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Issue: 4November 2013
In This Issue
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 $38,000. 

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!




This month's alumni profile, Jaeyeon Jaeang, started at TRCS in 2001 as an exchange student, and left in 2003 with a newfound faith that she would bring home to her family in Korea.  As she mentions below, her TRCS family had to petition the government for her to continue at TRCS for her final year -- a fight that's made a lasting impact in this alumni's life. 

TRCS Alumni:  Meet Jaeyeon Jaeang 

Name:  Jaeyeon Jeong

Graduating Class:  Class of 2003

College Experience:  After TRCS, I studied at LCC for two years majoring in Business Administration with my desire to pursue further study in hotel management. After getting an AA degree, I transferred to Washington State University, Pullman. However, God led me to a different direction during summer vacation in Korea and I didn't return to the U.S. After a year of teaching little kids English, I transferred to Handong Global University in Pohang, Korea, where I got my bachelor's degree in psychological counseling and English.

A newspaper clipping from 2003 showing Jaeyeon in school and citing Mrs. Karn's efforts in petitioning the U.S. government so Jaeyeon could return to TRCS for her senior year. 

Current Work:  Currently, I am working for a US law firm called Paul Hastings. The legal market in Korea opened its doors to foreign law firms last year and Paul Hastings opened its Seoul office in 2012. I do most of the administrative work along and support attorneys.


Where you live and your family (spouse, children, etc...):
I live in Seoul, Korea with my parents and brother. Seoul is a very energetic city where diverse people interact and lots of cultural events are ongoing throughout the year. I plan to get married sometime next year and hope to form my own family with kids.


How many years did you attend TRCS?I started my study at TRCS in 2001 as an exchange student from Korea. I attended for two years from junior to senior and graduated in 2003.

What are your favorite memories of your TRCS experience? I have so many good memories at TRCS since attending TRCS was life-changing experience. I made American family and friends, experienced new culture, and met my Savior.

One of my favorite memories is participating in band activities. I loved playing music with my friends and had so much fun becoming part of band and musicale. Also, I can't forget the day at Portland airport when I finally returned to the U.S. for my senior year at TRCS after months of visa approval process. My friends were welcoming me with banners and I was so thrilled to be back where I belonged.

What are your future plans? I have a vision for teaching. I love little children and pray that God will use me in the education field. Although I am working at a totally different area right now, I want to be prepared to teach at any time when God calls me. I concentrated my degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at college and also am going to study to be a Korean language instructor.

What would you like to see happen at the school over the next 20 years? I would like TRCS to grow big and firm as a Christian school in Longview. I would like to see TRCS students and alumni spread to the world as servants of Christ ready to serve and love people.

The TRCS Vision Statement speaks about our graduates are "impacting the world for Christ." Do you feel you've been able to do that? How? As I entered the real world after graduating, I was a little overwhelmed with the pressure that I have to be distinctive from others as a Christian. However, I've realized that it is so difficult to influence the world with the heart of God if I don't mingle with those who don't know Christ. Then, I learned that impacting the world begins from small sincere actions such as being honest at all times, treating others with love and living a Godly life. It's still not easy, but I try to do my best at where I am planted.



Don't forget these important dates: 


November 22:  Trimester end, Elementary campus
November 25, 26, 27:  Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences, HALF DAYS
November 28, 29:  School & CDC Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 6th:  Elementary Student Council Craft Fair
December 7th:  Downtown Longview Christmas Parade
December 12th:  CDC and Elementary Christmas Programs
December 13th:  Elementary Christmas Feast
December 20th:  Last day of school before Christmas break (Early Release)
December 23 - January 5th:  Christmas Break, School Closed  (CDC open regular hours, except closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day)


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.   


Christmas Shopping Festival Biggest Yet!
snowman-family.jpg Thank you to all of our excellent vendors, volunteers and shoppers for making the Christmas Shopping Festival our biggest and best yet!  We raised more than $3,000 towards school programs and had a wonderful, festive time.

Interested in being a vendor next year?  Please contact Erin Hart and she'll put you on the list to be contacted at the end of next summer.  We filled our 42 spaces more than a month ahead of time, so we may consider adding more areas for next year.

Spiritwear Clearance - New Selections in Stock!

