Holy Trinity will be launching our extended distance learning plan after Spring Break. As we were developing this plan, we were trying to balance maintaining a rigorous learning environment with the understanding that our students, parents, and teachers are experiencing a great amount of stress and uncertainty. I know the last thing we want is to add more stress to your life, but we also want to maintain our instruction so that your child is ready for the next grade level. I have asked each teacher to communicate with you the essential standards that they are/will be working on over the next two months. These standards will drive our instruction and assessments and be important items to focus on to get your child ready for the fall.
Holy Trinity’s distance learning plan for after Spring Break is as follows:
Teachers for Pre K – 3rdgrades will be contacting parents directly with digital learning plans
Teachers for 4th– 8thgrades will be hosting two live online classes and two days of assignments on myHTPS
Resource Day teachers will continue posting their assignments on myHTPS
The primary goal of this extended plan is to provide structure, interaction, and normalcy for our students. Please know that while we want all students engaged with as many live online classes as possible, we also understand that due to schedules and computer availability it may not be possible every day. I would like to give you a few guidelines that I have given to our teachers when it comes to these online lessons.
Please keep your lessons to around 20 minutes
Please record your lessons and post the recording on myHTPS
Please post all assignments on myHTPS
Please understand and be empathetic to students and parents not able to complete assignments on time.
Now while the above statement mainly applies to grades 4-8, we know our younger grade teachers are also reaching out and setting up Zoom lessons. We appreciate these teachers, and all of our teachers, for going above and beyond for the success of our students.
If your child is having technical difficulties, please have them reach out to Darren Pearl (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Huber (email@example.com) with their questions/concerns. If your child is struggling academically or emotionally, please know that Mrs. Weible and Ms. Probus are both here to assist our students to navigate this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them with your individual concerns.
We have created a “Zoom for Students” document that can be accessed by going towww.bit.ly/htpszoom. In this document, you will find the schedules for online classes for each individual grade (4th-8th), as well as a tutorial on how to use Zoom and student expectations. Please know that this plan will not go into place until April 6th. Please also remember that we will not have any digital learning classes this Friday (Annual Fund - Day Off) or next week (Spring Break).
We again pray for your health and well-being, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
I hope your distance learning is going well to this point. First and foremost I want you each to know that you and your families remain in my thoughts and prayers. Also, please know that you can contact me via email with any questions and/or for additional resources and support (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Below are some videos, resources, and tips that may be useful to you for self-care and social-emotional needs. As I said, feel free to reach out should you need anything. Please see below a few websites as well as YouTube Videos to serve as resources for you and your family (please know this is by no means an exhaustive list – thankfully there are so many great online resources during this time to offer additional insight, information and support). Specifically, the Calmakids website and some of the Youtube videos are great mindfulness videos for calming, relieving stress/anxiety, and it can help give our mind a break from academic tasks. I have also included other resources as well. These are simply resources to serve as a support. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.
Pray, remember the power of prayer! They can even write prayers in their journal (I often tell kids that prayer is a conversation with God). We can turn it over to God and allow that to hopefully allow us some peace
Get outside: ride your bike, play a sport, go for a walk/run- keep your blood flowing (a minimum of 15 minutes of exercise per day is great for the mind)
Work off energy: do mindfulness exercises (slow deep breaths in/out for one-two minutes) or get outside for some fresh air
Stay on top of schoolwork: pace yourself, make a checklist, stay focus, and work hard
Take time for yourself: do something YOU enjoy!
Find three things each day that you enjoyed- have a conversation with your family about three things they enjoyed as well
Keep a journal and write in it each day for two-three minutes on the events of the day
Share the love with others- spend two minutes sending an email, text, or note to someone to help brighten their day (maybe with parent help and permission stay connected with friends through facetime, etc.)
If you need anything, feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to help you. Keep up the good work.
COVID-19 Closing Information (Previously Sent to Parents Via Email)
As sent yesterday, due to the COVID-19 virus Holy Trinity Parish School will be closed until April 6th. I know this temporary closing is going to provide hardships for many of our families. I thank you in advance for your patience and partnership as we make decisions to protect our students’ safety and our staff’s safety.
At our faculty meeting on Wednesday, we went over best practices when it comes to digital learning/distance learning with our entire faculty. We discussed the need to keep providing dynamic and meaningful instruction during these days. Please know that all teachers are required to provide quick responses to emails/questions from students and parents from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm during digital learning days.
For Grades Pre-K-2nd grade - We have sent home at least three packets this week, and we have/will send out five additional packets for our students by dismissal today.
For 4th and 5th Grade – We have sent out an iPad release to all parents. If you want your child to have access to an iPad during these two weeks, please sign the form and return it to us. We anticipate using many of the apps on the iPad for digital learning the next two weeks.
For 3rd through 8th grades - Please check myHTPS daily. Teachers are required to have assignments posted on myHTPS by 9:00am of that day. When it is your Resource Day, the Special Area teacher will provide the digital learning lesson for that day.
Below is the calendar for our digital learning/distance learning
Monday, March 16 - We will use one of our two built-in inclement weather days.
Tuesday, March 17 – We will use the second of our inclement weather days.
