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Issue: 1August 2013
In This Issue
Back to School Events
2013 Annual Report
Build a Routine Around Giving
A Fresh Look for a New Year
CDC Update
Jr.Sr. High Update
TRCS Athletic Update
Quick Links

Tuition Assistance Fund

This year, we need to raise $55,000 to fully fund scholarships for our families in need.  We have currently raised just over $5,000. 

Would you consider becoming a regular contributor towards our Tuition Assistance Fund?  You can donate immediately online by clicking here, or you can contact Erin Hart, Development Director, at (360) 423-4510 to sign up for automatic monthly withdrawals.

Your help makes all the difference for families who want a TRCS education for their children.

   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




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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!




At TRCS, we want our children to know who they are and where they're going, and how they can impact the world for Christ.  This year, we want to show you some of our alumni, and how they're living out the vision of our school. 

TRCS Alumni:  Meet Jonathan Ferguson 



TRCS Class of 2000 Alumni Jonathan Ferguson with his wife, Tonia, and children
When Jonathan Ferguson came to TRCS in 5th grade he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up, but he didn't give his dreams much credence.  "When I was a little kid I wanted to be a missionary. Among other things, missionaries must be good at networking with people who they don't know and fundraising."  For Jonathan, a self-described "introvert accountant," those two areas seemed far outside his comfort area.

"My skills tend toward analysis and administration and . . . numbers. Fortunately, God knew me and had other plans. He led me into the accounting profession and eventually to my current job."  Jonathan is currently the Manager of Financial Reporting and Compliance for World Vision International.  "I love using technical and business skills to help World Vision serve the poor in the name of Christ," he says.

After TRCS, Jonathan received his AA from Lower Columbia College, his BA in Accounting from Seattle Pacific University, and his currently halfway through is Master's program from City University.  He and his wife, Tonia, live in Eatonville with their 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.  He has great memories of TRCS, especially from playing in the band, and of Mrs. Maldonado.  "Mrs. M has a passion for math and science which is contagious.  I still have a bug for both.  I continue to count her as a close friend."

So what's next for Jonathan?  "Over the last 18 months my wife and I have been hearing God call us to be more agile, and available," he says.  "We weren't sure what this would mean but we've been following through with obedience by selling our house and preparing to move. I still can't say what this will lead to, but it is increasingly looking like God may call us to work overseas with World Vision. God is faithful and I've learned that following him will lead you on amazing adventures.  Is it one of the amazing attributes of God; that he calls us to participate in His work. Despite our sins and imperfections He loves us so much that he not only saved us from our sins, but also invited us to work with him by preparing good works for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10)."

Jonathan feels blessed to be "impacting the world for Christ" through the love he shows for his family and the work he was made to do.  "I get excited about the legacy of students who move on from TRCS equipped spiritually and academically to be ambassadors for Christ," he says.  "I would like to see TRCS continue to establish a reputation for preparing students to represent Christ with excellence; theologically and vocationally."   

Thank you, Jonathan, for sharing with us!



Don't forget these important dates: 


August 28th:  SCHOOL STARTS!
September 2nd:  Labor Day, school closed
September 5th:  Elementary Back to School Parent Night
October 17th & 18th:  ACSI Convention, school closed
November 9th:  Christmas Shopping Festival (Interested vendors, please click here!) 



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.   


Back to School!


   peach-float-250 It's time to jump back into the swing of things, and we have a couple of events to help your student feel ready to go:


  • Elementary Back to School Drop-In - Tuesday, August 27th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Students can meet their teacher, bring their school supplies and find their desks!
  • High School Root Beer Float Night - Tuesday, August 27th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Starts in the Sanctuary,  Key Club will be selling ice cream floats for $1! 
   annual-report-2013 2013 Annual Report


The annual report has just been issued for the 2012-2013 school year.  Click here to get an in-depth view of what's been happening at TRCS!


We welcome your questions and comments!  Call us at (360) 423-4510, or email us at admin@3riversschool.net


Build a Routine Around Giving...


Erin hart Fundraising is an inevitable part of any private school.  Whether we want to pay our teachers more, or give more families the opportunity for a Christian education that they would otherwise be unable to afford, we must find ways to compel people that we are worthy of their support.  


In the last few years, we have grown our regular donor base, and I'm thrilled to say that more than 63% of last year's tuition assistance fund was raised by individuals that gave routinely.  Each month as they paid their bills, they believed that TRCS was a priority every single month.  


This year, I want to encourage you become a routine giver to TRCS.  Much like the parable of the Widow's Mite (Luke 21:4), it doesn't matter that you give large amounts, but just that you give wholly and from the heart.


As a ministry that incorporates a student body from more than 42 area churches and includes a student family population that is nearly 1/3 unchurched, our school is unique to Cowlitz County -- we are truly non-denominational. Our goal is the build up children who know who they are, where they're going, and are inspired to show Jesus' light in the world. 

With a new year, we have a new goal for our Tuition Assistance Fund:  $55,000.  Last year, we met our goal with 3 months to spare because of generous givers like you.  If you'd like to be a routine giver, we can set you up with an automatic withdrawal from your credit or debit card, (just call us at 360-423-4510) or you can donate now online.  

