Catholic Conference of Kentucky Message Regarding School Choice Legislation
From the Catholic Conference of Kentucky (CCKY), as forwarded by the Archdiocese of Louisville's Superintendent's Office: Senator Ralph Alvarado and Rep. Josh Calloway have filed educational choice expansion bills during the 2022 Kentucky legislative session. These bills build on the success of the recently passed Education Opportunity Account Act by expanding the program statewide and increasing the size of the program and the number of eligible families. If you want to see more educational choice in Kentucky, please take a couple of minutes and contact your legislators to ask for their support of SB 50 and HB 305. You can use the link below to contact both your state representative and senator with a customized message. Our action center matches you with your legislator based on your home address. Please hit the following bullet points in your message:
The 2021 passage of the Education Opportunity Account Act was a major victory for Kentucky families;
It is time for the program to reach its full potential so that families in every Kentucky county can benefit;
71% of likely Kentucky voters support expanding the program statewide;
Don't forget to directly ask for their support of SB 50 and HB 305
Share personal stories on why educational choice is important to you and your family.
Background: Education Opportunity Accounts are privately funded by individuals and businesses, who donate to non-profit Account Granting Organizations (AGOs). The AGOs then use the donations to award needs-based funding to eligible families, and the family can choose how best to spend those education funds. Funding can be tailored to a student’s specific needs and used for tuition and fees for attendance at a non-public school, online learning programs, tutoring services, therapy programs, educational technology, and more. The Education Opportunity Account Act passed in 2021 only included Kentucky's largest counties when it comes to covering the cost of non-public school tuition. SB 50 and HB 305 expand the program statewide and these bills will increase the size of the program to meet student demand.
Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated from Jan. 30 - Feb. 5 nationally this year! Here at Holy Trinity, our Student Council CSW Committee has worked hard to plan a week that includes daily spirit days, fun activities, new projects, and favorite traditions. Check out the online handout or paper schedule coming home today in Tuesday folders for more details. Here are some ideas to note:
Every day will be a dress-down day. See the schedule for specifics.
For our all-school service project, it will include two ways to donate and support others! We had previously planned to host a drive for those affected by the December storms in Kentucky. However, every school/church we've contacted has an abundance of items at this time. Thus, we're going to partner with local organizations to continue to support ongoing learning goals in our community, as well as provide an online financial donation option for those interested in supporting those affected by the storms. See the CSW handout for specifics.
Students' self-illustrated images for the "Where's the Religious Leader?" game are coming home in your Tuesday folder today (or their homeroom teacher may hold onto them to complete during class). They are due to Mrs. Davenport by January 26.
Show your family's school spirit by decorating an HT yard sign! Sign up to receive a white yard sign to decorate as a family and then have displayed on our campuses during Catholic Schools Week. Only 6 yard signs remain … due to Mrs. Davenport or Mrs. Watkins by January 26.
We encourage students and parents to write thank you notes to our amazing educators to share with them on our final day of the week.
We'll celebrate our Faculty, Staff, and Volunteer of the Year at Monday's liturgy. Congratulations again and thank you to Mary Nancy Chatel, Jeanne Abell, and Martha Gray for all they do for HT! We appreciate you!
The 8th Grade Volleyball Game is back during CSW this year! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend or tune in online if you're an 8th-grade parent!
Prior to Christmas Break, our KYA delegation attended their middle school conference to present bill ideas they believe should become law in Kentucky. They had an outstanding conference and successfully presented their 3 bills, as well as had them passed in the House and Senate and signed into law by the KYA youth governor. With this, the bills will now be forwarded to our actual Kentucky elected leaders for review. Great work, Eagles!
Congratulations to our outstanding speakers and delegates who earned individual awards:
Ruby Lilla and Zoe Mayers – Outstanding Speakers
Eleanor Orrillo – Outstanding Delegate
Congratulations to our bill sponsors:
Bryn Haley, Daniel Waterfield, Jacob Breit, and Elliott Redella
Emelia Huff, Ruby Lilla, Kathryn Bovine, and Hadley Bazant
Sophia Redella, Whitney Cooper, and Katherine Rueff
Congratulations to our supporting officers – Alex Jarboe and Griffin Brunstetter – who were amazing at leading Committee debates, as well as Alex who was nominated to serve as Clerk, too!
