Week At A Glance 10/26/17

Reminder: Please be reminded there is no school tomorrow. Our faculty/staff will be participating in professional development either at the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) in Houston or on-campus. Thank you.

Monday, October 30

Tuesday, October 31

Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)

The Beginning School Halloween Parade starts at 11:15AM. The parade will proceed through Moody Hall, to MS around the Sport Court, then through the MAC and back to Beginning School.

Wednesday, November 1

The Feast of All Saints Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform) The names of loved ones who have died in the past year will be read in our prayers and Holy Communion will be offered.

Blazer season begins for Middle School students on dress chapel day, starting today.

Food Drive – Our Annual Student Council canned-food collection starts today. Please help us with this community event benefiting the St. Vincent’s House. Needs for St. Vincent’s House include peanut butter, Vienna sausages, canned salmon, individual cracker packs (peanut butter/cheese), canned fruit, and canned tuna. Items that are ready-to-eat foods that do not require heating. As items are brought in, they will be kept in homerooms until the Ingathering in Chapel on Thursday, November 16.

Thursday, November 2

No chapel today. Student should be in regular uniform.

Friday, November 3

Coffee & Chat w/ Mark and Amy, Otto Library, 7:45AM

Non-uniform Day for students who attended Family Night. Students may verify with their homeroom teacher.

Housekeeping Notes

Officers for the Roger Cilley Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society were inducted in school chapel last month. The officers are: Bethany Janson, President; Maggie Cragar, Vice-President; Mary Breitbach, Secretary; Megan Maxwell, Treasurer; Maggie Farmer, Parliamentarian. -Donna Cucco, NJHS Faculty Sponsor

New Access Point: Please note that the glass door on Ball Street is the main access point AFTER 8:00AM AND BEFORE 2:45 PM. Morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up protocols remained the same. – Chloe Knauer, Main Office

Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for lunch monitors to provide our teachers a quite lunch period twice per month. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the link below to sign up for November and/or December. Thank you in advance. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0948aaa928a2fc1-teslunch

End of Daylight Savings Time Approaching: Saturday, November 4, before you hit the sack, don’t forget to set your clock back an hour. Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 5.

Congratulations to Hayley and Jason Hardcastle on the birth of their new daughter as well as to big sister, Hayden (K). Holdyn Kathleen Hardcastle was born on Monday weighing-in at 8 lbs. We look forward to her becoming a Trinity Charger!

Upcoming Events

November 1-16                  St. Vincent’s Food Drive
November 5                       Time Change –Fall Back!
November 7-10                 8th Grade History Trip to Boston
November 8                       Astros Day (Grades K-8)
November 14                     HOS Installation, 8:15AM, Church
November 16                     Food Drive Collection in Chapel
November 20-24              No School – Thanksgiving Holiday
November 24                    TES Choir performs at Christmas Tree Lighting, 6:30PM
November 30                    Kindergarten Open House Event, 5:30-7:00PM
December 14                     Open House Event – PK2-PK4, 9:00-11AM / Open House Event – K-8th Grade 11AM-4PM
December 20                    Lessons & Carols – Noon Dismissal / (There will be no BS Ext. Day or Stay & Play offered)

Monday Message 10/23/17

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

“What exactly is an Episcopal school?”  The National Association of Episcopal Schools says it best.

Episcopal schools are most distinctive when they are true to their mission and when they do so in a graceful and inclusive manner. Episcopal schools are created to be communities that honor, celebrate and worship God as the center of life. They are created to be models of God’s love and grace. They are created to serve God in Christ in all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion. They are created to “strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.” These principles are the basis on which identity and vocation are to be defined in Episcopal schools.

Episcopal schools have been established, however, not solely as communities for Christians, like a parish church, but as ecumenical and diverse ministries of educational and human formation for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Episcopal schools are populated by a rich variety of human beings, from increasingly diverse religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. It is also a distinguishing characteristic of these schools that they seek to integrate religious and spiritual formation into the overall curriculum and life of each school community. Episcopal schools are clear, yet graceful, about how they articulate and express their basic identities, especially in their religious curricula and traditions. They invite all who attend and work in them—Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians, Christians and non-Christians, people of no faith tradition—both to seek clarity about their own beliefs and religions and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their own lives. Above all, Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God.

