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IMPORTANT COVID UPDATE

July 31, 2020

Dear TCS Families,
 
The board has continued to meet and discuss our re-opening plan. As has been communicated, and as we all know, this COVID situation is fluid and evolving. The board has made some updates to our previous plan, which is attached below for your reading and understanding. Trinity Christian School is family and we must continue to strive to come together in these times that just are not normal to us. With God’s strength and guidance we can continue to uplift TCS and support the ministry. We will continue to strive to do what is best for the safety of our kids, as we know truly that they need to be in school to receive the best education socially, spiritually, physically, academically and mentally. God bless school leaders all around our communities as they make difficult decisions in regard to education.
 
Let us rise up together to make this a great school year. More than ever, TCS, we need to stick together and support one another even amongst all the varying opinions out there regarding this pandemic. Let our focus remain on the Savior, who is always in control.

"yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live;
and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live."
I Corinthians 8:6
 
Please continue to be in prayer for the upcoming school year.
Our teachers and staff are working hard to make it a great year.
We will continue to update you on pertinent information. The August newsletter should be coming out next week with further updates and details.
 
In His Grip,
 
Jon Vugteveen
Administrator
Trinity Christian School

UPDATED TCS 2020 PLAN - click here


July 17, 2020

Re-Opening Plan for 2020-21 School Year

Dear TCS Family,

I hope this communication finds everyone well. The attached document details Trinity Christian School‘s reopening plan for this fall. This is based on scientific evidence, input from governing bodies such as CDC and IDPH, and relies heavily on the recent guidelines for school re-entry as compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In preparation of distributing this plan the Board and Administration has put much thought, time, effort and prayer into the plan presented today.

We understand this information is being met with fear, anxiety, confusion and concern. These are natural feelings as we are living through unprecedented times and are all navigating the best we can. As Christ followers, I ask that we reflect on scripture from Isaiah 12:2. “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

We understand this plan will be met with many different viewpoints and concerns on how we should re-open. Throughout this process, our focus has been on opening the school with safety while providing a quality education academically and spiritually. We do not take this responsibility lightly and we have made every effort to put together a comprehensive plan that allows us to open safely while maintaining a sense of normalcy. We also understand that there will be good days and challenging days ahead. Our commitment to this school is to be open minded and forward thinking on ways to mitigate risk while being able to be together in a body of Christ.

We ask that this information be received with an open mind and an open heart. We are called to love one another and to protect one another. We understand people may not agree with everything in this plan, and that’s OK. The plan will evolve as data and recommendations change. During times such as these, we must come together as a family as like no time before. To navigate this pandemic, we will rely on everyone to be proactive in keeping our school as healthy and safe as possible.

We must come together in our differences where we strive for a common good. We are embarking on a time we have never experienced before. We must all be prudent in how we handle ourselves not only in the school, but outside of the school as not to bring undue risk to our children and staff here at TCS.

We are excited for what the LORD has in store for this coming year. We look forward to seeing everyone again. We are blessed. We have been given an amazing staff that has been working tirelessly through the end of last year and through the summer. We can’t wait to see our kids fill our classrooms again.

To the amazing parents that believe in the mission of Trinity Christian School, we love you and cherish the partnership we have in Christ. You will remain in our prayers as we move forward. We ask that our entire TCS community continues to pray through this pandemic and that the Lord will continue to do great things through our school.

Peace and blessings to you all,

TCS Board of Directors

**See below for the Health & Safety Plan for 2020-21


July 2, 2020

Dear Parents of Trinity Christian School,

We are excited to announce and confirm what we had stated at the end of May. We will be back in class this coming FALL!

Prayers that your summer is going well and all are safe and enjoying the wonderful summer weather we have been having thus far! By now, many of you are aware that the Illinois State Board of Education and Governor Pritzker introduced their guidelines last week for the Reopening of Schools in the fall for the 2020-2021 school year. While this is exciting news for the students to be back in the classroom with the teachers, I know that there are many concerns as well with the restrictions being shared.

Please know that Trinity is working to examine all the guidelines carefully and working through what options we have to create the best and safest environment for student learning. We understand that these are guidelines and we want to do what we believe is best for everyone in our school as we look to balance safety with a strong Christian education. With so many things to cover and look over please know that we are taking the time to make sure we establish a plan that is most beneficial to the students and staff at TCS. With that being said, we ask for your patience as we spend time in prayer, finalize our ideas and thoughts, and collaborate and discuss how our previously laid out plans/scenarios line up with the newly provided guidelines. We have formed a number of task forces that have been meeting and will continue to meet as we discuss the best ways to service our students. We have a Teacher Task Force who will focus on ways to adapt to current guidelines and restrictions in the classroom. They are also focusing on improvements to our e-learning process if, by chance, schools are once again temporarily closed. We have a Tech Task Force looking into ways to upgrade and provide for the technology needs of the school and students.

More details will be outlined in future communications, but for now, here is a brief synopsis of our decisions for the fall:

· BACK TO THE CLASSROOM: As mentioned above we will be open in the fall with students learning at school five days a week. There may be things that may look and feel different due to social distancing, but we are planning to be here at school learning in the classroom and returning to as much normalcy as possible.

· SCREENING: We will perform temperature checks upon entrance to the school. Anyone experiencing a temperature will be immediately sent home. Children will be expected to stay home if experiencing any flu-like symptoms.

· SANITIZING: We will step up all efforts to clean and sanitize more often throughout the day, especially in high traffic areas.

· FACE COVERINGS: The Board of Directors is currently researching, gathering information and discussing the face mask issue. We understand the importance of wearing them in public, but we also understand the difficulty of young children wearing these all day long. The Board is evaluating agencies to analyze recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as communicating with our insurance company, ACSI, and other organizations to understand the entire scope of this issue. The Board is not about making this a cultural or political statement, as they want to do what is in the best interest of students and staff. We will update everyone as the Board comes to a validated decision in the coming week.

· E-LEARNING: We are continuing to examine and make improvements to the platform for e-learning. Our goal is that if we ever have to temporarily go back to e-learning that it would be a seamless transition. Our Teacher Task force has been meeting regularly to find ways to accomplish this. Our teachers will be getting more training in specific areas to make an improved experience for the kids with more direct teaching and interaction through lessons.

· TECHNOLOGY: Students in grades 5th-8th will be one to one. We will provide laptops for them to continue growing and working on the platform while at school. We are also looking for ways to get more devices and technology in the hands of our younger K-4th grade students. We will continue to work with them and help them be more comfortable with the platform by working on it at school with their teachers.

Unfortunately, in these times there will not be a plan that meets the needs of every opinion and situation that exists right now. Trinity Christian School’s goal is what it has always been and that is to provide a strong Christian education in a loving and safe family atmosphere. We will continue to try and provide this, but the biggest key to all of this is how we as a community react and come together to help our children. These are different times and the call to come together as Christian families and believers is more important than ever. We need to put faith and trust in God’s plan and know that he will continue to lead and provide for TCS. Part of that is the unity that is established in our families coming together to work together for the benefit of all of our students and staff. Things aren’t always easy, things do change, but God never changes and he asks us to trust in him and work together for the good of those around us! My prayer is that we all make a commitment to work together in unity and to support TCS in all it does. This is needed now more than ever in the world we live in.

Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged."

We will continue to communicate in the coming week, as the Board is meeting on a more regular basis to discuss these issues. As full health and safety plans come together from administration and our task forces, we will continue to update you with specific details and plans. Thank you for your patience once again as these are very fluid times. We are excited to have the opportunity to have all the kids back here learning in the classroom!

