A Warm Welcome to the Trinity Parent Organization
The purpose of the Trinity Parent Organization is to promote a strong sense of community in partnership with the school and to facilitate communication, cooperation, involvement, and service throughout the Trinity School community.
Welcome from TPO President Brent Engel
I am excited to serve as your Trinity Parent Organization (TPO) President.
My family went on a another mission trip to Haiti this summer, and servanthood is very much on my mind and heart. I find myself thinking a lot about this verse: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark10:45) I think of servanthood as being helpful to others rather than focusing on myself, giving of myself willingly to minister for and to others in need, and doing whatever it takes to accomplish what is best for others.
How does that apply to us as a community at Trinity? I’m grateful for the work Trinity does to develop the hearts of our children to become servant leaders, to understand that true leadership is servanthood, and to follow the example Jesus gave us. If you, like me, want to continuously reinforce this attitude and foster its growth in our children, I invite you to set an example of servanthood by volunteering with the Trinity Parent Organization.
The TPO Mission Statement says this: “The Trinity Parent Organization is a service organization of Trinity School. It exists for the purpose of partnering in the education of students by fostering community-building activities and providing services for students, faculty, and families. The TPO aims to support, strengthen, and enrich the educational partnership across the Trinity community.”
The TPO is here to serve OUR school, and we need your help! We have a “mission” to engage every single Trinity parent, grandparent, and guardian affiliated with Trinity. I would like to challenge you to look for ways you might give at least one hour of your time a month in service to Trinity. There are so many ways you can help: being a Room Parent; serving Hot Lunch; setting up or tearing down–or directing parking–for Chapels and special events; planning or manning a booth at Homecoming… the list goes on. As the school year begins, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for all kinds of volunteer opportunities and to let us know how you are interested in helping to serve our school.
The TPO also seeks to promote a strong sense of community among the parents and to facilitate the partnership between the parents and the school. To that end, we hope to provide many opportunities to join in fellowship and just get to know each other. And Laura Sapp, the TPO’s President-Elect, has been hard at work planning Parent Education events for the coming year. Her enthusiasm for Trinity is remarkable, and I hope it is contagious. We hope to see you at many TPO events throughout the year.
2016–2017 TPO Officers
Brent Engel | President
Laura Sapp | President-Elect
Shellie Ruffin | Secretary
Karen Burgin | Treasurer
Samantha Stockman | Lower School Representative
Heather Jared and Courtney Mumford | Middle School Representatives
Gail Powery and Victoria Pridgen | Upper School Representatives
- TPO Mission
The TPO Mission
The Trinity Parent Organization is a service organization of Trinity School. It exists for the purpose of partnering in the education of students by fostering community-building activities and providing services for students, faculty, and families.
The TPO aims to support, strengthen, and enrich the educational partnership across the Trinity community. The TPO has established a number of goals and objectives for its service. These guide the plans and programs of the TPO.
Goals and Objectives:
To foster a closer connection between home and school by encouraging parent involvement through volunteering, parent education, and service programs.
To support and give back to the school money raised as a result of income-generating projects throughout the year.
To organize events that support and foster the development of the school's mission.
To enable parents to use their God-given gifts and resources (especially time) in all areas of school life to improve the quality of education provided for children at the school.
To support faculty and staff in practial ways during the year.
To strengthen this partnership by actively supporting the school's communication policy and by regular interaction with the Headmaster and Division Directors.
To further develop this partnership by working with the academic staff to sponsor and support opportunities for ongoing parent education.
"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus."
– Philippians 2:1–5
All parents and guardians of students of Trinity School are members of the TPO. There are no membership dues.
- Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer at Trinity
We have many special events that we could not put on without the help of our parents and friends–your help is invaluable.
Thank you for volunteering your time and talents to Trinity School! Please contact Sophie Smith if you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions.
