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Issue: 3        
October 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 $13,700

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!





Reserve your seat today!

We are still seeking sponsors and table hosts for "The Greatest Gift" Breakfast.  Interested?  Please contact Erin at 423-4510.  Just want to attend?  Reserve your seat today! 

Don't forget these important dates: 


October 16 & 17:  No School, Staff Inservice/ACSI Convention
October 20: 
High School Picture Retakes
October 21: 
Elementary Picture Day
October 22 & 23: 
CDC Picture Day
October 23: 
Elementary Student Council Elections
November 5: 
Elementary Inservice, Early Release
November 8: 
TRCS Christmas Shopping Festival
November 11: 
Veteran's Day, No School
November 24 - 26: 
Elementary conferences & Early Release Days, K-12
November 27 - 28: 
Thanksgiving Holiday, School and CDC Closed


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 Season of Change...


Scott Grove,
Interim Administrator

"...all things were created by him and for him, He is before all, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body...." Colossians 1:16-18a


We have recently made the announcement of our changing administrative structure at TRCS. Above all else, we must acknowledge that Christ is the "head of the body" (and school). The TRCS School Board, along with Pastor Mark Schumtz, has named Erin Hart (currently Development Director) to be our Administrator. Randy Lemiere (currently HS principal) will now serve as K-12 principal while Debra Zandi (Executive Director of the CDC) completes  the Administrative Team.  Please pray for them during their transition time. The TRCS staff cheered when the announcement was presented!   



Our faithful interim principal, Jim Chenoweth, will be transitioning back into retirement at the end of the month and Scott Grove, interim administrator/consultant will gradually phase out of TRCS by the middle of December. Office structures will slightly change to accommodate leadership on-site at all times. Stay tuned for more information as it unfolds!


Tidbits of information: (1) At the Northlake Baptist Church Founder's Service last Monday, the ministry of TRCS was presented. (2) Valley Christian Fellowship has held meetings with the congregation and their Elder Board to continue the steps needed in moving forward with our high school plans. (3) Regional Director of ACSI, Dr. Ken Townsend came to our school Monday and visited TRCS, encouraging us on in our ACSI/AdvancEd accreditation process. We are expecting an accreditation team in the spring of 2016. (4) The TRCS staff will be attending the ACSI/NEXUS Conference in Portland on Thursday and Friday for professional development (i.e. The Art and Science of Teaching; The Key to Classroom Success; What's the Context...Tools That Bring Meaning to Learning; Reach Every Student in Every Class and more). We will continue to work on school improvement efforts! (5) Chad Weller is our new maintenance person on our campuses. (6) A special thanks again to Jim Chenoweth for his service, dedication and commitment. Please give him a smiling "thank you" when you see him.





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 have very limited table space available.  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. 

Onward and upward!


My husband's grandmother always says, "A change is as good as a holiday." 


As Scott mentioned in his article, above, this is a season of change at TRCS.  I grew up at TRCS, attending Kindergarten through 6th grade here (it was prior to the TRCS high school existing).  I learned about Christ in these classrooms.  My life was forever changed by the experience I had at our school -- and to be a part of that for future students is one of the great pleasures of my life.  I just keep praying I can measure up and serve our school community well in this new position.  (I welcome your prayers, too!)  However, despite the workload, I'm as excited about all of this change as I would be for a holiday! 


I will still be working on Development projects (with the help of some wonderful volunteers as well as Mrs. Peabody and Mrs. Welch).  I really appreciate the influx of parent volunteers this year who have come to me, willing to take on various projects.  Bless you!  And if you think you'd like to help -- don't be shy!  It's the energy of this community, including the parents and extended family, that will help us grow and improve.

I'm still working on a broad list of projects for this year, but here are some highlights of things underway:
  • Accreditation is moving forward.  This "organizational sanctification" will help bring us to the next level as a school.  Our teachers and staff are working hard at compiling evidence for the quality work happening at TRCS.
  • Miss Woodman has led the charge at updating our Emergency Response procedures.  More information on this will be forthcoming. Safety is a top priority in all TRCS programs.
  • Work towards the new high school is continuing as we move through bylaw revisions and other negotiations necessary for such a large project.  We are so grateful for the diligence and hard work of our friends at both Valley Christian and Northlake Baptist.  It's amazing to watch our school community grow through this process.
  • The Tuition Assistance Fund continues to grow towards the needed goal, and we are grateful for the generous sponsors who have already stepped up to support "The Greatest Gift" Breakfast on December 3rd!  (PNE Construction is our platinum sponsor.  Our thanks also go to the Columbia River Reader, Thrive Advertising and the Lemiere family for their quick response!)
  • Cynthia Tobias has agreed to be our spring author for the event at the Columbia Theatre, currently scheduled for February 23rd.  More information to follow on this -- but you do not want to miss this amazing writer/speaker, or her insight on working with children!

