Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February's Virtue of the Month: COURAGE


COURAGE is having the strength to do what we need to do.

COURAGE is when we go ahead when we are afraid.

COURAGE is needed when there are things we have to change, especially if we know it will affect other people and there is a possibility that they won't like what we are doing.

There are many kinds of true courage:

    • Courage that stays cool and calm in troubled times
    • Courage that stands up for what is right
    • Courage of trusting according to your faith in God
    • Courage of trusting yourself and refusing to follow the crowd when the crowd is wrong.

Another name for COURAGE is FORTITUDE. It is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, so you have it. Do you use it?

In your own words, write one sentence that says what courage is.

Give three reasons why courage is important.

Name two people you think have shown courage and say why.

Name three instances when the virtue of COURAGE is needed.

Jesus once said to his disciples who were caught in stormy waters in a boat:

Have COURAGE, it is I.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Inside the Trinity Studio: Mr. Rob McBride, PE Teacher

Inside the Trinity Studio: Mr. Rob McBride, PE Teacher

Trinity’s PR and Marketing Committee will be featuring several articles on Trinity teachers and staff. Based on the popular Bravo TV show Inside the Actor’s Studio starring James Lipton, our version called Inside the Trinity Studio will highlight a select group of faculty members by asking the subject 10 questions requiring one-word answers. It is challenging for the interviewee and fun for the reader. We hope you enjoy this interesting look at one of Trinity’s leaders, Mr. Rob McBride, PE teacher. 

Mr. McBride was interviewed by Margaret Timberlake, a Trinity School parent.

Date of interview: November 1, 2017

1.    What is your favorite word? COMMITMENT

2.    Where would you like to live? IRELAND

3.    Who is your favorite musician? JIMMY BUFFET

4.    Who is your favorite fictional hero? ROCKY BALBOA

5.    Who is your favorite real-life hero? MY DAD

6.    What sound or noise do you hate? NAILS ON A CHALKBOARD

7.    What sound or noise do you love? LAUGHTER

8.    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? PGA GOLF PRO

9.    What do you most value in friends? RESPECT

10. What would like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? YOU STILL LOOK GOOD!

Mr. McBride's favorites: Blue, football, Eagles or Notre Dame, St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January's Virtue of the Month: HONESTY


When you think of someone's reputation, you usually think of his or her HONESTY. Very early on, you will be identified by classmates as an honest or dishonest person. When people know you are honest they will like you, rely on you, and want to be around you. No one wants to be around a liar. So it is very important that you guard your honest reputation.

An HONEST person always speaks the truth.

HONEST persons:

~ Tell the truth despite the consequences.
~ Do their own homework.
~ Write a report without copying.
~ Return things that he/she borrowed.

You are being honest when you...

~ Tell a friend the truth
~ Keep your eyes on your own paper
~Clean up your room after making a promise
~ Give the cashier the extra money she gave you by mistake
~ Keep a friend's secret
~ Admit you made a mistake
~Turn in a wallet full of money that you found

Honesty is being sincere, truthful, trustworthy, honorable, fair, genuine, and loyal with integrity.

You guard your honest reputation by constantly practicing honesty. Like any other habit, honesty must be cultivated. The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your nature. HOW WILL YOU PRACTICE HONESTY THIS WEEK?


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Virture of the Month: PATIENCE


Patience is a virtue.  Practicing Patience means waiting.  We need to learn how to wait.  Advent is a good time to work on this because during this season we are waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ.


Describe a patient person.

Some ways to practice patience are:
  • Waiting for help from a teacher
  • Waiting for someone to pick you up
  • Waiting for an answer
  • Waiting in carpool line

Name some other ways to practice patience

How was I patient today?

We will have many opportunities to practice patience this month as we WAIT in line while we are Christmas shopping.  Think of all the people you can pray for instead of being impatient.
    REMEMBER:  Practice Makes Perfect.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Student Council President: Mimi Mundorf's Thank You Speech to Trinity's Student Body

The Student Council Officers and Classroom Representatives were sworn into their offices for the 2017-2018 school year on October 5. Mimi Mundorf, newly elected president of the Student Council, addressed the student body with a very inspiring speech.

