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Christmas Season Is Here!

Greetings Titan family,

We are officially in full Christmas season mode. Decorations are being hung, a sense of joy permeates through the halls, children are showing signs of holiday energy, and the scent of winter-themed candles and waxes fill the air. It is truly a wonderful time of year, and we are so blessed to share it with your family. 

It is the season for giving. As such, I want to share that the recent food drive collected over 3,600 items for us to donate. That is an outstanding collection from a school of 40 students! Thank you for your support.

In the spirit of the season, here are a few other important items for this week.

Titan Fund

The Titan Fund (click here for more information) is our annual giving drive. Our participation goal is 100% and we hope your family will consider a generous pledge to this year’s drive. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your family’s contribution, please let me know. You can also make your pledge to the Titan Fund by clicking here.

Tamale Sale

We are currently still accepting orders for our Annual Tamale Fundraiser. Orders are by the dozen. You have your choice of chicken or pork. All tamales come with sauce.

All orders need to be placed online. Please click here to place your order. The deadline for ordering is Tuesday, December 7. Orders will be available to pick up at Holy Trinity on Tuesday, December 14 between 3:30 – 6:00pm.

Please note that the link above has not been working on mobile devices. Please use a laptop or desktop to place your order. If you experience an issue ordering with a laptop or desktop, please let me know. The link takes a few moments to open.

Christmas Assembly

On Thursday, December 16, we will hold a special Christmas Assembly with musical performances by all students. Please mark your calendar to attend that morning beginning at 8:30. More details about all our Christmas activities will be shared soon.

Open House

On Monday, January 24 at 6:00pm, we will host our final Admissions/Prospective Family Open House. While this event is mostly geared towards potential new families, current families are welcome to attend.

I am asking each current family to help us make the Open House a success by doing one (or both) of the following.

  1. Attend the event and bring a potential new family with you.
  2. Ask a potential new family to attend and have them tell us you sent them when they check in.

For each family that does one (or both) of the above, your child(ren) will receive a free dress day (to be arranged with me). To RSVP for the event, please click here.

Admissions Events

We are looking to visit neighborhoods to talk about our school. If you are willing and interested in hosting an admissions event at your home for us to meet your friends and neighbors, please contact Ms. Escalante. She and I are scheduling our ’22-’23 admissions events now. We are also planning a weekend onsite event for potentially new early childhood (3K, 4K, K) families. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Thank you for your support and partnership.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Greetings Titan family,

I am thankful for a great many things at Holy Trinity.

First, I am thankful for your partnership and support. Our school is truly a special place and we could not do the great work we do without your support.

I am thankful for our Board of Directors. Their guidance, vision, and attention to the long-term success of our school is critical to our mission. They also gave me the honor of serving this wonderful community.

Finally, I am grateful for the faculty and staff. Your children are blessed to have a team of educators with them each day that has truly embraced the concept of making the world kinder and smarter. Our staff embodies our core values and has created a culture of love and support that enriches the lives of each other and our students.

As we break for Thanksgiving, please note these important items.

Titan Fund

The Titan Fund is our annual giving drive. Gifts and pledges to this fund allow us to continue inspiring hearts and engaging minds. Over the past few years, Holy Trinity has been sensitive to the needs of our families, and worked hard to make a Titan experience accessible to more children in the Lake Houston area. One way of doing that was not raising tuition for the past three years. However, tuition alone (even if we had been raising it) cannot cover the costs of operating the school. These costs include salaries for faculty and staff, investment in teaching and learning resources, professional development for teachers, and tuition assistance for qualified families. In addition, the effect of the pandemic on admissions and development have been significant. While there are many signs of recovery, we still need your help.

We hope your family will consider a generous pledge to this year’s drive. Click here for an information packet to help you make your gift. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your family’s contribution, please let me know.

Thanksgiving Assembly

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this morning’s Thanksgiving assembly. Special thanks goes to Mrs. Henderson for the great work to put the performances together. There will be a Christmas performance, so stay tuned!

Book Fair

This year’s Book Fair appears to have been a huge success! Thank you, and keep reading to and with your children.

Open House

On Monday, January 24 at 6:00pm, we will host our final Admissions/Prospective Family Open House. While this event is mostly geared towards potential new families, current families are welcome to attend.

I am asking each current family to help us make the Open House a success by doing one (or both) of the following.

  1. Attend the event and bring a potential new family with you.
  2. Ask a potential new family to attend and have them tell us you sent them when they check in.

For each family that does one (or both) of the above, your child(ren) will receive a free dress day (to be arranged with me). To RSVP for the event, please click here.

