Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy Valentine's Day! Halfway through February is always a big deal. I like to say that I don’t care WHAT the calendar says, February feels like the longest month of the year! 

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and the Catholic Church enters the season of preparation and atonement. We will walk with the Lord for the 40 days of Lent, and then through his passion and crucifixion. I know many people give things up for Lent, and I always struggled with what to give up - until recently. A few years ago I heard a homily that made it clear. If what you are doing for Lent isn’t bringing you closer to God, do something else.

We work hard at Trinity to give the students the chance to come closer to God. In spite of a pandemic, the important work of responsible participation in the global community continues. Share the Care (previously Share the Hair) was a big success last week, and students and faculty continue to work to find ways to make an impact outside our walls.

So much is happening at Trinity. Sports are back, registration is happening, vaccinations are happening, conferences are around the corner. Please read carefully so you don’t miss a thing.

We hope our students enjoy the day off for President’s Day. Stay warm and well, and keep the Trinity community in your prayers as we begin the work to prepare ourselves for Easter and the glorious resurrection of the Lord.

Parent Teacher Conferences
As we did in Block 1, once again we will host virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences. The Zoom conferences will take place on Wed. Feb. 24 and Thurs. Feb. 25. Parents are encouraged to schedule a 10-minute Zoom conference with any and all of their student's current teachers.

The conference schedule is below: 

Wed. Feb. 24 
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences may be scheduled from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
  • Please note that there will be no virtual office hours for students this day.
  • Student clubs and activities will meet after 1:00 PM.

Thurs. Feb. 25 
  • Students will be dismissed from class at 11:30 AM.
  • School transportation will be available. Buses will leave campus at 11:40 AM.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences may be scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and from 4:30 - 7:30 PM. 

As was the case in Block 1 parents can schedule their conferences online through a Pick-a-time, our scheduling platform. The registration window will be opened at 6:00 PM on Wed. Feb. 17. At that time, you will receive an email with a link to the scheduling platform, and a text message reminder that the window is open. Parents may schedule appointments until Feb. 22 at 9:00 AM.  

On Mon. Feb. 22 teachers will email parents with a welcome letter or video, and a Zoom link to be used for the conference. 

We look forward to meeting with you. 

In-person vs. eLearning 
Please note that families that have opted for in-person for Block 3 may not opt for temporary eLearning for a short-term basis. If an in-person learner stays at home on any given day, due to an illness or for any other reason, she will be marked as absent. This student may attend eClasses virtually that day, but the absence will "count." The only exception to this policy is if a student has a COVID-related absence. All COVID-related absences must be reported to Mrs. Rachel Meiner, COVID-19 Data Coordinator. 
Academic Prep Tutoring
Parents, are your children struggling in a class? Do they need some help understanding an assignment or studying for a quiz? The Trinity High School Academic Prep Tutoring Center is here for you! If you are interested, go to the link below to complete the Tutor Request Form. Mrs. Fox will then contact your child to determine the next steps! General Tutoring Office Hours run on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4 pm-5 pm via the Zoom link here. We can also accommodate other scheduling needs and match students with peer and university tutors as needs arise. We look forward to working with your children!
KAIROS for the Class of 2021
Seniors are invited to apply for the very special retreat called Kairos! The Kairos retreat will take place from 3:30 pm-8:00 pm on Friday, April 9, and 8:00 am-8:00 pm on Saturday, April 10. This two-day retreat will be held in person at Trinity High School. Details and the application can be found in this letter.
Mothers Club Cooking Night
Join Cheryl Knecht Munoz, culinary educator and chef, for a fun, hands-on class on March 3 at 7PM. We’ll learn how to manage dough to achieve texture and flavor as we make herbed flatbreads and gourmet cheese crackers together.
Virtual Trivia ~ Thank you!
Fathers Club wants to thank all dads and daughters who participated in Trivia Night this past Friday. It was great to be together via zoom!
Congratulations to the winners:
  • 3rd Place The Ruggiero's 
  • 2nd Place The Murphy’s
  • 1st place The Chappell’s
Join the Movie Discussion
The Trinity High School Bar Association invites you to participate in a spirited discussion of the movie “On the Basis of Sex”. This event will be hosted by Liz Scarano Oplawski ‘79 via Zoom on March 30, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Read More
Campaign and Construction Update
We are delighted to share an update on two major fundraising initiatives at Trinity High School -- our EmPOWERed Campaign and our Trinity Theater Renovation Plan.

Click for issue 1 of "Campaign & Construction Updates @ THS"
Trinity High School Athletics
Trinity Athletics return to action!
While winter sports are just getting started, it's time to look forward to Spring (Volleyball) and Summer (Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track, and Field) sports. Registration for volleyball will open on February 22nd while Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, and Track and Field will start taking registrations on March 22nd. All sports are holding or will be holding IHSA Contact Day sessions in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes on the daily announcements for contact day practices/times and registration information.ll contact days, be sure to register on the athletics website at https://il.8to18.com/trinity/.

LiveStreaming Trinity Games

Watch all Basketball and Volleyball games that take place in Trinity's SMG Athletic Facility live on Trinity Athletics Youtube Channel. Subscribe to the Trinity Athletics YouTube Channel for updates or check Trinity's Athletic Website for a complete schedule. All home freshman games will be streamed live on Trinity's Athletics Facebook Page.

For any questions, contact Ken Trendel at ktrendel@trinityhs.org or (708) 453-8394.
ICYMI (In case you missed it ... info from previous newsletters)
Class of 2022 - ACT at Trinity
To the parents of Juniors: ACT at Trinity on Tuesday, March 2
Trinity will be hosting the ACT on our campus for all juniors on Tuesday, March 2. Please click here for important information. Click here for more information.
College Planning
College Exploration Opportunities for Sophomores and Juniors:
The National Association of College Admissions Counseling is hosting a series of virtual college fairs throughout February and March. This is a terrific way to learn more about college options with universities from across the country. Learn more here.
Some notes for the Class of 2021:
  • Seniors are reminded to share college acceptance and scholarship letters with Ms. Granholm. This information is recorded and used to help celebrate the Class of 2021 at Honors Convocation and Graduation. Seniors are asked to take a photo or screenshot of their acceptance and scholarship information and email it to Ms. Granholm.
  • This is an ideal time to apply for college scholarships! Trinity maintains a robust listing of scholarships on Naviance, and several scholarships are highlighted in Ms. Granholm's Weekly College Update email that Seniors receive each Monday. Please check in with your student to make sure she is taking advantage of these great opportunities for college funding.
Calendar Updates for Block 3:
Mon. Feb. 15 - No School / Presidents Day
Wed. Feb. 24 - Asynchronous eLearning Day / Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thurs. Feb. 25 - 11:30 AM dismissal for students / Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences
Fri. Feb. 26 - No school / Faculty and Staff Retreat
Tues. March 2 - ACT for Juniors / Asynchronous eLearning day for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors
Wed. March 3 - Synchronous Learning Day for all students
Fri. March 5 - Junior Ring Ceremony and Retreat 
Fri. March 12 - - Virtual College Fair for Juniors 
Wed. March 24 & Thurs. March 25: Block 3 Virtual Exams 
Virtual Chapel Prayer Book