  If you didn't have time to take advantage of the just-finished Spiritwear drive, then never fear!  We have a great selection of the new logos in stock for purchase -- and we're closing out some of the older shirts on a special SALE rack at the elementary campus, so stop in and get some extra shirts for stocking stuffers or upcoming spirit days!
Jean ZoetWhole Brain Teaching


How do you keep a room full of students engaged in a lesson? Mr. Stiltz and Mrs. Nortness, our Middle School teachers, are using the "Whole Brain Teaching" technique this year to keep students with them in a lesson. You can see it in action with students from first grade to college level on YouTube if you just google "whole brain teaching." (Check out Mrs. Nortness' class in action, below right.)  There are books written about this powerful new tool for the educational community. Chris Biggle, the founder, used brain research and years of collective wisdom to develop this tool. He is showing teachers how to create a great educational atmosphere. He is writing books to explain what it is and how to do it and then he is doing it with them in college classes.
Whole Brain Teaching
Whole Brain Teaching
The Whole Brain Teaching website also includes fun ideas and comments from other teachers participating in the phenomena. One reason for trying this technique: it is" fun, free and powerfully engaging." (Whole Brain teaching web site: www.wholebrainteaching.com)
Children have many learning styles and abilities. One size does not fit all, so our teachers are challenged to be creative and keep the interest of students while providing content packaged so we maximize our time. This technique does it. Bravo to Mr. Stiltz and Mrs. Nortness as they walk the talk of being innovative and open to change. Thank you, students, for participating. It did look fun.

Winter Enrichment Schedule Announced!

gingerbread-house.jpg A selection of Winter Enrichment classes have been scheduled.  Click here to see what's happening in December -- your child can create a special ornament or work on their locomotor skills!

We plan to have a few other additions, so stay tuned and get your sign-up sheets in early, as spaces are limited and classes fill quickly!
Randy Lemiere

Randy Lemiere,

High School Principal

High School Update


            The school year is going well at the high school. Our students are generally hard-working, enjoy serving, and accomplish much. Please continue to pray for us. Here are a few of the great things happening at TRCS.

FIRST QUARTER GRADES - 73 out of 102 students have earned Honor Roll Achievements. Our Honor Roll begins at a 3.25 G.P.A. TRCS teachers provide quality, highly challenging learning opportunities for our students. Most students take advantage of this great education. God bless our staff and students.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - High School students were busy making shoe boxes full of treasures for children in Uganda. They donated 44 boxes!

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY - Mr. Sheppard's history students have begun their NHD projects. The theme this year is "Rights and Responsibilities in History." The project is a cooperative project with History and English Teachers. Students choose a topic related to the theme and research, write, and present their learning.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL - Girls' middle school basketball has begun. Their coach is Johnny Rosado, Valley Baptist's Youth Pastor. Go Eaglets!

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL - Boys' and girls' basketball has also started at the high school. The boys' coach is James Murphy and the girls' coach is Lucas Meyers. Both teams will be fun to watch.

BUSES - We are negotiating the purchase of two 72 passenger buses and one twelve passenger mini bus from the Kelso School District. These buses are State Certified and well-maintained. The price will be less than a thousand dollars for each bus. We will recycle at least one of our buses to help defray the cost. This purchase will replace old "stick-shift" buses with automatic transmission vehicles and be a safer, warmer ride for our students and staff. Any donations towards the buses would be greatly appreciated.

PORTABLE BASKETS - Mr. Sheppard is looking for donations of two portable basketball hoops for the upper campus gym.  Please let us know if you can donate.

FRIDAY NIGHT PRAYER NIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGE - Prayer Night time will be changed for December.  December, 6th is our First Friday of the Month Prayer Night.  The time will be 4:00pm instead of 7:00pm.  



Randy Lemiere

Principal - Three Rivers Christian School

TRCS Athletic Update

A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns


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Congratulations to Boys Cross Country and Girls Volleyball. Both teams made a returning trip to State. Seth Carns finished fourth at District and ninth at State. Karsten Rentner finished 12th at District, while Kaden Vanderwerf finished 14th. Noah Mock and Erik Rentner qualified as part of the team to make State. 

The girls volleyball team were league champs and finished second at District. The team made its sixth trip in a row to State. They played well at State, but lost a competitive match to Faith Christian who ended up playing in the championship match. Well done, TRCS!

The Portland Trail Blazers would like to welcome Three Rivers Christian School students, faculty, family and friends on January 2nd, 2014, for an evening of high-flying basketball action when the Trail Blazers battle the Charlotte Bobcats this January.  Clear your calendar and spend the afternoon at the Moda Center when Three Rivers Christian School takes the court against Napavine High School!

A portion of each ticket purchased will go back to Three Rivers Christian as a fundraiser!

Your ticket for that night's Trail Blazers game will be your ticket to the afternoon high school game as well.

Please click here for the printable poster, or check out the image below for more details.

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