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Issue: 2September 2013
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Tuition Assistance Fund
Special Honors
CDC Update
Jr.Sr. High Update
TRCS Athletic Update
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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 $22,000. 

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

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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!




This month's alumni profile, Jonathan Luebbers, Class of 2005, is just beginning his first year at Harvard Law School.  Read below on the path that took Jonathan from TRCS to Cambridge, Massachusetts:

TRCS Alumni:  Meet Jonathan Luebbers

null For someone who once professed to hate college, Jonathan Luebbers has had a surprising journey to his current position as a student at Harvard Law School.


"After graduating from TRCS, I had a burning desire in my heart to serve Jesus in some dramatic, overwhelmingly miraculous fashion," Jonathan says.  "

However, it seems that the Lord was either not ready to use me at that time, or more immediately personally speaking, I was probably not ready to be used."   


Calling himself an "overly zealous zealot," Jonathan says he reluctantly went to college, feeling that surely God had bigger, more instant plans for him.  After getting his AA at LCC, he finished his Bachelors in Pyschology at WSU Vancouver, all the time struggling with undiagnosed depression and anxiety, which left him feeling less and less connected to the Lord. He started at Portland State, studying Computer Science, then shifted again, unsure of what he wanted to do -- or what he felt he was called to do.


"Eventually I started to retrace my steps," he says.  "I visited TRCS. I visited my favorite professors at my alma maters. I did soul searching, all the while not considering that God might have something to say about how I was progressing."   Then two professors at his former school told him he might try law school -- that "he had a unique heart for people and might be able to do a lot of things -- big things." 


He applied to George Washington Law School and got in, but again struggled with the feeling that he was doing more of what the world expected him to do, and less of what God might want him to do.  He again struggled with depression.  He met a great friend who brought him to his (Korean) church.

"He talked to me. He cared. Jesus put him into my life for good purpose, and he answered the call. I started thinking about God again," Jonathan says.

He connected with a non-profit

doing work on the human rights and humanitarian abuses in North Korea, then did mission work in Japan, and then felt finally that the time was right to go to law school.  "My priorities were finally right." he  says. 

When he reapplied to law schools, he was accepted to Harvard and is now living in Cambridge and working through his first year.   "I'm simply, hopefully, following the Lord Jesus wherever He is leading with the goal in mind of myself becoming less and Him becoming more," Jonathan says.

Jonathan spent 12 years at TRCS, and cited the "Jog-a-Thon" as one of his favorite school memories.  "I used to run it with my dad every year," he says.  "It was a special thing we shared. When I was in third or fourth grade I won the whole darn thing, my pops running beside me. It will probably remain one of the proudest moments of my entire life."

He hopes TRCS will continue to plant seeds in the hearts of more kids:  "Back when the high school was called Cornerstone there were big plans of renovating the then Longview Christian School site and building a comprehensive, K-1 2, campus of sorts," he said.  "That, I think, would be a wonderful thing. TRCS comes from humble beginnings, but Lord willing, He will raise up something more, for His glory, for His coming."


When TRCS was founded in 1965, there was probably no assumption that they would be someday producing students who would attend Harvard Law School.  Congratulations, Jonathan, on your amazing story, and many thanks for sharing with us.  From humble beginnings, God is continuing to use TRCS to raise up something more.   


Don't forget these important dates: 


October 6th:  TRCS Presents Pianist Huntley Brown (see below)
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.   


Jean ZoetTRCS School & School Board Give Special Honors!


This month, TRCS honored the following staff members for their years of service:   


Five years:
Nicole Haas, Marie Lamere, Randy Lemiere, Tom Stiltz
Ten years:
Deb Vegh
Fifteen years:
Cynthia Hawley, Rhonda Kirby
Twenty Five years:
Brenda Angelico, Pat Palmer
Thirty years:
Debra Zandi

null TRCS High School Science Teacher Mrs. Karla Bean (pictured, right) was selected as the 2013 recipient of the TRCS Innovator Award, given to one teacher per year for showing extensive innovation in their classroom.  This is the first year of this award, which is sponsored by a local anonymous businessperson in recognition of innovative teaching methods.  The award comes with a cash prize which the teacher can use to supplement classroom training and technology.  For the past year, Karla has been implementing a "flipped" classroom method, in which the students are assigned online lectures or reading at home, then do the "homework" in the classroom with her assistance, resulting in a better student understanding of the scientific method and its implementation, as well as a more "hands-on" approach to the sciences. 


Mrs. Erin Hart was honored with the "The Innovation and Creativity Award of Excellence" at the annual all staff In-service in August. The award is a TRCS Board award acknowledging the productivity and innovation Mrs. Hart uses to contribute to the school's program, marketing and development. The specific new ideas include Enrichment, Music Conservatory, the Christmas Shopping Festival, the guest speakers and

Mrs. Debra Zandi and Mrs. Erin Hart with their awards 

musicians, and much more. This type of thinking blesses the whole

community and gives TRCS added value to families and the whole community at large.


The second award was presented to Mrs. Debra Zandi for "Excellence in Management" following years of maintaining a Child Development program that finishes in the black financially. The Center is one of the larger facilities in Washington State while it continues to pass inspections by the state and provide an exceptional educational early learning program. Debra leads the way in keeping the staff certified, professional and on task. She works to count the numbers and balance the income and expenses to manage well. Mrs. Zandi does an excellent job!


The School Board will not be giving annual awards but will give awards when exceptional work is displayed. Congratulations to both women!


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


Picture Days:

Bell Studios is scheduled at TRCS Early Learning and Child Development Center on October 23rd for our Infant and Toddler children and October 24th for Preschool learners. Annual fall pictures are scheduled for morning sessions on the above designated days.


Fire Station Field Trips:

TRCS four year old preschool students are scheduled to attend field trips to our local Fire Station. The Traditional Preschool class is scheduled for Monday, October 7th and Preschool Plus classes will be looking forward to their adventure on October 10th. Parent helpers are welcome and asked to drop by the school office to complete a background clearance check prior to the designated day. Please feel free to schedule with your child's teacher the field trip times and come and join the fun!



Our Most Delicious Fundraiser, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough and Yankee Candle fundraiser kicks off on October 1st. Just in time for Holiday baking and gift giving! Please feel free to stop by our office or call at 423-4510 to place an order!


TRCS Toddler 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!  Click here for more info. 

Randy Lemiere

Randy Lemiere,

High School Principal

High School Update


September was a great month at the high school. We have many new wonderful families joining our school. The total enrollment for grades 8-12 is 102 students. That's two more than last year. We have 13 seniors, 30 juniors, 18 sophomores, 21 ninth graders, and 20 eighth graders. For the most part, these students are hardworking and well-behaved.

Joan Rabideau was recently hired to teach journalism due to the departure of Jack Troupe.
August 30th, I gave the annual "Principal's Message." The new theme this year is "Never Give Up." I challenged students that when times get tough, they can rely on scriptures like Jeremiah 29:11.   "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." It's tough to be a teenager these days. TRCS is a great place to hear truth.


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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The season is getting underway and our teams look great.  Many thanks to those parents who got their athletic forms in on time, and thanks for your patience as we switch to digital solutions to streamline our process.

Please note:  there is NO 7B Volleyball team, so please ignore that part of the team schedule on the websites.  (Other schools we play against do have a 7B team, so it's listed on the group schedule.)  If you have any other scheduling questions, please don't hesitate to call me at 751-5354.

Thanks -
Tim Carns, TRCS Athletic Director 
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