Every parent wants their child to have the best possible learning experience. While there may be various opinions on what the best experience means, there is little debate that learning environments built on relationships are generally safer, more nurturing, more personalized, and more inspiring for children than those that try to standardize the experience.This is where a private school experience often differs from public school, creating an environment where children are appreciated as individuals seeking growth and development rather than creating systems to efficiently educate the greatest number of children.Private school offers a different educational experience than public school. For parents seeking an alternative to the public system that offers strong academic programs, focuses on developing children as a whole, and desires to be partners with families in their child's growth, private school may be the answer.In this article, we will go over a few significant reasons why we believe private school is the best choice for educating children.
Small Classes & Personalized AttentionIn a private school, educational and socially developmental practices are more refined and tailored to meet the learning needs of each student individually to promote a love for learning and growth.By keeping classes small, private schools create a positive and fully supportive learning environment, allowing students to enjoy their education and feel confident in their abilities.Smaller class sizes allow teachers to get to know each child individually to ensure a more personalized approach, which is all about earning student trust and creating an environment where kids feel safe and secure.These private school practices allow teachers the time they need to provide helpful feedback to students and be more communicative with parents.
Flexibility & PartnershipPrivate schools, especially independent private schools like HTES, are structured to adjust more fluidly to situations than schools that are part of a large system governed by bureaucracy.This fluidity allows private schools to pivot faster to the needs of their teachers and students. It also helps create productive partnerships with families.Often, the teacher and parent's role in the learning process needs to be aligned to aid the student's development. Due to their independence, private schools are typically more ideal for developing these essential partnerships which are vital to flourishing cohesively.
Life Prep, Not Just School PrepGreat schools do more than simply prepare students for the next grade.While providing excellent academic programs, private schools also focus on helping children develop skills that encourage them to become quality citizens as well.Social and emotional learning happens throughout the experience as the lessons on the playground, court, or field become an essential piece of education private schools have to offer.In addition, students are encouraged to engage with their teachers and administrators with confidence by asking questions and receiving answers in a way that supports higher education, allowing the development of leadership and social skills.
Mission & ValuesPrivate schools, especially independent private schools, have the ability to craft their own mission and develop programs that serve that mission well.They also identify the core values that support that unique mission and ensure that those values are instilled in their daily practices.With the ability to operate without systematic restraint, private schools can stay focused on serving their mission and modeling the values of their school.
Does Private School Sound Right for Your Child?If you are considering private school to better your child's education and daily social experiences, Holy Trinity Episcopal School may be just what you are looking for.At HTES, our educational program focuses on supporting and mentoring your child through every stage of their development to prepare them for a bright future.With our family of educators, you can feel confident that your child is getting the most out of their everyday school experiences.For more information on how our private school can enhance your child's academic and social development, give us a call today at 281-459-4323.
Due to hazardous road conditions and high water in our parking lot, we are cancelling today's 3rd grade event. It is rescheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:30am.Also, for the same reasons above, if you are able to come to school and pick up your child now, we encourage you to do so. If you are unable to come now, it is okay. All children will be cared for until you arrive.Pick up will be in the fire lane next to the playground at the gym doors. Please be careful driving.
We are excited to announce a new type of event. We call it, "Titans Around Town."Titans Around Town events are public events in the Lake Houston area at which Holy Trinity is scheduled to be a participant. Look for Titans Around Town events on our calendar and promoted on our Facebook page.