In practice, these principles and ideals are expressed through:

  • School Worship that is creative, inclusive, draws fully upon the liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church, and is a regular part of school life for all faculty and students.
  • Community Life, in which reflection, prayer, and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, mental, and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured. All Trinity families and friends are welcomed each Tuesday and Thursday to our 8:15 Morning Chapel Service.
  • Religious Formation and Study that is meaningful, academically substantive, and age-appropriate; and in teaching the Christian tradition, fosters dialogue with other faith traditions.
  • Social Justice, which is the integration of the ideals and concepts of equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school; the embracing and honoring of diversity; and the inclusion of community service and service-learning as an integral part of the life of the school.

Weaving these principles into the very fabric of Trinity’s overall ethos, along with a strong curriculum and high standards, is what truly distinguishes us from the rest.

With warm regards,

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

Week At A Glance 10/20/17

National Recognition:  Trinity graduates, Charlie Cragar (son of Arden Cragar/K) and Barrett Gaertner each earned Commended Scholar recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Program based on their PSAT scores.  Congratulations!  We are proud of you!

Monday, October 23

Harcourt representative visits campus as faculty work on reading curriculum, 3:20PM

Tuesday, October 24

Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)

Wednesday, October 25

Pink Out Day: K-8 students are invited to participate in the MS NJHS sponsored fundraiser that will benefit D’Feet Breast Cancer Foundation by making a $5 donation to wear pink or an appropriate breast cancer awareness shirt with jeans or uniform bottoms to school. Thank you for your support.  –Donna Cucco, NJHS Faculty Sponsor

Thursday, October 26

Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform)

Individual retakes. This date is also for new students and students who were absent. Students who are retaking should bring back the originally purchased packets.

MS Dance, 7:00-9:00PM

Friday, October 27

No School: Our faculty/staff will be participating in professional development either at the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) in Houston or on-campus.

Housekeeping Notes

TMS Honors: The first quarter Honor Roll is as follows: Highest Honors-6th Grade – Evelyn Gault, Zoe McCLure, Ella Sullivan; 7th Grade – Austin Gabriel, Nicolo Garofalo, Anna Xia Lyons;  8th Grade – David Benard, Maggie Cragar, Maggie Farmer, Megan Maxwell, Noa Seigel, Ryan Dorado, Sara Gabriel, Caden Henderson, Bethany Janson, Mac Livanec.  Honors-6th Grade – Wyatt Culling, Charli Dean, Chloe Jolin, Vann Latham, Molly Lyons, Finn Mignerey, Connor O’Donohoe, Lucy Schnell, Chloe Stein; 7th Grade – Bella Alvarado, Ethan Caesar, Katie Collins, Emily Cook, Elliot Garza, Shaifer Goalan, Sasha Jaworski, Jacob LaForte, Alen Skormin, Asia Suayan, Haylie Wisner; 8th Grade – Leo Clark, Sky Denson, Tyler Garcia, Ty O’Connor, Anna Shepherd, Mary Breitbach, Genevieve Brown, Maddy Haver, James Trimble. – Amy Gaido, Assistant Head of School

Vision/Hearing: Our screenings for vision and hearing has concluded for this school year. Thank you Amy O’Connor and Florence Dorado for helping us accomplish this huge task. Your time and knowledge is greatly appreciated. – Amy Gaido, Asst. Head of School

Parade: The Beginning School will have their annual Halloween parade on Tuesday, October 31, at 11:15AM. The parade will proceed through Moody Hall, to MS around the Sport Court, then through the MAC and back to Beginning School.

The Feast of All Saints will be observed in school chapel on November 1. Names of loved ones who have died in the past year will be read in our prayers and Holy Communion will be offered. Please submit names to your oldest enrolled child’s homeroom teacher by Thursday, October 26th.

Upcoming Events

November 1                                        The Feast of All Saints Chapel (Dress Uniform)

November 1-16                                  Food Ingathering Drive

November 3                                       Coffee & Chat w/ Mark and Amy, Otto Library

November 5                                       Time Change –Fall Back!

