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May 5, 2016

Future Gryphons,

I was 22 years old when I first came to the United States. While I had a decent, working knowledge of the English language, there was plenty that left me puzzled. I heard this strange song, "Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam..." I pictured one or two of them in the kitchen, a handful in the living room, maybe one in the hallway – it's a narrow place after all. I certainly failed to see why even a diehard animal lover would desire this. Eventually I figured out it meant ...there where the buffalo roam... Countless other occasions followed when I understood the words but not the meaning.

Being new to a school (and for many of you, new to the state or even the country!) can feel just like that. "LS lunch training will take place in the OHM conference room; please sign up on the Parent Portal and be sure to park in Lot C." What ??!!??

The Admission Office at Trinity Christian School works with a super group of Mentor Moms who reach out to assigned new families. Each Mentor Mom calls or emails her new families when they accept our offer of admission, shortly before school starts, once during the first month of the new school year, and beyond that as seems helpful, desirable, or necessary.

If you have postponed applying because the transition to a new school seems daunting – it can be, but the Trinity community stands ready to help you.

(Oh, and on our campus the buffalo roam most after the last bell of the day, but your Mentor Mom will tell you all about that!)

February 4, 2016

This morning I sorted through the belongings of a student who moved out of state last week. With campus closed much longer than anticipated after the snow, we were not able to say farewell to this boy and his family and I will mail him some of the items he left behind. Among his things was the note his parents wrote while at school for a parent-teacher conference. The note contained this sentence: "No matter where you are, your mom and I will be with you and support you always, as long as it is beneficial to you." I began to count the blessings expressed and promised in this one simple sentence and felt sorry once more that work required this family to relocate. The partnership between the school and families like the author's family is lovely and bears beautiful fruit. It reminds me of Ephesians 4:15 and 16 which instructs us that when each part, i.e. each member of the Body of Christ, the Church, is working properly, there is growth.

January 19, 2016

Last week Kindergarten students learned about city planning, fifth grade students created a wall with periodic table elements and the admission office conducted its first round of kindergarten readiness assessments. How are your plans for next year coming? There are many elements that go into the application and enrollment process and we are eager to help you complete these without the added stress of rushing. Please let us know how we may help you complete your child's application. Financial aid applications are due February 28 to be considered in the first round of awards.

December 15, 2015

The Dutch language, my native tongue, has two words for Christmas. One of these could be translated "Christ's Feast." It's a good word; it reminds me of the Lord's Supper and in doing so it directs my gaze from Christ the babe to Christ the Lamb that was slain and who rose again - all in one word, the Word. The hope of the manger charms us, the Cross confronts us, and the empty tomb affirms the certainty that indeed He is making all things new. May you be filled with the hope and certainty that comes from knowing and clinging to Christ.

A Runner's Thoughts on "Spurs"

TCS students participating in the 100 Mile Club regularly receive encouragement from Coach Phillips. His latest note reads as follows:

Hello, 100 Mile Club Runners,

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24

When geese migrate over great distances, they fly in a "V" formation, which cuts the wind resistance for the entire flock. So that no one leader must bear the brunt of the wind all the time, they rotate leadership.

If a bird is injured, he is not left alone. One other bird stays behind with him until he is ready to fly again. The honking noises of geese are for a purpose. They are encouraging each other! Scientists believe geese can fly up to 72 percent farther than they can fly alone.

Like geese, we really do need each other in life. Stay close to those who will share your burdens, help you to heal, and encourage you. Encourage those around you to "keep on keeping on" in exercise and in life. April is a great month for gaining ground on finishing our quest to 100 logged miles! Encourage those around you to finish the journey, and to finish strong. Even more, encourage those around you to stay in the Word, and to preach the gospel at all times in word and in deed. It is a life-long journey, a marathon, not a sprint.

We are blessed to be able to do God's work and blessed to be able to take care of our bodies, His temples. In a single moment, God can change a heart. Be a "Game Changer." Be of impact to those around you!

