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Issue: 3               
November 2015 
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TRCS Annual Fund

This year, TRCS will be working to raise more than $70,000 towards our annual fund that helps with program costs, financial aid and technology.  We've already raised over $24,000

Your giving makes a huge difference in this community!  Click here to give online.

   Adopt-A-Student Sponsors


Please support these local businesses who are supporting our school and families:

Fundraise for TRCS using AMAZON SMILE! 


If you shop on Amazon frequently, please use smile.amazon.com, and select Three Rivers Christian School (still listed by Amazon as Longview Christian School) as your charity of choice!  TRCS receives a percentage of all purchases made through this link!  We thank you for your support!


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!






Don't forget these important dates: 


November 20th - 25th: LifeWay Christian Book Fair (schedule listed below)

November 20th - 24th: K  - 7th Conference Days

November 26th - 27th: All campuses closed for Thanksgiving

December 2nd: Early Release K - 12

December 5th: Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade

December 10th: Elementary Christmas Programs

December 11th: Christmas Feast

December 18th: Early Learning Center Christmas Programs

December 21st: Christmas Break begins for K - 12

December 24th - 25: Early Learning Center Closed

January 1st: Early Learning Center Closed

January 4th: Back to school for K - 12

January 6th: Early Release K - 12


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.   


Christmas Shopping Festival

Thanks to all our vendors and attendees at Saturday's Christmas Shopping Festival! It was a great success, despite the wind and rain!

We were able to add close to $2,000 to our General Fund through table fees and ticket sales! The Student Council is over $100 closer to purchasing a Buddy Bench for the playground and we will be giving all proceeds from the kitchen to the Wenzek Adoption Fund!

A sincere THANK YOU to our AMAZING volunteers! We couldn't host this event every year without you! I am so grateful for all you do!

Melissa Peabody
TRCS Special Programs Coordinator

LifeWay Christian Books

Three Rivers Christian School has another opportunity for you to get your Christmas shopping done!
Thanks to LifeWay Christian Stores in Beaverton, our book fair will feature Christian books for all ages.  Books for preschool through high school students, as well as some books for adults  - all available to purchase beginning Friday, November 20th!
Why are we hosting another book fair right after our Scholastic book fair?  We want to make Christian books and Bibles available to our community before the holidays.  Many of us miss having a Christian book store here in the area so LifeWay Christian Store is bringing one to us!
Please join us in Room 2 at the elementary campus for shopping the following days and hours:
Friday, November 20th: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 22nd: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, November 23rd: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24th: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25th: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
We look forward to seeing you!
Christmas Season is upon us!
We have many activities for ALL students to be involved in! jesus-manget-statues.jpg

During lunch on December 4th, the elementary campus will hold our annual Student Council Craft Fair. Each class is in the process of making crafts that they will sell after lunch. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a playground Buddy Bench. 

December 5th is the Kelso/Longview Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony! Kids are welcome to join us at the elementary campus at 2:00 p.m. to decorate the bus! We'll then drive to our starting point on Commerce and wait for the parade to begin at 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to walk with us or ride in then bus! Early Learning Center through High School...come join the fun!

Elementary Christmas programs will take place on Thursday, December 10th! Kindergarten through 2nd grade will perform from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. and 3rd through 5th and school band will be on stage from 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.

Our Christmas Feast happens on December 11th for Pre-School age through 7th grade! We'll need parent volunteers to help serve this wonderful lunch to our kids!

Early Learning Center has plenty of celebrations happening as well! From Christmas parties to class programs...find the details below!

