Explore Our School

In keeping with a Christian philosophy and with respect to the educational requirements of the State of Michigan, our children receive a thorough education, not only in Christian living but also in a wide variety of other extra-curricular activities.

Our Teachers

We are committed to selecting staff that are uniquely trained and qualified to carry out our mission. Trinity’s staff strives to create for each student an environment of caring support, academically and spiritually.

Our Classrooms

Trinity Lutheran School is committed to quality Christian Education which calls for a sound academic program that will meet the individual needs of children.

Early Learning Center

Did you know that our Early Learning Center was voted as the Macomb Daily’s 2020 Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Award for best Day Care?

Our purpose is to serve families of the church and school who desire Christ-centered care for their children.  In addition, it is also our purpose to provide a Christian Early Learning program to the surrounding community.  In doing so, we are following the Great Commission found in Matthew 18.  Our goal is to provide a safe, caring, Christian environment for children as they grow.

We service children 30 months who are completely potty trained and up to 6 years old, and our hours are Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Our Early Learning Center is closed for major holidays. We are a year-round program.  We also provide preschool summer camp opportunities during the summer months. All of our teachers have degrees in Early Childhood and many years of experience in early childhood classrooms.  Our staff meets all state requirements for licensing including 16 hours of training per year.

Trinity is committed to a high standard in early childhood education for the spiritual, physical, mental, social, and emotional growth of each child.  Our program is curriculum-based and provides developmentally appropriate activities to promote skill development in all areas of child development including: physical/fine and large motor, language, cognitive, social/emotional, and spiritual. We provide outdoor play, music, literature, art, gross and fine motor skill building, as well as opportunities to learn through science and math-related activities.

Through our Biblical instruction, children will learn about the love of God through Jesus.  Our staff members are mature, committed Christians with a genuine love for children.

We encourage you to experience our Christian Early Learning Center and become familiar with our school and staff.  We strive to meet the individual needs of each of our families, and we encourage good communication between you and our staff to always provide the best care for your child(ren).

For more information, please contact Director Sheri Daniell at sdaniell@trinityutica.com or (586)731-4490 ext 150.

Three Year Old Preschool

To be eligible for the three year old preschool program, children must reach the age of three on or before September 1.

We offer these classes:

  • 3-year old morning, T/Th (9-11:30 AM) taught by Mrs. Angott
  • 3-year old morning, M/W/F (9-11:30 AM) taught by Miss Brandenburg

With a positive and fun approach in the three year old preschool class, we focus on spiritual, academic and social development.

Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” With lots of love and encouragement, the children learn how to be a student by learning how to show love and respect to their fellow classmates.

In the three year old class we also have several special days which include: a Fall Party, where we dress in costume, a Christmas Program celebrating Jesus Birthday, a Valentine’s Day Party, Easter Egg Hunt, Daddy Donut Day, and Mother’s Tea, We end the year,with a picnic at Grant Park where we bring our bikes. When the end of the year arrives, the children are ready enter our four year old preschool with much confidence academically, socially, and spiritually.

Each child must have a physical exam on or after June 1 (which will be good for two years) and be current with their immunizations.

Tuition rates are available by calling Admissions Director Roxanne Arcari at (586) 731-4490, ext. 111. A non-refundable registration fee of $135 is required at the time of registration. Tuition is due the first of each month.

Four Year Old Preschool

To be eligible for the four year old preschool program, children must reach the age of four on or before September 1.

We offer the following classes:

 

  • 4-year old morning, M-F Flex Schedule (9-11:30) taught by Mrs. Cardella

The four year old program focuses on kindergarten readiness, as well as the social and intellectual development of the child. We stress the fine and gross motor skills, writing, math, and science skills. We also offer early childhood chapel, music, gym, and library.

Trinity Lutheran Preschool is a GREAT place for young children to start their school experience. We offer a caring, warm environment where children will love to grow and learn.

Each child must have a physical exam on file (which will be good for two years) and be current with their immunizations.

Tuition for the three-day 4 year old session information is available by calling Director Roxanne Arcari at 586-731-4490, ext. 111. A non-refundable registration fee of $135 is required at the time of registration. Tuition is due the first of each month.

Young Fives

Our Young Fives program is a half day, every day program that is designed to give students who are age eligible the gift of a year.  Children need to be five years old by December 1 to qualify.  This is accomplished by providing students with an individualized, Christian based environment.

