We are an evangelical outreach program created by Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS). Our mission and ministry are to serve the educational needs of Miles City, MT. We have been teaching children since 1988.
Trinity Lutheran Classical School
Established August 2008
Preschool, Kindergarten - 8th Grade
221 S Center Ave, Miles City MT 59301
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday
The mission of Trinity Lutheran Classical School, Miles City, Montana, is to provide Christ-centered instruction through a classical curriculum that is challenging, academic, and bible-based in a caring and nurturing environment.
Proverbs 22:6 says to "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
The goals of the educational program of Trinity Lutheran Classical School are that each student:
Trinity Lutheran Classical School, a Christian learning center in Miles City, admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in our program. It does not discriminate based on race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.
With Christ Jesus at the center, Trinity Lutheran Classical School provides quality education in all academic subjects through a classical methodology and curriculum. Classical education values all branches of learning. Expectations are high, and we challenge students to think broadly, deeply, and creatively. Classical education builds on a learning model that is innate in every human being. The technical name for teaching, according to this model, is called the Trivium. The Trivium consists of three phases called the grammar phase, the logic or dialectic phase, and the rhetoric or expressive stage.
Grammar – In the first stage (Preschool – 3rd grade), when children are most curious, the classical teachers use songs, poetry, and repetition to build the foundation with the words and facts necessary to learn about various subjects.
Logic – In the analytical stage (4th – 6th grade), children want more than just the facts. They also want to understand the reasons why subjects formulate in the ways they do. The classical teachers do not simply teach subject information. A classical teacher also incorporates logical reasoning, which undergirds that information.
Rhetoric – The expressive stage (7th - 8th grade) refers to the reasoning and logical articulation of original ideas for the student. The goal of a classical Christian education is that children will not only know and understand their subjects well, but they will also be able to explain their knowledge, defend their understanding of that knowledge, and use their knowledge to think creatively about whatever interests them.
The classical curriculum concentrates on the humanities, and is teacher-directed, and is rich in content. It provides students with the tools for learning and generates appreciation and enthusiasm for learning. They also learn the self-discipline to accomplish academic goals.
Religion – The written Word of God is the heart of our curriculum. The Holy Bible is the principal textbook. In addition to daily lessons, students read Martin Luther's Small Catechism. That contains a summary and correct exposition and application of those biblical truths in a concise format. The emphasis is memorization of biblical passages. In addition, the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (headmaster) or the classroom teacher will lead the students each day in a chapel service in which the students and staff are allowed to worship the Triune God and grow in the knowledge and stature of Christ.
Language Arts – Reading, literature, spelling, grammar, handwriting and composition are taught utilizing Spalding’s The Writing Road to Reading and Shurley Grammar. The objective is to help all children learn to speak precisely, spell accurately, write proficiently, and read fluently with comprehension.
Latin – This language enables the students to gain grammatical discipline, build an understanding of language structure, and enhance their English vocabulary. Song School Latin, Prima Latina, Latina Christiana, and Latin for Children are the primary texts.
Mathematics – Trinity Lutheran Classical School studies the discipline of mathematics using Saxon Math. It is an incremental approach that provides students a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of math.
History – Focusing on Western Civilization, history studies follow a chronological survey: Creation, Egyptian Period, Greek and Roman Period, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and American History. Veritas and Memoria Press publish our texts and other teaching materials.
Geography – A thorough study of the continents and the United States prepares students for a better understanding of the world. The goal is to connect geography with history, culture, and the economy of the land. Teaching resources are once again from Veritas and Memoria Press.
Science – In the early grammar stage, the students study physical and life sciences. We introduce students to a general systematic study. That includes the scientific method, experiments, and disciplines of biology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics using texts from Elemental Science.
Music and Art – Students learn music and art using the Core Knowledge series. Drawing lessons are the foundation of the art curriculum. In music, children are given many opportunities to sing, hear, and appreciate quality music. The students study famous composers, sing hymns, and learn beginning notation.
Physical Education – The focus is on health, fitness, and learning to cooperate in playing games.
