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Issue: 2       
September 2014
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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 $8,500 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:

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!





Congratulations to our TRCS Innovation Award Winners!


(Pictured above, left to right, Katharine Cook, Laurel Moore, Patricia Palmer)


Three Rivers Christian School is pleased to announce the winners of this year's TRCS Innovation Award.  This award is funded by an anonymous donor and rewards our teachers for innovative and creative programming in their classrooms.  This year we had one winners from each "river" or age group, of our school.


Katherine Cook, Preschool 4's teacher, was awarded for her consistently creative approach to early learning. 


Laurel Moore, High School English and Choir Teacher, took the lead in developing an elective class last year called "Keyboards, Voice & More" that helped students develop individual musical talents. 


Patricia Palmer, Elementary P.E. and Resource Teacher, consistently challenges students with innovative approaches to teaching physical health.  She created a "Winter Olympics" event for the entire school last year, complete with grade-level led "challenges" that mirrored the Olympic events.  She has also assisted students in progressing multiple grade levels with their reading skills through her resource work.


Congratulations to these three amazing teachers!


Don't forget these important dates: 


September 24th:  50th Anniversary Planning Meeting, 3:30 p.m. in Annex
October 1: 
Elementary School Early Release, 1:00 p.m.
October 16 & 17: 
No School, Staff Inservice/ACSI Convention
November 8: 
TRCS Christmas Shopping Festival


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.   


A strong start...


Scott Grove,
Interim Administrator

"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose." Philippians 2:1-2


Three Rivers Christian School is off to a great start this year! Our enrollment is strong with 111 students in our high school, 125 in our elementary and 257 in our Child Development Center. Many of you heard about or saw our first day obstacles with a broken sewer line and a mini-bus quitting in route. Everyone was safe! People jumped into action! Attitudes were cheerful! And everything was repaired and back into full swing quickly. TRCS has a wonderful group of people working in service to the Lord and to the mission of Christian Education! As the Bible verse above says... "being one in spirit and purpose".


Tidbits of information: (1) Northlake Baptist Church is having TRCS as the "Mission of the Month" in September. Special offerings will go to support the school. (2) I had the opportunity to speak with the Just Older Youth (JOY) group about the great school we have at TRCS and how student lives are being changed and trained for the Lord. (3) Plans are in place for a Capital Campaign Team to seek financial support to the proposed new high school that will partner with Valley Christian Fellowship. Please pray for the Lord's will! (4) Best wishes and a "thank you" to LeRoy Jackson, our maintenance man, as he journeys on to Alaska. (5) Our elementary school is preparing to schedule some early release days for teachers to work on the requirements for our upcoming accreditation with ACSI and AdvancED.  


Stay tuned for more information as the school year continues!




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

6th Annual TRCS Christmas Shopping Festival!


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Christmas Shopping Festival
Saturday, November 8th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Elementary Gym 
The Christmas Shopping Festival is once again right around the corner!  If you're a vendor, make sure to get your application in as soon as possible!  We are already half-full!  This year's event will include a Scholastic Book Fair, prize drawings, kid's carnival, pancake breakfast, bake sale, soup luncheon, and much more!  Click here to download the vendor application, or contact Erin for more info. 

50 Years of TRCS!


TRCS Staff, 1969 
In the Fall of 2015, TRCS will begin celebrating 50 years of educating children in the love of Christ.  We're looking for creative ways to celebrate this milestone.  If you're interested in helping out, please join us for a planning meeting on Wendesday, September 24th at 3:30 p.m. in the Educational Annex.  (2604 Ocean Beach Highway)  You can also email thoughts and ideas to Erin Hart

Elementary School Update


Jim Chenoweth, Interim Elementary Principal

The elementary campus held its annual "Back to School Night" with excellent attendance. Teachers were able to preview the year for families and answer questions. Mrs. Carroll's Kindergarten Bridge class received a special treat for highest percentage of parent attendance at 92%!


We announced that on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning October 1, grades K through 7 will dismiss at 1:00 to allow teachers to meet for an extended time to work on acquiring ACSI accreditation. A lot of the work has already been completed but there is still much to do. The transition of administration has caused some delay, but it is essential that the process be completed by the beginning of the next school year. Thankfully, our interim administrator, Scott Grove, has been through this process on both the school side and as part of reviewing teams, so his help will be very valuable.


