As the chair of the board, I am very excited to look to the year ahead. With increasing enrollment and new curriculum, we are focusing on the strong educational growth of our children. Safety is also an important focus and new security measures have been installed during our holiday break. A combined chapel service for the entire TLS family was held during our first week of 2019 to address the spiritual beginning of a new year. Parents are always welcome to join us for chapel.
We are in the planning stages for our 60th anniversary celebration in February 2020 so please mark your calendar and plan to join us. So much has changed in 60 years, and we will be celebrating Trinity Lutheran School all year with a variety of events.
Stay tuned as 2019 rolls forward and join us to make this the best year yet!
TLS Board of Directors
In an uncertain world, TLS wants to be certain about the safety of students and their families. Over the Christmas break, the first phase of several safety/security upgrades planned for 2019 was completed. These improvements included multiple reinforced doors and a new door/barrier off the school foyer. This setup allows staff to cordon off the classroom section of the school during an emergency or lockdown event.
In early January, several additional exterior lights were added to the end of the building and parking lot area. These super bright lights make navigating the sidewalk and parking lot much easier and add to the safety of those entering and exiting the building.
Phase II of our security upgrades, to begin in late February or early March, will include more electronic card access sites that will allow individual doors to be opened from a central location. Any lost or misplaced cards can be immediately remotely deactivated. These new card access sites paired with the reinforced doors ensure each child’s physical security within the school in the event of a lockdown situation.
Thanks to both the generosity of Trinity families and supporters and the matching funds from Towne Bank from the annual Lion’s Share Breakfast in November, the school can initiate this next round of the security work much earlier than expected.
Your online shopping on Amazon can help support TLS! When you shop on Smile.Amazon.com, the company will donate a portion of the total purchase price to the school. To participate, simply choose Trinity Lutheran School as your charity. Once you have selected our school, there’s nothing left for you do to but shop! AmazonSmile will automatically make the donation. The more you buy, the more TLS benefits!
Trinity Lutheran School’s frenzy of giving activity this month has been all about filling hearts and showing love. Operation Fill the Bags to Fill Their Hearts and collections to help the homeless have been this month’s top two service projects.
Cancer has touched the lives of the TLS family multiple times in the past year. To show the school’s love and support for those affected by cancer, the Operation Fill the Bags to Fill Their Hearts campaign encouraged students and their families to donate useful and cheerful items for cancer victims. Although the tallying, sorting, and packaging of donated items is actively in progress at this writing, over 20 blankets plus items that have filled five large bins indicate TLS students have a lot of heart. Fuzzy, grippy socks; gift cards; activity and coloring books, crayons; lip balms; small toys; moisturizers; and much more count among the many donations. Students and parents are sorting, personalizing, and preparing the care packages for delivery to Virginia Oncology and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) Child Life Department.
In support of Trinity Lutheran Church’s annual hosting of PORT (People Offering Resources Together) this month, which provides an overnight shelter and meals to homeless individuals and families, students have been collecting small toiletries and socks and making Valentines for our less fortunate community members. As another sweet gesture, the students also sponsored the TLS Brownie Sunday for PORT on February 13th to provide ice cream sundaes for the evening’s dessert.
We began school-wide morning announcements this week. This was a major purchase (thanks to YOU in our Towne Bank Parent’s Campaign!) as we upgraded our routers around the building and included speakers on each unit. Each day at 8:05, our 7th graders broadcast to the whole school. They share upcoming school events, student’s birthdays, TLS sports results, a thought for the day, etc. Then we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer together before beginning our school day. We’ve been looking forward to beginning these for quite a while since we’ve lacked an effective school-wide PA system. Many thanks!