Monday Message 3/5/18

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

Interview with God
by: Author Unknown

I dreamed I had an interview with God.
“Come in,” God said. “So, you would like to interview Me?”
“If you have the time,” I said.
God smiled and said “My time is eternity. It is enough to do everything. What questions do you have in mind to ask me?”
I asked, “What surprises you most about mankind?”

God thought for a few moments and then answered “That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.
That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health.
That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future.
That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived”

God placed my hands in His and we were silent for awhile. Then I asked,
“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”
God replied with a smile “To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved.
To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but whom they have in their lives.
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis.

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness. To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.

To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally differently.
To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them… and likes them anyway.
To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves.”

I sat there for awhile enjoying my visit with God.
I thanked Him for His time and for all that He has done for my family and me.
He replied, “Anytime. I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I’ll answer.”

With warmest regards,

Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550
409.765.9391 https://tesgalv.org

Week At A Glance 3/2/18

POSTPONED: The PTO Campus Clean-Up scheduled for tomorrow will be rescheduled. The new date will be communicated in days to come. Thank you for your support. -Majka Woods (mom to Anneli Kucera/4th), PTO Communications Officer

Monday, March 5

Tuesday, March 6

  • Chapel, 8:15 AM (Logo Uniform)

Wednesday, March 7

Thursday, March 8

  • Chapel, 8:15 AM (Dress Uniform)
  • Grades K-2 goes to the Opera House
  • Report cards go home

Friday, March 9

  • Spirit Day
  • MS goes to see, “A Wrinkle In Time”
  • Spring break begins

Important Tidbits

Daylight Saving: Spring forward! Saturday, March 10, before you hit the sack set your clock forward an hour. Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 11.

Spring Break: We will dismiss for Spring Break Friday, March 9. Spring Break is March 12 -16. Classes will resume on Monday, March 19.

Re-enrollment: All completed contracts that were submitted with payments as of 3/1/18 have been processed and those spaces are confirmed for 2018-2019 school year. There are a few contracts still pending because payment and/or Extended Day forms have not been received. Enrollment confirmation emails have been sent out. If your family did not receive an email but you believe your child’s re-enrollment is complete, please email the Admissions Office at admissions@tesgalv.org. Thank you. – TLW

Report Cards: Report cards will be enclosed in folders next Thursday for grades K-8 Friday, March 8. Please be prepared to sign and return the next day, Friday, March 9.

Safeguarding: This class is for parents who would like to volunteer or be frequent visitors during the school day. Parents must complete the Safeguarding God’s Children certification course. A session has been scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 4:45 PM, Kelso Library. If you are interested, email Kelli Acosta at kacosta@tesgalv.org to get registered.

Camp Invention: This fun science program is July 9-13 (9 AM-3:30 PM). The cost is $240. Before and after childcare is available. Camp Invention also offers an installment payment plan. Log on to www.campinvention.org for more details. Send questions to ahyatt@tesgalv.org. I look forward to having a great summer! –Anna Hyatt, Camp Director

Gear Up for Summer! Registration for Trinity Summer Camp@ Beginning School will open soon. Children who are currently in grades PK2-1st will be eligible for this program. Session I will run June 6 – June 29 and Session II will be July 2 – July 27. More information to come. Hope you will join in on the fun. –Rachel Brown, Summer Program Director

Upcoming Events

March 12-16  Spring Break
March 22        Class/Group Pictures
March 30        No School – Good Friday
April 2             No School – Easter Monday
April 4-6         CogAt (Grades 1,3,5, and 7)
April 12-13     4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio
April 12          Annual 5th Grade Musical
April 16-20    IOWA Assessment (K-8)
April 20          Trinity Tribute, 7:00-10:00PM, Ashton Villa
April 21          Texas GLO Adopt-A-Beach, 9:00-11:00AM
April 24          7th Grade Texas History Trip – Austin
May 4             Otto Flower Show & May Fête – Noon Dismissal (All Students*)
May 21           Fine Arts Showcase, 5:30-6:30PM, MAC
May 22           K-8 Honors Day-AM; NJHS Talent Show-PM
May 23           Green and Gold Games
May 24           Noon Dismissal (All Students*) last Day of School, Alumni Induction Breakfast, End of Year Faculty Meeting 1-3 PM, Graduation-7 PM
May 25           Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday Message 2/26/18

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,

Much of this Monday Message is from my August 25th Monday Message. Schools of the twenty-first century are expected to provide a level of safety and security unprecedented in the history of education. At Trinity we have responded with a myriad of strategies to strengthen safety and security on our campus. Ever vigilant, the School’s Board, Administrative Team, Faculty and Staff are forever considering… what if?

