In this issue: Open House info  |  National Merit Semifinalist  | Classroom Spotlight | Parent Seminars | Trinity Thunder XC updates and basketball sign-ups | College Corner and more!
October 2019 Newsletter
Photo credit: Tim Cowley
Fall Open House on Sunday, November 3rd, 1-3 pm
This is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students and their families to come and see what Trinity is all about. Please invite friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family to see what Trinity Academy has to offer. We will have hands-on demonstrations of our curriculum, students and teachers will give tours, and the Trini-Tones choir will perform. Dr. Clark will give an overview of our school and have time for Q & A.

If you have a guest who would like to register for the Open House, invite them to "RSVP" on the main page of our website. Or send them this link.

We have begun our Student Ambassador training and are also looking for parents who would like to help with this important event. If you would like to be part of our welcoming team, please call the office or email Beth Kabele .
Parent Seminars – Experience the Trinity Humane Letters Tradition!
A centerpiece of the Trinity education is the Humane Letters seminar during which a text is unpacked and a healthy exchange of ideas ensues around the table. Now it is the parents' chance to join in!

On Friday, October 25th at 7pm all moms and women faculty are invited to 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 or a bottle of your favorite wine! We will also have generous time for fellowship with one another!

Then on Friday, November 8th at 7pm it is the dads' turn. Bring some snacks to share, a bottle of wine or a 6 pack of beer. Don't miss this yearly event!

Stay tuned for an email with a link to the assigned readings!
Attn: High School Students!
Latin Forum at Reed College
Calling all high school students! Latin teacher Maggie Grove will be taking all interested Latin students to the Annual Latin Forum hosted by Reed College on Saturday, November 16th,

Ms. Grove says, "The Latin Forum is a wonderful occasion to meet fellow Latin students from high schools throughout the Pacific Northwest. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore fascinating aspects of Roman culture and literature in discussion groups guided by the superb Reed Classics faculty!"

Please register online by November 11. This event is offered at no cost to the student!
Congratulations to National Merit Semifinalist, Addie Clark!
Congratulations to Addie Clark who has qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 1.5 million students in about 21,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 PSAT/NMSQT. Addie is one of 16,000 high school senior semifinalists who have the opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in the spring. We are very proud of you, Addie!
Classroom Spotlight
Music Theory with Mr. Chris Fotinakis
The 10th grade music theory students build a rudimentary harp during music lab.
Using only wood, screws, fishing line, weights and their rulers, they created working instruments!
See more photos here!
Christmas Wreath Sale
It's time for our annual wreath sale! Our evergreen products come from Teufel Farms of Portland, a local, family business running since 1890. We do this particular fundraiser because the products are beautiful and high-quality and are items that people actually want!

Each student has received a red folder which contains information and pictures of the products as well as an order form and envelope for collecting payment. All orders are due on Tuesday, November 12th. Additional order forms can be requested from the office.

The wreaths and greens must be picked up from Trinity Academy on Wednesday, December 4th between 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Each family is responsible for delivering ordered items to their customers. 

Volunteers are needed to help with distribution during the following times (email Miss Ficker to sign up)
Wednesday, December 4th. 
Set up: 1 pm-2:30pm. 
Distribution: 2:30pm-5:00pm. 
Clean up: 5pm-6pm.

Thank you for supporting this once-a-year sale!
Box Tops Program
Start clipping those Box Tops! Trinity Academy has entered the Box Tops for Education program and will be earning money to enhance student learning opportunities!

How to participate;
  1. Tear off Box Tops labels (found on hundreds of products)
  2. Call Grandma and ask her to send Box Tops to Trinity too!
  3. Drop them off anytime in the school office.
Amazon Smile
As many of you already know, Trinity Academy is an organization supported by  Amazon Smile.  Money raised through this program helps cover costs of some of the extra events and fun we have around school! To date, Amazon has donated $847 to Trinity Academy.

We need your help to make this program even more successful! This is a charitable work of Amazon and has no cost to you. If you shop at Amazon, it is a quick, easy way to support our school as Amazon will give Trinity Academy a percentage of each purchase you make through the Amazon Smile page.

To set up your Amazon Smile account to support Trinity:
  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!
Film Club
From Mr. Patrick Tomassi, film club advisor:
Film club is open to all high school students. Films will begin at 4PM unless otherwise stated, followed by a discussion, and we'll be done at 7 PM. Students are welcome to stick around the school until film club starts, or leave and come back.

