December 2018 Newsletter
A note from Executive Director, John Kurdelak:
Dear Trinity families,

Trinity Academy recently sent out our winter appeal letter. This is an important fundraiser, which enables us to continue meeting the needs of the school and our students while keeping tuition at a reasonable level. 62% of our current students receive need-based financial aid, and this is made possible by the generosity of our donors. We encourage all members of the Trinity Academy Community to show your support of the school by donating according to your ability. If you would like to make a gift online, you may do so at Please feel free to share this link with others who may be interested in supporting our school. If you did not receive this year's letter, you would like another copy, or you have anything you would like to discuss about supporting Trinity Academy, please email me here. Thank you for your commitment to our school and your generous support.


John Kurdelak
Christmas Concert and Art Show
The Christmas celebration in music, poetry, and art will be held on Saturday, December 15. The concert will feature middle school and high school choirs, string ensembles, and the Trini-Tones. Artwork from our 7th, 8th, and 11th 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, 2018
7:00 pm
2201 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland

Here's some important details for students and families:

Saturday, December 15 - All Student performers need to arrive in concert attire at Peace Lutheran by 6:30 pm.

Concert attire: Ladies: solid white blouse or dressy sweater, skirt (knee-length or longer) or black dress pants, and black dress shoes or sandals. Gentlemen: Solid white long-sleeved dress shirt with black slacks, socks, shoes, and belt.

Cookies: Families, please bring a plate of cookies to share at the reception following. Cookies can be homemade or store-bought. No peanuts or peanut butter please.
9th Grade Trip to the Courthouse
As in years past, the 9th grade girls and Mrs. Mertz took a field trip to the courthouse in downtown Portland. They do this tour every year when they study the Constitution of the United States in 9th grade Humane Letters. This year they were able to take a picture at the judge's bench in the old, traditional-style courtroom, pictured here.
Opus Prize Luncheon
On November 14, our senior class had the opportunity to attend a luncheon with the Opus Prize finalists. The Opus Prize is an annual competition, which was hosted for the first time by University of Portland. In the words of the supporting foundation, "The Opus Prize recognizes unsung heroes who are conquering the world's most persistent social problems." This year's runners up were from the Agape Rehabilitation Center in Chennai, India and Yancana Huasy in Lima, Peru, and the winner of the million dollar main prize was the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, represented by Dr. Rami Nashashibi. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet the amazing finalists and hear their stories of the ways they are making positive change in the world.
Trinity Sophomore Levi Hauck Wins 3rd Place in the Western US "Oireachtas"
Portland (Oregon) hosted the 2018 Western US Oireachtas on November 16-18. “Oireachtas” is an Irish word that roughly means “festival for performing arts,” and it’s a major Irish Dance competition. Over 1700 dancers came that weekend, hoping to qualify for the National and World championships. 

Dancers compete in age groups, with live traditional music by Irish artists from around the world, judged by a panel of professional adjudicators. There are several different kinds of reels, jigs, and hornpipes in Irish Dance, and they combine traditional and progressive choreography.

Levi Hauck, 10th grade, represented Yeates Academy of Irish Dance in the Boys U15 Championships. He placed 3rd, earning him a spot in both National and World competitions.

Calyn Hauck, Levi's mom, reports, "Yeates Academy offers classes for any level and age and has private and public performances all over our area. For anyone who’d like to enjoy the social side of Irish dance this month, Yeates is putting on a ceili (family dance party) at Brick House Irish Restaurant in Vancouver on Sunday, December 16 at 6pm." Contact Calyn if you'd like to join them at the party!
Christmas Wreath Sale Report
Thank you to everyone who participated in the wreath sales this year! A special thanks goes to Mike McDougall for helping organize this year's sale!

We made a total profit of about $4000 - all proceeds go to enhancing student learning at Trinity Academy. Thank you.

Congratulations to the students who won prizes for raising the most money in the fundraiser!
1st place, Chloe McDougall
2nd place, Sophia Shreves
3rd place, Spencer Kilian
Project Week and Evaluations
Trinity Academy endeavors to develop in our students the habits of life-long learners. During project week, students are given a full week to devote to an in-depth study of a particular topic. They get practice in good research techniques, learn how to organize large amounts of material, and then put it into a coherent form. They also get the opportunity to think through problems on their own.
Project Week runs January 7 - January 11, directly following Christmas Break.

