Welcome Back Message from Principal Hilderbrand
Dear Trinity Families;
I am so excited to welcome all of our scholars to Trinity Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year! I look forward to greeting them at the door and continuing our journey of success.
I am honored to start the 2018-2019 school year as your Principal! I am also pleased to welcome our new Assistant Principal; Ms. Bridget Merturi. Ms. Merturi began her journey to become an educator right here in New Rochelle at Daniel Webster Elementary School as a student teacher. Ms. Merturi is returning to New Rochelle with 14 years of experience as an elementary teacher, instructional coach and most recently the Assistant Principal in the Greenburg-Graham School District. Ms. Merturi brings her extensive experience and passion as an elementary instructional leader and is thrilled to be part of the Trinity Family.
As in years past, your children will have a year filled with tremendous opportunities provided by dedicated, enthusiastic educators. Our faculty and staff focus on educating the whole child. Our robust English Language Arts curriculum not only meets state standards, but offers the opportunity to develop a love of reading and writing. Our balanced literacy approach allows our students to dive into their learning and explore many genres of literature. Your child will love to experience mathematics with our Investigations math program. Using manipulatives to learn challenging math concepts makes math come to life! Our social studies and science curricula provide intriguing learning opportunities to explore the past, present and future of our world.
Trinity also offers a wide array of unique learning opportunities filled with enrichment and additional support. We offer a K-5 Spanish/English Dual Language program, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program for our 4th and 5th grade students, a beautifully appointed professional television studio, as well as targeted math and reading intervention, just to name a few.
Trinity is fortunate to continue with a variety of community based partnerships for the 2018-2019 school year. Our collaboration with the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse proves to be a gift that keeps on giving….it gives us kale, radishes, corn and the list goes on! It has also given us experiential learning opportunities in science and agriculture. Our scholars will continue to learn all about the needs of plants, the parts of a plant, predator and prey relationships, photosynthesis, pollination, growing, harvesting and composting. Ms. Merturi and I enjoyed the “fruits” of their learning...we ate delicious kale salads over the summer….and they were yummy! We can’t wait to learn all about popcorn this fall!
Our partnership with “We Future Cycle” will be back again! Anna Giordano and her team come to school and teach our students the many ways of being healthy citizens of the world. Learning about recycling, composting and vermiculture is always a big hit! I am really looking forward to our “Lunch Time Scavenger Hunt!”
Trinity Elementary School is a special place where students learn and grow. The entire Trinity Team is looking forward to another dynamic school year of reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, mastering new concepts and realizing that everything you do matters!
Trinity Student Highlight: Jane Zhao
Photo Gallery Jane Zhao is a wonderful and accomplished second grade student here at Trinity School. She may be quiet but do not be fooled by her sweet appearance. Her drive to succeed in all of her school subject matters and also in outside activities such as tennis, art, ballet, and swimming is admirable. She takes piano and violin lessons privately. This past April, she performed Chopin Polonaise in B flat Major Op. Posth on the piano at Carnegie Hall, and won second place for her age group at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2019. This year, she has joined Trinity String Orchestra with the fourth and fifth graders. We look forward to Jane’s future success.
Trinity School Announcements
Trashion Fashion Show
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (April 30, 2019) – The middle aisle of Trinity Elementary School’s auditorium doubled as a fashion runway today when fourth-graders strutted past schoolmates, parents and teachers to show off wardrobes that made a statement about more than just style.
The clothing and accessories, from the stylish to the glitzy to the quirky, were made from recycled or reused materials in a project that blended students’ creativity and concern for the planet.
It’s name: The Trashion Fashion show.
“This show will help by showing people that you can re-use things and not just litter or throw it away,” said Adriana Valencia, who wore a gown made from meticulously pleated pages of coupons.
Paper and plastic bags, newspaper comic sections and Capri Sun juice pouches were just some of the materials stitched, taped and glued together to create the clothing. Many, many bottle caps adhered to shirts and hats or hung as charms on necklaces. Some articles of clothing incorporated construction paper from the Enchanted Forest decorations that were removed following a recent book fair.
The students walked the aisle as pop music set an upbeat tone with songs such as “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “Funkytown” by Lipps, Inc. and “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco.
The project fits the next generation educational standards for science by exploring the impact humans have on the environment around them, said teacher Johanna Vasquez, who came up with the idea for the show. It was a volunteer project that the students completed at home. Vasquez said she tried it because she felt her students were open to creative thinking. The lessons they have been learning based in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) helped them build the skills to pull it off with flair, she said.
