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August 2014
In This Issue
Tuition Assistance Fund
Fred Meyer Community Rewards
Message from Scott Grove
Elementary Update
Development Update
CDC Update
Jr.Sr. High Update
TRCS Athletic Update
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Tuition Assistance Fund

This year, TRCS will be working to raise more than $75,000 to cover Tuition Assistance given to families who need extra help to afford the gift of Christian education.  We've already raised $4,775 in our first month! 

More than 40 students attend because of generous giving of people like you. Can you help us meet our goal by the summer? 
Click here to give online.

   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!


Fred Meyer Community Rewards 


 Sign up for Fred Meyer Rewards for TRCS!
It's not too late to sign up for rewards on behalf of TRCS.  This does not take away from your regular fuel and cash rewards program!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here's how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Three Rivers Christian School.You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number (81034).
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Three Rivers Christian School earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

Simply click here to login to your Fred Meyer Rewards account, then select "Three Rivers Christian School" (Organization Number 81034) as your non-profit of choice.  The more you shop, the more dollars TRCS will receive from Fred Meyer!





School starts September 2nd! 

notebook-edges-sm.jpg Elementary "Back to School Night"
Students and families are encouraged to attend the K-7th grade "Back to School Night" at the elementary campus on Thursday, August 28th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

We'll be serving a FREE hot dog dinner, and students are encouraged to bring their supplies to put in their desks and greet their teachers!  We're looking forward to a great year! 

High School "Back to School Night"
8th - 12th grade "Back to School Night" will begin promptly at 6:30 in the Sanctuary on Monday, September 1st.  The evening will begin with staff introductions, and then students can move into their lockers and families can greet the teachers!  Root Beer Floats will be served for a $1 donation!
If you haven't turned in your enrollment paperwork, please make sure to get it turned in as soon as possible at either campus front desk.


Don't forget these important dates: 


September 2:  First Day of School
October 16 & 17: 
No School, Staff Inservice/ACSI Convention


To view later dates, please check out the printable school calendar online or consult the website calendar


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


Welcome to the new school year!



Scott Grove,
Interim Administrator
"For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end." Psalm 48:14



He (our God) "will be our guide" as we journey into a new school year at TRCS! It is always exciting starting a new school with new teachers and new classrooms and new faces! Our journey into the 2014-2015 promises new things and also some changes. Remember the quote, "Change can be our friend"? And the quote, "Change is hard"? All true at some level depending on the situation and circumstances. We continue to trust in the Lord through the journey He leads us in and changes He takes us through. After all, TRCS is all about Him and providing a high quality educational experience that has Him at the center of the curriculum and school operations. Please continue to pray daily for our students and staff as we step into the day-to-day journey experiencing the joy of being together and working together in Him!


I am personally delighted in serving with such a wonderful and committed group of school administrators at TRCS. These folks have the heart and passion for Christian education and strive to give all that is needed for student success and school success. As we together work to make TRCS even better this year, we continue to ask for your continued input, participation and support. We want to have a partnership with our families as we go about daily schooling and even looking into our school's future. Stay tuned for information and communication as some changes occur and the journey in the Lord continues!





Do you have questions for Scott?  You can email him here. 

Lunchroom Volunteers Needed!


Both campuses are looking for volunteers to help with lunch duties.  The elementary campus lunches run between 11:15 and 12:45, and the high school campus between 11:30 and 12:30.  Our lunchroom volunteers relieve a huge burden from our staff -- and it's a fun time to connect with the kids!  Background checks are required.  Please call us (423-4510) or email us if you're available!
Elementary School Update


Jim Chenoweth, Interim Elementary Principal

It is great to be back at Three Rivers Christian after four years of retirement! I love being able to reconnect with kids, families and staff. I have especially enjoyed seeing more "second generation" students. That brings to mind the significant role grandparents can have in encouraging and even helping make it possible for the next generation to receive the blessing of a Christian school education.

Enrollment has picked up, but most classes are still quite small which allows for personalized attention. We have added 15 minutes to the school day, starting at 8:30 and still dismissing at 3:15. This allows for increased instructional time as well as a better commute for families with kids at both campuses.


I hope you saw the article in the Daily News a while back about our Kindergarten Bridge program. I think this will be an effective way to engage young students with a more hands-on approach. If you missed that, we have copies available in the school office, or by clicking here. Even if your kids are older, you might consider passing on a copy of the article to someone you know who has a Kindergarten-aged child. Statistics show that word of mouth is the most effective means of attracting new families to a private school.   You bless our school when you share positive things about us with others.


Former students and parents - I'd love to have you stop by and see me. I don't know how long this interim period will last, but I'm having a good time!



Erin hart GREAT NEWS!


It's a fresh school year, and if your children are anything like my own, there's a lot of excitement over the blessings of new school clothes and backpacks.  My daughter keeps reminding me how much she "loves the smell of freshly sharpened pencils!"

We've got so much to be thankful for this year, but I wanted to briefly recap some of the amazing blessings we've received this summer:

  • Our Building Maintenance Fund need was met, and all necessary repairs are complete!

