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Issue: 11June 15, 2012
In This Issue
Gymnasium Floor Campaign
Jog-a-Thon Winners!
Family Satisfaction Survey
Target Donations
TRCS Master Plan
Summer Projects
Go 4th!
Middle School Lockers
Summer Sports
CDC Update
Jr.Sr. High Update
Athletics Update
Quick Links

Gymnasium Floor Campaign Needs Your Help!


gym floor


     The gym floor at the high school is in need of repair. The estimated cost of sanding the floor, repainting, and resealing is $4000.00.


     In order to complete this project, we need your help. If you are able to give any amount towards the project, it would be greatly appreciated. For those who are unable to give financially, would you consider donating your time and talents to help? Here is the project schedule:

June 14-18th Sanding patching the floor

June 18-29th Painting, striping, and resealing

If you are able to help, contact Randy Lemiere.

   Donations can be sent to the school by mail, or made online by credit card by clicking here.

"The Weight of the Nation" Sneak Preview Viewing 

   You may have heard about this powerful new documentary on obesity.

The Weight of the Nation is a co-production of HBO and Kaiser Permanente, and this special premiere screening is put on locally by Kaiser, Peace Health, Cowlitz Health Dept, and Pathways 2020.  Come down to the Cowlitz PUD Building on Thursday, June 21st, 6:00 to 7:15pm.  Our friends from Lower Columbia School Gardens will also have a table.



Jog-a-Thon Winners! 


Congratulations to the following "Jog-a-Thon" winners!


Highest # of Laps

PK-2nd Division:  David Woodman, 26 laps

3rd/4th Division:  Ryan Ransom, 33 laps

5th/6th Division:  Kaden Vanderwerf, 31 laps

Adult Open Division:  Ryan Barnett & Pat Palmer (tie)


Highest Sponsor Dollars:

1st place:  Kinsey Smith

2nd place (tie):  Marissa Baker & Allison Baker

3rd place:  Katie Beech

4th place:  Erika Beech


This year we raised over $9,000 -- which is nearly $3,000 more than last year's event.  Thank you to all of the families, staff and volunteers who made Jog-a-Thon so succesful!


TRCS 2011-2012 Family Satisfaction Survey 

Congratulations to Tiffanie Barnett, winner of the $25 Fred Meyer gift card drawing for the 2011-2012 survey.  The survey raised more than 75 responses.  THANK YOU for taking the time to give us feedback and help us improve our programs.

Target "Take Charge of Education" Donations



     This year, TRCS earned $157.31 from supporters using their Target check cards.  These cards link to your checking account.  You save 5% on every purchase, plus get free shipping on everything at Target.com, and 1% of every purchase is donated to the school of your choice.  If you're a Target shopper, this is a GREAT deal!  Thank you to Target for your support of our school.


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!


What an exciting time of year!  We were blessed to have so many great graduation and promotion exercises.

graduation 2012Congratulations to our 2012 High School Graduates:


Danielle Tevis (valedictorian), Keana Stout (salutatorian), Dawnell Backstrom, Brady Backstrom, Mikayla Bell, Tu Do, Derek Herren, Willie Johanson, Kody Joslen, Shelby Mace, Sean Powell, Miranda Rutledge, Emily Settle & Sarah Walker


Congratulations to the following Eagles for their scholarship accomplishments:

Miranda Rutledge: $500 Kelso Kiwanis
Danielle Tevis: $1,000 Bert Thompson Memorial Scholarship, $750 Early Edition Rotary: $1000 Kelso/Longview Chamber
Shelby Mace: $250 Dick Graebenhorst Memorial Scholarship

Brady Backstrom had the highest number of volunteer hours of this year's class at 698 hours.


Don't forget these important dates:

July 2, 3, 4th:  TRCS Food Booth, Go 4th Celebration, Lake Sacajawea
August 29th:  First Day of School!


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


TRCS Master Planning Process Underway
Community Feedback Meeting to Be Scheduled This Summer!


Building ElevationThe Master Planning process for building new facilities is currently underway. You can view a draft of the TRCS Master Plan by clicking here. 


The school board has hired local architect David Brittell to bring the vision for the new school to life.  Local construction firm J.H. Kelly, led by project manager Matt Ouellette, is working alongside Brittell Architecture in the planning process.  A community meeting will soon be scheduled to share further project information, and gather input from stakeholders.


It's the school board's goal to have all programs on one campus within the next two years.  Please continue to pray for this process as we work towards fulfilling a long-term vision for the school.

Jean ZoetWe Need Your Help


     For more than 45 years, Three Rivers Christian School has been impacting the lives of children in our area. At last count, more than 10,000 students have been touched by this ministry, and your support has helped make that possible. Many of our long-time supporters don't realize how large TRCS has become: we are now an organization with more than 100 employees, educating more than 500 students with a budget of nearly $2 million dollars.


     When I was hired two years ago, I was charged by Northlake Baptist Church, our supporting ministry, with the task of modernizing and solidifying the systems and finances that keep our school running. I was blessed to start with such a great program and a group of people who genuinely love what we do. After these two years, I can say with confidence that we now know exactly where we need to make improvements to preserve this ministry for the future. We are currently in the process of reigniting the stalled capital campaign with a new master plan, our student test scores are strong, and we have exciting program changes in all grade levels.


     This year, the school board elected to hire a consultant, Dr. Alan Pue. (You can learn more about him at www.healthychristianschools.com.) For many years, the school has struggled every year to make up an intentional gap between what parents pay and what education costs. It's why we have to do so much fundraising. Dr. Pue helped our board understand that education is, by nature, an expensive process, and that we should focus on giving scholarships to those in need instead of discounts to those who may or may not need them. It's not a change we can make overnight, but we are working hard to make the changes that will give us a budget that is annually in the black, instead of one that is regularly in the red. We want our fundraising to focus on projects that enrich the educational experience, or scholarships for families in need - not operating expenses. We don't want to make business decisions out of fiscal desperation.