This semester, the theme for film club is "America and Americana." We will be watching a mix of dramas, comedies, and documentaries that get in different ways at the heart of American life. Hopefully they provoke some fruitful discussions!

Please email me with any questions or concerns. And I'm always open to film suggestions (I keep a running list, and the docket for this semester isn't completely set yet)!

Upcoming film club meetings for your calendar:
  • Fri, Oct 11, 4:30 PM start: 4 Little Girls (1997)
  • Fri, Oct 25, 4:30 PM start: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • Fri, Nov 8
  • Fri, Nov 22
  • Fri, Dec 6
  • Fri, Dec 20 (special film club & dinner)
Mr. Stiles with his three kids, Sophia, Evangelina and Jonah
Welcome to Athletic Director, Mr. Andrew Stiles!
We are pleased to welcome Mr. Andrew Stiles as our new Athletic Director. Mr. Stiles has been serving Trinity as our high school girls basketball coach for the past two years. A graduate of Concordia University and a self-professed sports fanatic, Mr. Stiles has extensive experience coaching basketball, as well as working in youth ministry, religious education, and facilities management. In addition to his duties as athletic director, Mr. Stiles will be taking on some of the ongoing facilities needs at the school.
Cross Country Team Updates
The Cross Country team has seen some impressive successes this season! The 19 member team has been competing all over the metro area at six Invitational meets.

Coach Tim Cowley writes about the highlight of the September 15 race in Oregon City, "Eight teams had enough runners to qualify for team scores in the JV Women’s 5K. Our Trinity girls came in at #5 with 128 points. We fall within the 1A/2A division due to the size of our school. For such a small school we did great among the big schools (The Dalles-5A, Oregon City-6A, Westview-6A, Franklin-6A). Schools behind us included Corbett (a 4A school), Mountainside (6A) and Parkrose (5A)."

Coach Cowley continues, "Many of our athletes have made new personal best records. One stand out has been Luke Frechette who placed 2nd in Men's Varsity both at the Nike Portland Invitational and the Longview,WA Harvest Classic (5k time: 16:19.6)!"

The next meet is at Warner Pacific (Lents Park in SE PDX) on October 19th. Events are as follows:
10:00 Women’s JV Bronze
10:40 Men’s JV Bronze
11:20 Women’s Varsity Bronze
11:50 Men’s Varsity Bronze

After that is District Championships in Tualatin on Nov 1. 
Come out to cheer on our Trinity Thunder XC team!

Coach Cowley has put together an online photo gallery of highlights from each race this year. View here!
Junior Luke Frechette takes 2nd place in the Men's Varsity 5K at the Nike Invitational
Coach Brenda Jones sweeps 1st place in her age category in the 10K race at the Harvest Classic
Even little brothers get in on the fun run at the Longview Harvest Classic
Sophomore Tovi Paivarinta makes running the 5K look easy!
Sophomore Sophia Shreves and Freshman Mira Kennelly get ready for their race at the Meriweather Classic
Photo credits: Tim Cowley
Freshmen Luke Jones and Nico Di Piazza running their first 5K at Meriweather
Register Now! High School Varsity Basketball
Information for the high school basketball teams has been sent out via email on 10/2 and the full text can be read here. High school teams will be practicing at Charles Jordan Community Center and University Park Baptist Church. Practices are scheduled to start on Monday, November 18. The season will wrap up by Saturday, February 22.

When: November 18 - February 22
What: 4 games/practices per week
Where: Practices @ Charles Jordan Community Center and University Park Baptist Church. Games @ various away gyms in greater Portland area.
How much? $225 fee payable to Trinity Academy

Deadline approaching! High school students, if interested in playing, simply email Andrew Stiles by Wednesday, October 9. Forms will be sent to all interested players.
Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball Info
When: December 3 - March 15
What: 2 practices per week, 8 games on Saturdays, and end of the year CYO City tournament
Where: Practices @ University Park Baptist Church. Games at various away gyms in greater Portland area
How much? $175 fee payable to Trinity Academy
Email Athletic Director Andrew Stiles if your son or daughter is interested in playing on the Trinity Thunder basketball team!
Stay tuned for more information to come soon.
Faculty and Students in the Arts
Upcoming performances featuring Trinity students and faculty: *

Mrs. Larissa Hawk, Trinity music and drama teacher, has a number of performances coming up this season:

Journey Theater's Spotlight::Journey teacher showcase

No Mic Open Mic
  • Saturday, October 26, 6:00 pm at Cathedral Park Music
  • Mrs. Hawk is singing with a small, professional women's vocal group
  • More info on Facebook
  • Free!

