Holy Trinity School

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our former Assistant Principal, Angelo Castucci.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our former Assistant Principal, Angelo Castucci.  Mr. Castucci helped shepherd our school during the transitional years from 2006 – 2014 and was an integral part of Sr. Maureen’s early years as principal. 

The children and faculty will remember him fondly for his cameo appearances in our drama productions, playing kickball on the playground, acting as the emcee and playing volleyball during the annual student-teacher volleyball games for CSW, and his sharing of gum with the students as they passed his office at dismissal.

Visitation is at the Galante Funeral Home in Caldwell  on Monday, August 13, 2019, from 4-8p.m. 

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Philomena Church in Livingston on Tuesday, August 14, 2019, at 10am.

May the Lord provide comfort to his family, especially his wife, Gloria, during this difficult time. 

 Let perpetual light shine upon him; may he rest in peace. Amen

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of long time principal of Holy Trinity, Mrs. Dorothy Szot.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of long time principal of Holy Trinity, Mrs. Dorothy Szot.

Mrs. Szot, a native of Jersey City and proud alumnae of St. Aloysius school, graduated from Fordham University before starting her teaching career in Jersey City. She then moved on to Park Middle School in Scotch Plains. After starting a family with her beloved husband Stanley, to whom she was married for almost sixty years at the time of his passing 5 years ago, she left teaching to raise her daughters, Amy and Cathy.

A return to teaching marked the beginning of her 40 years of devotion for the children, families, and faculty of Holy Trinity School. Starting in fifth grade, she quickly made the switch to eighth grade, moving from the original elementary school building to the high school building across First Street, currently the school’s main campus. Mrs. Szot took great pride in her ability to teach English grammar and composition to the children of Holy Trinity. In 1983 she was named principal and led Holy Trinity with kindness, caring, humor, and love until her retirement in 2007. She was at the helm as our school grew from one class of each grade to two classes of each grade in Westfield and an Early Childhood Learning Center serving two year olds through kindergarten at the Mountainside campus. She was a proponent of embracing the newest trends in education while holding on to the traditions of a strong Catholic foundation. Mrs. Szot was ahead of her time in opening the school to all seeking a Catholic education, truly creating a school where everyone is someone special, well before differentiated learning became an educational buzzword! Anyone, from pastor, to parent, to teacher, to student, who entered her office left with a smile and the knowledge that they were loved and respected by a woman who truly cared for her school and all who were served by it.

Her strong Catholic faith was the guiding light throughout her life and she exemplified this by placing a poster with these words at all entrances to the school building, “Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen, but ever present teacher in all of its classes, the model of its faculty, and the inspiration for its students.”


She is honored with the statue of two joyful children on the front steps of our school, perfectly placed for she will remain that smiling face lovingly watching her students and parents out of her office window at dismissal. May she Rest In Peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ whom she served so well in her years here at Holy Trinity.

Mrs. Szot is survived by her two daughters  Amy Bottega and Cathy Traflet, their husbands, William and Steve, as well as her six beloved grandchildren, including Holy Trinity alumni, Beth ‘00, Colin ’03, Laura ‘06, and Corey ‘09.

The Viewing will take place at Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains on Friday, February 15, 2019, from 5-8 p.m.The Funeral Mass will take place at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scotch Plains on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 10 a.m.

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The Passing of Madeline Fernandez

Dear Parents,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of former teacher, Madeline Fernandez. Mrs. Fernandez taught multiple grades here at Holy Trinity over the years, from 2nd to 8th grade. After her retirement she served for many years as our After-care Coordinator. She was greatly loved by all the students and their parents. Mrs. Fernandez is survived by her husband Joe, her sister, former principal Dorothy Szot, her daughters Tammy and Melissa, both Holy Trinity Alumni, as well as grandchildren, Brandon Leonard ’98, Ryan Leonard ’00, Brittany Leonard ’04, and Connor Leonard ’09. May she rest in peace and let perpetual light shine upon her.

The wake is on Thursday, November 15th at 10am at IHM in Scotch Plains. The Funeral Mass begins at 11am.

Dr. Ellis

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Congratulations to our 8th Grade Team who won first place in the Roselle Catholic Scholastic Olympics last week!  The Scholastic Olympics is an academic competition sponsored by Roselle Catholic High School for eighth grade students. A team of seventeen Holy Trinity School students competed in the 47th Annual Scholastic competition winning 1st Place for the thirteenth time among two hundred students from fourteen area schools.

Subject area winners were:

  • English:  1st Charlotte Gray, 2nd Evan Lee
  • History: 1st Michael Murphy, 2nd Madeline Ahlbeck
  • Math: Parker Smith, 2nd Kelly Troczynski
  • Religion: 3rd Maggie Murray
  • Spelling: 1st Kevin Cull, 2nd Mariana Morin
  • Current Events: 1st Michael Preite

Completing the Scholastic Team were: Art, Kandice Rodriguez-Hernandez, Sophia Salazar; Current Events, William Oliver; Religion, Phoebe Costalos; Science, Thomas Lezynski, Jack Zellner-Phelps; Forensics, Jonathan Scalia.

Thanks to all of the students for their hard work in preparing and participating in the event.


  HTS Volleyball Players Excel


The fall volleyball season wraps up this weekend with playoff games on Saturday, November 10,  at St. Agnes gym in Clark.

The JV Team, made up of 13 girls in grades 4 to 6, will play at 9am. The Varsity Team, with its 9 players in the 7th grade, will play at 3 p.m. All are welcome to cheer on the girls.

