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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

TBS Nation,

I think I may be getting to sophisticated for the morning emails…..I’ll make is short and sweet today!

 

Reminders:

Souped Up Meeting – All those interested in helping or joining our efforts for next year are welcome to come!
Awana Gran Prix Concession Staff Needed – A chance to raise some funds for the school
Scrip Order – Kwik Trip Cards will have another order prior to the TBS Spring Break / Sign Up List will be with Sarah Leeds
March 23rd – K3-K4 Field Trip Betty Brian Museum
Rummage Sale – April 29th, 2017 (See Amber Shaeffer for Details)


Thank You Randy Martin – TBS have you noticed the glassy floors?  Give him a Thank You when you see him!


Thursday, March 17th, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:15pm – After School Care (Kimberly Krause)
3:15pm – Academic Help Class (Doug Hanback)
3:15pm – Souped Up Recap Meeting (Shaeffer’s Classroom)

Link

TBS Nation,

What is our Christian Education worth?  Should we keep doing it?  I read a good piece from Fox News early this morning as I was getting ready for the day at TBS.  Our education is important however it has to be more than education and facts that mold and shape the hearts of our students.  Parents and Teachers have to literally model a real relationship with Christ and give children/students opportunities and activities to stand and exert their own convictions in our present wold.  Read this article and give response as you see Christian Education in our world today.


Click the Link below to watch his Fox News interview:
Here are a few comments I copied from the article written today for Fox News

Fox News

“The future of Christianity in the post-Christian West hangs in the balance.  If the faith is going to survive within churches and communities, then Christians are going to have to become far more serious and intentional about education…

For serious Christian parents, education cannot be simply a matter of building their child’s transcript to boost her chance of making it into the Ivy League. If this is the model your family follows (perhaps with a sprinkle of God on top for seasoning), you will be hard-pressed to form countercultural Christian adults capable of resisting the disorders of our time.
The kind of schooling that will build a more resilient, mature faith in young Christians is one that imbues them with a sense of order, meaning, and continuity. It’s one that integrates knowledge into a harmonious vision of the whole, one that unites all things that are, were, and ever will be in God….

If it’s true that a simplistic, anti-intellectual Christian faith is a thin reed in the gale of academic life, it is also true that faith that’s primarily intellectual—that is, a matter of mastering information—is deceptively fragile. Equipping Christian students to thrive in a highly secularized, even hostile environment is not a matter of giving them a protective shell. The shell may crack under pressure or be discarded. Rather, it must be about building internal strength of mind and heart.”

Rod Dreher


    There is no question in my mind as principal and leader of our school that what we are doing at TBS is highly important and crucial to the next generation.  A wise man told me that we should not take fences (boundaries & convictions) down just to make things easier!

I trust that you as parents see this as a matter of high importance and understand the sacrifice you are making on behalf of your child is not just to sprinkle “God” into the platter of an education.  We are called to do a very important job as teachers in our Christian School and we should expect our students to stand with their own convictions and standards as they grow.  This is why we should not tolerate a lazy and care-free attitude.  This is why we should expect results that are more than academic.  This is why we should be sending emails to you as parents concerning character issues we see.  This is why the teacher/pupil/parent relationship is a difficult and rewarding at the same time.


K3-K4 / Mrs. Krause’s Class is just as important as 12th Grade!
Brinley Rabe / Bella Krause


Hope this brings encouragement!


Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
Elementary Chapel:  Nature Corner
Jr. & Sr. High:  Ryan Thorpe
3:15pm – After School Care (Sarah Leeds)
3:15pm – Academic Help Class (Shaeffer)
6:30pm – Awana @ TBC

His Glory, Our Joy
Jeremy Shaeffer
Principal of TBS-FDL

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Good afternoon TBS Nation.  Hope your day was not to messy with the snow inconvenience.  I am thankful that the outlook for the next few days moves in a warming trend and not the other way.  Spring will be here soon enough and we will be complaining that it is to hot!  I know, I know, most of us want to try that side of the season!

Jr. High American Republic Test / Tomorrow!

