The Building is Closed, But the Learning Continues– Trinity Goes Digital

Trinity teachers are engaging in online instruction now through March 27 in response to the coronavirus health crisis. This is a whole new world for some of our faculty, while for others (mostly upper school teachers) digital tools have been part of the curriculum for some time already.

So, how did we get here? As usual with Trinity, our community of support is strong and constant. Immediately upon receiving news that school closures could be a possibility, our Head of School, Kevin Goetz, communicated with school leaders across the region. This close communication has been very helpful for everyone to create a plan of action that will benefit the biggest possible group, while keeping public health  the top priority.

Teachers at Trinity began researching, collaborating, and sharing resources for digital instruction. We leaned in and asked for guidance from other schools whose teachers have been using “digital learning days” as part of their instruction. We are giving parents and students resources too, so that they can create a new normal at home and continue the school experience for their children.

We count on our own parents, too, to help us provide guidance and leadership to our families. Parents who work in the health care field have been instrumental in helping us communicate messages that are clear, consistent, and up-to-date.

Beginning this week, all students will receive digital instruction from their teachers. This looks different from one grade to another, but across every classroom we will be as committed to the education of each child as ever before. While upper school students will rely on their Chromebooks, younger children may engage in virtual story time or visits to museums. Athletic director Sandy Butler has plenty of online lessons for P.E. for every grade level, too!

It will be a while before we’re all back in the school building again– but we are still Trinity, and still together. Thanks to our community of support,we got this.

Maureen Crone is Trinity’s marketing and development director.

Celebrating Trinity’s 60 Years… Reflections from a Head of School

By Lynne Fritzinger


For me, Trinity has always been a place where children are inspired to learn and thrive as individuals; it is a place filled with young people who care about each other and who work together to make the world a better place. Trinity has proven its worth and weathered the test of time.  It has flourished because of its recognition of the needs of the world and a commitment to fill those needs. This was first seen in the 1960’s when there was a need for kindergarten opportunities, and again in the 1970’s when there was a need for a middle school environment. It continues to be seen now as young people need a compass on values, a place to prepare for the 21st Century, and an understanding of their role as world leaders. 

 I know no better place for young people to learn than Trinity Lutheran School.  I am grateful for my 10 years as Head of School and that my grandson now a student at this thriving institution. During my time at Trinity, we accomplished so many great things! Looking back, here are a few of our accomplishments:

  • In 2011, Trinity became the only private school in Virginia to bear the distinction of being an authorized International Baccalaureate World School. Our journey added life into how we viewed young people and what they needed to succeed in the 21st Century.   I loved opportunities to connect with other schools during IB Conferences and our own staff to implement this program.  By participating in IB, we continued Trinity’s mission to teach the whole child.
  • Also in 2011, Trinity competed with other elementary, middle and high schools in Virginia and North Carolina to create a video for Harris Teeter’s jingle, and we won the $10,000 Grand Prize!  Thanks to Google, that video can still be seen. When I look back at the students who performed and the talent of music teacher Mrs. Lois Reese I can’t help but feel enormous pride. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMyLyvlxRjQ     
  • In 2013, Trinity Lutheran School forged another pathway to greatness through accreditation with AdvancED/Cognia, the world’s largest educational network encompassing 27,000 public and private schools throughout the United States and 69 countries worldwide. AdvancED/Cognia remains the most comprehensive accrediting institution for schools worldwide to this day.
  • Other memorable events that left lasting impressions and made Trinity a special place to be were the Charity games, Lessons and Carols, spelling bees, and even the infamous taping of the Head of School to the gym wall. They represent the people, mission, and climate of this very special school.  
  •  As my time at Trinity came to an end in 2015, our school was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  This distinguished award highlighted Trinity as an exemplary, high-performing school with student achievement in the top 15% nationwide in both math and reading.
  • Trinity also embarked on innovative ways to learn based on compelling research and a commitment to unleash the potential in every student here.  Some of my favorites are still in use today, including the SuperKids Reading Program and Singapore Math.

I’m proud of all that was accomplished over the years while I served as Trinity’s Head of School. It felt like we continued the vision started so long ago by Reverend and Mrs. Bosserman.  

One of my favorite books is “The Purpose-Driven Life” by Rick Warren; I kept a copy on my desk at Trinity. When I think about my time there, I am reminded of a quote that illustrates the difference Trinity Lutheran School has made for so many over the years. 

“There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.”  

 Trinity has done just that for me, and for generations of young people who pass through its doors. 


Lynne Fritzinger served as Trinity’s Head of School from 2005 to 2015, and is a proud Trinity grandparent.

Celebrating 60 years of Trinity… Head of School Reflections


I was at Trinity Lutheran School from 1975 to 2000.  I began as a classroom teacher and completed my tenure as Head of School.

Trinity is memorable for me not because it is a beautiful structure, but for the people who chose to worship and work there each day.  I have no connection with the very early years of the school, but I do know that many members of the congregation contributed their time and energy preparing snacks and lunches, driving children to school and doing whatever was necessary in those early days. When I came in 1975, Mrs. Bosserman was still very much involved in the work of the school. Tom Bosserman and Pastor B.  shared the administrative/pastoral duties of the congregation.  They alternated conducting chapel for the school once a week.  The teachers preferred to have Tom conduct chapel since the children came back to the classroom quiet and ready to begin the day.  Pastor B. had a knack for winding them up, but one of my favorite memories connected with those chapels was when Pastor B. conducted the service he would have the children leave the chapel singing Let there be Peace on Earth.  It was a much smaller building in those days and the sound of children’s voices echoing through the halls remains with me to this day.

