Details inside: Re-enrollment | Financial Aid deadline | Culture Conference | Club & Sports updates
Physics teacher, Mr. Patrick Tomassi, testing strength of a bridge built by 12th grader during project week
February 2018 Newsletter
Re-enrollment Time! Deadline: March 5th
It's hard to believe, but it is enrollment time for the 2018-19 school year! All current families need to submit their re-enrollment form by March 5th. After March 5th, open seats in each class will be given to new applicants to Trinity Academy.
  1. Click on the button to fill out a short Google form. 
  2. Send in the registration deposit: $100 per child, non-refundable, payable by check to Trinity Academy. This amount will be applied to books & fees for the 2017-18 academic year.
  3. Please note: If you have a child who is not currently a student at Trinity Academy, then they need to they need to go through the new-student application process. The priority deadline for Middle School applicants is February 23. We would also encourage you to sign your child up for a day to spend shadowing at Trinity! Call the school office, and Miss Ficker will work to find a good day for your child to come! 
Financial Aid Application: Due February 28th
This message is applicable for any families that would like to apply for tuition assistance (financial aid) for the 2018-2019 academic year.

We will continue to use 'School and Student Services' (SSS), a third-party processor for collection information and determining tuition assistance (financial aid) awards. SSS is a program of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

In order to apply for tuition assistance for next year, you must fill out the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) found at the website for NAIS/School and Student Services:  http://sssbynais.org/parents. The starting point is to consult the document " SSS How to Apply for Financial Aid" which walks you through an overview of the process. If you need more in depth explanation, consult the " PFS Workbook Guide".

We will communicate our financial aid decision to you by late March. To make our decisions, we will use the information from the PFS as a starting point and then consider our school practices and available budget for next year.

Please contact Liz Cole in the business office if you have any questions. 503-567-9559 ext. 101 
Info Night on February 13th & Admissions Notes
Do you know any families who are looking for a school that instills the pursuit of Truth, the practice of Goodness, and the creation of Beauty? Please invite them to the Trinity Academy Info Night, on Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm. Trinity Academy may just be the answer for their son or daughter. RSVP here .

We are still accepting applications for all grades. In particular, we would like to encourage new families with incoming 6th graders to apply! The priority deadline for middle school is February 23rd; high school applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.
Culture Conference PDX – February 9th & 10th
Trinity Academy is co-sponsoring a Cultural Conference entitled, " Naming the World: How Stories Sharpen the Mind, Enlarge the Heart, and Feed the Soul." February 9th at 7 pm and February 10th from 9 am–4 pm at Hinson Baptist Church ( map ) . The guest speaker is author Joe Rigney, an assistant professor of theology and literature at Bethlehem College & Seminary and pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul, MN. Mr. Rigney will speak on the power of story in building Christian culture and our everyday lives. He will spur us to let great stories shape our loves, and as a result, let the Gospel shape our world.

Tickets and the schedule of events are available on the Culture Conference PDX website. This event is open (and recommended) for high school students and adults! Please join us!
Beauty in Weakness:
An Art Show
From Mr. John Defilippis, Trinity Art Instructor:

You are invited to my first art show on February 23th and 24th , entitled Beauty in Weakness. As an artist I have found that weakness is one of humanity's most tender attributes, and this body of work shows deep, vulnerable and expressive characters. Please come and enjoy refreshments, good conversation and art viewing!


Your RSVP is greatly appreciated!
Shamrock Run - March 18th
Sixteen participants signed on for the Trinity Academy team at the Portland Shamrock Run on Sunday, March 18th. Team members are participating in both the Shamrock Stride 5k and the Shamrock Run 5k. If interested, you can still sign up here as an individual entrant and meet up to run with our Trinity team.   Thank you to Corinne Frechette for organizing our team! Contact Corinne for info about when/where to meet at the race. Go Trinity Thunder!
Project Week Displays
The Middle School students had an opportunity to display their creative projects on January 16th when they returned from Project Week. Sixth graders chose a state for an in-depth study, seventh graders focused on an endangered species, and the eighth graders produced models or detailed drawings of medieval architecture. Well done, students!
OSAA Choir Festival - February 21st
On Wednesday, February 21st, the Trini-Tones will be traveling to Linfield College for their debut Choral Festival.This OSAA small choir invitational will feature 15 choirs from around the state, each performing for the other choirs and judicators in the audience. The Trini-Tones have been working overtime to prepare their festival material for this event and will represent Trinity with honor!

Important details about ordering concert attire for this event can be found here. Drivers are needed, so please contact the office if you can offer to chaperone this trip. All are welcome to come be part of the audience for part or all of the festival! See the festival schedule here.
Outdoor School for 6th & 7th Graders
We are happy to announce that this Spring we will be taking the 6th and 7th grade students to Outdoor School! Mr. Tomassi has been researching outdoor school locations, and we are very excited to be able to work with OMSI this year. We will go to an OMSI outdoor school program at the Hancock Field Station near Fossil, Oregon. The field station is situated in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. As the name suggests, this area is an important paleontological site, and we will have the opportunity to dig for fossils there and study geology, ecology and many other things. We'll also be able to do some observational astronomy with the telescopes on-site, hike in the National Monument, and of course, sit around the fire eating s'mores.

The dates of Outdoor School are March 21-23, 2018. We will leave early on the morning of Wednesday, March 21st (it will be a long drive!) and be back around dinner time on Friday, March 23rd. Dr. Clark and Mr. Tomassi will be chaperoning this trip. More details to come!
Students Engaged in the Arts - Performances Around Town
Here is a listing of some upcoming events for us to enjoy featuring our very own talented Trinity students performing around the metro area!