We're going to have a lot more exciting information flowing out to you, our TRCS community in the next few months.  Please keep praying for the continued blessing and protection for TRCS! 


Onward and upward!


Debra Zandi Child Development Center


What a Lord we serve! The Hebrew word for praising God means "to celebrate His perfections." I am blessed every day to bear witness to children who celebrate well!! Their grateful hearts, their joyful attitudes and their praising spirits are a constant reminder as to the blessing of Three Rivers Christian School!


Staff is looking forward to attending an Early Education Conference "Multiple Joyful Opportunities for Learning." Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gail Joseph will address Teach Me What to do Instead! The conference will be a one day event with afternoon breakout sessions of various class offerings. Many of our teachers will be taking advantage of this opportunity for continuing education.


Other Happenings on Campus:


  • Security: We recently added two more security cameras which completed the goal of security cameras in all Early Learning classrooms.
  • Community Outreach Ministry:       TRCS CDC recently donated clothing, toys, shoes, jackets and baby items to the Back to School Clothes Closet at New Life Fellowship, baby items to Caring Pregnancy Center and other articles of toys and clothing to the Community House.
  • Field Trips: Preschool Field Trips to the Fire Station and the annual pumpkin patch are on the calendar and scheduled for this beautiful month of October.
  • Pictures: Bell Studios is scheduled to take pictures on October 22nd for children in Rooms 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 106. On October 23rd for students in Rooms 5, 6, 8, 104, 107 and 108.

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough and Holiday Believe fundraiser kicks off October 9th. All proceed from this fundraiser will go towards classroom learning tools and play equipment. Please feel free to place an order (you can pick up packets at the CDC front desk). You are truly appreciated and make a positive difference to us all!!!


"I will exalt you, my God and King; I will praise your name for ever and ever!" Psalm 145:2-3


High School Update


Many of you have heard that I am now the K-12 principal at Three Rivers Christian School. I am so humbled and excited to get to work with every student and every staff member. It is overwhelming if I think of the responsibility, but I have a Savior that gives me strength. Please pray for me in this new ministry.  


One of the advantages of having a K-12 principal is that I can see the whole scope of curriculum. I look forward to seeing the entire curriculum and identifying any "holes" we might have. This will guarantee that students get a full Christian education in all subjects.  


The plan for me at two campuses will be somewhat of an experiment. I'll be present at each campus half of the time. When I am at the high school, Mrs. Welch will be the Student Services Coordinator at the elementary school, and when I am at the elementary school, Mrs. Karns will be the Student Services Coordinator there. Both staff members are very capable in handling safety concerns and student issues. Also, I am only a phone call away from either campus.


I would like to publicly thank Mr. Chenoweth for blessing us with his wisdom and time. What a sacrifice he has given to lead the elementary students and staff. I consider him a great man of God and a mentor to me. Over the next few weeks, Mr. Chenoweth and I will be working together to make this transition a smooth one. He took Mrs. Hart and me around to all of the different classrooms to meet the students. It was so much fun to see the students' faces. God makes each student so beautiful; inside and out.


Another wonderful person here temporarily is Mr. Grove. He has been a real blessing to our school. His experience and wisdom has really been vital to our school. If you see him, give him a big thank-you and blessing.  


Lastly, I look forward to meeting all of the parents at the elementary campus. I hope to have a few meetings in the near future. I'd like to hear your thoughts on how we can together make this ministry even better for all of our students here at TRCS!


Blessings.......Mr. Lemiere


"Let your light so shine, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

TRCS Athletic Update

A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns


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TRCS Athletic programs are off and running. The Lady Eagles Volleyball team is ranked 8th in the state of Washington and has high expectations for another trip to state. The Cross Country team looks to have at least two impact runners in Seth Carns and Karsten Rentner, who are looking to represent Eagle nation at State. There is a high probability that both runners could place in the top 20 at State.  


The Middle School Volleyball teams have combined with St. Rose and many relationships are being built. The eighth grade squad is  

currently undefeated and having great success.  


Finally, basketball is quickly approaching. Middle School girls ages 6-8 grade will start on Monday, October 20. The Middle School boys start in January and the High School teams begin November 17. Please remember all forms, fees, and physicals must be in by the first practice. If not, athletes are not eligible.  



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