Fall 2018 Posts

Christmas Cheer

Please join us for our Christmas concerts this season!  There is nothing like them to get you in the Christmas spirit.  Our 2-6 grade concert will be Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 PM at Sacred Heart Church, with a dress rehearsal at 1:30 PM that day.  Finally, our Pre-K cIMG_0860uties will be performing Thursday, December 20 at 9:30 AM in the Dining Hall.

If you didn’t get the chance to see our JK-1 grade concert, please click this link to enjoy their cuteness.

Please join us for a fun family Christmas movie night on Friday, December 21 at 6:00 PM in the Dining Hall!

St. Peter’s Parish Presents: Protecting Your Children Online 


  •  St. Peter’s Parish has three professional presenters who will speak about the online dangers and challenges our children are faced with everyday.
  • We will offer resources available to educate and bring awareness to families to help create healthy life styles and a culture of accountability.
  • We want our children to be protected from attacks on all fronts. If you have a child in our school, religious education, or Confirmation program, this evening is for you.
  • (This is NOT a VIRTUS Training)     

Monday, November 5th ~ 6:30 to 8:00 PM, Trinity Catholic School Cafeteria

***Free Child Care is being offered in the Classrooms.


We love our volunteers and appreciate every one of you. In order to keep our students safe, we follow the diocese’s policy on protecting God’s children. If you are planning to be a room parent, help with school parties or drive for field trips, you must have a background check and a one-time Virtus Training.  In addition, please pick up a release form in the office if you wish to volunteer. If you do not sign it, you will not be able to volunteer in the school. If you have questions or concerns about these policies, please feel free to contact the school office at 315-769-5911. Thank you for your cooperation.  Please note: a Virtus training has been scheduled for 9/25 at 6:30 PM in the school cafeteria.  Childcare will be provided for Trinity families.  Please register here.   Click on “Begin the Registration Process,” then, search for the Ogdensburg Diocese, and look for the training on 9/25 at Trinity.


Parents….please make sure you turn in the small sheet of paper that was included in your Yearly Calendar, which was given out at Visitation Day.  The calendar is your parent/student handbook, and that small piece of paper acknowledges that you have read the handbook.

Trinity 30 Club Tickets Still Available

30 Club raffle tickets are still available at the TCS office! 30 Club winners are chosen every day the school is open, with the chance to win $30 each day and $100 one time each month. AND, members have the chance to win multiple times, since there is no limit to the number of times one can win the raffle. If you haven’t become a member of our 30 Club, visit the school office to buy your ticket for only $30.

We are so looking forward to seeing JK-6 grade students on Tuesday, September 4.  Pre-K students will come for orientation on Friday, September 7 from 9 – 10 AM, and will begin school on Monday September 10.  Make sure you check out our menucalendar and newsletter.  Please note, a hard copy of September’s newsletter will be sent out on the first day of school to oldest and only’s. From then on, hard copies will only be sent to those parents who opt for it by sending in the request included in this month’s newsletter.


We are excited to announce that Joyce Giroux has been named as our school’s new principal. We are pleased that we have been able to hire someone who is knowledgeable about our school’s culture and who deeply understands and upholds our school’s mission.

As you know, Mrs. Giroux is not new to Trinity, having worked as our music teacher for 24 years, teaching general music, band, instrumental lessons and chorus, as well as directing 24 mini-musicals throughout her tenure here.

She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Education from the highly selective Manhattan School of Music, as well as an Educational Administration Certification from the University of Montana.   She taught grades Kindergarten through 12 at schools in Brooklyn, New Jersey and Montana, before settling in Massena in 1994.

Mrs. Giroux looks forward to the opportunity to serve and give back to the Trinity Community that welcomed her with open arms 24 years ago.  “I have overcome some tragedies in my life that have given me the ability to help people see through the difficult times and treat them with empathy and compassion.  I accept the challenge of continuing the legacy that has been established through the years and ask for your prayers and support as I work hard to offer a well-rounded Christian education to our students,” she said.


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  Socrates

We are excited by the growth our school is undergoing.  Although there are a lot of changes going on here at Trinity, we view them as great opportunities for our students and families.  Please welcome these wonderful ladies to our faculty:

Mrs. Jamie Barnum will take Mrs. Giroux’s position as our new music teacher.  Mrs. Barnum has owned and operated a private piano studio for many years here in Massena as well in Canada.  She has been involved in accompanying in the community as well as serving at Sacred Heart for Saturday mass.  Along with her degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto and two years at a Theological College, Mrs. Barnum is presently studying for her MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) certificate.  Mrs. Barnum’s experience has allowed her to teach in many settings over the years and she is excited to share once again in a private school system.  Music education has been a source of great joy and fulfillment in her life and she is thrilled to pass on this passion to her new students at Trinity.

Alanna Tyo will join our Kindergarten team.   Mrs. Tyo holds a Bachelor’s degree in French as a Second Language from the University of Ottawa and will finish her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education in December 2018.  Mrs. Tyo comes to TCS with 8 years of teaching experience and aims to “bring joy to the classroom while allowing students the chance to become creative, critical thinkers.”

Christine Millhausen will be our new third grade teacher.  Mrs. Millhausen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, as well as her Master’s Degree with a Concentration in Reading, from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.  Mrs. Millhausen comes to TCS with 11 years of experience in Special Education, and as a classroom teacher in public and private schools in Kindergarten and grades 3- 6 in schools in Texas, the Bronx, and the North Country.   Mrs. Millhausen says, “It’s very important for me to motivate my students to not only succeed academically but to also give them the skills to achieve in all aspects of life.  I feel an essential part of teaching is to show children how to properly respect/treat others and themselves.”

Although not new to the school, we welcome former principal, Kathleen Behrens to second grade.  Mrs. Behrens is excited to go back to her first love and continue to work in the school.  She looks forward to being back in second grade and back in the classroom, especially since she will be able to teach her students about the sacraments this year.


Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are!  Although must of us are in FULL summer mode, some of the “planners” in the crowd are PROBABLY thinking already about school supplies!  So…here are your lists: Pre-K, Junior KindergartenKindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade, and 6th Grade.


If any parents would like to sell 30 Club tickets after masses the weekend of August 25 and/or Labor Day weekend, please contact the school office at 315-769-5911.