Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May and June's Library Corner

Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8
Title: The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage

Author: Eric Greitens Navy Seal

Summary: In this adaptation of his best-selling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teens, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask readers to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others.  Readers will share in Eric's evolution from average kid to humanitarian to warrior, training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world.  Along the way, they'll be asked to consider the power of choices, of making the decision each and every day to act with courage and compassion so that they grow to be tomorrow's heroes.

Mrs Connell says: "I picked this because it felt appropriate because this weekend is  Memorial Day weekend"


Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5
Title: Math Curse

Authors: Jon Sciezka & Lane Smith

Summary: Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem?  You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves.  Is there enough time?  You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants.  Can you make 1 good outfit?  Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem?  Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges?  Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles?  Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away?  Why?  Because you're the victim of a Math Curse.  That's why.  But don't despair.  This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken.


Recommendation for Grades K,1& 2
Title: Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs

Author: Alan Katz

Illustrator: David Catrow

Summary: Songwriter and comedy writer extraordinaire, Alan Katz, has turned favorite songs on their ears and created new nonsense songs kids will love.  With zany, spirited pictures by illustrator and cartoonist, David Catrow, this kooky collection guarantees laughs and plenty of silly dillyness for kids everywhere!

Mrs Connell says: "This is a very silly book the kids love and the illustrations are really cool!"


Check back soon for recommendations for summer reading!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr



It's the final week of our weekly interview series! This week we interviewed Belle and the Beast! This is not their first musical, but it is their first show as a leads.

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

"Be Our Guest"- Parker

- "Something There"- Bridget

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Getting out of my comfort zone and spending time with friends."- Parker

- "Learning new stuff about acting and getting to rehearse with everyone."- Bridget

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspects of doing this musical?

- "Getting out of my comfort zone and singing."- Parker

- "Acting."- Bridget

Why should people see the show?

- "It's actually good and people are acting well."- Parker

- "Because we put so much time and effort into it and it's going to be really good."- Bridget

Our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr is on Friday (4/21) at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday (4/22) at 7:00 p.m.  We hope to see you!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April's Library Corner


Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8
Title: The Wednesday Wars

Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Summary: The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy's mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967-68 school year in Long Island, New York.
Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High.  His teacher, Mrs. Baker, doesn't like Holling- he's sure of it.  Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class?  But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam.  Then there's the family business.  As far as Holling's father is concerned, nothing is more important than the family business.  In fact, all the Hoodhood's must be on their best behavior at all times for the success of the company.  But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has Mrs. Baker to contend with?


Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5
Title: Shiloh

Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Summary: When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight- and also big trouble.  It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun- and abuses his dogs.  So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty has to hide him and protect him from Judd.  But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty will have to go to make Shiloh his?

What Mrs. Connell say: "Grade four is reading this Newbury Award winner with me now.  We are discussing the moral issue of telling a lie.  Is it ever okay to tell a lie?  What if your lie saves a life?


Recommendation for Grades K,1& 2
Title: The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt

Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Summary: Poor Duncan just wants to color.  But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used.  Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.  What is Duncan to do?

Mrs. Connell says: "I picked this in honor of the Crayola Company "retiring" a certain color."


Check back next month for more suggestions!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


This week we interviewed our show's Gaston!  This is not his first musical, but it is his first show as a lead.

We asked him a couple of questions and here is what he had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

- "Gaston."- Matt

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Getting to hang out with my friends."- Matt

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspects of doing this musical?

- "Memorizing the lines."- Matt

Why should people see the show?

- "It's a good way for our school to work together."- Matt

Only a few interviews left until our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


This week we were able to interview Cogsworth and Lumiere!  Both actors have been in musicals before and are very excited to add Beauty and the Beast, Jr to their resume.

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

"The Mob Song."- Evan

- "Human Again."- Meg

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Probably the singing."- Evan

- "Acting with friends."- Meg

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspects of doing this musical?

- "Staying in character."- Evan

- "Remembering to stay in character because I'm an object."- Meg

Why should people see the show?

