Jr. High Students Create Playground Proposals & Campaigns in STEAM Project
This week, our middle school students are working on a STEAM project together, researching playgrounds that would serve all students. They‘re researching options, needs, and legal requirements to write their proposals this week, while also organizing fundraising ideas, events, and campaigns to present to peers later this week. Next week, they’ll adjust their budgets and advertisements to reflect what they “raised” with their fundraising campaigns.
While students are using their math class as the basis for this project, they’re using and developing more than just their math skills. They’re exploring laws, communities, and budgets through online research, before developing plans, proposals, slogans, and campaign ads. This week, Mr. Greenamyer, a parent who heard about the project shared that he also has experience with playground design through his career and joined our students to share his expertise this week! Great work, Jr. High and teachers - we‘re excited to see your proposals!
Blessing & Ribbon Cutting Events Scheduled for New Clifton Campus and Playgrounds at St. Matthews Campus
Holy Trinity Parish School will be holdingtwo separateRibbon Cutting Ceremonies at two separate locationson August 11 and 12. All media outlets are invited to join us and encouraged to feature both new resources for our community!
On Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm, we’ll open our new school in Clifton (2117 Payne Street, 40206), to specifically serve students with language-based learning differences, the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of Louisville. The Blessing and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 2 pm. The school will have its first day of school instruction on Wednesday, August 14. We are proud to be the first Catholic elementary school for children with language-based learning differences. This founding of this school is part of Holy Trinity Parish’s initiative, For Every Child, to broaden our reach and serve more children.Bishop Mark Spalding (Bishop of Nashville, formerly the pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Louisville) and Father Bill Bowling, current pastor of Holy Trinity, will conduct the ceremony. The combined ribbon cutting and blessing event is open to the public and the school will be open for tours during this occasion.
For more specific information on the school or to schedule interviews with school leaders, contact Paula Watkins, Head of School, email@example.com
On Monday, August 12 at 5:30 pm, Holy Trinity (423 Cherrywood Road, 40207) will hold a Ribbon Cutting and Blessing for two new accessible playgrounds on their main campus. The playgrounds are named The Perch and The Eagles’ Nest. Both playgrounds have state of the art features that allow accessibility to all children. The playground is built on a poured-in-place surface which provides easier access for all. These playgrounds are part of Holy Trinity Parish’s For Every Child initiative to broaden our reach and serve more children. The Eagles’ Nest was made possible due to a gift from Peg and Steve Diebold,andThe Perch was made possible due to a gift from Maria and Andrew Beck.Father Bill Bowling, pastor of Holy Trinity and Jack Richards, principal of Holy Trinity Parish School will conduct the ceremony.Mayor Tonini of St. Matthews and St Matthews Council representatives have been invited. The combined ribbon cutting and blessing event is open to the public.
For more specific information on the playgrounds or to schedule interviews with those involved in bringing these great resources to Holy Trinity, contact Beth Klem, Director of Advancement, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Council Used Uniform Sale - Dates Changed to July 20 - 21 (Set-Up July 19)
To allow families more time to shop our Student Council Used Uniform Sale, and then shop other stores if needed before the start of school, we are changing the dates of the summer sale to July 20 - 21. Join us and check out uniforms Holy Trinity families & Student Council have available to sell before you buy new items for next school year.
Cash or check will be accepted. (Checks will need to be written to each family you purchase from, so be sure to bring a few checks or multiple small bills to make change for families.)
** NOTE DATES CHANGED FOR SUMMER SALE **
Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21: Summer Sale in the Cafeteria
Donations & Item Drop Off on Friday, July 19 from 9am - 12pm in the Cafeteria
Saturday sale will be 9am-4pm (Reconciliation & Mass are 4-6pm) & 6-6:30pm
Sunday Sale will be 9:30-11am and 12-12:30pm (after the 8:30 and 11 am Masses)
Volunteers needed to set up on Friday from 9am-12pm & clean up Sunday 12:30-1:30pm
Items not specific to HT (polos, shorts, pants, etc.) will be donated to Catholic Charities after the July sale, unless the family comes to sort and pick them up on Sunday at 12:30pm. Specific items to HT will be kept for Student Council to sell in future years, unless families help clean up the sale on Sunday, July 21 at 12:30pm.
Families can be involved in 3 ways:
Mark your calendar and shop the sales! Get the uniform items you need at a fraction of retail cost.