Since the August 25th writing, Vegas, Summerlin Springs, and Parkland are places that are forever changed. Our intentional program of risk planning and mitigation begins on the first day of school when all Faculty and Staff thoroughly review Emergency Procedures. Our comprehensive review has included procedures related to disaster and survival skills, emergency communication, safe room-lock down, and active shooter on campus, emergency response procedures and protocols. These are reviewed and talked about throughout the school year.

Planning, preparation and practice are the keys to successful risk and emergency management, and we will continue to promote these strategies to the school community. Our Middle School students will be educated on, “if you see something, say something” later this week. We meet with local law enforcement agencies, review best practices in school safety and existing laws, talk with first responders and talk with other Head of Schools and leaders to ensure we are attentive to the vulnerability of our campus. Our preschool fence is being raised and I will continue to stay proactive to the school’s needs. Our primary goal in the event of an emergency is to be as prepared as possible and to maintain calm and well-being of our children and everyone else at Trinity.

Please be advised that our alternate dismissal place is First Baptist at 822 23rd Street directly across Ball Street. If we are in lock-down, you will not be allowed into the school and local police will direct parents to the alternate dismissal site.

For more helpful information, valuable statistics and insights, I encourage you to read this link: https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/stopping-school-violence-the-latest-trends/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=022518.4

With warm regards,

Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550
409.765.9391 https://tesgalv.org

Week At A Glance 2/23/18

Monday, February 26

  • Box Top Collection: Send in your Box Tops today. Label your baggy with student’s name/grade/homeroom teacher. Remember that there is a “non-uniform” dress day for the LS & MS class with the highest Box Top collections for the fall semester. Thank you for your support. – Box Top Committee

Tuesday, February 27

  • Chapel, 8:15 AM (Logo Uniform)

Wednesday, February 28

  • 6th Grade goes to Houston Grand Opera
  • Trinity Church Lenten Supper, 5:30 PM, MAC

Thursday, March 1

  • Chapel, 8:15 AM (Dress Uniform)

Friday, March 2

  • 4th Grade goes to see San Jacinto Monument
  • Coffee and Chat, 7:45 AM, Leslie Otto Library

Saturday, March 3

  • PTO Campus Clean-up, 9AM-12PM

Important Tidbits

Re-enrollment: All contracts that were submitted with payments and the Extended Day Agreement as of 2/22/18 have been processed and those spaces are confirmed for the 2018-2019 school year. There are a few contracts still pending because payment and/or Extended Day Agreement has not been received. Enrollment confirmation emails will be sent out soon. If your family does not receive an email but you believe your child’s re-enrollment is complete, please email the Admissions Office at admissions@tesgalv.org. Thank you. – TLW

Open Registration: Our open registration is underway! We continue to have lots of foot traffic and online interest. Please continue to remind family and friends about our admissions season. They can visit us online at www.tesgalv.org at “Admissions”. Important dates for the admissions process are available under “How To Apply”. FYI, the deadline for spring decisions is March 19. Campus tours are available. –Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

New Sibling Priority Deadline is Here: New siblings, as well as first-time faculty/staff children, have priority until this Monday, February 26. If you have not already completed an online admissions application, do so as soon as possible by visiting the “Admissions” tab on our school’s website. This will get the process started. Shadow day, if applicable, will be scheduled after the application and all paperwork is received. If you have any questions regarding this process, email the Admissions Office at admissions@tesgalv.org. – TLW

PTO Campus Clean-Up: All Hands on Deck… The PTO Annual Campus Clean-up is set for Saturday, March 3, 9AM-12PM. We need parents to help complete the projects that will enhance our school. We have a couple of ambitious projects that will require some specialized assistance. If you are skilled in carpentry, electrical, painting, etc., please contact me at jrgar1@sbcglobal.net to learn about the projects we have planned. – Randy Garcia, PTO Project Chair

Camp Invention: This fun science program is July 9-13 (9AM-3: 30 PM). The cost is $240. Before and after childcare is available. Camp Invention also offers an installment payment plan. Log on to www.campinvention.org for more details. Send questions to ahyatt@tesgalv.org. I look forward to having a great summer! –Anna Hyatt, Camp Director

