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Monday, December 11th, 2017

TBS Nation,

PJ Day!


Good morning TBS and welcome to Pajama Day!  I have to admit with the snow already flying it seems to fit the day.  This week TBS will have her Christmas Program at Trinity Baptist Church.  There will be singing from all students, there will be a Christmas Reader’s Theatre, and other fine performances.  There has been much work done in the music and speech department and I am really looking forward to experiencing worship with our students.
It goes without saying but be careful on the trip in to school today.  The roads are slick and I have already seen the plow trucks out!  Take your time and make sure you get here and home safely!
Psalm 136:1  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Monday, December 11th, 2017
7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:00pm – Student School Pick Up
3:15pm – After School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
5:00pm – Girls BB Game (Arrive at 4:00pm / Lighthouse)
6:30pm – Boys BB Game
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

December 8th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Snow is on the way this evening and it looks like the record of no snow before Christmas is not going to happen.  Shovels, snowblowers, plows are all part of the game I guess.  For goodness sake North Carolina and Texas have more snow on the ground than we do at this point!
Yesterday marked the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  I have been reading a book to Weston about those who were born in WI and served in the military during that time.  They give their personal account of the infamous day.  It is interesting that each of them have unique experiences that kept them from dying but in all of their cases they note that they can’t believe that they survived.  As I pondered that thought last night, I also can’t believe that God has chosen to protect and keep me.  How anybody can live in this world and not become the world is beyond me.  The weapons are so strong and attractive.  The amount of influence is more than substantial.  The majority participate and don’t realize the end of their way.
Scripture says that we should get wisdom and insight and that we should prize those things highly.  It is really hard to keep the focus of our lives on the Lord.  There is no doubt that the majority of mankind is being hit by the bombs Satan releases and the body count and devastation continues to rise.  One of the other common thoughts that each of these men who were in the battle at Pearl Harbor said that if the Japanese came again or put troops on the ground, there would be no way to fight.  One Navy soldier said, “we don’t have guns but if we did we don’t have ammunition to put in them.”  Can you imagine being in that position?  I think that sometimes as believers we fight like this.  We are caught totally off guard and get “Shelled” and then when we realize what is happening we pick up our guns and reach for ammunition that is not there.
Depression and frustration can accompany this season and there are some that really struggle, but through it all we need to remember TRUTH.  God is real, he is just, He is light, He is love, He is our salvation, He is our deliverer, He is comfort, He is all in all.  Let us rest in this today!  Let me finish my morning word by telling those who have or are actively serving our country – Thank You!
7:00am – Before School Day (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off (Sarah Leeds)
8:15am – Normal School Day
Pizza Friday – Order before class
3:00pm – Student Pick Up
3:15pm – After School Care (Sarah Leeds)
5:00pm – Boys Basketball Game @ Lighthouse
6:30pm – Girls Basketball Game @ Lighthouse
Navigating True North,

Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

Monday, December 4th, 2017

TBS Nation,

What a fun weekend with the TBS Float!  A huge thank you to all those involved in making that happen.  Spoor’s, Abell’s, Thorpe’s, Bush’s and especially the kids that put in the effort. I also want to thank Kathy Rabe for the use of the trailer and generator.  A big thank you to Sean and Mackenzie for their part of driving the float!  Thank you to Amy Rabe, Paul Braker, Bob Laudolf, Randy and Jan Martin, and the TBS students who walked and passed out candy during the parade! You were awesome! The float was a success and we were able to pass out a ton of TBS information to the thousands on hand.  We are praying that seeds planted will be fruit later!
There is much rain planned for today…..The students will be inside for most of the breaks!  Dress accordingly!


Sue Struska Memorial Service:  December 10th, 5:00pm @ Trinity Baptist Church

Next Sunday Evening there will be a Memorial Service to honor and celebrate the life of Sue struska.  Even though you may have already been invited I wanted to extend the invitation to the School Family as well because of your help with this family.  We have had much prayer for Bill and Sue over the past few months and Bill would like nothing better than to have you celebrate with his family Sunday evening the 10th of December.  There will be a service at 5:00pm and a dinner to follow.  Trinity Baptist Church will host the Memorial Service.
Bill and Sue talked to me prior to the passing of Sue about the school.  Both of them believe in Christian Education and believe that our school is worth supporting and making investments toward.  They were gracious and generous to donate any memorial given toward the TBS ministry.  I appreciate and am greatly honored to be a recipient on more time of Sue Struska’s service.  Thank you in advance to those who give toward our school in this way.
This is week 7 of 9 in our Quarter.  For those watching closely we only have three weeks until our First Semester is complete.  Praise the Lord for the work done and effort given.  May God continue to bless our school and make us successful for His name sake!


