Monday Message 9/17

Dear Friends and Families of Trinity,

While reading The Art of Community by Charles Vogl this summer, I considered the Trinity traditions that are meaningful to its students and graduates.  In his book, Vogl outlines seven principles that help in growing effective connected communities. One of those seven principles is creating rituals that stand the test of time. This book, along with our mission, helped me support the parents who want to put on the Fall Carnival this year and to keep it as an annual event. In reflecting on our theme for the school year, “Creating a Sense of Belonging,” I recognize this event as a ritual that brings our community closer together.  In that breath, any decision that I make must pass this criterion:

  • Is it good for the child?
  • Is it good for the school?
  • Is it ethical?

Many discussions have focused on having the proper lead time to ensure this Fall Carnival would be successful. Mr. Randy Garcia stepped forward to lead a committee that will ensure that the Fall Carnival is safe, student-centered, minimizes the need for volunteers, and is fun for all of those involved!

This year the carnival will be a break-even event. A wrist band will be sold at cost for access to all activities.  Parents will have the option to sponsor an inflatable activity. The school will be vigilant in ensuring the safety and security of all participants by GPD presence, closing off 22nd Street, and utilizing The Garth.

The Fall Carnival will take place on Friday, November 9th from 12:00 to 3:00. This day is already on our calendar as a half-day conference/noon dismissal with no extended day. All students who would like to participate in the carnival must be accompanied by an adult.  Please designate an adult to oversee your children during your conference time, if it is scheduled for that afternoon.  We will not let any student be unattended.

More details are forthcoming, and we will look forward to an afternoon of fun and camaraderie.

With warm regards,

Mark Ravelli / Head of School