From the Principal

Anchored by Faith — Sailing into Learning

From the Desk of the Principal: June Newsletter

06-01-2019NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Another school year at Holy Trinity Catholic School is coming to an end. This year, however, is bittersweet. When you return to school in the fall, it will be to a new school named Archangel Gabriel, with a new Principal and President at the helm. My biggest hope is that you will support Dr. Assetta & Mrs. Militzer and allow them to bring their talents and ideas to the school community, as you have always allowed me to do. I wish both leaders much happiness and success at Archangel Gabriel School.

I write this final Principal’s Page with a heavy, yet grateful heart. It has been a great joy, honor and a privilege to be a part of this community for the past 13 years. Getting to know and work with the teachers and parents has helped to me a realize just how important community is. However, what has brought me the greatest joy throughout my years here has been being part of the children’s education and faith development. I know each student is a child of God and I have fully embraced our mission of preparing them for a life of faith, stewardship and academic excellence.

As a school community, we have created thousands of memories which will be cherished always. We put our entire hearts and souls into everything we did to make HTS a stellar school! Being at HTS was never just about the grades, it was about finding out who we were, what we were made of, and taking on all the possibilities that exist when we work together and give each other our total support. I want to thank every one of you for being the best at creating a loving and positive school environment each day.

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From the Desk of the Principal: May Newsletter

05-01-2019NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Marian devotions are those prayers and acts undertaken to honor Mary and with the intent of seeking her intercession with her Son, Jesus, and his Father. Take time this month and pray the rosary as a family learn the Memorare.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Happy Mother’s Day: God made a wonderful mother, A mother who never grows old; He made her smile of the sunshine, and He molded her heart of pure gold; In her eyes He placed bright shining stars, In her cheeks fair roses you see; God made a wonderful mother, and He gave that dear mother to me. — Pat O’Reilly

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From the Desk of the Principal: April Newsletter

04-01-2019NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Very soon the holiest week of the year will be upon us. The important truth to remember is that Jesus is the Son of God who became human, for all of us. He suffered and died for everyone, even for those who betrayed or deserted him. Jesus has infinite love for all of us and we must remember we are always in the presence of God. Our spiritual lives may fluctuate. Sometimes we play the role of Judas, sometimes the role of the unsuspecting and uncomprehending disciple, sometimes the faithful follower. One thing does not change, though: God’s love for us. I’m so grateful that we have a God who loves us, forgives us, and understands the struggles we face in our lives. We are reminded, particularly during this Lenten and Easter season, that like us, Jesus struggled in his time on the earth but he found and provided for us ultimate redemption through his death on the cross. That is something to celebrate!

Catholic Easter Prayer: Lord, the resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope. Help us to live as new people in pursuit of the Christian ideal. Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it.

Dearest HTS Families,

I wish you peace, love and happiness at Easter and always. Enjoy time with your loved ones and friends as you celebrate the Risen Christ!

Spring has finally arrived! It’s hard to believe that we are about to begin the last 9-weeks of the school year. The beginning of a new grading period is the perfect time to set new goals This is a very busy time of the year and it will go by quickly, so please help your child or children stay focused on learning for the remainder of the school year.

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From the Desk of the Principal: March Newsletter

03-01-2019NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.

Genesis 3:19

Our Mission Statement: The administration, faculty, and staff of Holy Trinity Catholic School embrace each child enrolled at our school as a unique creation of God with spiritual, intellectual, and social needs and gifts. We instill in our students the teachings of the Catholic Church, which are rooted in the Gospel, and model these teachings by forming authentic relationships with parents, faculty, staff, parishioners, and others in our community. We empower our students to become active and creative 21st century learners equipped with skills to thrive in today’s changing world. We imbue them with a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and nurture them to be advocates for Catholic social teaching according to the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

Lent

The season of Lent is a Catholic liturgical season consisting of forty days not including the Sundays during Lent; only weekdays of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday. Lent ends at this time because the Triduum is a liturgical season; the shortest of all seasons in the Church. The Triduum is a three-part celebration beginning with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, continuing with The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and concluding with the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The Triduum ends with the beginning of the Easter Vigil.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence for adults 18 until 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The abstinence from eating meat are from age 14 and older.

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From the Desk of the Principal: February Newsletter

02-01-2019NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Faith is at the heart of a Catholic education. It is the primary goal of HTS to form students in faith that they may come to know and love Christ. Catholic Identity is integral to every aspect of our school and not simply an addition or supplement. Our Catholic identity is expressed in the daily experiences and interaction of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. It permeates the spirit and climate of our school. It is through daily prayer, prayer services, school liturgies and the sacraments, morals, values, social interactions, and service to others in which the Holy Trinity Catholic School expresses our identity and reflects Jesus’ message of love. We are committed to share the faith with your child and serve as role models but as parents you must do the same for you are the primary educators of the faith.

You have chosen to educate your child in a Catholic school. As a parent you need to lead by example – actions speak louder than words. Here are some ways you can be a role model for your child.

  • Take your child to mass and receive the sacraments regularly.
  • Pray together as a family.
  • Serve others as Jesus did.
  • Demonstrate forgiveness, kindness and understanding.
  • Resolve conflict peacefully.
  • Demonstrate on going learning of the scripture and church beliefs.
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From the Desk of the Principal: January Newsletter

01-01-2019NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

“What good is the warmth of summer without the chill of winter.” 

John Steinbeck

Happy New Year and welcome back to all our families. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a restful holiday break. I look forward to getting back to our regular school routine and starting the New Year off with a bang. As we approach the end of the 1st semester I want to say thank you for all you do for your child’s education. As a faculty and staff we appreciate that the children are prepared and ready to learn each day.