- "Because it's really great and it's coming together really well."- Evan

- "It's going to be really entertaining and interesting because it constantly switches from village scenes to castle scenes." -Meg


Check back soon for more interviews as our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr gets closer!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


 We are a little delayed in posting this week, but we were able to interview Babette, Mrs. Potts, and Chip!  All three actors have been in musicals before and are very excited to add Beauty and the Beast, Jr to their resume.

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

- "Tale as old as time."- Alecia

- "Human Again"- Julia

- "Gaston"- Jayden

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Talking with friends and getting to display our talents on stage."- Alecia

- "It's a learning experience and it helps us get used to acting, not just singing and dancing."- Julia

- "Being wheeled around in a chair."- Jayden

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspects of doing this musical?

- "Moving in a big costume."- Alecia

- "Singing."- Julia

- "Remembering my lines."- Jayden



Check back soon for more interviews as our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr gets closer!



Friday, March 10, 2017

March's Library Corner


Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8
Title: Lost in the Pacific, 1942

Author: Tod Olson

Summary: World War II, October 21, 1942.  A B-17 bomber drones high over the Pacific Ocean, sending a desperate SOS into the air.  The crew is carrying America's greatest living war hero on a secret mission deep into the battle zone.  But the plane is lost, burning through its final gallons of fuel.
  At 1:30 p.m. there is only one choice left: an emergency landing at sea.  If the crew survives the impact, they will be left stranded without food or water hundred of miles from civilization.
  Eight men. Three inflatable rafts.  Sixty-right million square miles of ocean.  What will it take to make it back alive?

What Mrs. Connell says: "This book is a huge hit, I'm having trouble keeping it on the shelves.  I think they like it because it's a true story."


Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5
Title: The One and Only Ivan

Author: Katherine Applegate

Summary: Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.  Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him.  He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle.  Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting.  But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to their home, and his art, through new eyes.

What Mrs. Connell says: "Third grade, in particular, has fallen in love with this book!"




Recommendation for Grades K,1& 2
Title: Horton Hatches the Egg

Author: Dr. Seuss

Summary: "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant... An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent!"
Horton is kind and trustworthy, but unfortunately, the lazy bird Mayzie takes advantage of his good nature when she leaves Horton to watch her unhatched egg.  Told with Dr. Seuss's signature rhymes and trademark illustrations, this is a tale that will be enjoyed over and over, by reader and listener alike.

What Mrs. Connell says: "This was chosen because during the season of Lent, we all can remember to be more like Horton.  He's reliable, respectful, compassion and has a huge heart.




Check back next month for more suggestions!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


We are another week closer!  This week we interviewed Maurice and Lefou.  Both boys have been in musicals before and are very excited to add Beauty and the Beast, Jr to their resume!

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

- "The Mob Song is my favorite"- Vedant

- "I like the Mob Song."- Matt

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Getting to know more people."- Vedant

- "Doing the scene with the Beast when he comes out of the shadows."- Matt

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspect of doing this musical?

- "I'm the opposite of my character, so I feel like I need to act more"- Vedant

- "Memorizing lines."- Matt


Check back soon for more interviews as our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr gets closer!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What Are You Doing this Lenten Season?

It is Ash Wednesday and the question on everyone's mind is "What can I do this Lenten season?".  We asked the teachers what they focus on teaching during the Lenten season and what the students can do at home for the next forty days.
In first grade, Mrs. Smith focuses the Religion lessons on doing extra good deeds.  The classroom will have a "Lenten Tree" displayed on their bulletin board that will bloom good deed leaves throughout the season.  The first grade's morning song will change from "Good Morning, Lord" to "Go in Peace" which is a quieter song that focuses on Jesus forgiving our sins and going out into the world with peace and love.  First grade focuses on a more positive tone during Lent, rather than the "giving something up" mentality which they can bring into their homes throughout this season. Mrs. Smith is following the tone set in the classroom by not giving something up, but instead spending time with her father-in-law every Sunday and helping him during this Lenten season.
In second grade, Mrs. Roth focuses on the second graders' First Communion during the Lenten season.  She takes advantage of the many trips to church to teach the Stations of the Cross and learn about Holy Week.
In third grade, Mrs. Cifarelli focuses her Religion lessons on kindness and compassion.  The third graders will think about their actions before they perform them to make sure they are kind.  They also practice bringing that kindness home throughout the Lenten season.
In fourth grade, Mrs. Bevans focuses her Religion lessons on forgiveness.  Fourth grade relates the fact that Jesus died for our sins and was able to forgive those who made him suffer to showing mercy for the little things classmates or siblings may say or do to us.  They also focus on not just giving up something, but also what can they do instead that will help others.  An example is many fourth graders are giving up video games this Lenten season, and they are now being challenged to find good deeds to do for their family and their community during those moments they would have been playing their games.  Mrs. Bevins will focus on being more patient this Lenten season.