November 7-10                                 8th Grade History Trip to Boston

November 8                                       Twin Day (Grades 6-8) / Spirit Day (Grades K-5)

November 14                                     HOS Installation, 8:15AM, Church

November 16                                     Food Ingathering Collection in Chapel

November 20-24                              No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30                                    Kindergarten Open House Event, 5:30-7:00PM

December 14                                     Open House Event – PK2-PK4, 9:00-11AM / Open House Event – K-8th Grade 11AM-4PM

December 20                                    Lessons & Carols – Noon Dismissal / (There will be no BS Ext. Day or Stay & Play offered)

Monday Message 10/16/17

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

On Tuesdays and Thursdays your child has the opportunity to start their school day off with Morning Prayer. If you can make this 25 minute service it is a rewarding way to share a moment, not only with your child, but with our school community. I promise it will be an abundant means to start your day, with a rewarding and powerful time of comfort. Each grade leads a segment of the Morning Prayer and it is just one of the many ways we promote leadership here at Trinity.

On Wednesday, November 1, Holy Communion will be offered. As always, parents are welcome to attend and participate with us. Students and adults are invited to receive communion at our school. If you do not wish your child to receive communion, please discuss this with your child, so s/he will know not to receive. (A question for this purpose was a part of your child’s Permission/Authorization form, so please inform us in writing if your wishes have changed.) Any child who is not receiving communion should cross arms over his or her chest at the altar rail. When the clergy see arms crossed, they will give a blessing instead of offering communion. A person may receive bread alone declining the cup if they so choose….receiving in “one kind.” We depend upon our parents to judge if receiving communion at school is compatible with the religious beliefs and practices of their families.

At Trinity Episcopal School, Holy Communion is typically offered two or three times per year. Each person who partakes receives a small piece of bread and a small sip of diluted wine. Traditionally, on All Saints Day we remember those special persons in our lives who have died in the past year and gone before us to the nearer presence of God. At the time of our prayers, names of the deceased will be read from lists made by our classroom teachers.

Please submit names from your family to your oldest enrolled child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, October 27th.

Faithfully,

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

Week At A Glance 10/13/17

Please Note: This week MS Student Council will be sponsoring the national awareness “Drug-Free” campaign with Red Ribbon Week. This is a week of special dress days. Each day has a specific meaning. Students electing not to wear the described attire should be in the usual school uniform. This is not “free” dress. –Amy Gaido, Asst. Head of School

Monday, October 16

The first nine weeks report cards go home. Please sign and return on Tuesday, October 17.

Red Ribbon Week: “Be Smart-Don’t Do Drugs”- Dress like a mathlete/nerd.

Tuesday, October 17

Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)

Red Ribbon Week: “It Is Cool to Be Drug-free” – Wear all blue (top & bottom) and enjoy a popsicle at lunch provided by Student Council.

Soccer Match at AWAY @ St. Marks, 4:00PM

Wednesday, October 18

Red Ribbon Week: “Stop Drugs in Their Tracks”- Dress like an athlete/wear track suits.

Thursday, October 19

Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform)

Red Ribbon Week: “My Future Matters, I’m Drug-free”- Wear college tee and jeans.

Soccer Match AWAY @ Chinquapin, 4:00PM

Friday, October 20

Galveston Fire Department will be on campus for PK-2nd Grade, 8:30-11:00AM

Red Ribbon Week: “Celebrate Red Ribbon Week”- Wear all red (top & bottom).

Housekeeping Notes 

Update: The 2016-2017 Charger yearbook has been reprinted. The new yearbook will go home today and old ones will continue to be collected at the Luau. Contact Theresa Pistone tpistone@tesgalv.org or Kelli Acosta kacosta@tesgalv.org if you have questions.

School Pictures Reminder:  Individual retakes and sports pictures are scheduled for Thursday, October 26. This date is also for new students and students who were absent. Students who are retaking should bring back their originally purchased packets.

Pink Out Day: The NJHS is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit D’Feet Breast Cancer. For a $5 donation, students will support this worthy cause by wearing pink or an appropriate breast cancer awareness shirt with jeans or uniform bottoms to school on Wednesday, October 25. Thank you.  –Donna Cucco, NJHS Faculty Sponsor

The Feast of All Saints will be observed in school chapel on November 1. Names of loved ones who have died in the past year will be read in our prayers and Holy Communion will be offered. Please refer to the Head of School’s information in the next Monday Message.