Details about each project will come home with the students next week. If you have any questions about the project, below is a list of project leaders, by grade. They will be available the week prior to and during project week for any questions your child may have about the project, so feel free to contact them directly.

6th grade - Geography - Mr. Gaffney
7th grade - Science - Mr. Tomassi
8th grade - Medieval History - Mr. Dr. Longshore
9th grade - American History- Mr. Mertz and Mrs. Mertz
10th grade - Chemistry - Mr. Clark
11th grade - Current Issues - Dr. Robertson
12th grade - Physics - Mr. Tomassi
The projects of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will be on display, and we invite all parents to come and walk around and ask questions of the students on Monday, January 14th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.
Winter Information Nights for Prospective Families
We have two upcoming Information Nights for prospective families. Please invite friends or family who might be interested in Trinity Academy.

Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm
Monday, February 11 at 7pm
Box Tops Program
Keep sending in those Box Tops! Trinity Academy has entered the Box Tops for Education program and will be earning money to enhance student learning opportunities!

The squads are competing to to bring in the most Box Tops. Prizes will be announced soon!

How to participate:
  1. Tear off Box Tops labels (found on hundreds of products)
  2. Seal them in a baggie marked with the student's squad number
  3. Drop them into the specially marked collection boxes found in the upper and lower commons.
  4. Call Grandma and ask her to send Box Tops to Trinity too!
Film Club Screening and Dinner
To celebrate the end of the first semester, Mr. Tomassi will be hosting special film club with dinner at his home with a screening of Casablanca, the classic 1942 film set during the Nazi occupation of French Morocco during WWII. High school students are invited. Please bring $5 to cover the cost of the meal.

Date: Wednesday, Dec 19
Time: 4:30 - 8:30 PM
Film: Casablanca
Location: Mr. Tomassi, Mr. Defilippis, and Mr. Gaffney's house (1715 N Watts St., Portland, OR 97217)

RSVP Required by Friday to Mr. Tomassi.
Basketball Season has Begun!
Upcoming December Basketball Games:
On Saturday, December 15th, the JV Boys and Girls teams play at Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland.
JV Girls 12:30 pm
JV Boys 2:00 pm

Monday, December 17th, JV Boys play at 5:30pm at Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N Foss Ave., Portland.

You can view and print the full JV Girls and Boys Schedule.

The junior high basketball teams have begun their practices. Junior high teams will have a game every Saturday starting in January. Stay tuned for a schedule of their games.
Trinity Thunder Swag Available For Christmas Orders!
Christmas is coming! Place your order today!

We have our very own store for Trinity Thunder spirit wear! Nike has partnered with Trinity Academy to produce a collection of items featuring our new Thunder logo. Available are high-quality short- and long-sleeve shirts, hoodies, pants, shorts, and a backpack! Orders can be placed any time and shipped straight to you. This could be your chance to get all your Christmas shopping done for the whole family! See the store here.
Students in the Arts
Upcoming performance featuring Trinity students:

Pacific Youth Choir (PYC) will perform their Christmas Candlelight Concert, which features Max Cook, Luke Kabele and Luke Mesquit.
Sunday, December 16, 5:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door (or contact one of the singers who can obtain advance tickets).

If you have info on an event of interest, please send the details to Beth Kabele.
Important Dates for the 2018-19 Calendar
December 15 - Christmas Concert - 7pm - Peace Lutheran Church
December 20 - Christmas Celebration (for students, 9am - 1pm, lunch will be provided) 
December 21 - Start Christmas Break – No School  
January 4 - Last day of Christmas Break 
January 7-11 - Project Week (students work at home) 
January 9-11 - Evaluation Conferences
January 14 -Classes Resume (projects due)
January 14 - Project Week on Display - 2:00-3:30 pm
January 23 - Information Night for prospective families - 7pm
February 11 - Information Night for prospective families - 7pm
Click here for the 2018-19 Academic Calendar.