What’s New at Trinity

August 2017

It has been a busy July with filling staff positions and welcoming more new families to our Trinity community.

Here’s the scoop:

  • We now have 32 students registered for the 2017-2018 school year. This brings us to 14 new students! We have two more who have expressed serious interest and are still deciding, so please pray for all our new families and those who may yet be added!
  • We had several excellent candidates for the Administrative Assistant position. Mrs. Bobbie Wright has accepted our offer and will be starting in the office the second week of August. She will be using the office@trinityeagles.org account to communicate information to you throughout the year.
  • We welcome Mr. Cody Stinnett who will be teaching 4th-7th Bible and Science. Watch for his Bio on the website soon.
  • Mr. Chris Trotter, the owner of the building, has moved his office staff into the high school wing of the building. He has been an excellent supporter of Trinity and we are grateful for his partnership. The building will remain secured as it was before with all entries locked. Their staff is contained in the wing of the building Trinity does not utilize. You will notice an increase in traffic through the parking lot, so please use additional caution during drop off and pick up. (There will be new procedures for these processes).

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Tuesday, August 8: Uniforms for embroidery should be brought to Landmarx by today. Payment for embroidery will be made to the school on August 17 during co-teacher training.

Tuesday, August 8: 10:00-noon: Help our teachers move furniture, clean rooms, install bulletin boards, and prep the building for students coming in. Mark is unable to do these things with his recent back surgery. If you are able and prefer to provide childcare so others can work, please me know (or if you would need childcare in order to work, let me know).

Thursday, August 17: More details will follow

  • All co-teachers should be present from 9:00p.m.-1:45 pm. (No childcare provided)
  • All co-teachers and spouses should be present from 6:30-8:30p.m. (Childcare provided)

Thursday, August 18:

  • All co-teachers should be present from 9:00-1:45 p.m. (No childcare provided)
  • All School Picnic (at the school)
    • 6:00-6:30 Teachers meet and greet, students bring supplies to the classrooms, etc.
    • 6:30 Potluck- Please bring something(s) to share. Table service and drinks will be provided, but you may want to bring your lawn chairs.
    • Fellowship and lawn games following the meal.
July 2017

It has been a whirlwind of a summer! God is doing big things at Trinity. So here are few things to celebrate and continue to keep in your prayers. Additionally, we also have a few ways that we could use your help!

  • Praise: We have added 7 new families to our Trinity Family and I don’t think we are done yet. We welcome 12 new students so far to our mix. God is still working. Please pray for those who are still undecided.
  • Praise: Last year we had 24 students across grades K-6. This year we have 21 students enrolled so far in K-3 alone!
  • Praise: Our teachers, Mrs. Kathy Burdick (Kindergarten), Mrs. Kim Lampitt (1st grade), Mrs. Amy Armstrong (2nd grade), Ms. Sarah Helmich (3rd/4th grade), and Jenny Bright (5th-7th Humanities) are already investing time this summer in preparation for next year. Ms. Neff and Mrs. De Bruin will continue to serve as needed. Mr. Singh (P.E.), and Mrs. Dunsworth (art) will also return.
  • Petition for teachers: We continue to accept applications and interview candidates for Latin, K-6 Music, 7th-8th Science, and Logic. Pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit. Please pray for the teachers who are still called to teach at Trinity.
  • Petition for our Admin Assistant: We will be accepting applications through the middle of next week and will be starting the interview process for this position next week as well. Pray that God makes it clear whom he has in mind for this position.
  • Petition for the Miller Family: Thank you for your prayers. They have been felt and appreciated by the Jason and Rebecca and the family. Rebecca has returned from Oklahoma after another difficult week with her father. He continues to battle for life, but did make some progress last week. On Monday, he endured another surgery and remains on a ventilator in ICU. They are holding on to hope that this surgery will mark progress towards healing. His condition remains critical. Pray also for clear direction for the Miller family as they continue to trust God with their future and its uncertainty.
  • Petition for Neelie Wright: Neelie was diagnosed at the end of the school year (after missing much of the last quarter) with Lyme’s disease. Pray for healing for her body and patience as they wait in hope that medications and time will bring healing and allow her to participate in “normal” activities. Pray that she experiences healing that will allow her to join her classmates again this fall!
  • Petition: Mark Sullivan will have back surgery at the end of this month. He is eager to have relief from his pain. He will be out for 3-4 weeks following his surgery. (Don’t worry, he already has the floors nice and shiny!)

