Trinity Lutheran School’s monthly newsletter
TLS Touchstones #5 – The Fruits of Classical Lutheran Education
Dear TLS parents,
We’re glad to be back from Christmas break and ready to continue this exciting school year! I must say again how pleased I am with how well our students did at our Christmas program this year. I am thankful for the work of Kantor Borg, Mr. Demarest, Mrs. Pollom, and all those who helped our students to prepare. And of course, I am thankful for our students who gave such a full and cheerful effort.
As we approach our second semester, we have a couple of changes coming, and I am looking forward to them. First, our upper grade history focus changes from ancient Greece to ancient Rome. Second, I will be leading a chemistry lab in which we will learn to see the wonders of the world around us in new ways. Lastly, we are working on finding physical education teachers to teach P.E. to our students each week.
As we are nearly halfway into the year, and students are fully engaged in all their courses, I’d like to provide a word of encouragement for you and for them. Solomon wrote, by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, “There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel” (Proverbs 20:15).
We don’t teach our students all these subjects just so they can get good jobs, get a higher ACT score, or impress college admission boards. And we don’t teach what we teach as a means of showing superiority over other schools, either. The knowledge we impart— from math to history to theology— is so that it will lead our dear students into wisdom, eloquence, and piety. Our goal is for our students to become wise, eloquent, pious Christian people. Our manner of teaching can very well lead to well-paying jobs, higher ACT scores, and impressed college admission officers, but I consider our goal to be far higher, and broader-reaching. Our hope is that what we but begin with our students would bear fruit in myriad ways— in graduate school, in the trades, in fathers who love and provide for their families, in mothers who stay home and educate their own children, and in all good, useful, God-pleasing work.
The work that our students do is challenging, and intentionally so, but it will bear much fruit wherever they end up in life. Here at TLS they come to know their Savior, Jesus Christ; they learn to worship Him and pray to Him. They become heirs of the rich traditions of Western civilization. They become adept speakers of the beautiful and rich English language through study of the great works of literature that our tradition has bequeathed to us. All of this is good for its own sake and prepares them for much more than a job. And how could we speak of knowing God in Christ Jesus as preparatory for anything better? We surely cannot! Christ is all in all.
Our students show time and again how capable they are to rise to the challenges our teachers set before them. I encourage you to remind them that their work matters, that they benefit every time they give their best effort, and that their hard work pleases our faculty and makes us glad to be here at TLS. God bless you all this next semester.
- Tomorrow is the Feast of Epiphany. Trinity’s Divine Service will be tomorrow night at 5:00 PM.
- Friday, January 12, is the last day of Quarter 2 and is an early dismissal day.
- Monday, January 15, is MLK/Equality Day. TLS will be closed.
- Looking for a TLS Form or Document? Check out the Parent Portal to find important forms and documents. Have a suggestion or request for a document? Reply to this email, and we’ll add it.
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What’s new at TLS
On the evening of the last school-day of 2017, Trinity’s students put their talent on display for a wonderful Christmas program. The evening divided into two parts: at 6:30 the students of the lower school (Preschool through 2nd grade) opened the program with a spirited medley of familiar Christmas classics such as “Away in a Manger,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” and an absolutely show-stealing rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” A brief intermission followed, during which the choir-risers were trundled upstairs to the chapel (trundled into the elevator, that is— very handy!) for part two: a choral Vespers service featuring the 3rd-8th grade schola cantorum. The schola sang some traditional psalmody and hymnody for Advent and Christmas and closed with the familiar English carol, “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.” (Who knew that it had eight verses? Well, it does!) The evening concluded with a social in the undercroft, with hot cocoa and cookies graciously provided by Trinity’s Parent Teacher League. The students all sang wonderfully, and a good time was had by all.
Highlighting Our Teachers
Mrs. Lindsey Power, Pre-S & Pre-K Teacher
Mrs. Lindsey Power is our wonderful Preschool and Pre-K teacher. The second of five children, she was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Power is a mother of five children and seven pets, all of which keep her busy. She loves going fishing and hanging out with her kids and family. Her favorite foods are fruits and vegetables and, of course, coffee. When asked why she loves teaching at Trinity, Mrs. Power said, “I like making the first learning experience fun and positive for the children. They not only learn their ABC’s and 123’s, but they get to learn God’s Word.”
Memory Work: Week of January 7
Liturgical Week: First Sunday after Epiphany
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
What is the First Petition of the Lord’s Prayer? – Hallowed be Thy name.
What does this mean? – God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also.
How is God’s name kept holy? – God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it. Help us to do this, dear Father in heaven! But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God’s Word profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father!
View the complete text of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation here.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
– Deuteronomy 6:6-7