Hello Sister Catherine, Mr. Sloyer, Mrs. Martinez, teachers, staff and fellow students.

I am your student council president, Mimi Mundorf and I am so thankful for this opportunity.  Thank you to all who voted for me and the rest of the student council making this experience possible for us.

Thank you to those of you who believed in me and if you didn’t, then I will make it my goal to persuade you to believe in me, because I believe in every one of you; that’s right everyone.

Now, who is excited for this year to begin?  Raise your hands.  So here is why I am totally psyched for this year.  It will be filled with new ideas, activities, and so much more.  It will involve teamwork, praise for each individual student and chances for everyone to be themselves and show us who they are.  I am so happy that this great school can get even better, but only with the help from you guys.  This year is going to be so much fun and everyone will be able to leave their mark on this school, whether it’s academically, athletically or artistically.  Together, we can make this school even better, we can make this a great year, and we can make this a place that makes people jump out of bed in the morning and rush to school because they love it so much.  We can do a lot of these things, not me, not you, we.  Together we can accomplish anything…and that is my plan for this year, to make people believe in themselves, their friends, and everyone. 

So I hope that you guys are excited for this year and are ready for hopefully the most fun you’ve had at Trinity. 

Once again, I am student council president, Mimi Mundorf and I am welcoming you to the Trinity School year of 2017-2018, or the golden year. 

Thank you and don’t forget, believe in yourself because I do.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November's Virture of the Month: PERSERVERANCE


Perseverance is the will to see things through in spite of fear, obstacles,
hard work, or discouragement.

A person who practices perseverance shows commitment and determination and demonstrates persistence and endurance.

Do you practice perseverance in these situations?

~ Being faithful to your commitment as car a aide
~ Never missing a drama rehearsal unless ill
~ Attending all Cross Country practices
~ Signing up for a job or activity and completing it
~ Doing your part in a class assignment
~ Setting a goal and reaching it

Practice, Practice, Practice

Perseverance in prayer.  Ask and you shall receive.  Keep on asking!

Choose to persevere…rather than quit.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Teaching Children? All You Need Is Love

Mrs. Heather Johns was named Teacher of the Year by American Legion Lithuanian Post #154

Trinity School is proud to announce that on September 15th, 2017, second grade teacher, Mrs. Heather Johns, was named Teacher of the Year by American Legion Lithuanian Post #154.  Mrs. Johns was nominated by her great uncle, John Maskavich, who serves as the Post chaplain.  Along with her award Mrs. Johns received a cash award and a coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.

At the age of fifteen Mrs. Johns discovered how much she loved working with children.  She realized that when children are taught well they can teach each other.  Following her high school career, this nugget of truth inspired Mrs. Johns to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with a focus in education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Mrs. Heather Johns receiving the Julie Award Last Year 

Mrs. Johns was hired as a second grade teacher at Trinity School in 2005. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Johns serves Trinity students by preparing them for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  She is the Social Science program coordinator.  Her dedication to teaching and professional development was recognized by her Trinity peers when she received The Saint Julie Award, Trinity’s most prestigious teaching award.

Trinity is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, whose foundress, St. Julie Billiart directed the teachers of her schools to “Teach the children what they need for life.”  In the classroom setting, when Mrs. Johns hears a child say to her, “I understand,” she knows that she is following in the tradition of the Sisters and the mission of Trinity.

In the words of Mrs. Margie Martinez, Trinity Primary School Head:  “Congratulations to Mrs. Johns!  During her years here at Trinity Mrs. Johns has grown to become a confident, seasoned educator.  She is sincerely committed to student success, and strives daily to shape each child to become their best self.  Mrs. Johns is a wonderful teacher, who makes learning fun for the children and is most deserving of this award.”

Mrs. Johns is married and the mom of two wonderful children.  In the little spare time allowed to her, she is an avid runner, a healthy food enthusiast, a crime novel aficionado, a beach lover and Beatles fan. Trinity is truly blessed to have Mrs. Johns on the Primary teaching team.  We would all like to say, “Congratulations, Mrs. Johns, for sharing your faith, wisdom and love with your students, their parents, your Trinity peers and the entire Trinity family.”