How can you help?

  • Thursday, July 20: (9am-noon or 6pm-8pm) We need a small army to come and prepare the building for a 150 member DCI (Drum and Bugle Corp) to spend a couple of days in our facility! We have the privilege of hosting this group from Sunday, July 23-Tuesday, July 25. You may want to swing by the school on those days to see it come alive!
  • Tuesday, August 8: Come and help put the finishing touches on the classrooms. We will be cleaning and moving furniture and cleaning surfaces.

Save the Dates:

  • August 17 and 18: Co- teacher training. Times TBA
  • August 22: First day of School
  • September 16: Mud Run! (Trinity Fundraiser)
January 2017

Trinity Expands Educational Opportunities

Recently the Trinity Academy Board of Advisors approved the addition of a full day Kindergarten option. This option will complement the ½ day program while allowing working parents or parents with multiple students enrolled the flexibility needed with their family schedules. The Board desires to preserve the rich academic focus and learning efficiency of the half day program. The afternoon programming will include extensions of the morning’s instruction, opportunity for guided play, and literacy activities. Mrs. Kathy Burdick will teach both the half day and full day programs, providing the optimal continuity within the learning environment.

The Board also approved the addition of the 7th grade, which will mark the change from grammar school to logic school. This program is still under development.

Students at Trinity Academy will continue to meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the school building. Wednesday and Friday are considered off campus days and instructional goals will be carried out and monitored by the designated co-teacher.

April 2016

Farm Safety Day

Six students from Trinity Academy were able to join about 300 other students from area schools at the Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s Ag Safety Day held at the McDonough County Fair Grounds on Friday, April 24. Mrs. Roush and her students moved through different stations learning about farm equipment safety, safety around animals, ATVs, water, chemicals, household utilities, lawn equipment, weather and electricity. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about a major industry in our communities and how to make choices to keep them safe.

March 2016

These winter months have passed in a flurry of learning, and spring appears to be making an early arrival.   The promise of new life abounds.  As spring rains cleanse the staleness of the winter air and wash the winter grime off the streets; the earth is renewed.  During this Easter season, my soul feels much the same.  I rejoice in God’s promise to cleanse my filthy heart and purify it through the shedding of His own flesh and blood for me.  He grants me a new life in him and reminds me of his faithfulness to all generations of those who love him.

 “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations” (Psalm 89:1).   The students at Trinity Academy are a testimony of others, such as yourself, who have shared the Lord’s redeeming love and faithfulness with the next generation.

This spring, our students will have a chance to celebrate God’s faithfulness to all generations as we host Grandparent’s Day on April 7, 2016.  Our students will sing of God’s great love forever and his faithfulness to all generations.

February 2016
  • On Friday, February 12, Trinity Academy students attended the Opera On Wheels performance at COFAC hall at Western Illinois University.   WIU students performed “The Jack and the Beanstalk” under the direction of Dr. Angela Hand.    Upon arrival, we were asked to provide a female volunteer to participate in the production.  Claire Carlile, one of our fifth grade students, was given an excellent opportunity to expand her theatrical experiences, spending much of the first two acts on stage.  As the WIU performers led her, sang, petted, and danced around her, Claire beamed nervously, while playing the “old cow”  that was sold in exchange for the magic beans.  This particular re-telling of a classic story involved a change of heart as the giant plummeted to the ground and knocked his noggin.  The tale ended with the giant finally understanding  “the golden rule” to treat others as you would want to be treated. Claire’s participation enhanced the experience for all of our students who benefitted from learning more about fine arts performances.
December 2015
November 2015

