Inside this edition: New dates for your calendar  |  Open House details  |  Moms Seminar  | Meet New Faculty members  |  Trinity Thunder sports updates and more!
October 2017 Newsletter
A balancing act way up high at Tree to Tree Adventures
Students are up for the Black Diamond Fear Factor 4 Challenge!
Fall Field Day was a perfect day to fly through the air!
Tree to Tree Photos credit: Claire Bateson
Student clubs
Open House –
Sunday, November 5th
1-3 pm
How did  you hear about Trinity Academy? Chances are, someone told you about the school. Please help us spread the good news to more great families!  Trinity Academy's Open House is one of the best ways to introduce new families to our school community. Please invite friends, fellow church members, and neighbors!

Also, we are in need of parent help during the Open House for a variety of tasks, especially welcoming our guests to Trinity. Please email Beth Kabele if you would like to help in some way!
Fall Break - October 19-22!
No school on October 19th or 20th! Enjoy break–we are half-way through the semester!
Moms/Faculty Women Seminar – Friday, October 27th at 7 pm

Calling all moms and women faculty!! Come enjoy some hearty conversation around the seminar table, accompanied by good food and drink! This evening is an opportunity to read a great short reading and share ideas with other Trinity parents and teachers. Get a taste of what goes on with the students and teachers throughout the year.

Ladies, this will be a wine/appetizer/dessert gathering, so bring something yummy to share! Trinity will provide the wine. We will also have generous time for fellowship with one another!

The women will be rea ding a poem titled "Sunday Morning" by Wallace Stevens. The text can be downloaded here .
Latin Forum at Reed CollegeNovember 18th – 9 am - 3 pm
Trinity's high school Latin students have an opportunity to attend the annual Latin Forum at Reed College, which provides students with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Latin literature and Roman culture and to connect with high school Latin students from other schools through the Northwest. The program is hosted by the Reed Classics department. Reed faculty members facilitate morning discussion groups on a keynote address titled, " Building the Master's House: the Domus and Roman Fatherhood." The afternoon is dedicated to a variety of topics ranging from Roman Comedy to the Gladiator's oath to the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD.

This year, the Latin Forum will be on Saturday, November 18th, from 9 am-3 pm. T here is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. Parent guests are invited (but not required) to attend the morning lecture, a morning discussion group with the keynote speaker, and lunch. Pre-registration is required and will open up in October. Contact Miss Hambley for additional details or to register. More information can be found on Reed's Latin Forum page. All high school students are encouraged to attend!
Photo credit:  F. Tronchin/Warren ,
Welcome to New Faculty Member, Mr. Jonathan Willard!
Jonathan Willard, a Trinity School at River Ridge (MN) graduate, moved to Portland after completing his undergraduate degrees at the University of Minnesota. He says, "I studied Economics and Philosophy in college because I wanted to gain new tools for understanding American culture. I also wanted to learn how to use mathematics to model observed phenomena, and to study epistemology, writing, logic and conversation. History, a bit of programming, a great deal of literature, and a love for mathematics came unsought."

He lives with a community of Christian men and is spending this year (in addition to teaching!) going through a Christian studies program. He spent the last 2 summers leading Action work crews in Shreveport, LA. In either work or free time, he loves to work with his hands, whether it's crawling under houses to fix busted pipes, painting homes, fixing ditches, or woodworking. For fun he likes to study Scripture and cook, go camping, hiking, canoe/kayaking and fishing.

