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Issue: 10             
May 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 $67,000

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!

The 33rd annual Jogathon is scheduled for May 22nd. We have a day full of fun for kids from Pre-school all the way up to 12th grade! We'll end the day with a FUNFEST that includes a bouncy house, balloon animals and face painting! Volunteers are always welcome! Pease sign up in the elementary office.
Pledge sheets can be brought to classrooms every Friday. Children will receive their Eagle Bucks and "shop" during lunch recess. High school students receive one raffle ticket for each $5 pledge they bring in and have the chance to win prizes!
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: 

May 15th: 
"Chaos in Kelso," TRCS HS Drama Production, May 15th, 7 pm, and 16th, 2 pm and 7 pm

May 17th:  TRCS School Board Meeting has been moved to 1 p.m. in the Annex 

May 18th - 22nd:  Preschool 3's Conferences

May 21st: High School Open House
May 22nd: 

May 25th: Memorial Day, No school, Early Learning Center closed
May 28th: 
Elementary Spring Program, 9 a.m., Chapel

June 4th: Senior Awards

June 5th: Pre-school graduation for rooms 5, 6, 8

June 5th: Baccalaureate

June 7th: TRCS high school graduation

June 9th: Kindergarten graduation at 10:00

June 10th: Kindergarten field trip

June 11th: High School all-school awards

June 11th: Elementary field day

June 12th: Pre-Kindergarten graduation for room 7

June 12th: Last day for K - 12 graders. 8th - 12th 11:35 release, K - 7th 12:00 release

June 15th: Early Learning and Child Development Center Summer Program kick-off

June 30th: Elementary and High School offices close


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.   


Who will our teacher be?  Where is the high school going?  Are you waiting to ENROLL?


notebook-edges-sm.jpg With all of the transition happening, we understand that many of you are waiting for news before enrolling your student for next year.  We hope to announce our plan for the high school location for next year at the high school open house on Thursday, May 21st!  (Please be praying!)  We'll also have a special announcement about our 8th-12th technology initiative.

In the meantime, we have decided to extend the early enrollment deadline to June 30th.  So, to save $50 on your enrollment fee, you'll want to get your forms in prior to June 30th. 

If you are in a class where enrollment is filling quickly (K, 1, 2, 3), you may still want to hurry to turn in your forms, since we do limit class sizes! 

At the high school, please remember that students who turn in their enrollment first will have the first chance to select elective choices.  (And this coming year we're going to have a rotating elective schedule, allowing students to have a greater variety of learning!)

While many teachers will remain the same for next year, we also have some staff changes that will be announced mid-June.  For most elementary classes, we plan to have single classes, with the exception of a 5th/6th split.  You should know who your child's teacher will be in time to meet the early enrollment deadline.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email

Teachers & Staff THANK YOU!!


  Thank you to all of our families who spoiled us during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week last week!


We all felt so loved! Thank you!

Administrator's Message:  We STRIVE to challenge our students!


Great changes are afoot at TRCS for the coming year!  Some we are still preparing for announcement, and others are in a trial period -- but one that we're very excited about is called STRIVE.


STRIVE is a new, project-driven opportunity for self-motivated and academically-talented students to expand their abilities and face new challenges during their time at Three Rivers Christian School.


STRIVE students will complete an application to the program after being nominated by their teacher based on academic talent, motivation level and interest. Students will select an area of expanded project work to be developed with the STRIVE coordinator during pull out sessions. Mentors with special ability in the area of study may be utilized to help students progress on individual projects under the oversight of the coordinator. Projects may be worked on during school when time allows, or at home. STRIVE students are expected to maintain their regular classroom work.


STRIVE project areas can include fine arts, writing (creative or informational), science and technology, or engineering and mathematics. (For example, a student interested in technology may want to understand how solar panels work, and would document his or her project through a scientific journal entry. A student gifted in writing may want to craft a short story and learn to review and refine the story in workshop editing.)


The STRIVE coordinator will work with students individually, helping them create a learning objective based on their talents and interest, an action plan to meet the objective, and then refine the final project for publication.