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The preschool curriculum also seeks to incorporate the classical approach. It understands, as well, that young children seem to learn best through play, repetition, and direct encounters with their world using all five senses. In the preschool classroom, you will see role-playing, block structures, opportunities for creative expression, sorting, classifying, counting, smelling, tasting, and touching. That means the classroom may be a bit noisy and look somewhat chaotic at times, but learning is taking place. Our curriculum covers the following areas:
Children receive instruction through both teacher-directed group activities and individual, free-choice activities. We make use of Concordia Publishing House's Voyages – Exploring God's Word along with various other teaching supplements.
Registrations for enrollment generally occur in the spring and summer for the following school year. You can add your child's name to our waiting lists at any time. Any new openings that arise throughout the school year are contingent on our waiting lists. The administrative assistant or Pastor Schreibeis handles all enrollments. In addition to paying the non-refundable registration fee, you must complete an enrollment application and provide a copy of your child's immunization record before your child may attend Trinity Lutheran Classical School. Kindergarten - 8th grade students must also provide a copy of their birth certificate.
Trinity Lutheran Classical School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. We enroll children with first consideration for baptized members of Trinity Lutheran Church. We also accept those students returning from the previous school year during our registration period. Lastly, we consider those on our waiting list in the order they appear. Trinity Lutheran Classical School offers a two-day preschool program for three and four-year-olds. To be eligible for enrollment, a child must be three years of age on or before September 10th of the current school year. If your child's birthday falls shortly after this date, exceptions are possible. However, this requires the discretion of the teachers and the approval of the pastor.
We offer a three-day preschool program for four and five-year-olds. The child must be four on or before September 10th. When there are special needs or circumstances, a six-year-old may enroll in the three-day program. All such requests require approval by the pastor.
|Three-day Program||Monday, Wednesday, Friday|
|Two-day Program||Tuesday, Thursday|
|Morning Sessions||8:00 am - 11:00 am|
|Afternoon Sessions||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
We place children ready for Kindergarten - 8th grade accordingly. All children must be toilet trained and generally able to care for their personal needs. We do understand that occasional accidents may occur.
When you register your child for Trinity Lutheran Classical School, it is for the entire school year. If you are not satisfied with our program, please speak to the teacher or the pastor before removing them from the program. There may be something we can do to help with the matter. We greatly appreciate at least a one-week notice before withdrawing your child from our program. Trinity Lutheran Classical School will refund any tuition paid in advance on a pro-rated basis at the discretion of the headmaster and the Board of Christian Education. We expect you to pay any outstanding balances that you owe in full upon withdrawing a student.
For the convenience of parents and guardians, we try to coincide our school year with the Miles City Unified School District Calendar as much as possible. district closings due to bad weather will also apply to Trinity Lutheran Classical School, should they occur. Be aware, however, that we do not always observe the same district holidays or PIR days. Become familiar with the school calendar. Always check letters and notes written by our teachers.
Individual and group pictures are taken throughout the school year. Check for dates on the calendar and in notes.
A non-refundable registration fee per child is due at the time of enrollment each year. Trinity Lutheran Classical School does not receive any federal or state aid. Nor do we have large cash reserves. The financial viability of our Trinity Lutheran Classical School is dependent upon student families. Regular, timely tuition payments ensure that salaries and other operating expenses are satisfied on a timely basis.
All checks or money orders are to be made payable to Trinity Lutheran Classical School. Registration fees and tuition payments are to be mailed or delivered in-person to the church office. All monthly tuition payments are due one month in advance by the first day of the month. For example, the September tuition payment is due on August 1st. The tuition payment for October is due on September 1st. Preschool tuition payments start in August and end in April of the following year. That is nine payments. You may reduce the monthly payment amount for Kindergarten - 8th grade students. In this scenario, you would make ten monthly payments instead of nine. Under the ten-month option, payments occur beginning in August and through May of the following year.
We require no extra payment for the school days in August. Here is the reason. Vacation and holiday breaks during the rest of the year offset those days. There are no discounts for vacation or holiday break days where the classes are not in session. If you have not paid the monthly tuition payment by the beginning of the month, the child will not attend until we receive the tuition.