In this season of Thanksgiving, I have been challenged to be intentional about sharing the goodness of God.   Students at Trinity Academy have been considering Psalm 136, which invoked this reflection.  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.   His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods,  His love endures forever.   Give thanks to the Lord of lords,   His love endures forever.  To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.   Who by his understanding made the heavens,  His love endures forever…To him who led his people through the desert, His love endures forever…” 

As the Israelites shared with their children the specific ways God demonstrated his power, might and provision to generations of those who walked before them, we too need to remember and teach our children about the specific ways God has made himself known to us.  Our responsibility as Christian educators, mentors, parents, and grandparents is to instill, with gratitude, the mighty acts of God, through the experiences of our own lives, into the hearts of our children.   What would your Psalm sound like?  Would the children you influence be able to share examples of God’s goodness from your good times bad?  May our children be able to respond with confidence, “His love endures forever!”

October 2015
August 2015

July and August have been busy and exciting times at Trinity Academy! God has been making himself known to us through the provision of godly teachers, an army of workers to clean and paint, answers to prayer, generous donors of time and resources, and spiritual reminders of his strength.

The classrooms have been transformed into engaging environments. Our teachers have grown through our first set of in-service days where we focused on how to integrate the Biblical truths of who God says he is, who we are, what is our purpose, and how does he call us to live in a right relationship with him and those around us. Our rooms, staff, and students have been prayed over through the prayer walks of board members, parents, and supporting church members.

There are currently 17 students enrolled at Trinity Academy. On our inaugural day of school, these students were assured that gaining wisdom required effort and desire on their part, but the rewards is great. “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:1-5)

June 2015
  • A la Carte Classes Available
    Trinity Academy will be offering four courses for the 2015-16 school year for students not enrolled full-time at Trinity. Latin, music, art and P.E. will be offered to families who are home-schooling and would like to supplement their curriculum with these courses that are more easily taught in group settings.Families who would like to participate in A la Carte classes should fill out a Trinity Application form and will go through the interview and approval processes.
    Cost of A la Carte classes will be determined by credits. Credits will be assigned by how often the class is taught during a school week. Art and music are 1 credit classes, taught once each week. P.E. is a 2 credit class, taught twice each week. Latin is a 3 credit class, taught three times each week. The first credit cost per student is $500/yr, with each additional credit costing $300/yr. Families will also be responsible for cost of uniforms and required book fees for the classes that are taken.Availability of a la carte classes will be limited if class sizes reach the designated student to teacher ratio (15:1). Classes will first be filled with students who are enrolled full-time at Trinity, then opened to students wishing to take a la carte classes. The Latin program will be offered a la carte to students in grades 4-6 only.
*A la Carte Class Credit Cost/year/student **Cost/Class
Latin 3 $1100 $10.50
P.E. 2 $800 $11.50
Music 1 $500 $14.00
Art 1 $500 $14.00
Art + Music 1 ($500)+1($300) =2 credits $800 $11.50
P.E. + Music 2 ($800)+1($300) =3 credits $1100 $10.50
Latin + Music 3 ($1100) +1($300)= 4 credits $1400 $10.00
Latin + Music + Art 3 ($1100) +1($300) + 1 ($300)= 5 credits $1700 $9.75
Latin + Music + Art + P.E. 3 ($1100) + 1 ($300) + 1 ($300) + 2 ($600)= 7 credits $2400 $9.75

*Combinations given are not an exhaustive list of possibilities. Any a la carte classes can be paired.

**Presented as cost comparison, not as a payment option. Tuition is expected in two payments, prior to the beginning of each semester enrolled or in one full payment prior to the start of the school year.

May 2015

 

 

 

  • School Uniforms Selected

    Students at Trinity Academy will be required to wear the uniforms as specified in the parent handbook for all on-site school days, school sponsored field trips, and school programs.  Wearing uniforms promotes school unity, modesty, and an environment focused on learning, while also reducing the distraction of fashion trends and differences in economic status.