Upcoming Events

October 25                                           NJHS Sponsored “Pink” Day

October 26                                           Individual Picture RETAKES / MS Dance, 7:00-9:00PM

October 27                                            No School, SAES Professional Dev. Conference

November 1-16                                    Food Ingathering Drive

November 3                                         Coffee & Chat w/ Mark and Amy, Otto Library

November 7-10                                   8th Grade History Trip to Boston

November 8                                         Twin Day (Grades 6-8)/Spirit Day (Grades K-5)

November 14                                       HOS Installation, 8:15AM, Church

November 16                                       Food Ingathering Collection in Chapel

November 20-24                                No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30                                      Kindergarten Open House Event, 5:30-7:00PM

December 14                                       Open House Event – PK2-PK4, 9:00-11AM

Open House Event – K-8th Grade 11AM-4PM

December 20                                      Lessons & Carols – Noon Dismissal

Monday Message 10/10/17

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

In my schooling days the three R’s were Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (only one of which actually begins with an R). At Trinity the three R’s are Rigor, Risk-taking and Reading. In previous Monday Messages I focused on Rigor and Risk-taking and today I will focus on Reading.

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Reading, as defined by Wikipedia, is “a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning. It is a means of language acquisition of communication, and of sharing information and ideas. Like all language, it is a complex interaction between the text and the reader which is shaped by the reader’s prior knowledge, experiences, attitude, and language community which is culturally and socially situated. The reading process requires continuous practice, development, and refinement.” Readers use a variety of reading strategies to assist with decoding (to translate symbols into sounds or visual representations of speech and comprehension). Readers may use semantics, syntax and/or context clues to identify the meaning of unknown words. Readers integrate the words they have read into their existing framework of knowledge or schema. The key is exposure and repetition to the written word.

Trinity will continue to expose your children to the written word and we will continue to keep the school at the forefront with rigorous academics. We must always look ahead, educating our students to meet the challenges of an ever changing world. We as adults can guide our children with Rigor and Risk-taking by instilling the third R: Reading. Reading is still the best preparation for an unknown future. If one does not learn to read then one will not read to learn.

Please join us this Friday, October 13th beginning at 5:00 p.m. for Family Night followed by the Luau. Beginning School through Grade 5 will share their classroom with you and K through 5 will receive passports and proceed to share with you the various places they visit throughout the school week. Middle school students will host these special area classrooms and give out stamps and stickers at each stop. Lastly, after talking to the parents at the PTO Executive Meeting we will not be having the Fall Carnival. There were many reasons associated with this decision with the most underlining issue being that many of the parents present are just plain tired and want other parent/volunteers to step forward with such events.

With warm regards,

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

Week At A Glance 10/6/17

Sunday, October 8

Music Event Offer: The Galveston Symphony (GSO) is offering free student tickets to Trinity Episcopal School for the performances.  Each student can invite up to 2 adults to accompany them.  All families who are interested should send an email to Alice O’Quinn (aliceoquinn@gmail.com) to reserve tickets.  The next symphony is today at 4:00PM, the Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Street. Tickets will be available for pick up one hour before curtain (3:00) in Edna’s Room. –Laura Hyatt, Music Director

Monday, October 9

No School (observance of Columbus Day)

Tuesday, October 10

Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)

Volleyball Match at AWAY @ Family Christian, 4:00PM

Wednesday, October 11

Soccer Match at HOME  v. Chinquapin, 4:30PM at Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex

Thursday, October 12

Chapel, 8:15AM (Spirit Dress Day)

Spirit Day: Students are permitted to dress in “Spirit” dress. Students may wear TES spirit shirts with jeans or khaki bottoms. Students electing not to wear spirit gear should be in the usual school uniform. This is not a “free” dress. Please follow the rules so that we can continue this tradition. –Amy Gaido, Asst. Head of School

Spring Event Planning Meeting, 8:30AM or 12PM in Kelso Library. We are calling for volunteers. We’re celebrating 65 years! The TES spring fundraising event is scheduled for April 2018 and we need your help to organize and plan an event worthy of this milestone. If you are unable to attend either meeting but would like to help, email me at twalker@tesgalv.org. Thank you in advance for helping make this a spectacular event!