In the event we get severe weather...we will advise the local radio and TV stations by 7:00 a.m. The school website and Facebook page will be updated the moment the decision is made!
For the Love of Reading
               "The U.S. Department of Education found that, generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores. Between 1984 and 1996, however, the percentage of 12th grade students reporting that they "never" or "hardly ever" read for fun increased from 9 percent to 16 percent."*
               I can still remember the sound of Mrs. Norton's voice, and I hear it each time I read a classic children's book to my own daughters. Mary Norton was the Longview Christian School librarian in the early 1980's. An extreme lover of books, her excitement about book orders and library check-out was contagious, and I still credit her with fanning the early flames of my own book-fanaticism. If there's one thing we NEED to infect our children with, it's love a reading.
               Mrs. Erickson and our RIF volunteers continue to give our K-3rd grade students an opportunity to own a book of their choice. This year, RIF is short of funds, giving us an opportunity to give back for the many years they've given books to us. Some of the proceeds of our recent Scholastic book fair (which grossed over $3,000!) will be sent to RIF as a "thank you."
               Speaking of book fairs, this might have been one of our best yet! And it's not over! This next week, we're holding our first Christian book fair with Lifeway Books. (In Room 2, after school from Nov. 23rd - 25th.) We wanted an opportunity for you to purchase some great Christian titles and Bibles as gifts for our kids for Christmas. Yes, it's a lot of work for Mrs. Nortness and our volunteers - but if it "fans the flames" of enthusiasm for books and Jesus, it's worth it! Let's thank them for all the work.
               The middle school classes have substituted some library time and have started a book club. Mrs. Nortness, Mrs. Rollins, Mrs. Erickson and myself are supplying treats (and focus) as we get together weekly to read and discuss our books. It's not for a grade, but just for enjoyment, and it's a great opportunity to bond over books. (If you're interested in volunteering in the future to 'host' a club, please let us know!) We want our kids to associate reading with joy. Maybe they're just associating it with the treats, but overall, we think it's working. 
               At the high school, our students are scoring consistently high on the language arts sections of their testing. In the most recent English Language Assessment, TRCS students scored a 91%, compared to the 61% state average. Good readers make good writers, and I've heard multiple times that our high school students are some of the best writers participating in the Running Start program.
               Our Creator himself knew the power of a good story, and he used a variety of narrative formats in the Bible to express our relationship with Him. Making that accessible to our children has to be a primary focus of our work as educators and parents. As the Christmas season approaches, I encourage you and your family to pick a night where you can shut off the electronics, sit by the tree with a mug of cocoa and read a book. You just might ignite a life-long passion.

Debra Zandi Early Learning & Child Development Center

"He will rejoice over you.
 He will sing and be joyful about you!" Zephaniah 3:17
Christmas Programs, Songs of Christmas and Family Gatherings will be filling the halls and classrooms of The Early Learning Center soon.

Please note the following Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool Christmas Event Schedule:

Christmas Feast    December 11th             11:00               Gym

Christmas Programs:
Mrs. Noel          December 18th, 10:00 a.m.      Church Sanctuary
Mrs. Kugler        December 18th, 10:00 a.m.      Church Sanctuary
Mrs. Stagner      December 18th, 1:00 p.m.        Church Sanctuary
Mrs. Ford           December 16th, 10:30a.m.       Church Lobby

Christmas Parties:
Mrs. Sampson   December 11th, 1:00 p.m.          Room 107
Ms. Kletsch       December 11th, 10:00 a.m.        Room 107
Mrs. LaMere      December 10th, 10:00 a.m.        Room 108

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
Celebrating His Birth Joyfully with you...
 Merry Christmas TRCS!

Principal's Message

November always brings in so much excitement. Veteran's Day... Thanksgiving... and oh yes, Parent Conferences!  Please be sure to check classroom and school schedules because there are many changes.
The TRCS Veteran's Day Chapels were beautiful experiences.  At the elementary campus, Mr. Tony Stout, Marine veteran extraordinaire, gave some of his experiences in the Marine Corps and how God was with him every step of the way.  We all sang patriotic songs and praised the Lord as well.  We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful country.
At the high school Veteran's Day Chapel, teacher Laurel Moore brought her father, Glen Niner.  Mr. Niner told of his WWII European experiences. Students were enthralled with Mr. Niner.
Conferences are a very important part of a student's progress.  Parent conferences are really quite fun.  Teachers see the gifts God has given your son/daughter, so there are always positives that parents love to hear during a conference.  Obviously, there are also academics or behavior skills to improve upon.  Sometimes these things are difficult to hear but parents should be open to teacher's suggestions.  
Finally, this is a time where we all can give thanks.  Please let the teachers know how thankful you are for their love and dedication to your child.  We here at TRCS are very thankful and honored that you would send your precious children to get a wonderful Christian education. May the Lord bless all of you this Thanksgiving!
Randy Lemiere
TRCS Athletic Update
A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns
tim carns
It has been another great year for TRCS Fall Athletics! The cross country team has a number of "young guns" who are once again having the running community stand up and take note of Eagle athletics. The cross country team placed first in several events and have a bright future ahead. If you are interested in running I would ask you to please contact Kevin Rentner. Kevin is an amazing coach and is already planning great events for next year. If TRCS can get a couple more runners with the existing runners, we would have a great shot at making another run to State!
Speaking of State, our girls once again achieved what only sixteen teams are able to do - advance to the WIAA State Tournament. The team took first in League and second in Districts. A number of awards were given to the Lady Eagles: Kenna Forney and Olivia Cathcart were Second Team, Selena Carns and Chandell Brown were First Team. Jesse Caddel won MPV League for the third straight year. Congratulations ladies for continuing the State run for the seventh year in a row!

Tim Carns 

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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