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Lower School Back-to-School Information



Welcome reception for New-to-Trinity Lower School Parents at the Denton’s home
Sunday, August 19 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.

All new-to-Trinity Lower School parents are cordially invited to a Welcome to Trinity reception at the home of Chip and Desirée Denton on Sunday, August 19, from 5:00–6:30 p.m. RSVP to Des Denton.


Wednesday, August 8
Lower School class assignments emailed to parents

Thursday, August 9
Lower School information email from Interim Director of Lower School Amy Chauncey

Monday, August 20 | Meet-the-Teacher Day
New Lower School Families and Students
8:45 a.m | The HUB
New Lower School families are invited to The HUB to hear from Interim Director of Lower School Amy Chauncey, Head of School Chip Denton, and Trinity Parent Organization president Julie Johnson, then head on over to the classrooms to meet their teachers.

Returning Lower School Families and Students
9:15 a.m. | Classroom Visits
Welcome to your classroom! Please bring your school supplies with you during your visit. Students will meet their teachers, load their supplies into their desks and cubbies, visit with classmates, and get excited for the new year. Click here for supply lists.

10:00 a.m. | South Building Porch
Stop by these Info Fair tables: Lower School, Athletics, School Nurse, Athletic Trainer, Business Office, Trinity Clubs, Trinity Parent Organization, Trinity Neighborhood After-school Program, Veracross Parent Portal, Trinity Music and Band, School and College Counselors, Trinity Fund, Head of School, Student Learning and Support Services, Blue and Gold Auction, and Hot Lunch.

11:00 a.m. | Food Truck Rodeo
This year all families will have the opportunity to enjoy our special back-to-school celebration. Food will be available for purchase from Soomsoom Pita Pockets, Baguettaboutit, and Porchetta.

It is a longstanding tradition for the Trinity community to read something together over the summer months. We call this communal reading experience Trinity Reads. This year we are all reading the Gospel of Mark together. Please join us.

Trinity Reads aims to accomplish several things:
We read together. The community of Trinity is one of the great values that the school offers, and we strengthen our bonds when we read the same thing and come together to talk about it and learn together from our reading.

We read missionally. Over the years, we’ve chosen different works, some old and some newer, but all connected to our mission: classical works like Tolstoy’s story “Two Old Men,” Christian books like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and classical and Christian works like Pilgrim’s Progress. Newer books like The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Tech-Wise Family have helped us think about our mission in a modern context.

One of the challenges for us is to find a book that all of the Trinity community can appreciate and gain from. This year’s choice is a home run on that front.

The Gospel of Mark takes us back, literally, ad fontes—to the source. Probably the earliest of the four canonical gospels, it is Mark’s testimony about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, who brings the kingdom of God. It is perhaps the most action-packed gospel, and it is a great read for young and old alike.

We want everyone to read this. Our older students should read it on their own. Our younger students should listen as their parents or older siblings read aloud. Families can listen to this together on a car ride through a Bible app or Audible. Faculty, staff, Board—we will all read this part of God’s Word.

A few logistics:

Please read the book itself, not an abridged version. Children’s Bibles are great (we chose one two years ago, when we read The Jesus Storybook Bible), but their format does not allow Mark’s unique, inspired voice to come through. Read the whole gospel.

Please read a translation, not a paraphrase. I’d suggest the English Standard Version (ESV), the New International Version (NIV), or The Message. All of these have been translated directly from the Greek, and the scholar-translators have worked really hard to find dynamic equivalents in English. Many families will already have a good translation at home, but here are a couple of ideas if you want them:

  • Here is a stand-alone version of Mark. We have copies of this in the school office, and you can pick them up at the reception desk on the main floor of the South Building.
  • Here is a beautiful illustrated version if you would like a version to look at together with your family. Beautiful artwork accompanies the NRSV translation throughout.
  • Read at your own pace, but we plan to send out email reminders periodically through the summer, with suggested chapters and some questions that our teachers and staff have compiled to get us thinking together.
  • Finally, when you return to Trinity in the fall, be prepared to interact with others about the book. The faculty will spend some time thinking about how to engage our students about their reading, and we will offer some opportunities for parents to do the same.
We’d like to offer one special opportunity for any families who want to go deeper together. We will be offering the Christianity Explored class that comes out of All Souls Langham Place Church in London, a class that meets weekly and explores the Gospel through the Gospel of Mark. Stay tuned for details, but we’d love for parents to take advantage of this opportunity.

So now, we give you the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ...


Dear Parents of Fifth and Sixth Graders,

You are invited to come meet the band director Martin Stam, and see some of the instruments up close! The LS Band Open House will be held on Monday, August 20, from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in room M106 (in the front modular building).

We have some really exciting music planned for the students this year as well as a number of wonderful opportunities to perform–both at school and off campus. In addition to our school assemblies and concerts, the students will have the opportunity to participate this spring in our 8th Annual Trinity Band Festival, and a trip to Kings Dominion for their Band Festival Competition.

We are quite serious about continuing and building the tradition of excellence in our band program, yet the students will also have a great deal of fun bonding together and enjoying music as an ensemble -all the while learning to play real symphonic instruments! (We are also known for our yummy early morning breakfasts!) Trinity also owns a number of loaner instruments.

Students with at least one year of experience on an instrument are welcome into the Novice Band (7:30 a.m.–8:20 a.m. Tues./Wed.) while students just starting an instrument are welcome in the Beginner Band (7:30 a.m–8:20 a.m. Mon./ Wed.). We also invite our Middle and Upper Schoolers to come learn more about Resource Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Contact mstam@tsdch.org for more information.