Pep Rally at 2PM with a Student v. Faculty Volleyball Game following at 2:15PM in the MAC.

Friday, October 13

Luau Dress Day: Students may wear luau themed attire. Footwear as usual, socks and tennis shoes. Students not in luau themed attire should wear usual uniform dress.

7th grade goes kayaking with Artist Boat, 9AM-2PM

TES Family Night 5:00-6:00PM. Please make plans to come get a glimpse of what your child does at TES and build community with us.

PTO Back-To-School Luau will follow at 6:00-7:30PM on the playground

Housekeeping Notes

Report Cards: The first nine weeks grading period has closed. Report cards will be sent home on Monday, October 16.

Music Lessons: We are pleased to announce that additional independent music lessons will be offered for students interested in learning string instruments and percussion. Instructions are available for but not limited to the following instruments: guitar, ukulele, bass and percussion. Lessons are available on campus during P.E./recess periods or at the instructor’s home studio. For more information, contact Clark Duhon at (409) 750-1627 or cwd_psych@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Events

October 16                                                          Report cards go home (K-8)

October 16-20                                                    Red Ribbon Week

October 19                                                          General PTO Meeting

October 26                                                          Individual Picture RETAKES

October 27                                                          No School, SAES Professional Dev. Conference

November 3                                                        Coffee & Chat w/ Mark and Amy, Otto Library

November 7-10                                                  8th Grade History Trip to Boston

November 14                                                      HOS Installation, 8:15AM, Church

November 20-24                                               No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday Message 10/2/17

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

As we progress further into the school year, it is truly exciting to see what the Trinity community has accomplished in such a short time. At our Back to School Orientation evening, I shared that our Annual Fund goal was simply to get to 100 percent parent participation. As we celebrate 65 years of educating young leaders, I asked our Board of Trustees and our faculty and staff to lead the way in giving. To date these numbers have been staggering. When people believe in the mission of the school and its impact on the lives of our students, the possibilities are infinite. I would like to express my most sincere appreciation to you for making a Trinity education possible for the bright and aspiring students we serve. If you have given to the 2017-2018 Annual Fund, thank you; if you have not, then now is the time to do so. You will be receiving a solicitation letter in the mail this week and I ask that you participate in helping us reach our goal of 100% school community involvement.

Your continued support empowers Trinity to provide an enriching academic experience to our talented and diverse student population. To date Annual Fund dollars have gone towards the following initiatives: technology in the classrooms, relevant software updates and maintenance of the student information system, a further developed MAC with a barrier curtain to support more programs afterschool, software acquisitions to provide online and mobile communication conveniences for our new website, the creation of an Innovation Lab, increased safety and security, building repairs from Hurricane Harvey, equipment/furniture replacement, and faculty professional development.

As part of your charitable giving this year, I hope you will consider getting us to 100 percent parent participation. Your gift will help ensure that Trinity continues to maintain the highest level of academic excellence. Thank you for your past generosity and continued support.

Faithfully,

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

Week At A Glance 9/29/17

Sunday, October 1

Trinity School Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church,10:30AM Eucharist. All school families are invited to attend and help us show thanksgiving for our sponsoring parish. K-8 students should be in their dress uniform. Children are welcome to the Service, but the nursery will be staffed 8:00AM-12:00PM for the youngest angels (3 and younger). Children age 4 -5th Grade are also invited to attend Godly Play (Children’s Sunday School). Cupcake reception will follow on the Garth.

Trinity Church will host a Blessing of the Pets service at 4:30PM on the Garth with a pet parade to follow. This service is open to students and pets of all ages.

Monday, October 2

Room Parents for 2017-2018 have been confirmed. Please be on the lookout for ways to help with your class, if applicable.  See the list below.

Tuesday, October 3

Chapel, 8:15AM (Logo Uniform)

Grades K-2 go to the Opera House

Wednesday, October 4

Immediately after morning drop-off, 6th grade departs for Camp Allen to participate in the Discovery Program at Camp Allen near Navasota, Texas. The program includes leadership development, team building and environmental studies.

