Dear Parents and Guardians,

While I am happy to be back to school, I really miss the energy of nearly 400 teenagers. (Especially my lunch circle - Shout out to Sophomores in room 314!!) The news on the vaccine front seems to be getting better, and I dare to dream that sooner rather than later we will all be able to come together again.

Of course, other news isn't so optimistic. It is so hard to verbalize just what I feel about the latest from Washington. Fortunately, my faith brings me moments of comfort. Sunday homilies, especially during the Christmas season, are filled with joy and hope. It is an important reminder that as Catholics, we are part of a community that believes in the saving power of God.

So today, I offer a short prayer; something to hopefully bolster you when you are tired, and lift you when you feel down. My long-time friend texted this to me out of the blue, with no context, without knowing how badly I needed it. I hope if you feel you need it, it bolsters you today as well.
Laura M. Curley
Plus Portal and Grades
Check your daughter's grades. Please remember that Plus Portals is the one platform to check on your daughter's assignments and grades. While teachers are using Google classroom as a platform for their remote teaching, it is not the "official" platform they use to keep records. Our teachers update students' grades each week on Plus Portals, so the grades should always be current. If you ever have a question about a grade or missing assignment, please contact the teacher directly. As a reminder, as of the first block of the current school year, we are no longer sending a paper copy of students' report cards. Block 2 report cards can be consulted on Plus Portals as of Tuesday, February. 2. (Please note that Plus Portals will be shut down from January 20 - February 2.)
College Planning for the Class of '22
Attention Class of 2022! 
College Planning Kick-Off Meeting 

Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 pm via Zoom 
Link to be sent on Monday, January 25

All juniors are required to participate. Parent attendance is also encouraged! 
For more information, click here
Tax Credit Scholarship

The Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship Application, made possible by the Illinois Invest in Kids Act, Tuesday, January 12 at 8 a.m. Below is the Application Tool Kit which includes how-to videos, a copy of the application, school list, an application day cheat sheet, and more.
Share the Care Event
Trinity's Blazers Against Cancer Club is expanding the traditional Share the Hair event into Share the Care. This year's event will offer more ways to participate in the important mission of supporting those who are undergoing cancer treatment. Participants have four opportunities: 
  • pledge to crochet a cap (to Crochet for Cancer) 
  • pledge to crochet a blanket (to Crochet for Cancer) 
  • pledge to donate 10 inches of their hair (to Children With Hair Loss)
  • pledge to donate $10 (or more)
The new event date is February 12, 2021. More information coming soon.
ICYMI (In case you missed it ... info from previous newsletters)
Financial Aid Information
Trinity's Financial Aid Application is now open. If you received Financial Assistance this year, you must submit an application again for next year. The priority deadline is January 17th.
Time to Order Books For Block 3
It’s hard to believe that Block 2 is almost over and your daughter will be starting her Block 3 classes in January! Follett recommends placing orders no later than December 21st to ensure that students receive their books before the first day of Block 3, January 25th, 2021. We expect students to have their textbooks by the first day of the new block. Click to read more
What's Cooking at Trinity?
Join Alumnae and Friends, virtually, on January 20th at 6 pm to learn how to make a deliciously hearty and healthy meal. Chef Cheryl Munoz will teach us how to make homemade focaccia bread and Pasta e Fagioli Soup! 
Virtual Chapel Prayer Book