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Issue: 9             
April 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 $62,000

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!





Jogathon is coming!

Cooper the "(B)Eagle" - our Jogathon mascot is ready to run!
The 33rd annual Jogathon is scheduled for May 22nd, and the deadline for t-shirt sponsorship is right around the corner (Friday, May 1st!).  If you'd like to be a sponsor and see your business or personal name on the shirt, click here for more info.

Many thanks to the following sponsors who have already signed up:

  • LongAir, Inc.
  • Weatherguard Roofing
  • New Moon Restaurant
  • Art's Automotive
  • Pacific Northern Environmental (PNE)
  • Cowlitz Clean Sweep
  • Larry & Cynthia Schmidt
  • Hilander Dental
  • "Anonymous Grandparents"
  • Thrive Advertising
  • Pacific Office Automation  

We are so close to filling our Tuition Assistance Fund goal, so let's run together and support our families!

Don't forget these important dates: 


April 20th - 24th:  All-school Testing Week (K-12)
May 4th - 5th: 
Glazy Dayz Pottery Mother's Day Gift Classes
May 4th - 8th: 
May 8th: 
High School Invite a Friend Day
May 14th: 
Elementary School Invite a Friend Day
May 15th: 
"Chaos in Kelso," TRCS HS Drama Production, May 15th, 7 pm, and 16th, 2 pm and 7 pm
May 18th - 22nd: 
Preschool 3's Conferences
May 22nd: 
May 28th: 
Elementary Spring Program, 9 a.m., Chapel

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.   


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


Enrollment is currently open for all classes.  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.

Financial aid must be applied for through the school's FAST system.  Aid is awarded on a first-applied, first-served basis, so apply early to ensure that funds are available!  Click here to review our scholarship policies.  

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week


apple-sm.jpg Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is happening on all campuses from May 4th to 8th. 

Are you able to bake something yummy to show your love?  Want to donate to an end-of-week lunch?  Here are your contacts for coordination on each campus:

Child Development Center:  Contact Debra Zandi, 636-1600
Elementary:  Contact Marie Erickson, 430-3406
High School:  Contact Carol Karns, 636-1600

This is a great opportunity to show our wonderful teachers how much we appreciate their hard work!

Tuition Assistance:  What's the deal?


money_grass.jpg We've had a couple of families ask us why we place such priority on fundraising for Tuition Assistance every year. 

It's a huge sacrifice to afford private Christian schooling.  Education is a service provided by trained professionals, and by its very nature, it's expensive.  We appreciate and acknowledge that sacrifice, and we work hard to keep our costs as low as possible while offering excellence.

There are no families at TRCS who receive a "full ride."  The maximum aid that is given is 50%, and generally the aid is just sufficient to make the monthly bill affordable.  We want TRCS to be an affordable option for as many families as possible, so we have prioritized fundraising that aid.

In awarding aid, we have previously relied only on a recommendation from a non-biased third-party assessor, FAST.  This year, we will continue using the FAST recommendation, but a scholarship committee will also review those recommendations to ensure adequate funding and fairness in the case of extenuating circumstances.  You can read the scholarship policy here.

Next year, we will be changing our fundraising model a bit, and our yearly goal will be to raise a certain amount for an "annual fund."  That fund will pay for special projects and programs, and tuition assistance will become a consistent part of the annual budget (much like the model used by Christian colleges and universities). 

We know to some this seems like a "forced redistribution of wealth," but we also want to use our resources for the benefit of as many children as possible.  We are a school, but we are also a non-profit ministry, and we believe strongly that God would want us to invest his money (because it's all His, really!) in children first.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to share them!  We appreciate our families and the amazing community donors who make the Tuition Assistance Fund possible!  

"Invite a Friend" to school days!


We want to share our great school with more children! On Friday, May 8th (at the high school), and Thursday, May 14th (at the elementary), we're having our first "invite a friend to school day". We'll be sending home a form shortly, and you can return it to the office by Monday, May 2nd (for the high school campus) or Friday, May 8th (at the elementary campus) to reserve a space for your visitor! Only the first 8 students who sign up in each class will be able to visit, due to limited space in our classrooms. We also ask that the student visiting is with in 1 or 2 grade levels of the class they will visit.  They will need to bring a lunch, but cupcakes will be provided!



Administrator's Message:  The Hunt for a High School Building


As you're probably aware, just a few weeks ago we sent out a press release (which sparked a Daily News article) about our hunt for a new high school location for this fall.  


