Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary

Parent Newsletter

Knight's August News

Our Mission:

Holy Trinity Catholic School is committed to teaching and modeling Catholic Christian morals and values; creating a safe, caring and respectful environments that supports academic excellence while fostering love of learning.

Goals:

  • Form Intentional Disciples of Christ
  • Provide a Safe Learning Environment
  • Inspire a Passion of Service
  • Maintain High Academic Expectations and Rigorous Curriculum

Missio Nostra - Biloxi Diocesan Mission

Bishop's Letter

May 13, 2021


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:


Jesus established the Catholic Church to evangelize, and he commissions us to make disciples of all nations, to baptize them, to teach all he commands us, and to trust that he is with us always. Living out this Great Commission of Jesus is both personal and communal. Each of us is called personally not only to witness to our faith but also to accompany others in faith. Each of our parishes, families, schools, and ministries have the same mission, and it should be fostered each time the community comes together.


We as a Church have deep beliefs, traditions, and awe-inspiring rituals that have spanned the centuries. Part of the challenge for us as modern-day Catholics is how to reveal to the world our faith in and love of Jesus Christ and His presence with us. The secular culture not only discourages, but is often hostile to those of faith. Our tradition of “wordless witness” is no longer effective in today’s world. The current culture in our parishes, families, schools, and ministries needs to shift to be effective in following the Great Commission of Jesus.


Many do not know how to share our faith with others. Each of us must begin by growing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Everyone, beginning with the leadership of our communities, needs to be trained to be disciple makers that embrace the clear mission of Jesus to foster discipleship, accompaniment, and to form disciple makers.


I believe our parishes, families, schools, and ministries can make this shift from maintenance to answering the Great Commission of Jesus. It will mean that we all, individually and as a Church, commit ourselves to this mission. The following pastoral message gives the groundwork for how we will make this shift together. Pope Paul VI, Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict, and Pope Francis, have all called us to follow Jesus’ Great Commission. It is time for us to heed the call and, “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19b-20a)


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Louis F. Kihneman, III
Bishop of Biloxi

A message from Mrs. Cuevas:

Welcome back!


I appreciate the grace and patience that everyone has shown as I transition to Holy Trinity. I know there have been many challenges already this year, yet everyone has truly embraced faithfulness, trusting that God is with us and will lead us through this season.


Pax et bonum,

Haleigh Cuevas

Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School Song


Chorus

Holy Trinity, Father, Spirit, Son

We come together here as one

To pray, to learn, and to grow

In the loving kindness that you know.

Come with us to work and play together

We are all a part of one big family,

In a school filled with joy, spirit, peace

Our love will grow as you can see.

Repeat Chorus

Sharing God’s love as a community

Each day we work to build a unity

Caring and loving others as we go

Just as Jesus taught us years ago.

Repeat Chorus

SCHOOL HOURS

School officially starts at 8:00 a.m. daily and will end at 3:00 p.m. daily.



BEFORE CARE:

Students that arrive between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. will be monitored by a designated teacher or staff member.


AFTER CARE:

Holy Trinity offers an After School Care Program from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The cost is $180 per child, $250 for 2 children, $300 for 3 or more. Daily drop in charge of $12. A $5.00 late fee will be assessed when children are not picked up on time. An information sheet and application may be obtained in the school office.

Car Rider Line: Traffic Control


For the safety of all children, please do not get out of your car in the car line.


For safety tp ensure students are released to proper adults, please ensure yellow car tag is visible in your vehicle.


Those dropping off and picking up in car line are prohibited from using cell phones.



Parents must approach the school from Beach Blvd. up the road next to the community center. Cars are not to park in the left lane as it will be utilized for moving traffic for preschool drop off and pick up. To help expedite the pickup process, please place a sign with your student’s name and grade in a visible area.


Car Riders: All PK1, PK2, PK3, and PK4 parents will enter from Beach Blvd up the road next to the Community Center. Follow the signs into the small parking lot next to the Preschool Building to park. Please pull all the way to the end of the parking lot before parking. All PK1 and PK2 students will be walked to the back (left) entrance of the Preschool Building.


