Friday, January 12th, 2018

TBS Nation,

Ok, Its almost Friday and getting colder by the minute.  Not necessarily something to be encouraged about unless you are an ice-fisherman or addicted to sticking your tongue on to metal objects for the fun of it.  I thought this afternoon about how to encourage you all and I was drawing a blank until I read this in Psalm 34:11-14.  Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.  Who is there man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.  Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”  
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During last hour three seniors came into my “free hour” and sat down just to talk.  There was the nervous conversation about future and graduation and job and relationships and … get the idea.  I was in the middle of grading Algebra assignments when it dawned on me that I have one of the most incredible/important jobs in the world. I put down the red pen and closed the books and gave my full attention to them.   King David says,Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.   I let the students talk for a while and then the pause came as if they were waiting for me to interject my “Shaefferly” wisdom.  I took the opportunity of course.  There were no rebellious responses, no animosity toward rules, no frustration, no negative vibes at all, rather a genuine conversation about where life will take them.  I listened first and then added the pieces they were missing or didn’t say.  Kids are smart and know what they want, however you and I both know they are not quite polished with wisdom end of it yet.  Just a few adjustments in their ideas hopefully helped them see that life is not about you or me but rather it is about Christ.  I loved hearing their “firm” plans for next year.  Yes – the plans that can’t possible change because, well, they just can’t!  I gave them perspective glasses and encouraged them to remember that flexibility in life is crucial.  It was easy to talk of the Lord and to encourage them to keep going to church and get involved even if it means sacrificing some time or money.  I said, “Life is hard no matter what. God makes the hard doable and the impossible possible.”  I was happy to have children come to me and listen…The obvious from the verses – keep your tongue from evil and deceit, get away from evil, do good, seek peace…great life with that advice!
Memorial Service for Kimberly Struska:  Saturday, January 13th, 2018 @ Trinity Baptist Church – FDL
For those who are interested, the memorial service for Kim is this Saturday at 3:00pm at Trinity Baptist Church.
Friday, January 12th, 2018
7:00am Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off
8:15am – Normals School Day
Pizza Friday – Order before school begins!
3:00pm – Student Pick Up
3:15pm – After School Care (Sarah Leeds)
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
7:15am – Girls BB Tournament in Neenha, WI (Leave FCS @ 7:15am)
3:00pm – Kimberly Struska’s Memorial Service @ TBC
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

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.