     That's why I'm appealing to you, our long-time supporter, to help us. We project that we need $111 per student, or an average of $1,923 per class to meet our 2012-2013 obligations. We are asking each of you to consider sponsoring a class, as student, or part of the school year for a student at TRCS. As always, your gift will be tax-deductible in accordance with federal law.


Sponsor a Class = Total Gift of $1,923

Sponsors a Student = Total Gift of $111

Sponsor a Semester = Total Gift of $56


Checks may be made payable to TRCS, or you can donate online by clicking here.


Thank you for your continued support.


In His Service -

Jean Zoet


Calling All Volunteers!
TRCS Go4th Needs YOU!


uncle samWant a great seat for the fireworks at the lake?  One of the BEST seats is from the TRCS food booth, and volunteers get to enjoy it!  We need your help as we serve frozen coffee, Farmer's Platters and hot chocolate chip cookies this year.  This is our big summer fundraiser, supporting both the school general fund, and the TRCS Booster Club.  Call the office at (360) 423-4510 to choose a spot, or email Erin Hart today! 

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!


We've already raised $500 toward the cause, so get your pen and coupon book and help us meet the goal!
Summer Sports Opportunities


Coach Wayne Hayes will be running a "tennis camp" for TRCS students interested in playing tennis. Students (currently in grades five through eleven) are welcome to sign up for the camp, which will take place from June 18 - June 22, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost for the 18 hours is $50. The money will go to the TRCS tennis sports fund for next year.


Participants will need their own rackets, and will be expected to work hard each day during the three hours sessions. You can sign up the first day at the John Null Courts, or signup in the high school office at TRCS.

Please contact Wayne Hayes at 636-1600 for more information


Aces Volleyball Club also has some opportunities for interested players. 

The camps are being coached by Michal-Ann Watts.
Session One: July 16-19;
Session Two: July 23-26;
Session Three: August 6-9;
Session Four: August 13-16.
Times: Grades 4-6--3:30-5 p.m. & Grades 7 & up--6:30-8:30.
Price: Grades 4-6--$40 per session and Grades 7 & up--$55 per session. Place: Youth & Family Link Gym. Contact number by telephone (360) 431-4493 or online www.acesvolleyballclub.com or acesvolleyballclub@hotmail.com.
Child Development Center Update
Building a Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning

 Debra Zandi   

"Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere!" 2 Corinthians 2:14


We acknowledge, recognize and celebrate with children what they have learned and assist them in preparation for the next stages of education, growth and development. It has been an exciting year and it is with enthusiasm that we look forward to our Summer Program and upcoming school year of 2012/2013!  Click here to view the Summer Program info.


Teachers provide a learning environment rich in curriculum that affirms and supports the development and discovery for every child. Core integrated curriculums include: WEE Learn, Making a Difference, Core Concepts of Early Literacy and Exploring God's World. The Washington State Early Learning and Development Manual is an essential resource that is used by teaching staff to provide tools and strategies for children Birth through 3rd grade.


We are looking forward to our summer program and eagerly preparing for "Camp Kids 2012!"  It is with great enthusiasm that I announce that Mr. James Murphy will be camp coordinator and lead teacher for our summer school age program. Each week he has developed a new theme with exciting adventure and discovery! TRCS has a summer enrollment of approximately 275 children! I marvel at God's great provision and blessing for our ministry.


The Center continues to be committed to the children and families of our community as we nurture and plant our "Kinship Community Garden.  We will be collecting seeds for this special endeavor and invite you to be a part of this ministry. Please join us as we gather packages of garden seeds, plants and materials for raised garden beds. It is always amazing what God can do as we all work to together for His good! Please feel free to contact our front desk at 360-423-4510 with any questions you may have.


There are so many ways to extend God's provision to others... It is my prayer that we are refreshed and filled up this season, as we rest in in the fact that God's best is yet to come!

Jr./Sr. High School Update
Wayne Hayes
HSPE Testing Results



Results for the HSPE (High School Proficiency Exam) testing has arrived, and our students performed wonderfully.


Here is the breakdown:


Reading section:  19 Sophomores tested -- 8 scored Level 3 and 11 scored Level 4.  One Junior retook the reading and scored Level 3.  Level 3 and Level 4 indicates the students meet or exceed the standard.


Writing Section:  19 Sophomores tested -- 10 scored Level 3 and 9 scored Level 4.  Two Juniors retook the writing and both scored Level 4.



This is a tremendous achievement in that all of our Sophomores passed the Reading and Writing on the first attempt and now all of our Juniors have also passed the Reading and Writing section.  Praise needs to go to our excellent English department for preparing our students for this test!



TRCS Athletic Update
Logan Woods Wins First TRCS State Medal -- Shelby Mace is Recipeient of Dick Grabenhorst Memorial Award


Shelby Mace (Senior) was the recipient of the Dick Grabenhorst Memorial Award. It was given by the Columbia Valley League Athletic Directors. Shelby received a $250 scholarship. She will use the money to help pay her tuition at YWAM, in New York come September. Congratulations Shelby!

The golf team concluded their season in the 1B/2B league this year. Logan Woods is our first athlete to earn a medal at the WIAA State Golf Championship in Tacoma, WA. In fact, it is the first State medal our school has ever earned. Logan came in 8th place, competing against 124 schools in the 1B/2B classifications. Outstanding Logan! 
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? 

"Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."."

- Galatians 6:9