House Juana

Written by Anne-Sophie Gray

Juana

The House of Juana is named after Juana de Austria, a princess who demonstrated strong Jesuit identity. She completed St. Ignatius’s spiritual exercises and is the only woman to have taken Jesuit vows. The trait for our house is humility. Humility means being humble. When you show humility you do not brag or say that you are better than anyone else. Showing humility is important to me because it shows that you care for others, not just yourself. The students at Holy Trinity can show humility in a number of ways. An eighth grader might show humility by being a good sport even when they lose the spelling bee to a younger student. A first grader showing humility would look different. They might show humility by being calm and respectful to their classmates, instead of trying to steal their classmates’ attention.

Our house animal is a frog. We are the Juana frogs because frogs transform over time from a tadpole to a frog. This is similar to our founder’s transformation from a princess to a Jesuit. Frogs are often overlooked for their strengths because they are small. This makes them the perfect mascot for the humble Juana house! 

My favorite things about our house are two of the teachers in Juana, Ms.Nolan and Mr.Singleton. They are very fun and get everyone excited about our house.  They had great ideas for celebrating our house day. There were frogs hidden around the school, in all of the house colors. If students found the frog that matched their own house color, they house earned points. The school was covered with green decorations and students wore green with their uniforms. A member of the Juana house got to spin the points wheel to earn extra points for our house. It was a really great day!

House Day

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House Day

Written by Stella Maloney

The House of Day was established in recognition of Dorothy Day. Day was an amazing Catholic role model, who advocated for the poor, women, and for peace. Constantly putting others’ needs before her own, she never quit. She was even arrested several times, and went even further to prove her point by going on a hunger strike after being arrested for protesting for women’s right to vote. The House of Day will be celebrated on November 7th and on this day the whole school will celebrate our house and Dorothy Day, regardless of what house they are in. The Bison is our house mascot, and it symbolizes gentleness along with stubbornness and determination. Just like the bison, Dorothy Day was extremely determined to spread her message to everyone around her and promote equality. But, while doing this she was still a gentle and kind person, making sure to give back to those in need. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, and the House of Day’s main goal is to promote gratitude throughout Holy Trinity. There are many ways to show gratitude, whether it is doing service to show your thanks to the people around you, giving back the favor if someone does something kind for you, or just simply saying thank you. It is extremely important to me to always show my gratitude for my friends, family, teachers and classmates so that they know that everything they do for me never goes unnoticed. One of my favorite things about the new house system is that it brings the whole school together. By this I mean that many people, including me, only know a few people outside of their grade. But now many different grades are getting to know each other and we all have something to root for, a house. 

 

Works Cited

“Dorothy Day.” Biography, A&E Television Networks, 24 Sept. 2015, http://www.biography.com/writer/dorothy-day. Accessed 7 Sept. 2019.

A New Start And A New System

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year, Titans! This year is already shaping up to be a great one. Everyone is ready for a new, fresh start and excited for the new house system that Holy Trinity has implemented. Each student and staff member has now been sorted into one of six houses, inspired by great Catholic and Jesuit leaders from throughout history. Students have started earning points for their houses and are beginning to build bonds with their fellow house members. We can’t wait to see how this system grows over the year!

Our six houses are The Arrupe House, Becraft House, Day House, Juana House, Romero House and Xavier House. Below you will find a brief biography of each founder along with each house trait. In the coming weeks students from each house will share what it means to be a member of their house.

  • Arrupe House-
    • Founder: Pedro Arrupe was a Spanish Jesuit Priest with a heart for refugees who served as the Superior General for the Jesuits in Japan. After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, he cared for 150 sick and wounded Japanese. In 1980 he started the Jesuit refugee service, serving Vietnamese refugees. The organization has now served over 40 millions refugees from around the world.
    • Trait: Compassion
  • Becraft House-
    • Founder: Anne Marie Becraft was a lifelong educator, teaching in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. At just 15 she started the Georgetown Seminary, a day and boarding school for young black girls in The District. She eventually left the school and when she was 26, became one of America’s first black nuns, joining the Oblate Sisters of Providence. Georgetown University recently named a building after Becraft.
    • Trait: Perseverance
  • Day House-
    • Founder: Dorothy Day was a Catholic convert who felt God’s calling to serve the poor. She was the co-founder of the Catholic Work Movement, a radical but non-violent movement which provided service to the poor and homeless and took political action on their behalf.  Her canonization is currently being considered by the Church.
    • Trait: Gratitude
  • Juana House-
    • Founder: Joanna of Austria is the first and only female member of the Society of Jesus. After the death of her husband she was expected to take Franciscan religious vows, but felt called to the Jesuit community instead. The Jesuits had never accepted females, but she persisted in her efforts and ended up taking Jesuit vows under a male name.
    • Trait: Humility
  • Romero House-
    • Founder: Saint Oscar Romero was a social activist and Archbishop of San Salvador. He stood up for the poor and voiceless and passionately denounced the persecution of members of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. In 1980 he was assassinated while celebrating mass and was canonized in 2018.
    • Trait: Justice
  • Xavier House-
    • Founder: Saint Francis Xavier was one of the first members of the Society of Jesus and was the first Jesuit missionary. He spent most of his life as a missionary in Japan and is credited with developing the early Jesuit mission approach. He was canonized in 1622.
    • Trait: Courage