Tuesday presents a Jr. High goal.  I have challenged the TBS Jr. High class to achieve a C or higher as a class and any student achieving this goal will receive a McDonalds Shamrock Shake on me!  I am doing my best to help motivate students to achieve and not be fine with status quo.  This is a hard thing to do when I sense, and in some cases, observe poor character choices.  Mr. Hanback and I are trying to make small gains with students as we pull them to a higher level of self confidence and a higher level of spiritual maturity.  Jr. High years are tough no matter who you are.  This recognized, TBS can do better (both student and staff) to strive for better results.  We hope to be an encouragement tomorrow after the American Republic Test (hint:  They should study tonight!).


Keep in mind that TBS still has some ongoing prayer requests:

Struska Home (Cancer treatments & Healthy recovery)
Lydia Spoor – Ongoing health issues  / Wisdom with Dr.’s and Specialists
Angie Bush (Recovery from Surgery)
TBS Families
TBS Students – Specifically spiritual maturity and growth / attitudes


Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
Hot Lunch Menu:  Spaghetti (Beth & Estie)
3:15pm – After School Care (Kimberly Krause)
3:15pm – Academic Help / Detention (Shaeffer & Hanback)

His Glory, Our Joy,

Jeremy Shaeffer
Principal of TBS-FDL

Monday, March 13th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow…or is it  Let it stop, Let it stop, Let it stop?  March seems to be what February should have been I guess.  Here I thought that we might get an early spring….I guess it can still happen!  Hope you all had a great day of worship yesterday as you were in the Lord’s house.  I hope scripture and song and fellowship was sweet to the ear and heart.  My heart was encouraged yesterday and I am very thankful for the body of believers that surrounds me and my family.

It is the first day of the 4th quarter and we are setting our sights on the ending of the school year.  I trust that this will be a very productive quarter and one that is unifying.  There are many people that put there hands in to make this ministry go and it is a blessing for sure to see the joy that comes with each person.  We are not on this earth to please ourselves but rather we are hear to serve others.  I want this to be the vision and the energy that is in and around our school always!

Here is you look at Monday:

Monday, March 13th, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:15pm – After School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
3:15pm – Academic Help Class (Jeremy Shaeffer)

Jeremy Shaeffer
Principal of TBS-FDL

Friday, March 10th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Congratulations on finishing the 3rd quarter in our 2016-17 school year.  I can hardly believe that we are talking about the final 9 weeks of school but here we are.  I want to just give a word of testimony and celebration concerning our High School today.  TBS staff has worked hard to grow and challenge our students in their classes particularly focusing with students achievement above “C” level work.  Yesterday our entire High School tested well in Geography and met the level of expectation for the first time all year as a class.  They were praised and congratulated because of their efforts and my heart, as a teacher/principal,  was full.  It is not an easy job when you consider the following:
– TBS Teachers have 50 minutes to pack in lessons each hour
– Students are required to stay engaged in rigorous thinking for this amount of time for 7         different classes
– Teachers work hard to keep students on task and motivated even when it is not what the student desires

Can you keep a 11-18 year old working and on task with something they don’t necessarily want to do for 6.5 hours in a row and keep your sanity?  #teacherstrong

All this said, TBS high school had a win on Thursday and we are making a big deal of it because it is a BIG DEAL!  Failure demonstrates the need for growth and hard work.  Success is measured when we close the gap of failure and continue to work to keep from repeating our mistakes.  Good Job High School and Cultural Geography!


Announcements:
*Don’t Forget Daylight Savings Time

 WACS updates:

Follow TBS Facebook page for updates and some live streaming Friday, March 10th, 2017
TBS will be leaving at 7:00am/ Returning between 7:30pm – 8:00pm (depends on end ceremony)

Final Preparation for WACS

Andras & Lizzy Duet:  For the Beauty of the Earth

Requests:

TBS has long prayed and worked with the Spoor Family as they continue to fight with and for Lydia.  Quite frankly they are exhausted and spent on most fronts.  I would like to give them a blessing and supply them with three meals next week.  If you are willing and able would you sign up for the following dates:

Monday, March 13th
Tuesday, March 14th
Wednesday, March 15th

This would be a blessing and a way to show our continued support of their family.  Please email jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net and put the day you can help in the subject line.