In His Grip,

Mr. Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


June 10, 2020

Dear Trinity Christian School Parents,

While it has been a crazy year for many of us in many different ways, we wanted to reach out and say thank you for your support, commitment, and love for Trinity Christian School. This year was not what we expected it to be, but we could not be more proud of our students, families, and staff for persevering under these circumstances. As we look back on this year, it is easy to look at the crazy ending, but there is a great deal of joy to remember that happened in the first three quarters of our year. We wanted to display our students’ beautiful smiles and fun activities that occurred through an end of the year recap video. We are blessed with seeing our students not only grow through academics, but through the love of community, leadership activities, and the faith component presented at TCS. We really miss seeing these faces in our classrooms and can’t wait to see them in the fall.

Many of us at school have not jumped much into summer and continue to work on scenarios and ideas going into the fall for school. There have been many signs lately that point to us being able to be back in the classroom in the fall. We are continuing to meet in different groups to discuss technology, classroom situations, the platform and more. Prayers are appreciated as we follow guidelines and make decisions to continue to make TCS a special place to learn and be a part of a family of believers. God knows exactly what is in store and we are seeking him to guide and provide as we look to next school year. Please consider enrolling today to reserve your spot in a classroom and don’t forget to continue to spread the news that TCS is a great place to be a part of.

We pray that you have a blessed and relaxed summer. We look forward to seeing our students in the classroom in the fall.

Enjoy the video! Thank you for a great year!

TCS 2019-2020 Recap Video: compliments to Miss Bekermeier in her time and efforts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlI6HKKZkY0

“Do everything in Love.” I Corinthians 16:14

Love one another always!

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


June 2, 2020

Dear Trinity Christian School,

The end of the school year has come. Thank you for a great student belongings pickup day. It was nice to see many faces, and teachers enjoyed bringing books to cars and saying goodbyes. Today would have been our fun-filled Field Day! Oh how I missed the kids running around and smiling and saying goodbye!

Please enjoy your summer! Rest up and enjoy your time with family. Please pray for this world. Please pray for one another. Please express love and humility in all that you do! Lastly, pray for us to be back together as one family this coming fall to start a wonderful new school year!

At the bottom of this page, please find the written report for the State of School video that was released to you May 28 PLUS some additional information.

We will make efforts to report from time to time with updates about the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue to work to make TCS a great place for a safe and strong Christian education. May God guide and lead our efforts.

Thank you for supporting and praying for TCS.

Please have an awesome summer!

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


May 28, 2020

Dear Trinity Families,

Please find attached a “State of the School” update. As we did not get the opportunity to meet earlier in May at our parent meeting, we wanted to drop some information to you all that we deem important at this time. The video is not long so we hope you take the time to catch some of the information shared. We discuss enrollment, give some reminders, recognize some staff, and most importantly, share some things we have been thinking through for the fall. We will follow up in the coming days with an email documenting what was shared in the video and add a few other things as well from some of the other committees and areas of the school.

Link to presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFaRFambzBI

Thank you for your time and may we all continue to pray for one another and Trinity Christian School.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer.

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


May 27, 2020

It's Chapel Wednesday, TCS!

Below you will find our last Chapel of the year, the Class of 2020 Awards, Affirmations and Prayer Chapel.

We traditionally have taken this time to honor our 8th graders by showering them with affirmations, recognizing them for their achievements and taking time to pray over them as we send them off to their respective high schools.

This chapel is rather lengthy as our 8th grade chapels normally are. I hope you will all be able to catch a glimpse of our awesome 8th graders and the special kids they are. The video includes about an hour of affirmations/awards, 30 minutes of prayer over the 8th grade and it ends with a video showing you the 8thgrade “baby” days. Thank you to Mrs. Balek and Miss Bekermeier for all their time and efforts. Special thanks to Pastor Eric and Pastor Bob from Southwest for taping and editing. Also a shout out to Mr. Rasmussen for assisting in getting this chapel uploaded and ready to send out.

Have an excellent day and be in prayer for our Class of 2020!

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er7fNi4ka44

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


May 22, 2020

Dear Trinity Athletes and Families,

It has been such a bummer, especially in my family, to not have team sports right now. It has allowed life to slow down a bit but we sure do miss our sports, competition and the fun that comes with cheering and supporting a team! I continue to pray for things to get back to normal and allow kids to begin practicing and getting together with their teammates once again to play sports!  TCS sports had a great year of seasons. It was unfortunate that we were not able to come together to celebrate in our annual Sports Awards Ceremony in April. However our student athletes still deserve some recognition! Please follow the attached link to catch a shortened version and presentation of our athletes and the awards that were given for 2019-2020 TCS sports. Also included is a highlight video of pictures from the year. My have many of you changed since the Fall of 2019!

Thank you for your patience through this pandemic, all awards are now in hand and will be distributed in the kids pick up day supplies on June 1st. To find out this year’s recipients of awards such as MVP, Most Improved, Christian Character, Athlete of the Year, Brent Haas Service Award and more please take a look at the Awards Video.

TCS Sports Awards Presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJIfhiLpQtE&t=12s

Hope to see you all soon!

Blessings!

Go Eagles!!!!

Mr. V


May 20, 2020

Dear TCS Families,                                                                                                                                                     

Our teachers and staff have been working hard to organize and put together student materials and supplies for pickup day, June 1. All lockers and desks will be cleaned out and student materials will be placed in brown bags and/or boxes labeled with your student’s name. All supplies and student materials will be organized by family name and alphabetically placed in the gymnasium. We have prepared it this way so that no TCS parent or student will have to leave their vehicle and come into the school. We will have staff and teachers working to bring supplies out to your cars to limit contact and practice safe social distancing. PLEASE CAREFULLY AND THOROUGHLY FOLLOW THE BELOW INSTRUCTIONS TO ENSURE A SMOOTH AND SAFE PICKUP PROCESS.

·         SCHEDULE for student supply pick up is listed below. To prevent long traffic lines but also to be efficient we are organizing certain windows of time by the first letter of your STUDENTS LAST NAME: 

o   Last names A- E:  9 a.m.-10 a.m.

o   Last names F-N: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

o   Last names O-Z: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

·         DETAILS and SAFETY

o   If your child has textbooks to return, please place in an appropriate bag and have the teacher and student name clearly labeled on the bag

o   If your child has library books to return, please have those in a separate bag labeled for library

o   Any athletic uniforms that need to be returned can also be placed in a bag and returned that day

o   For the safety of our staff and teachers please wear masks when interacting with them at pickup

·         PICK UP PROCESS

o   Please have your pickup name card clearly displayed in your vehicle window

o   Follow the normal “snake” lines for morning drop off

o   Parents will be directed to one of two lines. The main building front doors under the canopy or the main doors in the back of the main building

o   Do NOT get out of your car

o   As you pull up to the doors a staff member will get your name, collect any textbooks or other returned items from you or your trunk. Other staff members will bring out your children’s belongings and place them directly into your car or trunk.

o   Once you have your belongings we will ask for you to quickly exit as to keep our lines proceeding at an efficient pace

Please be patient with our staff and families. We will be doing our best to accommodate everyone and move quickly. Also, again be sure to follow social distancing rules and practice safety at all times. No one will be allowed into the building on this day except for assigned staff. As much as we would love to socialize, catch up and talk, we have to focus on the job at hand. We want this day to work out smoothly and as seamless as possible. Thank you for thoroughly looking over these details and making this an efficient process.

