A Quarterly Publication of Trinity Oaks Christian Academy
the oak leaf
Equipping future generations with wisdom, knowledge and character to impact their world for Christ with servants’ hearts.
Calendar “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9 2011/2012 Year Verse
March 14 Trinity Oaks Speech Meet March 22 Junior High Concert March 26 – March 30 Spring Break April 16 – April 20 7th & 8th Washington D.C. Trip
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Head of School
Trinity Oaks’ vision is to equip the next generation with wisdom, knowledge, and character in order to impact the world with servants’ hearts. In this issue of the Oak Leaf we catch up with one of the previous generations, the class of 2007, as they have moved on from high school to college and continue to discover and develop their God-given gifts and abilities. It will be exciting to see how God uses each of these Trinity Oaks alumni in the years to come. What a privilege it is for me to be able to spend my days working with children. I love their inquisitive nature, energy, and enthusiasm, especially at Christmas time. As you look through the Oak Leaf you will gain a glimpse into the various activities that we shared together including some of the ways that we celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The highlight of this time of year for me is the Christmas Gift Chapel when our students give to others who are less fortunate rather than to each other. During this chapel each class presents a gift that literally benefits others around the world. It was very exciting to see our students demonstrate and experience the true meaning of Christmas by giving to others. Through your prayers and financial support of Trinity Oaks Christian Academy we can continue our ministry. Thank you for believing in our vision of equipping future generations with wisdom, knowledge and character. Please continue to pray for our students and faculty as they pursue excellence this spring. Sincerely,
First and Goal! It was an action packed morning on December 15th as Staley da Bear from The Chicago Bears made a guest appearance at Trinity Oaks delivering his “First and Goal” initiative for a healthy lifestyle program. Energy and excitement radiated throughout the school gym as students participated in a trivia game addressing the key factors in a healthy lifestyle: exercising, eating, drinking water and getting the proper number of hours of sleep.
school activities Dude, You Hear What I Hear? 3rd through 5th grade students presented their lively Christmas musical, “Dude, You Hear What I Hear?” Mannequins came alive and joyful songs rang out as one little girl shared the true meaning of Christmas - the gift of God’s love for us by sending His one and only Son to redeem us! Pictured left to right are: Brooke Hedberg (4th) and 3rd graders Alex Noe, Keira McCarthy, Jordyn St. John & Mary Hilbrink.
Christmas Gift Chapel Christmas celebrations continued with a very special day on December 21st – our Christmas Gift Chapel - a time when each of the classes presented their gifts to various charities locally and around the world such as Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Bright Hope International and Warm Blankets Orphan Care International. Pictured is Mrs. Hodill’s first grade class who chose Heifer International to support this year - they raised enough money for 2 goats and 2 flocks of chickens for a family in a third world country! God’s love was abundantly shared with others as the students collected offerings totaling over $2,300 for those in need around the world!
Chloe Burns - Since graduating from Barrington High School, Chloe continues her studies at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL with hopes of becoming a Special Education Teacher and working with children who have Cerebral Palsy. As she shares, “going to TOCA really taught me to embrace who I was, because God makes each individual differently, for a different purpose - so why should everyone try and be the same, like in a public school? I am going to school to become a teacher, because the teachers I've had, specifically from TOCA, have made such an impact on my life and my heart. I want to touch the lives of my students the same way each one of my teachers did for me.”
Austen Duzey – A graduate of CaryGrove High School, Austen is currently attending Baylor University in Waco, TX where he is pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Austen would like to start his own physical rehab clinic focusing on spinal and neck injuries. As for his spiritual journey while at Trinity Oaks, Austen shared that “TOCA meant a lot to me for a variety of reasons. One, it gave me a great education; I was taught the value of hard work and dedication. I would not be where I am without TOCA. I met some of my best friends there. The friends I made will be lifelong friendships. Lastly, it was amazing having teachers who cared so much and prayed for us on a daily basis."
nAthAn Dye – “If parents want their children to attend a school where they will be surrounded by Godly men and women with good Christian values, TOCA is the place!” Graduating from Cary-Grove High School, Nathan currently studies at The University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He is also involved with Cru (Campus Crusade), U of I Astronomical Society and the Illini Space Society. His future plans – working for a leading aerospace firm, a private space company or even NASA.
