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Issue: 6 
January 2014
In This Issue
Tuition Assistance Fund
CDC Update
Joel Manby
Jr.Sr. High Update
TRCS Athletic Update
Spiritwear Clearance
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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 $44,000. 

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!



Alumni Profile: Amber (Woods) Sentamu

As part of the class of 2007, Amber's "life after graduation" was incredibly impacted by her school experience.

"I traveled to Uganda for the first time in 2005," Amber says.  "I was a junior in high school. My teachers prepared a syllabus for me so that I could keep up with my homework while I was away from school for nearly 3 weeks. On this trip I met and became friends with a boy from the church in Uganda, his name was Ronnie. We corresponded via e-mail for 6 years and our friendship grew into love. Ronnie traveled to the US this past summer and we got married."

Prior to marrying Ronnie, Amber graduated from nursing school and is currently working as a charge nurse and saving money towards their dream:  opening an orphanage in Uganda.  "Children who grow up in Ugandan orphanages are generally turned loose at 18 or whenever they're able to work, without any sense of what a family unit is supposed to look like," Amber explains.  "They then have a difficult time creating a family for themselves. Ronnie and I want to create a family-like atmosphere in the home where the children are nurtured by a mother and father figure."

When asked what she hopes for the future of the school, Amber said, "I had trouble with this question because everything that I wish the school had while I was in high school has now been implemented!"  However, she still wishes for a closer proximity between campuses with new buildings.

She credits her TRCS experience with her passion for mission work.  "I feel like I have been able to impact the world for Christ," she says. "I've traveled to Mexico 9 times, Uganda 3 times the Philippines once. I feel like TRCS had so much to do with encouraging my love for mission work. In 2004 I knew I wanted to lead a mission to Mexico in the winter. I was only 17 so I had to find chaperones for the trip. The principal of TRCS and his wife, Wayne and Pam Hayes, took a week out of their Christmas vacation to come along side me and help me lead that trip. I can't think of a better illustration of leading by example. TRCS gave me a strong foundation of faith and taught me the importance of having a heart for serving other people."  



Don't forget these important dates: 


January 20th:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School
January 24th:  Records Day, No School
February 7th:  Deadline to purchase TICKETS FOR MAUI, drawing at 9 a.m.!
February 21st:  "TRCS Presents an Evening with Joel Manby"


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 ZoetExcitement is Growing at TRCS:  "Are we building a new High School?"


It is very possible that we will have a new High School gym and classrooms within the next year!  The School Board is in conversation with Valley Christian Church just down the road from the present Longview campus, hoping to solidify plans to really build a high school.


We are already working through the specifics of the partnership. It seems that the TRCS bylaws will need to change. We will also need to get approval from the elder board of Northlake Baptist Church and Valley Christian. Then we will need to raise another  $1.2 million.
(In the next month or two you will be hearing more information about this idea that is becoming reality.)


Why this site? In the plans there is room for
  • a shared space which is both a gym and worship center
  • classrooms for all the school and Sunday School (A least five new classrooms for the school) 
  • office space for the school
  • gathering areas for fellowship and social times. 
  • Infra-structure and parking
The advantages to TRCS include:
1. Room for growth of student body
2. Cost savings over other plans
3. Earlier completion of structure


Please pray with me as TRCS seeks God's best for our school.  Please consider how you might want to help make this happen.

Debra Zandi Child Development Center


TRCS Staff is committed to providing the best to their students in both curriculum and nurturing. They recognize the importance of a challenging academic experience with a:

  • Focus on Christ-centered values
  • Holistic approach to spirit, mind and body
  • Supportive environment for all ages

It is with sincere appreciation that I acknowledge each of my 43 staff members for their unrelenting dedication to their students and the ministry in which they serve.

The Early Literacy Library is developing into an exciting space created for early literacy expansion and technology experience. The CDC has worked diligently towards fundraising and currently is in process of adding a reading loft, puppet theatre, TV and 3 computer stations for students.   The library has also become a very valuable place for student assessments, parent/teacher conferences, and enrichment classes.


Toddler Playground Fencing located along the parking lot side of the toddler playground has been replaced with new, beautiful vinyl fencing and gate. We are all so thankful to those that committed their resources for installation of that project! The result is beautiful and has created a safe, welcoming environment for families, staff and children


Erin hart Joel Manby:  Get Tickets Today!


If you've got Netflix, check out season 1, episode 6 of the CBS show "Undercover Boss," then drop by the school offices to pick up your copy of Love Works.  Herschend Family Entertainment CEO Joel Manby took his reality TV experience and turned it into something more meaningful than TV ratings:  a revolution in the operation of his company.  Purchase your tickets to see Joel in person at the Columbia Theatre today -- and support the TRCS Tuition Assistance Fund.



Randy Lemiere

Randy Lemiere,

High School Principal

High School Update


We've started off 2014 with an exciting January.  Our history teacher, Mr. Sheppard, organized a National History Day extravaganza!  The theme this year was "Rights and Responsibilities."  Students chose a topic to research and demonstrate their learning in writing, oral presentations, and displays.  These assignments are cross-curricular and raise student achievement in many areas of learning.  Many area volunteers were judges in the competition.  Winners have the opportunity to go to regional, state, and national competitions.

The TRCS basketball teams are in full swing.  The boy's team is rated one of the top ten teams in the 1B state division.  Our girl's team is competitive and fun to watch.  Come on out and support the students!

TRCS Athletic Update

A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns


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Golf and girls' Tennis will be starting on March 3. All athletes need to have forms and physicals turned into the office by the first practice to be eligible to play. All forms are on the school website.

Come and catch one of our basketball games before the season ends!  Our kids are GREAT! 


Thanks -
Tim Carns, TRCS Athletic Director

TRCS Basketball and Cheer at the Portland Moda Center (Rose Garden) for a game in January. 
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 upcoming spirit days!
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