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Issue: 9April 2013
In This Issue
Jog-a-Thon T-Shirts: Sponsor Opportunity!
Go Jog-a-Thon!
Upcoming Fundraisers
Portland Timbers Youth Soccer Camp
CDC Update
Jr.Sr. High Update
TRCS Athletic Update
Child Car Seat Rules
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Welcome, Mrs. Longden!




  We are pleased to announce Kristin Longden at the newest addition to the TRCS teaching staff.  She will be taking 4th/5th grade over from Mrs. Dorcheus, who has left us to pursue an opportunity in public health.  Mrs. Longden has her BA in Teaching from Eastern Washington University and her Master's from City University.  Welcome, Mrs. Longden!

   Adopt-A-Student Sponsors


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

Gold Sponsors:


Golf Van Fleet

Gold - Kelso Azt eca

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Silver Sponsors:


Hilander Dental




Bronze Sponsors:


 Bronze Wheeler




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  smiles dental




taco time   




EScrip, BoxTops and Soup Labels -- OH MY!


With all of the action of a new school year, don't forget a few of the small fundraisers that continue to help at TRCS:


  • Box Tops for Education & Campbells Soup Labels... please clip and collect those little rectangular things.  We get hundreds of dollars from them each year!  They can be turned in at the school front desk.  A couple of times a year we do "box tops and soup label drives." 
  • eScrip:  You can register your Safeway cards at www.escrip.com and help TRCS earn extra funds!








We have met our 2012-2013 Tuition Assistance Goal for this school year with two and a half months yet to go!  What a blessing!


THANK YOU to the many supporters who continue to regularly give to meet this cause.  This is the first year we have met our goal early, and the first year that we can look forward to getting an early start fundraising for the following year.  Our goal is to one day have our tuition assistance pre-funded in advance, and we're getting there!


If you would like to make a contribution to the 2013-2014 Tuition Assistance Fund, please click here and note 2013-2014 TAF in your memo.


We are still in need of General Fund contributions, which will hopefully underwrite some desperately-needed campus improvements this summer, so please click here to give the General Fund if you are able.  Our upcoming Jog-a-thon will also help with this, so make sure you support a runner, sponsor your business on the t-shirt, or participate yourself!  (More info below...)




Don't forget these important dates: 



  • April 24th:  RIF (Reading is Fundamental)  Contact Marie Erickson in the school office to volunteer
  • May 1st:  Deadline for discounted enrollment fee!
  • May 1st:  Financial Aid Application Deadline
  • May 2nd:  High School Open House, 6 p.m.
  • May 6th - 10th:  Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 10th Preschool 3's Family Celebration
  • May 13th-17th:  Preschool Plus 3's Conferences
  • May 27th: Memorial Day, CDC and School Closed
  • May 31st:  Jog-a-thon!
  • June 7th:  Preschool Plus 4's Graduation
  • June 10th:  Traditional Preschool 4's Graduation 



To view later dates, please check out the school calendar online





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





Get your Name or Logo on the Jog-a-Thon T-shirt!

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For the 31st Annual Jog-a-Thon Fun Run, we're looking for a few great sponsors to grace our event t-shirts! Your company name or logo will be printed on the front of hundreds of t-shirts given to all of our student and adult participants! (It's great advertising - our students wear these all year long!)



For $50, your business name will be printed on the t-shirt - and for $100, you can have your company logo (1" x 2") on the front! Space is limited, and all proceeds underwrite this great fundraising event.



To participate, fill out this form and attach payment (or pay online  - put "jog-a-thon sponsorship" in the memo) by Wednesday, May 1st. Spaces are limited, so sign up today!



Put on your "Eagle Feet!  It's the 31st annual Jog-a-Thon!

jogathonWe're almost ready to roll out the details on this year's Jog-a-Thon, scheduled for Friday, May 31st. 


Students will soon be arriving home with info sheets and sponsor forms, and we are once again offering fun options for our adult participants!


Keep watching your email for future updates!



Fundraising Opportunities!


Burger King Coupon Books

 We have a new crop of Burger King Fundraiser books available in the school offices for only $5 -- and these don't expire until December of 2013, so make sure to pick up a few for those nights when you don't feel like cooking!  They contain more than $40 worth of coupons (including multiple free meals).  All proceeds from this go towards new playground equipment.


Elementary Student Council Store

The Elementary Student Council has picked some fun items to sell in their "student store."  From school logo pencils to "gripulls" (fancy pencil grips), they have a selection of items to help them fundraise for their special projects.  Store sessions are on FRIDAYS at lunchtime, so please send you child with a couple of dollars that day so they can purchase something new and fun while supporting the council projects!

Portland Timbers Youth Soccer Camp


What: Timbers Warrenton Soccer Camp
When: June 15-16
Where: Warrenton Soccer Complex
Who: Boys & Girls ages 5-18
Cost: $100
Deadline to register: Wednesday, June 12th
Register at www.portlandtimbers.com
The Timbers Camp Program is growing to be the most popular soccer camp program in the Northwest. Each camp offers a highly skilled coaching staff, a low coach-to-player ratio, an official Adidas Timbers camp t-shirt, a Portland Timbers Camp certificate or evaluation (based on age), as well as a free ticket to a Timbers Reserve game with the purchase of another Reserve game ticket. Every Timbers camp offers curriculum centered around age-appropriate exercises that will help develop a love for the game as well as the technical skills to become a better soccer player. The camp program has retained the Timbers-original TREES program designed to teach young players life values and skills that are important on and off the field. TEAMWORK, RESPECT, EFFORT, ENVIRONMENT and SPORTSMANSHIP are incorporated into each camp's curriculum.

