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Issue: 6          
January 2015 
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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 $43,000

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!





 Who is Cynthia Tobias and why should I care?
You've probably seen a few our of advertisements for the upcoming "TRCS Presents An Evening With Cynthia Tobias."  This acclaimed writer and educator will be joining us at the Columbia Theatre on Monday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. to share with us about "learning styles" and what they mean for you, your children, your co-workers -- and even your spouse.  (Click here to purchase your tickets today!)  While we will be offering an opportunity for educators to earn clock hours through this event, this event is not only for teachers.  Everyone can benefit from understanding how our learning styles impact our lives.

As one TRCS parent recently told me, "Cynthia Tobias changed my life.  Years ago, I sat in a seminar that was given based on her book, and I came out of the seminar weeping, because for the first time in my life, I understood that I wasn't 'stupid.'  I understood that I saw the world differently, and if I embraced my own style, I could achieve like anyone else."

We are grateful to Gold Sponsor Fairway Collections and Silver Sponsor Dr. Richard R. Imholte for helping us bring Cynthia to our area.  We are still looking for sponsors who would like to promote their business while being part of bringing such a great message to our area. 
We have autographed copies of four of Cynthia's books on sale now in the school offices for $15!  Read one in advance to prepare for her visit! 

Don't forget these important dates: 


January 19th:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School
January 26th: 
Records Day, No School
February 13th - 16th: 
President's Day Break
February 23rd: 
TRCS Presents "An Evening With Cynthia Tobias" at the Columbia Theatre - buy tickets now at www.columbiatheatre.com
March 1st: 
Re-enrollment Opens
March 19th: 
Elementary Festival of Learning - Open Enrollment

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 Elks Freethrow Contest Winner Advances to State!


Congratulations to Evan Brown (pictured, right), 1st place winner in the 8&9 year old division in the Elk's Regional Freethrow Contest!  Evan is now eligible for the State freethrow contest which will be held in Lacey next month.   


TRCS is also proud of our other students who placed in the competition:  


10&11 boys - Noah Kloppman, 3rd place

12&13 boys - Ryan Ransom, 4th place  

10&11 girls - Zowie Carmody, 3rd place

12&13 girls - Kaylena Morrison, 3rd place


Many thanks to Mrs. Palmer for working hard to teach our students these skills in P.E. and organizing our participation in this event! 

Administrator's Message:  The TRCS School Board - What do they do?


Many of you may not be aware that the ministry of Three Rivers Christian School is overseen  by a group of dedicated volunteers:  the TRCS school board.


At least once a month (sometimes more), this group of nine individuals has met to answer difficult questions such as "What must we charge for tuition?" and "How will we build a new high school?"  While some of these board members are (or were) school parents, they must approach their duties as a board member without concern for their personal goals.  Instead, their job is to "guard the trust of the school," and preserve this ministry for future generations.  It's a relatively thankless task, and the majority of it happens behind the scenes.


Last month, changes were made to the Bylaws of the Corporation of Three Rivers Christian School, allowing for the board to have a larger representation of the greater church community of our region, as well as finally and official changing the name of the school from Longview Christian  School to Three Rivers Christian School.  (For ten years, we've been writing "Longview Christian School d.b.a. Three Rivers Christian School -- phew!)  This month on January 25th, the school board will be entirely reelected, with five members coming from the "at-large" community, and four members coming from Northlake Baptist Church.   


I cannot emphasize enough the gift that Northlake Baptist Church gave to me (as a former student) and this community almost 50 years ago when they started this school.  In that time, the Northlake congregation has been the main supporting organization of our school (and through our bylaws, their "corporation" will continue to be the voting membership of our corporation).  However, they have shown through their vote that it is time for the school, which represents more than 46 congregations in the community -- and contains nearly one-third of students who don't have a church connection -- to enter the next 50 years as a more autonomously-governed community Christian school.  It's a gift with great responsibility, and I hope you'll pray with me that God will bring the people we need as candidates for the upcoming board election.


In the meantime, please join me in thanking the following individuals who have given so much of their time and energy to our school as board members:


JoAnne Harford, School Board President 

Jan Ferguson, Board Vice President
Suzi Walker, Board Secretary

Harold Erdelbrock, Board Member, Interim Treasurer

Steve Wilcox, Board Proxy

Marie Erickson, Board Member

Dan Leno, Board Member

Mike Tiemens, Board Member

Jerry Wilson, Board Member 


Happy New Year! 