Everything changes. Schools are no exception.When a teacher leaves a school, it is natural for some to worry about the impact made by such a departure. For schools, having a clear understanding of the qualities and values that made each teacher special is important when the time comes to fill openings on a faculty. Good schools identify those qualities in advance of any faculty departure and use that knowledge to preserve the core of what makes a school special.At Holy Trinity, we are blessed to have a team of teachers who strive daily to model our core values: Respect, Compassion, and Integrity. These teachers are also genuinely committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment while providing an advanced and highly regarded academic program. These are the qualities we look for first when adding new teachers and staff to our team. One member of that team is Mrs. Meredith Crowe. Mrs. Crowe joined HTES in 2012. Since then, she has been a true servant to the school and its mission. She has provided an outstanding academic kindergarten experience for numerous children, and has been a wonderful team player on our staff.Earlier this week, Mrs. Crowe informed me that she has made the very difficult decision to leave teaching to pursue a professional opportunity outside of schools. While the specifics of her future are part of her story to tell, I can share that her new professional adventure will be very good for her and her family. Mrs. Crowe’s last day at HTES will be May 7. After that, Mrs. Davis has agreed to step in and lead the class until the end of the year. Mrs. Crowe will be available to us for consultation as needed and is leaving lesson plans for Mrs. Davis.Holy Trinity has begun a national search for a new kindergarten teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. This new team member cannot replace Mrs. Crowe. Rather, he or she will have an opportunity to bring his or her talents to a welcoming and supportive school community, and build upon a solid foundation and example set by Mrs. Crowe.As we have more to share about that search, I will communicate that to the community.Please join me in thanking Meredith for her many years of service to HTES and wishing her well in her new endeavors.
Looking to do something involving exercise with your family and show off your Titan pride? How about joining our team and participating in one or more of the upcoming Walk Run Discover Lake Houston virtual race events? To learn more about the event, click here. To join our team, use this link. If asked for a passcode, use HTES.
HTES set a new record this year for food drive collection! Today, we packed up our collections to prepare delivery to Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM). We counted around 1,700 items. When you realize we have 32 students onsite and 15 faculty/staff members, the 1,700 items is staggering.
Thank you to everyone who showed the Titan spirit and contributed to this year's collection.
Click here to read Dr. Roddy's weekly message. In it, he shares some exciting news about how your family can support HTES during the holiday season and more.
In anticipation of weather related disruptions, and out of an abundance of caution, Holy Trinity Episcopal School will be closed on Wednesday, August 26 and Thursday, August 27. No decision about Friday, August 28 has been made yet, but we are monitoring the weather situation and announce our plan for August 28 as soon as possible.Students in the Titan Online Academy may continue to use their Edmentum program as your ability allows. However, our program coordinator may not be available during this weather event.Be safe, and take necessary precautions.
Greetings,Today, I am sad to report that Holy Trinity Episcopal School has lost a beloved member of our community. On Thursday, August 6, Mr. Larry Melton passed away peacefully with his family by his side.Mr. Larry’s family shared with us that, in recent weeks, he had been very ill and in the hospital.In a recent conversation, Mr. Larry’s wife, Brenda, told us that working at Holy Trinity and seeing the children made him extremely happy. This began in 2016 when Mr. Larry began serving Holy Trinity Episcopal School in the maintenance department. Larry will be remembered as one of the kindest people on campus. He always had a hug or a smile waiting for our students and staff.Holy Trinity Episcopal School’s purpose is to make the world smarter and kinder. Mr. Larry was a master in teaching us about kindness. His example made us a better school.Mr. Larry’s family is working to set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help with the costs of his final arrangements. As we learn more about that campaign, we will be sure to pass it along to our Titan community.Sincerely,
Today, we are proud to announce the opening of a new online learning program for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. We call it our Titan Online Academy.The Titan Online Academy offers a core curriculum experience aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Standards. In the Titan Online Academy students are guided and coached by a Holy Trinity qualified teacher who brings the relationship centered/student focused approach we use in our onsite program to a completely online learning experience.The program utilizes the highly rated Edmentum Core Library Courseware System. This library includes courses in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts. The flexible nature of this program allows students the potential to move at a pace conducive to their needs. The teacher in this system provides feedback, answers questions, provides time management and learning strategy coaching, grades assignments, and manages the student's records for credit.Students enrolled in the Titan Online Academy are expected to fulfill their course responsibilities in accordance with the guidance and parameters outlined for the course and administered by the Titan Online Academy coordinator, Mrs. Hannah Cheek. Mrs. Cheek will still remain the 4th and 5th grade teacher for our onsite 3K - 5th grade school.The Titan Online Academy provides a learning solution for families looking for:
- A completely online learning platform
- Course offerings that have the flexibility to adapt to the needs of the student
- A personalized experience that aligns with the core values of Holy Trinity Episcopal School: Respect, Compassion, and Integrity
- An educational experience led by a professional teacher that removes the need for the parent to be a homeschool teacher
Our current plan for re-opening in the fall of 2020 is now available on our COVID-19 response page. As the situation with the virus changes, our plan may change. We will continue to update our community as necessary.
