Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been a tumultuous week for the Trinity Community. As you have heard by now, Sr. Michelle Germanson, O.P. went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday afternoon. She was surrounded in her final days by many members of the Trinity community, in addition to her beloved Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. The sisters send their thanks for the affection, love and prayers that the Trinity community provided throughout Michelle's illness. Please remember all those who are grieving this tremendous loss in your prayers. As we remember her awesome love of everyone and everything connected to Trinity, we celebrate the spirit she brought to our halls, and strive to live up to the big responsibility of fulfilling her vision of a world filled with empowered Blazers. 

Block 1 exams are upon us. Your student should have received her Block 1 Exam project assignments. These are due during the scheduled exam periods on the 28th and 29th (this coming Wednesday and Thursday). HOWEVER, please know that it is the intention that our students will devote an equivalent amount of time to these exam projects as they would have had to do studying and sitting for a traditional exam. The final projects carry the same weight as a traditional semester final, that is, between 10 and 15% of the student's average for the block. Do not let her wait until the last minute to begin! Ms. Gallie has included more detail about the exams later in this newsletter.

Because of this work-from-home exam style, and the Grading Day on Friday the 30th, you and/or your Blazer may be tempted to see this as a beautiful, long fall weekend, perfectly situated for travel or Halloween parties. I implore you to maintain best practices when not in school. Trinity is one of only a handful of local schools that has been able to continue our in-person instruction without interruption. We are hopeful that our diligence - and yours - will continue to work. So if you have weekend plans that may create an exposure, please be mindful of quarantine recommendations and be vigilant about checking for symptoms before sending your student to school.

Monday, November 2 marks the beginning of Block 2. Tomorrow you will receive a stand-alone email which will detail any changes in Trinity practices and protocols. A quick look at a couple of the changes: 
  • We are back in uniform! 
  • We are reintroducing the opportunity for in-person tutoring during lunch. 

What we are not changing is our in-person learning plan at this time. Unless forced by an outbreak or the government, Trinity will continue with in-person instruction four days a week throughout the block. After careful consideration the deciding factor was, as it always is here at Trinity, "What will provide the very best education for our students?" Time and again research shows that students do better when in school, so remaining in person will continue to be our goal.

Lastly, in an effort to live up to the important Sinsinawa Dominican commitment to be good stewards of our resources, Trinity will no longer be mailing paper report cards home. You will be provided with instructions on how to access your Blazer's grades online. Be on the lookout for tomorrow's email communication and review it carefully to be fully prepared for the next Block.  

Laura Curley
Exam Week Schedule

Monday, October 26: In-person learning day 
This is the last day for students to turn in work from Block 1. 

Tuesday, October 27: In-person learning day 
This is the last day of Block 1. 

Wednesday, October 28 Virtual Exam Day: No in-person learning 
Period 1 - 8:30 to 10:30 / Exam due on Google Classroom by 10:30 AM
Period 2 - 11:30 to 1:30 / Exam due on Google Classroom by 1:30 PM

Thursday, October 29 : No in-person learning 
Period 4- 8:30 to 10:30 / Exam due on Google classroom by 10:30 AM
Period 5 - 11:30 to 1:30 / Exam due on Google classroom by 1:30 PM

Friday, October 30: Day off: No in-person or eLearning 

Clarification of Block 1 Finals 
  • The 2 exam days are virtual, and students do not need to report to school. 
  • If a student is ill or unable to participate in one of the virtual exam days, parents must call the front office to report the absence. 
  • Students should plan on spending between 3 and 4 hours completing each final project. The students will be given time in class on Mon. Oct. 26 and Tues. 27 to work on the projects. 
  • During the scheduled exam period time the teacher will be available online to help answer any last minute questions students should have about finals. Students should not, however, wait until the exam period to begin to work on the final project. 
  • The final project for each class is due at the completion of the exam period. If a final project is submitted up to 2 hours late, 10 % of the final score will be subtracted. If a final project is submitted more than 2 hours late, 15 % of the final score will be subtracted. 
  • Any exam turned in after 11pm on Thursday, October 29th will receive no credit. 
  • If a student is experiencing technical difficulties at home on the day of final exams, a parent must contact the main office to report the problem. 
  • If a student does not have reliable access to wifi or technology at home, she may come to school
Electronic Report Cards
This year we will have a major change in our distribution of report cards. In our quest to be more green, follow Covid safety measures, and save on mailing costs, this year’s report cards for final block grades will be electronic. You will be able to access your child’s report card for Block1 through the parent log-in on Plus Portals beginning on Monday, November 9th.
Day of the Dead
The Trinity community is invited to send pictures of family and friends for the community altar and the virtual celebration of the Day of the Dead on November 2. Photos are due by Monday, October 26.
Important Updates
Mothers Club News
Trinity's Mothers Club Presents: 
È ora di cucinare all'italiana 
A Virtual Cooking Class
Wednesday, November 4th at 7pm.
$20 per person 
Registration: Click here

Trinity Mothers Club is also getting ready for the holidays ...
They are selling personalized ornaments, candy dishes and wine glasses.
Be certain to check out these perfect treats for your Trinity Blazer Christmas! Purchases can be made at: Click here
Orders are due by Friday November 6th
Bal Dominique 2020 ~ The Virtual Hybrid Gala
Congratulate our honorees as you pick up a Gene & Georgetti four-course meal in Trinity’s parking lot! Then, In the comfort of your own home, raise a glass to our honorees and enjoy everything Bal Dominique 2020 has to offer.

As a special treat to our virtual guests, comedian Pat McGann, uncle of Bridget '23 and Maggie '24 Tobin will entertain us with a special Trinity exclusive performance.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed it)
Important information from last week's newsletter
It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play
Trinity is getting ready to host our first Trinity 1940's Holiday Radio Hour featuring the perennial classic It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. To ensure that our holiday spirit is obvious across all mediums, we are looking to borrow the following items:

  • Christmas Wreaths
  • White Christmas Lights
  • Christmas Trees (all shapes and sizes)
  • Garland 
  • Brightly colored holiday Wrapping Paper 
  • 1940's style Hats
  • 2- 6 foot long wooden tables (will be used as foley tables)

The more vintage/ nostalgic these look, the better. But beggers will not be choosers!

Please contact Anslee Rainwater (arainwater@trinityhs.org) if you have questions or to arrange a socially distanced drop off and pick up. Also, if bringing in multiple items, please label all pieces with an itemized list. We want to make sure all of your pieces are returned in great shape. 
2020-21 Student Handbook
On Friday parents were sent a letter regarding information about Trinity's 2020-21 Student Handbook. By the end of Block 1 on October 27, 2020, students, parents and guardians must sign the Student Handbook Contract Agreements and must submit Emergency Forms which can be found on pages 29-31 of the Student Handbook or attached to this letter. Please print them, complete them, and bring a hard copy to the main office or email the completed copy to the main office at mainoffice@trinityhs.org.
Virtual Chapel Prayer Book