Wednesday, March 18 – We will start our digital learning. Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade , please complete packet 1. Grades 3-8, assignments will be posted by 9:00am.
Thursday, March 19 - Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade , please complete packet 2. Grades 3-8, assignments will be posted by 9:00am.
Friday, March 20 - Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade , please complete packet 3. Grades 3-8, assignments will be posted by 9:00am.
Monday, March 23 - Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade , please complete packet 4. Grades 3-8, assignments will be posted by 9:00am.
Tuesday, March 24 – Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade , please complete packet 5. Grades 3-8, assignments will be posted by 9:00am.
Wednesday, March 25 - Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade , please complete packet 6. Grades 3-8, assignments will be posted by 9:00am.
Thursday, March 26 - Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade , please complete packet 7. Grades 3-8, assignments will be posted by 9:00am.
Friday, March 27 – Annual Fund Goal Met – No School – No Packets or Digital Learning
Below are the off-campus learning steps for students in grades 3-8 (included in the email, not posted here as it includes email log-in and password guidelines).
Please know of my prayers for the health and well-being of each student and family here at Holy Trinity. If anything changes in regard to returning to school on April 6th, we will let you know immediately.
Congratulations to our 8th graders, who with their High School Placement Test scores, were named McAuley Scholars for Assumption High School's incoming freshman class: Reagan Gilmore, Lauren Kamer, Sarah Keal, Clare Hudson, and Audrey Wintergerst!
While we're still awaiting scholarship announcements from a few other Catholic high schools, we're excited for the 10 students from the current class that have earned scholarships at St. X, Trinity, and Assumption!
From the Counseling Office of Ms. Probus: We are pleased to announce and welcome Mrs. Beth Hicks, retired counselor from Assumption High School with her M.A. in Educational Psychology and Counseling and a Mindful Mentor, who has so graciously volunteered once again to teach Mindfulness to some of our students. We are excited that she is sharing her time and talent with us to teach Mindfulness to our first and fourth grades.
For the 4th grade group, she is excited to partner with Nellie Springston, the founder of Calma (www.calmakids.org), with an M.Ed. School Counseling & Psychology, who has spent years working in Psychology research learning about trauma, stress, and the brain before making her way back to a school setting as a behavior interventionist where she used mindfulness techniques with her students, and saw incredible results.
We also have Mattie DeAngelis, the Holy Trinity Counseling Office Intern (University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work) who is a registered Yoga teacher and she will share her gifts as part of the Mindfulness classes. Thanks to Mrs. Hicks, Mrs. Springston, Ms. DeAngelis for teaching the Mindfulness Classes for four weeks, beginning March 4.
3rd Graders Present about International Cathedrals
After visiting the Archdiocese’s Cathedral of the Assumption, 3rd graders researched cathedrals around the world and presented their findings to their peers. Students researched their cathedral's location, history, important facts, and other interesting features. Great work, 3rd grade!
5th Graders Explore Drama in Literature and Radio Shows in Music Classes as Part of Learning Collaboration Unit
As part of the fifth-grade drama unit, the students learned about William Shakespeare and studied a middle school version ofRomeo and Juliet. They analyzed the play for story structure, cause and effect, and character traits. They will next read a version ofA Midsummer Night’s Dreamand look for similarities and differences between the tragedy and the comedy. In conjunction with this, Mrs. Harrington, our music teacher, introduced radio shows to the fifth graders. In groups, they then wrote original scripts and performed them with sound effects. Great work, 5th graders, and thank you Mrs. Harrington and Mrs. Theiss for collaborating on these lessons!
We are celebrating Everybody Counts Week March 2-6, 2020. Everybody Counts Week is an interactive and educational awareness program that is designed to allow our students to experience both the feelings and challenges of the diverse groups of people within our community and foster awareness and understanding of people of all abilities. It is our prayer that each student will walk away from this week knowing God has purposefully designed each of us and has blessed us with unique gifts that we can use to glorify Him.
The focus of Everybody Counts Week this year is Down syndrome. We are so fortunate this year to have actor, David Desanctis, coming to speak to our students. David, cast as Produce in the movie Where Hope Grows, was the first actor with Down syndrome to play a leading role in an English-language feature film. We can’t wait for our students to meet him!
The following is a breakdown of grades, dates, and times of each speaker. Parents are invited, and encouraged, to attend the presentations!
GRADES PRESENTER DATE TIME Pre-K—K David Desanctis Monday, March 2 9:00am 1st—3rd David Desanctis Monday, March 2 10:00am 4th-6th David Desanctis Tuesday, March 3 9:00am 7th-8th David Desanctis Tuesday, March 3 10:00am *All presentations will be in the Multi-Purpose Building
In addition to presentations, a daily prayer and short video on related topics will be shared on WHTS.
If you have any questions, please feel to contact me. Thank you!
Kylee Hoelscher email@example.com
“There's no beauty without difference and diversity. Love unconditionally.”
Today the 5th and 6th graders are sharing their genius! For the past several weeks in Technology, they have been working on a project called Genius Hour. Each student chose a topic they wanted to become a genius on and spent time researching. Next, they created a website for their Genius Hour. Finally, they spent several classes using various technology tools to create podcasts, iMovies, games, presentations, and more! Today, they got to experience each other’s genius by exploring their websites!