    [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Trinity Academy has selected FRENCH TOAST (www.frenchtoast.com) as the supplier of our uniforms due to the fair pricing and excellent quality of their apparel. Purchasing details will be given to families who have registered at Trinity Academy.  Examples of the Trinity Academy school uniforms are modeled below. 

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  • School Day Announced
    [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]First Day of School: August 25, 2015 All students should arrive at Trinity Academy by 8:30am.  Doors will be open each morning at 7:45 where students will be supervised until they are released to go to their classrooms at 8:25, with class starting at 8:30.  Kindergarten students will eat lunch at Trinity and will be dismissed at 12:15.  Students in grades 1-6 will be dismissed at 3:00.  Kindergarten students who are signed up for Kinder-Care will also be dismissed at 3:00. At this time, no busing or after school care will be available. Carpooling is encouraged.[/read]
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March 2016

These winter months have passed in a flurry of learning, and spring appears to be making an early arrival.   The promise of new life abounds.  As spring rains cleanse the staleness of the winter air and wash the winter grime off the streets; the earth is renewed.  During this Easter season, my soul feels much the same.  I rejoice in God’s promise to cleanse my filthy heart and purify it through the shedding of His own flesh and blood for me.  He grants me a new life in him and reminds me of his faithfulness to all generations of those who love him.

 “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations” (Psalm 89:1).   The students at Trinity Academy are a testimony of others, such as yourself, who have shared the Lord’s redeeming love and faithfulness with the next generation.

This spring, our students will have a chance to celebrate God’s faithfulness to all generations as we host Grandparent’s Day on April 7, 2016.  Our students will sing of God’s great love forever and his faithfulness to all generations.

April 2015

 

  • ½ Day Kindergarten at Trinity
    Kindergarten at Trinity Academy will be a half-day program, with classes held at school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings.

    [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Satellite classroom instruction and reinforcement activities (assigned by the teacher) will be completed by the parent co-teacher on Wednesday and Friday mornings. While on-site days allow students to benefit from the instruction of professional educators, satellite days allow for directed parental love and security, and provide essential one-on-one time with a co-teacher to hone skills and develop proficiency. Trinity recognizes the developmental needs of Kindergarten students and believes that learning can be streamlined during their most productive hours and best achieved in this half-day setting.An optional afternoon care program, for an additional cost, is being considered to accommodate parents who have other children in grades 1-6 or who have work schedules that don’t allow for a noon pick up. Please contact the administrator to inquire about this program.[/read]
  • Trinity Academy: Grades 1-6
    University Model Schools utilize a “hybrid” teacher-parent integrated instructional approach. Trinity Academy is a five day per week school with students learning on-site in a classroom setting with professional instructors on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Students will study under the supervision and guidance of a “co-teacher” (parent) at their “satellite classroom” (likely at home) on the days they are not at Trinity Academy.

    [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Because parents are an integral part of the learning process, Trinity Academy will provide periodic co-teacher training to ensure that parents have the knowledge and tools to be successful on the satellite instruction days. Teachers will provide a detailed explanation of content to be covered by the co-teaching parent and the assignments to be completed in the satellite classroom. Parents should expect to spend 2-4 hours each satellite day on learning activities.For the 2015-2016 school year, it is possible that we will have some combined grade levels. If grade level combination is necessary, we will combine grades 1-2, 3-4, or 5-6. This set up compliments the classical, university model as we desire for students to be challenged, yet successful as they learn. Teachers can more easily move students around who are working above or below grade level to meet their learning needs. Our classical curriculum is rigorous with high expectations of student learning.[/read]
  • Informational and Fundraising Luncheon
    Join Trinity Academy at Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb, IL on April 19, 2015 for a fundraising luncheon and informational meeting.  Lunch will be served about 12:00 pm (following their second service) with all free-will donations going directly to Trinity Academy.   This event is open to anyone interested in Trinity, seeking to attend or support Trinity Academy.  Come join us!
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