Our 6th and 7th grade middle school students will be starting their first round of "exploritories" soon. These elective enrichment activities meet one hour a week for five weeks. The first set of choices includes badminton, ceramics, flower arranging, and chorus. These sessions are all taught by staff with some volunteer help.



Erin hart GREAT NEWS!


With our recent announcement in the Daily News about the partnership with Valley Christian Fellowship and the construction of the new high school building, not a day goes by that I'm not asked about the status of the project.  Diligent work is underway, and we'll be sharing more in the coming months.

We are currently assembling a capital fundraising team.  If you are interested in being a part of that team, please contact me.  God has already blessed us with some amazing, enthusiastic participants.  Please pray that God will continue to bring the right people to this project. 

We have a sizable goal to fill this year for Tuition Assistance:  $75,000.  We've already got a good dent in the number with $8,500 raised.



Onward and upward!


Debra Zandi Child Development Center


Three Rivers Early Learning and Child Development Center and staff are looking forward to this new school year as we partner with L.E.E.P. and Longview School District as well as Accredited Christian Schools International. Opportunities abound in full departments of active learners. Here's what's happening:


New Beginnings... Our infant program continues to be a high-demand classroom nestled in the corner of our infant/toddler department and currently is at capacity in enrollment. The updated classroom has new cribs, a new diaper changing area with sink, gated areas and a private parent bonding room. The room is filled with soft music and color as it welcomes our newest babies and families. The staff is selected uniquely for their expertise and personalities thus enhancing new beginnings for our infants and babies.


Discovery... Our toddler department focuses on an environment of exploration, adventure, learning and discovery in an atmosphere of caring staff.   Our teachers are committed to providing excellence while young toddlers are exposed to music, movement, Bible activities, literacy and language. Outside is an opportunity of adventure for a young toddler and we look forward to building upon that environment. Classes are full with exception of only a few selected days.


Adventure... Our preschool department is increasing daily in opportunity to welcome new children and families into our center! Only few selective spaces remain. TRCS early educators are committed to prayer, growth and teaching so as to propel our early education program to a higher standard. Prayer time, chapel, five day clubs, P.E., music, literacy activities or participating in awareness of community programs create opportunity for our preschool students to develop and grow as early learners.


Opportunity... Our Most Delicious Fundraiser, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough and Believe gift buying 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!


Randy Lemiere

Randy Lemiere,

High School Principal

High School Update

What a great start of the school year! Students and teachers have been so excited to begin and all are digging in for a wonderful year of learning. Certainly the excitement of a new school building is gaining momentum here and in the community.  


I can't say enough about our outstanding teachers. They've studied and prepared most of the summer and it is showing. Students are "hitting the books" hard as well. This year should be a great one.

Here is the list of our outstanding teachers. Please pray for them as they guide the students.


  • Carol Karns - School Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
  • Dan Davis -  Teaches Am. Republic, World Hist, U.S. History, Contemporary World Problems, and Health
  • David Coons - Physical Science, Consumer Math, Chemistry
  • Debbie Sande - Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus
  • Jana Schmutz - Counselor, and College Career Guidance
  • Judy Hull -  Alg. 2, Computer Keyboarding, Financial Planning
  • Keri Mc Hattie - Bible 10, 2 Art Classes
  • Kurt Harbaugh - 2 band classes
  • Laurel Moore - Bible 12, Eng. 9 Eng. 11/12
  • Melanie Portwood - Bible 11, French 1/2, English 10, English 11/12,
  • Pascale Kaufman - Spanish 1
  • Shiloh Olson- Physics
  • Terra Sue Brittel - Earth Sci., Alg. 1, Biology, Eng. 8
  • Tim Carns - Bible 9, and Biblical Foundations
  • Juliana Basurto - Spanish 2
  • Johnny Rosado - 2 P.E. classes
  • Paul Delashaw - Bible 8
  • Liz Tumusiime - Pre- Alg.


Come see us at the high school,

Mr. Lemiere

TRCS Athletic Update

A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns


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Athletic fundraiser discount cards are on sale now!  Get yours from a TRCS high school student for only $20, and save big on multiple area restaurants.


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