Portland Youth Choir (PYC) Tsunami Men's Choir (Trinity Juniors Max Cook and Luke Kabele) will be singing in a men's choral show, Brothers Sing On! at the University of Portland. Sunday, February 11 at 3 pm. Buckley Center Auditorium. Free!

The PYC's Spring Concert will be held on March 18th at 5pm at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedra l in Portland.

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra performs their Spring Concert on Saturday, March 10 at 7 pm at Benson High School. The concert includes performances by the Sinfonietta Orchestra (Julianne Metzger) and the Concert Orchestra (Addie Clark and Josiah Chandler).
Journey Theater Arts Group is presenting Seussical the Musical at Alder Creek Middle School on the following dates. (Chloe, 6th grade) See the website for tickets (please mention Chloe when purchasing tickets) and for more details.

Friday, February 16th – 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 17th – 2:00 pm
Friday, February 23rd – 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 24th – 2:00 pm
Sunday, February 25th – 2:00pm
Journey Theater is also putting on Disney's Aladdin Jr. this spring at the Alpenrose Opera House. (Ruth Chinn, 10th grade). This musical has several performance dates in March. See website to purchase tickets.

Friday, March 2nd – 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 3rd – 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 4th – 2:00 pm
Friday, March 9th – 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 10th – 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 11th – 2:00 pm
Film Club Events
This Friday, February 9th at 4 pm the film club will be viewing the 1957 classic, 12 Angry Men . This film centers on a sequestered jury as they attempt to determine the guilt of an inner-city teen in a murder case, with one man standing in the way of a unanimous guilty verdict. All high school students invited to come! We will wrap up by 6:30 pm.

Future Film Club Dates for Your Calendar:
  • Friday, March 2
  • Friday, March 16
  • Friday, April 13
  • Friday, April 27
  • Thursday, May 10
  • Friday, May 25
Middle School Speech Team
The Middle School Speech Team is preparing for the Valley Catholic Speech Tournament on March 3rd. The Trinity team will be joining in with approximately 500 other students for this annual event. We have 13 team members who are memorizing Elocution speeches, working to hone dramatic reading skills for the Extemporaneous speeches, and learning to organize thoughts quickly and clearly for the Impromptu round.

The Speech team meets on Mondays after school, 3:15pm- 4:15pm, and Wednesdays during the second half of long lunch. We wish them the very best as they compete at the Tournament!
Trinity Thunder Sports Corner
BASKETBALL
Let's cheer our Trinity Thunder to victory in these upcoming basketball games!

6/7th Grade Boys
February 10 - 1:30pm @ St. Matthew
221 SE Walnut St.
Hillsboro, OR 97123

8th Grade Boys
February 10 - 8:30am @ St.Therese
1260 NE 132nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97230

High School Girls
Final Week for high school basketball! Come show these gals our support!

Thursday, February 8 - 6:45pm @ North Clackamas Christian
19575 Sebastian Way
Oregon City, OR 97045

**LAST GAME**
Friday, February 9 - 4:30pm @ Country Christian
16975 Woodburn-Estacade HWY
Molalla, OR 97038

TRACK
Message from Athletic Director, Sybil Hernandez:
We are super excited about the possibility of having a high school track team this year at Trinity. We currently have around 8–10 high school students that have said they'd want to participate. We also have two parents that have said they could help assist a team, but would not be able to take on the roll of head coach.

I am reaching out to our community to see if any of you would be interested in coaching our first ever track team going at Trinity this year? If you personally do not, do you know of any friends, family, co-workers, college students, etc. that would possibly be interested in helping us?

If you or anyone you know think you may be interested in coaching or at least want some more information, please let me know ASAP. We need to have a commitment by the end of next week at the latest. Let's make this team a reality for our Trinity students! Go Thunder!
Support Trinity by Shopping at Fred Meyer!
Fred Meyers is now supporting Trinity Academy with every Reward card that is linked to Trinity! The Fred Meyer Community Rewards program gives donations to local charities. Click on the button below to link your Fred Meyer rewards card to Trinity Academy! (You may need to create an online Fred Meyer account if you haven't done so previously.)  Keri Canfield is heading up this effort and would love to answer any questions you may have! We had only 7 participants the last quarter of 2017, but still earned $39.74. Just think of the dividends Trinity would receive with 50 participants! Please pass this along to loving grandparents and friends, too! More details about this program can be found on this  brochure. Click on the logo below to sign up!
Amazon Smile Program
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.
"What is Amazon Smile?", you say. 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  https://smile.amazon.com 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

February 13 – Info Night for prospective families
February 19 – No School – Presidents' Day
February 21 – Trini-Tones Choir Festival at Linfield College
February 28 – Financial Aid application deadline through NAIS
March 3 – Valley Catholic Speech Competition
March 5 – Re-enrollment deadline
March 21-23 – Outdoor School for 6th and 7th grade
March 26-30 – No School - Spring Break
April 2 – No School - Easter Monday
April 13Dads & Faculty Men Seminar - 7pm - Mark your calendars, men! More details to come.
April 20 – No School - Teacher In-Service Day
May 11 – Spring Field Day
May 28 – No School - Memorial Day
May 29 – Last day of classes
May 30 - June 1 – Oral exams and labs
June 5-7 – Evaluation conferences
June 9 – Commencement at Hinson Baptist Church