Monday Message 1/29/18

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,

Last week was National School Choice Week and to commemorate the event, our PTO gave out scarves to all Trinity families that attended the ornament party in December. It was our way of thanking parents for choosing Trinity Episcopal School. School Choice is not taken lightly, we recognize and are thankful for, all our parents who choose Trinity. You have all given your child/ren the greatest gift of all, the gift of an independent school education. Below are some interesting facts about independent schools.

There are 33,619 private schools in the United States, serving 5.4 million PK-12 students. Private schools account for 25 percent of the nation’s schools and enroll 10 percent of all PK-12 students. Most private school students (79 percent) attend religiously-affiliated schools and most private schools are small: 87 percent have fewer than 300 students. According to findings from a meta-analysis of 90 studies on the effects of schools conducted by William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, and a professor at California State University, Long Beach, students in religious schools enjoy a significant academic advantage over their counterparts in traditional public schools and charter schools. The study also found that faith-based schools have narrower achievement gaps and better student behavioral outcomes. Jeynes calls religious schools “the best hope for American education” and says the nation should “rethink its strategy of espousing charter schools and overlooking the benefits of faith-based education.” Thank you for choosing Trinity!

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 1/26/18

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, January 29

  • 5th Grade goes to the Holocaust Museum

Tuesday, January 30

  • Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)
  • Basketball Game – HOME v. Living Stones (Girls), 4:00PM
  • Basketball Game – HOME v. Living Stones (BGold), 5:00PM

Wednesday, January 31

Thursday, February 1

  • Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform)
  • New Staff Member: We welcome our new Beginning School Director, Vashi Thompson. And we would like to thank Rachel Brown, for stepping in as acting director during this transition. Thank you.

Friday, February 2

  • 4th Grade visits the Bryan Museum
  • Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library

Important Tidbits

Late Arrivals/Change of Pickup Plans: When children arrive after 8:00 a.m., it is not only detrimental to their daily educational experience, it is also disruptive (and discourteous) to the educational experience of classmates. If K-8 students arrive after 8:00 a.m., they must be escorted into Moody Hall by a parent who signs them in at the main office. Plans for picking up students should be finalized before the day begins. Messages relayed to a child’s classroom also disturbs his/her class during an important segment of the learning day. Therefore, messages will be given only on an emergency basis. -Mark Ravelli

TES Admissions: Open Registration 2018-2019 is around the corner! We want to have an awesome admissions season. Spread the word about our great school! Help inform prospective parents that open registration starts on Tuesday, February 13. –Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

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

Reminder-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

Canceled-S.P.A.R.Q: Camp is cancelled for this Saturday. Sessions will resume the following Saturday. Thank you. – Coach Johnson

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

Spring Testing Dates: The CogAT will be administered on April 4-6 to students in grades 1,3,5,7. The Iowa Assessment, for students K-8th grade, is scheduled for April 16-20. Mark your calendars. – Amy Gaido, Asst. Head of School

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 19      No School, observing Presidents’ Day

February 22      Re-Enrollment Contracts due

February 23      Kindergarten Circus / Go Texan Day

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

April 12-13         4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio

Monday Message 1/22/18

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,

The Trinity Episcopal Community is a community of love. The people of our community keep us grounded in what is important in life. I recognize that every moment is an opportunity; with every new day, we experience a sense of belonging to something very special and bigger than ourselves. The children of Trinity demonstrate this to me daily. This community helps me to recognize that no one person is bigger, better, or more important than another. In our sixty-five years of existence, the Trinity community has stepped up time and time again to ensure those that surround us are safe, secure and feeling very special. We would be honored to share this community with your family.

Last Friday, students brought home an invitation to be given to their Grandparents or Special friend. We are asking our parents to make an invitation or use the one given to you last week in the Friday Folder. You can make this a family project by your child creating or handwriting an invitation. Trinity would like to share all that we do on our campus with your child’s grandparent or Special Friend this Valentine’s Day.

Our Grandparents’/Special Friends’ Day will be held Wednesday, February 14th beginning with an Ash Wednesday Eucharist Service and ending with your child’s Grandparent/Special Friend visiting the classroom. This is an opportunity for Grandparents/Special friends to visit the school and share in the lives of their grandsons and granddaughters. This is a half-day of school and a noon dismissal. We will permit children to go home with their Grandparent/Special friend beginning at 11:00.

