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Issue: 5          
December 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 over $30,000

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!





Merry Christmas!
It's that "most wonderful time of the year," and TRCS has been busy!  Our high school students put on a wonderful program on December 7th.  (If you missed it, you can check out a clip of the worship team singing here.) 

All grade levels participated together at the Downtown Longview Christmas parade.  Thanks to the cheerleaders for their great performance, and Mrs. Peabody and elementary student council for decorating the buses!

Elementary students are currently collecting shoes for students in Haiti through Soul2Sole and toilet paper to help the community house.  Donations can be brought to the elementary office! 

Don't forget these important dates: 


December 16th:  Elementary Christmas Program, 7 p.m., chapel
Please see Mrs. Zandi's article below for all PreK programs
December 19th:  Early Release for Christmas Break
December 20th - January 4th: 
Christmas Break
January 19th: 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School
January 26th: 
Records Day, No School

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.   


TRCS High School students participate in DRESSEMBER


Three Rivers Christian High School is participating in a "fashion challenge" to bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking in our area. Girls have pledged to wear a dress (and some have pledged to wear the same dress) and boys are wearing a ribbon of support every school day in December. Nationally the movement is called Dressember. www.dressemberfoundation.org


Anna Claunch, student council Vice President, brought the idea to the student council and they were quick to get on board. Some students like Anna are wearing a dress every day in December and are raising money as well.  


Wearing dresses is a way that we can embrace femininity and advocate for women and children who are exploited. Dressember (the organization) is aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Those who participate in Dressember are supporting the abolition of modern day slavery.

Follow TRCS on Facebook and Twitter:  IT MATTERS!


Social Media has some great advantages for a ministry like TRCS.  It helps us to keep people who love our school up-to-date on all the things happening in real time! 


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.   

Administrator's Message:  Why does TRCS matter?


It's easy to fall into a routine in life.  After almost 50 years, it can be easy to fall into a routine as an organization.  At TRCS, we don't want to forget what sets us apart as educators. 


Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak to some of our major supporters at our "Greatest Gift" breakfast.  When you get a group of donors in the room, you want them to understand why you wake up every morning excited to do what you do, so I thought I'd try to answer this question: "Why does TRCS matter?"   


As a private Christian school, we get the unique opportunity to not only impart knowledge to our students, but to give them the "big picture" of biblical wisdom.  As my little sketch below shows, our job at TRCS isn't just to teach them the Common Core (although we're doing that and more!).  We believe that each child is created with individual gifts, and it's our responsibility to immerse them, mind, body and spirit, in the pool of God's knowledge.  It's an uncommon goal in today's world, which is why I've been calling it "the Uncommon Core."   If we're doing our jobs well, TRCS students will graduate with an understanding of who God made them to be (their gifts) and what God made them to do (their purpose).   


Our friends working in the public school have an incredible challenge:  they're working to educate American citizens to be functional and capable in today's ever-changing workplace.  But at TRCS, our responsibility is a little different:  we want our students to be functional and capable contributors to God's workplace, too.  And if you look at our alumni, you'll see students impacting the world in many amazing ways.  


It's an incredible gift to be part of that preparation, and to help our children as they develop "roots, dreams and wings."  I'm so grateful to the many donors who gave so generously at our recent breakfast event (more than $10,000 at the event, plus more than $60,000 in future pledges!).  We have an incredible opportunity at TRCS, and it's bigger than "private education."  This school is planting incredible seeds, and the love and support given to TRCS by our school community is making an amazing difference in these lives -- who will in turn make an amazing difference in the lives of others.  Isn't it a great thing to be a part of?


Merry Christmas!


Erin Hart

TRCS Administrator 


Debra Zandi Child Development Center


It is true! God has gifted us all with the abilities to imagine, create and serve. What a beautiful response to Christian education; living out the salvation of God. He is able to search our hearts and understand the depth of who we are. It is a privilege from God to meet with, encourage, engage and support those around us!


Please note the following Preschool Christmas Event Schedule:

Christmas Feast/PJ Day - December 17th, 11:00,Gym

Christmas Program Rm 5 - December 18th,11:00,Church Lobby

Christmas Program Rm 6 - December 18th, 11:00, Room 6

Christmas Program Rm 8 -December 18th,1:30,Church Lobby

Birthday Party for Jesus Rm 7 - December 19th,11:00, Room 7

Christmas Party Rm 107December 19th, 10:00,Room 107

Christmas Party Rm 104 - December 19th,10:00,Room 104

Christmas Party Rm 108 - December 22nd,1:00, Room 105


Please join us as we reach out to those around us in supplying the children of Cowlitz County a Gift of Warm Blessing. Items needed 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 hung or placed under the Christmas Trees in main hall by the front desk area or we would be happy to pick your donation up by calling our office at 423-4510.


"He will rejoice over you. You will rest in His love; he will sing and be joyful about you!" - Zephaniah 3:17


Merry Christmas!


Principal's Message

Here's an update on life at TRCS:

High School Christmas Program
- December 8th, the TRCS Band, Worship Team, and our Independent Music Class performed their music. It was a wonderful night of talent, music, and worship. Thanks go to Mr. Harbaugh, our band teacher, Mrs. Moore, our independent music class teacher, and Josh Anderson our worship team leader.  Check out a clip of our worship team in action here.

Emergency Packets - Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Woodman, and Mrs. Welch completed an outstanding emergency packet for the elementary campus which will be distributed shortly. Not only will it be essential for emergencies on campus, but each family will receive one to take home as well. This communication packet is excellent.

Student Activities - Students were involved in our community in several ways. Here are the events: Walk-n-Knock, CAP help, Warm Clothing Items, Toilet Paper for Community House, and Sole to Soul.

Accreditation - Scott Grove has been working with our teachers to further the accreditation process.  He'll also be providing us with additional professional development opportunities in the new year.  Many thanks to this incredible educator!


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 Basketball season is off and running. The girls varsity is approaching a new season with a new coach (Mitch Stanberry

) and a newer, faster approach. They are playing an up-tempo, fast break, fun-to-watch style of basketball. Our girls are enjoying the pace and are going to see team success as they continue to see growth through a tough non-league schedule.  



The boys' varsity is also being tested by the toughest non-league schedule in school history. Our boys will be playing what I believe to be three of the top five teams on the west side of the state.


This past Saturday our boys played Shorewood Christian in a rematch of our round one loss at state. The Eagles played their best basketball of the season and came away with a big win. If you were not able to attend please go to TDN and read the great article in the Sunday Daily News. Make sure to check out game times and places on the school website. GO 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