This past week, many of our 6th graders participated in the KAAC 6th Grade Showcase academic competition. Our regional event was held at St. Michael's Catholic School and many of our students earned medals for their performance! Congratulations to the following for helping Holy Trinity earn 3rd place overall!
Quick Recall Team - 1st Place - Andrew Crane, Daniel Waterfield, Fletcher Wallace, Grayson Sayat, Jack Renda, Jacob Breit, and William Blackburn, coached by Christy Breit and Tristan Blackburn
Grayson Sayat - 6th Place in Math
Cora Dyer - 5th Place in Written Composition
Jack Renda - 1st Place in Science and 3rd Place in Language Arts
Last week, we recycled 36 ink cartridges from our classroom and office printers, as well as more than 14 lbs. of crayons with The Crayon Initiative! This is the second effort for both projects so far this year. Additionally, weekly, our Student Council members continue to empty recycling bins in classrooms and offices weekly on Wednesday mornings.
Great work, Eagles, and thank you, Ms. Given, Mrs. Davenport, and Student Council for your leadership with these initiatives. ♻️
Each first-grade homeroom has adopted a dairy cow this year! Their cows are from Glasgow, Kentucky. In their classes, they’re learning all about cows and how milk gets from the farm to the store to our homes.
Recently, they had an "udderly" amazing day thanks to Southland Dairy Farmers! The farmers came to visit and brought Olivia, a dairy cow, for students to meet. The farmers also talked to students about dairy cows and the milking process, all while demonstrating the milking process. Southland, like many farmers now, uses machines to milk their cows. Students found out that Olivia who visited our campus only lives 10 minutes from the cows the students have adopted! While Southland was here, second and third-grade students also stopped by to see and visit the cow.
We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to have our buddies gather together again this year! Our Pre-K students partner with 6th graders, while Kindergarten students join up with our 7th graders, and after 3 years together, our 1st graders enjoy time with our 8th graders in a variety of projects throughout the year.
This fall, they enjoyed sharing stories together, especially around the Halloween holiday. They’ve also enjoyed recess time together outdoors and walking together during our Annual Walk.
This week, a few of our Y Club participants attended the Virtual Middle School KYA conference with the Kentucky Y. During KYA, students participate in mock state government. Sponsors present bills they believe should be law in Kentucky. Freshman leaders elected last year as 8th graders serve as Governor, Speaker of the House, and Speaker of the Senate leading discussion and guiding fair debate. Bills can be passed back and forth between the House and Senate, with a successful bill making it to the student governor’s office, where students then present their bill idea to the governor and Lt. Governor.
Congratulations to our student participants who earned a Premier Delegation award, as well as Eden H, 6th grader, who earned and Outstanding Delegate award, too!
The rest of our KYA delegation of more than 30 middle school students will participate in person in December. Good luck!
It's almost time for our grade level service-learning November projects and drives, themed around "Giving with a Thankful Heart"! As part of our Catholic social teachings, we're called to help our neighbors during their times of need. Sometime during the dates of Nov. 1 - 12, all HTPS students will be invited and called to participate in a project that supports their grade-level community partner.
The specific dates vary by grade and each community partner's need/space availability, so we ask parents to watch grade-level newsletters and folders for more specifics. Discuss the opportunity to serve and give back as a family, shop together if you can, and send donations in during your child's donation days. Some grade-level projects will involve a sign-up genius for specific items that students will then put together in the classroom as part of a larger project. Other grades will include an ask for any item you choose off of a requested list. Questions can be directed to your child's religion teacher, the grade level's service-learning coordinating parent, and/or Mrs. Davenport.
Thank you in advance to all who participate, donate, help us create baskets/bags of items in the classroom, and/or deliver items to our community partners. We appreciate your time, efforts, and commitment!