Friday, October 6, 2017

October's Library Corner


Welcome back to the Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that the 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 Girl Who Drank the Moon

Author: Kelly Barnhill

Summary: Once a year in the Protectorate there is a Day of Sacrifice.  The youngest baby is taken by the Elders and left in the forest to die, thus appeasing the witch who threatens to destroy the village if not obeyed.  Unbeknownst to the people, Xan, the witch of the forest, is kind and compassionate.  When she discovers the first baby left as a sacrifice, she has no idea why it has been abandoned.  She rescues the infant, feeds each one starlight and delivers the shining infants to parents in the Outside Cities who love and care for them.  On one occasion, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight along with starlight, filling her with glowing magic.  Xan is smitten with the beautiful baby girl, who has a crescent moon birthmark on her forehead, and chooses to raise her as her own child.  Twists and turns emerge as the identity of the true evil witch becomes apparent.  This book was awarded the 2017 Newbery Medal!

Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5

Title: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Summary: Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane.  The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely.  An then one day, he was lost...  Follow his adventures to see if he is reunited with Abilene! 










Recommendation for Grades K, 1& 2

Title: Strictly No Elephants

Author: Lisa Mantchev

Illustrator: Taeeun Yoo

Summary: It's Pet's Club Day, and the sign on the door at #17 clearly states, "Strictly NO Elephants."  Current members treasure their birds, fish, cats and dogs, but a young boy taking a walk with his tiny elephant, sharing an umbrella in a cool fall rain, sees no welcome for his friend, so he simply gives his usual support.  "That's what friends do- lift each other over the cracks...brave the scary things for you."  The boy and his elephant meet a girl with a skunk, who were also excluded from the Pet Club meeting, and decide to start a club of their own, one in which all are welcome. 


Check back next month for more recommendations!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September's Library Corner


Welcome back to the 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 Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

Author: Phillip Hoose

SummaryAt the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, The Boys Who Challenged Hitleris National Book Award winner Phillip Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes.

Recommendation for Grades 3, 4& 5


Title: What Do You Do With A Problem?

Author: Kobi Yamada

Illustrator: Mae Besom

Summary: This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it.  The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get.  But when the child musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than expected.

Mrs. Connell says, "Thank you to Mrs. Lackman for donating this book to our library!" 




Recommendation for Grades K, 1& 2


Title: On My Very First School Day I Met...

Author: Norman Stiles

Illustrator: Bill Mayer

Summary: In this book, children will meet fantastic and funny creatures that will keep them laughing!











Check back next month for more recommendations!




Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School Shopping Lists!

Hello everyone!

With just 2 weeks to go before school starts, we wanted to publish our supplies list to help with shopping.  These lists can also all be found under the documents of the teacher's pages on the website (www.hts-wallingford.org), if you wanted to print out only one list.

As a general rule, what is on the list is what your child will need, so many teachers recommend not to get any extra supplies. :)


Kindergarten and 1st Grade


  • 1 SIMPLE PENCIL BOX 
  • 2 - 2 POCKET FOLDERS (BOTTOM POCKET) 
  • 1 headphone for ipad use (choose headphones from $10.00 to $20.00) (place in a gallon size baggie labeled with your child’s name) 
  • 4- 6 glue sticks (Glue sticks will be for classroom use. Please do not label with your child's name.) 

Second Grade

  • Inch/centimeter ruler
  • 10 sharp pencils
  • Box of 24 or less crayons
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Glue bottle and glue stick
  • Pencil Box
  • 2- Pocket Homework Folder
  • 3 free reading books for in the desk
  • Word search/ puzzle book for free time
  • Ear buds for use with iPads, earphones in a baggie labeled with name
  • 2 large boxes of tissues for the class
  • 2 large containers of cleaning wipes for the room
  • 2 red pens
NO markers or colored pencils, please.  And please send your child with a water bottle each day.  Only refillable water bottles with your child's name will be permitted.  This is for germ and "green" purposes.



 Third Grade

  • pencils ( please no mechanical pencils) 
  • erasers
  • glue sticks
  • a small  soft pencil case pouch (please no hard pencil case box)
  • a small box of crayons or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • a pair of ear buds in a Ziploc bag with your child's name
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex for classroom use
  • 1 inch loose-leaf 3-ring binder
  • 1 package of white loose-leaf paper
  • 1 composition book (for reading)
  • cardboard - approx. 11x8 for covering religion and practice workbooks 
  • large package of 3x5 index cards
  • 2 folders with pockets (1 folder will be kept at school for daily assignments)
  • 2 single subject notebooks (one for science and one for social studies

Fourth Grade


  • #2 pencils & sharpener 
  • 5 wide-ruled spiral one-subject notebooks 
  • 2 red pens  
  • Sturdy backpack 
  • Erasable blue pens 
  • 2 wide ruled composition books 
  • Highlighters 
  • 6 book covers paper or cloth 
  • Ruler (with both standard & metric) 
  • 2 boxes of tissues 
  • 1 package of wide-ruled loose leaf
  • Pencil pouch 
  • 2 folders (homework, classwork) 
  • Small box of crayons 
  • 1 set of ear buds in a plastic sandwich bag with you name on the bag 


