March 18, 2020
Greetings Holy Trinity families!
Here’s the first video message from Rev. Lawrence during our time of “Distance Learning.”
Be encouraged… In Paul’s words to the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Please watch your email and social media for more about our internet Chapel times.
March 16, 2020
Greetings Holy Trinity Parents,
I hope this email finds you well. As I type this the remarkable HT faculty and staff are busy at work preparing to implement plans for distance learning for the coming weeks. As I mentioned to the faculty earlier, as an educator in the classical tradition, I believe in human to human, soul to soul teaching. Yet, I recognize our current restrictions necessitate some adjustments. In order to continue to partner with you in the education of your children and to fulfill the requirements of the state and SCISA, we need to enact distance learning plans for the immediate future. This may even be a wonderful time for many families to reconnect and slow down in the midst of busy lives. Although I am also cognizant that many of you are in healthcare and on the front lines of this pandemic. You are in my prayers and if there is anything I can do to help your families, please reach out.
1.) Teachers will be sending plans for their classes over the next 24 hours. We are setting up google classrooms to facilitate with posting videos, plans, and assignments. Please be on the lookout. Thanks much for your flexibility as teachers adjust to a new platform. I have the utmost confidence that our top notch faculty will figure things out in their typical brilliant fashion.
2.) The time your child spends each day on school work will vary according to age, but a rough estimate is an hour and a half for K up to several hours for older students. I’ve asked each upper school teacher to plan on providing work towards a goal of approximately 30-40 minutes per class period to start for this week (Wednesday-Friday).
3.) It is vital that you carve out time for your children/teenagers to complete school work every day. Reestablishing a daily routine will go a long way over the next few weeks. Furthermore, if we are going to be able to count these days of distance learning towards SCISA requirements we will need your partnership more than ever.
4.) Tomorrow we are making provision for parents to pick up books and assignments here at the school. Here is the plan so as to limit gathering groups of people in the school:
(A.) 8:00 AM-9:30 AM – materials pick up for grades K-3rd in pick up line at the back of the school. We will have bags of each child’s books prepared. As you drive through (like a normal afternoon pick up) we will hand you your child’s bag. If you have children in multiple grades, come to the youngest child’s pick up time, if possible.
(B.) 9:30 AM-11:00 AM – materials pick up for grades 4th-6th in the same fashion as listed above.
(C.) 8:00 AM-11:00 AM – materials pick up for Upper School students (grades 7th-12th). Please park in front of school and students should go to lockers to retrieve books and walk through their daily classes to check if teachers have put out additional materials. We will have faculty available to monitor the buildings during this time period. Mrs. Hermesmann’s, Mr. Gentry’s, and Mrs. Howard’s materials will be placed on a table in 304.
(D.) Please note that the playgrounds will be off limits. As tempting as a game of 9 square or ga-ga ball may be for your children/teens and myself we must forebear.
(E.) If for some reason you can’t come to pick up materials, please let us know and we will make necessary arrangements.
5.) Please be good stewards of the books that are taken home over the extended break. These are property of Holy Trinity and must be returned in good condition. Lost or damaged books will be charged to your account.
6.) In an effort to continue to partner with you in the education of the body, mind, and soul, we have a few plans. Ms. Anna will be posting some classical music you can listen to while working, Ms. Glorioso has some family activities to implement to stay active, and I hope to post a regular Bible teaching/devotional video as a means of holding daily chapel.
7.) We need to be prepared that our scheduled Easter Holiday will be significantly shortened in order to meet school year requirements issued by the state and SCISA. We will still have Good Friday and Easter Monday off, but the remainder of the Easter holiday week we need to plan to be in session. The current plan is to provide work for three days this week and four days the next and then also allow time for holiday (March 27th-31st) since our Easter holiday will be truncated. SCISA is holding a webinar on Tuesday, and I hope to have more information following this meeting.
8.) All athletic practices/games and other clubs/activities are cancelled as long as school is not held. Having said that, I strongly encourage our actors and actresses to continue to work on their lines and athletes to stay in shape should the season resume in April.
9.) Please know that the administrative team will be working as appropriate and available for questions via email if we can be of assistance while school is cancelled.
Thanks for reading this important information. I’ll certainly be in touch over the coming weeks. May the Lord bless and keep us; may He cause HIs face to shine upon us and grant us peace.
The Rev. Chad E. Lawrence, Headmaster
Holy Trinity Classical Christian School
March 15, 2020
We have entered PHASE II of our COVID-19 Protocol. Pursuant to the Governor’s orders issued today, Holy Trinity will close from Monday, March 16-Tuesday, March 31. Please check your email for further instructions related to Distance Learning.
March 14, 2020
Good Evening Holy Trinity Parents,