If difficulties should arise in meeting the monthly tuition payment, you are encouraged to speak immediately with the pastor or the administrative assistant to make special arrangements to meet the tuition obligation. We understand that sometimes unforeseeable events occur. We want to be able to assist you as much as we are able.
Tuition is not waived, refunded, or discounted for personal vacation absences or holidays that may occur during a month. However, we may refund tuition or partial pro-rated tuition if the following apply:
1.) The student withdraws from the program upon proper notice and with the approval of the school headmaster. There will be no refund if a student exits our program without prior notification and consultation with the pastor.
2.) The student contracts a long-term illness and is absent from class sessions for ten or more consecutive days. (A note from the doctor is required.)
We hope that no child will be unable to attend Trinity Lutheran Classical School due to financial inability. Accordingly, a limited number of scholarships and other financial assistance programs are available. Most scholarships are issued at the beginning of the school year and extend throughout the academic year. It is possible to apply for financial aid at any time throughout the year. In this situation, we will need documentation of income. Please contact the administrative assistant for a scholarship application should you need one. All scholarship requests must be approved by the Board of Christian Education and depend upon available funding, the number of scholarships requested, the situations of greatest need. Federal free lunch guidelines determine the level of need. All funding for scholarships comes from donations from Trinity Lutheran Church members and memorials. Offerings from Christmas programs, Graduation/Promotion programs, and other school programs help fund scholarships. We always accept donations to the scholarship fund.
Returning Students – Trinity Lutheran Classical School offers a 5% tuition discount to any returning Kindergarten - 8th grade student(s). That policy does not apply to students enrolling in our three-day preschool program who had previously attended our two-day preschool program.
Multiple Children – Families having two or more children enrolled at Trinity Lutheran Classical School will receive a 25% tuition discount for the youngest child. If there is a third child enrolled, the youngest child will receive a 50% discount in addition to the 25% discount for the second child.
Family Member Discount – We offer a 15% discount on one child's tuition for any family where one (or both) parents are confirmed members of Trinity Lutheran Church or another Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregation. We will apply the 15% discount to the eldest child's tuition.
School doors will not be open until 7:45 am. That is to ensure the safety of the children and also allow the teachers their full preparation time. Our staff does permit exceptional arrangements in the case of family emergencies or when other unique circumstances require the child to be brought to school earlier.
Parents are responsible for getting their children to and from school safely and promptly. For your convenience, the alley is one-way off of South Prairie Avenue as you approach South Center Avenue. When picking up and dropping off your child, please use the back entrance (off the alley) or the front entrance on Pearl Street. An adult or student 12 or older must accompany preschoolers to the classroom door and place them into the direct care of the classroom teacher or aid. All students will only be released into the custody and care of a preauthorized adult or student 12 years or older. Students will remain in the care of school staff until picked up by a proper guardian.
Trinity Lutheran Classical School needs to know when someone different will be picking up the child. Our staff also needs to be notified when your child will be absent for any reason. Please let us know before or after class time. During school hours, we still receive messages, and one of the teachers will reply at the earliest convenience.
Children are to arrive and depart within ten minutes of scheduled times. Please DO NOT drop off your child earlier than ten minutes before class time or pick them up later than 10 minutes after class ends unless prior arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher.
Kindergarten - 8th Grade School Hours – are from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please do not drop off your child before 7:45 am and have them picked up no later than 3:15 pm. On Wednesdays, students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm to coincide with public school activities in Miles City.
Kindergarten - 8th Grade Attendance – According to Montana State Law, all students must adhere to punctual and regular attendance. If the student is absent or late to school, for good reasons, the parents need to contact the school office so that the teacher knows about it. The teacher also needs to be notified in advance of planned absences. Your child must complete all required school work missed due to being absent. Parents need to contact the teacher to make arrangements for the child's make-up assignments. Any work not made up will result in a grade of "zero." Tardiness over one hour will count as one-half day absent. If poor attendance becomes an issue, it may become a primary criterion in evaluating the student's promotion or retention.
The safety of our students at Trinity Lutheran Classical School is of paramount importance. To ensure the safety of the children, the classroom teachers only place the students into the custody of the person (or persons) the parents have granted prior permission. In these situations, the teachers must have a copy of the person's picture identification on file in the classroom.