Admissions Events

We are looking to visit neighborhoods to talk about our school. If you are willing and interested in hosting an admissions event at your home for us to meet your friends and neighbors, please contact Ms. Escalante. She and I are scheduling our ’22-’23 admissions events now. We are also planning a couple of weekend onsite events for potentially new early childhood (3K, 4K, K) families. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Annual Food Drive

Thank you to everyone for supporting our food drive. This was a record breaking event with well over 1000 pounds of food donated to HAAM (Humble Area Assistance Ministries). Your generosity will help many families this season.

I look forward to seeing you again after the holiday.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

It’s Almost Thanksgiving!

Greetings Titan family,

There is plenty going on around HTES. Here are a few reminders to help you prepare for the final week before Thanksgiving.

Coffee and Conversation

I am pleased to invite all current parents to a coffee meeting with me next week from 8:15 – 9:00 am. I will host these conversations on Monday (11/15), Wednesday (11/17), and Thursday (11/18). I urge every family to try to make one of those 3 events. At each, I will update everyone on our renovation project, provide a glimpse into the future, and more. There is no need to RSVP. The meetings will be held in the newly designed Art/Spanish/Music room.

Book Fair

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will take place November 15 – 19. It will be both in person and virtual. The store will be open for shopping Monday – Friday from 8-9 am and 2-3:30 pm.

Open House

On Monday, November 15 at 6:00pm, we will host the second Admissions/Prospective Family Open House. While this event is mostly geared towards potential new families, current families are welcome to attend.

I am asking each current family to help us make the Open House a success by doing one (or both) of the following.

  1. Attend the event and bring a potential new family with you.
  2. Ask a potential new family to attend and have them tell us you sent them when they check in.

For each family that does one (or both) of the above, your child(ren) will receive a free dress day (to be arranged with me). To RSVP for the event, please click here.

Our third Open House event is January 24. We are also looking to do a special “step up” day for students and families on January 24. We will share the details once they are available.

Admissions Events

We are looking to visit neighborhoods to talk about our school. If you are willing and interested in hosting an admissions event at your home for us to meet your friends and neighbors, please contact Ms. Escalante. She and I are scheduling our ’22-’23 admissions events now. We are also planning a couple of weekend onsite events for potentially new early childhood (3K, 4K, K) families. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Annual Food Drive

The 21st Holy Trinity Food Drive ends next Friday, November 19. This annual community outreach project is one of our most successful traditions. Please consider making a donation (or additional donations).

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

The Big 3 and Book Fair

Greetings Titan family,

Working with children has taught me the value in “keeping it simple.” This is especially true since both schools and children are very complex (in their own way). As such, if I find myself in a challenging situation with a child, I often will start my solution building with 3 simple and easy to remember concepts: sleep, nutrition, and exercise.

Many times, learning and/or behavioral challenges are linked back to one or more of these three items. Therefore, solutions must also include the item in question. This is where the partnership between school and home is vital. We cannot go home and manage the sleep, nutrition, and outside of school activities for your child. We can only share our observations and make suggestions for how to move forward. Ultimately, families will determine how sleep, nutrition, and exercise are part of their child’s daily routine. 

Therefore, as we move into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, take time to look at the role these 3 factors play in your child’s routine. If you are experiencing challenges, perhaps a solution that includes one or more of these may help.

Now, here are some announcements for the week.

Uniforms

Please note that cargo pants are not part of the school uniform. We ask parents to please not send their child to school in cargo pants. Also, we ask that the pants not purchased online match in color to the ones expected. If you need something from our used uniform stock or are waiting for new pants to arrive, please let us know.

Finally, remember that boots are not uniform shoes. Please refer to the handbook for guidelines for shoes.

Book Fair

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will take place November 15 – 19. It will be both in person and virtual. We are currently working with the TPA to get volunteers to help. If you wish to help, please contact the TPA at [email protected] or Ms. Escalante at [email protected]. Additional details will be shared next week.

Picture Retakes

Individual picture retakes are Tuesday, November 9.

Open House

On Monday, November 15 at 6:00pm, we will host the second Admissions/Prospective Family Open House. While this event is mostly geared towards potential new families, current families are welcome to attend.

I am asking each current family to help us make the Open House a success by doing one (or both) of the following.

  1. Attend the event and bring a potential new family with you.
  2. Ask a potential new family to attend and have them tell us you sent them when they check in.

For each family that does one (or both) of the above, your child(ren) will receive a free dress day (to be arranged with me). To RSVP for the event, please click here.

Our third Open House event is January 24. We are also looking to do a special “step up” day for students and families on January 24. We will share the details once they are available.

Admissions Events

We are looking to visit neighborhoods to talk about our school. If you are willing and interested in hosting an admissions event at your home for us to meet your friends and neighbors, please contact Ms. Escalante. She and I are scheduling our ’22-’23 admissions events now. We are also planning a couple of weekend onsite events for potentially new early childhood (3K, 4K, K) families. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Partnership Lake Houston After Hours Event

On Thursday, November 11 from 4:30 – 6:30pm, we are hosting a networking after hours event for Partnership Lake Houston. This event is open to the community, Partnership Lake Houston members and non-members. Attendees are invited to bring donations and business cards for our door prize drawings. Please click here for more information.