Gear Up for Summer! Registration for Trinity Summer Camp@ Beginning School will open soon. Children who are currently in grades PK2-1st will be eligible for this program. Session I will run June 6 – June 29 and Session II will be July 2 – July 27. More information to come. Hope you will join in on the fun. –Rachel Brown, Summer Program Director

Upcoming Events

March 2          Coffee & Chat, 7:45 AM, Leslie Otto Library
March 3          PTO Campus Clean-up
March 8          Report cards go home
March 12-16  Spring Break
March 22       Class/Group Pictures
March 30       No School – Good Friday
April 2            No School – Easter Monday
April 4-6        CogAt (Grades 1,3,5, and 7)
April 12-13    4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio
April 13          Annual 5th Musical
April 16-20    IOWA Assessment (K-8)
April 20          Trinity Tribute, 7:00-10:00 PM, Ashton Villa

Monday Message 2/19/18

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

This year, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day were combined with Grandparents and Special Friends Day. After the Ash Wednesday Service, our special guests were honored with a special reception in which our choir and PK4 students performed magnificently. Faculty and staff helped make the day a memorable event by inviting our guests to visit classrooms and see first-hand what a typical day at Trinity is like. Students toured the school with their grandparents, who gained knowledge on the various enrichment classes such as: Art, Spanish, music, technology, piano, library, science and the Innovation lab. As one student shared, “I was able to spend some quality time with my Nana, sharing all that I do during my waking hours on my campus.” Students took much pride in sharing with their loved ones and showcasing their school.

I am reading How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough. Tough shares that often we adults believe childhood success comes from intelligence, hard work and high-test scores. Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, pride and self-control than to do with intelligence. He also discussed how important it is to learn to fail. We as educators call this Grit.

The unspoken message of love and trust is paramount in a child’s development not only from parents, but from our grandparents. I believe one of the greatest things about Trinity is the level of trust between teachers and students and the level of trust between our teachers and parents. It is okay to fail, and it is okay for the students to fumble and muddle through the lessons in an atmosphere of acceptance and inquiry. We do have high standards and the children are expected to try their best, but they are also expected to be challenged and sometimes even fail. Those are the best lessons. Grandparents spoil their grandchildren; however, when they call their grandchild out on something most children will listen intently and heed their advice. The quality time you provided for your parents and children was immeasurable. Time is by far the most prized commodity and I thank you for sharing your extended family with our community. Most student went out to lunch with their grandparents and together they were able to create lasting memories.

A special “Thank you” to our loving parent Todd Schott, owner/operator of Chopin Mon Ami Catering for hosting and donating the refreshments for our Grandparent and Special Friends’ Day reception!

*Note: Randy Garcia, Juan Gonzalez, Randy Woods and myself were able to walk the campus Friday morning. We now have a solid punch list for the campus Workday. In looking at shrubs from the winter freeze and creating this punch list, we all agree we need an extra week to prepare for this all-important day. Juan Gonzalez is getting married on the 24th and it will be significant for Juan to be present for the workday. e.g. tools, organization, safety and materials. This will also give the shrubs another week to see if they will need to be removed or just cut back.

Therefore, we will need to push back the workday until Saturday, March 3rd. This will give us ample time to prepare resources and be very intentional with the work needed.

Thank you for understanding.

With warm regards,

Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550
409.765.9391 https://tesgalv.org

Week At A Glance 2/16/18

Monday, February 19

  • No School: TES will be closed for Presidents’ Day.

Tuesday, February 20

  • Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)

Wednesday, February 21

Thursday, February 22

  • Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform)
  • Priority Re-Enrollment ends at 3PM

Friday, February 23

  • Go Texan Day at TES: Student in PK-8 will celebrate “Go Texan Day” with a “western” themed dress day. Dress would include cowboy hats, western-themed shirts or plaid shirts, big belt buckles, jeans and/or boots. Western themed skirts can also be worn for students in PK-5 only. No guns or spurs, please. Students who choose not participate should be in regular school uniform.
  •  Big “K” Circus, 2:15PM, Lunchroom

Important Tidbits

Thank You: Our students, faculty, and staff send big hugs to Jocelyn Sullivan for organizing a wonderful reception for our visiting grandparents and special friends this week. We also thank parent volunteers who helped prepare, serve and clean or who brought items; Sarah Sullivan, Kristin O’Rourke, Lynsey Ginsberg, Cindi Lyons, Melissa Slimp, Keath Jacoby, Candace Fulton, Catherine Garrison, Paige Cook, Julie Moore and Emily Root. Our staff Roland Mora, Rosa Mora, and Randy Woods, thank you. Thank you to Chopin Mon Ami (Todd Schott, dad of Sarah/K) for the delicious and beautiful spread of refreshments for this special event…your generosity is greatly appreciated. Our TES Ambassadors also did an awesome job. Thank you all.