Martin Luther states, “When schools flourish, all flourishes.”  Students enrolled in Young Five kindergarten will truly flourish.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities designed to help them make the adjustment to the school environment and working in a group. It is important that children learn to function well in the classroom environment. This includes getting along with other children and cooperating with adults other than their own parents. These students learn to take turns and wait without interrupting, and participate in other activities that teach thinking, reasoning, and decision making skills. They also work diligently to develop their listening skills, social/emotional skills, literacy, language, mathematical reasoning, and knowledge acquisition through a thematic approach.

A thematic approach is used to foster critical thinking skills and to give a hands-on approach for the emergent reader. The development of fine motor skills in preparation for kindergarten is an important part of Young Five kindergarten. The program includes activities that strengthen muscle development as well. Students also have many opportunities to use pencils, crayons, and scissors and are instructed and guided as to their proper usage. Research shows that children must first have a strong base in language: rhyming, patterning, playing with words,  and listening to stories.  Students will also be exposed to Religion, Library, Art, Music, PE and Technology. From the first day till the last, young 5 kindergarten students are saturated with these concepts in a fun, yet challenging way.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is certainly a year to remember; it is a year of transition for many students from preschool to elementary school.

In Matthew 19:14, Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Children in Kindergarten are inquisitive, curious and active.  Here at Trinity we encourage children to explore through hands-on learning and technology.  We use a variety of teaching methods to reach each individual child.  Children learn to go and “Share Christ’s Story with Love” through several classroom service projects.

Special accomplishments for the students include learning to read, counting to 100, and seeing caterpillars change into butterflies. The kindergartners have an activity each month with their fifth grade prayer partners.  This is the year where they build many lasting friendships and lead a chapel service for the first time.  The children even put on an end-of-the-year program for their families.  During this event students are given personal memory books containing their own written work along with photos from special class events.

The Apple Orchard and Detroit Zoo are two of our favorite field trips.  We have several guest speakers that come into the classroom including a fireman, a nurse from a local hospital and a dental hygienist.  Parents and other community members also volunteer in our classroom to read during the month of March for National Reading Month.

First Grade

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Step into a first grade classroom and be ready for adventure as the two dedicated, experienced Lutheran Christian teachers lead your child through a year of structured academics with a side of fun.

As our day begins in God’s word, every aspect of instruction is centered in Christ.  Religious education, memory work, weekly chapel services and Faith Five experiences in the family all assist in the spiritual growth and development of your child. The fundamental skills necessary for successful completion of first grade are taught and practiced with a myriad of traditional and technological methods. A variety of activities including gym, art, music, computer and library skills await your child.

Each year our students participate in many outreach activities which have included food drives, Gifts for All God’s Children, making cards for shut-ins, adopting families at Christmas and corresponding with our military heroes. Our field trips are carefully selected so that they will enhance what is being taught in the classroom.  Join us if you dare at the beginning of the school year with an Autumn Adventure at Stony Creek, a winter stage production at the Macomb Center and frolicking at Wolcott Farm in the spring.

As we tearfully say good-bye to each other at the end of the year class picnic, each child leaves with fond memories in their heart and a Swap Hat on their head.

Second Grade

Welcome to second grade at Trinity Utica, where we strive to nurture and develop each child according to their God given gifts. 

As written in Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Our faith walk is equally as important as the academic strides our children make as they learn and grow.  In addition to a rigorous and diverse curriculum, we implement and use a variety of teaching methods to challenge and extend children’s imaginations.  Using higher level thinking skills in all curriculum areas, students may create and illustrate a story, interpret data, compare and contrast, solve problems, memorize Bible verses, and lead the student body in chapel twice a year.  With the use of improved technology resources, we support and enhance learning across the curriculum in new and exciting ways.

The second graders have the opportunity to participate in several field trips directly connected to our curriculum throughout the year including the Red Oaks Nature Center and Troy Historical Village.  During National Reading Month and National Lutheran Schools Week we enjoy participating in school wide activities that promote school unity.

By encouraging communication between home and school, we develop lifelong learners and share Christ’s Gospel message with everyone we meet.

Third Grade

Third grade prepares students spiritually and academically with skills and knowledge for fourth grade and future learning.

Martin Luther said, “When schools flourish, all flourishes.”  Students in third grade have an opportunity to flourish both in character building and academic success through our rigorous curriculum and various service projects.  In order for all students to flourish in the classroom we incorporate differentiated instruction through the use of reading groups, project based learning activities, technology, and research based pedagogy. Learning occurs in many formats and continues to build a strong foundation for Christian service.

