TLS Touchstones #8:
Good News > No News
If you’ve gotten the sense that things have been awfully quiet at TLS lately, and you’re feeling like an update would be nice, this column is for you!
First, we apologize for the delay in getting the April issue of Vox Trinitas published. Normally you can expect to see this newsletter in lieu of the ‘Friday Memo’ on the first Friday of every month, but several events conspired to prevent publication on the regular date this month. Since we just passed the last Friday in April, you can expect the ninth and final issue of Vox Trinitas toward the end of the school year, which (as it so happens) is right around the corner: May 25. That’s as good a segue as any into what we have to share with you today.
This school year is Kantor Borg’s last as a full-time teacher at Trinity. Kantor has been laying plans for a family business for quite some time now, and he and his family are now ready to move beyond the planning stage. We’re very excited for the Borgs as they begin this new venture. Yet this is not “goodbye”: we’re quite pleased to announce that Kantor will still be serving Trinity on a part-time basis as chapel organist, music teacher, and 7/8 math teacher.
Mr. Borg will be replaced in his role as 5/6 teacher by Mr. William Cloninger, coming to us from Gutenberg College in Eugene, Oregon. A native of South Carolina and a staunch Lutheran, Mr. Cloninger is excited to be joining Trinity’s faculty this fall. His particular interests include theology, history, literature, and foreign languages— in fact one of his hobbies is translating the works of early American Lutheran theologians from German into English! Mr. Cloninger will likely be arriving sometime in July. Be sure to introduce yourself if you see him at church.
Mrs. Dillingham will be moving on from her role as Early Childhood Director at Trinity to seek opportunities in her field elsewhere. We are so appreciative of Mrs. Dillingham and all that she has done for our school during her time here, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors.
Magister Demarest will be moving into the role of school headmaster for the 2018-2019 school year. He will still be teaching some classes to grades 5-8, but most of his time will be devoted to school administrative work. As this will be a new role for him, he asks for your patience, your prayers, and your candid feedback.
Beginning this fall, grades 3/4 will no longer be regarded as part of the ‘Upper School’ at Trinity and will function more or less according to the single-teacher classroom model, that single teacher being Mrs. Hite. Beginning next year, ‘Lower School’ will designate grades K-4, and ‘Upper School,’ grades 5-8. These designations are in place merely for the sake of convenience and are meant to indicate a distinction, not a separation. Grades 3/4 are and will continue to be a ‘transition phase’ into the routines and expectations of the Upper School.
As you are no doubt aware by now, plans for the May 19 Gala & Auction are well underway. Parent and staff volunteers gathered this morning (April 28) for the ‘Phone-A-Thon,’ calling and following-up with hundreds of local businesses and individual donors. It was a very successful event and a great learning experience for future gala planning. If you have not yet purchased tickets to the gala, you can do so in the school office. If you’re not able to make it to the gala this year but would like to make a tax-deductible gift, please speak with your child’s teacher, stop by the school office, or visit this link.
Speaking of fundraising, we’d like to clarify a few points of information regarding charitable giving to Trinity Lutheran School. Some of you have heard that all donations to TLS go through a “split.” This is true— however, it needs to be emphasized that the split does not direct a single penny of donated funds away from the school. 100% of funds go to the school. If you have questions about how the split works or would like to make a designated gift for a specific purpose, please talk to Pastor Hinton.
Last but not least by any means:
We are elated, quite frankly, to report that in the last five years we have never had this many students pre-enrolled for the fall at this point in the calendar year. We feel very good about this, and we hope that you do, too. If you have not re-registered, please send in your completed forms ASAP. If you have questions, please talk to Pastor Hinton or Mr. Demarest. Please be sure also to spread the word to those families you know who might be interested in a classical Christian education for their children. Enrollment is still open. We now have a full online version of our Enrollment Application available on the open enrollment page. If you know people for whom this format would be preferable, please be sure to let them know. The link can be shared via email, text, and social media.
Well, this has been a more news-y, less philosophical entry in the ‘Trinity Touchstones’ column, and that’s alright. Truth be told, that’s probably striking the right proportion. This is not to say that news and being informed is unimportant— far from it! We especially want to be sure that all of our TLS parents, friends, and advocates are well-informed regarding what’s going on here. To that end, if you ever have suggestions regarding how we could do better on that front, please do not hesitate to put those forward to a teacher or administrator.
God’s blessings to you this May.
Reminders for the next two weeks
Friday, May 11, is TLS Track & Field Day beginning with a picnic lunch at 11:00 AM at Holliday Park. More details to come. Plans are also afoot for a special school-wide assembly and science expo and other fun activities for the first part of the day, so stay tuned for details there, too.
Trinity’s 8th Grade Baccalaureate & School Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 18, at 7:00 PM. Please come and show your support for our graduates and all of our students who have won awards this year!
Plans, preparations, and ticket-sales are in full-swing for the TLS Gala & Auction fundraiser on May 19. More information— and tickets!— are available in the church & school office.
Join us on Thursday, May 24, at 6:00 PM for an end of the year BBQ sponsored by the Trinity PTL.
View the 2017-2018 TLS Calendar here. Subscribe to the TLCS calendar with iCal or Google Calendar. If you need assistance subscribing to the calendar on your computer or mobile device, please contact Trinity’s webmaster
Highlighting our Teachers
Ms. Yamira Turner, Kindergarten
What subjects do you really enjoy teaching? Language arts and math.
How long have you taught at TLS? Six years, but I’ve worked at TLS for seven years.
Where are you from, and where have you lived besides here? As a military brat and military spouse, I quickly got accustomed to the saying, “Home is where the heart is.” I don’t really claim a “Home” state since I grew up everywhere. I’ve had the pleasure of living on three different continents; North America, Europe, and Asia. I’ve lived in Wyoming for 8 years now (which is where I’ve lived the longest), but before that, Germany was where I spent the majority of my days (1982-1987). I’ve also lived in Puerto Rico, Guam, England, Japan and ten other states besides Wyoming.
Where did you go to school? I graduated from Belleville Township High School East in Illinois and then went on to Southern Illinois University. From there I went to Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. I ended up finishing my undergrad education at the University of Texas in San Antonio.
Tell us a little bit about your family. I am the oldest of three children— I have a sister and a brother— and I have three children of my own: Micah, 18; Melvin III (Trey), 16; and Mia, 10.
What are some hobbies and/or interests that you have? I enjoy photography, scrapbooking, and traveling. I’m a swim mom, so I also enjoy watching and cheering for my boys at their swim meets.
What are people most surprised to learn about you? Probably that while living in Germany, I had the opportunity to go through “Checkpoint Charlie” into East Berlin before the wall came tumbling down! I learned how to ski in Austria, I’ve been to the Louvre in Paris, and I’ve taken a ride on a gondola in Florence…all before finishing high school!
TLS April Birthdays
Michael Unruh – April 1
Abigail Diefenderfer – April 7
Bailey Young – April 8
Anastasia Hinton – April 14
Magister Demarest – April 21
Grace Heimer – April 23
Hannah Baikie – April 25
Annalise Vigil – April 26
Memory Work: Week of April 29
Liturgical Week: Week of Cantate (Fourth Sunday in Easter)
Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:19-21)
What is Confession? Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.
What sins should we confess? Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even those we are not aware of, as we do in the Lord’s Prayer; but before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.
View the complete text of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation here.