Blessing of the Animals
The annual Penny Panic raises money for all the service learning projects throughout the year. Students earn their own money for Penny Panic by doing household chores, hosting lemonade stands, etc. Past service learning projects using Penny Panic earnings educated students about the Syrian refugee crisis, the importance of clean drinking water, and saving endangered animals.
In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology, we honor and bless all creatures great and small. Your favorite, well-behaved pet (breathing or stuffed) or a photograph of an animal that needs to stay home are all welcome. Animal friends must be leashed or caged appropriately. Arrive at school with your pet to be blessed for this courtyard Chapel service. Afterwards, students go to class, live animals go home, and stuffed animals take a break in backpacks or cubbies until the end of the day.
Opera A La Carte
Fill your shelves, purchase books to donate, and knock out your holiday shopping all without leaving campus! In collaboration with Hicklebee’s Books in San Jose, the annual book fair brings the bookstore to us! Students create wishlists, teachers add to their classroom libraries, and families donate books to other neighboring schools in Menlo Park. Our Librarian and her team of parent volunteers create the Book Fair magic. It’s not to be missed!
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In a partnership with San Francisco Opera, Grade 5 students practice for weeks to prepare for an all school performance. While students learn and practice songs in Music class, the visiting opera stars carry most of the heavy lifting when it comes to the high notes. Bravo!
The Upper Campus Halloween celebration begins with a costume parade after lunch. Afterwards, students participate in games, crafts, and fun as they move between spooky and spectacular stations. As with most halloween celebrations, there aren’t many tricks but there are plenty of treats!
Christmas Craft Fair
On the last day before Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter breaks, Family Chapel starts at 11:00 a.m, and welcomes all family members. It’s a warm community Chapel filled with excited families anticipating the upcoming holiday. Most students have some special adult attend with them. Chapel ends by 11:30, closing school for the coming holiday time. Extended care is not available after Family Chapel.
Advent Lessons and Carols
The Upper Campus Christmas Craft Fair is all about giving. The TPA converts Lehman Hall into Santa’s Workshop with parent-managed craft stations. Students create handmade gifts for the special people in their lives and create cards or small gifts for a service learning project.
Design Thinking Day
This all-school Advent service narrates the story of Jesus and his family. Grade 5 students lead the way, acting, singing, and narrating the story. Every grade and every child has a role in the chorus or perhaps as a shepherds, an angel, or a sheep. Whenever possible a Trinity family’s baby is the star!
We face a community challenge in cross grade teams on this day. Engaging in a design thinking process, student teams build and present prototype solutions to the challenge. Cardboard, tape, glue and ideas from everyone on the team make for inventions you’ve never seen before!
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Grandparents and Special Friends Day
SMARTS Night features what students have accomplished over the course of the year in Science, Music, Art, Spanish, and Service Learning. Start with a walk through the Art Gallery and then the Specialists’ classrooms. You’ll top off the evening with a musical performance by all grades.
Family Engineering Night
A special morning during Celebrate Learning Week, students may invite grandparents or a special friend to share in their morning. Guests attend Chapel and spend an hour in the class with their student, followed by brunch in Lehman Hall. Parents don’t attend.
Parents and Kindergarten through Grade 5 students (K-5) use creative problem solving, teamwork, and communication to solve engineering challenges together during this evening of challenge and fun. The evening fun happens during Exploration Week, a week of no homework, so everyone can be an engineer!
Upper Campus Fun Day means school’s almost out for the summer! The fun begins with a tasty, kid friendly lunch. Then students break into teams lead by a Grade 5 captain. This event values teamwork above all else. All activities are outdoors and some events involve water so make sure your child wears sunscreen and clothes that can get wet!
All students move up from one grade to the next on this exciting closing service on last day of the school year. The highlight of Graduation Chapel is the individual presentation made by each Grade 5 student. Chapel begins at 10 a.m.
Exploration Week is an intentional break from assigned classroom homework so that children can pursue other interests individually or with their families. Students are encouraged to read, draw, cook, play games, spend time outside or even just take a brain break.
Friday afternoon, school’s out for the weekend. What’s better than a treat to start the weekend. This long-standing Trinity tradition is one students love and joyfully anticipate.