Mr. Chris Fotinakis, Trinity strings and choral teacher, will be performing on violin in the orchestra for an upcoming production of Westside Story.
  • Westside Story put on by Stumptown Stages
  • October 10-27 at the Winninstad Theatre
  • Tickets and more information available here.

Student performances this fall:

Journey Theater presents Aladdin Jr.
Chloe McDougall is working on this fun new production and would love to have you all come see this show!
  • Runs November 9, 10, 16, 17 at 2 pm at Aldercreek Middle School
  • Tickets can be purchased online for $15
  • Please mention Chloe when placing your online order

Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS):
The Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert: Beethoven's 7th Symphony (Addie Clark and Josiah Chandler)
  • Sunday, November 10, 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
  • Student ticket prices start at $11/$15 adult. Tickets available here.

The Sinfonietta Orchestra (Alan Hickerson)
  • Sunday, November 17, 4:00 pm at Lincoln High School
  • Tickets $5/student and $10/adult

*If you have info on an event of interest, please send the details to Beth Kabele.
College Corner – News from Dr. Francie Longshore
Navigating the Road to College - Materials available here
On Thursday, September 19, Dr. Longshore and Dr. Clark hosted a college preparatory event for Trinity students in grades 10-12 and their parents. A link to all the materials discussed throughout the evening can be found here.

College Visits Fall 2019
Representatives from the following colleges are visiting Trinity Academy this fall during high school lunch hour in U3 from 11:30-12:00, unless otherwise noted:
Thursday, October 10 - Carroll College
Friday, October 11 - St. John's College
Monday, October 14 - Eastern Oregon University
Monday, October 21 - Willamette University
Tuesday, October 22 - The Catholic University of America
Wednesday, October 23 (11:45-12:15) - Drexel University
Monday, October 28 - Finlandia University
Tuesday, October 29 - Long Island University
Friday, November 1 - University of Portland
Monday, November 18 - Clark College

Interested in meeting with another college rep?. Contact Dr. Francie Longshore if you have a college in mind that you would like to have visit the Trinity campus.

National College Fair
Juniors will go to the National College Fair during the school day on October 28th . The college fair is from 9 am-12 pm, and we will leave right after morning prayer. This is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with financial aid counselors and representatives from many different schools. Please register at

Key college prep dates for the family calendar:
  • October 1 - FAFSA available for the 2019-20 college school year. Apply early for best chance at financial aid.
  • October 16 - Sophomore and Junior students all take the PSAT at Seton Catholic High School in Vancouver. Students who would like to carpool to Seton will meet at Trinity at 6:45 am. Vancouver-area students are welcome to meet us at Seton at 7:15 am. If any parent is interested in helping drive to or from Seton, please contact Dr. Longshore or Dr. Clark.
  • October 27 & 28 - Portland National College Fair, Oregon Convention Center, 1-5 pm on Sunday, 9 am-12 pm Monday. Juniors will attend on Monday, October 28.
  • November 1 - Application deadline for early decision/early action for most colleges.
  • December 1 - SAT, SAT Math II, SAT Latin, SAT Literature test date

Detailed Informational Letters Available Here
Dr. Francie Longshore sent letters to the students and their parents in August about important testing dates, college fairs, and other college preparatory activities coming up for high school students. The letters can be found here: Letter for Sophomores Letter for Juniors Letter for Seniors
Important Dates for the 2019-2020 Calendar
*New dates listed in bold*
October 17-18 - Fall Break 
October 24 - School Picture Retakes
October 25 - Mom's/Women's Seminar - 7 pm
October 28 - Portland National College Fair (9am-12pm, grade 11)
November 8 - Dad's/Men's Seminar - 7 pm
November 11 - Teacher In-Service Day – No School 
November 27 - Early Dismissal at 11:30 am
November 28-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
December 14 - Christmas Concert - 7pm - Peace Lutheran Church
December 20 - Christmas Celebration (for students, early release), last day of 1st semester
December 23 - Start Christmas Break – No School  
January 3 - Last day of Christmas Break 
January 6-10 - Project Week (students work at home) 
January 8-10 - Evaluation Conferences
January 13 -Classes Resume (projects due)
Click here for the updated 2019-20 Academic Calendar.