The Grapevine Newsletter Vol. 2, 02.05.20

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The Grapevine Newsletter 02.05.20

Dear Holy Trinity Families,


We are in our re-enrollment season for the 2020-2021 school year. Many of our families jumped right in and have completed the process. Please take a few moments to complete the process ASAP as the information helps us with budgeting for the next year. Please keep in mind, we continue to have referral incentives available for our current families who make a referral to HTS that results in enrollment.


As we move through February and toward our February vacation and especially during the third quarter, please be sure to be checking your child’s academic progress at least once a week through the ParentPortal. Historically, the third quarter sees a dip in progress across the board and if we are all vigilant, our students will continue making the great progress we have seen thus far.

We WILL have a tuition and service hour restructuring rolling out soon. The changes will be beneficial to our families and make Catholic education more attainable for families who may worry that it is out of their reach. Watch for the official information soon.

20th Annual Holy Trinity Maggie Gibbs Memorial Auction with a dynamic forward looking theme, to Trinity and Beyond! is scheduled for Saturday, April 18. Di Greenwood has generously taken the helm as committee chair and has placed two “giving trees” near each of the most used school entrances: the Main Office and the Cafeteria doors. Please take an envelope and help us ge some amazing auction items by purchasing whatever treasure is in the envelope and returning it to the school as we continue to prepare for our flagship event.

I know I have sent quite a few surveys in the past weeks. I want to thank you for taking the time to respond. We have had 15 families respond to our Catholic Identity Survey so far--and thank you! If you haven’t yet responded, please take a few minutes to do this. The feedback helps us improve in many areas and is vital to our ongoing development. Thank you! https://forms.gle/UQq2z8hDrMqKZD368. We are also still seeking feedback for a summer program through this survey https://forms.gle/CSRqy6KELykXTUwj8. Thank you for partnering with us in so many ways! Our Holy Trinity family is strong and I believe that together we will grow
and thrive!


Sincerely in Christ,
Dr. Young


***REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 IS OPEN! To complete our online re-enrollment process, you will access our ParentsWeb through your existing login.

If you do not have a login, please follow the Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login listed below. If you are prompted to enter the school ID, it is HTS-NH.

To access ParentsWeb:
● Please go to www.renweb.com
● Select Logins from the menu bar and ParentsWeb Login from the drop-down menu.
● Type in your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password, please click on the link provided.
● After logging in, click on the Family Information button in the left menu.
● Chose the 2020-2021 school year
● Click on the Enrollment/Reenrollment button.

Our Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for {StudentFirstName}. The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later.

Every family wishing to receive tuition assistance must complete the FACTS application and apply for the Children’s Scholarship Fund. Our tuition is our revenue and we need to be mindful in ensuring our families who truly need the financial help receive it. Thank you!

Dates to Remember:

2/14/20 Valentine’s Day: Class parties in the afternoon; room parents will be reaching out to organize.
2/24-28 February Break--Enjoy! Travel guardian angels will be on call for any of our families who will be adventuring out!
2/26/20 Ash Wednesday: We won’t be able to celebrate this solmenty together, but please remember, this day is a Holy Day of Obligation as well as a day of fast and abstinence. As we begin our Lenten season, please attend Mass with your children to keep this Holy Day as a family.

Notes:

Annual Diocese Gala Nominations: Each year, the diocese honors school teachers, administrators, and clergy from across the state who provide a strong, Catholic leadership example within the community. Below you will find the information to nominate a teacher, clergy, or administrator for this year’s award consideration.

Lunchroom Supervision: Kendra Cooper is managing the scheduling for parents or grandparents who can help for 1.5 hours (both lunch periods) or for a single shift in the cafeteria. This is a super easy way to get service hours--opening milk cartons, helping keep noise levels to a dull roar, and fascinating conversation with students! Please reach out to her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help.

Children’s Savings Accounts: Banking Friday in the Cafeteria!

Box Tops: We would greatly appreciate it if you would download the Box Tops app to your phone – it takes just a couple minutes to login and find Holy Trinity School. Once you do, just scan your grocery receipt after you shop and HTS will automatically earn money from every applicable item on your receipt! Easy Peasy. Thank you for participating!