Students will produce a journal documenting their STRIVE projects, which will become part of their portfolio and also be archived in the school library.


This spring, we've been running a trial of the program with Mrs. Nortness as coordinator, and it's so great to see the projects our students are pursuing, even in the shortened trial!  Stay tuned as we roll out the full project during the 2015-16 school year.


Onward and upward!


Erin Hart

TRCS Administrator 

Debra Zandi Early Learning & Child Development Center


"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my Mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; I know this full well."

Psalm 139:13, 14



Children are learning even before birth. The early years are the most extraordinary period of growth and development in the lifetime of a child and we have been blessed with the wonderful children currently enrolled in our Center. I marvel at God's creation as we acknowledge the rapid and crucial development of the brain in the first year of life and acknowledge that nurturing the whole child from birth through 3rd grade begins building a strong "Foundation of a Lifetime of Learning."


Preschool teachers have been gathering a variety of materials for each student's portfolios and will be sharing essential information with parents during the preschool plus 3's scheduled conferences the week of May 18th. The conference cultivates a positive opportunity to encourage dialogue and sharing between teacher and parent.


This is a very exciting time for our Pre- Kindergarten students as they visit kindergarten classrooms and then move forward celebrating the milestone of graduation into kindergarten. It is that precious time to recognize and celebrate with each child what the Lord has done and a time to rejoice with families. Pre- Kindergarten graduation is June 5th for students of Rooms 5, 6 and 8. Students in Mrs. Ford's class are scheduled for a June 12th graduation.


Our teachers provide a learning environment rich in curriculum that affirms and supports the development and discovery for every child. Core integrated curriculums include: WEE Learn, Making a Difference, Core Concepts of Early Literacy, BIBLE 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.


We are looking forward to our summer program and eagerly preparing for "TRCS Camp 2015!"   We have 10 weeks to enjoy camp activities filled with exciting adventure, exploration and discovery!  


It is this time of the year that I become ever so aware of the many extraordinary people that make up our ministry and I am thankful for each and every one. May I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your continued support, prayers and gracious sharing to TRCS. You make the positive difference!


Principal's Message
  • ELA Tests - Tenth graders took the English Language Arts state assessments.  We'll see results next fall.
  • Blood Drive - Seniors Toni Stout and Kaylee Welsh are organizing a Blood Drive for the Red Cross on Wednesday, May 20th.  If anyone would like to give blood that day, please give the high school a call.
  • Khaos in Kelso - Mrs. Moore's Drama Class is performing "Khaos in Kelso," May 15th and 16th.  It was a great show that included 15 of our high school students.
  • Open House - Thursday, May 21st, will be the high school Open House.  The Art Exhibit viewing runs from 6:30-8:00pm.  The drama team and band will begin their performances at 7:00pm.  Teachers will be in their rooms to meet with parents. 


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

As the 2014-15 year end sports comes to an end my feelings are mixed with both joy and sadness. The sadness I feel is centered only on the loss of a wonderful senior class. As teacher and Athletic Director, I always feel a little gloomy this time of the year. It is difficult to watch young people you care for getting ready to graduate and soar on to other adventures. However, my Spirit is lifted when I focus on the activities and events that allowed us all to build such wonderful relationships.


The past four years have brought many "firsts" to the athletic program at Three Rivers. The first trip to the Moda center. The first basketball teams to win league titles, playoff games and State trips. The first class to represent at cross country state. The First time TRCS teams or athletes medaled in two state sports in the same year. Back-to-back league championships in basketball.


Beyond the "firsts" there was the continued dominance in girls volleyball. The TRCS girls made their 7th trip in a row to State. The cheer squad was a continual joy to watch as they performed their "dark outs" at half-times. There are many great events to look back on over the past four years at Three Rivers.


My hope for the 2014-15 class is that they graduate from TRCS with an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude to the sacrifices of their parents, coaches, family members, school board, principal, superintendent, secretaries, teachers and most of all gratitude to our Lord and Savior, JESUS. Who is the center of all we have, do and achieve. To God be all the glory.



Serving Him,


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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