Thank you once again for your support and prayers for the school. All supplies, awards/certificates, artwork, and desk supplies will be placed in your children’s bags. Teachers and staff will do all they can to place all belongings in your children’s bags. Medications will be handed directly to an adult. If you feel anything is missing or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school office.

In His Grip,

Mr. Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


May 20, 2020

Happy Wednesday. Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Please take some time today and enjoy an encouraging chapel. We are happy to have the Railey Family with us today from Joliet First Assembly. Pastor Rusty and Victoria team up to give us a great and encouraging message as we come to the end of our school year.

Enjoy the worship, a testimony from another fantastic 8th grader and a solid message from God’s Word.

Just click on this link and enjoy!!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuKlvaw-n6I

Have an awesome rest of the week!

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


May 13, 2020

Dear Trinity Families,

Here is Chapel for the week! Be blessed by it and take time to watch as a family.

This week, our guests are Dave and Jen Nelson from Don Shire Ministries. They are sharing about missions and how God works in everyone to share Christ. They have provided Chapel notes (blank and answers) that you can print and follow along with if you would like - found as PDFs at the bottom of this page.

Here is the May 13 CHAPEL link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3QX7xmZ1s4&t=6s

Also don’t forget about our BIG FUN SHOW for Thursday night at 7 p.m.!  Don’t miss Tim Hannig and the Pro Kids Show.

Check out this link for the details and don’t forget to get set up and prepared for some great fun, magic and laughter! J

http://timhannigentertainment.populr.me/trinity-christian-school-family-show

Love you and miss you TCS.

May God protect and bless you all!

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


May 11, 2020

Dear TCS Students and Parents,

I hope you are continuing to push through e-learning. We are getting close to the home stretch and I know it only becomes harder on the kids and families as the weather improves and kids feel the burden of being home all the time! Please be encouraged that we are all In it together and can put our trust in God to help us through. I appreciate all you are doing to support your child and the teachers during this time. Thank you for coming together as we continue to navigate this pandemic the best we can!

This email is meant to give you some hope as we come to the end of the school year! J Below, you can see what the last week is planned to look like. We want to give the kids something to close out the year with, so we have designated the last couple days as ZOOM AWARDS Days. We have established some times for the children’s last ZOOM meeting, which will include affirmation and awards, along with the opportunity to say their goodbyes to everyone. Although it may not be the traditional way we do this, we hope it can give the kids some closure to the school year and the ability to transition into summer with some goodbyes. Please note your child’s ZOOM AWARDS time, as they most likely are not aligned with their normal weekly times.

Also, please note that JUNE 1 will be the day for STUDENT SUPPLY PICKUP. We are working on specific details for this day and will update you as soon as we have the plan completely in place.

PLANS FOR THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

May 25         Memorial Day, No School

May 26         Light Work, mainly review will be assigned

May 27         Light Work, mainly review will be assigned

8th grade Awards/Prayer Chapel will be sent out via a link

May 28         ZOOM AWARDS, AFFIRMATIONS & GOODBYES, K-3rd grade

                        Kindergarten-9 a.m.

                        1st grade-10 a.m.

                        2nd grade-11 a.m.

                        3rd grade-12 p.m.

No new assigned work

Catch-up Day for everyone on missing and incomplete work for 4th quarter

May 29          ZOOM AWARDS, AFFIRMATIONS & GOODBYES 4th-7th grade

                        4th grade- 9 a.m.

                        5th grade-10 a.m.

                        6th grade-11 a.m.

                        7th grade-12 p.m.

                       No new assigned work

Catch-up Day for everyone on missing and incomplete work for 4th quarter

                       ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED AND TURNED IN by this date

MONDAY, June 1, 2020, STUDENT SUPPLY PICKUP DAY

More details are being prepared at this time for the safety of everyone. We will assign designated times for families to arrive and stop for student belongings. Teachers will get everything together, from art work to desk/locker supplies to awards. Please be patient as we finalize our plans to make the process smooth, efficient and safe for our TCS families. An email will be sent with full details and schedules to follow.

Have a wonderful week and please continue to lift our nation and community up in prayer.

Trust in God’s Plan.

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


May 7, 2020

Dear Trinity Families,

In order to spread some joy, build community and make up for our missed benefit event in March, we are delighted to bring some family fun right to you in your home, May 14, at 7 p.m. Join us for Tim Hannig's Virtual Pro-Kids Family Show! Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m., as seen at Six Flags, the Country Music Association, and twice at The White House! This will be an exciting night for our school family... and it's happening online.

Get all the details here:

http://timhannigentertainment.populr.me/trinity-christian-school-family-show 

Just after the show, we are going to hold our Silent Auction online, with all the items that were donated for our Benefit Event. It will open May 14 at 8 p.m. and remain open until Saturday  May 16 at 8 p.m. You can use this link: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Trinity-Christian-School-Silent-Auction-11867. Feel free to share with your friends and family! You can begin previewing items now, but before making any bids (starting May 14 8pm)  you will need to LOGIN and be registered which you can do at any time at the link provided.

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR MAY 14 AT 7P.M.!

While we certainly miss the time we would have enjoyed at our annual Benefit Event, we hope you and your families will enjoy this special online show together in its stead, as well as checking out the online auction.

 

Let’s have some family fun!

Hope you can join in next week!

 

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


April 28, 2020

Dear TCS Parents,
I hope that you and your children are doing well and staying safe and healthy. I want to say thank you for your perseverance, gracious cooperation, and support through this crisis. We are blessed to have parents that care deeply for their children, as well as their children’s education. As a school, this has been a learning experience and we are excited about how this has sharpened us as we look forward to even better educational experiences in the future for TCS.

Remote Learning – Extension Through End of School Year:
April 17, Governor Pritzker announced the closing of in-school learning for the remainder of the year. As well, he made the announcement last week that the stay-at-home order will remain through May 30. Both of these announcements and restrictions have caused us to evaluate a few key details as we finish out the school year. Presently our last day of E-learning will be May 29 for K-7th grade. Eighth graders will be informed by their teachers about expectations leading up to their “graduation” day of May 28. Everyone should be aware of our E-learning Planning days set for Mondays in May (email sent April 23). These days allow for the teachers to plan, grade, collaborate and prepare online lessons, while also enabling students a day to catch up missing work. If there are any further updates we will be sure to keep you in close communication.

Updates from Business Services:
*Trinity has applied and been accepted for federal stimulus relief through the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program). We are thankful for this funding that will enable us to continue to support the mission and ministry of Trinity Christian School.
*Business services has been and will continue working to figure out where refunds and credits need to be adjusted. Hot lunch credits are being issued and emails have been sent out in regard to this. Any field trip or other extra-curricular fees that were cancelled are being issued refunds as well.
*We do understand that families have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 crisis. If you are concerned about your ability to pay tuition, please reach out to our Business Director, Steve Baly at sbaly@trinitychristian.info.

