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Issue: 9April 16, 2012
In This Issue
TRCS Tuition Assistance Campaign Reaches over $33,000
Positive Changes!
TRCS Architect Chosen
Jog-A-Thon Fun Run!
Middle School Lockers
Enrichment Classes Announced
Jr.Sr. High Update
Athletics Update
CDC Update
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TRCS Tuition Assistance Continues:  $33,000

We're Getting CLOSE!


TAF Apr 2012

Thanks to our recent "Evening with Frank Peretti" event, we're nearing our goal!  However, we still have a couple thousand dollars needed to get to our goal of raising $35,000.  The Tuition Assistance Fund helps families who rely on financial aid to send their children to TRCS. 


The above thermometer will track our progress as we work toward our goal of raising $35,000 by June of 2012.   Donations can be sent to the school by mail, or made online by credit card by clicking here.


Adopt-A-Student Sponsors


Please support these local businesses who are supporting our school and families:

Gold Sponsors:


Gold Western World 

Golf Van Fleet

Gold - Kelso Azt eca


Silver Sponsors:


Hilander Dental

Silver - TREye Care

Silver Cowlit perio


Bronze Sponsors:


Bronze PNW Realty

 Bronze Wheeler

Bronze Red Leaf

Bronze Allstate

 Bronze Am Fam

Bronze Judie Co




Bronze Farmers 

Annoucing a New TRCS Spiritwear Design!

eagle wing logo

We have new shirts in stock with the "Eagle Wing" design!  These t-shirts feature white printing on a blue or black shirt -- and are available for only $10 in sizes Youth XS through Adult 3X!  Quantities are limited, so get your shirt today!


If you'd like to have the print put onto a shirt of your own choosing, bring it to the elementary school office, and we'll add the logo for only $5!


We're closing out the old to bring in something new!  All in-stock TRCS SpiritWear is now 25% off, so stop in the school offices and pick up a deal for your child (or yourself!) and help promote our great school to the community!


Frank Peretti Fan
Frank Peretti sporting his new TRCS Spiritwear!  Thank you, Frank!
WOW!  We hope you didn't miss "TRCS Presents an Evening with Frank Peretti."  It was truly incredible!

Not only did Frank share an entertaining look at his 61 years of walking with the Lord, but he took the time to chat, sign books, and take pictures with those who came to see him.

Frank and his wife, Barbara, have also blessed the school with a generous donation to our Tuition Assistance fund.  What a blessing!  Altogether, this event raised more than $12,000 for the school.

Please mark your calendars for the following items:


April 17th - 20th: 6th grade Outdoor School
April 18th: "RIF" - Reading is Fundamental - Elementary Campus -- Volunteers are needed for RIF, so please contact the Elementary Office or Marie Erickson for more info.
April 26th: All School "Servant Day"
April 27th - 28th: Jr./Sr. High Retreat
May 1st: Last Day for Discounted Enrollment Fee!
May 4th: Progress Reports, Secondary Campus
May 4th: Preschool Plus 3s Family Celebration 
May 7th - 11th: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 14th - 18th: Preschool Plus 3s Conferences 
May 17th & 18th:  Library Book Sale & Book Exchange (more info to follow)
May 18th: Jog-a-Thon, Elementary Campus
May 28th: Memorial Day, School Closed
June 8th: Preschool Plus 4s Graduation 
June 11th: Traditional Preschool 4s Graduation 
June 13th: Last Day of School

Please continue to check out our website for up-to-date info, and email us if you have questions or comments. 


Jean ZoetAttention All Elementary Parents!


Positive changes are happening next year. New opportunities are available for students. TRCS is moving to the next step in providing a quality program. We are keeping the things that work well and adding some things that enhance our Christ-centered program.

I invite you to come and hear about the changes and enhancements for our elementary students. You can ask your questions and get information about our program and staffing.

Come and hear about:
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • The Music Conservatory
  • Library changes
  • Achievement and Ability testing reporting
  • The Resource Room availability
  • Class sizes
  • Quality Teaching
All of this will be at the next Round Table, 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 14th, in the NBC Fireside Room!  See you there!
Architect Chosen for TRCS Building Plans
Progress is Underway in Development of New Buildings


At the March school board meeting, the TRCS board officially chose David Brittell of Brittell Architecture to create a Master Plan for the Longview Campus with the goal of bringing the secondary campus over in the near future.  Mr. Brittell has a large amount of experience with non-profit and church construction, and is a product of Christian schooling himself.

Interviews with stakeholders and progression on the Master Plan will proceed throughout the next few months with the intention of transitioning directly into planning and construction of a new high school building.  If you have questions or comments, please direct them to Development Director Erin Hart, who is serving as project facilitator.
TRCS Jog-a-Thon Fun Run is Coming!
TRCS is Encouraging High School and Adult Participation for 2012


jogathonThe 2012 Jog-a-Thon Fun Run is scheduled for May 18th, and information will be going home with your children this week!  This year, we're changing the way we do things with age-level prizes based on laps and sponsorships, and an emphasis on including our secondary campus kids -- and adults who like to get out and run!  Stay tuned for more info -- and let's have some fun, and support our school!
Help the Middle School Get Lockers
New Program Needs New Lockers -- You Can Help!


lockerWith the TRCS Middle School program launching in the Fall of 2012, new lockers should be purchased to give these students appropriate storage for their books and personal items.  To that end, TRCS has two fundraisers starting to help us meet the $2,000 goal for new lockers:
  • Purchase a Burger King coupon book for $5.  These contain tons of coupons -- including some for FREE extra value meals.  This is a great deal as $4 from every book goes directly back to the school.  They will be available shortly in the school offices -- and we encourage your help in selling them at your church or office!
  • TRCS pens:  these pens are available for $1 each and feature our school logo and a vintage classroom shot.  What a fun and easy way to support our Middle Schoolers!
Enrichment Class Schedule Announced!
More Cupcakes, Math Fun and Knitting!


