless infrastructure, our iPads and ancillary IT equipment. 

Yesterday Trinity received a call from the Knott Foundation informing us that Trinity will be awarded $82,400.00 to further our technology goals.

The most important thing to remember is that everyone at Trinity played a critical role in the Foundation's decision to grant such a large amount. I would like to thank the administrative staff who helped with the data pertinent to their departments. Patty Lill - business manager, Kathy Spiegel - assistant business manager, Christine Walsh - admissions director, Karen King - administrative assistant.  I would also like to thank Sr. Catherine, Mr. Rickbeil and Mrs. Martinez, who were present at the interview conducted by a Knott Foundation Trustee, for their support and detailed information regarding the impact of educational technology on students and teachers.

I would like to thank David Godfrey, IT manager, for carefully researching our whole- school technology needs.  Mr. Godfrey handled the grueling questions posed to him with confidence, providing backup data and detailed pricing and line item descriptions.

My thanks to Mr. Tom Pilon, Board of Trustees Chair, for encouraging the Board to participate 100% in Annual Giving. Thank you to Meg Ignacio, chair of the Board Development Committee, and thank you, Trustees, for maintaining the Board's tradition of 100% participation with your contributions.  The Knott Trustee was pleasantly surprised that this is a longstanding achievement, which cannot be said for all schools.

Thank you, Trinity Faculty and Staff for being the personification of the mission of Trinity School. Your participation in Annual Giving was also noted as was Trinity's Green School award, especially in the area of Chesapeake Bay preservation. That each school and preschool has its own Annual Giving faculty-agent who is well versed in encouraging their peers to give beyond measure was commended.

A noteworthy observation by the Knott Trustee was the participation of our awesome Grandparents who contribute their time and talents by actively participating as volunteers, stepping in for our all too busy parents, sponsoring their own activity - the Father Daughter Dance, and raising their Annual Giving percentage each year.

The presence of Trinity alum as current parents, faculty and the induction of graduates into the Alumni Association show Trinity rising to the challenge of maintaining contact with former students, particularly in the social media market.

Our parents received congratulations for their awareness of the importance of both the school mission and the challenge to reach 100% participation in Annual Giving. From monetary contributions to fundraising to serving pizza lunches, Trinity parents live the mission and carry the positivism into our surrounding community. 

As one parent recently said, "I find my joy in helping out at school. It is the best way to be a part of what is happening in my childrens' lives while they are at school."  

The strength of Trinity is our parents who sacrifice so much to give their children an education based in  Christian faith, who help their children with positive encouragement, and who work together as a family joined with the common goal of giving their children what they need for life. From monetary contributions to fundraising to positions of Trinity service, Trinity parents live the mission and carry the positivism into our surrounding community. 

The focus of the interview was our mission, our growth and our readiness to move toward the future.  I humbly express my appreciation to all of you who, in spite of the challenges of today's world, dig in your heels and let your hearts guide you to providing the gift of Trinity, a firm education and life foundation, for your child. 

Thank you 82,400 times.

Renee

Renee Van Schoor
Development Director
Trinity School

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Virtue of the Month: INTEGRITY

THE VIRTUE OF INTEGRITY

Integrity is a virtue for moral decision making.
It is doing what God expects of you.



THREE BASIC INGREDIENTS OF INTEGRITY

1) Telling the truth

2) Keeping one's promises

3) Taking responsibility for one's behavior




A PERSON WHO HAS INTEGRITY
Stands for somethings
Has strength of will
Is moved by God to do what is right

Monday, January 23, 2017

January 2017: Virtue of the month: COURAGE

Virtue of the Month: COURAGE

COURAGE is having the strength to do what we need to do

COURAGE is when we go ahead when we are afraid

COURAGE is needed where there are things we have to change, especially if we know it will affect other people and there is a possibility that they won't like what we are doing.

There are many different kinds of true courage:
     -Courage that stays cool and calm in troubled times
     -Courage that stands up for what is right
     -Courage of acting according to you faith in God
     -Courage of trusting yourself and refusing to follow the crowd when the crowd is wrong



Another name for COURAGE is FORTITUDE. It is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, so you have it. Do you use it?

In your own words, write one sentence that says what courage is.

Give three reasons why courage is important.

Name two people you think have shown courage and say why.

Name three instances when the virtue of COURAGE is needed.

Jesus once said to his disciples who were caught in stormy waters in a boat:

Have COURAGE, it is I.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Christmas Message from Trinity Board Chair Mr. Tom Pilon

Christmas 2016

   

Dear Trinity Families & Friends,

Christmas is nearly here, and with it, the New Year.  So, no matter how busy we all may be, it is likely that the majority of us will spend a little time reflecting on the year that was – acknowledging our shortcomings, embracing our successes, and evaluating how we might improve in the coming year.  In other words, we will make New Year’s Resolutions.  We might even be so bold as to write them down and post them somewhere conspicuous so that others will see them and support us in reaching those objectives.