Thank you to our 2016–2017 Lower School Room Parents:
TK Holland – Amanda Huegerich, Linzy Heijmen
K Blue Federman – Mary Robbins, Alice Bradney, Maria Easton
K Gold Rogers – Maryam Malik, Colleen Causey
1 Blue Simpson – Anne Heymann, Kristie McCulloch
1 Gold Wright – Sally Conner, Beth Newman
2 Blue Hartemink – Mandy Forbes, Andrea Gardner
2 Gold Bohn – Melanie Bies
3 Blue Dondero/Wood – Lisa Saenz, Melissa Miller
3 Gold Spangler – Kate Barron, Marsha Ebert
4 Blue Lewis – Julie McBrierty, Chandra Knott
4 Gold Moore – Jill Marino, Courtney Mumford
5 Blue Steis – Ruth Lloyd, Chrishelle Morkin
5 Gold Eller – Tiffany Hoover, Martha Brown
6 Blue Smith-Fendt – Nicole Celeste
6 Gold Spiegel – Leah Sparks, Kathy Booker
6 Green O'Briant – Laci McDowell
- Parent Education "Third Tuesdays"
Join us each month for the TPO Third TUESDAY meeting! Meet in the Lower School Great Room and enjoy coffee, muffins, and fellowship starting at 8:15 am. The program will start at 8:30 am. Children are welcome!
Mark your calendar now:
Tuesday, September 20 at 8:30 a.m.: Internet Safety and Learning More about Worship at Trinity
Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Digital Learning at Trinity
Friday, December 9 at 8:30 a.m.: TPO Christmas Brunch
Fro-Yo Fridays at Menchies: Visit the Menchie's at Patterson Place on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to close, mention this flyer and Trinity School, and Menchie's will donate 20% of your purchase to Trinity School.
Box Tops for Education: Turn your shopping trips into easy cash for Trinity School by looking for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip the hot pink box tops and send them labeled with your child's name. LS Parents: Classrooms that collect the most in their division will earn a Hot Chocolate Party in December. Each Box Top is worth $0.10 for Trinity School. Don’t forget our convenient Box Tops/Labels for Education collection mailbox located in the carpool lane.
Earn 5 Bonus Box Tops for our school!
Sign up to support our school with Box Tops for Education and earn 5 Bonus Box Tops for our school when you subscribe to the Box Tops email newsletter.
Shoparoo App: Submit your shopping receipts to help earn money and points for Trinity School. See this flyer for more info or visit http://app.shoparoo.com/r/nect8309 to download the free app and get started.
Harris Teeter VIC Cards: Re-link your Harris Teeter VIC card for the Together in Education fundraising program. Linking is easy! Go to www.harristeeter.com, click on "Community" then Together In Education (TIE), or stop by customer service at Harris Teeter to have your card linked to Trinity. Our number is 2941.
Kroger Community Rewards Cards: Link your Kroger rewards card for the Kroger Community Reward® fundraising program, shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card. Linking is easy! Go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards, click on "enroll" and link your card to Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill. Our number is: 83435. Kroger will pay Trinity a percentage for items purchased quarterly
Labels for Education: By saving and redeeming product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from participating products our school can earn points which we can redeem for VISA Gift cards. If you choose to send in the labels, please make sure the UPC is turned in with the barcode intact. They cannot be submitted if the barcode cannot be read.
Amazon Smile: Shop with Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of purchase price back to Trinity. Just start your shopping at this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1926923
Schwan's Cares: Raise money for Trinity while feeding your family! Schwan's Home Delivery offers over 350 delicious foods flash-frozen at the peak of freshness and conveniently delivered to your door. Through Schwan's Cares, you can order from Schwan's Home Delivery and help Trinity raise money! Every order earns 5% cash back. This is open to the entire Trinity Community - friends, family, and neighbors too. Products are delivered every other week. Please visit www.schwans-cares.com/c/23042 to join our campaign, place your order, and earn money for our school!
Campaign ID: 23042
Auto Pro To Call: Located at 1809 N Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, Auto Pro To Call will donate 5% of all receipts from Trinity School supporters on a monthly basis. Just identify yourself as a Trinity supporter upfront and the service pros will handle the rest! If you need a DRIVING OUR SCHOOLS reward card preloaded with $20, please contact Martha Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronics for Recycling: Recycle cell phones, MP3s, game systems, iPads, tablets and used or unused ink and toner cartridges, etc. Your unwanted items can help raise funds for Trinity. Please check the Green Hippo Website for a complete list of acceptable products. http://www.greenhippo.com/ . Drop off donations in the labeled bins next to the reception desks in both LS and US buildings.
Questions? Contact TPO Fundraising Chair, Martha Brown.
- Moms in Prayer
Moms in Prayer meets each Thursday morning, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in the basement level of the gym and is open to every Trinity mom. Join us anytime, even if you can't stay for the whole hour. Any prayer requests or questions? Please contact Moms in Prayer