Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Thanksgiving week, and I know I don't tell you enough how grateful I am for all of you.

This past week, Trinity's Liturgy Team hosted a really wonderful Thanksgiving Zoom Prayer Service. Just as if we were in person, we had songs, a Gospel reading, prayers and poems of gratitude, and a video of all the things our community is grateful for.

While I watched, I realized that I was in a place of true miracles. It may sound like hyperbole, but please indulge my crazy train of thought here...

Our Gospel reading was the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes. We all know that one. We grew up coloring depictions of that story in Sunday school and religion classes. Not long ago, I heard a homily that put a different spin on it.

What if actually, many, many, people in the crowd actually had brought food? But when the disciples asked if anyone had food, no one raised their hand because they didn't want to share the little they had.

It took one little child, an innocent child who hadn't yet learned selfishness, dishonesty and fear. When the crowd was asked if they had food, this child stood up. Jesus accepted the little child's sacrifice gratefully. When He held it up for the crowd to see, those in the crowd who had kept their own food hidden realized what this child had done. As the loaves and fishes were passed around, rather than take from the basket, they all put their own stash of food into the basket. Maybe this wouldn't have been exactly the same kind of miracle we think of when we read this particular story, but it would have been a miracle nonetheless. To raise this level of awareness, introspection, concern for our brothers and sisters and an ethic of care is truly a wonder to behold.

This happens at Trinity. Every time someone gives, it is multiplied through the collective action of the community. The annual Thanksgiving food drive surpassed all goals. Each person brought just what little they could - and it all added up. Like the collection of the loaves and fishes, together we can do what no one of us can do alone; we can feed a multitude.

We have been using #InThisTogether since last March. I know that in reality, many in our community are feeling alone. They are not feeling inspired by the Gospel to give more of themselves. Many feel as though we have already given all there is, and truly, we do not have any more loaves and fishes to share. If that is your case, know that there are many here who can and will share what we have. Our energy, optimism, cheerfulness and determination is here if you need someone to lean on, and when we are depleted, we will in turn look to you. Together we will come out on the other side of this well nourished and having witnessed our very own miracle.

Thanksgiving blessings to you all!

Laura Curley
Senior Class Toy Drive
Many thanks to our Senior Class Council who have been working to organize our annual Christmas Toy Drive to benefit Catholic Charities. Students/Families who would like to be an "angel" to a child/family in need, click here to sign up for this year’s Toy Drive. Catholic Charities is looking for the Trinity community to help supply them with gifts that are priced at a maximum of $20. When you sign up to be an "angel" you will receive an email with the age and suggested gift ideas for a child in need. Gifts will be collected before school Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th in the SMGAF. We are hoping to make Christmas special for 400 children in the Chicagoland area! Thanks for your support!
Report Cards
Just a reminder, this year’s report cards for final block grades are electronic. You are able to access your child’s report card for Block1 through the parent log-in on Plus Portals.
Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who supported the Thanksgiving Food Drive! As a community, we collected 131 bakery bags to donate to Marillac St. Vincent Family Services. Your overwhelming generosity will help families make their Thanksgiving a little sweeter with a special dessert. Thank you!
Junior Class ACT Information
Trinity is partnering with Academic Approach, as well as One-To-One Learning Company, two outside tutoring organizations, to offer online ACT courses to prepare junior students for the March 2nd ACT being offered at Trinity. These courses are best suited for students who are interested in improving key skills in reading, writing, math, and science to prepare for the ACT. 
It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play
Trinity's1940's Holiday Radio Hour featuring the perennial classic It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play has now been filmed and in the editing process! We are excited about this opportunity at Trinity and even more excited that we are able to share as families, across quarantines or across states, bringing us together over a laugh or memory, showcasing the amazing talents of our students and the amazing perseverance & creativity of the Trinity community.  Stay tuned for information on how you can view this awesome Fine and Performing Arts performance.
Mothers Club Trivia
Mothers Club Trivia - Monday November 7th at 7pm
All Trinity moms are invited to join us for Trivia Fun
Registration is requested
Trinity's 8th Grade Entrance Exam is Saturday, December 5th
Let your community know that you are #ProudToBeABlazer and that #WeAreReady to welcome #FutureBlazers to our Blazer family. Please share all information about Trinity on social media and let people know we are open for in-person learning and available to tour Future Blazers and their families. Do you need a lawn sign? We can send one home with your student this week. Email pwilliams@trinityhs.org to reserve yours today.

Registration is now open for Trinity's Class of 2025 Entrance exam on Saturday, December 5th. Click here for more information
Schoolbelles Sale
Calling all Blazer Soccer Athletes!
There will be a meeting for anyone interested in playing soccer for Trinity later this year on Thursday, December 3, at 3:15pm in the cafeteria. The meeting will be an opportunity to meet new head coach Roberto Cianci and discuss plans for the winter and early spring as we prepare for the season that is scheduled to begin in April. The meeting will run past departure time for Trinity's bus service so please make other arrangements for transportation home from school. Be sure to keep an eye on the daily announcements for more information.

Update on IHSA Winter Athletics
On Friday, the IHSA has made the decision to pause the winter athletic seasons, Trinity's Bowling, Dance and Basketball teams. The IHSA is allowing for some limited opportunities during the pause. Coaches for the respective sports will be in contact with the student-athletes to communicate any upcoming dates and/or workouts. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ken Trendel (ktrendel@trinityhs.org) or your respective coach. Trinity will share more information on the potential start dates and season plans as they become available from the IHSA and IDPH.
Virtual Chapel Prayer Book