Graduation, Celebrations, Musicals and More:
*We are deeply saddened that due to the circumstances, many things will not go on as normal. However, we are working to be sure that we can still make the end of the year special for a number of our students.
*Graduation details are being thought about and we are thinking through a plan that would enable us to have a traditional ceremony later in the summer. We want to celebrate our 8th graders and we are looking at a variety of ways to still do this. As plans are finalized we will communicate details to families. We are taking careful consideration into what the federal and state government regulations may look like a couple months from now.
*Spring Musical dates have obviously passed by, however the directors are hoping to have a summer Willy Wonka Jr. Camp in which they wrap up practices and rehearsals and give their parents a show at the end of that week. Dates and details are still being looked at.
*Sports Awards Ceremony has been officially cancelled; however, we are looking to still recognize a few of the major awards that are given out on this night. Awards have been processed and details on how those will be presented are being worked out. All athletes for the season will still receive their awards, unfortunately we will not be having a formal ceremony this year.
*State of the School Meeting May 12 this annual meeting is postponed and we will communicate information to parents in the coming weeks.

Picking up Belongings – Lockers, Desks, Supplies:
*We know that there are many things left behind by our students that need to be recovered by you at some point. We are waiting to see what the governor’s restrictions may be towards the end of May, as well as ISBE guidelines on how that looks from a safety standpoint. Based on these details we will establish a plan of action for students to pick up and collect their belongings safely while practicing proper social distancing.
*There is much more than just stopping by to grab your things. We need to enable teachers to organize things and see what else may need to be sent home. Students will need to return textbooks, library books, and other supplies possibly.
*Please be patient as we gather information, keep aware of the most recent updates with Covid-19 and make the best plan possible for the end-of-year pickup of supplies.

TCS Virtual Family Event – Coming Soon!
*Excited to announce that we are working on a Live Virtual Family show with The Pro Kids Show Family Night with Tim Hannig! This would be a live interactive show customized for TCS!
*As a part of this night we would also be rolling out an online Silent Auction for the many items that were created and donated for our Benefit Event that was cancelled back in March.
*More details coming soon on this night you would not want to miss out on!

Other News:
T*eacher Appreciation Week – our teachers have been working tirelessly through this pandemic to meet the needs of our kids academically, spiritually and emotionally. The life of a teacher has its rewards and one of those is being able to support and be with their kid’s day in and day out. I
know this part of not seeing their kids face to face has really hurt them a lot! I really hope that TCS families can shower blessings, encouragement and prayers on our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8! Please share from the heart and let your teachers know how much
they are loved!
*Scrip – is ongoing, although only through Scrip Wallet and Scrip NOW format. We are extending the final day for Scrip by two weeks to May 17. Keep making those grocery purchases and other necessities through the Scrip program! The last chance to meet your minimum is May 17!
*Volunteer Hours – the Board has decided to waive all volunteer hours that have not been done for the 2019-2020 school year. We understand many hours would have been covered in the last weeks and months of the school year and cannot be met at this time. Many of you are pouring in volunteer hours at home each day by guiding and working with your children on their school work. Thank you to everyone who has poured into TCS in some way, shape or form this year! Mrs. McDavitt will email a final report of each family’s volunteer hour quota just for records sake. If you have any hours that were not logged please email her at jmcdavitt@trinitychristian.info
*Summer Sports Camps – at this time we are holding off opening up any registrations for TCS basketball, volleyball, dance, or soccer camps. We need more time to process how the summer might come together with postponed events, COVID-19 regulations and more. We will keep you
updated and at the least, maybe, we will be able to host some camps at the end of the summer before school begins in August.

Enrollment for 2020-2021:
*One of the important issues for going into next school year is to understand where we are with our current enrollment for the next school year. We ask that if you are planning to enroll for next year that you do all you can to get that in to the front office as soon as possible. Even if you
are unable to make payments at this time but your intentions are to return, we want to hear from you. Please contact me at jvugteveen@trinitychristian.info.
*Spread the word! If you know of other families seeking Christian education who may be interested in TCS, please encourage them to call the school. We are available to talk to and we are accepting registrations and doing family interviews during this time.

Thank you once again for your patience through all of this. This COVID-19 pandemic has thrown everyone through so many new things we have never had to think through before! We will continue to work hard for your child’s Christian education and provide as much love, care and support as we can! There will be more updates to come and we will continue to strive to communicate with you the necessary details as we carry on through this unprecedented time. Please continue to keep the school and all our TCS families in your daily prayers.

If you have a concern, question, or just need someone to talk to please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Praying daily for you,

In His Grip,
Jon Vugteveen
Administrator
Trinity Christian School


 

April 24, 2020
 
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE TCS CLASS OF 2020
 
Dear Tyrease, Daniel, Jaiden, Caleb, Nicholas, Allison, Karissa, Brooke, William, Josiah, Christian, Lindsay, Addison, Ava, Matthew, Tyler, Claire, Taylor, Abraham, Ashtyn, Peyton, Jack, Emma, Emily, Camryn, Alex, Kennedi, Joel, and Masen,
 
My 8th graders…. THE CLASS OF 2020.
 
It is not fair; it truly is not fair. You didn’t deserve this. You didn’t see this coming. It is not your fault. Right now is the time to be making memories in the hallways of your school. Now would be the time you are wrapping up your TCS career. Now would be the time you would be making fun memories and last calls on a number of events from sports ceremonies, retreats, musicals, class trips, revival conferences and more. It hurts and it saddens me and brings me to tears thinking about all the things that should have been for the Class of 2020. I know that you may be very sad about this as well and it is appropriate to grieve your loss, to share your feelings and simply mourn for the things that you were looking forward to being a part of as the school year came to a close. Please know that your parents, your TEACHERS, your principal, and the TCS community is mourning with you and we want you to know we CARE for you and LOVE you very much. As much as it might hurt, it is the right thing to do as we stay safe and healthy at home during this difficult time! Most likely, many other lives have been way more affected by this virus than yours or mine. I know that you will all pull through this stronger than ever. I pray that you will continue to put your full trust in God’s plan!
 
There is still a lot of uncertainty moving forward; however, I wanted the CLASS OF 2020 to know that we are keeping plans alive to cherish some of the great activities you normally get to do in the last month of your career here at TCS! Things may look a little different and of course will need to occur at a different time, but please know that you are NOT FORGOTTEN, we are thinking of you, we are here for you, WE CARE. All hopes are being kept alive that we can have some 8th grade events at some point. We know how special graduation is and we want to find a way to still have some sort of traditional celebration. We are keeping ideas open about retreats, class trips and end-of-the-year projects like your class tiles, memory books and notes to one another. We, of course, are at the discretion of our government and health agencies on what restrictions will be, going into this summer, but we will watch closely and make decisions that we see will fit with what we want to accomplish, and that of course is to honor and show our appreciation to the Class of 2020!
 
There really is nothing that I can truly say to make up for the time you have lost in what was supposed to be your best ending to your last elementary school year. However, I don’t want you to remember the end of your 8th grade year as a three-month-long lock-in at your own house. Right now, you have the POWER to make the most of this situation. So, look to the little things. Call up a friend, ask for help, and create new things. Take advantage of whatever opportunities are presented to you during this time, and don’t hesitate to go and make your own memories. This isn’t just COVID-19 time, IT IS STILL YOUR TIME!
 
Class of 2020, I believe in you. I understand you guys to be full of life, talent, character, faith and love. I see how much you miss school and I see more how much WE MISS YOU! The walls of the school are missing some special kids, but I am trusting that God has you right where you need to be right now. Make the best of it, look for the blessings in it, and be strong in living out your life for Him!
 
This time of isolation will end. We look forward to a day when we can all return and give each other hugs and high fives. When that day arrives we will be ready to celebrate you, the 8th graders, NO ONE BETTER THAN the Class of 2020.
 
