On February 14, 2023, Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Brian Gyovai met with Trinity’s Sixth Grade Leadership Class to share the lessons he learned flying fighter jets in the Air Force and to give insights into what it takes to be a part of a high-functioning team.
On February 7, 2023, First Graders celebrated the 101st day of school. Dressing up as the 101 Dalmatians, students grew their numeracy skills and confidence through special games and activities designed around the number 101.
On February 3, 2023, Early Learners who stay for Lunch Bunch went in search of wildlife on Trinity’s campus during the annual Extended Programs safari. They spotted all types of animals during the expedition and even discovered Stripes and enjoyed a dance party with him.
On January 31, 2023, Early Learners participated in the grade-level’s annual Science Fair. During this special grade-wide teaming project, students from the three Early Learners classrooms were placed in nine different lab groups, each overseen by an Early Learners teacher. In addition to learning scientific principles through some fun winter-themed experiments—such as snowstorm in a jar, magnetic ice, and exploding snowmen—the students made connections across classrooms, building relationships within the larger Early Learners community.
On January 25, 2023, Second Graders had a blast when they “traveled” through space at the Tellus Museum, learning all about our solar system. Students started their journey by watching a show in the planetarium, then they discussed how gravity works at the pendulum exhibit, then moved on to activities that demonstrate different heat levels of stars and what happens as the solar system rotates.
On November 8, 2022, Upper Elementary French Teacher Sarah Meurisse, who has been at Trinity since 2015, was featured on a radio show called “Un Jour Dans le Monde,” which translates to “A Day in the World” on the French radio station France Inter. Offering her unique perspective as a French-American citizen and teacher, Sarah sat down with well-known journalist and talk-show host Fabienne Sintes for a two-hour long discussion about Georgia and American politics.
In January 2023, Samar Kibe and James Rhee, two members of Trinity’s Class of 2018, were selected for Atlanta Intown and Reporter Newspapers’ 14th annual 20 Under 20 list. The honorees are local students ages 19 and younger who are nominated, selected, then celebrated for giving back to the community in meaningful and significant ways. Samar was chosen for his role in co-creating The Lovett School’s Mental Health Liaisons, “bringing attention to student mental health and training peer liaisons who can create student-directed programming around mental health and serve as links between students and counseling staff.” James was honored for helping underserved individuals. In 2017, he and his sister, Julia Rhee, a member of Trinity’s Class of 2015, founded Double Play, which collects and provides sports equipment to underserved athletes locally and internationally. In 2021 and in partnership with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, James founded Triple Play to educate underserved students on money management, using the knowledge he has gained from running Double Play.
Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation and the generosity of about 30 families and organizations in December 2022, we have reached $12.3 million, or 85 percent of our $14.5 million Inspire Excellence goal! We are deeply grateful to the more than 200 families and friends who have already made their pledge or gift to this critical campaign that is transforming Trinity’s campus!
Director of Advancement Margaret Douglas is happy to discuss the campaign and any questions you may have. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-240-9446.
Early Elementary Division Head Sheree Du Preez, who has been at Trinity since 2021, discussed her pathway to a career in education as well as effective formal assessments on the fourth episode of The Principal’s Desk podcast that dropped on December 13, 2022. This weekly podcast is led by David Franklin, EdD, an award-winning school administrator, education professor, curriculum designer, and presenter.
Trinity School’s 41st Spotlight on Art is almost here! From Monday, January 30–Saturday, February 4, stop by the largest Artists Market of its kind in the Southeast, which will be held at Trinity School, and browse all of the beautiful collections: Contemporary, Representational and Americana, Whimsical, Realism and Impressionism, Jewelry, and items for the Home.
Come casual, meet up with friends, and shop in a relaxed environment. The Market truly has something for everyone, with a huge, ever-changing variety of art encompassing all styles and price points.
Also, don’t miss Opening Night and Cocktails & Canvases: Meet the Artists! These signature Spotlight evening events are open to the public and free of charge. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres are complimentary, so make an evening of it, or stop by to browse before you head out for the evening.
Monday, January 30 | 6–9 PM
Cocktails & Canvases: Meet the Artists
Friday, February 3 | 6–9 PM
Monday, January 30 | 6–9 PM
Tuesday, January 31 | 8 AM–4 PM
Wednesday, February 1 | 8 AM–4 PM
Thursday, February 2 | 8 AM–4 PM
Friday, February 3 | 8 AM–9 PM
Saturday, February 4 | 10 AM–4 PM
*Opening Night and Cocktails & Canvases attire is between “casual” and “dressy casual,” but you will see a wide range of attire as many attendees come straight from work.
At Trinity since 2007, Kindergarten Lead Teacher Kate Burton completed her Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership from Kennesaw State University in December 2022 after successfully defending her dissertation, “Service Learning – It’s Elementary! Teacher-Initiated Service Learning at an Independent Elementary School.” The dissertation featured Trinity’s Fifth Grade Freshwater Fair and First Grade Pantry Pals service-learning projects based on extensive interviews with Science Teacher Becky Maas and First Grade Lead Teachers Abbie Shaw and Rebecca Stewart.
