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Issue: 4         
November 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 $17,000

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!





What's this breakfast all about?

Are you wondering what this breakfast event is all about?  "The Greatest Gift" breakfast is a one-hour-long event for TRCS to show you the great things that are happening on our campuses.  You will be asked to be part of our donor base, but nothing is required!  It's our goal to inspire you to be a part of our ministry here at TRCS.  We guarantee this will be one of the best spent hours of your week!  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: 


November 24 - 26:  Elementary conferences & Early Release Days, K-12
November 27 - 28: 
Thanksgiving Holiday, School and CDC Closed
December 3rd: 
Elementary Inservice Early Release 1p.m.
December 5th: 
Elementary Student Council Craft Fair
December 6th: 
Downtown Longview Christmas Parade - watch for TRCS!
December 16th:  Elementary Christmas Program
December 19th:  Early Release for Christmas Break
December 20th - January 4th: 
Christmas Break


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.   


Follow TRCS on Facebook and Twitter:  IT MATTERS!


As some of you noticed, this newsletter is a little late, and yesterday (when one of our water mains malfunctioned) we had to call parents individually to come and get their children because our email blast system went down.  (Granted, it was the first time in 4 years that we've ever had an issue -- but we do depend heavily on it!)


Please make sure to follow TRCS on Facebook and Twitter (we are @3riversschool) to get up-to-the-minute information on what's happening on campus.  We're also looking at implementing a direct text service, but in the meantime, we want to be able to contact you quickly and efficiently!

Meet the Elementary Office Team!


You may have noticed a few changes in the elementary campus office.  If you haven't connected with Jade and Melissa, stop by and say hello!


Jade is the "Student Services Coordinator," meaning if you're a teacher, student, or Mr. Lemiere, she's your point person for help.  Jade manages the copy room, as well as lunches and attendance.  Of course, Jade is an amazing blessing to our school because she's a registered NURSE, so she's also Queen of the Health Room.  Jade agreed that being at the front desk would make her life easier with the duties she'll be doing, so she's now the face you'll see when you come to the front desk. 


Melissa is the "Special Programs Coordinator," which means she'll be monitoring and managing all the special things like Music Conservatory, Spiritwear, Speech Meet, Spelling Bee, etc...  She will also be assisting Erin Hart with development and public relations.  Most of you probably don't know that Melissa used to do public relations for Nike and CAS, so it's a huge blessing to have her skill set at the school.


Thank you, Jade and Melissa, for being such an instrumental part of TRCS! 

Another Merry TRCS Christmas Shopping Festival!


Congratulations to Amy Allen, winner of the Great Wolf Lodge gift card raffle! 

If you missed this year's event, you missed a ton of fun!  We had more than 45 vendors, wonderful food (thank you Mrs. Hayes and Mr. & Mrs. Hull!), and raised a few thousand dollars for TRCS programs and Tuition Assistance.  It takes a great community to make an event like this successful.  THANK YOU to our amazing vendors and volunteers for a job well-done.  We look forward to next year!  

Administrator's Message


"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." - Frederick Buechner


If I were to add up all of the years that I've spent on this campus in my various capacities as student and employee, then I'm starting my 14th year here at TRCS. For more than a third of my life, this place has been a source of joy and inspiration (and occasionally a little exhaustion), but I feel incredibly blessed to get to be here, and especially in my new capacity as Administrator. I can still remember taking my Kindergarten placement test in Mr. Chenoweth's paneled office. This school helped form my heart and mind, and now I get to be part of a group of educators who are returning the favor for another generation.


As some of you already know, there's a lot happening right now at TRCS. We're working hard on developing the plan to construct a new high school at Valley Christian Fellowship. An Executive Fundraising Board is being developed in partnership with VCF, and initial permitting is being undertaken with the City of Longview. Our school is scheduled for an Accreditation visit with the Association of Christian Schools International in the spring of 2016. This "organizational sanctification" will help us ensure our families that we are truly offering quality in all of our endeavors with solid business practices and innovative educational offerings. And next year, we begin celebrating our 50th anniversary as a school.


Clearly, we're not going to get bored anytime soon.


Alongside all of that, I'm also embracing this new position as Administrator while working on my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. As I study cutting edge educational practices and work on developing my own "performance indicators" and goals, I get to concurrently work on developing goals for our practices at the school. This year, all of our K-12 students will be keeping a growing portfolio of their work which will be scanned and digitally saved each year as added evidence of their educational progress. (Interestingly enough, this is also something I'm required to do as part of my degree program. There's a beautiful symmetry to knowing I'm doing the same thing our first graders are doing!)