It is the responsibility of parents (or guardians) to provide Trinity Lutheran Classical School with a copy of the picture identification of every individual they grant permission to pick their child up from school. That includes the parents themselves. Please limit to five persons. Exceptions require approval by the headmaster for any additional persons.
If a person shows up to pick up a child who does not have a picture identification on file with the teacher, the teacher will first contact the parents by phone to secure verbal permission from the parents (guardians) before allowing the child into the person's custody.
Kindergarten - 8th grade students require a uniform. Dress your child in comfortable, washable clothing. Provide appropriate outdoor clothing for the season (jackets, mittens, hats, boots, etc. ) and LABEL all outdoor clothing with your child's name.
The teachers have the discretion to decide whether the children will (or will not) go outside for playtime on any given day due to weather conditions. It may be ten degrees below zero, and they might go outside for a few minutes. PLEASE dress your child appropriately for the weather. When the class does go outside, the whole class will go; no child shall remain inside.
Children may wear shorts (but no short shorts) when the weather is warm enough, generally in September and again in the spring. Since accidents sometimes occur, please send a spare change of clothing appropriate for all seasons in a labeled plastic bag to keep at the school. Illness, and rips, and tears, as well as bathroom accidents, can happen to anyone.
Near the start of the school year, each preschool student will receive a school shirt. On occasion, we send notes home asking students to wear their school shirts for unique events. ALL students will need a backpack or book bag. Please label the bag with your child's name, as we sometimes end up with several identical bags. They should bring their bag with them and take it home each day they attend school.
We provide your child with a basket or cubby in the classroom for their papers and take-home notices from Trinity Lutheran Classical School. Each child is to check the basket each day before going home. PLEASE ask to see your child's papers and read and look them over. On the first day, both two and three-day preschoolers should bring one large package of Wet Wipes. No other supplies are needed. Your preschool registration fee covers the cost of materials used throughout the school year.
Kindergarten - 8th grade students will be mailed a supply list before the start of the school year. Please follow the requests and do not add or change items. Our space is limited! Additional supplies may be requested during the year via a note from the teacher.
We expect students to respect the property belonging to others. That includes the property of the school. Children are asked not to bring toys from home. Gum, candy, and money should also be left home or in the book bag. The teacher is permitted to temporarily confiscate such personal items that become a distraction or otherwise pose a problem in the classroom.
The Official School Uniform: consists of navy blue slacks or skirts with long or short-sleeved oxford shirts in light blue with the school LOGO. We require students to wear the uniform every Wednesday and at all school programs and events. The attire below meets our approval and can be worn during regular school times.
Shirts: Interlock polo, mesh polo, oxford short or long-sleeved (girls may wear feminine fit) Colors: light blue, navy, pink, or white MUST HAVE SCHOOL LOGO. Do not wear uniforms in layers with t-shirts, etc., in unapproved colors. The school will provide one long-sleeved oxford shirt in light blue for each Kindergarten - 8th grade student. Parents need to provide the teacher with their child's shirt size on the enrollment form.
Sweaters: Drifter button-front cardigan, or zip-front cardigan and or vest in navy with LOGO.
Pants: Plain or pleat front pants, with or without elastic, or plain front corduroy pants in navy or black or tan.
Skirts: Pleated or a-line skirt or shorts, knee-length or longer, in navy or black or tan.
Dresses: Long or short-sleeved polo dresses or jumpers in navy, pink, or light blue. All with LOGO.
Land's End school catalogs are available in the wall rack just outside the office. You may purchase school uniform items from any clothing store as long as they meet the required colors. If you buy items from anywhere other than Land's End, it is necessary to add the school logo to the attire. You can have this done locally at Stitching 4U right here in Miles City, MT. Here is their contact information:
Trinity Lutheran Classical School has a multitude of available free-used clothing in various sizes ready to pick out. Parents of Kindergarten - 8th grade students are welcome to look over the selection and take any items their child can use.
We are interested in the health of every child attending Trinity Lutheran Classical School. Good health habits contribute to their success in school. Cleanliness is paramount in the prevention of spreading germs, viruses, and diseases. Clean hands, teeth, hair, and bodies are appreciated.