GArrett GAssensMith – Since graduating from Crystal Lake South High School, Garrett has been attending Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Studying film, Garrett hopes to pursue a career in film production either in writing, editing, directing or producing. As for Trinity Oaks, Garrett shares, “It's a great place to start because elementary school is the perfect time to start setting standards and building lifelong habits. I think part of the reason I have good work ethics today and a strong faith is because I was grounded from the beginning.”
JorDAn KoJiMA – Jordan graduated from Madison Central High School in Jackson, MS and is currently a history major at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, MS. He plans on attending graduate school and wishes to teach Asian studies and/or be a swim coach at the collegiate level. He shares, “TOCA is an excellent way to make sure your children are well grounded in the Bible and the Word, that strong foundation before they head to high school.”
AnDrew MAnn – “There were definite ups and downs in my spiritual life, but Trinity Oaks was the foundation that I grew up upon, and my teachers and friends were the ones who helped form me into the man I am today.” Graduating from Prairie Ridge High School, Andrew is currently attending Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Upon graduation, he plans on being commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy.
AlyssA MArChuK – A graduate of Prairie Ridge High School, Alyssa is now attending Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL. Majoring in forensic chemistry with a minor in Spanish, Alyssa is planning on working on a crime scene investigation team. “I loved TOCA because it prepared me with a great start to a relationship with other Christians. I made fantastic friends there that I still keep in touch with. The teachers there are like family and really strive to help you learn and grow in your relationship with God.”
alumni class of 2007 JorDAn Miller – A Prairie Ridge High School graduate, Jordan is now attending Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Chicago, IL and plans on pursuing a career as a Film Director/Editor. For now, Jordan is enjoying his time with freelance video editing & visual effects, film making and playing the guitar. His favorite memories while at Trinity Oaks – the field trips to Washington, D.C. and Springfield.
Alton CeDriC (A.C.) Murphy – “TOCA prepared me to embrace the things that were going to be thrown at me in the public school world.” A.C. graduated from Crystal Lake Central High School and has continued his education at McHenry County College with hopes of transferring to Western Illinois University or Hampton University. His future goal is to study abroad in Spain or Columbia and become a Spanish teacher. “I thank God for TOCA – teachers who gave me an excellent education, helped me with my spiritual walk with Christ, and taught me how to be a respectful young man.” And his favorite TOCA memories - the 7th & 8th school trips to Washington, D.C. and Springfield.
Corey olson – Currently a senior at McHenry West High School and a member of the National Honor Society, Corey’s future plans include an Associate degree and to attend culinary school or pursue a career in Agriculture where he can work with horses, produce and farming.
JennA porter – Having graduated a year early from Cary-Grove High School, Jenna studied abroad in Finland as an exchange student. She is currently attending Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL majoring in elementary education with a minor in Spanish. Eventually, she would like to be a Spanish teacher and with a passion to bake, would also like to have her own baking business. “Trinity Oaks was a great place - I was constantly surrounded by good, Christian role models and the teachers were amazing….it was evident that they cared about my well-being. Having a solid, Christian foundation for my education turned out to be the best thing for me. When I went abroad, I was stable with my relationship with God because I had built that relationship from the start - thanks to a loving family and a great environment in the school.”
KArli sChuMAKer – Since graduating from Crystal Lake South High School, Karli is now a pre-med student at Union University in Jackson, TN with hopes of becoming a Physician’s Assistant and working in a foreign country. What has Trinity Oaks meant to her? As she shares, “Being able to go to TOCA since kindergarten affected me in more ways than I can say. It gave me a solid foundation of Christian education that prepared me for high school and even now being in college. I am now going to a private Christian school because of my experiences I had at TOCA. I wanted that smaller, more 1 on 1 type setting. I made lifelong friends there and I had so many memorable experiences with teachers. I definitely wouldn't be where I am or who I am without TOCA!”
Alex senyshyn – “Trinity Oaks prepared me extremely well academically, spiritually, and socially. I felt they gave me a great foundation to grow in my faith as well as in friendship and through my academics.” A Prairie Ridge High School graduate, Alex is now attending Taylor University in Upland, IN and planning a future in the mathematic field, actuarial science or accounting. And his favorite memories – “the trips to Washington, D.C. and Springfield with my classmates.”