Tentative Schedule for Grandparent/Special Friend:
8:15     Ash Wednesday Eucharist
9:15     Reception: Robert L. and Ann Moody Activity Center (Students return to class)
10:30   Grandparent/Special Friend to visit classroom/s
11:15   Students may begin to dismiss with Grandparent/Special Friend
12:00   Dismissal

  1. Grandparent “stand-ins” are welcome.
  2. Children who will have neither a grandparent nor a surrogate grandparent present should still be in attendance. We will provide opportunities for all students to honor and celebrate the senior members of their families.
  3. Beginning School (PK2-PK4) Grandparents’ Day information will be distributed separately.
  4. Past experience has shown that few grandparents of Middle School (Grades 6-8) are in attendance on this day, but all are certainly welcome.

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 1/19/18

Priority Enrollment: Our admissions season for 2018-2019 is fast approaching! Re-enrollment will launch this Monday, January 22 via MyBackPack email. Current TES students have priority until February 22. If there is an error in your child’s contract, do not submit. Contact the Office of Admissions so the error can be corrected before submission. Thank you for choosing Trinity. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you. – Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

Monday, January 22

  • Basketball Game – HOME v. Brazosport (Girls), 4:00PM
  • Basketball Game – HOME v. Brazosport (BGold), 5:00PM
  • The PTO Parent Education event will be held in the Lunchroom, 6PM. Aaron and Holly Sanders, Pastors of Coastal Community Church, will present an educational program on Parenting Our Kids in a Digital World. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Tuesday, January 23

  • Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)
  • Basketball Game – AWAY v. Family Christian (Girls), 4:00PM
  • Basketball Game – AWAY v. Family Christian (BGold), 5:00PM

Wednesday, January 24

Thursday, January 25

Friday, January 26

  • The Annual Geo Bee, 1:30PM in the MAC

Important Tidbits

TES Admissions: Open Registration 2018-2019 is around the corner! We want to have an awesome admissions season. Spread the word about our great school! Help inform prospective parents that open registration will start on Tuesday, February 13. Enclosed in the youngest sibling’s Friday folders is an invitation to our open house event, please use it to invite a family member or friend. – Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

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

Student Accounts: As per our school policy, students may not re-enroll if the parent has an account with the school over 60 days in arrears. With re-enrollment fast approaching, please be cognizant of the status of your account(s). Thank you.

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

Box Top Collection: Send in your Box Tops on Monday, January 22. Label your baggy with student’s name/grade/homeroom teacher. Congratulations to fall semester class winners of a non-uniform dress day: 4th/Kelemen and 7th/Charpentier. Thank you for your support. – Box Top Committee

S.P.A.R.Q: Camp will continue this Saturday from 930-1030 in the MAC. All 4-8th graders are invited to the workout. $5/child. – Coach Johnson

Upcoming Events

February 2                  Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library

February 3                  PTO Parent Workday, 8AM-12PM

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 19                No School, observing Presidents’ Day

February 22               Re-Enrollment Contracts due

February 23               Kindergarten Circus

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

April 12-13                 4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio

Monday Message 1/15/18

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,

Parenting Kids in a Digital World: When we think back to our youthful years, chances are some of our fondest memories involve outdoor activities and places. Maybe it was riding our bike through the neighborhood or playing hide and seek in nearby woods with friends. In my childhood days, I was told, “get out of the house and don’t come home until the streetlights went on.” Unfortunately, many of today’s children spend far less time outdoors (often for legitimate reasons). Video games, television, and screen-time-related activities may expose children to some incredible visual images, but being outside and seeing something completely first-hand has more value in the long run.

While technological skills are extremely important to our children growing up in this century, I think that teaching our children conflict resolution and social skills may be one of the most important responsibilities we have as educators and parents. With technology increasingly saturating our world, time accelerates, and distances shrink. We find ourselves living increasingly fast-paced lives which can result in stress and increased difficulty maintaining cohesive families and lasting friendships. More than ever, we all need robust interpersonal skills to fulfill our need for productive and meaningful relationships. I received most of my childhood training in my neighborhood and through unstructured times at school. When given the opportunity to be “bored” without any electronic stimulation, children are more likely to practice and develop social skills. As they do, there are more able to express themselves and learn about the world around them and their place in it. This in turn should help promote autonomy, sound decision making, and effective organizational skills.

