WESTFIELD, NJ -- Celebrating the 100 days of school this year was very special indeed for the students of Holy Trinity. The students in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades celebrated 100 days of in-person full days of school the first week of March. The celebrations included building challenges with 100 cups, creative writing and presentations, crowns, and 100 paper glasses. Mrs. Hiel’s kindergarten class used 100 items to create unique designs. Many of the students use Legos to create a “100” board. “The students were very excited,” stated Mrs. Jayne Hiel, who added, “their writing turned out even better than I expected!”

The second-graders celebrated in a variety of ways, using math, writing, science, and physical activities. The students enjoyed trying to use 100 licks or less to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, and exercised in 100 second increments. Mrs. Twilley’s class sharpened their cursive writing skills creating stories to share.

Holy Trinity 5th graders are 1,000 days smarter. Students had much to celebrate since they are in-person at Holy Trinity. And they did not just celebrate for one day, they celebrated over several days thanks to some snow.

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Celebrating with writing, reading and math were central to the occasion.

Mrs. Caroline Ponterio and Ms. Karin Searson’s students wrote letters to their future selves… 1,000 school days from now… as juniors in high school. Students expressed their hopes and dreams for academics and extracurricular activities, family life and more. What kind of car will they be driving? What colleges are they thinking about? Perhaps the responsibility of a part-time job? It was a great opportunity to think ahead. It was unanimous for all that COVID-19 and masks are things of the past.

Students wrote an essay about how they would spend $1000 and were challenged to save a little, spend a little and give to others.

Fifth graders connected the milestone to Black History Month with a choral reading of 1,000 Miles to Freedom, the story of William and Ellen Craft,  who in 1848, made one of the most daring and remarkable escapes in the history of slavery in America.

In Math, students were busy measuring 1,000 inches of yarn, calculating equivalents of 1000 days on a calendar, 1000 hours, 1000 minutes… Finally, students calculated that 1,000 seconds equals 16 and two-thirds minutes. This was roughly the exact amount of time needed during indoor recess to have some fun playing “Minute to Win It” games.

“We are very grateful to be together to celebrate these milestones”, adds Dr. Adele Ellis, Principal, “moments to cherish in this most unusual year.”

Since 1916, Holy Trinity School (336 1st St, Westfield) has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate students to actualize their full, individual potential, both spiritually and academically. Call to find out why “We Teach More.”