Monday, December 4th, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:00pm – Student Pick Up (Jeremy Shaeffer)
3:00pm – BB Game @ Waupaca (Bus to Leave FCS @ 3:00pm / Students dismiss @ 2:45pm)
3:15pm – After School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
Navigating True North,

Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

November 29th, 2017

TBS Nation,

God Answers Our Prayers!
There is good news this morning and some answered prayers.  Eric and Tiffany Spoor reported that Lydia did well during the procedures yesterday down at Children’s Hospital.  They took several biopsies of some concerning sites but pathology will take around two weeks before the report back.  Thank the Lord with the Spoor’s this morning.  We still need to pray for Bill and Sue and Sue’s battle with cancer.  She is getting week and loosing abilities she once possessed.  I’m sure Bill and the family are struggling with these things so I again ask you to pray today for this family.
TBS participated in the Salvation Army Give Back Tuesday event here in FDL.  This was a sponsored event through Thrivent Financial.  It was fun to see the kids sing and participate in the community.
November 29th, 2017
7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off (Sarah Leeds)
8:15am – Normal School Day / Chapel Day
Elementary Bible Quizzing
Jr/Sr High Student Leadership Team
3:00pm – Student Pick Up (Sarah Leeds)
3:15am – After School Care (Sarah Leeds)

Navigating True North,

Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Psalm 36:7-9, “How precious is your steadfast love, O God;  The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.  They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.  For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.”
Tomorrow morning Lydia Spoor will have a procedure / scope of her esophagus and biopsies. The Dr’s will be looking for narrowing at the diaphragm and solutions for these issues.  She will also have her tube changed as well as putting her through a sedated sleep study with the possibility of removing her adenoids that grew back.  Tiffany tells me that there is always a huge risk putting her under for obvious reasons.  I am writing you all tonight so that you can begin to pray for that the procedure goes well without complication.  You can also pray for Ellen and Allison as they are having a hard time with the continuation of Lydia’s health challenges.  I think it is also appropriate to pray for Eric and Tiffany and the effort they have to put forth to help find answers to the questions Lydia brings to the medical world.
I read the passage in Psalms this morning and realized that taking refuge in the shadows of the God’s wings is a pretty special place to rest.  The ability for us to feast on the abundance of His house and drink from His fountains is a comforting idea to me these days.  I have often kidded some students of driving on two wheels as opposed to keeping all four on the ground, but the reality is my life seems like it is always on two wheels and as hard as I try I can’t get four to touch the ground.  I realize this morning that the only way to “feel” or “be” grounded is to find refuge in His shadow.  Simple right?
As I consider my prayer on behalf of the Spoor family and Lydia specifically, it was good to have this in my heart and mind.  God knows, He cares, He answers, He shelters, He comforts, He heals.  David also says in verses 5-6 that He is steadfast in his love, faithful, righteous, and judges with wisdom.
Couple of reminders:
Salvation Army – Give Back Tuesday (Tomorrow):  TBS Elementary K-5th grade are invited to sing at the Thrivent Financial / Give back Tuesday @ the Salvation Army thrift store on Pioneer St.  Student wanting to participate will be asked to be there no later than 4pm.  They are scheduled to sing just after 4pm and they will have time to get assembled and ready for their part of the event.  See you there!
Fond du Lac Holiday Parade – December 2nd, 2017:  TBS will be making an appearance in the Holiday Parade of Lights this year.  The float is in a state of construction and we will be putting final touches on it this Friday evening.  TBS students are all invited (as well as parents) to participate in the parade/float on Saturday evening.  The parade will begin at 4:15pm and we will be staged in the Fives parking lot.  We volunteers to help pass out candy and literature about our school as well as invitations to the TBS School Auction!  Everybody is invited to participate.
November 28th, 2017
7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
Hot Lunch Menu:  Breakfast Casserole, Fruit Salad, Coffee Cake or Sugar Donuts (Miss Leeds, did I get it right this time? lol)
3:00pm – Student Pick Up (Jeremy Shaeffer)
3:15pm – Girls / Boys BB Game Away (Leave from FCS @ 3:15pm – NO EARLY DISMISSAL)
4:00pm – Give Back Tuesday / Salvation Army Event (TBS Elementary Choir / Mrs. Amy Braker)
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