  • The tire swing purchased by Student Council fundraising is INSTALLED.  (Thanks, Mr. Stout!)
  • We raised over $1,000 in five hours for the Tuition Assistance Fund thanks to donations from Terry Taylor parking.
  • Raffle Ticket sales for the trip to Great Wolf and the "Dr. Who" Tardis are helping to grow our Tuition Assistance Fund.
  • The Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program has brought us very generous quarterly donations.
  • Families are signing up for the Amazon Smile program, which will bring more donation funds to our school.  (Make sure to select "Longview Christian School" as your non-profit of choice.  We're still working on getting the name updated with them.)
  • An anonymous donor has once again underwritten special awards to be given to our most innovative teachers to thank them meaningfully for the contributions they bring to the classrooms.
  • Work on the development of the high school is continuing, and it's WONDERFUL to see our community rally around this ministry.  More news will follow!

We have a sizable goal to fill this year for Tuition Assistance:  $75,000.  It's our biggest goal yet, but we feel hopeful that our school community will help to meet this need. 



Onward and upward!


Debra Zandi Child Development Center


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

Psalm 33:11


Honoring Staff

Three Rivers Christian School Child Development staff remains committed to creating learning experiences with rich curriculum that honors God; so as to create a foundation of a lifetime of learning. Staff members that will receive service awards for their faithfulness and dedication to our ministry include: Deanna Sampson, 5 years, Pam Portwood and Sue Siegel, 35 years of service.


Preschool Fitness and Fun

From Tumbling to basketball, movement and exercise... the preschool physical education and fitness class is designed for good health and optimal learning. Mrs. Cindy VanZanten will be the specialist for this class based on the "Growing Up Healthy" curriculum. 


Toddler Natural Play Space

From outdoor chalkboards to blueberry bushes and garden spaces, our children will have the opportunity to learn about the world around them through outside play and experiences while enjoying a natural play space. We will begin this project and adventure this Fall! Would you like to be a part? Please feel free to stop by my office and learn more. Your help can make wonderful play memories for our children. Donor names will appear on a plaque in the garden.  


Joyful Praise and Music

Mrs. Vicki Stagner has been hired as our Early Learning music specialist and will be celebrating music in an environment of community learning with our youngest Learners. Children will experience fun with instruments, create and perform movement while developing interests and skills in visual art, dance and singing.


Early Literacy Library for Early Learners

The Child Development Center is Integrating and expanding our current Early Literacy library and invite you to be a part of this exciting opportunity.   We would be honored by your support as we develop a reading loft to enhance an environment rich with learning experiences in various spaces. Do you have expertise in building or perhaps a monetary gift to give? Thank you for making a positive difference! Please feel free to call at 423-4510 for further details.


Enrichment Classes

We have had an ongoing response of continued interest for our Enrichment classes! Fall quarter classes will be announced soon!


TRCS Bussing For After School Program

Our after school bus pick up continues to be a popular choice for families and children! The bus run provides services to three local elementary schools which include: Northlake, CVG and Columbia Heights for both kindergarten and school age children for our after school program. We are pleased that we can serve and meet a need of the families of our community!


Campus Improvements

Diligence, servant hearts and positive attitudes is what comes to mind when describing those that worked on and transformed classrooms play yards and buildings. A special Thank You to: Mr. Rod Treadway, Mr. LeRoy Jackson, Mr. Mike Stout, Mr. Cal Neu and Mr. Drew Stout & Family and crews for a job well done!  


Celebrating with joy and anticipation with each of you, as God gives us once again opportunity to welcome a new school year as we

Educate For Eternity!

Randy Lemiere

Randy Lemiere,

High School Principal

High School Update

If you will be involved with TRCS High School in any way, be ready for a great year! We have great senior leadership, outstanding teachers, and a new high school building in the works! God is really blessing TRCS so get ready for a great year.


Student Enrollment for Grades 8-12  

Student enrollment at the high school looks strong. At the time of this writing, numbers appear to be as good as last year and may be higher with the addition of three foreign exchange students (two from Germany and one from China) and 12 new students from our area. Total numbers should be 100 students or more!


New Teachers

TRCS has been blessed with new teachers at the high school. Here is the list of our new teachers:

  • David Coons - Chemistry, Consumer Math, and Physical Science
  • TerraSue Brittel - Earth Science, Pre-Algebra, Biology, and English 8
  • Pastor Paul Delashaw - Bible 8
  • Dan Davis - All History Classes, Health
  • Johnny Rosado - Health and Fitness 8th Grade
  • Shiloh Olson - Physics

High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)

The TRCS 2014 tenth graders recently took the HSPE. These state exams in reading and writing were given to 18 students. In reading, 17/18 students passed. That's 94%! In writing, 15/18 passed which is 83%. Results of biology, algebra, and geometry EOC's will be next September.  


Here are some interesting facts concerning our school. During the 2009-2010 school year, TRCS participated in a longitudinal study of our freshmen class. HSLS: 09 is a national study of students and their parents, teachers, school administrators, and school counselors. This study follows students over time to understand what home, school, peer, and community factors influence student learning and development. Students took an online survey and computerized algebra test. There were over 20,000 students in this national study and 944 private schools. When compared to all U.S. schools, our students' math scores were higher (57.20 vs 50). In comparing all private schools, our score was the same, and comparing our students' scores to all city schools, we scored higher again.  


Come see us at the high school and please pray for us.

Mr. Lemiere
TRCS Athletic Update

A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns


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Girls' Volleyball is underway! 

Coach Caddel has the Volleyball practice schedule finalized for this season, and you can view it by clicking here.

Middle School Volleyball will also kick off practices on the 25th from 7 to 9 p.m, led by Coach Kelly Dombrowsky.  We're looking for to a great season!   


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? 

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters."

- Col. 3:23