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Issue: 5                 
January 2016  
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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 $39,000

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!




Congratulations to the Spelling Bee Winners (January 11th):   1st grade - Micah Coffee, 2nd grade - Travis Delapine, 3rd grade - Sara Mittleider, 4th grade - Ruby Hart, 5th grade - Alex Howerton, 6th grade - Allison Baker, and 7th grade - Grace Erickson. 
January 18th:  Martin Luther King Day, K-12 School Closed, ELC Open 
January 27th:  Records Day, K-12 School Closed, ELC Open
February 1st:  ACSI Regional Spelling Bee, Camas 
February 3rd:  Early Release (12:00 Elementary, 1:00 High School)
February 4th:  Speech Meet, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Elementary Campus 
February 15th:  President's Day, K-12 School Closed, ELC Open
March 15th:  Kelso-Longview Chamber Business After Hours at TRCS!
April 21st:  TRCS Celebrates 50 Years Anniversary Banquet 
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.   
RAISE UP Giving Day - Scheduled for February 23rd, 2016!  

Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd for the first ever "RAISE UP" giving day, a 24-hour event that will help fuel our school's mission while shining a national spotlight on the global Christian school movement.

Christian schools across America will be joining forces to meet individually set goals -- and donate a portion to international schools!

TRCS has a goal on February 23rd of $10,000 towards the annual fund!  We're hoping to meet that goal and purchase a new Chromecart with 24 touch-screen Chromebooks for use on the lower campus.  Stay tuned for more information and the link for giving on the 23rd!
"Tackling the Tough Stuff" - Help for families working through difficult youth issues!
People often have a perception that private Christian schools have problem-free kids:  no depression, addictions, suicide, or habits of self-harm.  At TRCS, we understand that our students and families come to us from many different faith backgrounds and experiences, and we have learned that all of these issues exist in the microcosm of our school.  As we learn to handle them and help families, we have the privilege of openly inviting God into the conversation!

However, it continues to be difficult to find tools to help struggling kids in a world that's changing as fast as ours.  Last fall I had a conversation with a great youth pastor, Chris Lyons (Longview Community Church) about how our teachers, pastors, counselors and parents need knowledge to identify and help kids who may be struggling with these problems in the social media age.  To that end, Chris connected with a mentor of his who developed a fantastic seminar:  "Tackling the Tough Stuff."  Coordinated by the Center for Parent/Youth Understand (cpyu.org), TRCS is partnering with the local Youth Pastor's Roundtable and YoungLife to bring this event to town.  More than fifteen area churches have come alongside to promote this event to their congregations and lend their time and talents in coordination!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14th, 2016 in the New Life Sanctuary (TRCS High School Campus) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m (more info to follow!).  This all-day seminar is designed for youth workers, volunteers, parents, educators, counselors, and all others who love and care for children and teens.  Youth specialists Walt Mueller and Marv Penner will help you unpack and respond to the tough stuff that's happening in kids' lives.  Registration, which costs $10 and includes lunch, will open soon via the TRCS website.

Parents and grandparents, I can't stress enough how important this day may be in helping you help your child (or the child of a friend).  Promotional materials will be coming out shortly, so help us spread the word as we find new ways to support the emotional and spiritual health of our children.

Erin Hart
TRCS Administrator

Debra Zandi Early Learning & Child Development Center

God's blessings TRCS families as we celebrate 2016!   We are blessed each day with God's marvelous blessing of Building a Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning for all students and children!
Winter ELC Happenings~
Zero to Hero Math Night
ELC Pre-Kindergarten students will be hosting a Zero to Hero Math Night for families and friends on February 25th. There will be a photo booth, door prizes, math game stations and each family will receive an envelope with copies of games and dice to take home for family fun!
Basketball Clinic Enrichment Classes
ELC is currently providing a basketball clinicfor students under the leadership of Mr. Chris Heath from Quick Start Sports. Students are involved in weekly basketball training sessions enriched with values and lessons relating to sport activities, while promoting healthy exercise and positive social interaction!
Student Dance Recital
Mrs. Debby Kramer is our Enrichment class dance teacher and students have joyfully blossomed under her teaching. Her goal: to provide children with opportunity to participate and engage in activities that promotes an appreciation of music and movement as well as build strength, endurance and coordination to promote optimal good health. A dance recital will be held for parents and families in celebration of student achievement!
  • Pre-Kindergarten Student Assessments January 19th, 26th and 27th
  • Staff Training: Helping Young Children Develop Rich Vocabulary by Marilyn Melville
  • Zero to Hero Math Night February 25th
  • Pre- Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Conferences February 15th-19th              
Community Outreach
We recently delivered our Christmas "warm Blessings" to the children of the Woman's Support Shelter. Thank you for your generous spirit and making a positive difference in the life of a child!
"May our Lord Jesus Christ encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word."
Happy New Year TRCS!  

Principal's Message

Great Opportunities

TRCS provides a great, foundational education, but did you know we have extra classes or programs?  One new opportunity for our high school students is participating in "Building In Youth."  BIY is a Christian organization that invites students to gain experience in construction; using tools, techniques, and gaining knowledge.  Students build ramps for people in the community and other service projects. If you know any student who would be interested, please call the high school office at 636-1600.

TRCS also has an outstanding Title 1 Reading Program at the elementary school.  This program is a federally funded program that helps emerging readers.  The program's teacher, Ruth Browning, is a retired Longview School District Reading Specialist that is instructing and charting student progress.  Another program that Mrs. Browning is teaching is the Barton Reading and Spelling Program.  This program is designed to help students with dyslexia and other issues hindering student growth.  Although we cannot diagnose dyslexia, we can provide students with innovative programs like this to augment their skills.  The Barton program is an extra cost to families, however.  Give us a call at the elementary school  for more information at 423-4510.

School Is Halfway Over

January 27th, students will get the day off while teachers complete grading for the 1st semester. They also use this day to prepare for the 2nd semester.  Can you believe that the school year is halfway over?  January 28th is the beginning of the 2nd semester and it's a great time for students to transfer to our school.  If you know anyone that is contemplating our school, tell them to come in for a tour!  Three new students are making the move at the end of January!  That is exciting!

Randy Lemiere

TRCS Athletic Update
A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Carns
tim carns
Like you, I often get asked the question, " How's it going?"

My response is usually, "Living the dream, thanks for asking."

As I pondered my standard answer this morning, I became aware of two deeper thoughts. First, I don't think anyone has ever responded back with "me too." Second, it makes me feel incredibly grateful to God for allowing me to serve your children.

My life's journey has never been a "planned" path. I am continually amazed at how many students know where they are going and what they are going to do after they graduate. When I graduated I was lost. I did not know where to go or what to do. It was because of this lack of direction that I called out to Christ. He saved me and gave me a burden to serve young people. The burden He placed in my heart at 19 years of age has never left. I am 52 years old. Probably too old to go on school retreats. Too old for late night bus drives. Too old for 15 hour workdays. Feeling old or tired? Listen to the words of Caleb. "So here I am today, 85 years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses (and God) sent me out; I am just as vigorous to go to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but with the Lord helping me I will drive them out as HE SAID!"

If you will be determined to purposely live for God, what He says He will do, He will do! He will save you.  He will send you. He will equip you. He will strengthen you. He will give you hill countries. He will break down cities, walls and fortifications. He will drive out enemies. He will allow you to live the dream, if you are willing to do what He says. You're never too old. You're never to young. It's never too late.

"God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ever ask or think according to His power that works in us."

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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