Inside this edition: Admissions time!  |  Junior Senior Play  |  Annual App eal  |  Uniform Closet  |  Trinity Thunder sports updates and more!
November 2017 Newsletter
It's Admissions Season for the 2018-19 School Year!
Admissions for the 2018-19 school year kicked off on Sunday, November 5th at our Annual Open House. Over 70 students, faculty and parents participated to make this event such a success. We had a good turn out of guests come tour the school, and prospective students are beginning to shadow during the school day.

If you have a child in 5th grade, now is the time to apply! Siblings of current Trinity Academy students may also apply for the limited spaces in other grades. Applications are available online on the Trinity website, or you can pick one up from Miss Ficker in the office. Priority deadline for high school is January 12, 2018 and middle school deadline is February 23, 2018.

Please pass the word along to your friends about the wonderful education available here at Trinity Academy!
The Junior and Senior Classes Present:

A play of Orson Welles' radio drama, which aired in 1938 and was an adaptation of H.G. Wells' 1898 science fiction novel of the same name.

Friday, November 17th
7:30 pm

All are welcome! No charge for admission. Donations welcome.
Annual Appeal Special Request
We need your help to make this year's Annual Appeal successful. We are requesting each family to submit names and addresses of people who you think may like to partner with Trinity Academy. We will send out a Christmas letter written by Dr. Clark, filled with all sorts of stories of the good things that she sees happening here at Trinity Academy. This is our primary fundraising activity of the year, so please consider adding the names of Grandma and Grandpa, aunts and uncles, and family friends to our Christmas letter list. Here's a quick and easy Google Form to add names and addresses. Or you can email Lisa Ficker directly. We need the names for our mailing list by November 28th. Thank you!
Thanksgiving Break
School will be dismissed at 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 22nd for the Thanksgiving holiday. School will resume on Monday, November 27th. We are grateful for each and every one of our students and families!
Christmas Concert - Mark Your Calendars - December 15th
The Christmas celebration in music, poetry and art will be held on Friday, December 15. The concert will feature middle school and high school choirs, string ensembles, and the Trini-Tones. Artwork from our 7th, 8th, 11th and 12th grades will be on display. Please invite your friends and family to join us on this very special evening. A reception will follow.

December 15, 2017
7:00 pm
Peace Lutheran Church
2201 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland
Trini-Tones on Tour

The Trini-Tones, Trinity's extra-curricular choir led by Mr. Stephen Thompson, will be singing at the Grotto this Christmas season. The full ensemble will perform on December 12th at 9:00 pm. Mr. Thompson has also formed a smaller chamber choir, the Schola Cantorum, which will be singing at the Grotto on December 22nd at 6:00 pm. Please come over and enjoy the Grotto festivities and support our Trinity singers!
Uniform Closet is Open
Outgrown uniforms? Drop them off any day at school and they will be added to our uniform closet.

Need uniforms? Call or email Corinne Frechette who runs the uniform closet and she will deliver items to your student to bring home! As items continue to come in throughout the year, you can check back with Corinne to see if a new "treasure" has been found! Many thanks to Corinne for her service to the school community!
Trinity T's and Fleece for Sale
We have a number of Trinity Academy t-shirts and fleece in the office available for purchase (limited supply).

Trinity t-shirts ($10)
Available in sizes: Small, Large, XL

Trinity fleece ($28)
Available in sizes: Men's Small, Large, XL; Ladies' Small, Medium, Large, XXL
Wreath Sale Update
Thank you to the many students who sold wreaths and greenery to family and neighbors. We sold a total of 266 items, netting a profit $3,300 for Trinity! Way to go!

Wreaths will be delivered to Trinity the week after Thanksgiving--watch for an email notifying you of their arrival.
XC Photo credits: Tim Cowley
Upcoming Student Performances Around Town
Some of our students participate in local music, dance and acting troupes. We like to highlight their performances when we hear about them--so send us info if you know of an upcoming event!
Pacific Youth Choir

Luke Kabele and Max Cook will be performing with the PYC in two upcoming events.

Pioneer Courthouse Square Tree Lighting Ceremony and Sing-Along! Music by Pink Martini and the PYC Chamber Choir
Friday, November 24 - 5:30 pm
Pioneer Court House Square

PYC Holiday Concert: Candelight Carol
Sunday, December 17 - 5:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Tickets ($12-$30) available here
Photo credit:: Blaine Truitt Covert

The Portland Ballet

Here's an official press release sent by The Portland Ballet:

Ana and Camille Mesquit will perform in The Portland Ballet's holiday show Thanksgiving weekend. The Portland Ballet will present  The Enchanted Toyshop and  Tourbillon, a celebratory new ballet by Anne Mueller. 

Ana and Camille are one of THREE sets of identical twins appearing in  Toyshop. They will dance in both ballets. They've been studying ballet for 8-9 years, and this is their third year at The Portland Ballet.

The magic begins in  The Enchanted Toyshop when two children are accidentally locked in a toyshop, and Pinocchio reigns over a parade of toys that come to life to entertain the guests.

Tourbillon has the swirling grace of a Viennese ballroom. The look is inspired by a 1950s cotillion, with colorful ball gowns, white evening gloves and elegant, jeweled crowns. 

