Holy Trinity Catholic School is looking forward to a new year of making learning fun for students and welcoming the community to be part of school activities and events.
“We really like to invite the community to join us, that’s always been important,” said HTCS principal Michelle Schoenfelder.
Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held Monday, Aug. 22, and Thursday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All parents must stop in to complete paperwork at this time. New families interested in learning about HTCS are also welcome at this time.
Summer letters have been mailed, but if you did not receive a letter call the school office at 352-9344.
Classes for grades one through six will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5, while kindergarten students will begin school on Monday, Sept. 11.
Kindergarten screening is planned Sept. 5-8, with a PreKindergarten open house planned Sept. 5 from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
A Preschool open house is planned from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 6.
There is a projected enrollment of 66 students in preschool and preK, and around 100 students in grades K-6.
The school continues to improve opportunities for students to access technology through interactive white boards, a 24-system computer lab and classroom sets of Kindles and iPads.
“We look forward to the learning resources that will be available through this technology,” Schoenfelder said.
“At HTCS we recognize the learning potential of each student by realizing that children learn in different ways,” she added. “We try to help students develop their own special gifts.”
HTCS implements the Common Core Curriculum Standards in its math and language arts. During the school’s inservice, teachers will focus on the best ways to meet the writing needs of students.
“We are very proud of our students, staff, and school,” Schoenfelder said. “Our mission is to inspire children to lead Christian lives, strengthened by our Catholic faith, while cultivating academic excellence. Parents, faculty, and staff come together as a family to provide a caring, supportive environment where children can experience the joy of learning.”
The district will be implementing new social studies resources this year with the adoption of new social studies textbooks. Kindergarten, first-, and second-grade teachers will continue reporting to parents using Standards Based Report Cards, which show student progress on Common Core Curriculum Standards.
New staff members joining the district include Ashley Sarvis, preschool teacher; Francie Smith, preschool classroom aide; Julie Klein, preK classroom aide; Kimberly Fitzpatrick, kindergarten teacher; Carol Eckmann, fifth-grade teacher; and Valerie Johnson, music teacher.
Schoenfelder said the school is planning a number of fun events that people in the community are invited to take part in — from the fall Pumpkin Patch soon to be established in front of the school to monthly Bingo nights and a Christmas Tour of Homes and Vendor Fair.
“The Vintage and Classic Car Show and Cruise Night is planned Sept. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.,” she added. “Owners are encouraged to display their car in the Holy Trinity parking lot. There will be door prizes, music by Galaxy 9 and concessions.”
Schoenfelder said the annual HTCS Pumpkin Patch will open in mid-September.
“We are getting our pumpkins locally this year, so when they are ready, our patch will be open,” Schoenfelder said. “Just watch for the pumpkins to show up on the lawn in front of the church.
“Stop by anytime and pick out your pumpkins,” she added. Payments can be made to the church office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The school’s monthly Bingo will begin on Saturday, Sept. 16. Starting in October, Bingo will be held the second Saturday of each month.
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for concessions, with Bingo starting at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Play 20 games of Bingo for just five bucks.
“This year we are looking for sponsors for our monthly Bingo,” Schoenfelder said. “This is a great family-friendly event. The public is welcome!”
Any businesses that may be interested in sponsoring monthly Bingo can call Abby at 350-6651 or Taunya at 350-2771.
The HTCS Christmas Tour of Homes and Vendor Fair is scheduled for Saturday, De. 2. They are looking for additional homes to add to the tour as well as vendors who would like to set up in the school’s multipurpose room.
“Give us a call; we would love to showcase your home on our tour,” Schoenfelder said. The school’s phone number is 352-9344.
The school is also planning several craft days this year, where people from the community are invited to stop and make a craft.
“Looking ahead, although it will be here before we know it — is the Diamonds & Denim Gala and Auction Jan. 27 at the Plains Ballroom,” Schoenfelder said. “Hundreds of items will be up for auction through the silent and live auctions, and we’re also working to have some items on our online auction again this year.”
Established in 1929 as St. Teresa Parish School and later named St. Martin Parish School, Holy Trinity Catholic School has roots deep in the history of Huron.
Students at HTCS have the opporunity to participate in music, physical education, computer, library and art classes.
“Our community of faith encourages students to serve others and live like Jesus taught,” Schoenfelder said. “I have heard many stories from alumni that remind me of the important role we play in the lifes of students and famlies at our school.
“I consider it a privilege to serve as the principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School because it is a wonderful place to work and allows me to raise my family immersed in our faith,” she added.
Holy Trinity Catholic School students on the first day of school in 2016. Several students pose in the Pumpkin Patch established on the front lawn of Holy Trinity Catholic School each fall. The public is welcome to stop by and take pictures or take a pumpkin home. Dick Green, 2016 Car Show trophy winner, left, is shown with Father Michael Schneider. This year’s classic car show is planned Sept. 10.