In fifth grade, Mrs. Saia focuses her Religion lessons on Holy Week and what they can do during the Lenten season.  The fifth graders have an assignment to read a Gospel passage about Holy Week everyday during Lent and do an activity that coincides with the reading.  They also learn about the flight of the Israelite's in Exodus and how it relates to why Jesus did what he did during Holy Week.  The fifth graders also participate in a "Jelly Bean Prayer" where each student can earn a jelly bean a day by doing a certain action, such as making a sacrifice for a day or doing a good deed.


In sixth grade, Mrs. Claxton focuses her Religion lessons on the Stations of the Cross.  Every year sixth grade portrays the Stations of the Cross during a prayer service for the entire school.  The sixth graders will focus on each station to further understand each one.
In seventh and eighth grade, Mrs. Shortell-Fratantonio focuses her Religion lessons on empathy in the classroom, the community and the world.  Both at home and at school the lesson for the students is to reflect before they speak or do.  The students' should reflect on how their actions can make a difference and be more helpful in their households and also in their communities. They should also reflect on how their words can be used positively.  Mrs. Shortell-Fratantonio will focus on empathy and compassion for those who do not feel safe and try to help where she can this Lenten season.  Mr. Forino will be giving up tea and alcohol this Lenten season.

We look forward to a very kind and helpful Lenten season this year!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


We are another week closer!  This week we interviewed Madame De La Grande Bouche and La Chiffarobe.  Both girls have been in musicals before and are very excited to add Beauty and the Beast, Jr to their resume!

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

- "Human Again because it revolves around all of the characters being together."- Emily

- "Human Again is my favorite."- Hanna

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Making friends, I have made a lot of new friends in different grades."- Emily

- "We all get to be together and learn more about each other."- Hanna

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspect of doing this musical?

- "Working with the blocking and remembering I am in a huge costume."- Emily

- "Memorizing lines."- Hanna


Check back soon for more interviews as our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr gets closer!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


Welcome back from vacation!  This week we interviewed the Enchantress, Monsieur D'Arque and the Prince.  For Alexa and Trey it is not their first musical, but for Kian, this is his first time on stage!

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

- "The finale song."- Kian

- "My favorite part are the dances and my favorite song is 'Belle'."- Alexa

- "The Mob Song."- Trey

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Being with friends and trying something new."- Kian

- "Spending time with friends."- Alexa

- "Hanging out with friends."- Trey

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspect of doing this musical?

- "Learning the lines and songs."- Kian

- "Memorizing the songs."- Alexa

- "Remembering the song lines."- Trey


Check back soon for more interviews as our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr gets closer!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.


After another brief hiatus we are back interviewing our cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  This week for our Valentine's Day edition, we interviewed the Silly Girls.  For most of these girls it is not their first musical, but for Julia and Lulu, this is their first time on stage!

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

-"When the Beast and Belle dance and Tale as Old as Time is my favorite song"- Eva

-"Gaston!"- Lulu, Julia, Natalie, Zoe and Jardel


What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

-"Playing a Silly Girl."- Eva

-"Working with all of the Silly Girls."- Natalie

-"Group work."- Lulu

-"The dancing parts because it's my first time dancing."- Julia

-"Seeing the musical come together."- Zoe

-"Singing together."- Jardel


What has been the hardest or most challenging aspect of doing this musical?