Please join us next, Monday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m.in the school cafeteria for an evening with Pastor Aaron Sanders and his wife Holly Sanders as they present on, “Parenting Kids in a Digital World.” Pastor Sanders will segment a practical seminar designed to help parents with children of all ages navigate the digital world with wisdom and grace. Each year the PTO secures a parent education workshop to help strengthen our parenting skills. Thank you, PTO, for this important evening.

Lastly, the forecast calls for an Arctic Blast and when the temperature dips below 40 degrees. On these days students and staff may wear jeans and non-uniform outerwear. Our priority is to keep everyone warm and engaged.

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 1/12/18

Spirit Gear update – Many thanks to all of you who are patiently waiting to receive your spirit gear orders. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the delivery of the remaining orders. We are working with the vendor to get this problem resolved as soon as possible and we will deliver upon arrival. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. -Class of 2018

Monday, January 15

No School, observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16

Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)
8th Grade to BHS for campus tour
Basketball Game – HOME v. Living Stones (Girls), 4:00PM
Basketball Game – HOME v. Living Stones (BGold), 5:00PM

Wednesday, January 17

Thursday, January 18

Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform)
K-3 go to Opera House
Basketball Game – AWAY v. Arcadia (Girls), 4:00PM
Basketball Game – AWAY v. Arcadia (BGold), 5:00PM

Friday, January 19

Important Tidbits

Master Calendar: Please note that that there have been recent changes made to the master calendar, so review at your convenience to stay up-to-date. Thank you.

Priority Enrollment: Our admissions season for 2018-2019 is fast approaching! Re-enrollment kicks off on January 22 via an email announcing the contracts have been posted. Current TES students have priority until February 22. We have set an upward trend the past few years, so we are looking to surpass last year’s enrollment numbers which was our largest group to date. Please let me know if you have any questions at admissions@tesgalv.org. Thank you. –Thomala Walker, Director of Admissions

Volunteers Needed: We are looking for lunch monitors to provide our teachers a quiet lunch period once a month. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the link below http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0948aaa928a2fc1-teslunch2 – Monica Clark, Coordinator

Kindergarten Open House: Our annual Kindergarten admissions preview will be held on Thursday, January 25, 5:30PM in Trinity Church. We invite current PK4 families to come and take a peek into their rising grade. This is an opportunity to get details about this program. Light refreshments will be served. Please click the link to reserve a space at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWFgTpcRCAXOaGXfMHfi18nm0ivZeWlgGExsfAYPG8G0Hcmw/viewform?c=0&w=1. We look forward to seeing you there! – TLW

Student Accounts: As per our school policy, students may not re-enroll if the parent has an account with the school over 60 days in arrears. With re-enrollment fast approaching, please be cognizant of the status of your account(s). Thank you.

Upcoming PTO Event: The PTO Parent Education Program will be held on Monday, January 22, 6:00 – 8:00PM in the Lunchroom. Aaron and Holly Sanders, Pastors of Coastal Community Church, have been invited by the PTO to present an educational program for parents titled Parenting Our Kids in a Digital World. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided. – Jennifer Hart, Parent Education Chair

Upcoming Events

January 22                             Re-Enrollment contracts are offered
January 25                             Kindergarten Open House Event, 5:30-7:00PM
February 2                             Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library
February 3                             PTO Parent Workday, 8AM-12PM
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 19                            No School, observing Presidents’ Day
February 22                            Re-Enrollment Contracts due
February 23                            Kindergarten Circus
March 2                                   Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library
March 8                                   Report cards go home
March 12-16                            Spring Break
April 12-13                              4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio

Monday Message 1/8/18

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,

The community came together over the Holiday break to remember a steadfast member that passed, way too young. Thank you to everyone that contributed to her memory. There are too many to thank, and I will forget someone. You know who you are, and Mrs. Funston is smiling down upon the Trinity community. New Year’s is the only holiday that commemorates the passage of time. Perhaps that is why, as the final seconds of the year tick away, we become introspective. Predictably, that introspection turns to thoughts of self-improvement and the annual ritual of making resolutions, which offers the first of many important tools for “remaking ourselves!”