Open Registration: Our open registration kicked off with a bang this week! There has been lots of foot traffic and online interest thus far. Please continue to remind family and friends about our admissions season. They can visit us online at www.tesgalv.org at “Admissions”. Important dates for the admissions process are available under “How To Apply”. Campus tours are also available. –Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

Re-Enrollment Reminder: Priority enrollment for currently enrolled students will end February 22. Thank you to all the families who have re-enrolled. Families who have successfully re-enrolled will receive a confirmation email in the coming days. If you have not yet re-enrolled, please do so soon. Note that your child’s contract cannot be processed and is not completed until the Extended Day Agreements is received. The form is available on the MyBackPack re-enrollment dashboard to the far right under “Additional Forms”. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you. –Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

New Sibling Priority Period Deadline Approaching: New siblings as well as first time faculty/staff children will have priority until February 26. If you have not already completed an online admissions application, do so as soon as possible by visiting the “Admissions” tab on our school’s website. This will get the process. Shadow day, if applicable, will be scheduled after the application and all paperwork is received. If you have any questions regarding this process, email the Admissions Office at admissions@tesgalv.org. – TLW

PTO Campus Clean-Up: All Hands on Deck… The PTO Annual Campus Clean-up is set for Saturday, February 24, 9AM-12PM. We need parents to help complete the projects that will enhance our school. We have a couple of ambitious projects that will require some specialized assistance. If you are skilled at carpentry, electrical, painting, etc., please contact me at jrgar1@sbcglobal.net to learn about the projects we have planned. – PTO Chair, Randy Garcia

Camp Invention: This fun science program is July 9-13 (9AM-3:30PM). The cost is $240. Before and after childcare is available. Camp Invention also offers an installment payment plan. Log on to www.campinvention.org for more details. Send questions to ahyatt@tesgalv.org. I look forward to having a great summer! –Anna Hyatt, Camp Director

Upcoming Events

February 19            No School, observing Presidents’ Day
February 22            Re-Enrollment Contracts due
February 23            Kindergarten Circus, 2PM Lunchroom / Go Texan Day
February 24            Campus Clean-up
March 2                   Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library
March 8                   Report cards go home
March 12-16           Spring Break
March 22                Class/Group Pictures
March 30                No School – Good Friday
April 2                     No School – Easter Monday
April 4-6                 CogAt (Grades 1,3,5, and 7)
April 12-13             4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio
April 16-20             IOWA Assessment (K-8)
April 20                  Trinity Tribute, 7:00-10:00PM, Ashton Villa

Monday Message 2/12/18

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,

I had the opportunity to work with Jacob Hart in grade 5 this past week. Jacob was the Head of School for the day and together we were able to visit every classroom, have lunch off campus (thank you Taquilos) and witness amazing activities. Hear are just a few: Mrs. Neblett-tapeworms and what lives inside of you, Mrs. Charpentier-Shakespeare, Mr. Wheeler- Area and perimeter, Beginning School-Move and Groove, Kindergarten was getting their wiggles out and Kennedy lost her tooth, grades 1 and 2 gave great suggestions on how best to improve the school, Senor Rincon-mapping out their homes and labeling the rooms in Spanish, grade 3-Sarah, Plain and Tall, Mrs. Noyes was creating valentine’s cards during art, Innovation Lab-learning code with RoboBlocky, Mrs. Newton-the water cycle, Mrs. Kelemen-multiplication, Mrs. Shaffner-helping verbs, Mrs. Miller study skills, technology was working on effective searches on the world wide web.