March 16, 2020Greetings Titan family,As you have probably heard by now, local area schools have closed until April 10 in an effort to "flatten the curve" of COVID-19. The Titan family will be joining in this effort to keep our most vulnerable community members healthy. We will return to school on April 14, Easter Tuesday.Last week, during what should have been their break, the faculty rallied to produce one week of online learning; this effort was designed to get us through the current week. Today, we met virtually to hash out what online learning will look like beyond this week. Rest assured, you will still receive the same relationship-based education that you have come to expect from your Titan teachers.Later this week, you will receive more specific details about our programming you can expect until April 14, but here are some of the highlights:
Usually, in this part of the message, I point out all the upcoming events. Obviously, that's unnecessary. I would like to take this time to tell you all how proud I am of the faculty and staff of HTES who have come together and worked so diligently and are so committed to continue to provide you with the Titan education you expect and deserve.Thank you,Dr. Roddy
- Google Meet: Your class will meet virtually three days a week; we will stagger the meeting times for those families with children in multiple grades, as families typically have only one computer.
- Google Classroom: Our 3rd to 5th graders already have access to and are familiar with navigating Google and its submissions; 3K to 2nd grade parents will receive information for a log in and email for your student from Mr. Silva. This will allow you to log in to the Meet and download various lesson plans and projects.
- "Titan Time": Once a week, to keep our community connection alive, students will be asked to join in a Google Meet with Dr. Roddy in which we will share our experiences, keep up with our successes and happy news (birthdays, lost teeth, ...), and come together in prayer. Details about "Titan Time" will also come out later this week.
- Facebook Live: Each weekday morning at 9 a.m. Dr. Roddy will be available on Facebook live to update the community and address any concerns that parents may have.
March 14, 2020Greetings Titan family!The faculty and staff have been working on plans you can use with your child to keep him/her engaged in learning during the closing. This link gives you access to a folder containing all the available plans. Plans may change, so please check daily for any updates. If you have a question about what to do, etc., please contact your teacher directly.If for some reason your link does not work, or if you cannot access the necessary information, please let me know.Thank you for your support and partnership during this time.Dr. Roddy
Greetings,I hope this message finds you happy, healthy, and ready for a much deserved Spring Break.This message serves to inform you about the guidelines Holy Trinity Episcopal School is following to help us care for your family. These guidelines not only help us prevent the spread of illness in the classroom, but also helps prevent your child from coming home and spreading an illness to your other family members.If a student presents with any of the following, they should be kept home from school.
If a student presents any of the following at school, you will be asked to come get your child.
- Fever of 100.0° or higher
- Fever (any temperature above 98.6°) with a rash
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the 12 hours before school starts in the morning
- Suspicion of a communicable disease
Before a student can be admitted back to school after an absence due to illness, the following criteria must be met.
- Fever 100.0° or higher
- Fever (any temperature above 98.6°) with a rash
- Suspicion of a communicable disease
We ask that you join us in the following preventive measures.
- They are fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol, Advil, etc.
- After 24 hours from the time one begins antibiotic treatment
- When vomiting and/or diarrhea has not recurred in the 12 hours before school starts in the morning
In addition, HTES is paying attention to the news regarding coronavirus. We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources to stay current of the latest developments.
- Encourage children to wash their hands frequently (warm water for at least 20 seconds)
- To refrain from sharing food and drink
- To cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue (or at least their arm) and then throw the tissue in the trash
- To tell their teacher if they begin to feel ill while at school
- To tell their parent(s) if they feel ill at home
Please know that HTES is monitoring the information from the CDC, and is prepared to take appropriate actions as needed.I hope these guidelines and reminders are helpful.Finally, and unrelated to illness, registration for March’s Friday Feasts is open. The deadline to register is tomorrow (March 4, 2020).Thank you for your partnership and attention to these matters.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
- What You Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
This year's Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, March 6. For more information, please contact Mrs. Yarbrough at email@example.com.
Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Rodeo Art Contest. All of our students won ribbons, including 4 Blue Ribbon Awards! Well done, Titans.
Well done, so far! Keep us on track to reach out goal of 500 cans and 100% participation in the Souper Bowl of Caring drive. All proceeds will go to support Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM).
Registration for the October Friday Feasts is now live! We are adding a BurgerIM day to the rotation. Questions? Email the Titan Parent Association.
Titans,We are keeping a close eye on the impact of Tropical Storm Imelda. Any information about school closures/impact will be shared via our messaging system (email/text).Thank you,Dr. Roddy
The Titan Parent Association is happy to bring back our Friday Feasts! Click here to get more information and to sign up for September's feasts.
Please see below, a message I received last night from our uniform provider.Dear Valued School Partner,
We are reaching out to acknowledge and apologize for the fact that we have fallen behind in our shipping time frames and to announce our shipping methodology moving forward.
We recognize that communication with you is essential in times like this and that we should have communicated earlier. We fell behind in our shipping time frames earlier this summer, but our distribution facility in Chicago is now (and has been for the past month) operating at maximum capacity. We have all of the needed inventory for your school on our shelves, and we are working around the clock and through the weekends to get all orders out the door ASAP.
Under normal circumstances, our warehouse would ship orders on a first in first out (FIFO) basis. When we fell behind in shipping, we began shipping under a different methodology that aligned more with school start dates. We have successfully met many of these deadlines and have been less successful with others. As a result, we have determined to revert to the FIFO method as of Thursday, 8/29. This means that across all of our partner schools and families' orders, we will be addressing orders in terms of oldest to newest.
This week we will email all families with outstanding orders, notifying them of their order’s ship date.
Please know that we understand the frustration and upset these shipping delays have caused for your families and for you as school leaders. Earlier communication could have assisted in subduing some of that stress. Again, our most sincere apologies in this regard. We are hopeful that through this communication with you and your families, combined with addressing oldest outstanding orders first, we will quickly be able to provide uniforms to those who have been waiting the longest and are, most likely, feeling the most anxiety about their uniforms.
As stated above, our products are in place, we are working 24/7, and we are getting orders out the door in great numbers. We will not rest until every student is in uniform!
Your School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger Team
We are proud to announce a new initiative, The Titan Club, designed to build partnerships with area businesses. Read more about The Titan Club here.
There are 10 days left in the current spirit item campaign! Please consider helping us reach our goals. To order, go to our Spirit Item page.
Titans,Please see the following message from our uniform provider.Dear Partner School,
We wanted to reach out to acknowledge that we are running a bit behind in processing/shipping orders to families, but we are quickly catching up. Please see below for an update on shipping time frames and a broader sense of what is happening currently in our distribution center.
All orders placed through 7/26 will ship out of our facility by this Friday, 8/9
All orders placed through 8/2 will ship out of our facility by next Friday, 8/16
We had a few glitches earlier this summer with our receiving process, so it took us a bit longer to get our inventory on the shelves than we had anticipated. Over the past six weeks, we have worked diligently to get up to speed. We are pleased to share that our distribution center is now processing orders at maximum capacity. Additionally, we are currently working around the clock to ensure that we are doing all we can to process and ship orders as quickly as possible.
We are in a very strong position with inventory. Once our inventory was received and shelved, we had more than ample quantities on the shelves which allows us to now process orders with the greatest possible speed and accuracy.
Our apologies for the extended wait times and busy signal that some of your families may have experienced in trying to reach our customer service center. We are adding customer service consultants and the entire team is working extended hours behind the scenes to get in touch with each and every customer that has reached out, but please be patient as our call and email volume remains high. Our shipping delays resulted in a commensurate increase in customer service inquiries. Please know that as we catch up with our order shipments, our response times in customer service will return to normal, real-time communication.
Thank you for your patience and your partnership. We are honored to be serving you.