Debra ZandiChild Development Center Update
Building a Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning



Our Festival of Learning night is always a blessing! Families begin arriving on campus and within a short period of time, parents and grandparents are lining up to register babies and tour classrooms. The night is filled with the excitement of music, art activities and exploration of learning areas. Children are eagerly waiting to view all that our school has to offer. What joy!


Here we are at that glorious time when the great Northwest bursts into color. Plants start to bloom, trees blossom, and the promise of warmer days are approaching. Spring is in the air! As early educators, we realize that the outdoors virtually becomes a classroom for children. A clinical report by the American Association of Pediatrics says that child-driven play "allows a child to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength" (Ginsburg 2007, 183). It is our continued goal to create an outdoor play space for our toddler children that produce an environment full of wonder and discovery. Would you grab our hands and join us in prayer and a possible financial gift as we partner together committed to exploring God's great new adventure?  Click here for more information.


So let's get running, as we create hills, trails and willow huts together with great joy!

Randy Lemiere

Randy Lemiere,

High School Principal

High School Update



Our students are engaged in many spiritual and academic experiences here at TRCS. God is really moving in many of the students and His light is shining throughout their lives. Please take a look at the events listed below.

  • TrigStar - Every year the local surveyors offer a TrigStar contest at our school. Mr. John Thatcher came to administer the test to our trigonometry (and some geometry) students. He also shared about the profession of surveying/geomatics and the demand for the future. The top student for our school receives $50 and then competes at the state level in May. Stephanie Maldonado was our winner!
  • BioTech Day - Tuesday, April 16th, Mrs. Bean, our Biology and Chemistry teacher will take our top biology students to W.F.West for the 16th annual BioTech Day. Our TRCS students will extract their own DNA and perform a real genotyping SNP assay to determine their genotype for the PTC gene (bitter tasting ability). Students will be solving a mystery using clues given throughout the day as well as their DNA fingerprinting gel that will be performed during the morning labs. Lastly, there will be speakers on a variety of topics like: DNA crime investigator, Genetic Counselor, DNA sequencing and Medicine, and Neuroscience.
  • Holy Week - The week before Easter, the high school had Holy Week. It started Wednesday with Pastor Mark Schmutz introducing our students to Ephraim and Jova Tumusiime. Ephraim spoke about missions in Uganda and painted a picture of God's love in a place so foreign to our students. Thursday, was our Communion Chapel. Tim Carns gave a historical account of the Old Testament Covenant (law and sacrifice) and the New Testament Covenant (Jesus the sacrifice). On Friday, Jim Sheppard performed an original drama of the conflict that the "Cross Maker" had while preparing the cross for the Savior of the world. Many students responded to Mr. Sheppard's invitation to commit themselves deeply to God. The Holy Spirit moved in all three chapels.
  • Art Faire/Band/Drama/Open House - We invite you to our 2nd Open House, May 2, 2013. Last month our original Open House was poorly attended so we decided to invite the community and our families to see the wonderful programs at the high school. Art viewing begins at 6:30pm and the TRCS Band/Drama performances begin at 7:00pm.
TRCS Athletic Update

A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns


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TRCS Athletics:  History in the Making



Athletics at TRCS is a relatively young part of the 47-year old school, yet has proven to be a valuable piece of the establishment. Quality coaching has led to strong teams and those teams have been successful locally, in the district and state-wide. This success had been recognized by the local newspaper, with teams garnering numerous front page and main story headlines and pictures. Through these stories, the local community has been introduced to the existence of the school on a more widespread level.


During the past few years at Three Rivers Christian School, our athletes have been making history in the following ways:

  • Girls' Volleyball went to State Tournament three years in a row (2010-2012)
  • During the first year of Cross Country, the TRCS team qualified for State (2012)
  • TRCS has won Academic State Championships (highest GPA in state) for Cheerleader, Volleyball and Basketball. (2009-2011)
  • Lady Eagles Golf has gone to State (2008, 2011)
  • Tony TRCS Boys' and Girls' Basketball teams both won playoff games. The boys were knocked out by the team who became State Champions, 38-30 (2012).
  • Many individual athletes have been recognized for their achievements:
    • Volleyball: Four players were selected for the all-league team. McKenna Moore was named "Player of the Year."
    • Cross Country: Seth Carns qualified for State in the first year of the team.
    • Boys' Basketball: Four players were selected for the all-league team. Josh Caddel was named Most Valuable Player and was the first athlete at TRCS to play in the local All Star game.
    • Girls' Basketball: Four players were selected for the all-league team.
    • Golf: Four players qualified for the State tournament (2010-2012)

 Our athletics program is growing!  For more information, read our brochure, or contact Tim Carns at 636-1600.  Go Eagles!

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? 
Child Car Seat Patrols
Make sure your child is safe!


In April and May, Cowlitz County law enforcement will be out in force searching for child car seat violations.  Their recent surveys saw a number of violations including:
  • Children  younger than 13 in the front seat
  • Other child restraint violations including kids not buckled at all or not using booster seats
  • No seat belt use for driver or passenger
  • Improper use of seat belt, such as having backpacks on while buckled up or not using the shoulder strap (tucking it behind the back)

All of these violations can earn a substantial ticket:  $124.

For more information or training at a car seat clinic, go to www.safekidslc.org or contact Brandi Ballinger at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue at 360-575-6280.

"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