All K – 6th grade students must be dropped off and picked up through the carline.

*All siblings will arrive and dismiss according to the youngest sibling.

*At all times, please follow the directions of the duty teachers/traffic guards. Ensure that all students are properly secured in the vehicle with a seat belt/car seat before exiting the car rider line.


Walkers: All walkers must receive permission from the principal.

Uniform Updates

Please read pages 26 -28 for all information.


Reminders:


  1. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
  2. Black or brown belts must be worn.
  3. Solid black CREW or CUFF socks. No color stripes or logos on the socks.
  4. Boys and girls may wear a silent watch, one religious necklace and/or bracelet.

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A Message From Mr. Chris:

The end of this month we celebrate a well known and great Saint. St Monica of Hippo was the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. This mother fought for the conversion of her children through constant prayer. She faced many obstacles within her own family because she was the only one who held the Faith. She is a great Saint because of her perseverance and trust in the Lord. Her prayers and daily example of a lived faith led her family to conversion, and even brought back her wayward son to become a powerhouse for God.


Let us invoke this great Saint in these trying times for her help and intercession. She is waiting for our invitation.


St. Monica of Hippo,


Pray for Us!

St. Monica with her son, St. Augustine.

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Counselors Corner

As the school counselor, I:

  • Provide monthly character education guidance lessons to all grades
  • Offer guidance to individuals and groups
  • Provide academic counseling including study skills, decision making, and organizational skills
  • Promote communication and socials skills including conflict resolution and coping skills
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, students, parents, and administration to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for our students to grow in Christ.



You can find me at school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. My door is always open. Feel free to contact me by email at jkapidzic@holytrinitycatholic.net or call the school at (228) 467-5158.

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COVID-19 Protocol Update 08/23/2021

COVID-19 EXPOSURE/INFECTION


If a student/school personnel has been diagnosed with COVID-19:


  • The student/school personnel will be isolated from school and all activities related to the school for up to 10 days from the onset of symptoms. The student/school personnel must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • A negative diagnosis is not required to return.


Fully vaccinated persons in close contact with an infected person do not have to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Contact is considered within 3 feet for 15 minutes or more. Students/school personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.



If the student/school personnel has not been fully vaccinated and is known to have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, the following will apply:


  • The student/school personnel will be isolated from school and all school related activities for up to 10 days after the last contact with an infected individual.
  • If the student/school personnel has no symptoms for 7 days and has a negative COVID-19 test collected on day 5, 6, or 7 of the quarantine period, the quarantine period can be discontinued after 7 days.
  • Antibody test should not be used to determine the need for quarantine after exposure to a COVID-19 infected person. It does not indicate when the infection may have occurred, it does not indicate that a person is immune or protected from infection and should not be used to diagnose an acute or active infection.

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PTO Update

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! A few quick updates:


  • This Thursday, August 26th at 6pm, we will have a virtual PTO meeting. Haleigh and I will be on to give an update on school and PTO items. If you have any questions or topics that you would like to make sure we cover, please send over to me before the meeting. We will send zoom information out to everyone later this week.

  • Quarterly Fast Pass Drawing: If you want to enter send $5 for 1 chance; $20 for 6 chances in your child's folder to school. The first drawing to be held this Friday (08/27/21). We will collect the moneys from the office and we will then assign tickets and send the ticket info back to parents. Next quarter we plan to utilize FACTS for payments.

  • 800 club tickets will go out early this week along with the information on 800 club. Please be on the look-out for these in your child’s folder.

  • Coastal Charm - If you need sponsorship forms or silent auction donation forms, please let me know! I have been giving many out; can’t wait to see all of the great sponsors and items we bring in for this event!


Thank you,
Margaret

Month at a Glance

Thursday, August 26, 2021

  • Virtual PTO Meeting 6:00

Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Labor Day Holiday No School

Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • Progress Reports

Come Follow Me

Haleigh Cuevas, Principal

Chris Molino, Dean of Students

Jordyn Kapidzic, School Counselor