“It has made them confident enough to work on their own and create these amazing dresses and outfits,” she said.
Student Jaden Braswell cut his from pieces of brown paper, fashioned by his mother.
“My mom came up with the overalls and I taped some flowers on them,” he said.
Yanea Rivera said the show was fun, and also helped show people “that you can make a piece of nothing into a very intelligent, nice piece of clothing.”
Students enjoyed the project for many different reasons.
“I got to work with my mom,” Valencia said. “It’s teamwork. Teamwork makes the dream work.”
“We are so proud of our students for using one hundred percent recycled materials and repurposed refuse,” teacher Terri Agravat said, emceeing the end of the event, after the students did a final dance to the catchy hit tune “Baby Shark.” “They are helping to reduce waste and doing their part to help our planet and to teach others to do the same.”
Pen Pals from Blind Brook HS visit Trinity Students
The art of the handwritten letter is flourishing at Trinity Elementary School. For the third year, nearly 130 Trinity students have corresponded with pen pals from Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook. Since September, the students have shared letters that told of families, pets, favorite colors, food and sports, and even their aspirations. The culmination of eight months of writing occurred on April 9 when the Blind Brook students visited Trinity to meet their pen pals. Following activities of art, exercise, drums and cookie decorating, the pals shared lunch, then bid a tearful farewell to their new forever friends. Video #1 Video #2
STEAM Long Distance Learning Virtual Field Trip
STEAM Long Distance Trip Photos
Family STEAM Night
On March 29th, Trinity School PTA hosted another successful International Night. Trinity students, along with their families and teachers, celebrated their heritage by bringing food from their countries to share with others. ENL teachers, Ms. Caridad, Mrs. Giordano, Ms. Vaccaro and Mrs. Valle, led their students in a performance entitled, “Cinderella Stories Around the World.” Students read and explored six different versions of Cinderella from countries including Mexico, India, Philippines, China, America, and the original from Europe. They analyzed, compared, and answered comprehension questions for each story. As a culminating presentation, the students read summaries of each Cinderella story and acted out various scenes from each story. This opportunity gave them a chance to shine and represent diverse cultures. Costumes and props were primarily funded through the Trinity PTA. Additional items were donated by Trinity teachers. It was a rewarding evening for teachers, students and their families.
International Night Photos
Trinity Latest News
Trinity Elementary school highlighted in the current newsletter of the Lower Hudson Regional Special Education Technical Assistance and Support Center (RSE-TASC). Click here on the link read the newsletter. Newsletter 2018
On Friday, November 2nd, ENL teachers and parents from Trinity School attended the Hispanic Leadership Conference at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Mrs. Martha Lopez, assistant to Westchester County Executive George Latimer, encouraged families to reach out to teachers and ask questions to further their child’s education. Among the various workshops available, Mrs. Myriam Valle, assisted by Mrs. Lucy Giordano, presented a workshop in Spanish to promote literacy and the benefits of bilingualism. Throughout the day, parents were empowered as they learned about the various resources available to them. We would like to thank Mrs. Tiara Reyes-Vega, Director of Instructional Support, and our PTA, who generously provided the funds to cover the cost for parents to attend.
Fire Prevention Month- Click on the photo to watch the video. Second graders from Trinity Elementary School took field trips to Station 1 (45 Harrison St) on Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17. Students spent time learning about the Fire Department's important role in our community and this year's fire prevention theme "Look. Listen
Two by Two Zoo Show Photo Gallery
We Future Cycle recycling program
New Rochelle Trinity Elementary School is entering its 5th year running the We Future Cycle recycling program and students are getting trained on how to sort their lunch waste into compost, recyclables and trash. Read the rest of the store here
Trinity Basketball Camp
36 4th and 5th grade Trinity scholars participated in our Academic Basketball Camp during the break.The program was sponsored by the New Rochelle Basketball Association and provided the students with Math, ELA, Character Education AND Basketball. The kids had fun and learned during the break! We are so grateful to NRBA, Sean Oliver, Michael Kenny, Steve Mauro and the NRHS students that came to Trinity to create this memorable experience for our students!
Trinity News Flash
Watch our STEAM Student Presentation- Jan 29, 2019
Trinity PTA After school Enrichment Program Winter Session 2019
Hispanic Parents Leadership Conference
Transportation will be provided. Pickup is at Jefferson at 8:15am. The PTA has offered to sponsor parents and pay the $10 fee as well!
This is such a great opportunity!