Your School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger Team
Greetings Titan family!There are, typically, two emotions people share with me during this final period before a new school season. One is relief. The other is unbridled optimism. Often, it is a delightful combination of the two. Whichever place on that spectrum you find yourself, I hope you are excited to begin the 2019-2020 season because, well, it is almost here.As such, I want to bring a few items to your attention. I have referenced much of this in my recent Office Hours LIVE! Broadcasts on our Facebook page. Feel free to go there to check them out and to join me (almost) every Thursday at 9 am. Either way, please note the following items.Friday, August 9, is Parent Orientation. This is a new event we are trying out this year. There are two sessions. One from 9-11 am and a second from 1-3 pm. Both sessions will cover the same information and are designed for parents. At this event, I will go over a number of logistical and operational items that directly relate to strengthening the partnership between home and school. Part of this presentation includes an update on school projects and future planning. This will be an important event for parents as quite a bit of important information will be shared.Sunday, August 11, is Back to School Bash! The event begins at 4 pm and lasts until 6 pm. This is a great time to reconnect with teachers, students, and families. Snacks will be served from our newly painted and organized Titan Cafe (concession stand). In addition, among other items, there will be:
We hope to see you on the 11th. Dress is casual.Monday, August 12, is Student Orientation. This, too, is a new event this year. The day is designed to help students prepare for the first day of school. Students can arrive at any time between 8 am and around 11 am to meet with their teachers. Dress is casual.Faculty will orient their students as they arrive. Each grade level and class is different, but the actual orientation should take no more than an hour. Items could include:
- Information about enrichment programs and Titan Academy
- Fall athletics information
- Volunteer sign ups
- Used uniforms on sale
- Drop off station for mandatory health forms
I apologize for the length of this message, but hope you find the information useful. We are grateful for your commitment to our school and look forward to working with you again this year.It’s great to be a Titan,
- An overview of the room and where things are located
- Going over a typical day in the life of your class
- Setting up learning spaces, lockers, cubbies, etc.
- Introducing any specific routines and procedures
- Taking time to establish your relationship with each student. Ideas include:
- Special activities
- “What did you do this summer?”
- Collecting student information (favorite color, birthday, favorite book, etc.)
- “What do you hope to do this year?”
- A tour of campus to make sure students know where things are located
- Going over the schedule for the first day of school
- Greeting parents who arrive with their children
- Handing out any syllabi, class information, etc.
Our new Spirit Item page on the website is now open. Showing off your Titan Pride is easy with one (or more) of our fantastic spirit items!
The 2019-2020 Spirit Shirt is now available to order online. Please help support the school by ordering today. This initial order campaign ends in 2 weeks to allow for delivery by Back to School Bash (August 11).To order go to: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/htes-spirit-shirt-19-20
- It is an early dismissal day with the last group (Middle and Upper School) wrapping up for a noon dismissal.
- We will not have any after school care tomorrow. All students need to be picked up on time.
- Tomorrow involves 2 awards ceremonies. Lower School awards are from about 8am to 10am. Middle and Upper Awards follow.
- We are asking students to wear Chapel uniform. We apologize for the late notice.
- Once the Lower School ceremony ends, and the teacher is done, students in those classes are free to go early with a parent or guardian.
- Students are asked to make sure they bring all of their belongings home and make sure their lockers are cleaned out.
If you were unable to watch this week's Office Hours LIVE! with Dr. Roddy, you can check it out on our Facebook Page.
We are excited to announce that Holy Trinity Episcopal School has been chosen to be the Humble/Atascocita location for Dynamo Dash Youth soccer. This is an exciting partnership that will benefit the local community. For more information about Dynamo Dash Youth, including their upcoming tryout schedule, please visit their website.
Details about the May 5th family fun event are now available, including how to purchase tickets. For more information, visit our spring gala page on the website!
Information for this summer's Summer at HTES is now available on our website.
From Mrs. Cheek:Our last day!
What an adventure we have had! Today we visited the home of George and Martha Washington. Their home is 80% original and restored to look (nearly) exactly haw it looked at the time. Students enjoyed walking the grounds, taking in the views, and seeing the animals. Some discovered that the goats would eat out of their hands!
We are sad to leave but excited to share our adventures with those that did not join us. We will see you tonight, Houston!