Resolutions are important to adults and children. It is a promise, a pledge, a proclamation of oneself. It is important to move forward with the New Year. Ask your children what their resolutions are and help them pronounce something they want to improve upon. Make sure you as a role model undertake a resolution. Together as a family write down your New Year’s Resolutions and help each other reach your goals. Accomplishments are important in children’s lives. For children, it is important to confirm and reward the hard work that is put forth in reaching that goal vs. the final product. Celebrate actions as often as possible and continue to grow not only as individuals but as a family and a community.

One program we want to improve upon is Stay and Play. I am happy to report that Stay and Play is thriving. Our K-8 students work hard to finish their homework and look forward to the games and activities we have available in extended day. We understand that it can be a long day for the students who participate in Stay and Play, and the After-School team constantly looks for ways to improve programming for your children. Below I would like to highlight a few changes for spring:

Parents and teachers may now enroll students in Homework Lab. Help ensure your child has a quiet, focused environment to work on assignments from 3:15 to 4:15pm by signing them up on a daily or weekly basis. The signup form is accessible at https://tesgalv.org/homework.

The Rosenberg Library is a quiet zone available to us on Wednesdays. I will accompany Stay and Play on weekly library trips geared toward reading, research and homework. Small groups may also explore different areas and services within Rosenberg.

Parents may now view and subscribe to a weekly activities calendar. Stay and Play Instructors facilitate structured and unstructured activities each afternoon. Structured activities run from 3:45-4:45pm and include art projects, LEGO building, group games, movie days and more. The calendar is accessible at https://tesgalv.org/play.

Providing feedback is now even easier. We love learning which things work and which need some work. The feedback form is accessible at https://tesgalv.org/play.

The pioneering psychologist Jean Piaget viewed play as the work of children – it is their opportunity to construct their ideas about the world. Thank you for entrusting us with your child. We are dedicated to providing your children with a safe and nurturing environment. As 17th century poet John Donne reminds us, “No man is an island… because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Happy New Year,

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

Monday Message 12/18/17

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

I love history and I have learned a lot about Galveston history through many of you, so I thought I would share some history from my neck of the woods. James Pierpont was born on April 25, 1822 in Boston, Massachusetts. While he attended a boarding school in New Hampshire he wrote a poem to his mother for Thanksgiving about a sleigh ride. In 1849, Pierpont left his wife and children with his father in Massachusetts and went off to California to open a business in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. His business failed after his goods burned in a fire. More bad luck prevailed for Pierpont, as his wife died in 1856 in Boston and so he decided to follow his brother to Savannah, GA taking a post as the organist and music director of a church. To support himself, he also gave organ and singing lessons.

He had accomplished nothing he set out to do or be. His poem to his mother was turned into a song and was originally performed in a Sunday school concert on Thanksgiving in Savannah, Georgia. In 1859, it was re-released with the title “Jingle Bells, or The One Horse Open Sleigh”. The song was not a hit either time. James Pierpont died a failure in 1893.

Why am I sharing this? It’s not an uncommon story. Many nineteenth-century men had similar lives — similar failures and successes. In one very important sense, James Pierpont was not a failure. Every year, in December, we celebrate his success. We carry in our heart and mind a lifelong memorial to him. It’s a song, not about Jesus or angels or even Santa Claus. It’s a simple song about the joy of whizzing through the cold white dark of winter’s gloom in a sleigh pulled by one horse. And with the company of friends, laughing and singing all the way. No more. No less. James Pierpont wrote “Jingle Bells.”

To write a song that stands for the simplest joys, to write a song that three or four hundred million people around the world know by heart– a song about something they’ve never done but can imagine — a song that every one of us, large and small, can belt out the moment the chord is struck on the piano and the chord is struck in our spirit — well, that’s not failure. One snowy afternoon in deep winter, James Pierpont penned the lines as a small gift for his mother and in doing so he left behind a permanent gift for Christmas — the best kind — not the one under the tree, but the invisible, invincible one of joy.

John Pierpont verifies that everything we do matters.

Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols is on Wednesday at 10:30 and in the past, we have had a full church; therefore, for those of you who cannot attend Wednesday or want better seats we will have a full-dress rehearsal on Tuesday at 8:45. Photography is acceptable on Tuesday.

Keeping Everyone Safe

SWAT team training at Trinity Episcopal School on Dec. 21st & 22nd and again Jan. 2nd & 3rd. Do not be alarmed if while driving by you see police activity at the School. Trinity church will remain open, and students are on holiday.