Donate uniform items to Student Council (Mrs. Davenport’s office) to sell at the sale. All items must be clean. Student Council will sell donated items for 80-90% off of Shaheen’s prices. All money raised supports Student Council’s projects throughout the year. Spirit shirts that are donated are free at the sale and much appreciated by our new families and students!
Sell your family’s clean items at the sale and volunteer to work the sale or help set-up/clean-up.
To sell items, label an index card for EACH item you’d like to sell with the following information & safety pin a card to each clothing item.
Your first and last name
Clothing Gender & Size
Price You’re Asking
Provide one envelope with your full name, phone number, and email address on it, as well as if you’d like your items back. If you don’t note that you want your items back in writing on this envelope, they will be donated after the July sale to Student Council or Catholic Charities. If you want your items back, we’d appreciate you helping sort them on Sunday, July 21.
At drop off, assist in setting out your items at the correct tables on sales days.
Student Council Recognized for We Go Green Year End Projects
This past week, WLKY News, We Schools, and We Schools Kentucky visited our school to celebrate Student Council's work to keep items out of the landfill, while also helping others. This work, part of We Schools' We Go Green initiative, involves a variety of projects. Some of the projects highlighted include:
Emptying Classroom Recycling Bins Weekly on Wednesdays before School and 1st Week of Summer Break
Encouraging Students to Recycle in the School Cafeteria
Providing Earth and Recycling Facts on WHTS School Morning News
Collecting Crayons in the Art Room All Year and Recycling them with Crayon Initiative - Melted and made into new crayons for kids in hospitals
Collecting Markers in the Art Room All Year and Recycling them with Color Cycle
Collecting Used School Supplies from Locker Clean-Out Days to Donate to Local Organizations/Schools
Collecting Used Books to Donate to Reading Organizations and Programs
Holy Trinity Parish School is getting a furry, new student. Marley, a two-year-old Aussiedoodle, is coming on board as the school's new therapy dog. Laura Probus, the school's counselor, has been working for two years to find the right fit and is overjoyed to have Marley join the school. He was introduced to students during a surprise assembly last week!
Holy Trinity believes in giving every student the tools they need to succeed, and Marley will be an important part of their success. Studies show that alternative approaches to teaching (and working with students to foster their social and emotional needs,as well as ways to enhance empathy and compassion) are necessary to meet the diverse needs of today’s students.
Therapy dogs provide students with a myriad of benefits. Studies looking at therapy dogs in the classroom show improved class participation, more advanced critical thinking skills, more favorable outlooks towards schoolwork, improvements in reading and comprehension, and higher self-esteem as compared to students in non-therapy-dog programs. Researchers have found that, in schools, therapy dogs lead to less negative comments between students, increased use of praise, decreased distractibility, improved relationships, increased eye contact, more appropriate voice or tone with others, decreased tantrums, and decreased learning helplessness.
The school adopted Marley from Pawsibilities Unleased, a training organization for therapy dogs/canine counselors and service dogs. The administration chose this organization because of their reputation of successfully training and placing their animals since 1993. Another factor in choosing this organization was that Marley is a rescue, and was trained in a program in which they partner with a certified training program within a prison, Paw and Order, which aligned with the school’s goal of promoting Catholic Social Teaching.
The administration is excited for Marley to start as their new student next school year and is looking forward to the benefits their students will receive from having a therapy dog with them daily. This was made possible due to an anonymous donor and we are so very grateful to this angel!
Learn more about Marley from our announcement ceremony, as shared through local news outlets:
Congratulations to our Art Fair Winners, recognized last week at the Art Fair for their outstanding work! We're proud of all of our students for showing their chosen work at the Art Fair. Awards for Pre-K through 4th grade will be passed out this week in Art Classes. Grades 5-8 will receive their awards at their Awards Days.
Annually on Good Friday, all of our students, faculty, staff, and guests gather together in the Church to hear the telling of Jesus's crucifixion. Our 7th graders lead the acting out and portrayal of these stations. With each station, students beautifully present the events of the story we've heard many times, as well as challenge us to consider and reflect upon how we, too, have failed God in our daily choices. We ask for forgiveness as we consider the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. Thank you to our 7th graders and Jr. High religion teacher, Ms. Wolz for their leadership on this annual prayer service! To view the prayer service now, please visit our Facebook page - @HolyTrinityLouisville, to watch the prayer service in its entirety.