1st Graders Create Cards for SVDP Yearlong Efforts
First grade students created cards for Holy Trinity’s St. Vincent de Paul Society in Art class! They made Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and birthday cards to be handed out to parishioners in nursing homes or homebound all year long. Students enjoyed using their talents to help make someone’s day a little brighter.
Fr. Bill came in to visit the Kindergarten classes this week to help introduce the students to the Advent season. The students have been preparing in their classrooms by making Advent wreaths and discussing the meaning of the season. Kindergarteners have learned that Advent is a time of waiting for Jesus’s birthday. Fr. Bill came into the classroom to help the students learn how to make Christmas last the whole year long.
Our 6th -8th grade students involved in KYA will present their bill ideas to peers, parents, grandparents, teachers, Kentucky elected leaders, and other interested guests in the cafeteria on Monday, Dec. 9 from 3-4 pm. All are invited to join us to see their presentations and help provide feedback as they prepare for their conference. Their bill ideas include allowing sports gambling in Kentucky and increasing the funding for pediatric cancer research. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Davenport.
5th Graders Create, Publish, and Share Science Stories with 2nd Graders
The 5th grade wrote short creative stories about how an animal goes through metamorphosis. They created them on Google slides, air-played their stories to the CleverTouch board, and shared their stories with their classmates. Last week, they read the stories with the 2nd grade. We love this cross-curricular learning between science and language arts, as well as between 2nd and 5th grades!
6th Grade Student Authors:Published by: Grayson W., Griffin B., Anna S., Eleanor O. and Ethan K.
Every October, Holy Trinity’s 6th grade class travels to Camp Piomingo for three days of outdoor team building! Here are some reflections from some of our students after this year’s trip:
Grayson W: When I was at Camp Piomingo my biggest accomplishment was when I did the high ropes course. As you might guess, heights are not my thing but I swallowed my fear and got hooked into all the gear. I walked across the bridge and I was shaking it side to side trying not to fall. I got to the other side and I got to the zip line. I zoomed across the field. When I got to the end, I climbed from the ladder and brought the equipment back. It was so much fun! I wanted to do it again, so that was probably the most fun thing at Camp Piomingo.
Griffin B: I was strapped in backing up towards the cliff edge. When I stepped on to the ledge a few rocks fell. I didn’t hear them hit the ground until about 4 seconds later. Eventually, I went down, scared for my life. Once I got past that point, it was easy! The best part was at the end, I pushed off and landed on my feet. I wanted to go again, but time was up. Luckily, dinner was next because I was starving. That night we had fried chicken for dinner. I want to go back to Camp Piomingo this summer!
As a team, we put together some valuable advice for kids going to camp next year!
Advice for Girls going to Piomingo next year:
Don’t worry about the piomingo dance! (Warning: it is not a real dance it is a DANCE PARTY!)
Hang out with your friends when you can and try not to cause drama.
Don’t forget to have fun at the dance party. If you just stand around, it will be very boring.
BRING GLOVES AND HAND WARMERS (just in case)! Don't be afraid to try the high ropes and rock quarry adventures. You will end up having the time of your life.
Try everything you can (it will help).
Advice for boys going to Camp Piomingo
Go Do It! Don’t worry about your fears.
Bring a coat.
Bring hand warmers.
Don’t try to show off, just have fun!
Bring extra sweatshirts.
Take a shower! (The water is warm)
Do your best to sleep in.
Don’t worry about the food. It ended up being great!
Authors Jerry Pallotta & Roland Smith Visit Holy Trinity Students
Jerry Pallotta, the children’s award-winning author of the Who Would Win? series and over 90 books, visited all of our students in Pre-K through 4th grades and shared his amazing creativity and motivation for writing. He shared his inspiration for stories, how he comes up with ideas for titles, his editing process - both in choosing the words and the illustrations, and other exciting details from his writing work. The students and teachers alike all enjoyed his presentations!
The next day, we had a surprise visit from a friend of Jerry Pallotta, author Roland Smith! He spoke to the 7thand 8thgrade classes about the process of writing and donated some of his books to our library! We were so honored to have these two amazing authors visit our school and spend time with our students! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with Holy Trinity!
Silly Safaris Experience for 2nd Graders and Clifton Campus Students
Amazon John with Silly Safaris visited with our 2nd grade and Clifton Campus students last week to celebrate the conclusion of their plants and animals unit. Students learned about how animals use their adaptations to survive in their own habitats. They also learned about the unique qualities of the rainforest habitat. Students were able to touch and hold animals, including an armadillo, owl, crow, snake, possum, and tree frog!
7th & 8th Grade Students Participate in Service Days and Mission Trips
Annually, our 7th graders participate in a Louisville Community Service Day the week of Halloween. As part of their work with Dare to Care all year, the students visited and toured the main facility to see their donations and work in action. In addition, they spent the rest of their day at three local community partners completing a variety of service projects. 7C volunteered at Catholic Charities - cleaning facilities, organizing donations, preparing for Christmas gift drives, working in the daycare, providing ESL tutoring, and sorting food donations in the Sister Visitor Center. 7E volunteered at Love City where they volunteered in the daycare, Pork City BBQ kitchen and restaurant - an entrepreneurial training entity of Love City, and prepared Halloween treat bags for children in the Portland neighborhood. 7O volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul where they assisted families shopping in the food pantry, organized food donations, and assisted in the preparation of meals in the Open Hand Soup Kitchen.
The week before and the week after 7th grade's Service Day, our 8th graders participated in annual Mission Trips to Appalachia, as well. This year, our student, teacher, administrator, parent, and grandparent volunteers partnered with Big Creek Missions in Leslie County, Kentucky. 81 of our students, 5 teachers, 4 administrators, and 29 parents/grandparents took part in these mission trips! They worked in the county's food pantry, repaired homes in the local communities, built wheelchair ramps, completed home visits, served in nursing homes, assisted with school tutoring programs, and volunteered at school family resource centers. Using the money they collected with spirit days at school, the students also shopped for and delivered donations to the local food pantries, animal shelters, and school family resource centers. We're grateful that these opportunities continue to be available to our students and that so many participate annually!
Recently our Pre-K students completed a science lab investigation of pumpkins! While pumpkins are popular this time of year and students often have fun decorating them at home for Halloween, the teachers used them in the classrooms for a variety of learning objectives and targets.
The main goal was the development of foundational scientific concepts in your youngest students, specifically that of observation and investigation. Measurement skills and number concepts were also practiced as they explored the pumpkins, measured their size, and counted their seeds. In completing the lab, they also worked on their listening skills, background knowledge, and vocabulary skills - all grade-level concepts part of their curriculum!
The students loved this lab and the opportunity to explore the pumpkins in a new way - will it sink or float? What's the outside of the pumpkin like compared to the inside of the pumpkin? Do they feel different and therefore have different jobs/purposes? How many seeds are actually inside of a pumpkin, compared to other fruits/vegetables?