Fifth Grade

  • 1 one-inch thick loose-leaf binder (no thicker for space purposes) 
  • 1 package of loose-leaf paper - some in binder, the rest in reserve at home 
  • 1 soft sided pencil case 
  • 1 pair of scissors
  •  1 ruler 
  • 6 pens blue or black only - erasable or permanent 
  • 3 sharpened pencils 
  • 2 red pens 
  • Crayons required (colored pencils or markers optional) 
  • Pencil sharpener WITH shavings trap 
  • Glue stick or Elmer's school glue 
  • 1 large box of tissues for the classroom 
  • 1 subject notebook with a pocket for handouts for Mrs. Saia's math class 
  • 2- 3x5 lined index card (white) 
  • 1 set of earbuds in a plastic sandwich bag with your name on the bag. 
  •  Folder

Sixth Grade

  • 1 letter size expandable file with 10-13 pockets 
  • 1 any color marbled composition notebook (100 sheets only) 
  • 1 one inch thick – (no thicker, for space purposes) loose leaf binder 
  • 1 package of loose leaf paper - some in binder, the rest in reserve at home. 
  • 1 pair of scissors 
  • 1 ruler 6 pencils (with erasers or a separate eraser) and sharpener WITH shavings trap 
  • 6 (of each color) pens – blue OR black AND red – erasable or not 
  • Colored pencils – required markers/crayons optional 
  • Pencil case – soft cover only 
  • 3 x 3 post it notes – any brand – any light or neon color – no dispenser, please 
  • Glue sticks – required Elmer’s or other white liquid glue optional 
  • 1 pair of ear buds in a baggy with your name on it for use with iPads 
  • NO WHITE OUT AND NO BOOK SOX, PLEASE! Save brown bags, brown craft/mailing paper, wallpaper, heavy wrapping paper, or other book covering materials. These must be on hand all year for immediate replacement when covers are torn or worn. 
  • 1 large box of tissues for the classroom 
  • A seatsack as space inside the desk is inadequate for all the textbooks. They can be purchased through school in September.

Seventh Grade

  • a box of pens that write either green or red...Keep the box at home and have two in school. 
  • blue or black writing pens pencils and erasers 
  • a 12 section expandable for storage of papers 
  • A binder with dividing sections for homework and taking notes. Divider sections in the binder for the following subjects: **History**, Language Arts (x2: Notes and Homework), Science, Religion, Spanish, Literature, Religion, Math 
  • college-ruled paper 
  • glue and scissors for project work 
  • one LARGE box of tissues (due first day of school) 
  • ***Incoming 7th grade students will need 2 sections for History: Notes and Homework 
  • Earbuds/headphones for use with ipads. Please have earbuds in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child's 'first and last name. Earbuds will be kept at school and returned to students to take home at the end of the year.

Eighth Grade

Need everything on the Seventh Grade List.  In addition, they will also need:
  • Math: personal calculator, not scientific but with π and √ functions 
  • All other subjects: a stocked loose leaf or individual notebook 
  • All incoming 8th graders should bring in a large box of tissues as well as ear buds for use with iPads  
Happy Shopping and we will see you soon!

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Special Summer Library Corner!



Hello everyone!  We are hoping you all are having a relaxing summer.  Can you believe that we return to school in a month?  We are doing a special edition of the Library Corner to help with your child's summer reading.

Posted here are just some favorites from the lists for each group of grades to help expand your own libraries!

Grades K-2


 Title                                               Author

The Berenstain Bears                    Berenstain, Jan and Stan
Franklin Series                              Bourgeois, Paulette
Flat Stanley                                    Brown, Jeff
Clifford, The Big Red Dog             Brown, Marc 
Fancy Nancy                                  O'Connor, Jane
Magic Tree House                          Osborne, Mary Pope
Amelia Bedelia                               Parish, Peggy
Junie B. Jones                                Park, Barbara
                                                             Strega Nona                                    de Paola, Tomie
                                                            Chrysanthamum                             Henkes, Kevin


Grades 3-5

              Title                                                     Author
             
             Because of Winn Dixie                      DiCamillo, Kate
             Ramona (Series)                               Cleary, Beverly
             Judy Moody (Series)                         McDonald, Megan
             Freckle Juice                                     Blume, Judy
             Chocolate Fever                                Smith, Robert Kimmel
             Freddie Ramos Takes Off                  Jules, Jacqueline
             Frindle                                               Clements, Andrew
             Maniac Magee                                   Spinelli, Jerry
            No Ordinary Day                                Ellis, Deborah
            Charlie and the Chocolate Factory    Dahl, Roald


Grades 6-8

                      Title                                                       Author

                    A Place to Come Back To                      Bond, Nancy
                    The Harry Potter Series                         Rowling, J.K.
                    My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir          Abeel, Samantha
                    Ghost Abbey                                          Westall, Robert
                    Ella Enchanted                                       Levine, Gail Carson
                    Atremis Fowl Series                               Colfer, Eoin
                    Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret  Blume, Judy
                    The Outsiders                                         Hinton, S.E.
                    The Hunt For the Seventh                       Morton-Shaw, Christine
                    Elephant Run                                          Smith, Roland



    


Happy Reading!

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!