This is an adults only event. Food and beverages will be served, including adult beverages.

We will not have Titan Academy after school care or Snapology on November 11. Please make arrangements to pick up your student(s) by 4:00. 

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

Fearless and Less Fear

Fear is a common theme during Halloween season. In school, fear of failure can be a source of anxiety which can lead to learning difficulties and a lack of engagement. At Holy Trinity, we work hard to create an environment that lowers the fear factor. We do this by building our relationships with students. Stronger student/teacher connections creates an environment of trust which, in turn, allows students to try new things without fear of ridicule or accidentally shaming. As a result, student achievement is enhanced.

This is one reason why we believe our school is unique to the Lake Houston Area. We work on creating environments based on relationships first. Once established, we are in a better position to push our students to learn more and better. The result is a child prepared to live an educated and meaningful life.

Now, here are this week’s announcements.

Picture Retakes

Individual picture retakes are Tuesday, November 9.

Open House

On Monday, November 15 at 6:00pm, we will host the second Admissions/Prospective Family Open House. While this event is mostly geared towards potential new families, current families are welcome to attend.

I am asking each current family to help us make the Open House a success by doing one (or both) of the following.

  1. Attend the event and bring a potential new family with you.
  2. Ask a potential new family to attend and have them tell us you sent them when they check in.

For each family that does one (or both) of the above, your child(ren) will receive a free dress day (to be arranged with me). To RSVP for the event, please click here.

Our third Open House event is January 24. We are also looking to do a special “step up” day for students and families on January 24. We will share the details once they are available.

Admissions Events

We are looking to visit neighborhoods to talk about our school. If you are willing and interested in hosting an admissions event at your home for us to meet your friends and neighbors, please contact Ms. Escalante. She and I are scheduling our ’22-’23 admissions events now.

We are also planning a couple of weekend onsite events for potentially new early childhood (3K, 4K, K) families. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Partnership Lake Houston After Hours Event

On Thursday, November 11 from 4:30 – 6:30pm, we are hosting a networking after hours event for Partnership Lake Houston. This event is open to the community, Partnership Lake Houston members and non-members. Attendees are invited to bring donations and business cards for our door prize drawings. Please click here for more information.

This is an adults only event. Food and beverages will be served, including adult beverages.

We will not have Titan Academy after school care or Snapology on November 11. Please make arrangements to pick up your student(s) by 4:00. 

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

Halloween (and other events) Coming Soon!

Greetings Titan family,

Here are some important items for this week.

Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Each day has a special theme as we promote kindness and healthy habits. All of it leads up to our Halloween celebration on Friday.

  • Monday: “Take a Stand” – wear something red
  • Tuesday: “Be a team player” – wear your favorite sport jersey or shirt
  • Wednesday: “Join the mission” – dress as a secret agent or spy
  • Thursday: “Wacky!” – Wear crazy hair or crazy hat
  • Friday: “Boo to bad choices” – wear a Halloween costume

On Friday, we will do some trick or treating and have a Monster Mash dance party before going to class parties in the afternoon. Costume guidelines include:

  • Costume masks cannot be worn during the school day for safety purposes.
  • Costumes that are overly scary are not allowed – we are young child friendly. Also, blood and gore or images depicting anything of the sort are not allowed.
  • Costume weapons (swords, guns, etc.) need to stay at home.
  • The Head of School has final word on any items or costumes in question.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Kingwood is holding its Fall Festival on Saturday, October 23 from 10am – 4pm. Holy Trinity will be there with an admissions table. If you are able to attend, we ask that you wear your Titan spirit items and visit our table. Every student who attends the festival wearing Holy Trinity spirit items AND checks in at our table will earn spirit points for his/her team (Red or Blue).

On Monday, October 25 from 6 – 7:30pm, we are hosting a first Admissions/Prospective Family Open House. While this event is mostly geared towards potential new families, current families are welcome to attend.

I am asking each current family to help us make the Open House a success by doing one (or both) of the following.

  1. Attend the event and bring a potential new family with you.
  2. Ask a potential new family to attend and have them tell us you sent them when they check in.

For each family that does one (or both) of the above, your child(ren) will receive a free dress day (to be arranged with me). To RSVP for the event, please click here.

If you are willing and interested in hosting an admissions event at your home for us to meet your friends and neighbors, please contact Ms. Escalante. She and I are scheduling our ’22-’23 admissions events now.

Finally, Titan Academy After School Care on Monday, October 25 will end at 4:30 pm. We are asking families to please arrange for your child to be picked up by then in order to allow us to prepare for Open House.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

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