Friday, May 27, 2011

Communication Efforts

It has been hard to keep up with efforts to communicate with our many alumni! I've been trying to make a few announcements and updates on the Tacoma Baptist Alumni page on Facebook. If you haven't asked to be part of that group, you would be welcomed! Being a full-time teacher has, of course, been my first priority for the past many months, but please don't think we have lost interest in you! Get in touch and let me know what's new in your life. I'd love to catch up during the summer.

Meanwhile, it's almost time to graduate the Class of 2011. Join us on June 14, in the gym at 7 pm for another joy-filled night!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's been a long time

It has been a long time since I have posted on this blog. Since we have an alumni facebook page, I have kept information flowing to the the 500+ alumni who have joined there and have posted less here. However, I would love to post your photos and information here, too, now the the new southsoundchrisitan.org website is up and running and folks can actually connect to this blog from there!

We have had a great weekend of Homecoming festivities! At the Homecoming Banquet on Friday, October 22, at C.I. Shenanigan's on the Tacoma waterfront, 135 banquet-goers enjoyed a great meal and a fun time. Then last night, the Crusader football team posted a stunning victory (58-0) at Mt. Tahoma HS Stadium in a football game against Rainier Christian HS. Congratulations to Kassia Joe and Jeriah Carroll, the 2010 Homecoming Queen and King, who were crowned on the field at halftime in spite of the howling wind and rain. Your classmates did a great job of choosing two outstanding young people to represent them!

Check in later and I will post a few photos, too!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More babies arrive!

Two more alumni have welcomed a new baby into their families.

Congratulations to Amy (Van Gilder '95) and Jeff Reinmuth who welcomed Campbell Mercy on March 15. Campbell joins older siblings Cooper (3) and Kaelyn (8).



And more congratulations go to Jason ('92) and Leanne Van Gilder. Owen Robert was born on March 25. Levin (4) and Philip (2)are happy with their new brother.



On an especially happy note for this writer, both new babies are my grandchildren! Hooray for grandkids!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Catching up with the news--

News item number one: By now, most of you who live in the area are aware that the girls basketball team finished their appearance at the State B championships in Spokane with 5th place. One of our senior girls was named to the all-tournament first team and tied the record for the most three pointers in a single game--nine! We are very proud of the girls.

News item number two: Patty and Marc R (class of '99) are now parents of little Jon Isaac. After Patty spent 40-some days in the hospital, little Jon was truly a miracle. They are praising God for him.

News item number three: TBS English teacher, Lisa McGowan was featured in an article in the Tacoma newspaper this week. She does an incredible job of teaching Elie Weisel's Night, and, as part of the unit, invited a holocaust survivor to talk to all of our sophomore class members. I'm not sure how long it will remain on-line, but you can check out the article here.

News item number three: A Night of Fine Arts will be held on Thursday, March 25th from 6 to 8 pm in the gym. We would love to have you come and see the work our students have done. Featured will be the holocaust museum projects that Lisa McGowan's students created. The art department will showcase student work, the yearbook and digital photography classes will show the best of the year's photography, the music department will present instrumental chamber music, and student creative writing will be available. Admission is free, with donations going to support the instrumental music department.

News item number four: This Saturday, March 20, the annual auction will be held in the TBS gym. Admission is $15. Come and help make the night a success for the school. You may get some incredible bargains, too. Doors open at 4:00 pm.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Heading to State!

It's been a busy winter around the TBS campus! Our wrestling team represented the school well last weekend, with a team finish of 5th place. Two of our wrestlers, Howie Herdle and Stephen Talen, both sons of alumni (Kirsten Norman '90 and Mark Talen 80-something) finished fourth in their weight class. Second-year wrestler, Josh Peters, was crowned the state champion at his weight class! We are really proud of our young men, who give all glory to God for their abilities. If you live in the Tacoma area, you may have read the News Tribune interview with Josh, who clearly gave God credit!



Next week, the girls basketball team heads to Spokane for the State B tournament. There is one last chance to see them in action at the Tri-District Championship Game this Saturday, February 27, at 4:30 p.m., at Chief Leschi. Let's just say that they play an intense game of basketball and are a lot of fun to watch. (Pictured above is senior Kelsey Lyons, daughter of Kristi (Andersen '89) and granddaughter of TBS teacher, Gary Andersen.) Join us if you can!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Request for prayer…

Jenny Vincent's (Hagen '96) 2-month old son passed away from pneumonia this week. The memorial service is March 1st, 2pm at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood on Steilacoom Blvd. Jenny asked that the news be posted for friends who may want to attend. There is a viewing on Feb 28th from 1p-9p.

I know that as TBS family, you will keep Jenny, her husband, and their extended families in your thought and prayers during this difficult time. I have contact information if you'd like to send a card or note. Send me an email and I'll be happy to share it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010



I hope to see you at the auction in March. Lots of wonderful things to purchase. In addition, you will be supporting Christian education!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hope3 Tour



If you live in the area, we would love to have you stop by the school and check out the TBS of today. The Hope3 tours are not an enrollment drive (although you are welcome to come to open house on February 4 from 6-8pm), but a chance to share with you what God is doing at TBS. You might be pleasantly surprised to see how things have changed since you were a student here!

Call the school and sign up for a tour today!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Alumni at the game


On Monday, December 21, the alumni were invited to come to the high school basketball games. The call was made for all the grads to come for a photo op between the girls and boys games. While not all the alumni present came for the photo, here's a photo record of the great kids who came to enjoy the evening! (Those grads who didn't get in the photo are great, too, just delinquent for not responding to the call!) Thanks for coming.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Break

A few graduates have stopped by this week to say "hi" and chat. It is so good to see them all. We are incredibly proud of our graduates!

I saw Tara Leaman '06 for a bit on Tuesday. She is a senior at Cedarville this year. Hardly seems possible that she is ready to graduate!

Also stopping by for a visit were Gabby Teobaldo '08 (home from Eastern Washington U.) and Jason Lutterloh '08 (from Abilene Christian U). They both looked great and were happy to be home for the holidays.

Just letting any of you who read this know that there are home basketball games on Monday, December 21. Admission is free for alumni. Come and enjoy a night of basketball and maybe run into a few former classmates! Girls game starts at 6:00pm, boys at 7:30.