Please take some solace in these words from a very important book that I hope you have come to trust in during your years here at TCS. When life falls apart, or when trials hit us, this is what you need to lean on more than ever---GOD’s WORD! Grab a hold of it, don’t let it go, be inspired by it, and never give up on it! For these truths will remain forever and ever in the good and the bad.
 
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
 
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
 
Class of 2020, I pray that you understand and see that as a Christian, our source of hope and peace never waivers despite life’s circumstances. We have a great assurance of believing and trusting in the wonderful promises of God, found in the Bible! I hope that out of everything you have learned over the years at TCS, that this TRUTH is evident in your hearts!
 
I love you and truly miss you all. I know this has been extremely difficult, but through the doubt, tears and sadness know that God is shining bright and he is ready to do AMAZING and EXTRAORDINARY things with each one of you!
 
My prayers will continue for you. This is not the end. We will all meet again!
 
God’s Blessings to all of you and your families.
 
In His Grip,
Mr. V
Administrator
Trinity Christian School

April 24, 2020
Dear Parents,

We continue to pray daily for the needs of our TCS family and again want to express our gratitude for the ways that we, as a family, are loving and helping each other through this difficult time. Our goal continues to be to provide excellent academics while being sensitive to and supportive of the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of our students, families and staff. We prayerfully review the feedback from our families and staff regarding e-learning as we purposefully consider adjustments to our program.

With the Illinois governor’s announcement that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year, we have decided to make a change to the number of e-learning days per week. The Illinois State Board Education has allowed for e-planning days for teachers as described in their rules below:

Each school or district may utilize five Remote Learning Planning Days, consecutively or in separate increments, to develop, review, or amend its Remote Learning Day Plan. Remote Learning Planning Days shall be deemed pupil attendance days for calculation of the length of a school term under Section 10-19 of the Code.

We believe that the addition of remote planning days will allow teachers time to create and review student lessons and will provide students, families and staff with a much needed break from the stress of e-learning. We ask that you would please respect Mondays as a plan day for teachers. Unless it is of high importance, correspondence with teachers through email and chat will occur during e-learning days (Tuesday-Friday).

Students will not be assigned any work on these Mondays but are encouraged to use these days to finish any incomplete assignments. Teachers will not be adding any additional work to the four remaining e-learning days during the week. The current daily workload will remain the same.

Remote Planning Days for the remainder of the year are as follows:

Monday, April 27

Monday, May 4

Monday, May 11

Monday, May 18

Monday, May 25 will remain a scheduled day off due to Memorial Day

We have also made a change to the currently scheduled last day of school, as the last week has typically been a week of activities for the students such as field trips and Field Day. Our last day of e-learning will be moved to Friday, May 29.

We hope that the changes we have made will have a positive impact on student learning and family lives. We are so grateful for your continued partnership and support.

Blessings,

Virginia Hayward
Director of Education
Trinity Christian School


April 22, 2020

CHAPEL THIS WEEK!

The Great Commission!

We welcome Mr. John McDavitt from The Rock Church of Romeoville.

Follow this link to view today’s chapel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGQ8BZMrNSY

I hope you have a wonderful day.

You are dearly missed. Please stay safe and know you are all loved!

Blessings to you all!

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


April 17, 2020

Dear TCS Families,

I am writing a short note through some tears as I have just finished watching Governor Pritzker’s announcement about closing school for the remainder of the school year. I, unfortunately, always felt that this was the direction we would have to go as we face this COVID-19 dilemma. But even as prepared as I was to hear those words from the governor, it was still crushing and heartbreaking. I think of the students and teachers the most, as their school year has been turned upside down and they will not get the chances to come back and see one another face to face in the classroom. I am deeply saddened for our 8th graders who now face the reality of missing out on the traditional fun things that happen to close out their TCS careers. Although I don’t have all the perfect answers for you now, I do know that we will continue to provide an excellent Christian education for our students. Our teachers will dig deep to continue loving on your kids and providing for them spiritually, mentally, physically and socially. We will look into ways to still make this last month a special one for everyone. Ultimately, we will have to follow and continue to monitor what our local health and government agencies will allow to do as we move forward through this COVID -19 situation. I pray for healing all around us and the opportunity for us to get back to normalcy sooner than later!

Please know that I am heartbroken for so many in this, just as many of you may be feeling the same way. But one thing I know is that I can put my struggles, fears, sadness and concerns at the feet of my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is still in control. This time in history is temporary. HE is forever! Please rest in that!

I will continue to give updates as we think through what this most recent news does for the rest of our school year. In the meantime please be safe, stay healthy, pray for those around you, and find blessings in this time where we are “sheltered in place.”

If there is anything you need please feel free to reach out to me. We are all in this together!

God bless your weekend.

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


April 15, 2020
Dear Trinity Families,
Here is CHAPEL for the week! We normally will not have this long of a chapel time from week to week, but Mr. Kerry Kraker (our Head Facility Manager) had a special message and some hands-on pottery techniques to mix in with his presentation. This chapel is much longer than normal but hopefully you can still watch all the way through as Mr. Kraker’s message is excellent for the kids to hear! Please be blessed by this time to worship and grow in God’s promises in His Word!
Thank you Mr. Kraker for your time in putting this together. Thank you Pastor Bob from Southwest Community Church for helping us with taping, and thank you Miss Bekermeier for editing and getting things working!

We appreciate all the time that went this!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfytAvBSxk4&t=12s

Blessings to you all! Enjoy.
Miss you all,
Mr. V


April 14, 2020

E-learning Grading Policy


April 9, 2020

Dear TCS Families and Community,

Please consider participating to bless others. Please know that there is no obligation. Our hope is that we can show our kindness and love through prayer and acts of kindness!

#1 PRAYER --- Building one another up through Prayer!

We strongly encourage everyone to take a moment every day to pray for TCS. Our teachers, students and parents need your prayers daily but especially during these unprecedented times!

If your family is in need of specific prayer we want to pray for you. You can email your request to prayer@trinitychristian.info. All requests will be kept confidential and prayed over by the TCS ministry, Families in Prayer (formally known as Moms in Prayer). If you would also like the staff and administration to pray for your specific request, please indicate that in your email.

We are here in prayer for everyone!

#2 TCS SERVICE PROJECT—Building Community with an Act of Kindness

Our elderly are hurting and lonely. Many of our nursing homes and assisted living spaces have been closed to visitors of all kinds due to COVID-19. We have always been a consistent contributor to our friends at Alden Estates right next door to school, as our students have visited to sing or just visit and play card games with them. I reached out to them last week to see what could be done to put a smile on their faces and they said they would gladly accept cards and letters of encouragement! I would love to see Trinity Christian School students put smiles on the faces of these hurting elderly.

We are launching an EASTER Service Project to show our love to the people of ALDEN ESTATES.

Here is what you can do:

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Stationary, greeting cards, construction paper or whatever you can find in the house
  • Pens, markers, art supplies, pencils, etc.

WHAT SHOULD YOU MAKE:

  • Draw a picture, make a card, create a special message

WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY:

  • Be encouraging, tell them how much you appreciate them, that you love them, that you are happy they are safe, encourage them to smile and be happy and that Jesus loves them as well
  • Share a Bible verse with them
  • Share a prayer with them

HOW DO I GET MY CREATION TO THEM:

  • We will collect your creations at school from April 14-16. You can do one of three things:
      • Drop it off at school during the day there will be a drop box located right by the door that you would buzz
      • If no one is at school please insert your card(s) into the TCS mailbox located right out front (pull hard as it sticks)
      • Mail your cards to TCS before April 16 and mark   c/o Mr. V

As we are all confined to our homes to celebrate our RISEN SAVIOR, I am hoping that everyone will take some time over the long weekend to create  as many cards as you would like to. The more we have the more we can bless!  Again we will collect Tues. April 14 - Thursday April 16. I hope to deliver all the cards on Friday, April 17 to bless the elderly of Alden. I think it will be a fantastic ACT of KINDNESS from the great students of TCS!

