Knightly News

Trivium Academy Weekly Newsletter-Week of Sept 9th

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Continue reading to the end for all of the latest updates!
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Misty Benzine – 1st Grade

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College: University of North Texas – BBA

Teaching History: This is my first year at Trivium and I’m so excited to be here! Previously, I worked for Plano ISD in the Special Education department with 1st and 2nd grade.

Family: I have been married 5 years this month to my very supportive husband Aaron. We have two children; our son Brantley is 3 years old, and our daughter Brooklyn is 4 months old. We currently live in Allen, TX with our two dogs Diz and Divot.

Interests/Hobbies Outside of School: We love to travel! During Fall Break, my husband and I are planning a trip to New York to celebrate our Anniversary and my Birthday… the Big 40!

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We have gotten carpool down to 18 minutes or less in the afternoon. As always, please remember to stay off of your cell phones and enjoy the beautiful scenery of our lovely campus!

Birthday Policy Reminder

As a reminder, you may work with your child's elementary teacher to bring a snack to share with the class in celebration of your child's birthday (only grades K-6). Birthday snacks will be served after 2pm as time permits. Parents/Guardians are not allowed to attend birthday celebrations. In addition, invitations may be passed out at school only if the entire homeroom class is being invited to a party off campus. In any other situation, invitations must be sent individually outside of the school setting.

Process for Reporting an Absence

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If a student has a planned absence, it can be submitted prior to the absence by posting to the Trivium attendance site. One note is sufficient for the duration of the absence.

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North Texas Giving Day

We are gearing up for North Texas Giving Day! We have had wonderful success with NTGD in the past, and we believe that happens because we have amazing parents!

For more information click the image below or visit :

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Get ready for the Knight and Day Coffee Company!

We are launching a business for our 7-9th grade students very soon. To begin with, we will sell one-pound bags of coffee and K-cups. When the weather cools, we will offer brewed coffee at our events in the evening. Students are filling out applications and they will be interviewed by the parent company. Once positions are filled, they will be trained in everything from finance to brewing coffee. The coffee is from Honduras and delicious! Stay tuned for a progress report.
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You might have noticed the Free Neighborhood Library outside the front doors of the school. This was a Genius Hour project for Brock Hamby. He researched the national project and collected books.The finishing required painting and assembly. Now our students can give and take a book and the mornings around the little library outside the front doors are very busy.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. To learn more visit

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Social Emotional Learning at Trivium

With the funds raised from last year’s silent auction, we were able to purchase and implement a school wide curricula for morning meeting and advisory time. For grades K-5 we are using materials and lessons from Momentous Institute. For grades 6-8 we are using Second Step, and for 9th grade we are using School Connect. The lessons for each grade are designed to meet their needs developmentally and socially. It’s a great time to connect with the students on a daily basis and check in on their mental health.
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The Glitter Ball: As part of our Social Emotional Curriculum, we use the Glitter Ball as a metaphor for emotions. When the ball is shaken, the glitter is wild, yet beautiful. You cannot see through the ball until the glitter has settled and the view is clear. This is the same thing that occurs when our emotions run high. All we see is how we feel. If we react to a situation while our glitter is unsettled, we can’t see the entire situation clearly. We must train our students to wait to react to situations by taking a step back and letting their glitter settle. It is then that they can think clearly and make more rational decisions.

Here’s a great video to see the glitter ball in effect:

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September Lunch Menu

Lunch orders will be due for the following week every WEDNESDAY at 9am

Elementary Online Food Service (K-6)

Lunch orders will be due for the following week every WEDNESDAY at 9am

Secondary Online Food Service (7-9)

Lunch orders will be due for the following week every WEDNESDAY at 9am

PIE Updates

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Room Parent or Grade Level Lead

If you are interested in becoming a Room Parent for your child's class or Grade Level Lead, please complete the form below and your background check before Monday, September 16th. The selected Room Parent and Grade Level Leads will be notified by Friday, September 20th. A Room Parent orientation meeting will be held the following week - day and time to be announced.
Background Check Link!

Volunteers must re-do the background check each year.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Trivium Academy (Portico Foundation) every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Go to and when prompted to select a charity enter Portico Education Foundation. Make sure to select the organization in Carrollton!

Bookmark this page for all of your Amazon purchases!

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