Dates: Nov. 24-26, 2017
Times: 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25; 1 & 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26
Where: Lincoln Performance Hall at PSU,  1620 SW Park at Market, Portland, OR
Tickets: Start at only $5
Information: or 503-750-3157
The Annual Pumpkin Bowl
Competition among the squads was fierce at the traditional pumpkin bowl on October 25th.
Photo credit:: Patrick Gaffney
In the Field Studies – Class Trips Provide New Perspectives
Photo credit:
Doctors without Boarders

Dr. Robertson and the 12th grade Current Issues class traveled downtown to Pioneer Courthouse Square to see the Doctors without Boarders Exhibit: Forced from Home. For more information about this exhibit, you can read more at the Forced from Home website.
Photo credit: Chelsea Mertz
The Courthouse Experience offered by the Classroom Law Project.

Mrs. Mertz' 9th grade Humane Letters class went to the county courthouse and the Gus Solomon Justice building. They toured a beautiful, old (no longer in use) courtroom and observed the justice system first hand. They saw a variety of actual cases presented by lawyers in front of a judge and jury: unlawful possession of a weapon was reportedly the most interesting.
College Corner –
News from College Counselor Dr. Francie Longshore
Dr. Longshore recently sent out a letter to the Sophomore and Junior families discussing creative options for attending college without going into excessive debt. You can read about these ideas in her letter here.

SAT subject tests -- A number of academically rigorous universities, including overseas schools, require students to take SAT subject tests in order to be admitted. Some public state schools also currently require this of Trinity students, since we have not yet completed the official accreditation process. The subject tests that most closely match Trinity's curriculum are the Math II and Latin tests. You can still register online to take these tests on December 2nd (late registration closes 11/21). The Math II test will next be offered on May 5th, and both Math II and Latin will be offered on June 2nd. We recommend that students who are planning to take these tests do so as close to the end of sophomore year as possible.

College Scams -- There are a number of groups that attempt to prey on students and their families by posing as legitimate organizations designed to help you in the college search process. Please note: You should never have to pay to apply for scholarships or to fill out forms such as the FAFSA. If you receive an offer that seems like a scam, feel free to pass it on to me so that I can research it and warn others. Thanks to the Coles for alerting me to "College Admissions Assistance." Please do not sign up to attend any of their "informational meetings," and please do not pay for their services. Unfortunately, they exist entirely for the purpose of taking your money. 

This just in: An admissions representative from Pacific Northwest College of Art will be here to meet with interested students on Tuesday, November 21st during high school lunch.
Trinity Thunder Sports News
Basketball Season is About to Begin!
Trinity Thunder will be hitting the courts right after Thanksgiving (week of November 27). We have CYO teams for girls in 6th-8th grades and boys in 6th-8th grade. High school women will be competing at the JV level with other regional school through the OSAA.

Did you miss the sign up? If so, the deadline for registration for the CYO Jr. High players is Monday, November 20. Register here. Cost is $175. If this payment is prohibitive for your son or daughter to play, you may apply for financial aid by filling out this form and returning it to CYO.

If you have an 8th grade daughter, please email Athletic Director Sybil Hernandez instead of following the registration link.

A complete listing of practice times can be found on the CYO Trinity Thunder webpage.

High school girls can email Sybil for registration and more details about practice times.
Shopping on Amazon? Support Trinity at the Same Time!
Christmas shopping and giving to Trinity can go hand in hand! Trinity Academy is listed on Amazon Smile .   Money raised through this program helps cover costs of some of the extra events and fun we have around school! If you need help getting this to work, contact Beth Kabele  and she will be happy to walk you through the steps. It only takes 1 minute to set up and then your purchases all benefit Trinity!

"What is Amazon Smile?", you ask. It is a charitable work of Amazon that will give Trinity Academy a percentage of each purchase you make on Amazon through the Amazon Smile page.
What you need to do:

  1. CLICK on the button below which takes you to Trinity's Amazon Smile page OR you can go to and search for Trinity Academy by name (Trinity Academy, The People of Praise Vancouver). Assign Trinity Academy as your charity of choice.
  2. Make your purchases.
  3. Remember to bookmark Amazon Smile, so the next time you shop on Amazon, it starts on the Amazon Smile landing page.
  4. After you assign Trinity Academy as your charity, your Amazon account will remember your selected charity. No need to return to the link, or do anything special. Just start with "smile"!
  5. A hint: When I go shopping on Amazon now, I just type "smile" in the browser on any of my personal computers/devices and it takes me right to my Amazon smile account that is linked to Trinity Academy.
  6. Pass this link on to all your family members so they can support Trinity Academy!
Important Dates for Your Calendar!
November 17 – Junior/Senior Play: War of the Worlds, 7:30 pm, University Park Baptist Church
November 18 – Latin Forum at Reed College, 9 am-3 pm
November 22 - Early Dismissal at 11:30 AM 
November 23-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday – No School 
December 12 – Trini-Tones Grotto Concert – 9:00 pm
December 15 – Christmas Concert – 7:00 pm at Peace Lutheran Church
December 21 - Christmas Celebration (for students, early release) 
December 22 - Start Christmas Break – No School  
January 5 - Last day of Christmas Break 
January 8-12 - Project Week (students work at home) 

Click here for the 2017-18 Academic Calendar.