Delayed Opening coming up on October 1st
We are fast approaching our first “Delayed Opening” on Monday, October 1, 2018. The purpose of this day is to practice a delayed start prior to inclement weather. Please review the information below to ensure a smooth day for all of our scholars. Click Here for more information
Welcome Back to School!
Dear Trinity Families;
Buenas Noches, Muchachos! We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break! Just a few reminders for all of our Trinity Families:
September 10 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah
September 11 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah
September 12 - Regular School Day and Back To School Night - 6:30 PM - Grades K-2
September 13 - Regular School Day and Back To School Night - 6:30 PM - Grades 3-5
September 14 - PTA Welcome Back Picnic - 5:00 PM
Trinity Students Study Plant Bulbs
Third grade students in Mrs. Larkin's and Ms. Joy's class studied bulbs with Joyce Kent and Naomi Gams-Towers of Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse. They learned the parts of a bulb and examined a dissected Paperwhite bulb with magnifying glasses, then set up a whole bulb in water and pebbles to grow. They explored Amaryllis bulbs in more depth -- weighing them and measuring their height and circumference, as well as using their senses of sight, touch and smell to describe them. All of this was recorded in their Amaryllis Observation booklet. Finally they planted the bulbs and entered the date on their Data sheets where they will keep track of growth and change. Each bulb "belongs" to 4 students who will be in charge of their care. Mrs. Kent and Mrs. Gams-Towers will come back when the blooms are ready to be pollinated and again when, hopefully, seeds have been produced.
Mrs. Larkin's & Mrs. Joy's Class: Studying Plant Bulbs Photo Gallery
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Academia de Padres
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"Popcorn Project" with 2nd graders at Trinity ES
Inquisitive children at Trinity Elementary are halfway through a three-class series that traces kernels of corn to a warm bowl of hot popcorn in the “Popcorn Project.” Educators from Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse met with the second graders earlier in the year to visit the corn crop on school grounds that they planted last year as first graders. The stalks, tended by students in the summer program, produced ample cobs. In the first day of the sequence, the students visited the raised beds to observe firsthand the results of their planting the kernels last year. The stalks were pulled out and the cobs allowed to dry. Two weeks later, in the second day of the educational sequence, educator Naomi Gams-Towers presented the dried brown stalks to the students. Students came to the front of the room and identified the parts.
Then each child was given a corn cob to measure, observe with magnifying glasses and document findings. They diligently produced careful sketches and notations. A highlight of the class was watching a video (https://binged.it/2Cy9FZF ) of the kernel to plant growth cycle. “Wow! That’s amazing” said one student. “Can you show that again?” said someone else.
Educator Joyce Kent brought a fully germinating Indian corn cob for the class to experience (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uSmEM6ON7s ) Kent had put the dried corn cob horizontally in water for two weeks and the kernels sprouted into bright green stalks. The children gingerly pulled off individual seedlings and were amazed. At the third and final session of this horticultural educational sequence, students will pop the corn in a clear air-popper and learn the science of the kernel explosion. A companion children’s book will be read to reinforce learning.
The Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse committee will be taking this cohort of students, which they started with in first grade, through fifth grade, year after year to design a garden program that can be replicated throughout all the grades in years to come. Funding for this program was provided by a generous Westchester County Board of Legislator grant. The raised beds were built with funds from a New Rochelle Fund for Excellence grant
"Popcorn Project" Image Gallery
We need to live with ourselves, our neighbors and all members of the international community; we believe that education must help individuals know themselves, understand their world, and believe in cooperation and mutual respect. It is important that our students examine and appreciate their own characters, that they be open and sensitive to the relationships with others and that they learn to demonstrate an active concern for their neighborhoods and for the world at large. Such goals are both ambitious and vital; we must each aim at them through a lifetime of learning and growth. To help students love learning, so they can happily undertake such a life, we must foster a concern with why, and not just what, they are learning. We are committed to the belief that learning to know ourselves deeply, care about others, and accept education as a never-ending process occurs best when we are held responsible for our actions yet feel secure enough to take risks. We, therefore, aim to be challenging and demanding, yet nurturing and individualized.
Our philosophy is based on the needs and characteristics of our students and staff. We focus on meeting the special needs and interests of all students. Along with a solid academic background, there are several important traits which we hope our students will develop. These include a love of learning, a positive self-image and a sense of personal responsibility. We hope that in all ways, we as an elementary school, will be characterized by cooperation, caring and an open sharing of ideas and feelings. Always the assumption in our concept at Trinity is that each student is special and that all students are capable of learning.