The Upper Elementary Division students put everyone in the holiday mood by presenting a special musical performance of Christmas and Hanukkah songs at Trinity Presbyterian Church on December 15, 2022. The program, which returned after a two-year hiatus, featured beautiful singing, hand chime and xylophone playing, and percussion performances.
For 11 years, Early Learners and Pre-K students have participated in a service-learning endeavor called the Warmth Project. During the month of December, students and their families donate pajamas to children in need, which is meaningful to these young students as they can understand warmth and safety and love from caregivers and that these circumstances are not always available to everyone. This school year, the grade levels donated a combined total of 417 pairs of pajamas. They celebrated with a pajama day on December 9, 2022.
Trinity School Fifth Graders presented their annual production of The Nutcracker on December 9, 2022. The students’ two performances were set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score and included dancing, elaborate costumes and set design, and epic battles. Highlights included the lovely Arabian Dancers, energetic Bakers, playful Candy Flutes, newly added dancing Snowflakes, and the ever-graceful Sugar Plum Fairy.
For the fourth year in a row, the Sixth-Grade parents were challenged to be the first grade level to reach 100 percent participation in The Trinity Fund. And for the fourth year in a row, they met the challenge in early December 2022. To show their appreciation to our Sixth-Grade families for their support, for setting the bar high, and for leading by example, the Office of Advancement will host a pizza and ice cream party for the entire Sixth Grade Leadership Class in January.
Extended Programs held one of their most magical events of the year, the annual Disney parade for the Early Learners who attend Lunch Bunch. On December 2, 2022, Trinity’s youngest students dressed up as their favorite Disney characters and paraded around campus while members of the school community cheered them on.
Director of Teaching and Learning Jill Gough and Upper Elementary Math Specialist Kerry Coote, who both began working at Trinity in 2012, presented “Using Data to Guide Decisions around Multiplication Fluency: What Gets Measured, Not Graded, Gets Improved” at a workshop session during the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference and Exposition held in Baltimore, Maryland, from November 30–December 2, 2022. They also led the same workshop session during the 54th National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) annual conference held from September 26–28, 2022.
On November 30, 2022, Fifth Graders hosted their annual Freshwater Fair, sharing what they have learned about freshwater ecosystems and making learning fun for all Trinity students. At the event, Fifth Graders operated creative games they constructed and offered impressive facts about animals from all over the world. All Trinity students and teachers were invited to attend, and there was a five-coin "entry fee" per person. This year’s fair brought in $906.82. Combined with the $21,653.18 raised during the Fifth Grade’s annual freshwater walk-a-thon, Trinity’s Fifth Grade raised $22,560 to purchase life-saving freshwater filters through Start With One Kenya and Uzima Clean Water Mission that go to Njoro in Kenya, a region that has a high rate of water-borne disease. Each filter costs $40 and lasts for 10 years, and the money raised allowed Fifth Graders to provide 564 families with safe drinking water for the next decade.
Director of Curriculum Marsha Harris and Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management Brad Brown have earned their Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University. The online certification program is a joint offering from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and its Business School and is composed of four courses: Leading Learning, Leading Change, Leading School Strategy and Innovation, and Leading People. Marsha, who has been at Trinity since 2008, completed her certification in November 2021 and Brad, who has been at Trinity since 2016, completed his in November 2022.
The fall 2022 edition of Flourish is here! Read all about the latest happenings of our students, faculty, staff, and alums! Trinity’s biannual magazine is published by the communications department at Trinity School and mailed to parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends of Trinity.
On November 17, 2022, Early Learners gathered to have their annual Friendship Feast. They sang "Go Now in Peace," exchanged friendship necklaces, and enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner together. There were full tummies and thankful hearts all around.
On November 17, 2022, Third Graders paraded around the Trinity Track during the annual Balloons Over Trinity, their version of the Macy’s Day Parade. Students partnered with classmates to create balloon puppets for the parade as part of a special Thanksgiving-themed STEAM project after reading Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade.
In November 2022, Fourth Graders supported 20 veterans who call the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) in Atlanta their home. Over a 10-day period, the students and their families collected much-needed items, such as shower shoes, hooded sweatshirts and pants, toboggan beanies, and winter coats. The students also wrote letters of appreciation to the veterans and delivered them along with the donated items and some sweet treats to the VEO on Veterans Day.
The Fourth Grade’s live Patriotic Performance returned after a two-year hiatus on November 11, 2022. Fourth Graders celebrated patriotism and Veterans Day by singing songs and honoring our community’s veterans and military service members during a very special all-school assembly.