Friday, March 10th, 2017

6:50am – WACS Students Arrive / Leave @ 7:00am & Return at 7:45pm to TBS
7:00am – Before School Care (Sarah & Lin Leeds)
8:15am – Normal Elementary School Day
3:15pm – After School Care (Sarah Leeds)
7:45pm – Return from WACS

His Glory, Our Joy!

Jeremy Shaeffer
Principal of TBS-FDL

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

TBS Nation,

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind in you which is ours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:1-11

Recently I have been reading this passage as a reminder of how I am supposed to act and conduct myself towards others.  These verses are so clear that we have no excuse but to serve and help others.  Humility and Obedience are two hard realities in this life.  I am convinced that the battle gets harder each day in both of these realms.  Humility means I empty myself and obedience means I submit myself.  May God help us all to do theses things well with and toward each other each day.

Upper Elementary Classroom Fun!

(Ellen, Cade, AnnaMary, Autumn)

Reminders:
*Pizza Friday – There will be pizza available to order on Friday at TBS as usual
*WACS Friday – Students will need to arrive no later than 6:50am on Friday morning.  (Leave at 7:00am from school)
–  Art / Crafts / Photography / & Artist statements must be ready (Student Responsibility)
–  Music forms (Mrs. Braker
– Students are to bring money for one dinner meal (Lunch is provided)

*Friday, March 10th, 2017 – End of 3rd Qtr.
*April 7th – Early Dismissal
*Spring Break – April 7th – April 16th

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:15pm – No After School Academic Help Classes (This is meant to be a WACS procrastination prep time)
3:15pm – After School Care (Kimberly Krause)


Friday, March 10th, 2017

6:50am – WACS Students Arrive / Leave @ 7:00am & Return at 7:45pm to TBS
7:00am – Before School Care (Sarah & Lin Leeds)
8:15am – Normal Elementary School Day
3:15pm – After School Care (Sarah Leeds)
7:45pm – Return from WACS

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

TBS Nation,

It is Chapel Day and Darryl Mayes and Ed Skowron will be sharing during the morning hour.  I am looking forward to the challenges that will be given from each of these men tomorrow.  The Gospel is powerful and we share it freely at TBS.  As We face many issues at home and out of our home it is imperative to show the love of Christ and Truth as much as possible.

I am grateful for answered prayer in knowing that Angie Bush is resting at home already.  Thanks to those who have volunteered to help them in this time of need ( Amber Shaeffer, Tiffany Spoor, Kathy Rabe, Dan Leeds).  Meals have been prepared for them to help Angie and the family!


TBS Accreditation Interest?


Parents – Are any of you interested in helping with the TBS Accreditation process?  There is much work to be done over the summer months and starting this spring I will be hosting several meetings to assemble a team willing to blaze a trail that has never been touched in TBS History.  I am recruiting willing helpers for the journey.  I do not know what all the tasks will be as of yet however there are several positions that will need to be set up as we enter the planning and development phases.


Two Serving Opportunities:
    *Adopt A New Family
I am also looking for parents who would be willing to “adopt” an interested/prospective TBS family.  I have several on my list and would like to assign a family who would be willing to make contact and interact with them as way to build relationships.  If you would be willing to help with this I would be grateful for that help as well.

    *Video Record – TBS Family Testimony
If you are willing and or able and want to share your testimony of what TBS has done for you and your family I would like to record you and your story.  Perhaps you would just like to write a testimony – this is also good.  I would like to do some promotion to the churches and social media concerning the impact our school has had on student and families.  I will highlight some of our alumni as well as former parents but I would like to include and highlight current parents as well.

It is not hard to see real proof that TBS makes a difference in our community.  Lets partner together and share our story with others around FDL!

It seems like all I do is ask for things and never return the favors.  Thank you for all you do for me and our school!  I am working hard on behalf of your children….I hope you all know this of me and my staff!