Mrs.  B.  was very particular about the dress and conduct of the teaching staff and reminded them that their conduct beyond the school reflected on the school, and she expected that it would be exemplary. Money was tight.  Many of the teachers spent a significant portion of their pay for materials for their classrooms while in the kindergarten and extended day classrooms, paper towels were cut in half to make them go further. Teachers and staff were motivated by their love of children and the community of the school.  Until the day, I retired, I never came to school barelegged during the time the school was in session. Hose and no clothing that cupped below your buttocks were the order of the day even in the era of pant suits.

Each successive Head of School brought their own personality and interests to the make up of the school Peggy Smith who worked along with Mrs. B.  was very much interested in the counseling aspect of teaching and Dan Landis was what my granddaughters would call a “fun date”.  He helped to set up the middle school, hired Sandy Butler and encouraged sports teams and retreats for the middle school at Jamestown.  Our enrollment blossomed during his tenure.

For me it is always about the people who were there.  Members of the congregation like Louise Mozingo, Jeanette Thomas, and Cathie Wall gave uncounted  hours and years to the work of the school. Those early teachers worked for salaries that I would be embarrassed to quote because they loved the school and the work they did with children. The number of those who contributed their teaching skills to make the school strong  were too numerous to list.  They, along with support personnel like Mrs. Waggner, Sandy Hampton and Teresa Carr all of whom worked to prepare lunches, helped to create an environment in which children knew they were valued and loved.  Even Jim Smith , the custodian, watched out for their interests.

When I became the Head of School, Dan had made notes for me on a variety of topics. My experience with the Parents’ Association was not that they were a wonderful asset to the school.  Many of them became allies and friends that I hold dear.  I hope their value continues to be recognized.

When I resigned from the school, I thanked the Board for allowing me to do what I loved in a place that I loved and had enjoyed doing it.  I could write a book full of stories about the people (students, staff, and teachers.) The twenty-six years I spent at Trinity enriched my life and I will be forever grateful for my time there and the friends and memories I made.

by Claudette H. Taylor

Claudette Taylor served as Trinity’s Head of School from 1983 to 2000.

Learning Beyond the Classroom– Our ISCA Experience


By Mary Langhill


A few years ago when our daughter was entering 4th grade, we decided we wanted her to go to a Christian school. We did some research, took some tours, and even had her take advantage of shadow programs.  During this process, a Trinity family talked to us about their daughter’s school experiences and showed us pictures of her recent trip to England– yes, England.  And that was the deciding vote…  we had no idea how or when, but knew if we registered her with Trinity Lutheran School, she would have the opportunity to study in England.


Our questions were answered last fall, when the coordinator of the Independent Schools Cultural Association visited TLS and explained the program to us including the fact that our school was invited every other year.  As a sixth grader, we knew she would be given this opportunity again after her eighth grade year, but we didn’t want to wait.  She was the only member of her grade level on the trip, but the fantastic students in the higher grades included her in everything, and she had the time of her life!


So, besides an opportunity of a lifetime, what is ISCA…?  It’s far more than the brochures describe.  Yes, she visited a lot of historically significant locations in England; yes, she learned a lot about the culture of England and how that affected the culture of her own country; yes, she learned how to play cricket and rugby.  But she also learned how to manage her money, how to get a 5 on a room inspection (maybe I should try this at home), and how to take responsibility for her own actions and possessions.  Her teachers this year have commented on how much more she participates in discussions and how much her confidence level has increased in general. The friendships she made on her trip span the globe.  On our way to the airport to drop her off, we asked her what she hoped to gain from this experience.  She said she wanted to meet new friends.  Goal accomplished.  We do not regret sending her in 6th grade.  We saw a personal growth from this trip that would not have happened at any local camp.


But wait, there’s more… Now, since she participated in ISCA England, she has been offered the opportunity to participate in ISCA Scotland.  This trip will take place during Christmas break of her 8th grade year.  This second trip is only offered to students who participated in the summer session in England.  Any student who meets this criteria is invited back to Scotland even if they have already moved on to a different school, but we like that she will still be in Trinity.  We have signed her up for this follow on trip.  Participation in both programs opens an opportunity to apply as a counselor after she graduates from high school.


We never could have imagined that a chance discussion with a family prior to her 4th grade year has resulted in opportunities that will continue long after she graduates TLS. As for our daughter, she’s looking forward to her next adventure abroad already!


Mary Langhill is the mother of one daughter, and has been part of the Trinity family since 2016.

Birthday Books– the gift that keeps on giving

A Summer of Multicultural Learning

Welcome to the new Trinity Lutheran School web site!

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!

Connie Hoover
TLS Board of Directors

Phase 1 Safety Upgrades Complete

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.

Shop Amazon, Benefit TLS

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!


TLS Students Fill Hearts for February

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.