-"Memorizing all the parts of the dances."- Eva

- "The cup part in Gaston."- Natalie

-"Remembering blocking."- Lulu

-"Memorizing all of the songs."- Julia

-"The dancing."- Jardel

-"Having to do the Silly Girl part by myself if others are absent, and dancing."- Zoe.


Check back soon for more interviews as our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr gets closer!

Friday, February 10, 2017

February's Library Corner


Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8

Title: You Have A Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.

Author: Ben Carson, MD with Gregg Lewis & Deborah Shaw Lewis

Summary: In You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to Think Big, Dr. Carson unpacks the eight important parts of Thinking Big—Talent, Honesty, Insight, being Nice, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning, and God—and presents the stories of people who demonstrated those things in his life. By applying the idea of T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. to your life, and by looking at those around you as well, you too can overcome obstacles and work toward achieving your dreams.






Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5

Title: The Story of Ruby Bridges

Author: Robert Coles

Illustrator: George Ford

Summary:The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her.   Ruby's story is one of courage, faith, and hope.






Recommendations for Grades K, 1& 2

Title: Snowmen at Night

Author: Caralyn Buehner

Illustrator: Mark Buehner

Summary: Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. 





Check back next month for more suggestions!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Our "SUPER" Catholic School's Week Recap!

SUNDAY

Our Catholic School's Week began with Mass at Holy Trinity Church and Open House at Holy Trinity School.  Alumni spanning the last 30 years came back to visit as well as many new families.  Current students also visited their classrooms to showcase artwork and writing samples to their guests of honor.  Eighth graders provided tours to our new families and they were in high demand!  It was an exciting morning and a great way to kick off the week

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MONDAY

Monday was Student Appreciation Day.  Students had a free casual day and an ice cream social during lunch.  Kindergarten and first grade were visited by Hands-on-Science with Mr. Green where they learned and experimented with magnets, static electricity, bubbles and slime.  Second grade was visited by Playwell TEKnologies and built cool LEGO creations.  The school day ended with no homework!  Napoli's generously sponsored Napoli's Night so our families could enjoys dinner while supporting our school. Thank you to Napoli's and all of our visitors throughout the day for helping make our Student Appreciation Day a success!
 




TUESDAY

Tuesday was Teacher's Appreciation Day.  Mother Nature also made it a shortened day.  Luckily, our super teachers adapted to the new schedule and HIGH-TECH, HIGH-TOUCH was able to visit third and fourth grades.  Both classes learned about reflection, refraction and diffraction.  The students used mirrors, lights, lasers with music and bubbles.  A lot of fun and hands on experiments were had by all!  Thank you to HIGH-TECH, HIGH-TOUCH for visiting and also for all the parents who contributed to the teacher's luncheon.



WEDNESDAY

Wednesday was Service Day and a busy day.  In the morning, second grade was visited by Mr. Germanese to make wind generators.  All the students had a casual day to benefit Tate the Wallingford Police Dog.  Grades five through eight had a presentation from "Bubbleology" and learned about the science behind creating bubbles.  Wednesday night was our "Read-in" presented by our librarian for grades K through five where our students were able to unplug and read for an hour to kick off the reading program.  Thank you to the "Bubbleology" program for visiting, Mr. Germanese for helping second grade and Mrs. Connell for organizing the "Read-in."






THURSDAY

Thursday was Spirit Day!  The whole school was able to dress up in blue and gold attire.  Our fifth through eighth graders traveled to the YMCA to participate in a pep rally to highlight the accomplishments of the soccer and basketball teams.  The Varsity Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams even scrimmaged against each other!  Meanwhile at school, kindergarten through fourth grade participated in a Zumba lesson.  It was a very active day! Thursday night was the middle school dance hosted by seventh grade. Thank you to the YMCA for providing the space for our pep rally, Christi Papa for running our Zumba lessons and all of the parents who helped at all events!






FRIDAY


Friday was superhero shirt day!  The students had a free casual day as long as they wore a superhero themed shirt.  After lunch everyone participated in watching a superhero themed movie in their classroom complete with popcorn.  What a fun way to end our Catholic School's Week.  Thank you to Mrs. Saia and her team of parents who helped male popcorn bags for the whole school and for planning all of Catholic's School Week activities!  We can't wait for next year!