Third graders have an opportunity to visit the Cranbrook Museum of Science, see a matinee drama performance, and experience Crossroads Village.  The students also have an opportunity to dress up as their favorite book character on Character Day.  This is a culminating activity for our study of Character Traits. Third grade is a transition year as students begin to work more independently and collaboratively.  Students learn cursive handwriting and memorize their multiplication tables with a special incentive at the end.  We love teaching third grade because we have an opportunity to see our students increase their faith and knowledge of Jesus while also making significant academic strides.  Our primary goal is to help our students understand that everything we have and are is a gift from God!

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is a great time for learning and becoming more independent.

While experimenting in the science lab, practicing math facts and concepts, studying United States (states and regions), composing different styles of writing, and reading various genres of literature, students apply knowledge, collaborate, and demonstrate learning about the world God made. Students continue to grow in their faith through daily religion class, devotions, memory work, prayer, and chapel services.  Psalm 25:4 states, “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.” This is an important part of learning, faith, and service to others. Fourth grade students sing at worship, lead chapel services, and participate in service projects each year.

Students go to Sterling Heights Nature Center, Detroit Institute of Art, Macomb Symphony Orchestra, Stony Creek Metro Park, and Cranbrook Institute of Science. It is exciting to watch these children learn and grow, while they love and serve the Lord.

Fifth Grade

Welcome to Fifth grade where options are plentiful and opportunities are endless spiritually, academically, and athletically!

Leigh Bortins in her book Classical Christian Education Made Approachable says, “While modern education seeks only to propel a student toward the utilitarian goal of a successful career, the classical, Christian education seeks to nurture the whole person, preparing them to participate fully in all realms of this world and next.” To participate fully we immerse ourselves in our subjects through teacher based learning, individual and small group projects, field trips, and service projects learning/using critical thinking skills.

Biology and the environment are topics in Science that lead us through a trip to a tropical rainforest or trekking across a frozen tundra, dissecting a squid, learning about energy, and recycling. Social Studies takes us back to early America with Native Americans, explorers, European settlements in North America, leading up to The Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.  This is the first year that students have a musical elective; they can choose from choir, band, or handbells.  Fifth grade also marks the first year that students can participate in Trinity sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, track, and cross country!  The boys and girls also have separate PE and Health classes. Reading and English lead us through different genres of reading and writing culminating in a research project.

In the fall we learn how animals and plants survive Michigan’s climate with a naturalist at a county park. In the winter we go ice skating — indoors! In the spring we spend a day at Greenfield Village exploring our past.

In fifth grade our faith is not limited to religion class. In the past we have bought an Alpaca through World Vision, purchased gifts for needy families at Christmas time, during Nerve to Serve we cleaned up the grounds around Flickinger Elementary School and Grant Park, lead Chapel services and school morning devotions, and helped our Kindergarten Prayer Partners.

Sixth Grade

n sixth grade, our students learn important skills, techniques, and traits that promote life-long learning; all the while, demonstrating their personal walk with Christ!

Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”  As sixth graders, our students are really beginning to learn about “who” they are, as people.  Our students learn more about their surroundings, and about what it means to incorporate their faith into being good citizens.  They take pride in learning how to make the world around them a better place; knowing that God is their greatest guide and companion, during this journey!  As the sixth graders really begin taking ownership for their academic career, they are also becoming increasingly more aware of their spiritual journey!  All of which, as a Christian educator, is very exciting to see, and of which to be a part!

Sixth grade is about EACH student transitioning from an elementary student, to a junior high student.  Outdoor education, in the fall, is a great building block for this educational expedition!  This experience allows students to learn with and about one another, in God’s creation, for four days; this adventure also helps students, who are new to Trinity, to transition much more easily.

Using technology, hands on learning, project based learning, performance  assessments, individual and cooperative learning, our students are learning how to grow and mature academically, as well as, spiritually.  Join us, for this spirit led academic excursion!

Seventh Grade

Welcome to Junior High!  In seventh grade, Trinity students begin making the transition from elementary school to a more departmentalized environment with four main teachers.  

Proverbs 23:12 says, “Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.” Along with a deep dive into the chief parts of Lutheran doctrine, seventh graders are encouraged to live out their faith and stretch themselves both spiritually and academically. Students are challenged across the curriculum.  Biology is the topic of study in science class.  Highlights include dissecting several different members of the animal kingdom as well as having a “genetic baby.” In social studies students take imaginary journeys to different continents in the eastern hemisphere, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. From algebraic equations and statistics in math class to poetry and writing an MLA research paper in language arts, students are exposed to a gamut of learning opportunities!