Progress reports went out on Friday and teachers work diligently to ensure they know your child well and what methods of instruction or Best Practices motivate your child to learn. “A positive parent-teacher relationship helps your child feel good about school and helps them to be successful in school,” advises Diane Levin, Ph.D., Professor of Education at Wheelock College. “It demonstrates to your child that he can trust his teacher because you do. This positive relationship makes a child feel like the important people in his life are working together.” Communicating well is a key factor for making this relationship work. “Communication on both sides is extremely important,” notes teacher Susan Becker, M. Ed. “The parents need information about what and how their child is learning, and the teacher needs important feedback from the parent about the child’s academic and social development.” But communicating effectively a busy teacher can be challenging. When’s the right time to talk — and when isn’t? How can you get the teacher’s attention? What should you bring up with her with and what should be left alone? And how do you do this without coming across like an overanxious pain in the you-know-what?

Check out these strategies for making the relationship work.

Approach this relationship with respect. Treat the teacher-parent-child relationship the way you would any important one in your life. Create a problem-solving partnership, instead of confronting a teacher immediately with what’s wrong. “Meet with a teacher to brainstorm and collaborate ways to help your child, instead of delivering a lecture,” recommends Susan Becker, M. Ed.

Let your child develop his own relationship with the teacher. “This is one of the first relationships with an adult your child may have outside the family unit. If you take a back seat and let the relationship develop without much interference, a special bond may develop,” advises guidance counselor Linda Lendman. “For young children, the teacher-child relationship is a love relationship,” adds Michael Thompson, Ph.D. “In fact, it may be their first love relationship after their parents and it can be pretty powerful and wonderful.”

Remember how you liked (or disliked) your teachers. Your experience at school is likely to affect your attitude toward your child’s teacher. “It’s important to leave your own baggage at the door, so you can talk about your child with the teacher (and not about you!)” adds Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Find the right time to speak to the teacher. Always ask the teacher if she has time to talk at that moment, or better yet, when it might be convenient for her to do so. If a conference is not coming up soon, ask if you can make an appointment for a brief conversation. “Don’t expect to have an extended conversation during drop-off and pick-up,” advises teacher Susan Becker, M. Ed. “Mornings and after school can actually be quite hectic times. The teacher may appear free but she’s not.”

With warm regards,

Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550
409.765.9391 https://tesgalv.org

Week At A Glance 2/9/18

School Holiday Approaching: TES will be closed on Monday, February 19, for Presidents’ Day.

Re-Enrollment Reminder: Priority enrollment for currently enrolled students will end February 22. Thank you to all the families who have re-enrolled. Families who have re-enrolled will receive a confirmation email in the coming days. If you have not yet re-enrolled, please do so soon. Note that your child’s contract cannot be processed and is not re-enrolled until this Extended Day Agreement is received. The form is available on the MyBackPack re-enrollment dashboard to the far right under “Additional Forms”. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you. –Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

Monday, February 12

  • 100th Day of School PK2-1 will celebrate with classroom activities

Tuesday, February 13

  • Chapel, 8:15 AM (Logo Uniform)
  • Open registration

Wednesday, February 14 (Grandparents’ & Special Friends Day/Ash Wednesday)

  • Happy Valentine’s Day
  • The Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion Chapel, 8:15 AM (Dress Uniform)
  • Grandparents’ & Special Friends Reception, 9:15 AM, MAC
  • Classroom Visits, 10:15 AM
  • Dismissal with guests begins at 11 AM from the classrooms

Thursday, February 15

  • No Chapel, regular uniform

Friday, February 16

Important Tidbits

Isabella Wisner/5th placed 3rd in the Annual Galveston City-wide Spelling Bee sponsored by the Rotary Club of Galveston. Congratulations, Issy…we salute you!

Admissions Update: Our Open House events held over the past two weeks for prospective student were awesome! Last week’s Kindergarten Open House was well attended. We had the interest of several new families. Thank you to our “hosting committee” for being on-hand to greet, entertain, tour and inform our guests that evening: Mark Ravelli, Amy Gaido, Francie Buergler, Arden Cragar, Vashti Thompson, Rachel Brown, Patti Munoz, Catherine Garrison, Jocelyn Sullivan and her children (Ella/6th, Mallie Jaymes/3rd, and Delaney/2nd), TES Student Ambassadors (Jane Charpentier/8th, Maddie Pattillo/8th and Sara Gabriel/8th). Yesterday’s PK2-8 Grade Open House event yielded continuous traffic all day with lots of interest for multiple grade levels. Thank you to Amy Gaido and Chloe Knauer for assisting all day with tours and pre-event preparations; Donna Cucco for organizing student volunteers for both events; Randy Woods, Roland and Rosa Mora for helping with set-up for both events; and more TES Ambassadors who did another fabulous job representing our school as they provided campus tours; Megan Maxwell, Mac Livanec, Maggie Cragar, Ryan Dorado, Maddie Haver, Maggie Farmer, Abby Pruns and Bethany Janson. Again, it takes a team to successfully host these events and a wonderful team we have. Thank you all for giving up your evening/afternoon and adjusting schedules to help us grow our school. – Thomala Walker, Admissions Director

