From the Desk of the Principal: January Newsletter

01-01-2018NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Happy New Year 2018! The New Year is the time of discovering new horizons and the realization of dreams. May you rediscover new strength and gather faith within yourself. May you be able to rejoice in the simple pleasures that life has to offer and bravely work through all the challenges that may come your way. Wishing you a terrific New Year.

Holy Trinity Catholic School is proud to participate in National Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2018 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed, Please join us as we honor our Catholic education at Holy Trinity Catholic School.  We kick off this special week at the 5:00pm mass on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  Please see the full schedule here.

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From the Desk of the Principal: December Newsletter

12-01-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Parents,

Time sure does fly when you are having fun. I cannot believe it is already December. We have so much going on as we are preparing for Advent, the Barnes and Noble Christmas Event, Band, Chorus, and Violin Concert, Stars of Tomorrow Performance, our Christmas program, and much more.
In today’s hectic world, it is challenging to remember the reason for the season but we must focus on the birth of the Baby Jesus.

Years ago a parent shared this poem with me, it touched my heart. I hope it touches yours as well.  Blessings to you and your families for a beautiful Christmas and a joyous and healthy New Year!

  • Blessings,
  • Mrs. Stevenson

If You Look For Me at Christmas

If you look for me at Christmas you won’t need a special star.
I’m no longer just in Bethlehem,
I’m right there where you are.

You may not be aware of Me amid the celebrations.
You’ll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations.

But if you take a moment from your list of things to do,
and listen to your heart, you’ll find I’m waiting there for you.

You’re the one I want to be with,
you’re the reason that I came,
and you’ll find me in the stillness
as I’m whispering your name.

Love,
Jesus

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From the Desk of the Principal: December Newsletter

12-01-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Parents,

Time sure does fly when you are having fun. I cannot believe it is already December. We have so much going on as we are preparing for Advent, the Barnes and Noble Christmas Event, Band, Chorus, and Violin Concert, Stars of Tomorrow Performance, our Christmas program, and much more.
In today’s hectic world, it is challenging to remember the reason for the season but we must focus on the birth of the Baby Jesus.

Years ago a parent shared this poem with me, it touched my heart. I hope it touches yours as well.  Blessings to you and your families for a beautiful Christmas and a joyous and healthy New Year!

  • Blessings,
  • Mrs. Stevenson

If You Look For Me at Christmas

If you look for me at Christmas you won’t need a special star.
I’m no longer just in Bethlehem,
I’m right there where you are.

You may not be aware of Me amid the celebrations.
You’ll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations.

But if you take a moment from your list of things to do,
and listen to your heart, you’ll find I’m waiting there for you.

You’re the one I want to be with,
you’re the reason that I came,
and you’ll find me in the stillness
as I’m whispering your name.

Love,
Jesus

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From the Desk of the Principal: November Newsletter

11-01-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7

As I reflect on the many things for which I am thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share just a few of them with you:  I am thankful for the children who come to school every day ready to learn.  They are a daily reminder of what is important and why Holy Trinity School is here. I am thankful for the Priests, Deacons, teachers, teacher aides, secretary, and support staff who really care about the students’ achievement and have the best interests of our children at heart.  I am also thankful for our volunteers who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school.

Most importantly, I am thankful for the parents who believe in a Catholic school education and have faith in the HTS staff.  They continue to share their most valuable possession with us and—in most cases— work hard and advocate to be a partner in their children’s faith development, education, safety and well-being. For this, I am ever so thankful. I would like to wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. May God continue to bless you abundantly!

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From the Desk of the Principal: October Newsletter

10-01-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Growth Mindset Saying for October – My brain is like a muscle that grows!

October is a month of beauty as the leaves are transformed into a painter's pallet of color. Just as the leaves change so do your children as they become more independent and responsible. Foster these traits by letting students work independently on homework, have assigned chores, and get backpacks and clothes ready for the next morning.

Blessed Mother: During the month of October, we celebrate our Blessed Mother through the recitation of the rosary. As Catholics, we recite the Rosary during October, meditating on Christ's life and praying for peace in our world. Our teachers pray decades of the rosary with the children. As a school, the rosary comes to life in a beautiful ceremony dedicated to our Lady in The Divine Mercy Chaplet and Eucharist Holy Hour. Perhaps as a family, you might also take a day during the month, or once a week to pray the Rosary together. The power of prayer is tremendous. Please join us for the Eucharistic Holy Hour and Divine Mercy Chaplet on Friday, October 13th at 1:00pm in the church.

Consecration to the Virgin Mary and the Centennial Celebration of Fatima: All families are invited to join Bishop Zubik in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima on Friday, October 13, 2017 at St. Paul's Seminary. The event begin at 5:00pm with a picnic style dinner followed by a candlelight Eucharistic Procession and Consecration. Please find time to enrich your families spiritually. See the flyer for additional information and pricing. Tickets must be purchased in advanced.

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From the Desk of the Principal: September Newsletter

09-01-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! I am excited and honored to be your principal. The entire Holy Trinity Catholic School staff extends a warm welcome to our new and returning families.  We are looking to a school year full of growth spiritually, academically and socially in your children.