Changing Lives this Lent

By: 2nd Grade

This Lent, second grade is putting their faith in action by leading Holy Trinity’s Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Rice Bowl initiative. CRS uses the funds it raises to meet the needs of vulnerable populations overseas. However, the Rice Bowl program does more than alleviate hunger and poverty. It also forms a global community, encouraging us to stand with our brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting. Through this program and others at our school, students learn to be persons for others in a global community. As you read students’ reflections below, consider making a donation and joining our students in their commitment to create a more just and loving society.

2nd Grade CRS Rice Bowl Reflections

Maren T: The rice bowl is a tool we use at HTS to help poor and homeless. We put money in the rice bowl to donate to the poor and homeless in different countries. When we donate to different countries, we help people little by little.

Jack C: What is the rice bowl? The rice bowl is a little bowl that you put money in during the course of Lent. The donations from the rice bowl goes to the CRS (Catholic Relief Services’). Once the CRS gets the donations, they use it to help poor countries and bring clean water to poor communities.

Maggie B: When I make a donation to the rice bowl I feel good because I am helping the poor. My donations help poor countries get clean water, the donations help small businesses too! The rice bowl is a cardboard bowl that you put money in for the poor.

Sela D: CRS rice bowl is a company that helps people that are poor. It helps people get clean water and seeds for crops. It also helps small businesses. It makes you feel happy because you are helping people in need. Even a dollar a day can help a family. If you put one dollar every day during Lent, you can help a whole town.

Sofia: I feel happy when I donate to the CRS rice bowl because the homeless get clean water, food, and shelter. Donations help people because the homeless stay safe and healthy.

The Intersection of Art and Faith

By: Abby L. and Meredith J.

For hundreds of years, people have found God in art. Many sacred paintings and sculptures show stories of the Gospel in unique ways. Some show physical expressions of Mary and Jesus like the Madonna and Child do.  But the arts are not just expressed in painting and sculpture. They are also expressed through performance. There are musicals like Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Theater expresses human emotions just as Jesus did when he fulfilled the promises that  the prophets made in the Old Testament. When we work together as an ensemble, we are working together for God. Being an ensemble means treating everyone as an equal, and that is what God sent Jesus to do. Part of being Jesuit students is seeking God in all things, including art.

By: Caitlin R.

This year’s school musical, Seussical Jr., is full of crazy Seuss words, fun colors, and lots of songs. Seussical pulls together different Dr. Seuss stories, such as Horton Hears A Who, Horton Hatches An Egg, Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Throughout the show, there is heroism, love, anger, and much more. Seussical Jr. is a wonderful and fun show, and we hope it is enjoyed by all who see it.

What Christmas Means to Us

When asked “What does Christmas mean for you?” Pope Francis replied, “Christmas is God’s meeting with his people…it speaks of tenderness and hope.” This Christmas season, we hope our students serve as a reminder of what it means to proceed in tenderness and hope. Merry Christmas!
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Thoroughly Modern Millie

By: Olivia Maguire

Musical Theatre is up and rolling. Each year Holy Trinity School puts on a spring musical. This year we will be presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie. Thoroughly Modern Millie is about a woman named Millie who moves to New York. While in New York, she realizes something odd is happening. When her friend disappears, she has to help figure out what happened to her.

The production will be directed by Mrs. Tober and Mrs. Ramsey. Musical theatre members are in 4th grade through 8th grade. The Holy Trinity School debut of Thoroughly Modern Millie will be this upcoming spring.