I am now running because I can . . .,
Short, purposeful 3-mile runs . . ,
We run, jog, or walk because we can . . .

Through His power,

Mr. Rus Phillips
Lower School PE Teacher
Trinity Christian School

"...I was a stranger and you welcomed me..."

Among the many good things at TCS is a strong sense of community. Following is a brief excerpt from a letter written by a dear family that joined the Trinity community just before a life-threatening accident nearly took the husband and father.

"At the time of the accident our daughters had gone to Trinity only one month. Immediately members of the staff as well as parents reached out to us. We were provided help with transportation and food.We received kindness and concern from many of the staff in the offices and faculty members.An anonymous donor gave us $1000.00 toward tuition for the semester!

We commuted to [our previous school] from Clifton for 7 years before transferring to Trinity.We are very impressed and wish we would have made this decision years ago.Our prayer is that our daughters will graduate from Trinity and lead purposeful godly lives shaped by the academic and spiritual knowledge they are being provided on a daily basis."

Kindergarten Readiness

Many parents eagerly anticipate the day a child enters kindergarten and begins his formal education. Public schools and most private schools use a birthday cut off to determine when a child should start kindergarten. The Commonwealth of Virginia, with a birthday cut off of September 30, is among the latest dates and therefore has some of the youngest children in kindergarten. However, not all children develop at the same rate. When parents evaluate whether their child is ready for kindergarten they often consider traditional markers such as knowing the alphabet or having expressed interest in learning how to read. But kindergarten readiness is not limited to indicators such as phonemic and math awareness. There are six developmental areas in which your child will need to demonstrate readiness in order to be prepared to enjoy and succeed in kindergarten. We encourage you to consider the following areas of readiness as you evaluate whether your little one is ready to start kindergarten.

Does your child demonstrate these skills consistently, occasionally, or not yet?

Gross Motor

Walks forward on a straight line
Walks backward on a straight line
Jumps on two feet, with both feet leaving the ground at the same time
Hops on one foot
Kicks a stationary ball straight for ten feet
Throws a ball with accuracy for ten feet

Fine Motor

Places multiple large beads on a string
Correctly uses scissors to cut a straight line
Uses the proper grip to hold a pencil or crayon
Correctly draws a circle and square

Expressive and Receptive Language

Speaks in complete sentences most of the time
Responds appropriately to basic questions such as, "What is your favorite color?"
Understands positional words such as up, down, beside, near, far
Follows one-step directions without needing directions repeated
Follows multi-step directions without needing directions repeated

Letter/Phonemic Awareness and Print Knowledge

Names all the letters in his/her first name
Names most upper case letters when shown in a random order
Names most lower case letters when shown in a random order
Can produce some of the sounds for corresponding letters
Is able to supply words that begin with the same sound as a given word
Attempts to write letters in his/her own name
Demonstrates book awareness such as cover and back of the book, left to right order, words are read from top to bottom
Identifies two words that rhyme when given picture cards
Uses symbols or drawings to express ideas

Visual Discrimination/Math Awareness

Identifies colors by name
Identifies shapes by name
Identifies differences between similar pictures
Classifies objects by physical features (shape, color, size)
Identifies basic patterns in a sequence
Matches two like pictures in a set of five pictures
Counts number of objects in a small group (up to five, up to ten, etc.)
Arranges numerals in order 1-5
Counts in sequence 1-10
Demonstrates an understanding of "adding to" and "taking away" using up to five objects

Social/Emotional Development

Separates from parents without getting upset
Interacts comfortably with peers without adult intervention
Stays focused until a task is completed
Perseveres on difficult tasks without getting frustrated
Demonstrates independence in personal care (washing hands, dressing, bathroom use)
Shows empathy towards others' feelings

Admission Office Contact Information

Margot Clenance,
Dean of Admission

703.273.8787 x112

Jennifer Frey, Assistant Dean of Admission

703.273.8787 x111

David Moore, International Coordinator


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