Open Registration: Our annual open registration kicks off on Tuesday, February 13. We are excited about the interest we have received this admissions season. Families who have visited us and/or inquired online will receive an email invitation to our 2018-2019 admissions application by Tuesday. Important dates and deadlines for this process are located on the Admissions tab under “How To Apply”. Campus tours are also available. –Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

Go Texan Day at TES: In honor of Texas Independence Day, grades PK-8 will celebrate “Go Texan Day” on Friday, February 23 with a “western” themed dress day. Dress would include cowboy hats, western-themed shirts or plaid shirts, big belt buckles, jeans and/or boots. Western-themed skirts can also be worn for students in PK-5 only. No guns or spurs, please. Students who choose not participate should be in regular school uniform. –Amy Gaido, Asst. Head of School

Camp Invention: This fun science program is July 9-13 (9 AM-3:30 PM). The cost is $240. Before and after childcare is available. Camp Invention also offers an installment payment plan. Log on to www.campinvention.org for more details. Send questions to ahyatt@tesgalv.org. I look forward to having a great summer! –Anna Hyatt, Camp Director

Upcoming Events

February 13              Open Registration begins
February 14              Grandparents’ & Special Friends Day, Noon Dismissal
February 19              No School, observing Presidents’ Day
February 22              Re-Enrollment Contracts due
February 23              Kindergarten Circus, 2 PM Lunchroom / Go Texan Day
February 24              Campus Clean-up
March 2                     Coffee & Chat, 7:45 AM, Leslie Otto Library
March 8                     Report cards go home
March 12-16             Spring Break
March 22                  Class/Group Pictures
March 30                  No School – Good Friday
April 2                       No School – Easter Monday
April 4-6                   CogAt (Grades 1,3,5, and 7)
April 12-13               4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio
April 16-20               IOWA Assessment (K-8)
April 20                     Trinity Tribute, 7:00-10:00 PM, Ashton Villa

Monday Message 2/5/18

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity

ANNUAL FUND UPDATE:
We have received more than $110,000 in gifts and pledges to the Annual Fund, with 100% participation from our Board of Trustees and our faculty and staff and 36% parent participation. If you have not contributed now is the time.

The Annual Fund is essential to maintaining the standards of excellence Trinity has enjoyed for over 65 years. Each gift to the Annual Fund is set to immediate use for the good of the school and our children. Monies raised this year have been used for tangible things such as: water fountains, the large curtain divider in the MAC, curriculum software and our revolutionary Innovation Lab. Gifts also support ongoing teacher education, upgrades to our technology infrastructure, I.T. support, and the undertaking of our strategic plan (Vision 2023). My priority is always ensuring our school is safe. We have purchased an Emergency Notification System to coordinate with your information through My BackPack to ensure all families are immediately notified if there is an emergency or communication of significance. You will receive a test notification at 3:15 today. If your family is not notified, please go to My BackPack and confirm that your current contact information is up to date and then reply to this email.

Our current parents are the key to the success of the Annual Fund in three ways; first, our goal is to get 100% parent participation. A gift of any size, from every family, shows outside funding sources, and our accrediting agencies, that our parents believe in what we do. Secondly, parents’ opinions are valued and considered in setting priorities for the future of Trinity and lastly, a strong Annual Fund keeps tuition stable. It is not only about the money you give, but your support and feedback of our programs, such as the survey you filled out last month. Thank you to all who participated.

Together, we will continue to provide an excellent education that encourages our students to be the best of who they are and to ensure future years of academic excellence. Thank you for having faith in Trinity and investing in your child’s future.