From Mrs. Cheek:We spent our morning at the Air and Space museum! Some preferred air, others preferred space. Everyone had a blast and expanded their thinking! There were some mind boggling questions asked. We may have some future astrophysicists in our midst!We are currently touring the National Cathedral; an Episcopal Cathedral and a living work of art. The stained glass is breathtaking!Later we will hit the Newseum (we missed it yesterday due to rain and extensive traffic) and American History museum! We are enjoying our time together and making lasting memories.
We have informed teachers to return to normal operations. Students are now okay to go outside. We will continue to monitor the situation and are prepared to adjust as needed.
In response to the current situation involving the fire in Crosby, teachers have been asked to keep students inside as much as possible. We are actively monitoring the situation and will update you as necessary.
As reported by Mrs. Cheek:Yesterday was quite eventful. We assumed a massive April Fools joke but unfortunately, nobody was laughing. Well, okay, we were all laughing. It all started at the duck tours with the amphibious busses. We divided into 2 groups, Mrs Davis in group one, I in group two. Group one loaded the duck tour, an hour later group two took a separate bus. About 30 minutes into the tour I received a text message from a parent. Their bus was stuck in the mud and had been for about half an hour. I notified our captain who assured someone was on the way to pick them up and was thankful for the update, he would go another way. Our group finished the tour and we tried calling and calling. Meanwhile our first group was cold and stuck; adorned with ponchos and life vests. As Mr. Traylor so eloquently put it, “We are on a duck and this duck is stuck.” After 3 hours of chilly wind, in a boat, in the middle of the Potomac river, and three other duck busses attempting to pull them out, a parent called the coast guard. Not the captain, a parent. 10 minutes later they were rescued! With quite a tale to tell about their Stuck Tour.
Happy to be safe and warm,
Titans in DC
From Mrs. Cheek:We made it to DC safe and sound, and hit the ground running right away. We toured Arlington Cemetery and witnessed the end of the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We traveled to Iwo Jima, caught a group picture there. Then we visited the Pentagon Memorial. We traveled downtown and honored the Jefferson Memorial and witnessed the blooming cherry blossoms on our way to the Washington Monument. Next was the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Memorial for Women Serving in Vietnam War and World War II Memorial. We are enjoying our time and excited to share our experience.
After monitoring the situation all day and recognizing that the shelter in place order has been lifted in Deer Park and Galena Park, I have instructed teachers that it is safe to bring students outside again. This includes Titan Academy After School programs.As always, thank you very much for your continued support of Holy Trinity Episcopal School.
March 21, 2019Good morning. Holy Trinity is actively monitoring the situation involving air quality resulting from the Deer Park fire. At this time, there is no reason for us to believe our students and faculty are in any danger. In addition, while the school is technically in Sheldon ISD, our location is on the extreme northern end and is not in any reported zone of concern.Out of caution, we have asked teachers to limit all outdoor activities today. In addition, Mrs. Elsa will be monitoring the news all day. If we need to take any action other than what we are already doing, we will let you know ASAP.If you have any questions or need to check in with us, please call the front desk. We will be happy to help.
We are seeking your opinion on a possible date for a spring family event. Please go to the HTES Facebook Page and take the poll. The poll will be available for one week from the date of this announcement.
Re-enrollment for 2019 - 2020 has begun.Families that re-enroll by February 28 will receive a $500 tuition discount. If you have any questions about how to re-enroll or about our plans for next year, please contact Dr. Roddy. We are happy to help.
After a national search, Holy Trinity Episcopal School is happy to announce that we have a new member of the Titan family joining us in January.Mrs. Lisa Lane has agreed to be our new Director of Enrollment Management. Mrs. Lane will be an important member of the administrative team and is eager to begin. Her most recent work was as a Program Manager at the University of Houston Law Center specializing in communications and marketing. In addition, Lisa has teaching experience having taught English in the Dallas area for a few years before moving to Houston. She is also very experienced with independent schools after being a parent volunteer at Greenhill School (Dallas), St. Mark’s School of Texas (Dallas), and The Kinkaid School (Houston).Please join us in welcoming Lisa to our community!
Our website has had a makeover! We hope you find the new website useful and easy to navigate. There is a welath of information for both current and prosepctive families, so feel free to browse around.