This year, the Board of Trustees is going through that exact exercise as we prepare Trinity’s new Strategic Plan.  Our work started in September and will be completed by June, 2017.  In her recent letter to the School community, Sister Catherine gave a brief update on the Board’s efforts.  As she noted, the Board has identified four planning topics to be addressed in the plan:  Mission & Marketing, Enrollment Management, Finance & Institutional Advancement, and Learning & Learning Spaces.  As we consider these topics, we are constantly reminded to think strategically – to consider how Trinity can improve on its successes, abandon strategies that have not worked, and seek out and embrace new strategies that will aid the school in achieving the goals set forth in the plan, moving ever closer to the aspirations embodied in the plan.

St. Julie’s charism is alive and well at Trinity.  Through her continuing prayers, she urges Trinity, and thus all the members of Trinity’s community, to be faithful to God, to instill Gospel values in our students, and to be ever vigilant in ensuring that they are truly being prepared for life – so that as they go out into the world, they will do so carrying God’s love in their hearts, and carrying out His work through their words and actions.  The Board of Trustees’ efforts are aimed at ensuring that Trinity will develop a sound plan that will allow it to remain faithful to, and successful in achieving its Mission.

This Christmas season, please pray for the members of the Board of Trustees that we will be guided by the Holy Spirit, diligent in our efforts, and open to the suggestions and support of all those who will participate in preparing the strategic plan.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, please be assured of our prayers for you and your families – that Christ’s peace, love, and joy will reside in your hearts and homes this Christmas, and sustain you in the coming year.  Have a joyful Christmas, and blessed New Year.

Sincerely,

Thomas Pilon Chair, Trinity School Board of Trustees





Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Trinity Studio: About Mr. McCormick

Inside the Trinity Studio: About Mr. McCormick

A few years ago the PR and Marketing Committee featured articles on the Trinity teachers and staff. We thought it would be interesting to showcase just a few faculty and staff members this year.

The December issue features fourth grade teacher, Mr. Tim McCormick, interviewed by Development Assistant, Ramona Poblete.



"Meet Mr. Tim McCormick, a fourth grade teacher here at Trinity School. He has been teaching here for 11 years and enjoys teaching Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Math. His favorite subject to teach is Religion. Originally from Towson, Maryland, Mr. McCormick obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University. In addition, he is married to his lovely wife, Violet, and has a sixteen-month old son.

Get to know more about Mr. McCormick, his background as a Lawyer, and find out who his favorite sports teams are! Tune in to our live interview below! In addition, listen to Mr. McCormick play a fun game called, 'What Spice is that?' in our exclusive interview with him." - Ramona Poblete


Click Here for the Audio Interview with Mr. McCormick

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December's Virtue of the Month: PATIENCE

THE VIRTUE OF 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 celebrate the birth of Christ.




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
How was I patient today?

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Letter From Mrs. Martinez

A Letter From Mrs. Martinez

November 22, 2016


Dear Parents,

Among many other privileges, I am blessed daily to observe and be actively engaged in the multitude of rich academic experiences and opportunities our children are exposed to each day at Trinity.

 Recently, I took the opportunity to sit among our 3rd grade students at their annual class spelling bee. It brought me great joy to see the children so actively engaged and learning to love learning.  Listening to the students confidently and correctly spell words such as ambiguous, special and spellbound was quite impressive!  More importantly than the exemplification of our motto, what impressed me most was the support and encouragement that the students offered one another.  It was evident that each child knew their worth and appreciated one another.  Ultimately, though, the most valuable aspect of the experience for me is that I am confident I would find much the same in all of our classrooms.

Our recent school showing of the documentary SCREENAGERS has prompted me to request that you be extra vigilant about the computer interaction and internet activities in which your children engage in as well as the video games they play, the television programs, and movies your children watch.  I urge you not to allow access to the internet in a room where you are not directly supervising its use. Please be sure the computer is set so that you have full view of the screen. Young children are fear free and quite adept when it comes to the use of the internet.   They could easily be a click away from viewing inappropriate images or innocently participating in harmful activities.

Homework plays an important role in classroom learning each day.  Although the demands of balancing after school activities and family life is challenging, it is important that our children take the time necessary to carefully complete their home assignments regularly.  As we move into our 2nd trimester we ask that you please encourage and support your child in these efforts, as these are skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

With the variety of upcoming prayer services and concerts scheduled throughout December, there will be many opportunities to enter into the spirit of Christmas and enjoy this special time of year.  May the season hold for you and your family precious times and special moments, creating memories that you cherish for years to come.

Warm regards,                                                                                                            
Margie Martinez
Head of Primary School