With warm regards,

Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550
409.765.9391 https://tesgalv.org

Week At A Glance 2/2/18

PTO Parent Workday POSTPONED: Parents, please note the annual TES Parent Workday that was scheduled for next Saturday will be rescheduled, TBD. Thank you. – Randy Garcia, PTO Project Chair

Re-Enrollment Process: We have received many re-enrollment contracts this week but few Extended Day Agreements. Please note that your child’s contract cannot be processed and is not re-enrolled until this form is received. The form is available on the MyBackPack re-enrollment dashboard to the far right under “Additional Forms”. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you. –Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

Monday, February 5

Tuesday, February 6

  • Chapel, 8:15 AM (Logo Uniform)
  • The Grand Opera House presentation in K-1st classroom

Wednesday, February 7

Thursday, February 8

  • Chapel, 8:15 AM (Dress Uniform)
  • Grades K-3 goes to the Opera House

Friday, February 9

  • Mardi Dress Day: Students may dress in a Mardi Gras themed top with jeans or khaki bottoms. Students electing not to wear Mardi Gras gear should be in the usual school uniform. This is not a “free” dress.
  • Annual Beginning School Parade, 11:15 AM
  • Progress reports

Important Tidbits

Wearable Cellular Devices (iWatch or others) – Please be advised that any wearable device with internet or cellular service is prohibited for students on Trinity campus. These electronic communication devices are subject to our current Student Cell Phone policy found on page 61 of the Student Handbook. (Devices are to remain in the “off” position and stowed away at all times during the school day.) A written doctor’s note must be provided for an exception to be made for documented health reasons. Please contact Ms. Pistone if you have any questions. Thank you.

Last Chance-Music Event Offer: The Galveston Symphony (GSO) is offering free tickets to TES students for their upcoming concert, Sunday, February 11, 4:00PM Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Street. Each student can invite one adult to accompany them. Families who are interested should send an email to Alice O’Quinn (aliceoquinn@gmail.com) to reserve tickets by February 8. -–Laura Hyatt, Music

New Sibling/Faculty-Staff Enrollment: Open registration begins Tuesday, February 13. However, new siblings as well as first time faculty/staff children will have priority until February 26. If you have not already completed an online inquiry form, please do so as soon as possible by visiting the “Admissions” tab on our school’s website. This will get the prospective student in our system and start the process. If you have any questions regarding this process, email the Admissions Office at admissions@tesgalv.org. – TLW

Middle School Cheerleading Information: Cheerleading tryouts are around the corner! Interested in trying out? If you are currently in grades 5-7th, come to Mrs. Wisner’s room on February 7, 3:30 to get a tryout packet as well as a look into what is required to be a Charger Cheerleader. Can’t make it? Please send an email to either Mrs. Frye or Mrs. Wisner so you can get the tryout packet. FYI tryouts are February 26-March 2nd. Cheers! -Stephanie Frye, Cheer Sponsor and Coach

TES Public Relations Team: Reminder, if you have not already done so, please consider taking a moment this weekend to invite a family to our Open House event using the TES Open House postcard that was previously sent home. We appreciate your support.-TLW

School Holiday Approaching: TES will be closed on Monday, February 19, for Presidents’ Day.

Grandparents’ & Special Friends Day/Ash Wednesday: The Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion will be offered at school Chapel on Wednesday, February 14, at 8:15 AM. This begins the Season of Lent, and the ashes are an outward sign that, without God, we are only dust. Students in grades K-8 should wear “Dress” Chapel Uniform on Ash Wednesday. Chapel will not be held on Thursday. As always, parents are invited to join us for worship. A reception for Grandparents & Special Friends will enjoy a reception in the MAC immediately following the service. Students will begin dismissal with their guest at 11 AM.

Upcoming Events

February 8      PK2-PK4 Open House, 9AM-11AM; K-8 Grade, 11AM-4PM
February 9      Progress Reports go home
February 13    Open Registration begins
February 14    Grandparents’ & Special Friends Day, Noon Dismissal
February 19    No School, observing Presidents’ Day
February 22   Re-Enrollment Contracts due
February 23   Kindergarten Circus / Go Texan Day
March 2          Coffee & Chat, 7:45 AM, Leslie Otto Library
March 8          Report cards go home
March 12-16   Spring Break
March 22       Class/Group Pictures
March 30      No School – Good Friday
April 2           No School – Easter Monday
April 4-6       CogAt (Grades 1,3,5, and 7)
April 12-13   4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio
April 16-20  IOWA Assessment (K-8)
April 20        Trinity Tribute, 7:00-10:00 PM, Ashton Villa