Wednesday, March 8th, 2017    

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Chapel Day
Elementary – Darryl Mayes  / Theme:  St. Patrick
Jr. & Sr. High –  Ed Skowron
3:15pm – After School Care (Sarah Leeds)
3:15pm – Academic Help Class (Jeremy Shaeffer)

His Glory, Our Joy!
Jeremy Shaeffer
Principal of TBS-FDL

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Good Wiiiiinnnnnndddddyyyy morning to you all!  I hope that everybody can make it into school without being tossed around by that gusty wind we are so lucky to have.  Makes garbage pickup interesting for sure.  I know that I personally had a few storm windows ripped off the house last night so I assume that there is more damage around the town as well.

WACS is quickly approaching and I know that there are several things that need to be accomplished before the performances.  TBS will be leaving at 7:00am from the TBS parking lot to be ready for the day!  Students should be arriving at 6:45am for a departure at 7am.  Dress code must be recognized as this is a performance event.

Morning Prayer Time:  Cancelled

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
Hot Lunch:  Nacho’s / Fruit / Dessert
3:15pm – After School Care (Kimberly Krause)
3:15pm – Academic Help (Jeremy Shaeffer)

His Glory, Our Joy

Jeremy Shaeffer
Principal of TBS-FDL

Monday, March 6th, 2017

TBS Nation,

Good morning and welcome to Monday.  We are exactly one week away from jumping ahead an hour due to daylight savings time!  I am trying to get the kids up an hour early this week so that next week is not such a bear.  Mornings are brutal sometimes and it is rough when schedules adjust by an hour!  It will be nice to gain that daylight during the evening hours although it was nice seeing some daybreak at school in the morning!

This is the last week of the 3rd quarter.  It has flown by and I know that we still have a long way to go however it seems like the school year passes faster each year. April 7th marks the first day of our spring break so we are just a few short weeks away from that already!

Just as a reminder the TBS Jr. and Sr. High will be traveling to Watertown this weekend to participate in WACS.  There will be about thirty schools represented state wide and I do believe that our students will compete well with this competition.  Mrs. Amy Braker, Mrs. Jan Martin and I will be taking the students on Friday to the competition.  Prayers are coveted for safe travel!

Today, we are praying for Angie Bush and the Bush family.  Angie will be having surgery this morning and I would ask that you pray for a quick and healthy recovery.  I would also ask that our TBS Family help by signing up for the following dates to help with a meal for their family as she recovers.

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Bush Family and Friends @ Souped Up
Courtesy of the Spoor Family

Please email me if you are able to help in this way for their family.  I am convinced that the strength of our school is measured in many ways by how we respond and react to each other when there is a need!  Let’s help and pray!

*Reminders for Prayer:

Angie Bush – Surgery Today
Lydia Spoor – Recovery (RSV and other complications)
TBS Students & Families
Struska’s (Kim and Susan) – Cancer Treatments and ongoing health needs

Here is your Monday!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:15pm – After School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
3:15pm – Academic Help Class (Jeremy Shaeffer)

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

TBS Nation,

Good morning and welcome to SOUPED UP!  Dan Leeds and others have been cooking and preparing for days and most of you will enjoy the benefit of the amazing efforts!  I have to say that this event is gaining ground and is becoming more popular as the years pass on.  Looking forward for the day!

Parents remember that there is no school tomorrow.  This has not been well advertised and I apologize for that as it was not on my radar. I guess I should read the patriot post and actually reference my own calendar once in a while.  Regardless we have a three day weekend and hopefully it will be a good one to rest a bit!  Also, WACS is next Friday for the Jr. and Sr. High.   Many things still need to be accomplished for the day to go well.  I look forward to the competition that will happen.


Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

7:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:15am – Normal School Day / Souped UP
11:00am – Souped Up Lunch Delivery
3:15pm – After School Care (Kimberly Krause)
4:00pm – 7:00pm – Souped Up Dinner @ TBS Gym


*No School On Friday


His Glory, Our Joy!

Jeremy Shaeffer
Principal of TBS-FDL