Please join me in this project to bless others!

Thank you so much as we continue to build community and lift one another in prayer even when confined to our places of living!

God Bless you on this Easter weekend!

HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Miss you!

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


April 8, 2020

Dear TCS Parents and Students,

Today is CHAPEL DAY! I hope that you can all get a chance to sit and watch this chapel that has been put together. It would even be great for you to all sit and watch it as a family at some point today! Pastor Nick Dedetsinas shares a message as part of the Romans Road to Salvation series we started last month. As he will tell you, he was a student at TCS and he shares a great message today. Please watch all the way through, as some of our Student Council girls give a wonderful praise and worship dance at the end!

I know I would much rather be with you and have you all together in the cafetorium for chapel, but I am so thankful that we have these capabilities to still push out messages like this through technology!

Miss everyone. Please pray for each other today. We could all use it!

Here is the link to today’s chapel: https://youtu.be/LK5pQZtpZ48

Enjoy!!

Love you all,

Mr. V

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


April 6, 2020

Dear TCS Parents,

In these days, my morning habit has been to arrive at the school between 7:30-8 a.m. and just grasp the quietness of the school. I often sit down in my office and the sadness washes over me. I sometimes tear up and I feel this heavy burden weighing on me, just like many of you may share. Our community is hurting - from the virus, from the economy, from lack of connection - and it grieves me not to be able to be physically together during this time. We love and miss you all so much.  

As we all know, IL Gov. Pritzker extended the closure of schools through April 30. We will continue to monitor updates and we will pray fervently that we can be back to school in May. As we have extended our transition to a distance learning environment, I want to express how proud I am of our students and parents for embracing this complex challenge, with grace, during this unique season. We know it isn’t easy and that there are a lot of new things to learn. The strength of the TCS community is perhaps most evident in times such as these, and your response has been remarkable despite the circumstances. I want you to know that our faculty and staff have been praying for you daily and remain committed to providing the best Christian school experience possible.

I also want you to know how hard your child(ren)'s teachers have been working on converting their physical classrooms into digital ones. They have been putting in long hours, adapting their curriculum and instruction to a new platform to stay connected while we're apart and advance student learning. While we will never fully replace the in-person education our students usually receive in person, I pray that you are experiencing all of this hard work coming to fruition.

We understand the hardships many in our community are experiencing. We would love to come alongside your family in any way we can. For many, school is an anchor for the day, and the connection our students experience with their teachers and friends is vital to helping them through this time. However, we know there will be days when school isn't as important, as other needs will take greater priority. During this time, I assure you you'll find our school treating your child and family with grace, mercy and understanding. We will help make this work for you.

Tuition collected during this time will ensure that your child's academic experience is uninterrupted. We are committed to supporting our teachers who are working many and irregular hours to serve all of our students. Our Board and Administration are aware of the financial opportunities available to schools in the recently passed CARES Act and are working on the best path forward. We are taking careful consideration into doing the best things for the good of the whole school community.


Additionally, in times like these, the body of Christ rises up to bear one another's burdens and come to the rescue of those in need. If you need assistance in paying tuition during this time, please reach out. You can email Steve Baly, Director of Business Services, at sbaly@trinitychristian.info, or reach out to me at jvugteveen@trinitychristian.info. If you are in a position to give towards families in crisis, please pray about how generous you can be so more families can be helped through this time.

As we move
through April, here are several other details about how the school is making decisions moving forward on a number of situations. We understand that announcements in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic are fluid and changes could occur at any time for different events:

·         Hot lunch orders for April will be credited for use in the month of May. Right now we are keeping Hot Lunch ordering for May closed until further notice. If we feel that we will be opening school back up we will immediately open hot lunch ordering. Ultimately, refunds will be issued if you are unable to use your credits given.

·         Field Trips - any that are officially cancelled will be granted refunds

·         Terra Nova Testing - whether we return in May or not, we will not have Standardized Testing this year. If we return, we want to have as much time in the classroom as possible. Illinois State Board of Education and ACSI are waiving these tests for this school year.

·         Mother/Son Date Night - officially cancelled and refunds will be granted

·         TCS Run, White & Blue 5K - officially cancelled for the year and refunds will be granted

·         Sports Awards Ceremony - scheduled for April 16 is being postponed to a possible date in May. However, we understand the circumstances and if it were to be cancelled, we would find ways to still give out awards that have been earned throughout the sports seasons.

·         7th/8th Grade Retreat - postponed and will work to make this key memory for the kids still happen at a later date.

·         Spring Musical - Willy Wonka Jr., scheduled for May 1-2, has been postponed and we are working to see what kind of plans can be worked out for this show to still go on! A possible end-of-the-school-year show is not out of the question.

·         Chapels - we are working to have some videos and messages put together to share with the kids on Wednesdays. I hope that families can maybe watch these messages together and have a time of discussion over the subject discussed. Our next two messages will wrap up our series on the Roman Road to Salvation!

·         TCS Community - we want to keep a sense of family as best we can while we are all isolated in our homes. Visit Facebook, be sure to call/Facetime/Zoom friends and family! Student Council is working on some fun Spirit Week ideas that will be coming soon as well. Let’s stay connected!

·         Easter Service Project - I know we are settling in with the e-learning process and many are still finding ways to best schedule their own school days at home. However, I also know we need to continue to think of others around us. Be on the watch for some details about an opportunity to bless our friends across the parking lot at Alden Estates nursing home.

I am praying that we can all trust in our Savior and know that He will carry us through this season. He is not surprised by this, and He is ready and able to provide for us all through this time. May you be safe, stay home as much as possible, and seek all the blessings that you have around you!

Psalm 91:2 “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

May the Lord protect and look over you all!

Love and miss you,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


April 1, 2020

Dear TCS Parents,

Below you will find a link to a “Greetings from Mr. V” video, a quick message to the kids as they start their day today. I hope that you will show it to them as they start their first day. I am praying that we can patiently work through the new changes and the new platform. It will be different and it will take time to adjust to. Please know we are here to help. TCS means so much to so many and I hope we can continue to rally around one another as we journey through this time in history! Please let me know if there are any immediate needs or prayer requests we can lift up!

I am sure many of you have heard the news of Governor Pritzker’s new extended orders of “shelter in place” and school closures through April 30 for the state of Illinois. While this is disheartening on many levels, it is the right thing to do in order for us to be safe and for us to combat COVID-19. I will be taking a long look at a number of issues this raises in regards to our school community’s schedules and events. I plan to give updates as soon as all these things can be thought through carefully, as I know many of you are wondering about musicals, ceremonies, field trip refunds, hot lunch orders and so much more! Please understand that administration and the board will prayerfully consider many items that will come our way as a result of this extended school closure. My prayer is for us to get a chance to close out the school year in May! Would you please pray with me the Lord would allow that to occur and that this virus would quickly submit itself and lives would be spared?

