The Grapevine Newsletter Vol. 2, 1.15.20


The Grapevine Newsletter 1.15.20

Dear Holy Trinity Families, 

I would like to begin with heartfelt thanks to the families who completed the re enrollment process early. This is enormously helpful for us as we go into the budget season. But, beyond the financial aspects of enrollment and registration, it is truly heartwarming and humbling to be able to extend our relationship with you and your children. The faculty and staff at Holy Trinity see each child and family as many parts of our larger Catholic school family and knowing we are forging ahead together is very exciting and wonderful! As I shared last week, we are blessed and so glad to be able to share this time with you and your children. The investment you have put forth into sharing your children with HTS is well worth it! We are extending our discounted enrollment for current families to encourage additional families to re-enroll. Between now and 1/31 the enrollment fee is reduced to $100, the fee will increase to $200 from 2/1 until 2/29. As of 3/1, the regular $250 fee will apply. 

Tonight at 6 PM our auction planning committee will be meeting in the school cafeteria at 6 PM. If you can help in any way with this event, please attend. The annual auction is our premier fundraising event and it takes many hands to make the vision become a reality. 

Thank you to those who responded to last week’s short one question survey. The response was unanimous. Although it would be rare to make an independent call for a delay, should we decide to do so, parents will receive a Parent Alert stating: NO DELAY HTS is on a regular day schedule. A side note to remember, if the driving condition at any individual home necessitates a delay, simply notify the school and we will adjust our attendance accordingly. The safety of our families and students are always our first responsibility.

Financial Aid/Tuition Assistance​ information is included in our notes section this week. Going forward, we are requiring all families who are requesting any tuition assistance to complete the Childrens’ Scholarship Fund application and complete the financial aid application through FACTS. This requirement has been recommended by the diocese and will help us better assist all families who may benefit from the tuition reduction opportunities available. Thank you for taking the time to do both of these things. As the semester closes, Mrs. Corriveau and I will be reviewing service hours and tuition agreements and reaching out with up to date information relating to how many hours have been completed and how many remain. As always, thank you for your support of our school above and beyond clocked hours--we know there are many small tasks that get done for which none are recorded and we are so grateful for these acts of kindness. 
Dr. Young


1/15 Auction Committee Planning Meeting @ 6PM, HTS cafe
1/20 No School: MLK Day
1/22 PTO meeting 6:30 in the HTS cafeteria 
1/24 2nd Quarter ends
1/28 Paint and Sip hosted by the PTO
1/27-1/31 Catholic Schools’ Week
    Monday: Manic Monday (uniform day)
    Tuesday: Twin or Triplet Day
    Wednesday: PJs, Popcorn, and a Movie Day
    Thursday: Throwback Thursday
    Friday: Spirit/Green and White Day & Student/Staff BBall Game
1/31 2nd Qtr report cards

AUCTION ALERT! Calling all parents who can help with our 20th Annual Auction and celebration  of HTS!  Planning meeting Wednesday, 1/15/20 at 6 PM in the cafeteria.  Please come help us  move “to TRINITY and BEYOND” as we plan an event that will bring our vision of the future to  our school and community!  

Office Notes:

Ski Program: ​Our yearly ski program has begun. If your child is participating, be sure to have all  necessary gear and equipment at school prior to 1 PM on Wednesdays to ensure your child is able to  attend on that day. Ms. Sarah Hoey has taken the helm of this wonderful program for HTS and we  are so grateful for her support!    

The Annual Appeal ​is in full swing! We are focusing on raising funds to improve curriculum and  school safety. If you have suggestions of people who would like to support Catholic Education and  our move, please contact Sharon Spanos at ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.​ or direct them to the school website at ​​ to make an online donation! These funds are vital to the  functionality of our school and all support is greatly appreciated.    

Annual HTS Auction Dinner: ​AUCTION TIME!!  First official Auction meeting on Wednesday January  15th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria!  Future meeting dates and strategic planning on the agenda. This is a service hour project and WE NEED YOUR HELP!    

Yearbook: ​Yearbooks are still on sale for $25. Go online to to order today! Cash & Checks written out to HTS attention Rebecca Morse are accepted at the school as well. Want to give a message to your child or graduating 8th grader?? Buy a recognition ad in the  yearbook; $50 for a business card size, $75 for a 1/4 page, $90 for a half page, or $125 for a full page ad!! Contact ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.​ for details!  

Banking: ​Calling all parents who would like their children to start saving money! Banking is every Friday. Send your child in with their school savings account bank book and money and we’ll deposit it for them. Even the smallest amount will add up over time. Your child doesn’t have a bank account? E-mail Di Greenwood at ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.​ and she’ll get one set up for you!   

Kindness Coins:​ On Monday we began an incentive program to compliment our school wide efforts to serve others with kindness, compassion, and following Christ’s example. Teachers are on the  lookout for random acts of kindness by our scholars.  Each color is worth a different amount of  points:  

Pink: 5 points 
Blue: 10 points 
Purple: 15 points 
Green: 25 points 
Silver: 50 Points 
Gold: 100 points   

Students will be able to cash in for various prizes:   

25 points--student’s name is announced at the end of the day announcements 
50 points--a Kindness note is sent home 
75 points---free ice cream 
100 points--Free dress day (not on a Mass day)   

Students will also be bragged on through the school’s social media accounts so we can share with  the community our wonderful kind students!  

Catholic Schools’ Week is 1/27-1/31!   

Dear Families, 
After a year of serious financial review and an extensive budget audit by the Diocese, our approach to awarding financial aid will be changed to follow a more stringent and specific process to ensure those families who qualify and are eligible for tuition assistance have those needs met. To help transition to a more organized and logical process, all ​families who want to be considered for a financial aid award ​MUST ​ complete the FACTS application and have all necessary re-enrollment and registration complete by April 1, 2020​. Applications after this date will not have tuition assistance guaranteed. 
It is our goal to continue to provide tuition assistance to all who truly need the help.  With this in mind, we are also implementing a maximum award amount of $3500 per family for recipients of the Bingo Scholarship Award Program. Additionally, families who applied and were approved for the Children’s Scholarship Fund received a combined total of $6K+ towards tuition. 
For budgeting purposes, the sooner our families reenroll, register, and apply for tuition assistance, the more accurate our calculations will be as we plan for the upcoming school year. Holy Trinity Catholic School exists because of the faith our families hold in the lasting positive benefits of a strong Catholic education and the continuous support of our community. 
Please begin the process today to secure access to funding if your family qualifies and to assist us with setting sound fiduciary goals as we move forward. 
Thank you for your continued encouragement and support. May God’s grace continue to bless you and your family. 
Sincerely in Christ, 
Dr. Young

Useful links:
Families requesting financial aid must submit an application through FACTS  
Children’s Scholarship Fund ​  
New Education Savings Opportunities

Dr. Francine Young
Dr. Francine Young

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