Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy St. Nicholas Day! As my son's name is Nick, this has always been a big day in my house. As one story tells it, the man who would become Father Christmas was at a Church Council of Bishops and got into a disagreement with another Bishop about the Catholic theology behind the Holy Trinity. Not able to contain his emotion for such important matters, Bishop Nicholas punched the other Bishop, whom he perceived to be speaking heresy. When my son first heard this story, his observation was, "How cool to have something you care about and believe in SO much!"

I was thinking of this yesterday, as I greeted the future Blazers of the class of 2025 who arrived for their entrance exam. There were so many students, teachers, staff and administrators there bright and early on a Saturday morning. Parents arrived with their 8th graders and stood in line in the cold to have the chance to attend a Catholic school. How cool that we have so many people who believe in Trinity so much!

I think the reason Catholic education continues to be important can be witnessed in our school. As I mentioned before Thanksgiving, our food drive was a huge success, and on Monday Catholic Charities will be coming to pick up our toy drive collection. The students give of themselves - and you, their parents and guardians - lead by your example. I mean, really, I'm pretty sure it was YOU who filled those food and toy drive bags... so thank you. You are showing our Blazers that giving doesn't just happen because school tells you to. They are observing that long after graduating from a Catholic School they should still be generous, and thoughtful, and helpful. As is often said, "We don’t help people because they are Catholic ... We help people because we are Catholic.” Our faith, our school, our Blazers, our families; all contributing to making the world a better place. It makes me so proud to be a member of this community.

As our Christmas break nears, please read with special attention the rest of this email filled with important information. December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and we will be having a special schedule. All students - including eLearners are expected to join us for Mass in the afternoon. It is, after all, part of what makes us who we are.

Have a blessed second week of Advent.

Laura Curley
*Note Special Schedule Tuesday*
Immaculate Conception Liturgy
On Tuesday, December 8, Trinity will run a special schedule to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Please make sure students, especially e-learners, are aware of the bell schedule. E-learners are expected to login to Zoom on time according to the schedule below.

Bell Schedule
8:15-9:25: Period One
9:30-10:40: Period Two
10:45-11:35: Lunch Circle (Academic Supports 11:10-11:35)
11:40-12:50: Period 4
12:55-2:05: Period 5
2:05-3:05: Teachers will broadcast a live streamed liturgy in their 5th period learning space. Mr. Hoch will send out more information to all students about how to view the liturgy on the day of. 
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, 2020. We expect students to have their textbooks by the first day of the new block. Click to read more
Holiday Book Suggestions
Trinity's Librarian, Ms. McGreal, has book suggestions for the holidays! Merry & Bright: Gift Guides, Holiday Stories, and More! With their unique ability to foster closeness, invite conversation, and open up new worlds, books are a great way for families to hit the pause button and settle in for a great story — whether the little ones are still tucked on laps or stretching their independence into the tween years and beyond. Click here for gift guides, holiday stories and more!
Parent Club Information
Join us! Last Call - Mothers Club Trivia
Register today!
Mothers Club Trivia
Tomorrow - Monday, December 7th at 7pm
This is a free event!

All Trinity moms are invited to join us for Trivia Fun!
Registration is required. RSVP by 3:00 PM on Monday.
Booster Club Fundraiser
Tuesday, December 8th

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Trinity High School Athletics. Come in to the Chipotle at 1128 Lake St in Oak Park on Tuesday, December 8th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Trinity High School Athletics.
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Fund
The Christmas Appreciation Fund is a fantastic opportunity to show our gratitude to those at Trinity who strive to make this the place to educate and empower our daughters. A contribution to this fund shows our gratitude to each member for their hard work, commitment, and dedication. All participating families will have their names added to a Christmas Card. We are hopeful for 100% participation from all Trinity families. No contribution is too small.  Click here for the letter that was emailed sent from the Parent Club Officers.
Virtual Chapel Prayer Book