Wishing you and yours a very safe and memorable holiday,

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

Week At A Glance 12/15/17

Calling all Christmas Elves! TES has been asked to provide entertainment for the families picking up their “Angel” presents tomorrow, Saturday, December 16 at the old Dillard’s store at Mall of the Mainland. We are to sing at 10:00-10:30. Possibly the ukulele group will play also. All children, parents, choir and former choir members are invited to join in the fun and sing carols. I will have Santa Hats and music. Please come give a gift of your time to support families who have lost so much this year.-Laura Hyatt, Music Director

Monday, December 18

• MS Exam Day

Tuesday, December 19

• MS Exam Day
• Lessons and Carols Dress Rehearsal, Trinity Church, 8:45AM, flash photography welcomed at this service only

Wednesday, December 20

• Beginning School Musicale, Trinity Church, 9:00AM
• Lessons and Carols, Trinity Church, 10:30AM (Dress Uniform); no flash photography, please. Late Arrivals: The program will begin promptly at 10:30AM. Parents arriving after that time should be seated quickly, keeping the back of the church clear for the featured 1st Grade.

2018

Friday, January 5

• No School – Teacher Preparation Day

Monday, January 8

Welcome Back! Classes Resume

Tuesday, January 9

• Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)
• Basketball Game – AWAY @ Brazosport (Girls), 4:00PM
• Basketball Game – AWAY @ Brazosport (BGold), 5:00PM

Wednesday, January 10

Thursday, January 11

• Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform)
• Basketball Game – HOME v. Eagle Heights (BGold), 5:00PM

Friday, January 12

• Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library
• Report Cards go home

Important Tidbits

Holiday Break: Immediately following Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, Lower School students will be dismissed from their homerooms. Beginning and Middle School students will be dismissed as usual. There will be no Extended Day or Stay & Play. Classes for students will reconvene on Monday, January 8.

Trinity Church: Please join Trinity Episcopal Church on Christmas Eve, for the Family Service. The Live Nativity on the Garth will begin at 5:00 with the service starting at 5:30PM in the Church. Every child attending will have a part in the Service! Nursery is staffed, but all are welcome to join. Also enjoy Instrumental Music & Carols at 9:00PM, Candlelight Service with Holy Eucharist at 9:30PM Christmas Eve. Come Celebrate Christ’s Birth! -Danielle Barker Alvarado, Director of Christian Education for Children

Upcoming Events

January 15                   No School, observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 22                  Re-Enrollment contracts are offered
January 25                  Kindergarten Open House Event, 5:30-7:00PM
February 2                  Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library
February 3                  PTO Parent Workday, 8AM-12PM
February 8                  PK2-PK4 Open House, 9AM-11AM; K-8 Grade, 11AM-4PM
February 13                Open Registration begins
February 19                No School, observing Presidents’ Day
February 22                Re-Enrollment Contracts due
February 23                Kindergarten Circus
March 2                       Coffee & Chat, 7:45AM, Leslie Otto Library
March 12-16               Spring Break
April 12-13                  4th Grade Texas History Trip – San Antonio

Monday Message 12/11/17

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

The Christmas season is upon us and it is a time during which we often become more reflective. In Beginning School through Grade 8 schools such as Trinity and throughout the land, students grow excited at the prospect of what is to come. Stores begin to thrive with gift givers, streets are festooned with additional lights and decorations, messages of good will abound. When people greet one another, there is a special feeling in the, “Greetings”; warm thoughts begin to infuse our days. The Christmas holidays in many ways seek to invite us all in a common feeling of affection.

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

As we approach this holy time in our calendar, I ask for you to read this familiar hymn as a poem. So often we sing the hymns of Christmas during this time of year and the music often overshadows the words. If you pause and reread the words to this hymn several times, you will be able to paint the picture about the miracle of the birth of Jesus. I have also found that this hymn can give us many insights into answering the questions of our children as Christmas approaches. Take the other hymns of Christmas and read them as poems too and an entirely new portrait will be painted for you through language.

Here at Trinity you will see and hear about advent. The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin ‘Adventus,’ which means ‘coming.’ Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year (in the Western churches), and encompasses the span of time from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated. Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. It has significance because it is a season of looking forward and waiting for something greater; both for the annual celebration of the event of Christ’s birth, and for the time when Christ will come again. Let us all reflect on the most powerful life force which is love.

Faithfully,

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