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Issue: 8            
March 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 $50,000

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!





Thank you, Cynthia Tobias!

We had a great event with Cynthia Tobias!  Thank you to all of you who joined us -- and learned about how your learning styles impact life.

We honored Mrs. Palmer (pictured, above right, with Cynthia Tobias) that evening with the "Lifetime of Love" award, honoring her decades of service to TRCS and impending retirement.  Cynthia also presented Mrs. Palmer with a signed first edition of The Way We Learn.  Our middle school drama students also "warmed up" the audience with a performance of their skit about "getting stuck in sin."  (Pictured, right, with students Isaiah and Jared.)  Thank you to Mr. Stiltz and his students for their effort.

Event donations have continued to come in with the event grossing nearly $4,000 towards the Tuition Assistance Fund.


Don't forget these important dates: 


March 19th:  Elementary Festival of Learning - Open Enrollment
April 3rd: 
K-12 early release for Spring Break
April 6th - 10th: 
Spring Break, No School K-12
May 22nd: 

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.   


Re-Enrollment is Open!  Save your child's space and enroll today!


Re-enrollment is currently open, with general enrollment beginning on March 19th. Forms are available on the website or in the school offices.  Remember, to save $50 on your enrollment fee, you'll want to get your forms in prior to June 1st. 

The 2015-16 tuition rate has been set by the school board with a modest increase to $5,500.  The pre-payment discount will remain the same for those who wish to pay their tuition in full before the school year begins.

We will be sending out additional information soon on the financial aid structure and policies for the coming year. 

Invite your friends and family to Open House!


Check out our first-graders' interpretations of the solar system, as well as the variety of art projects on display at the TRCS "Open House:  A Festival of Learning."

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., all classrooms will be open for visitors to come through and enjoy.  Invite your friends and family to see the great work our students are accomplishing! 

Administrator's Message:  Accreditation


Generally speaking, humans tend to shy away from anything that's painful. But sometimes those things which hurt a bit (exercise, studying, hard work) help us to grow. As a school community, the process of accreditation is a little bit this way: some scary pain up front - but a worthwhile endeavor in the end.


Three Rivers Christian School has been working through the pre-accreditation process for a few years, and will officially begin self-assessment in preparation for a week-long site visit from an Association of Christian Schools International Accreditation Team in Fall of 2016. This team will be scrutinizing the school using a pre-determined rubric developed by Advanced Ed (a national accrediting organization and the "gold standard" in public and private schooling) and ACSI. They will rate us on our quality and efforts in the following five areas:

  1. Purpose and Direction
  2. Governance and Leadership
  3. Teaching & Assessing for Learning
  4. Resources & Support Systems
  5. Using Results for Continuous Improvement

So why are we going through all of this trouble?


Ken Townsend, the Northwest Director for ACSI, has described this whole process to me as "organizational sanctification." Sanctification is defined as the "process of making holy; to consecrate." Sanctification requires winnowing through and rooting out the things that keep us from doing well. How do we ensure that we're delivering the best in education to our students? How do we ensure that we have rigorous systems for oversight of our academics, finances and future direction?


The answer is: we do a lot of work.   


We gather teachers, volunteers and board members, and we look honestly at the standards to see where we fall short. We bring in nationally-recognized education consultants to take a hard look at our test scores and help us implement new practices. We provide our teachers with the best professional development we can find. We survey our families to see where we fall short and where we exceed, and then we build scaffolding under the great things and we take the weak things back to the drawing board to be rebuilt.


And the bottom line is that we do it all for the glory of God. We desire, as a school community, to continually improve. We desire to be recognized not only for educational excellence, but for the purpose and direction we emphasize. Not only do we want our students to know concretely 'who they are and where they're going,' but as a school community, we want everyone who comes on our campus to know exactly 'who we are and where we're going.'


Accreditation will help us clarify and strengthen our efforts at TRCS. And, like exercise or studying, the little bit of pain will be worth it in the end.


Onward and upward!


Erin Hart

TRCS Administrator 

Debra Zandi Early Learning & Child Development Center


Three Rivers Christian Early Learning Center gives the opportunity for children to worship, pray and give to others in our neighborhood and community. In that effort; we adopted Luggage of Love, a program providing a small piece of luggage filled with essentials for children in transition as our community outreach ministry. The support of you, your children, members of the Joy group and others has been overwhelming! Thank you for the many ways in which you have given and because of your gift, many children of our surrounding counties will be blessed by receiving a backpack filled with items of need and comfort!


Mrs. Kristy Ford, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and students pictured below before delivery to Luggage of Love.




Honoring children as natural learners provides a foundation for academic development and socialization which teachers and specialists continue to foster within the program.


Highlighted Spring Learning happenings include:

  • Pre-Kindergarten Conferences
  • Festival of Learning
  • Gardening
  • The Art of Puppetry
  • Cheer Camp
  • Gymnastic Classes


"We will tell the next generation, our children, the praise-worthy deeds of our Lord,

His power, and the wonders He has done." Psalm 78:4

Principal's Message


Every year about this time, our school begins planning for the next year. So many of the decisions we make are based on the number of students enrolled. Please help us by enrolling your children early this spring or letting us know if your children will not be back. Personnel decisions, program decisions, enrichment decisions, and financial decisions are directly tied to the number of students enrolled. If you're undecided, let us know that as well. Thanks for your help with this. All of us here at TRCS want to provide the best possible Christian education for your children.



One of the distinctions of TRCS are our Chapel Services. Our students worship the Lord amazingly every week. Many times I wish that parents could see the way their children love the Lord. Just remember that you are all invited to our Chapel Services. They are powerful opportunities for your children.  


God is good and He is alive at TRCS!


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

The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. The flowers are blooming. What does this mean? It's tennis season at TRCS. We currently have 12 girls practicing and if you are 8th-12th grade and are interested in playing there is still time. Remember to get all forms in. You can access them on the school website. The fee this year is $100.


As I look ahead to the 2015-16 athletic year, I need to get an accurate count of how many athletes will be participating in each sport, I have given a survey to the lower campus 4th-7th graders to bring home and have parents sign it. Please be looking for the form. I will also be emailing the survey to families of TRCS next week. The 8th-11th grade classes will be receiving the survey next week. Thank you for all your prayers and support. It is a blessing to serve at Three Rivers Christian School.




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