Amazon Smile: An easy way to support HTS when you shop on Amazon is to choose our school as the beneficiary. As with everything, thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

Blizzard Bags: As we know, the weather is making a sharp turn toward the cold, snowy forecasts that sometimes interrupt our school days. We have been approved by the state to use Blizzard Bags again this year for up to five snow days. Last year we used three of the five with a 97% return rate! This is stellar!!! Teachers are preparing for this contingency. See the notice below for information detailing the program. Hopefully, we will not need more than five--but the next two days could put this process to work!

Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather that makes traveling to school dangerous and school needs to be delayed (2 hour) or cancelled for the day, a notice will be made on WMUR, sent through Parent Alert via RenWeb, and on our school Facebook page.
★ For a delayed opening, there will be no morning EDP and students can begin arriving at school at 9:30 AM. Our school day will begin at 10:00 AM and dismiss at 3:00 PM.
★ For an early release, parents will be notified via Parent Alert text--we do our best to avoid this contingency, but will cancel afternoon EDP if there is an afternoon/evening weather concern.
★ For a closure, notices will be on WMUR, FB, and sent via Parent Alert text. In the event of a closure, students must complete Blizzard Bag work and return it to school the next day we are open.

Our focus is on our students, families, and teachers safety.


St. John Neumann Education Trust Gala

The successes of our Catholic schools and their students would not be possible without the selfless support of our committed educators, administrators, clergy, and lay partners in the community. This year, we are holding the St. John Neumann Education Trust Gala where we will Recognize Excellence in our Catholic Schools at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester on Friday, May 29, 2020. We hope you will consider joining us at this exciting event when we will officially honor a Superintendent Award Honoree, a Clergy member of the Year, and our Teacher of the Year.

To nominate someone you think deserves to receive this special recognition, please read the award descriptions and use the links below.

2020 Spirit of St. John Baptist de la Salle Award Nomination Form
2020 Spirit of St. John Vianney Award Nomination Form

St. Joseph the Worker Superintendent Award
The St. Joseph the Worker Superintendent Award is given to an individual that works to advance the mission of Catholic education. This could be a school leader, volunteer, donor, community partner, parent, or staff member. The award is given at the discretion of the Superintendent. If you would like to send a name of an individual for consideration of the Superintendent Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include “Superintendent Award” in the subject line. We will then contact you for more
information.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2020.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Catholic Schools Office at (603) 663-0140. Thank you.


IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM DHHS

To our Holy Trinity School Community,

By now you have likely heard of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December. We have been monitoring this outbreak closely and receiving updates and guidance from local, state, and federal partners. Given the spread of this new virus in China and to other
countries, the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) has provided new recommendations for people who have recently returned from China and have requested our assistance in sharing this Information.

Late last week, the U.S. Department of State elevated its China travel advisory to a Level 4: Do Not Travel recommendation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency. As a result, there are new restrictions for individuals who have recently been in China, including a temporary ban on entry into the United States for foreign nationals who have been to mainland China in the last 14 days (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents), and closer health monitoring of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who recently traveled to China and have returned to the United States.

As a result of these new steps to control spread of this 2019-nCoV, NH DPHS is requesting:
1. Any person who has travelled to any location in Hubei Province within the last 14 days, even if they are without symptoms, should stay home for 14 days from their last day in China, and contact the NH DPHS at 603-271-4496 (after-hours: 603-271-5300), so that NH DPHS can assist them with monitoring their health;
2. Any person who has travelled to mainland China other than Hubei Province within the last 14 days, even those without symptoms, should stay home for 14 days from the last day of travel to China, and monitor themselves for fever and respiratory illness such as cough or shortness of breath. If travelers do develop fever or respiratory illness within 14 days of their departure from China, they should contact NH DPHS at 603-271-4496 (after-hours: 603-271-5300).

This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to work with NH DPHS to respond appropriately. While the risk from this new virus remains low in New Hampshire, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from all viruses that can cause respiratory illness this time of year, including the common cold and flu. This
includes frequent handwashing with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, staying home if you are sick, covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.



Dr. Francine Young
Dr. Francine Young
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