We've had a lot of great comments and suggestions about where we should land, as well as some amazing support from community pastors and supporters.  We have been following up with every suggestion, making sure we're doing due diligence to find the best possible interim location for our high school.   


We're hoping to have a firm answer to your questions within the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, here are a few of things we're considering as we review our options:

  • Is there a gymnasium on-site or very nearby?  We want to ensure continuation of our athletic program.
  • Are the classrooms equipped to house our students comfortably?  Are they quiet, safe, and do they have windows?  (We know what it's like to not have windows!)  Any facility will have to pass newly adopted state regulations with an inspection.
  • Is there sufficient student/staff parking?
  • Is the location closer than what we've had previously?  We want to make the commute between campuses as easy as possible for our staff and families.

We are so grateful to our families for bearing with us in this transition.  I know that waiting for answers is hard, but please rest assured that we are working very hard to find the best answer as quickly as possible!  Please keep your thoughts, suggestions and encouragement coming! 


Onward and upward!


Erin Hart

TRCS Administrator 

Debra Zandi Early Learning & 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 we honor that position and thus cultivate an effective partnership that will support building a foundation of a lifetime of learning.


Administrative Professional Appreciation

It is with honor that I acknowledge Administrative Professional staff JoAnne Dodge, Vicki Fortner, Linda Mills, Sue Siegel, Cindy Siegel and Brenda LeMonds. Your dedication to our ministry is a blessing to us all!


Teacher Appreciation

We are privileged to have staff dedicated to providing excellence in educational care and development of our students enrolled at Three Rivers Christian Early Learning Center.   It is our dedicated staff members that truly make a positive difference in our school! We will be honoring them throughout the week of May 4th - 8th in appreciation of their service. Please join as we pray blessings and joy upon them!


A Mother's Day Keepsake

Glazy Dayz Pottery will be visiting classrooms on May 4th/5th, 2015 ( more information will be going out in your child's classroom). Participating students will be able to paint a special gift that will be glazed, fired, and then returned to the school for Mother's Day gifting! Order one for mom and a couple for Grandmas, too! What a perfect way to create a lasting memory for those we love!


Preschool Celebration

Children in our Preschool 3's classrooms have been working diligently on music and activities in preparation of honoring their families on May 8th during a Family Celebration event.



Preschool teachers have been collecting information and data for their student's portfolios and will be sharing with parents during Preschool 3's conferences scheduled for the week of May 18th.


Pre-Kindergarten Graduation

What an exciting time of the year for our prekindergarten graduates! Teachers, parents and students are looking forward to this event which is scheduled for June 5th for our Pre-Kindergarten students in rooms 5, 6 and 8; room 7 Pre-Kindergarten graduation is scheduled for June 12th.


Principal's Message

    K-12 Students are beginning the TerraNova Testing. Students will be tested on Reading, Math, Language, Spelling, Social Studies and Bible. The final day of testing will assess student's aptitudes in reasoning. Results will show national percentile rank, Bible proficiency, and much more. Please see that your children are rested and well fed.


    The teachers here at TRCS are an amazing group. The amount of extra time and effort they put in to your students is so impressive. If you ever have a concern, please give them a call. They are usually the first line of information. Feel free to give them a big "Thank You" sometime.


    Blood Drive - TRCS will be having a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wed. May 20th at the high school campus. Anyone willing to give blood should call the high school at 636-1600.


    Spring Weather - As the weather turns warmer, please remember our dress code policy.  Clothing should be neat, clean, and modest. The hard part of the dress code policy to enforce is the modesty part. Please remember that dresses and shorts need to be mid-thigh or longer. Pants/shorts need to be pulled up and tops should cover appropriately. Tight clothing is a concern as well.


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 answer to your question is yes. Yes, we will have volleyball. Yes, we will have basketball. I know many of you are concerned about where the High School will be next year and although I do not yet have the answer I can tell you TRCS will still have athletics. In the words of the great patriarch, Abraham, "God will provide."


   Speaking of "provision", God has opened a wonderful opportunity for TRCS athletics to raise some needed funds. Calvary Community has graciously donated their Fireworks booth to TRCS this year. The booth is located at our Lower Campus on the soccer field. I will be emailing information out as soon as I know all the details. If you are wanting to volunteer and help please email me ASAP. If you are unable to help but are going to buy fireworks, please consider purchasing them at our booth.





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 

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