Erin Hart

TRCS Administrator 


Debra Zandi Child Development Center


Early Education plays such a vital role in the building blocks of a strong foundation for childhood. We acknowledge that parents are the primary teacher in the life of a child and thus cultivate an effective partnership that supports the growth and development of our students.


It is with great appreciation that we give opportunity for children to worship, pray and give to others in our neighborhood and community. In that effort; we collected hats, gloves, books, blankets and hot chocolate which was given to the children of The Emergency Support Center. We are thankful for opportunities to give and serve others in the name of Jesus! A sincere thank you to all who gave graciously and participated in this community outreach!


Preschool teachers have been gathering a variety of materials for student's portfolios and will be sharing essential information with parents during the preschool 4's scheduled conferences the week of February 16th. Additional information will go out to parents from their child's classroom.


The goal of our teachers is to seek out opportunities to enhance learning environments that are rich in curriculum that affirms and supports the development and discovery for every child. Several teachers will be attending a local Training "The Writing Part of ELA - How and What". Core integrated curriculum used in our Early Learning classrooms include: WEE Learn, Making a Difference, Core Concepts of Early Literacy and Exploring God's World. The Washington State Early Learning and Development Manual is an essential resource that is used by teaching staff to provide tools and strategies for children Birth through 3rd grade.


Believe it or not, it is almost time to register for the 2015/2016 school year! Festival of Learning night is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. For additional information call our office at 360-423-4510.

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

Principal's Message

Middle School: The Inside Story, Cynthia Tobias

Ever want help raising children? As I look back on raising my own sons, I realized early that I needed help! Grandparents, radio programs, and books really made a difference in raising Godly, responsible children.  


I just finished reading Cynthia Tobias' book called Middle School: The Inside Story. If your son or daughter is approaching or directly involved in middle school, you might want to read this very informative book. Here are the titles for some of the amazing chapters:

            The Good, the Bad, and the Gangly

            Too Late to Discipline?

            Finding where they fit

            The Hassles of Homework

            Learning Styles and Learning Disorders

            Finishing Strong

                        And much, much more!


Cynthia Tobias will be our guest speaker on February, 23rd at the Columbia Theatre. She will be speaking on raising children and their learning styles. I am sure that the information can be applied to any home and family.


The Daily News

Did you happen to read The Daily News Monday, January 5, 2015? I was intrigued by an article that began, "Teaching Obedience: It's not rocket science." "Obedience;" now, that's not a popular word in our culture. However, the article begins asking the question, "Who is happier, people/students who obey the rules, follow procedures, and voice complaints respectfully or those who do not?" Well, funny thing, research shows that people who follow rules live happier lives! Huh, I've read somewhere that obedience results in blessings and long life (Proverbs 3:1-2)    


The Family Project 

Lastly, "The Family Project," is a twelve-week course for parents, facilitated by TRCS Principal Emeritus Jim Chenoweth. The DVD's sessions and discussions help parents strengthen their families. For more information, please call North Lake Baptist at 360-423-3805.


Many blessings to all,

Randy 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


     I would like to take a moment of your time to express my gratitude to all the people in the community of Three Rivers Christian School who have helped to make athletics possible. Thank you to all the wonderful bus drivers who have helped to transport our beloved "cargo", our children. Thank you Erin, Randy, Pastor Mark, school board and all other administrators for your leadership and guidance. Thank you Carol, Jade, and Melissa for your wonderful attitudes that make our offices a joy to walk into. Thank you coaches for all the sacrifices you have made to elevate the lives and talents of our athletes. Thank you volunteers for the time you have donated. You cannot know the amount of stress you relieve and the appreciation I have for your help. Thank you businesses and donors for the financial sacrifices you make to provide us the financial support to help offset the fees of sports. Thank you Jordan Caddel for being a great T.A. and more importantly - a wonderful young lady. Finally, thank you to all the individuals I may not have addressed in this newsletter, who should have been addressed. By no means is it intentional but rather a simple shortcoming of a 51 year old memory.




Tim Carns

TRCS Athletic Director 


P.S. No, I am not leaving or dying. Just appreciative! :)

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