New in 2022, Spotlight on Art presented a new event - the Holiday Vibes Sip n' Shop. This public event was held on Monday, November 7, from 6–8 PM at Trinity School and attracted a steady crowd eager to do some early holiday shopping. The Pop-Up Sip 'n Shop featured a signature cocktail, wine, and charcuterie bites and was a great opportunity to see and purchase select works by artists exhibiting at the Spotlight on Art Artists Market in 2023.
At Trinity since 2015, Early Elementary Math Specialist Becky Holden presented “Making Mathematics Meaningful with Community Connected Tasks” at the California Mathematics Council South Section 63rd annual mathematics conference held on November 4 and 5, 2022.
Trinity School’s faculty and staff have been committed to educating young children and providing them with joyful and meaningful educational experiences and instruction throughout our 71-year history. Additionally, the strong support of our community has allowed us to continually enhance and better our facilities so that we are always providing the best learning environments for our students. The priorities of the Inspire Excellence campaign, which launched publicly in April, stay true to that commitment and further confirm our dedication to our students, age three through Sixth Grade.
Early Elementary students (Early Learners - First Grade) and faculty donned fantastic costumes and put the Trinity community in the Halloween mood by throwing the annual Halloween Parade on October 31, 2022.
On October 27, a group of Trinity parents sipped champagne and enjoyed light bites while they viewed new fall fashions and the artwork displayed at the Spotlight Pop-Up Gallery at Neiman Marcus. This culminating event for the pop-up, called An Evening with Neiman Marcus, featured a runway show and a brief presentation on the latest fashion trends led by Neiman Marcus Public Relations Manager Rebecca Brodnan and Spotlight on Art artist Reagan Corbett. The gallery, which ran from September 27-October 27, 2022, was held on the main level of Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square and was composed of original contemporary artwork available for purchase from this year's spotlighted artists - Shannon Coppage, Reagan Corbett, Emily Newman, Kristin Shearer, and Brook Soss.
All current families and employees were invited to join the fun at the annual School Festival that occurred on October 23, 2022. Activities and attractions were placed throughout Trinity’s campus and included a zipline, rock wall, obstacle course, face painting, and carnival games.
On October 19, 2022, students in Kindergarten through Third Grade enjoyed a visit with award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Janet Stevens. After discussing her lifelong love of art and the inspiration behind many of her stories and illustrations, Ms. Stevens drew a bear for each grade and received input from the students on how to dress him. She has received numerous book awards, including a Caldecott Honor Award, Time magazine’s Ten Best Children’s Books, and the Wanda Gág Best Read Aloud Book.
We welcomed students’ grandparents and special friends on campus for Grand Day on October 21, 2022. Our guests enjoyed a welcome reception and song by Trinity’s choir then visited classrooms to experience a morning at Trinity with their grandchild. It was a joy to see our students light up when their grandparents and special friends walked into the room.
Fifth Graders enjoyed their annual outdoor education trip to Camp Twin Lakes: Will-A-Way on October 13 and 14. They enjoyed their overnight stay, making memories they will cherish for years to come. Students participated in fun activities like rock climbing, team-building exercises, making pottery, and more.
Pre-K students dressed up as their favorite characters, paraded through the hallways, then recited nursery rhymes in the new Early Elementary Dining Hall during the annual Nursery Rhyme Parade on September 26, 2022.
From September 21–23, members of the Sixth Grade Leadership Class participated in their annual outdoor education trip to Camp Glisson. Students made lifelong memories while participating in traditional outdoor activities such as ziplining, team-building exercises, games, bonfires, and swimming.
On September 7, 2022, Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer spent time with Trinity’s Sixth Grade Leadership Class. Students asked Mr. Ehmer what it means to be a leader, and he shared his thoughts on how to connect with others and how to lead with a loving, humble, and generous heart. Afterwards, Sixth Graders enjoyed a delicious breakfast provided by Waffle House.
Click here to view the Flourish Fall Magazine 2019
AWAC: New Look and Equipment If you have visited the Allison Williams Activity Center (AWAC) recently, you have seen some of the impressive updates Trinity School made over the summer. One of the most prominent changes was replacing the bleachers with cushioned, retractable seating from Hussey Seatway, UK, specialists in the design and manufacture of telescopic seating for education, sport, and theatre spaces. Now with space for more than 600, the seating features lit aisles, carpeted decks, and upholstered cushions with laminated wood fascia accents. The gym floor was refinished with fresh graphics and the border carpet was replaced. The walls received new paint and new drapes were added on the stage and sidewalls. In addition, the entire existing audio, video, and lighting were replaced with a cutting-edge A/V and lighting system that includes top-of-the-line subwoofers, and the theatrical and vestibule lights were replaced.
Fall 2019 Award Recipients - In August, the Academic Leadership Team celebrated excellence in service by presenting awards to 15 esteemed members of the faculty and staff. Click here to learn more!
STEAM Integration: One Year Later - Click here to learn more about our STEAM integration over the last year.