We are continuing to work hard on raising funds to support our Tuition Assistance Goal, but it's the largest goal we've had in years ($75,000!), and we need more help than ever before. If you haven't signed up already, I encourage you to attend our breakfast event on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:30 a.m. at Northlake Baptist Church. Also mark your calendar for "An Evening With Cynthia Tobias," on Monday, February 23rd at the Columbia Theatre.  


I ran across this quote in one of my textbooks, and had to write it down to put on my "wall of quotes" on my office:


"Nothing more conclusively marks the well-educated person than the capacity to run one's own brain, have clear self-insight, and follow through on projects." - from S. Zemelman, Best Practice:  Bringing standards to life in America's Classrooms


Please pray that not only will we produce "well-educated" people at our school, but that all of us charged with serving TRCS will live up to this definition, and have the ability to glorify God through doing a job well-done. Thank you for your prayers and support!


Onward and upward!


Debra Zandi Child Development Center


"Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done!" Psalm 105:1


Thanksgiving! A beautiful season in which we reflect upon God's great goodness... A special time to gather with friends and family to give thanks for all that God has provided.


  • Thank you to those that supported our recent fundraising efforts. It is truly each of you that make a positive difference in our Center and program!   We are excited as we continue the process of growing formative learning environments and developing appropriate play spaces for TRCS children. Parents are appreciative and staff enjoys the opportunities for growth and classroom development.
  • Certified bark chips are being delivered and dispersed under fall zones on all playgrounds which meet the safety standards for playgrounds in Washington State for children. The improvement of adding certified chips supports our ongoing commitment of providing a safe environment for our children in every area of our facility.
  • Helping Hands, Healing Hearts, and a gift of warm blessing. Upon again receiving such positive feedback recently with this particular community outreach, our center will be collecting small items for winter for area children. These items include: sweaters, small blankets, gloves, hats, mittens, books and boxes of hot chocolate. Will you join us in giving a blessing to the children of God? All items may be left in our main hall by the front desk area or we would be happy to pick your donation up by calling our office at 423-4510.


Giving thanks to the Lord for the great things He has done and wishing you and yours a very blessed Thanksgiving!


Higher Standards for Everyone

On October 30th, I invited the K-7 parents to "Meet the Principal Night." I introduced myself but spent most of the time discussing higher standards for all of us. I love this school and want to see it flourish. God does such amazing things in the lives of students and staff. I've challenged the teachers to expect more from our students in academics and behavior. I've challenged the teachers to be the best they can be, and of course, I've challenged myself to do all I can to give my best to staff, students, and our Lord. God is our authority and we need to work for Him.


One of my main topics at the meeting was "Student Success." Is there a recipe for this? I believe there is. In the diagram below, see that the School, Home, and Student are all connected. If all three components to the triangle are working together, then student success is certain. If one of the components fails, so does the student.  




In short, we all need to do our very best for our Lord and our kids.


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


tim carns

TRCS boys varsity basketball will be hosting a team from Australia on Friday December 5th. The game will be at 6:00 pm. The Australians will arrive on Friday at TRCS at 3:00 pm. The school will feed them dinner but we need homes for them to stay in overnight. The host families will take the boys home after the game around 7:30. The Australian team will need to be back a TRCS the following morning, Saturday, Nov. 6 at 9:00 am. Host homes will need to feed them breakfast before they leave. If you are willing to help and host a player or players please email me ASAP. I need to have all players and coaches (15) placed in homes by November 21st. 

Don't forget basketball started Monday, November 17th. Boys grades 8th-12th and girls grades 9th-12th. The boys will be having a parent/player information meeting Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Kelso Campus. Coach Jim will be sharing JV and Varsity practice information and philosophy. Returning Varsity boys will have a 6:30 a.m. practice on Monday morning.


Girls will have a parent/player meeting Monday night at 6:30 p.m. following their 4:30-6:30 p.m. practice. Coach Mitch will be sharing JV and Varsity information and philosophy,


Please remember to turn in physicals, forms, and $200 fee to the office. If players do not have a physical and the forms turned in they will not be allowed to practice.

Congratulations to our varsity girls' Volleyball team for making it to state the 8th year in a row!  Go Lady Eagles!



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