The Most Important Lesson?

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Greetings Titan family,

In assembly this morning, I asked students what their most important lesson has been since the start of school. There were many good answers, including “spelling hard words”, “math is important in life”, “ABC’s”, and “God loves us.”

All of those are good answers, and they are all different. Perhaps, as I told the students, the best lesson is that the best questions may not have a right or wrong answer. Maybe, the questions we worry about the most (ones with a clear right or wrong answer) are the ones that, sometimes, matter the least.

Answers to “right or wrong” questions are what we call information. Applying information (what we know) to solve problems or take action is knowledge. Applying information at the right time is wisdom. Our students are just beginning their educational journey. Information gathering is a critical piece to their experience, but we also should keep an eye out for opportunities for them to create knowledge and, as they get older and experience, provide them the foundation to build wisdom.

Now, here are a few reminders and announcements for this week.

Sick Student?

We are seeing more students than in the past couple of years having to go home sick – usually early in the day. Please be mindful of how your child feels in the morning or night before. If he/she is not well, especially if they are complaining about a sore throat or upset stomach, please consider a visit to the doctor. We recognize that when a child stays home, it can disrupt your day, especially if both parents work. However, we also need to minimize the chances of a virus or other transmittable ailment spreading throughout the class or school. As a reminder, we do not give a perfect attendance award (if that is something you are worried about). Thank you for your understanding and help with this.

Lunch

Please file this part of this week’s message under the category of “Feedback from Teachers.”

Many of our students are still developing their hand/eye coordination and ability to use small objects (such as pencils, scissors, etc.). As such, some lunch items lend themselves to significant challenges to actually get from container to mouth without spilling on uniforms, floors, and tables. Examples of these include certain pasta shapes and rice.

If your child has trouble eating certain foods at home without needing significant cleanup afterwards, you may want to consider if sending such items to school for lunch is the best choice. While we are happy to help students open containers and do expected cleaning afterwards, there have been a number of students who seem to really struggle to feed themselves certain pastas and rice.

Again, we are not asking families to avoid sending those items for lunch. Rather, we are providing feedback that can help inform your choices.

Spirit Shop

Don’t forget to check out our online Titan Spirit Shop! Cooler weather is coming and students love the hoodies.

Amazon Smile

This will be my last ask related to the Amazon SMile program (until closer to the holidays)

Here’s how to sign up for and use AmazonSmile on your laptop or desktop:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com 
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
  3. Search for and select “Holy Trinity Episcopal School of Greater Houston Inc” to receive donations as your charity
  4. Start shopping
  5. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

Turn on and use AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app: 

  1. Make sure you’re signed up for AmazonSmile (use your web browser to visit smile.amazon.com)
  2. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app for iOS or Android
  3. Open the app and find “Settings” in the main menu (☰)
  4. Tap on “AmazonSmile” and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the app.

Parent Social

On Thursday, September 15 from 6-7:30pm, we are hosting a Parent Social for all current parents. This is an adults only event. Childcare will not be provided and, given the nature of the event, students and children cannot attend. Please RSVP by emailing Ms. Escalante at [email protected].

Donuts with Grownups

On Friday, September 16, we are having Donuts with Grownups! Stop in that morning, starting at 7:45 am, with your child to enjoy some donuts.

Fall Festival

Our Fall Festival is November 5 from 11am – 3pm. We are looking for sponsors, vendors, and volunteers. For more information, please visit our Fall Festival page on our website or email the TPA at [email protected].  

Thank you so much for your partnership and support of our school.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

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