Dear Editor:

This is Catholic Schools Week. This year, despite the snowy start to the beginning of February, we were still able to host an open house on January 31 by appointment due to COVID restrictions.

In 2019, Governor Murphy declared, during his signing of a proclamation honoring this week, “Catholic schools provide students an education that emphasizes the formation of moral values and a commitment to community service. The welfare of the state requires that this and future generations of school-age children be assured ample opportunity to develop to the fullest of their intellectual capacities.” 

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Catholic education goes beyond the core curriculum; through the tenets of the Roman Catholic faith we teach each child to reach inside and beyond to realize his/her own full potential spiritually and academically. This has never been more important, especially in a year of social distancing and the need to “stop the spread.”

Why do we celebrate at the end of January/beginning of February?

Although the school year begins in September, now is the best time to take stock and review your options. Choosing the best school environment is one of the many important decisions you will make for your children. There are many options; public school, charter school, private school, or religious school. If you are considering Catholic education, it is an investment worthy of a lifetime, your child’s. The benefits of a Catholic school are many. They include:

- Higher academic achievement,
- Smaller class sizes,
- A caring and challenging curriculum that includes the arts and technology,
- The development of leadership, moral values, respect for self and others, and
- Faith formation.

Step into a Catholic school at any time of the year and you will see positive student interactions among grade levels, classmates, and staff. It is through teaching the importance of faith in God and serving others that develops the whole person, creates character, and builds leaders.

Holy Trinity School provides opportunities for students to grow in faith, friendship, and academics. These are the moments in which we “teach more.” Our smaller class sizes have afforded us the ability to provide full time in person instruction. We follow all the CDC and health department guidelines and are blessed that we have not had to close the entire school for this first half of the school year. We intend to continue to do our best to provide this full time schedule for the 21-22 school year. Children need to be with other children as many experts have confirmed.

And what about academics? Holy Trinity School is a Blue Ribbon School, a high standard for an elite group of schools throughout the nation. Our school is Middle States Accredited and all of our graduating eighth graders are accepted to their high school of choice. The graduating class of 2020 earned over $550,000 in scholarships to the various high schools of their choice.

For over one hundred years, Holy Trinity School has educated students with the values and traditions of the Catholic faith and the vision of the education needed to be the successful leaders of our greater community. If you are looking for a school that not only teaches academics, a place where everyone will know your child by name, a place where your child will be loved and nurtured, consider Holy Trinity School. We teach more.

To learn more about Holy Trinity School, call for a virtual tour, 908-233-0484 or visit our website, holytrinityschool.org. Many grades for the 21-22 school year are on a waiting list. Find out why.

Dr. Adele Ellis
Holy Trinity School Principal
Westfield, NJ