Principal's Page

March 2017

May God give you for every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, for every care, a promise, and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh, a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.

Lent will start on Wednesday, the 1st of March and will continue for 46 days until Saturday, the 15th of April. In the Catholic Church Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Saturday.

In preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord, the students will be attending Stations of the Cross and have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. The Middle School students will have a Seder Meal.

Changes In Early Dismissal Procedure:  If your child has an early dismissal you must send a note to your child’s teacher the day before or the morning of the appointment.  Your child will be waiting in the office for you. You will sign your child out at the sliding window at the entrance of the school. Just a reminder it is best to schedule appointments after school hours when possible.

Security Reminder: If you are volunteering at the school after signing in at the office, you are asked to report directly to the area designated on the sign in sheet.  Please do not stop by your child’s classroom or roam the hallways.

Re-registration: The re-registration forms for the 2017 - 2018 school year were emailed several weeks ago.  It is very important for you to complete the required forms and return them to the school office as soon as possible if you are planning on returning. Several of our classes are in danger of filling up and with all the changes occurring in Catholic education, we are receiving a large volume of calls about our school. I do not want any of you to miss out on the opportunity of reenrolling your child(ren) at HTS. The registration fee is now $75.00 for all families K- 8th and $150.00 for families registering children for both Preschool and K - 8th.

ACRE Testing:  The ACRE Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE) helps to evaluate the faith knowledge of students in Catholic schools.  ACRE provides questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions.  It measures religious beliefs as it relates to God, the Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Revelation, Life in Christ, and Church History.  The test will be administered to students in grades 5th and 8th on March 13th & 14th.

State of the School Address: The State of the School Address will be held on Monday, March 20th at 6:30pm in the school cafeteria.  I invite you to learn more about our school by attending this meeting.  There will be an overview of the 2016 – 2017 school year and information for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  I hope to see at least one parent or guardian from each family at the meeting.  Please call the school office by March 13th to  RSVP.

Car Rider Drop Off and Pick Up: It is extremely important that parents drive slowly when entering and leaving the school parking lot.  Parishioners are entering the parking lot to attend mass and are walking into the building and families are crossing the lot to bring their children to Preschool.  All students should unloaded through passenger side doors (Curb Side). This is very important!! Remember no passing is permitted in the car rider zone.  Please wait patiently for students to disembark from the vehicle.  Students must be ready to exit the car.  Parents should remain in the car. Please park in a designated space only.

Parents: Cameras and been installed in the church and the office staff has seen students in the Narthex of the church from 2:45 until about 3:15 every day.  Students are coming in to use the restrooms and change clothes.  Many of the children are running and yelling, which can be disruptive to individuals that may be in the church to pray and light candles. Your child is not permitted to change in the restrooms at the church.     

Simple Ways to Raise Money for the School.  Are you will to get involved?

AMAZONSMILE: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization, Holy Trinity School. The school will receive a check for $101.00 which was raised by 6 people.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com  and start your shopping. Here you will see millions of products which are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages

You can use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select Holy Trinity School to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Look for our school’s address be sure to select the correct school. The site will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. 

SHOPAROO: HTS has implemented a new program called Shoparoo.  This is an easy way to raise money for the school by simply scanning register receipts.  Just download the Shoparoo app and following these steps.

  1. Download the Shooparoo app on your phone.
  2. Shop: Buy any item from any store where you like to shop.
  3. Snap: Take a picture of your shopping receipt
  4. Earn: Shoparoo donates to your school!  We receive $1.00 for every $500.00 in receipt scans.

The following store types earn Roo Points based on the receipt total: Grocery Stores, Supermarket, Supercenter, & Club Stores, Gas Station & Convenience Stores, Drug Stores Bargain & Dollar Stores, Liquor Stores, Mom & Pop Shops & Corner Stores, Pet Supply Stores, Toy Stores, and Beauty Supply Stores.  Roo Points are rewarded based on the total Transaction amount as displayed on the receipts.<$10 = 10 Roo Points,  $10-50 = 20 Roo Points,  $50-$100 = 30 Roo Points, $100+ = 40 Roo Points.  .

To date the school has raised $300.00 just by scanning receipts so why not start scanning now?  We have 25 members.

Daylight saving time in Pennsylvania will start at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12th.

Camp Invention: HTS is hosting Camp Invention the week of June 12th-16th.  Secure your spot at www.campinvention.org.  Use the promo code DISCOVER 25 and save $25.00 valid until March 20th. There is also a multi sibling discount of $25.00.  Use the prom code SIBLING. The camp is open to incoming K-6th grade.  The camp runs from 8:30 – 3:00.  See the enclosed fliers.  We must have 35 student to hold the camp.

Congratulations to some amazing kids!

Spelling Bee Winner: Holy Trinity School held its Post-Gazette Spelling Bee during Catholic School Week. Students in grades 6th through 8th participate in this competition. Students competed in multiple rounds before Andrew spelled tundra correctly to win. Andrew Feeley will now represent Holy Trinity in the Post-Gazette Bee held at RMU in March. Other participants were Mara Fryer, Jack Mickle, Casimir Friend, James Haseleu, Ethan Williams, Lydia Bell, Natalie Zurbula, Corrine Ludwick, Alexa Santucci and Kate Mickle. The Bee was organized by Mrs. D'Itri.

Holy Trinity 8th grade students in biology class have been studying the organ systems of mammals.

Annie Collier from Cornell Veterinary Medicine School assisted students as they dissected a fetal pig along with sheep eyes, hearts, kidneys and brains in order to better understand the organ systems. This S.T.E.M. project was organized by science teacher Darci Smith.

Honors Band: Holy Trinity School is excited to announce that Jillian Frosell (clarinet) and Mason Moore (trumpet) have been selected to participate in the South District Honors Band. They put in alot of hard work preparing not only their audition pieces, but the seven pieces of music for the concert! The concert was held on Sunday, February 19th at Bishop Canevin High School.

PJAS: On Saturday, February 5th, 2017, ten Holy Trinity 7th and 8th grade students participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science 83rd Annual Regional Competition. The competition was held at Duquesne University, where the students were required to present their experimentation to a panel of professional judges.

Ian Lecker took a 1st place award for his project titled "Alternative Fuels for Use in Heating." Ian will now move on to participate in the state competition held at Penn State University in May. Good luck Ian!

Chiara Golomb received a 2nd place in the area of Behavioral Science. She did a project titled "How Different Types of Music Affect Your Heart Rate." Anthony Cicchino and Braehm Brown both finished with a 2nd place award in the Botany area. Gabe Miller finished with a 2nd place in the Chemistry category, along with Audrey Flanagan and Natalie Zurbola. Ethan Williams and Sasha Planinsic both received 2nd place awards for their Engineering based experiments. Renee LaGrosse received a 2nd place award for her Ecology entry titled "The Effects of Acid Rain on Aquatic Life.

These students have worked extremely hard on their experiments and represented Holy Trinity Catholic School with pride. Congratulations to all! Thank you to Mrs. Ford, PJAS sponsor for preparing our students for the competition. Written by sponsor, Mrs. Ford.

Basketball Playoffs: Congratulations to our Boys Varsity and JV teams on making the Diocesan Playoffs. The JV team coached by Mr. Rees and Mr. Michnowicz. The boys will play their 1st playoff game at HTS on Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm. Show your school spirit and come to the game to cheer on our boys. GO TIGERS!

8th Grade Recognition Night: Holy Trinity School held its 8th Grade Recognition night on February 16th in the school gym. The students were introduced and were escorted by their parents. Students from the 8th grade class were honored for their academic, athletic achievements, and service to the church and community.