Field trips include a trip to The Ark and Creation Museum and “class outside” at Comerica Park which includes catching a Tigers game!

Eighth Grade

Eighth grade prepares students both academically and spiritually with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in high school and beyond.

The apostle Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” In eighth grade, in addition to a rich curriculum which includes the use of technology, higher level thinking, and numerous projects (both individual and group), leadership is stressed not only within the school, but also among those outside of the school. Numerous service projects provide the opportunity for students to use the gifts and talents God has blessed them with to be a blessing to others.

Eighth Grade is a very busy and exciting year for our students. Field trips include a week in Washington, D.C. and New York City and a visit to the Holocaust Museum. Eighth Grade is a year of transition from middle school to high school. It is also a year of growing in their faith, which culminates with a public declaration at their Confirmation.  We hope to be an integral and helpful part of this transition process. We are excited to watch these young men and women mature and move onto high school; going out into the world to share their gifts and talents for God’s glory!

"When schools flourish, all flourishes." - Martin Luther

Specials Classes and Extra-Curricular Activities

Trinity is a school that values our students as individuals and takes pride in offering a curriculum that meets the needs of each individual child. Each person has varied talents and skills. Our specials classes and extra-curricular activities are designed to help students enhance their God-given talents and use them to glorify Him.

Art

Our art program is a dynamic, creative way for students to express themselves and use their God-given talents to glorify Him.

Every grade, from Young Fives through Eighth Grade learns about art through a variety of materials. Junior High students may choose a Studio Art elective in which they create an individualized program to suit their needs.

Every year, the students’ artwork is displayed in the church narthex during the Fine Arts Festival at the end of May.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ART TEACHER MRS. SARAH HASKINS.
Athletics

Trinity Lutheran School’s core purpose is to strengthen children in their faith so that they may grow in knowledge of their Savior and serve Him and others. Trinity’s athletic program is an extension of our overall school program. The intent of our sport’s program is to teach and develop physical skills, mental discipline, Christian character, sportsmanship, and the striving spirit necessary for Christian living.

 

Computer Lab
Trinity’s Technology Lab is a fun and exciting environment for students to learn, explore, and apply technology.  By the time students graduate 8th grade they are not only familiar with technology, they have programmed websites, designed and created their own computer games, built and programs robots, and have run complex real world and business simulations.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR MR. MARK FRAEYMAN.
Extra-Curricular Activities
EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Grades K-8: Scouts

Grades 5-8: Student Council

Grades 5-8:  Interscholastic Athletics Boy’s/Girl’s Soccer, Cross-Country, Track,  Boy’s/Girl’s Basketball, Girl’s Volleyball, Cheerleading, Girl’s Softball

Grades 4-6: Science Olympiad

Grade 4: Lab with Dad

Grades 4-8: Bible Bee

Grades 5-8: Spelling Bee

Grades 5-8: Geography Bee

Grades 6-8: Future City

Latchkey Program

Trinity Lutheran Latchkey Program is a program for students in K-8 grade. Our Latchkey Program provides a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for your child both before and after school. Morning students may choose from a variety of table activities, reading, or they may work on school work. The afternoon students are treated to a nutritious snack upon arrival. After snack students may choose to go to our homework room that has access to school Chromebooks. Students remaining in the main latchkey room can play games, play with toys, go to the gym, or cheer their classmates on in sporting events. Our Latchkey Program is licensed by the State of Michigan and observes all rules and regulations of Trinity Lutheran School. All policies and procedures of the program are coordinated between the Principal, Early Childhood Director, the Latchkey Leader, and the Christian Board of Day School.

Latchkey Hours
  • Morning session 6:30am-8:40am
  • Afternoon session 3:40pm-6:00pm
  • No advance scheduling is required.
Latchkey Fees
  • $6.00 per session
  • $15.00 registration fee upon first visit to Latchkey
  • Latchkey camp days are offered on select ½ days of school.
  • Camp Day includes a field trip and bus transportation.
    The cost of a camp day is $15.
Latchkey Paperwork

Latchkey Parent Notification

Latchkey Handbook

Latchkey Child Information

Latchkey Parent Agreement

Music

Music is an important part in the life of students at Trinity. Grades 1-4 participate in choir and in Grades 5-8 they may choose bandchoir, or handbells. In grade four they are taught to read music using a recorder.