For now, and especially this week, let’s concentrate on doing our best work in our e-learning platform and establishing routines for our kids at home. We will continue to update, communicate and pray for everyone within and outside of the TCS community! We are in this together and need to know that we can trust the Lord as he works in many and mighty ways.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Hope my TCS Family!

Please share this video with the kiddos!  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=STg4NqTFcUE

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


March 30, 2020

Dear TCS Family,

On behalf of the Trinity Christian School Board and Staff, I wanted to extend our sincere appreciation and thankfulness to the entire school community on how you have all worked together in this time of global pandemic. Our government leaders have taken measures, at the recommendation of our leading medical experts in this area, that they hope will lessen the impact of this disease on our community and our state.

We are now seeing, locally, a number of individuals with the Covid-19 infection, and many are quite severe and require maximum supportive care. It is wise to follow the social distancing and other recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and our government authorities. They are getting more tools to make rapid diagnoses, and receiving more input into treatment options. Please keep our infectious disease physicians and other health care providers in your prayers as they minister to these desperately ill patients.

At Trinity Christian School, we are continuing to advance the educational mission of the school, even as we await the return to some semblance of normalcy. As we roll out the new e-learning platform this week, please work with and give feedback to your teachers and the TCS administration. Let us endeavor to work together on behalf of our precious children. Our teachers are working hard to provide a meaningful educational experience during this time away from the classroom. To go along with their expertise, there are many online educational options that can help, as well as the "old fashioned" habit of reading with and/or to your children, which will promote academic success.

In addition, remember that we adults are modeling how we deal with this epidemic to our children. We should take prudent precautions and not give in to fear. Take this opportunity to assist those around you that need help, such as the elderly or the fragile. This pleases the Heart of God.

Know that the board, administration, faculty and staff are continuing in prayer for each student and their family during this time. Please reach out to us with specific prayer needs. It is our honor to pray with and for our TCS family.

Let us all rely upon the strong assurance that while we do not know what the future holds, we do know who holds the future.

Blessings to you!

In the Service of the King of Kings!

Frederick S. Alexander MD
TCS School Board President


March 25, 2020

Hello Trinity Christian School,

We pray you are having a wonderful and relaxed Spring Break! The teachers at TCS have been missing their students dearly. They wanted to reach out and say hello to your children! Please take a few minutes to share the video below with them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAu65hhz09Y

We are in constant prayer for peace and safety for you and your families. Know that you are loved and missed. Have a blessed Spring Break!

In Him,

Miss Bekermeier


March 24, 2020

Dear TCS Families,

I hope that despite all we are surrounded with, you are finding ways to enjoy your Spring Break and have some family time. I know it can be difficult when we are distracted and surrounded by the unknown. I am praying for each of you and trusting in the guidance of our Lord and Savior through this time in our history. Please be assured by this from God’s Word:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10  Our enemy’s goal is to paralyze us with the unknown. When we are afraid, we take our eyes off God and put them on the object of our fear. Don’t allow the world around us to do that and focus on God’s truths and His everlasting power. We know that the Lord will overcome all! Please join me in praying for our country, our community and for TCS.

At this time, we are well into our “shelter in place” and we understand that school closures are mandated until at least April 8. I think we can all agree that there are no secure expectations that these dates will be the last extensions. This is by far a difficult time for everyone across the United States. No one is immune to these trying times and everyone is doing more with less. We, as a complete TCS family, have to provide for our teachers, administrative staff, parents and children. This all has to be done while providing the best quality education for our families. Please know that TCS is committed to doing just that! Please know that if there are any needs or prayer requests that need action we want you to reach out to us. Our administration and Board want to be here for you!

BUSINESS UPDATE:

·         At this time Hot lunch meals that were missed are being given credit for future orders. If our time away from school continues, we will communicate new plans for how we will deal with hot lunch meals. We are currently looking at possibly holding off May ordering until we have a clearer picture of what school may be looking like according to our government agencies.

·         There are some field trips that are coming up. We will first look at possibilities of postponing to a later date. If a cancellation is necessary, we will work to reimburse fees.

·         If you have any other concerns or needs, please reach out to our Business Director, Mr. Steve Baly.

SCHEDULE/EVENTS UPDATE:

·         All events in April and May are being looked at closely. We by no means want to cancel events, but we are thoughtfully looking for ways to make special events happen, whether on time or postponed to a later date. Of course the longer we are mandated out of school difficult, decisions will need to be made about such things such as retreats, sports ceremonies, musicals, field trips and more. We will keep you posted on any decisions that are made.

EDUCATIONAL UPDATE:

·         We are continuing to work on our new platform for e-learning. We hope that this will set us up for great success, but of course it will be a team effort. Administration is working to get our teachers information as we prepare for next week. When introducing something new, especially with technology, we want to be sure we are not overwhelming anyone, to include teachers, students and parents. We are looking at this as another “first week” of school, in which we are learning new things and figuring out our way around the new classroom. Here is our plan for next week to help minimize stress and anxiety for all:

 

Monday, March 30: Spring Break extended---this day will be for teachers to finalize their “classrooms” and be sure they have everything lined up. They will need to collaborate with administration and one another to be sure we have things all set. On this day, TCS families should watch for an emailed PERMISSION SLIP on e-learning that will need to be sent right back “signed” in order to participate. Expectations of the kids for the day would be to step back into the classroom by visiting apps, websites sent by teachers previously, and reviewing math facts, reading a good book and more.

 

Tuesday, March 31: Teachers will finalize any concerns and last-minute details. TCS families will receive an important email with instructions on how to log-in to the new platform for education. Student and teacher expectations will also be sent. Families will be asked to be sure they can get logged in and that all software and computers are working as we prepare for e-learning.

 

Wednesday, April 1: We will begin e-learning! First day diving into the new platform. It will be exciting, challenging and constructive all at the same time!

All details and expectations will be sent to every family as mentioned above. Mrs. Hayward is working very hard to produce directions that are simple and easy to understand. We are continuing to test and run different things as we go through this week in preparation for the students.

Trinity Christian, we are in unchartered territory, but this can be exciting as we are learning new things and laying groundwork for future ideas in the educational field! I am very confident that the Trinity community is going to rise up and succeed in this endeavor. We will need to be patient, flexible and willing to work together as we all learn something new. My prayer is that we will work in unity together for the betterment of our children during these trying times! God will see us through it for sure!

I will continue to update as needed. Again, if you have any needs or concerns please reach out to myself, Mr. Baly, or any board members as we want to serve, guide, and help in any way we can.

Blessings and peace to you all.

In His Grip,

Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


March 20, 2020

Dear TCS Family,

Please check out this most recent video message from our Administrator, Mr. V. Click on the following link  https://youtu.be/CHLJau7yuMQ

Blessings,

Trinity Christian School


March 18, 2020

Good Afternoon TCS families,

We hope that your first few days of digital/home learning have gone well. We understand that there are challenges to all in some way or another, but I understand and have seen our teachers work extremely hard to provide the necessities to help your children continue to learn. Thank you for being patient, flexible and understanding during a historical time in the life of everyone. We would love to hear from you if you have any feedback on how things are going for you. Please communicate with your teachers about what is working and what is not. If you would like to share further, please feel free to email myself (jvugteveeen@trinitychristian.info) or Virginia Hayward, our Director of Education (vhayward@trinitychristian.info) at any time. If you have found great strategies or positive ways to learn at home, share them with others! I love that we can support one another as a TCS family. Not everyone has the traits of a teacher and may need that added support from those within the TCS family. Reach out and share!

