Dear Parents and Guardians,
Week three in the books and still no known COVID transmissions at Trinity. We continue to thank you for your diligence and care. When we say “we are in this together,” we mean it. Each teacher and staff member is being cognizant during their free time of all the important precautions necessary to keep Trinity safe for your child, so we very much appreciate that you are doing the same!
By now you know all of the on-campus changes made: the Appian App, the temperature scanners, air conditioners, and cameras. You may not have heard that we’ve hired a couple of extra people (alumnae and parents mostly) to be in the hallways during the day. When needed, they remind students to wear masks properly, stay on the correct side of the hallway and staircases, and ensure the students aren’t congregating in the washrooms.
Shortly, we’ll be rolling out additional instructional technology, including mobile smart boards and premium subscription apps for our teachers to access more and more content virtually.
Today I want to let you in on the secret of how all of this happened. Early in the summer, our Vice President of Institutional Advancement received a surprising phone call. She was informed that Dr. Alice Fox had left Trinity in her estate plan. Why was this so surprising? Dr. Fox did not graduate from Trinity. Dr. Fox attended another single-gender Catholic school that had closed. But she was so passionate about access to single-gender education that she looked around for a school to adopt, and she chose Trinity.
Dr. Fox spent her life in the sciences, as a chemist and a teacher, and was frequently a trailblazer for women in STEM, so it is completely appropriate that she came to support the Blazers. Her unrestricted gift to Trinity enabled every one of those upgrades to be completed over the course of just a couple months. We brought in electricians to upgrade the wiring for air conditioning, and hired extra labor to move desks and chairs all over the building.
Aside from the immediate upgrades, Trinity High School will endow a scholarship award in Dr. Fox’s name. Beginning in the spring of 2021, rising Seniors will be nominated for the Dr. Alice Fox award by members of the Science Department. The recipient will be a young woman who, like Dr. Fox, intends to blaze a trail in a STEM field after high school. More details will be forthcoming.
For more than a century, Trinity High School weathered some of the toughest times. The school actually opened its doors during the Spanish Flu pandemic. I do believe in God’s providence. I do believe that Trinity is here, when so many others are not, because we are supposed to be. Every time a single-gender school, or any Catholic school, closes, it breaks my heart a little, But in God’s hands Trinity continues to thrive. We are grateful to God, to all of you, and to our many supporters. We ask that you join us in praying for Dr. Fox, and thanking God for his continued blessings on our school.