We are excited to have Mr. Willard on board at Trinity with his wide capacity to teach both the humanities and mathematics. He also made this beautiful cello/violin instrument rack for Trinity, pictured here. Thank you, Mr. Willard!
Kid-to-Kid Stuffy Drive – T rinity Student Takes Action After Hurricane Harvey
When they heard about the widespread losses caused by Hurricane Harvey for the children of Houston, TX and the greater gulf coast, Chloe (Trinity student) and her sister Sabrina wanted to do something for the children in who would have lost many, if not all, of their own toys in the aftermath of the storm. So, through collaboration of the students at Trinity Academy and St. Rose of Lima school in Portland, they collected nearly 300 stuffed animals that were "stuffed" into 9 boxes and shipped off to St Rose of Lima School and Parish in Houston, Texas. Well done, Chloe and Sabrina!
Photo credit: Tracey Mcdougall
Majesty and Awe: The Total Solar Eclipse – and the Camping Trip of a Lifetime
In the early morning of Friday, August 18th, 22 Trinity boys (ranging from rising 6th-11th grades), 6 dads, and 2 teachers (Mr. Tomassi and Mr. Gaffney, brave souls) met in the courtyard of Trinity Academy, packed up tents and food and gear, and set off for a 4 day camping trip at the Hilgard Junction State Park outside of La Grande, OR. The mission: to be in the exactly right place at the exactly right time to experience the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. Lots of activities were planned for the 4 days, including a hike that was supposed to be 2 miles (but ended up actually being closer to 5) and stargazing one night where everyone got a chance to look at Saturn through a telescope,

Monday, August 21st, 3 am – Solar Eclipse Day. The whole crew drove south to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center outside of Baker City. Arriving hours before sunrise, some guys got out of the cars and watched Venus rise ahead of the sun. Once in the Interpretive Center, Mr. Tomassi set up the telescope and made a pin-hole projection of the face of the sun in which we were able to observe sunspots and watch the moon eclipse the sun. Here's a great illustration of this. Mr. Gaffney reflects,"The moment when the sun was fully eclipsed was just astounding. Everyone was so excited, and it was way more beautiful that I could have guessed." By 7 pm the vans and trucks pulled back into the Trinity parking lot, all present and accounted for. A huge thank you to Mr. Gaffney and Mr. Tomassi for coming up with and executing this amazing plan!
Photo credits: Aaron Frechette, Patrick Gaffney, Ryan Kennelly, Patrick Tomassi
College Corner –
News from College Counselor Dr. Francie Longshore
College Visits, A College Fair, and George Fox Honors Lectures
Many colleges have visited students at Trinity, including Hillsdale College, Reed College, Multnomah University, George Fox University (Honors Program), and Portland State University. Still to come are Corban University (10/12); University of Oregon (10/16), and Carroll College (10/31). College visits take place during high school lunch hour. There is opportunity for more college visits in the Spring. Contact Dr. Francie Longshore if you have a college in mind that you would like to have visit the Trinity campus.

Juniors will go to the National College Fair during the school day on 10/30 (the college fair is from 9 am-12 pm, so we will leave right after morning prayer).

A group of students and faculty attended a recent Honors College lecture at George Fox University entitled , "The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God: C.S. Lewis, Narnia, and the Planets" They report that the evening provided keen insights into the writings of C.S. Lewis and his much beloved children's classics.

Another opportunity to attend a George Fox Honors College lecture is coming up on October 26th at 7:30 PM , with Jason Lepojäryi, PhD speaking on the topic of "God Is Love, but Love Is Not God: C.S. Lewis's Theology of Love." More information on this lecture series can be found on the George Fox website .

