Scare Out Hunger Event to Support St. Vincent dePaul
Annually, our Student Council hosts a Scare Out Hunger event to support a local food pantry. This year, we'll be working with St. Vincent dePaul in preparation of the upcoming holidays. Students are encouraged to bring a canned, boxed, or bagged food item to their classroom collection box Oct. 26-31. Be a real SUPERHERO this Halloween and help us SCARE OUT Hunger!
The 4th grade has been participating in the Global Read Aloud. They are reading Pax by Sara Pennypacker, along with schools all over the world. Each week, they are sharing their thoughts globally, as well as hearing the diverse thoughts of their partner classes! So far, they have connected with classes in California, Canada, and England! They are using video chat tools like Skype and Google Hangouts, as well as collaborating and sharing their thoughts with Google Apps for Education and Padlet. They are trying to make as many global connections as possible to open their eyes to the possibilities books can bring! This is a very exciting opportunity for our students, so we're very much appreciative of Mrs. Thompson's work and efforts to bring this to our school for our students!
Kindergarten & 1st Graders Use STEAM to Accompany Reading Lessons with The Three Little Pigs
STEAM is the use of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in classroom learning and lessons. Each day, here at Holy Trinity, our students are involved in a variety of activities that include all of these components throughout our various grade levels.
Over the last week, our kindergarten and first grade students have used STEAM lessons to accompany their reading lessons. Our kindergarten students have read The Three Little Pigs this week in reading, as have the 1st grade students. They've worked to explain what might happen next using reading skills they have learned this year. Next week, the kindergarten and first grade students will all be going on a field trip to see The Three Little Pigs play, too!
With their reading lessons in mind about what truly happens in the story, the students went one step further using art and engineering to build homes for the pigs, shapes they've learned about in math to build strutures, and a specific number of toothpicks and gum drops they counted to use. In teams, Kindergarteners built homes for the pigs. In 1st grade, students worked individually to build homes. What shapes and structures would best keep their pig protected from the big bad wolf?
Today, they tested their homes when the Big Bad Wolf, a hair dryer, came to visit! Quickly, Kindergarten students were given some time to consider, now that the wolf is really coming, do you need a new plan? What shapes and designs would hold up the best on a light huff and puff, as well as a really strong blowing breath from the wolf (the hair dryer's low and high settings)?
Some students used double toothpicks between their gum drops. Some changed the shape to be a cubed home instead of a wall fence. Some made their buildings shorter. Others thought their house was the best it could be and waited for the wolf... All of our students had a great time with this lesson and loved cheering each other on when the wolf visited their "homes".
We enjoyed a beautiful morning for our annual Walking Soul to Sole celebration. The children were smiling ear to ear - especially as each new pie was launched! We have the best teachers and administrators - they answered the call and made for a very memorable event! Our families have been so generous with their time, talent, and treasure. Thank you to everyone who made the day a big success!
This morning we shared with your children, and the parents present, the progress of the annual campaign, and also a few of the many ways in which the money raised by our PTA is directly benefitting their school experience. From ipads, smartboards, and laptops to Wellness Week, Good Samaritans, and Everybody Counts, this money is helping our children learn and grow into bright, well-rounded, kind human beings.
Because of our volunteers and generous sponsors, every single dollar you donate goes directly to the school. Every dollar. You make it possible for Mr. Richards and his staff to provide this best-in-class Catholic education. At last call, with nearly 70% of families participating, the annual campaign has collected $43,500!
Though shy of the $50,000 goal, Mr. Richards has agreed to a FREE Dress Day for the entire student body this Monday (Thursday for 1st and 2nd graders). We are so pleased with the continued success of the annual campaign, but we are always striving for One More Step, so the “Give Now” button on www.ht-school.org will remain active and we are still accepting checks. If you have yet to donate, please help us reach 100% participation. No gift is too small.
Ask your kids about their experience this morning and please send us your feedback, we’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for supporting the PTA and Holy Trinity School.
Allison Bayer and Niki Bigg, Walking Soul to Sole Co-Chairs
Each year, our 5th grade students do an in-depth study of poetry. They review the works of different writers, who all write using various forms and styles. Recently, they looked at Paul Fleischman's poems written for two voices. Many students especially enjoy these poems and especially love acting them out using creativity and a bit of drama. The students also also looked at popular music that includes similies and metaphors, commonly included in poetry, too! Throughout their study, they also work to find favorite poems they'd like to share at a Poetry Reading.
Soon, they'll share a myriad of their favorite poems during a Poetry Reading. All family members, friends, and guests of our 5th graders are welcome to join us to celebrate their work in this literature unit.
You Are Invited!
What: The Fifth Grade Poetry Reading
Where: Youth Center
When: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Blue group 9:00 A. M.
Red group 10:30 A. M.
Green group 1:15 P. M.
Each program should last no longer than 30 minutes. We hope you can come to hear our creative interpretations of chosen poems!
Jr. High Students Invited to & Participated in Idea Festival Kids Program
Last week, some of our Jr. High students worked with bone, tissue, & blood samples under microscopes, DNA testing strips & tube transfers (but with water), sheep brains, lungs, & hearts, and cow eyes. They spoke with a marine biology major about the eyes of various animals, insects, and humans and how that affects our daily interactions, after opening up a cow eye.
They learned about the first and only flying eye hospital, as well as experiments occurring on the International Space Station firsthand from employees involved in the projects that were students at Louisville middle schools, just like them!
They participated in numerous projects regarding new ideas and old theories that make the world go round each day. They learned about virtual reality and even took home VR googles that pair with their phone to explore the world in a new way.
Thank you IdeaFestival for including our students in IF Kids! We are thrilled with the opportunity to help our students "Stay Curious" & appreciate the opportunity to do so!
Want to know more about Idea Festival and IF Kids? Visit www.ideafestival.com. Each year, Mrs. Davenport, our Director of Student Activities, requests tickets to this event, and other events when possible, for our students. Teachers nominate students to be included and invitations are sent to students. This year, 31 students were invited to attend and 12 accepted the invitation to do so. Thank you to Ms. Probus, school counselor, for also assisting as a chaperone for such events!
3rd Grade Students Praise People with "Praise Scoot" Activity
Here at Holy Trinity, we are a PeaceBuilders school. Our students recite the PeaceBuilders pledge daily and discuss in their classes, what it means to be a Peacebuilder. Students work together to include others, support one another, and ask for help when they need it.
In their religion classes, third grade students specifically spend Thursdays studying the PeaceBuilders Pledge, how to work together, and being a better friend. This week they played "Praise Scoot," a game that concentrated on the concept of "Praise People" part of the Peacebuilders Pledge. Each student stopped by the desks of all of their classmates and wrote a praise (compliment) for them. What would you say to compliment your classmates, coworkers, or friends? We're proud of the numerous compliments our students were able to share!
2nd Grade Writers Share "Ouch" Personal Narratives
For the past few weeks, our second grade students have been perfecting their ability to share personal narrative stories, or a story about a specific event or time in their lives. They have specifically been writing "ouch" stories with this unit this year. This week, the students wrapped up their personal narrative unit by reading their stories to their peers and celebrating their great work. The students especially enjoyed dressing up as doctors to read their stories to their peers!