The Spring Enrichment Class Schedule has just been released with classes starting on April 23rd, so make sure to get your reservation in as soon as possible!  This quarter features an "Introduction to Knitting," "Cupcakes for Kids," as well as "Cupcake for LITTLE Kids," (geared for our preschool set), and an incredible new Math class sure to be a new favorite.  Forms must be turned in to the Child Development Center desk by Friday, April 20th.
Jr./Sr. High School Update
Wayne Hayes
Running Into the Home Stretch


This time of year is a time of transition. Our spring sports are moving along. The golf team continues to play well and win matches. Our tennis team is working on fundamentals and hopes to have matches in the next couple of weeks.


Spring is also a time of testing for our students. We completed the State HSPE tests for our tenth grade students and April 11-13 will be the standardized testing for our seventh and ninth grade students.


Some of our students took part in the "TrigStar" Contest on April 10 -- it is a math contest sponsored by the local surveyor's association. Any student who had studied trigonometry was able to participate. The winner from our school gets $50 and goes on to the state level competition in Vancouver. Mrs. Sande is instrumental in organizing and conducting the contest.


Our biology class went to Long Beach on Monday, April 9. They experienced the thrill of getting up early. (Departure time was 5 a.m. but the driver (me) was a little late, oops!) The weather was marvelous and the clams were plentiful.  One goal was for students to experience the fun of clam digging. The more they dug, the better they got. Mr. Norton is planning a clam bake for lunch on Wednesday. After clam digging the group went to "Cape Disappointment" and learned some of the history concerning that site.  Some also hiked to the lighthouse.


On Tuesday, Mr. Norton took his chemistry class to Kalama chemical. They treated the group to a tour, demonstrations, lunch and a film. It was a great event for the class.  Kalama Chemical did a wonderful job.


This Saturday, April 14, our students will have an opportunity to participate in "Spring Fling" at the Electric Bean from 9 p.m. until midnight, provided we sell enough tickets. The next big events for our school are our "All-School Servant Day" on April 26, and our "All-School Retreat" on April 27 - April 28.  It should be a great time of fun, food and fellowship. Other than that, students are being encouraged to keep their nose to the grindstone for this last quarter so that their grades are the best possible for the semester.

Randy LemiereTRCS Athletic Update
Transition Time Begins!


Tim Carns is now the new Athletic Director, and while Randy Lemiere transitions to his new position as Secondary Principal, Mr. Carns will be taking over more of the A.D. duties. We welcome him to the Administrative team, and we're grateful for all the talents he brings to TRCS. His duties are to schedule athletic events, check eligibility, hire coaches, and much more!

As of April 9th, our Boys' Golf team was knocked out of first place in the league. They're now practicing hard to get back on top. Top golfers include Logan Woods and Josh Sonnabend. Coaches include Lance Caddel, Mark Backstrom, and Jason Escudero.

Mr. Hayes is the Girls' Tennis Coach. The team has 13 players. Top prospects are Myranda Dombrowsky, Nikki Schmidt, and Michelle Chen.  Go Eagles!
Child Development Center Update
Building a Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning

 Debra Zandi   

Our Child Development Center is committed to demonstrate a building relationship with God that is reflected in the way we interact with our children and families. Washington State is receiving $60 million over the next four years to build upon its existing Early Childhood Education programs, which in turn offers not only professional development for staff, but a focused building system for young children.


We, as a staff at Three Rivers Christian, have already began receiving the benefits of staff enrichment workshops and trainings while at the same time, implementing and launching a strong momentum in partnership between our kindergarten and preschool teachers.


Other priority strategies include:

  • willowhut
    A "playhut" constructed from live willow trees...
    Bringing God's Creation into our Toddler playground with a "Natural Playspace
    ."  (See plan, below, courtesy of Dreamscapes by Ross Johnson.) Creating a play yard rich with natural elements that will produce play experiences full of those similar to our own childhood. Trails, hills, trees, willow huts, a covered area... But we cannot do this without the gifts of many. The goal is $30,000. Would you support us in this endeavor in prayer and consider a financial gift? Please feel free to call me at 423-4510 to share in this endeavor for God's children. When we are obeying God's direction great things can and will be done.
  • Kindergarten readiness assessment
  • Provide and deepen a parent resource for Christian Early Education
  • Implement Early Learning and Development Guideline Resource document
  • Professional development
Do You Goodsearch?
This is EFFORTLESS Fundraising!


If you're not already doing it, take a minute to change your internet search window to default to www.goodsearch.com, and select Three Rivers Christian School as your charity of choice.  Did you know this simple act brings in hundreds of dollars to TRCS every year? 

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."

- Psalm 136:1 (ESV)