Letters were sent to parents in September that include many important details and dates for college admissions pertinent to each grade. Here they are for your handy reference!
In the Field Studies – Class Trips Provide New Perspectives
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The 6th grade science class ventured to the Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area for a real hands on experience (collecting bugs!) According to Mr. Tomassi, "The area is now designated as a wetlands, but used to be the St. Johns landfill. Wetlands are important in preventing soil erosion, and removing pollution from the environment. One technique for testing the health of a natural area is by examining its insect population. There are species that are "bio-indicators." Because they are extremely vulnerable to pollution, they can only live in healthy ecosystems. So by determining how many of various indicator species live at Smith and Bybee, scientists can assess its health. We went and collected insects using bug nets that we had created. We were all surprised at the variety of beetles we were able to find. There were also a ton of dragonflies."
Photo credit: Patrick Gaffney
Mr. Gaffney's 6th grade geography class explored the terrain at the Eddleman family vineyard near Yamhill. They learned how the land is set-up for growing grapes, and event to pick some! Mr. Eddleman taught them about the yearly cycle of grape growing and the work it takes to farm the grapes.
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Hobbit Hike: An 8th grade boys' tradition. Come ravenous as a Hobbit, journey through the woods (Forest Park), then arriv e at the house (picnic area) of very unusual man, Beorn (who bears a slight resemblance to Mr. Gaffney).Though he seems dangerous, he also seems very good, and he treats them to lots of wild honey, clotted cream, butter, and bread. (Just in time for Elevensies!)
Mr. Dr. Longshore's 7th grade Ancient History class visited OMSI's Pompeii exhibit. Mr. Clark commented how helpful it was to add imagery to historical imagination.
Trinity Thunder Sports News
Meet Sybil Hernandez, Athletic Director
Sybil is a native Oregonian, born in Hood River, and has had a passion for sports her whole life. She played basketball, volleyball and competed in her high school swim team. Sybil worked with an inner city ministry in high school and continued from there to become her church's children's pastor with her husband, Dominic. She loves creating opportunities for kids to build character and make memories. She says, "Our lives have always involved serving and working with kids in some capacity. We do love it."

What drew you to this position of Athletic Director?
My boys were interested in playing basketball, so creating the first basketball teams at Trinity just followed naturally. I had been a team manager for their soccer teams for about 4 years, and through that, I learned a lot about making things happen. As my boys entered high school, it seemed important to me to create an opportunity for students to participate in high school athletics at Trinity. Plus, we have the absolute best fans out there and the best school spirit and that makes being a part of this so fun!  
Trinity Becomes a Full-Member of the OSAA
This year Trinity Academy became a full-member of the OSAA (Oregon School Activities Association) which allows Trinity to field teams to compete at the high school level with other Oregon high schools. We are in the 1A Valley 10 League. This year Trinity is fielding teams in the following categories:
Cross Country - FALL
Basketball  - WINTER
Speech and Choir - all year, with an emphasis in the SPRING
Coaches are needed to make these teams a reality for Trinity students. Come be part of this inaugural year of the OSAA Trinity sports program. Please email Sybil if you have any interest (experience not required--just a willingness to learn alongside the students!)
Off to the Races for Trinity's First Cross Country Team!
Trinity Thunder is proud to have eight high school men and women and four coaches form Trinity's first-ever Cross Country team! The team has travelled all over the greater Portland metro area to compete in meets.
Coach Cowley says, "I've been impressed with each of our runners and excited to see their times continue to get better with most races. Early on in the season some of our runners just had a goal to be able to run a 5K! How far they've all come is exciting to witness. We've also had a lot of fun together exploring our wonderful city with practice runs at Columbia Children's Arboretum, the Columbia Slough, Fernhill Park, Pier Park, Powell Butte and Rocky Butte. It's my goal to instill in our runners a love for running as a healthy lifestyle choice and one that merges so well with that constant desire to explore and learn and always be working on something to improve." The next meet is George Fox XC Classic this Saturday, October 14 at the Willamette Mission State Park (Brooks), Gervais, OR. The first race is at 10:00 AM with JV Girls Bronze followed by the the JV Boys Bronze at 10:40 AM. Third race is at 11:50 AM for the Varsity Boys Bronze. COME SUPPORT YOUR TRINITY THUNDER XC TEAM!
XC Photo credits: Tim Cowley
Important Dates for Your Calendar!
October 19-20 - Fall Break 
November 10 - Teacher In-Service Day – No School 
November 17 – Junior/Senior Play: War of the Worlds, Location TBD*
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.
* Newly published dates are in bold.