We all have good intentions of supporting the things we believe in.  But until we make giving a priority in our daily lives, those intentions have no value.  Invest in treasures that are eternal.  "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matthew 6:21

I am so grateful to those of you who continue to bring your hearts to the ministry of TRCS.  I encourage you to come and visit.  Take a tour, even if your children attended 20 years ago.  You'll see that this place is still full of treasures.
Jean ZoetA Fresh Look for a New Year!


As you approach the school and church buildings you should see the summer improvements we have made.
  • The school buildings had siding repairs and then were painted on the outside.
  • Several classrooms were painted and many touched-up on the inside.
  • All classrooms received the annual "deep cleaning."
  • Rooms 22 and 15 got new carpet and vinyl.
  • New changing tables and sink in rooms 10 and 11.
  • New play equipment on the elementary school playground.
  • Map of USA painted on the blacktop by "D" building.  (Thank you, Eagle Scouts!) 
  • Metal play toys painted on elementary school playground. (Thank you, Eagle Scouts!) 
  • Rooms 19 and 20 are having a porch restoration and leveling.
  • Church administration building repair, paint, new walkway.
  • Fence installation by rooms 10 and 11 and walkway.
  • Safety cameras for rest of the CDC classrooms wired to computer in admin area.
playground painting Our hope is to eventually replace the toddler playground fence and add play space toys to area.

Some of these projects were managed with money donated by family and friends of TRCS. Some were planned in the budget. Others used volunteer labor to keep the cost to the school lower than normal.  What a blessing to see the results of our combined effort!

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


"But the plans of the Lord Stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations" Psalm 33:11


Early Literacy Library for Early Learners

The Child Development Center is integrating and expanding our current Early Literacy library and we invite you to be a part of this great process.   We would be honored with your support as we develop a project of adding additional books and a reading loft to enhance an environment that is rich with learning experiences and hands-on opportunities of exploring books in various spaces. Do you have books that you would like to share with a child or perhaps a monetary gift to give? We are accepting gently used books as well as new books for the expansion of this early literacy project. Thank you in advance for making a positive difference in a life of a child! Please call the CDC office at 423-4510 for further details.


Early Learners and Technology

Our Early Literacy library will offer a space for Early Learners to have the opportunity to learn using touch-screen technology. Designated learning stations would put the newest technology in the hands of our youngest learners and the cost of the learning stations is minimal. Thanks to grants and gifts, TRCS now has a wireless infrastructure across the campus and our preschool learners are eager to begin the exploration of learning through technology.


TRCS Natural Play Space Project

From outdoor chalkboards to blueberry bushes and grapevines, our children will have the opportunity to learn about the world around them through play. You can sponsor a hand-print tile or a paving stone with your child's hand/foot prints. Donor names will appear on a plaque in the garden. Your help can make wonderful play memories for our children.


Enrichment Classes:

We have had an outstanding response from our enrollment for our Enrichment classes! Fall quarter classes will begin soon. Be watching for further information that will be sent home with your child.


It is true that God has gifted us all with the abilities to imagine, create and serve. What a beautiful response to Christian education, living out the salvation of God. May we reflect His love as we provide enriched learning experiences for children in our ministry, community and world!

Randy Lemiere

Randy Lemiere,

High School Principal

High School Update


It's time for SCHOOL!  Woohoo! The 2013-14 year looks like a great year. 


Our high school enrollment is strong.  We have more students this year than last.  At the time of this printing, we have 102 students; last year we had 100.  God is moving in this place and is blessing our efforts.  Praise the Lord!  Please be in prayer about a permanent place for the high school.


Tuesday, August 27th, at 6:30, will be our "Back-To-School-Root Beer Float Night."  Parents and students are invited to come and meet staff, coaches, and hear about the great year ahead. 

North Gate City Church replaced all of the fluorescent lights in the whole building.  Classrooms and hallways are brighter.   


We've established a new P.E. clothing policy.  All students taking P.E. need to buy a new TRCS P.E. shirt and shorts.  This will be a real positive change due to questionable attire in P.E. and help with movement and exercise.  The price of the uniform is $20.  This will buy you 2 TRCS P.E. shirts and one pair of shorts.


Our annual GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Saturday, September 28.  This is always a fun and exciting fundraiser.  Put together your team of four golfers and come out and win some prizes.  You may pick up forms in the school office. The cost is $60 for cart, 18-holes of golf, lunch and prizes.  You can also sponsor a hole for your business or family for $100.  Plan to be part of this great event.


We have two new teachers at the high school this year.  Juliana Basurto is our new Spanish II teacher, and Keri McHattie is our new art teacher.  God has answered prayers again!


Many, many thanks for your support,


Randy Lemiere

Principal - Three Rivers Christian School

TRCS Athletic Update

A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns


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Cross Country and Volleyball are both gearing up for the fall!  Kevin Rentner will be coaching the boys in Cross Country for both Middle School and High School.  Schedules are available at athletic.net or on the TRCS website.  Practice begins on August 26th for Cross Country with details to follow.
Varsity Volleyball practices begin on August 26th, and Middle School Volleyball practices begin on August 28th.  Contact the coaches for details.
All athletic forms are now on the website and can be turned in to the school offices immediately.


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? 

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."

- James 1:5