Monday, November 27th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Thanksgiving is now behind us and now it is the mad rush until the next holiday of Christmas.  Over the past couple of days I literally turned off the phone and did not open the computer to try to unplug for a few days.  I think the result was that I was more aware of peoples needs because of the personal interaction as opposed to the FB or emails that substitute personal interaction. I also have a bunch of emails and phone calls / text messages to return!  Regardless of the phone and computer thing, it was good to have a break and spend some time with family and friends.  I trust you were able to do the same.
Today marks the 6th week of the quarter. TBS will be in school full time now until December 22nd.  That last Friday is a full day of school – just an FYI.  As the Christmas Holiday season approaches there is much to do and much to be involved in.  TBS will be in the Holiday Parade this coming Saturday.  We are looking for students and parents willing to be on the float (students) and some willing to hand out candy and pass out TBS Auction information (parents).  It will be a good night and gives TBS an opportunity to get out into the community to show FDL who we are!   Also, TBS will be involved in a give back Tuesday event held at the Salvation Army this Tuesday.  TBS elementary students will sing a few songs to encourage and help support the event.
Hope your Monday goes well!
Monday, November 27th, 2017
7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off (Dan Leeds)
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:00pm – Student Pick Up (Amy Braker)
3:15pm – After School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
3:15pm – Girls BB Practice (Lighthouse Gym)
5:00pm – Boys BB Practice (Lighthouse Gym)
Navigating True North,
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.netTBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Happy Fall Picture Day!
What do you want to see in the daily email?  Tired of the ol “good morning TBS Nation……”mumbo-jumbo?
Well good morning anyway!  Travel safely in the fog this morning.  It does not seem to bad but then again I can see my office from my back door.  If I were to guess it means that the visibility is at least 0.001 out there.  All kidding aside be safe when you come to school if the fog has not burned off yet.
Hot lunch today is provided by Grandma Mugdi Muranyi and Estie Muranyi.  Thank you to them for the Chicken Schnitzel and fixings that they will provide everybody today!
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off
8:15am – Normal School Day
Hot Lunch Menu: Chicken Schnitzel w/ fixings
3:00pm – Student Pick Up
3:15pm – After School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
3:15pm – Girls BB @ Trinity
5:00pm – Jr. High Boys BB Game
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

Monday, November 13th, 2017

TBS Nation,

There is a heavy frost today…it is a bit cold outside.  I hope that the sunshine warms us up quickly but I know what state I live in and there are no guarantees this time of year.  I trust that you all had a good weekend.  I know that we need to be in prayer for the Spoor family since Lydia is back at Children’s Hospital dealing with health issues.  Pray for them as you think of it today!
Hope you all have a great week!
Monday, November 13th, 2017
7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off (Dan Leeds)
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:00pm – Student Pick Up (Amy Braker)
No Basketball Practice Today
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

TBS Nation,

This morning I was talking with my youngest son and he noticed I was ready for work and getting out the door when he said, “dad, I think you should go to work earlier so that you can get ahead on your day.”  I simply replied, “Yes”.  A teachers work is never done.  Preparation, writing objectives, setting out papers, preparing folders, grading etc. never ends.  Some of you know the feeling that if you go in early you will still not scratch the surface of achieving everything in your day.  Exhaustion and fatigue cripple people sometimes because the mountain of work never seems to go away.  People often wonder why I love to mow lawns.  I think the simple reason is that I see an immediate result.  I am the one who works and achieves the satisfaction of seeing something done that wasn’t accomplished.



Whatever the day presents to you I think it is a good thing to get a jump on the day, however as adults we know that there are some things that we need to do to take care of me so that I have the ability to poor out of me again.  Pastor Leeds has given me advice before that makes sense.  It is important to take time to rest and to recover so that you have energy to minister.  Sometimes that means that you should have breakfast with your son instead of getting a “jump on the day”.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off (Amber Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
Hot Lunch:  Macaroni and Cheese
3:00pm – Student Pick Up (Amber Shaeffer)
3:15pm – After School Care (Lin Leeds)
3:15pm – Girls BB Practice (Lighthouse)
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

TBS Nation,

What are you thankful for today?  Send an email and I will compile statements for tomorrow’s morning email.  There is much to be thankful for……

Good morning TBS and welcome to Thursday.  I understand that the Houston Astros won the world series last night.  It is always interesting to see the faces of the other team when the final out is accomplished and the loosing team sits and stares at the celebration wishing it were different. I can identify with that from time to time.   I do believe, that though they lost, each would say it was a privilege to be on that stage playing ball in November in a game 7.  Even those who lost were able to accomplish something that only few get to experience.  Playing on a high level and not wining the series is definitely hard and difficult to deal with, however only 4 runs separated one team from another.  They were evenly matched and it was a joy as a spectator to watch.  Not everybody gets to win.  Parents, you know this well and so do teachers.  The good news about our school is that we are on the same team playing for the same “coach” who is molding and shaping us to a calling that only He knows.  It is a privilege as a parent and teacher to watch kids develop into what God wants them to be.
I think it is worthy of us to remember the teachers and instructors who helped shape us and mold us because their strong standards and convictions.  I think it is important as parents to remember that we are indebted to those who take the role of educating in today’s generation.  I think it is important to recognize the effort and sacrifice it personally takes to accomplish one day of teaching.  I think it is worthy for us to recognize that God himself is placing us in a path, marked with people and circumstances, so to instruct us and mold us to His calling.  Last night I helped kids memorize Proverbs 1:7…”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Please don’t think I am calling you fools but haven’t we all been at one point or another?  The word fool used to be something I isolated because of the definition of the person.  I think rather than focusing on that one word we should identify the character that the fool is labeled by.  The fool despises (rejects, turns away from, scoffs at, etc.) wisdom and instruction.  Lord help us not to be despiser’s of your Wisdom and Instruction!  Hard to do in a sin-cursed world.
Hope this encouragement helps today!
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop – Off (Amber Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:00pm – Student Pick – Up (Amber Shaeffer)
3:15pm – After School Care (Lin Leeds)
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.