Prayer to Begin a School Year

God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body and spirit. Be with our children as they begin a new school year. Bless them and their teachers and staff. Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Welcome: Holy Trinity would like to welcome our new families.  Welcome to the Adaikappan, Baker/Thomas, Barefoot, Bensko, Bhurale, Brown, Bucci, Cadarette, Callahan, Capalongo, Carlisle, Carlowski, Cavicchia, Cipriani, Cooper, Crytzer, Daniel, Dorsett, Dugan/ Vosnall, Dugan, Ficarri, Ficocelli, Frank, Garretson, Glidden, Gopalakrishnan, Goshorn, Grossic, Harris, Hawk, Henriquez, Hess, Pino, Incorvati, Irby, Jeremiah, Jones, Jones, Joshi, Kushner, Lachesky, Mawhinney, McCabe, Menefee, Meyer, Mineo, Morrow, Neilson, Novelli, Ogurchak, Oliver, Poore, Price, Roncone, Schob, Silvestri, Singh/Kaur, Smith, Snyder, Solaya, Stadterman, Storch, Suehr, Tamburino, Tegano,Urick, Vlasach, Wainwright, Weakland, Wertelet, and Wu.

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From the Desk of the Principal: Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

08-25-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Lights Camera Action, it is time for an Oscar winning new year. The beginning of a new school year, like the release of a new movie reminds us that the future holds new possibilities. I hope that your summer was relaxing, filled with adventures and good health because you deserve it. Many of you are returning cast members at Holy Trinity Catholic School and for the other families, it is a brand new script on the educational journey for your children. We will continue to refine our proven foundation of good work, honored traditions and continued excellence in education as we direct and inspire our student stars. Personally, I am grateful and happy to continue my journey with you as your Principal in a school where every student is a star.

Let me begin by introducing myself to the new families. This year marks my 12th year at HTS and I am just as excited for the beginning of this school year as I was for my first. I have worked in education for 32 years. My husband Rich and I have 4 children, spread across the United States. Dominick, his wife Megan and my granddaughter Kinley (19 months old) live in Edmond, Oklahoma. I am anxiously awaiting the birth of my second grandchild in September. Dominick is a geologist for Chesapeake Energy. Devin, my oldest daughter is an Emergency Room nurse in Mission Hills, California. Dilyn is in her last year of graduate school at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and Delaynie my youngest child, is an education major at California University.

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From the Desk of the Principal: End of the Year Newsletter

05-24-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

Charles Bowden

It is hard to believe how quickly the school year has passed and come to an end. I would like to thank you for your faith, trust, and commitment to the mission of Holy Trinity Catholic School. It is your belief in the Catholic education values that help us to sustain our school. I respect the sacrifices each family makes to send their child to HTS, and we will continue to put your child first in everything we do! This was a very busy year and you, as partners in education, played a great role in making it a success!

It has been a lot of fun working with your child(ren) this year. As parents you should be extremely proud of your children as they have grown so much spiritually, academically and socially. Each year that goes by makes me realize how fortunate I am to be the Principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School. It is a special place with amazing kids, supportive parents and a staff that puts the needs of children first.

Please be sure to take time as a family to talk, play, and pray together. During the summer, please encourage your children to continue reading, learning and questioning. Time at the park, in the backyard, or at the beach can be a great place to get lost in a book or let the imagination run wild. Have your child keep a summer journal to practice their writing skills and record memories. Providing a little educational time will help ensure a smooth transition in the fall.

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From the Desk of the Principal: May Newsletter

05-01-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

"The Blessed Mother Mary spent nearly every day of her life just like millions of other women who look after their families, raising their children, and taking care of their houses. Mary sanctifies the ordinary, everyday things like looking after those in need, and visiting

The Queen of Heaven is so revered for her relationship with Christ and her love and guidance of her earthly children. The Catholic Church has dedicated the month of May in her honor. Plan time to say the rosary as a family, and pray a novena, but the best way to honor the Blessed Mother is to honor, love and worship her Son.

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

Unknown

I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all of our Holy Trinity Mothers and Grandmothers! Enjoy your special day.

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From the Desk of the Principal: April Newsletter

04-01-2017NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Lent concludes with the Holy Triduum, which is one liturgical observance spread over three days.

Holy Thursday (April 13) celebrates the day when Christ instituted the Eucharist, anticipating the events of Good Friday, but only after he had washed the feet of his disciples, demonstrating that a life of service, not domination, is the hallmark of those called to "feed His sheep" (John 21:17).

Good Friday is when Jesus is crucified. It is called "good," because Christ offers his body and blood on the cross to make things right again between humanity and God in light of our sinfulness. He dies to redeem us all. He is the perfect sacrifice which brings salvation to the whole world. He is placed in a tomb, which is sealed with a heavy stone, demonstrating that he had indeed died, so that God's power could be clearly recognized by those who believe.

Holy Saturday/Easter begins with the service of light, beginning with the lighting of the fire, symbolizing the light that Christ brings to us all. Those seeking full communion or entrance into the Catholic Church receive full initiation through Baptism, Confirmation, and reception of the Eucharist.

Our children have begun their Lenten journey at school by receiving ashes, attending Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross, Lenten Retreat, and participating in the Seder Meal. The Lenten journey is almost complete; please help them to continue on this journey by attending the Holy Week services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Easter is a time of great joy in the Church as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over death.

I would like to wish all of the families at Holy Trinity School the blessings of Our Risen Lord!

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