Factors contributing to low academic achievement are emotional problems, physical problems, poor nutrition, lack of sufficient rest and sleep, and improper balance of TV viewing or video games to other activities. Our staff will follow student progress in these areas. Any child not maintaining acceptable health care practices is of concern to us, and we will consult parents as deemed necessary.
Over the years, we have had to deal with an occasional incident of head lice, as do many schools and daycare centers. If you discover that your child is infected, we appreciate knowing ASAP and ask that you keep your child home until your family doctor or county health department clears them. A signed release is required to return. If an incident of lice infection does occur, we will promptly send a notice home informing all parents to check their children.
Consult with your child's teacher immediately whenever a problem arises concerning the child at home or school. That would include such things as a recent or impending change in the child's living arrangement, a death in the family, discipline problems, or an issue with another student. You may be surprised at how deeply some events, or a few overheard words, can affect your child's behavior and academic achievement. The better we know your child, the better we can understand and work with their individual needs.
Trinity Lutheran Classical School has a closed campus policy during lunch hour. Students in Kindergarten - 8th grade must bring sack lunches. A microwave and refrigerator are available. Healthy snacks need to be sent daily for the morning break. Please do not send sweets, candy, or pop. Those are not healthy, nutritious options.
All children must get adequate rest and have a good breakfast or lunch before each preschool day. Approximately four times a year, each child will be asked to bring enough snacks and drinks for the entire class for one week. Our teachers are in charge of scheduling students to bring snacks. Each month, we will print a snack calendar to take home. You will know when your child's turn is and how many snacks will be needed. If you cannot provide snacks at your scheduled time, please contact your child's teacher ASAP. That courtesy will allow our staff to make other arrangements. Any leftovers will remain at Trinity Lutheran Classical School for use when a snack is forgotten by someone unless specifically requested.
Your child may bring a special treat on their birthday, even though they may not be on the schedule to bring a snack that day. If you would like to send a special treat for a particular holiday, please speak with your child's teacher.
PLEASE make sure the teacher and aides know about any food allergies or other health conditions your child may have.
Below is a list of nutritional snacks from which you can choose. Since some children are on restricted sugar diets, we ask that you send appropriate items from the list. When you are sending juice, please be sure there is no added sugar. We keep fruit juice on hand for those who have dairy allergies and cannot drink milk. We also try to have extra crackers on hand for those allergic to nuts. Please use low-salt food items whenever possible. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the teacher.
Bread/Cereal: Cheerios, crackers, graham crackers, popcorn, rice cakes or bars, and granola bars.
Milk, Meat, Dairy: Slices of lunch meat, cheese slices or sticks, peanut butter, nuts, ice cream
Vegetables/Fruit: Carrot or celery sticks, apples, raisins, fun fruit or roll-ups, banana
To assist us in promoting wellness in our classrooms and protecting the health of other children, please keep your child home when he or she becomes ill. That applies if your child becomes ill during the night, has a fever, or a severe cough. Please notify us when your child will be absent for any reason. Let us know if your child has a communicable disease or other health problem, which might be a concern to the safety of others. That can be especially important with matters such as head lice. Be advised that when any child becomes ill during school hours, we notify parents to take their child home.
Our staff will take care of minor injuries. We will notify you of any treatment given. If an emergency arises beyond this, we will make every effort to contact you, your designated contact person, and possibly your family doctor.
Trinity Lutheran Classical School must have a copy of your child's immunization record before the beginning of the school year. Proper immunizations are needed to be enrolled.
The task of Christian education is to ground the student in the Word of God so that the student may grow in faith (Romans 10:17) and service to God and others (1 Peter 2:9), Ephesians 2:10). The primary objective of responsible discipline is to ensure that each student may learn in an environment that is safe, productive, and conducive to learning. With this in mind, each student must act responsibly, with respect for the Word of God, our teachers, and other students in the classroom.
Expect discipline to be maintained by the classroom teacher in a serious, consistent, fair, and impartial manner. If such disciplinary action does not resolve the behavior problem, the pastor and parents will step in and help bring about correction, confession, and forgiveness.