The coaches are also pleased to announce that three varsity players:  Josie Allen, Alex Brenner, and Gabby Zuretti, tried out and were offered spots on competitive local club volleyball teams.  Their success and the great strides all the players made this year in improving their game is a testament to their dedication and hard work at practice.

The co-ed winter season starts in January and registration is now open at htisnjsports.siplay.com.


LAST CALL: Yankee Candle Sale orders were due Friday, November 9th!!  Please help support our 8th Grade and get your holiday shopping done at the same time!  All merchandise selected will be delivered by December 10th.  The shipping on all catalog items is free.  You will pick up your order at school.  If you choose to shop online, simply go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter our group number, 99547945.  All items will be shipped directly to your house, but you will be responsible for the shipping charge.  Any questions, please contact Mary Ellen Ehrsam at meehrsam@gmail.com.  Thank you for supporting our 8th Grade and Happy Shopping!



The online school store is open from Nov 5 to Nov 18 for delivery on 12/13/18 (before Christmas). The link to order is here and is also posted on the school website.

Mrs. Grawehr Leads Her Class in Their Morning Routine


The Mountainside Campus has Classroom Observation Days on Monday and Tuesday, November 12 and 13th, from 9:15am to 10:45pm. Everyone is invited to attend . Please share this opportunity with family and friends!







WANTED: Parents to help organize and plan for the Children’s Retreat to be held for K-4 students during Catholic Schools Week.

SKILLS NEEDED: A desire to help bring God’s love closer to the children.  Organizational abilities and experience running activities with children a plus. Sainthood not required 🙂

COMPENSATION: a hundred fold blessings

Our first planning meeting will be Monday, November 12th at 9:15 am.  Applicants please respond to Krystyna Allen at ekallen1@verizon.net or Amy Lovato at alovato2@verizon.net.

Want to design the 2018-2019  yearbook cover? The Yearbook Naming Contest ends Nov 13.  

All student entries are due to Mrs. Gribbin by 11/13/18. Entries must be designed on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper and include the following: ”Peace” as the theme, a colored picture, object, or design,  the school’s name and year, (Holy Trinity School, 2018-2019), and the student’s name and grade on back. Questions? See Mrs. Gribbin


Revised Student / Family Handbook – the Student/Family Handbook has been revised and published on the school website. Please read it. 

The Westfield Municipal Alliance and Westfield High School DREAM Team have announced the 6th Annual Palooza contests in celebration of Red Ribbon Week .  The aim of Red Ribbon Week is to highlight drug prevention education & advocacy.

The Theme of this year’s contest is: Westfield, We have Better Things to do; Healthy Choices, Everyday Choices

At the Westfield Public Schools, the Art Palooza contest is for grades 1-5, the Poetry Palooza contest is for grades 6-8, (and the PSA Palooza contest is for grades 9-12.)  The deadline is November 20th.

In past years, Holy Trinity School has participated in the Palooza contest and many Holy Trinity students are past finalists.



Sports Physicals:  Basketball season is upon us at Holy Trinity!

If your child in Grades 6 – 8 is registered to participate in HTS Basketball they must have a valid sports physical on file in the nurse’s office.  This is a NJ State requirement.  Students cannot participate in practices or games if this requirement is not met.


Attention Pre-K Parents:  The State of NJ requires an annual flu shot for all Pre-K students up to age 59 months.  Students must receive the flu vaccine by 12/31/18 in order to continue attending HTS in January 2019.  Students who do not meet this requirement will be excluded from school until the flu shot is given.


Mary Kaiserman RN BSN




Grocery Gift Cards – Don’t forget to purchase grocery gift cards for all of your Thanksgiving shopping!  Only two more weeks before the holiday! 

At the Westfield Campus, next week orders received by 2:30pm Tuesday, Nov. 13, will be filled by Thursday, as usual.  Last chance to get cards before Thanksgiving will be the week of Thanksgiving!  Orders received by 2:30pm on Monday, November 19, will be filled by Wednesday, Nov. 21.

At the Mountainside Campus, during Thanksgiving week, cards will be available for direct purchase at the Mountainside lobby on Wednesday, November 21 from 8:50am – 9:20am, as is usual on Wednesdays. (Westfield families may come too!)

Grocery gift cards make great holiday gifts too!  They are perfect for Giving Tree programs!  We have $25, $50 and $100 denomination cards for Acme, Kings, Shop Rite, Stop and Shop and Wegmans.  Forms may be found on the website.

Program balance updates were sent in mid-October.  It’s not too late to start this year!



The Little Town of Christmas

Seeking responsible 7th and 8th graders to serve as STAGE CREW for the Christmas play. Rehearsals are every afternoon from Monday, November 26th through Thursday, December 6th, at the HTS Mountainside Campus (Pollard Hall) from 3:45 to 5:45pm. Live performance dates are Friday, December 7th, at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 8th, at 1:00pm. Spots for crew will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email eileenmhume@gmail.com if your 7th or 8th grader is interested in joining the crew.  Spots will be confirmed as they are received.  THANK YOU!




From the archives: Students Made Pilgrim Hats In Preparation For The Holiday

SAVE THE DATE: Parents and grandparents are invited to join us for the Thanksgiving Prayer Service on Nov 21st at 10am.


WC Photo retake day moved from Nov 21 to Nov 29th.

 A Protecting God’s Children (PGC) workshop is scheduled for November 27 at HT Church at 7pm. If you are a new volunteer at Holy Trinity, please register for the workshop here. If you are a returning volunteer and it has been 5 years since you last attended a PGC workshop, please ask the office to register you for the November 27th workshop. The complete list of PGC workshops is available here.  

 The December School Mass at Westfield has been changed from Dec 7 to December 20th at 9am; Cardinal Tobin may be celebrating!