Thursday, October 5

Chapel, 8:15AM (Dress Uniform)

Friday, October 6

Blessing of the Pets: The Beginning School (PK2-PK4) will observe St. Francis of Assisi Day at 8:15AM with the Blessing of the Pets service on their playground. The event commemorates St. Francis’ special love of animals and will be officiated by The Rev. Ed Thompson. Each PK2-PK4 child is encouraged to bring a pet, a picture of a pet, or a stuffed animal to be blessed during chapel that morning. All live animals must be accompanied by an adult and must go home after chapel.

Housekeeping Notes:

Mark your calendar: TES Family Night is scheduled for Friday, October 13, 5:00-6:00PM. A full schedule will be published soon. Please make plans to come get a glimpse of what your child does at TES and build community with us.  The PTO Luau will follow at 6:00-7:30PM on the playground.

Approaching – No School:  Monday, October 9, is a school holiday in observance of Columbus Day. Classes resume on Tuesday, October 10. –TLW

Call for Volunteers: We’re celebrating 65 years! The TES spring fundraising event is scheduled for April 2018 and we need your help to organize and plan an event worthy of this milestone. The first planning meeting is scheduled for two times, Thursday, October 12, 8:30AM and 12PM in Kelso Library.  If you are unable to attend either meeting but would like to help, email me at twalker@tesgalv.org. Thank you in advance for helping make this a spectacular event!

Upcoming Events

October 9                                             No School (observance of Columbus Day)

October 12                                           Spring Event Planning Meeting, 8:30AM or 12PM

October 13                                           Family Night, 5-6PM; PTO Luau, 6-7:30PM, Playground

October 16                                           Report cards go home (K-8)

October 16-20                                     Red Ribbon Week

October 19                                           General PTO Meeting

October 26                                           Individual Picture RETAKES

October 27                                           No School, SAES Professional Dev. Conference

November 3                                         Coffee & Chat w/ Mark and Amy, Otto Library

November 7-10                                    8th Grade History Trip to Boston

November 14                                       HOS Installation, 8:15AM, Church

November 20-24                                No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday Message 9/27/17

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,

Life is forever evolving; the day we are born we begin to change. Everything in life undergoes changes, from our elected officials to seasons. So, why is it hard for human beings to accept change? Maybe it is fear of the unknown. Maybe it is because we know what we like and accept, so if something different comes along, even if it is better, it is out of our comfort zone and we are ready to reject it. This approach stems from the human defense mechanism. But, the truth is that we are not the people we were years ago as we age and we shouldn’t continue to be the same people either. Too often students are afraid to get out of their comfort zone and take risks, but when they do and they trust in change they are rewarded with growth and a new understanding. The same can be said of Trinity. Change is good and you should never stop growing.

Life has more lessons to teach than we have time to learn. No matter where you are in life there is always room for improvement. For some it is easy to accept change and strive towards growth. For others, it means taking big risks beyond their comfort level and it takes a certain amount of self-awareness and humility to get to the next stage of progression as people. Accepting uncertainty is half the battle.

Being from Boston, I would like to share this story of how we look at stress and how it is related to change.

How do lobsters grow? A lobster is a soft and mushy animal that lives inside of a rigid outside shell and that rigid shell does not expand. Well then, how does a lobster grow as that shell becomes very confining? The lobster feels under pressure and uncomfortable. So the lobster goes under a rock formation to protect itself from predators, it then casts off it its shell and produces a new shell and finally, only then, is it able to grow. Eventually, that new shell will become very uncomfortable as it continues to grow and right back under the rocks…..and the process of growth repeats itself if the lobster wants to grow.

The stimulus for the lobster to be able to grow is that it feeling of discomfort. If the lobster didn’t feel uncomfortable it would not grow. Remember that in the time of stress, feelings of discomfort are the signals of growth and if we can use adversity properly, we grow stronger.

Correction to the Week at a Glance:  Family Night/LUAU was listed as Thursday October 13th… it should be “Friday, October 13”.  Family Night begins at 5:00 and the LUAU starts at 6:00.

With warm regards,

Mark J. Ravelli

Head of School