Behave responsibly: Students will be responsible for their behavior.
Respect Authority: Students will honor and obey the pastor, teachers, aides, parents, and others in authority.
Respect Others: Students will show care and concern for the safety and space of others.
Respect Self: Students will use good health and safety habits. Students will set a Christian example in word and deed.
Respect School Environment: Students will show proper care for the property of Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Classical School.
We recognize that the primary responsibility for your child's growth in all these areas lies with you, the parents. That occurs within the home. At the same time, we know that parents desire assistance in these aspects of care and training. We know that we must not be and cannot be a substitute for your capable parenting and wholesome home environment. We desire to serve and assist you by providing the best possible learning environment to help encourage your child's social and personal growth.
To keep you involved in your child's schooling, you will get notes and letters from our teachers from time to time. You will also receive the Trinity Lutheran Church Newsletter, which features a preschool and Kindergarten - 8th grade article each month highlighting our activities. Please do the following:
1.) Look at your child's papers after each day and discuss daily activities with them. What did they learn? Check the monthly calendars. Look for notes and notices of upcoming activities and events.
2.) Let your child help with the selection and preparation of snacks or lunches.
3.) Help your child in preparing for their day. Are they appropriately dressed? Do they have what they need? Is there something special happening at the school today?
4.) We may occasionally ask for a parent volunteer to help in class or to chaperon a class outing.
If your child tells you something shocking, like "The teacher made us eat dog food or worms!", please do not be immediately alarmed. Contact the teacher and discuss the matter. You would then find out that while studying a lesson on pets, the children had a snack called "Puppy Chow", or during the science lesson, they had a snack of dirt (cookies and pudding with gummy worms in it). Children's explanations may sometimes desire further clarification. There is usually a reasonable explanation for most things. We will do our best to answer any questions that you may have.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held twice a year in the fall and spring. You are highly encouraged to attend. You will receive notification from your child's teacher regarding the sign-up sheet, which is placed near the door, a week or two ahead of time. During the conference, preschool parents will receive a progress report. The progress report will evaluate the development of their child. It will cover intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual growth but will not compare your child with others in the program.
Kindergarten - 8th grade parents will receive a report card quarterly. The conference will be a time for you to ask questions about progress or grades, homework, and if extra help is needed.
The school staff may identify and inform the parent(s) when they believe that a child has a learning disability or an area of concern that parents need to know about. For example, a child has a speech impediment, hearing or sight problem, or possibly ADD or ADHD. If that is the case, you will be encouraged to seek help from area specialists in evaluating your student's needs. Once a parent has been informed of the concern, it is the parent's responsibility to seek further consultation and help from DEAP, a specialist, or a medical professional.
Lord Jesus, You came to the world as a teacher and invited us to learn from You. Remember, then, all teachers, pupils, and parents as we begin a new school year. Provide thoughtful and caring teachers who stimulate and encourage children to be eager to learn. Provoke parents to take a genuine interest in the education of their children. Send Your holy angels to protect students and teachers from anything that might harm their bodies and minds. In keeping with Your will, let each one who begins this school year complete the term successfully and with thanksgiving to You. Keep all of us in mind of Your teachings, for it is through the knowledge of Christ that we reach the goal of eternal life. Amen
|Pam Henman||Preschool Teacher|
|Michelle Rice||Kindergarten - 8th Grade Teacher|
|Roberta Rickman||Kindergarten - 8th Grade Teacher|
|Jolene Taylor||Kindergarten - 8th Grade Teacher’s Aide|
|Peggy Certain||Administrative Assistant|
|Howard Schreibeis||Pastor & Headmaster|
We hope that this handbook has given you the information you need to know about our school program. If you have any questions or concerns now or throughout the school year, please feel free to contact the appropriate staff with your concerns. If you have an issue regarding any staff member, please speak to that individual first. If there are still issues, you may then express your concerns to the pastor. The Trinity Lutheran Classical School staff will do our best to resolve all matters in a loving and Christian manner. We are here to serve your family in Christ.
Lord, Bless this ministry.
Please check the monthly newsletter for recent updates regarding school activities – Thank you!