I know there is so much information floating around with this world pandemic of COVID-19. Please understand, we are trying to stay on top of things as they are changing daily. At this point in time, we are continuing to follow the Federal and State agencies that continue to give us daily updates as to what course the country and the State of Illinois may take. We can speculate, but nothing as of this hour has been decided on the status for the rest of the Illinois school year. Our prayer is that we can return back to school sooner than later, but only time will tell. Please be in prayer over this ongoing situation. We know that our hope and trust can be placed in the hands of our Savior! Please be encouraged by these words from a devotional shared with me today:

Don’t let your need to understand, distract you from My Presence. I will equip you to get through this day victoriously, as you live in deep dependence on Me. Tomorrow is busy worrying about itself; don’t get tangled up in its worry-webs. Trust Me one day at a time.

Matthew 6:34 says “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day had enough trouble of its own.”

Psalm 84:12 “O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.”

Please know that Trinity Christian School is working hard for the benefit of your child’s education. We are currently working behind the scenes in anticipation that this current school closure may be extended. We will have more updates in the coming days (i.e. educational plans, cancellations/postponement of events, etc.) as more information comes down to us from the Federal and State levels. Please continue to be patient and show grace to everyone around you. We can get through this surreal time in our history TOGETHER with God as our leader!

Don’t forget to take care of yourself and your family! Follow protocols, wash your hands, protect the elderly, get good sleep, exercise, limit your exposure to the news/media (practice moderation), and stay connected with family and friends/classmates. Remember, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need our help, have a question, or need to just talk.

In His Grip,

Mr. V


March 16, 2020

Dear TCS Parents,

I hope that you are all well and doing your part to keep yourselves safe, as well as the community around you. These are some surreal times to say the least, as we try and make sense of all that is happening around us!

I wanted to just give you a quick update and follow up to last week’s email. The teachers and staff just finished meeting this morning to follow up on expectations for continued learning at home. I feel that it is important that students continue to further their education and our teachers will work hard to communicate clearly what they expect and what your students need to accomplish. Please understand that by no means will students be assigned everything that we would normally do throughout the week in the classrooms. Our goal is to give students practical ways to continue learning without overwhelming them. This will look different at each grade level.

Here is what was addressed to teachers as a daily maximum for daily work:

Grades K-2

10-15 minutes per core topics of Bible, math, reading, language

Grades 3-5

20 minutes per core topic of Bible, math, reading, language, science, social studies

Grades 6-8

30 minutes of Bible, math, reading, literature, English, science, social studies

We understand that there will be obstacles for some parents, from limited computer access, to working parents, to multiple children to work with. We ask that you plan and allow kids to do their best with these circumstances and to communicate to teachers if you are having any issues. We want kids to continue learning but we also don’t want anyone to be filled with anxiety or to be overwhelmed. We have certainly asked teachers to clearly communicate what is expected and to avoid “busy work.”

You should be receiving communication about school work from the teachers shortly or already have! If you do not receive anything by 1 p.m. today please email the teacher directly first, and if you have trouble there communicate with the front office at school. All teachers will be available throughout the week to answer their emails and take your questions.

OTHER IMPORTANT REMINDERS: 

· Please report any confirmed COVID-19 cases or contacts to the school immediately.

· FOR THOSE WHO WERE ABSENT FRIDAY, YOU CAN COME ANYTIME TODAY UP UNTIL 4 P.M. TO PICK UP YOUR BOOKS AND SUPPLIES

· K-2 PACKETS ARE AVAILABLE BEGINNING AT 12 P.M. TODAY UNTIL 4 P.M. IN THE FRONT OFFICE!

· Office will be closed beginning Tues., March 17. Essential staff will be on site throughout the week.

· No work to be scheduled over the Spring Break period of March 23-27

· As our local and federal government agencies make updates we will keep you informed with our thoughts and plans as well. This is an ever evolving situation!

Again I pray that we can all work our way through this together. I know it is uncharted territory for all of us and it will take time, patience and flexibility to make it all work. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to address them with me and I will do my best to communicate back with you.

May you walk forward in God’s hope and faithfulness!

Psalm 23: 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

In His Grip,

Mr. V

Administrator


March 13, 2020

Dear TCS Parents,

We are encouraged by your patience and support during this unprecedented pandemic. Our number one priority is for the safety and well-being of everyone involved not only in the TCS family, but our local community. It was nice to see our government take the time to make a discerning decision in regards to all schools in Illinois. These decisions are not made easily and this has been a historic and unprecedented event thus far!


Here is a recap of information along with new updates to share with you.

Recap

  • To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Illinois Governor Pritzker has ordered all K-12 schools to close starting Tuesday, March 17, until Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
  • We will be keeping our doors closed starting Monday, March 16, as our students have already prepared by bringing all their materials and books home. Our teachers will report to school for a time Monday to be sure students have what they need through emailed plans.
  • Our preschool will also follow this mandate and will be closed.

Going Forward

  • All events, in-person instruction, field trips, and gym rentals held at or associated with Trinity Christian School are canceled or postponed until March 31.
  • TCS teachers will email their class’s parents Monday with a distance learning plan that allows students to continue learning at home. We do not expect your child to complete a full day of school at home. We are aiming for a few hours per day to help them further their learning. Please watch for emails from your child’s teachers. We do expect children to be working forward and accomplishing what is asked of by the teachers. Please collect completed work and be sure your child has a plan to stay on top of assignments.
  • Students
    • Teachers will communicate via email and possibly other forms of media on what is expected for their subjects and classrooms.
    • 3rd-8th have all textbooks and curriculum home and will receive plans from teachers.
    • Primary students in grades K-2 will receive further instruction from teachers as they do not at this time have instructional materials or textbooks. On Monday morning K-2 teachers will be in school preparing packets of worksheets and other resources for those students. From 12-4 p.m. the school office will be open to K-2 parents to come in and get those materials for kids to be working on during this closure. If you have a conflict with those times, please call the office to make arrangements.
    • Distance learning plans will continue to be sent to you via email by your student’s teachers if the closure is extended or there is a need for updates.
    • If a student was absent Friday, March 13, the school building will be open Monday, March 16, for you to come and get your child’s books and materials needed. This is an important time to retrieve these materials
  • Front Office
    • The front office will not be open, beginning March 17, but essential staff will be on-site, and teachers are allowed in the building. If you need to meet with someone, email them directly to set up a time.
  • Cleaning
    • Mr. Kraker and staff will continue to clean and disinfect our building in preparation for our return.
  • Spring Break
    • This will remain as planned and school work will not be assigned during that time period of March 23-27.

Misc. Questions

  • Is there a chance these closures will be shorter or longer?
    • At this time we are following the lead and discretion of the major health organizations and the state of Illinois as to when we will officially resume. Right now that target reflects March 31.
  • What about sports or extra-curricular activities?
    • There will be no sporting events or extra-curricular activities until further notice.
  • Will preschool be open?
    • As long as our K-8th grade classrooms are closed, so will our preschool.

Other House Keeping

·         Other large events and gatherings scheduled for April and May are being discussed and plans will be formulated as to what we will do moving forward. A lot depends on the continued presence of COVID-19.

·         We will work to keep you informed throughout this process. Thank you again for your encouragement and patience. We are thankful that we can put our hope in a Savior that will protect us and lead us!

Be blessed, be safe, and use this time to rest and reconnect with family.

In His Grip,
Jon Vugteveen

Administrator

Trinity Christian School


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