The choral and instrumental groups participate mainly in two kinds of events: concerts and worship services. These are important events which allow students to display their God-given talents publicly and help their teachers/directors to evaluate both individual and group progress.

Research Center/Library
Please click here to access our library catalog to see what books are available. Click in the middle for Trinity Lutheran School to take you to the catalog.

Our students participate in the Accelerated Reader Program. There are approximately 13,000 books in our library. Research is a integral part of education at Trinity. The Trinity Research Center has current non-fiction books and encyclopedias to assist the students in their social studies, English, religion and science projects.  We at Trinity adhere to the safe use of the Internet and teach the students how to use it safely. At Trinity Lutheran School we don’t just have a library, we have a place where our students can do research for classroom assignments, and check books out to enjoy.Our library is “customer friendly” because we have fiction sections for grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-8. There is something here for every reader. We have students who love reading about animals, planets, sports, and biographies. Each Fall and Spring we sponsor a Book Fair. The proceeds go to purchase new books, and AR tests. In the Research Center we strive to remain current with books which are interesting for the students to read in addition to the classics.

Every book we purchase has an Accelerated Reader test for it. We are happy our students love to read. We also have Star Reading for our 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. This tests their equivalent reading level quarterly to help them determine the range of the ATOS leveled books they not only would enjoy but be successful at reading. Parents, please check out this great link from Renaissance Learning to provide you with a wealth of information about AR.  A list of AR tests can be found at ARBOOKFIND.com. This gives the parents and students the opportunity to determine the reading level and content for many books. As always there is a great selection of good reading in the Trinity Library.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL RESEARCH CENTER DIRECTOR MRS. CAROLYN MALINOWSKI.

Foreign Language
Students in 7th and 8th grade have the option to explore several foreign languages.  
Resource Room
Resource Room Overview

Trinity is a school that values students as individuals and takes pride in offering a curriculum that meets the needs of children who exhibit challenges while learning in traditional settings.  In order to enable a Christian education for all students, support services are made available to those who have an IEP service plan in place, as well as others with needs as determined by a physician or other professional staff. Trinity has a learning resource classroom serviced by a certified special education teacher. There is no additional fee for Resource Room use.

Early Literacy Intervention

Through research we know that children have different learning styles and learn at different rates.  This is also the case with learning to read.  Some children require additional support in early literacy through differentiated intervention instruction within a small group setting to become a successful reader.  A multisensory approach will be utilized incorporating visual, auditory, tactile (touch), and kinesthetic (muscle movement) learning pathways.  Research has proven that this approach, rooted in Orton-Gillingham methodology, moves students’ learning from short-term to long-term memory by reorganizing the brain.  This service is offered to you through our Resource Room here at Trinity.

Program Highlights:

  • Targeted instruction based off small group mastery of concepts
  • Weekly 3-part review drills for automaticity
  • Multisensory activity for each new concept
  • Decoding skills – reading
  • Encoding skills – spelling
  • Guided oral reading of controlled text for each new skill taught
Other Services

Other special education services include speech therapy, which is provided by the Utica Community Schools (UCS) on a weekly basis, and psychological testing which is also available and provided by Utica Community Schools if requested by the school and/or parents.

The Program Service Goals are:
  • To facilitate the mainstreaming process for students with special learning needs.
  • To further develop the student’s strengths to compensate for his/her weaknesses.
  • To assist teachers and parents in understanding and instructing children with special learning needs.
  • To develop the student’s confidence and positive feelings of self-worth.
  • To improve and/or enrich academic skills.
  • To assist students in learning about Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL RESOURCE ROOM TEACHER MRS. MOILANEN. 
Talented and Gifted Program

Trinity’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) program is designed to provide differentiated instruction for the needs of the exceptional learner. Instruction may include modifications resulting in compacting academic information into more differentiated interdisciplinary curriculum, as well as enrichment activities for them to participate in during study hall times. This coordination is a result of collaboration between the TAG instructor, the child’s classroom teacher(s), and the child.  Students are evaluated for eligibility in Trinity’s TAG program based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to: (2 or more) standardized test scores, teacher observations, grades (all A’s/B’s), interest checklists, and an interview with the TAG teacher, Principal, and occasionally other professional staff. There is additional cost involved in being a part of this program – $100 per school year.  No costs incur until the child is approved and willing to participate in TAG.  This charge is added to the parent’s account through the TADS online payment program. If you have a child who is exceptional in their learning abilities, please contact the school office for initiating further investigation into participation in our TAG program.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL TALENTED AND GIFTED TEACHER, MRS. SHEPPARD.