Prayer: A new year brings a new resolve for improving our lives and others. One way in which we can do this is to pray together as a family. Prayer is the foundation of the Catholic home and is one of the best ways to help your family thrive. We are living in a time which is full of trials and obstacles that can sometimes lead us to question faith.

When you pray together as a family, each member learns what it means to be intimate with God. It is a time they are communicating with God and it should be taken very seriously. While there is deep theological meaning in prayer, it doesn’t have to be complicated and difficult. It’s something anyone can do anywhere at any time. Teach your children that prayers do not have to be long and formal. When you are together, offer up short, spontaneous, conversational prayers. Make generous use of words like please and thank you. Do everything you can to help your children love Jesus. Cultivate an awareness of God’s presence in the details of everyday life.

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From the Desk of the Principal: December Newsletter

12-01-2018NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

“Wait for the LORD, take courage; be strong and take heart, wait for the LORD!”

Ps. 27: 14

On behalf of the Holy Trinity Faculty and Staff, I want to wish all of our HTS families a very blessed Christmas. May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with joy and peace.

Today we live in a fast paced world where we can get almost anything we want at the click of a button. We turn on our TVs and watch the movies we want on demand and order online and have it he next day. We can get in touch with others no matter where they are.

Waiting, especially patient waiting, is not something we do well. Advent is a 4 week time of quiet, joyful preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth and also a time to remember that we wait for Christ to come again at the end of time. It is a season to enjoy the hope that Christ’s Resurrection points to. The first Sunday of Advent is also a time of new beginning, it is the official start of the Church’s calendar.

Most popular of the Advent customs handed down to us is the Advent Wreath. It is made of evergreens bound to a circle of wire. The wreath is German in origin. It represents the cycle of thousands of years from Adam to Christ during which the world awaited the coming of a Redeemer. It bears four candles equally spaced on the wreath, three purple and a rose colored one for Gaudete, the joyful Sunday in Advent. What do the symbols mean? The circle which never ends, teaches us that God and the joy of eternity never ends. The wreath made of evergreens, which never change reminds us that God’s love never changes. The purple ribbons, which decorate it, symbolizes penance. The candles with their light tells us that Christ is the light of the world. Here are prayers said with the lighting of the wreath.

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From the Desk of the Principal: November Newsletter

11-01-2018NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

The upcoming holiday Thanksgiving, focuses on family and gratitude. We have so much to be grateful for at Holy Trinity Catholic School.

We have a wonderful, caring staff and I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work with all of them and I know your children are receiving an excellent education.

We have supportive and dedicated parents and organizations such as the Athletic Association, PTG, and School Advisory Council which provide for the school and the students in many ways making HTS an outstanding school.

Finally we have our most valuable gift, our amazing children, who challenge themselves every day to learn and become more like Christ. They are the reason we are here. As I look forward to Thanksgiving, I count all of you, our families and staff, among the best of my blessings.

Kimberly Stevenson

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. 

Thank you for all the graces and blessings You have bestowed upon us: spiritual and temporal, our faith and religious heritage, our food and shelter, our health, the love we have for one another, and our family and friends. 

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.

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From the Desk of the Principal: October Newsletter

10-01-2018NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 

Lauren DeStefano

What a beautiful season God has created! Autumn is undeniably one of the prettiest times of the year. The autumn season brings many changes, but none are more spectacular than when the leaves are turning from green to red and gold. This season is perfect for spending time outdoors. Spend some time as a family raking the leaves and jumping in them, taking walks, and carving pumpkins.

Blessed Mother: During the month of October, we celebrate our Blessed Mother through the recitation of the rosary. As Catholics, we recite the Rosary during October, meditating on Christ’s life and praying for peace in our world. I would like to invite you to come and pray the rosary with us on Wednesday, October 24th at 2:00 in the church. The teachers will be praying a decade of the rosary with the children each day this month in religion class. Perhaps as a family, you might also take a day during the month, or once a week to pray the Rosary together. The power of prayer is tremendous.

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From the Desk of the Principal: September Newsletter

09-01-2018NewsletterMrs. Kimberly Stevenson

Let us begin this school year grounded in the new Mission Statement of Holy Trinity Catholic School. We are nearing the completion of Our Middle States Self Study, Excellence by Design. This study is an accreditation protocol that uses strategic planning as a vehicle for growth and improvement in student performance and in the school’s capacity to effect that growth. Excellence by Design provides the framework for formally aligning all the work of the school to ensure that all of its efforts are coordinated and focused on achieving the school’s mission. Over the next seven years we will follow the action plan so that our vision becomes a reality.

On March 5th – March 8th, Holy Trinity Catholic School will receive a visit from a team of 5 educators form The Middle States Association to determine if our school is eligible for re-accreditation. The team will observe classes, meet with the pastor, teachers, staff community stake holders, and the various school organizations. This has been a long and grueling process but we know that our hard work and new vision will have a positive effect on all aspects of our school.

New Mission and Belief Statement and Profile of a Graduate:

Mission Statement:

Holy Trinity Catholic School accepts that each child is a unique creation of God with spiritual, intellectual, and social needs.  As members of the faith community, we instill in our students the teachings of the Catholic Church which are rooted in the Gospel.  We foster relationships among parents, faculty, staff, and the community rooted in the Catholic Faith. Our academic mission is to empower our students to become active and creative 21st century learners equipped with skills to thrive in today’s changing world. Our faith mission is to develop students with a sense of understanding and compassion for others and who are advocates for Catholic social teaching according to the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

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