AlexAnDer tAulien – A graduate of Traverse City Central High School in MI, Alexander is studying to become a counselor while pursuing his dream to play Division I Hockey via a hockey scholarship. He shares, “TOCA taught me to always have faith and most importantly, that God has a plan for everyone - even when things get tough. It is all part of His plan and we just have to trust Him. And the friendships that I made at Trinity Oaks will last a lifetime.”
rAChel white – “Trinity Oaks prepared me in many ways, both academically and spiritually. Academically, I had a great base with presenting in front of classes and writing papers. Also, having Spanish spurred my love for the language. Spiritually, Trinity Oaks taught me how important it is to stay close to Christ and the importance of prayer and daily devotions in my life.” Rachel graduated from Faith Lutheran High School in Crystal Lake and is now attending Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. An undeclared major with a minor in Spanish, Rachel is “trying to discern what God has in store for her life where she can use her passion to help serve others.”
honorable mention Superior Spelling Spelling Bee winners from grades 1 through 7 went on to compete at the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee. Congratulations to all of those who participated with special recognition to Leander Sullivan (5th) who took first place and then qualified to participate in the 5th-8th grade “spell-off” of unpublished words - supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!. Back row: Sarah Pushparaj, Peter Guadagno, James Mikolajczewski, Julia Conti Front row: Leander Sullivan, Joelle Kantayya, Jack Freeman, Daniel Khoury
Where in the World is…..? Mary Morrissey (8th) can tell you where! She and classroom finalists battled it out with Mary being named Geography Bee Champion of Trinity Oaks. Not far behind were Liam Hoban (5th) and Shannon Morrison (8th). Mary answered the most questions correctly and is looking to put TOCA on the map by qualifying for a state level competition. Congratulations to all!
A Psalm – For Giving Thanks Our 1/2 day and full day kindergarteners lifted up their voices and “Shouted for joy to the LORD….” (Psalm 100:1) during a Thanksgiving Feast enjoyed by parents, grandparents and many friends!
sports highlights Running the Race Congratulations to Coach Morrissey and the cross country team for finishing out the season strong! Grace Filippi, Emily Lagerquist, Rebecca Alvarez, Kendall Claffey, Mackenzie O’Brien, Dakota Bliler, Brian Dorn, Mary Morrissey
Volleyball V-I-C-T-O-R-Y A victorious season as Coach Hodge and the Lady Huskies took 2nd place in the ACSI Division 2 Tournament this year – way to go team! Back row: Shannon Morrison, Haley Meyer, Kira Berndt, Madison Wolschlager, Rachel Simon, Samantha Rzany Front row: Kate Selsky, Rebecca Alvarez, Josie Wynsma, Jory Wynsma, Meagan Cufr
Meet the Huskies Cheerleaders Under the direction of Becky Wynsma and Sherri Meyer, these cheerleaders bring much enthusiasm and spirit to the boys’ basketball games. Go H-US-K-I-E-S!! Back row: Josie Wynsma, Mackenzie O'Brien, Emily Lagerquist, Haley Meyer, Madison Wolschlager, Rachel Simon, Meagan Cufr Front row: Becca Beecroft, Jory Wynsma, Kendall Claffey, Rebecca Alvarez, Eden Renko, Allison Arkell, Mary Morrissey
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Deck the Halls A little Christmas joy as 1st graders (Grace Apgar, Morgan Provance, Antonia LoBue, Michael Sanford, Samuel Kwon, Benjamin Bieschke and Annabelle Gorrell) “decorate” Dr. Wrobbel for this very special time of the year!
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Gwyn Conti (4th) displays her work of art – a self-portrait for her Art Appreciation class.
Board of Trustees Joy Conti Scott Cufr Board President Michael Danforth
Time for Tea Mrs. Glenn and her little helper, Addison Primmer (PS), serve up delicious cookies and tea to their very special guests.
Brian Dorn Chris Kempa Shelly McCarthy Dorothy Murdock Jen Poppe Bill Walkiewicz Greg Warren Paul Wrobbel Head of School Nate Wynsma