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Issue: 8                    
April 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 $55,000

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!





There's a lot of great stuff coming in the next month!  Mark you calendars so you don't miss a thing!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: 
April 18th - 22nd: Elementary Testing Week
April 21st:
  TRCS Celebrates 50 Years Anniversary Banquet
April 22nd: Krispy Kreme donut sales in parking lot beginning at 7:30 a.m. 
April 25th - 29th: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
April 29th: 
 "Ed the Eagle's Variety Hour" - all-school talent and variety show
May 3rd - 6th:
6th grade Outdoor School
May 4th: Bring a Friend to School Day  
May 12th:  "Tackling the Tough Stuff" Seminar on Teen Issues, click here to register
May 27th:  Jog-a-Thon! 
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.   

Counting Blessings...
For most of us, the pace of life during the school year is incredibly fast.  We don't often take much time to contemplate the blessings that God puts in our path.  As we gear up for the 50th anniversary event and look towards the end of the school year, I'd like to take a minute to list some of the highlight blessings of this year for me:
  • TRCS Finances: Not only are we currently operating in the black, but compared to recent years, TRCS is in ever-improving financial shape.  Our new Business Manager, Jim Conrod, and his amazing team, Linda Mills and Lisa Moore, have been vigilant about preparing us for an audit this summer.  While I still joke that we take the term "non-profit" pretty seriously, we are continuing to make much-needed improvements in teacher wages and in repairing deferred maintenance on our buildings.
  • Amazing Staff:  As we come up to Staff Appreciation next week, I can't say enough how incredibly proud I am of our amazing faculty and staff.  While we had a hard time letting go of Mrs. Welch in the elementary office (we love you, Mrs. Welch!), we are so happy with the replacement that God provided in Mrs. Coffee!  Again and again, God has sent us passionate, loving, brilliant people -- and THEY are what makes our school so excellent!
  • Legacy: Putting together this 50th Anniversary event has been a great experience.  In contacting alumni for the short film we're showing at the event, I've spoken to TRCS graduates who are working in the medical fields, who are missionaries in Uganda, India and the Philippines -- even a professional musician and a Harvard Law student.  I'm so grateful for the legacy that 50 years of this ministry has wrought.  It's easy to leap up out of bed every morning to do the day-to-day job of running a school when the "fruit" of the program is so inspiring.

Please continue to keep TRCS in your prayers.  Great things are happening here, and we appreciate all of your support and are so grateful you are part of our community!  If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Erin Hart
TRCS Administrator 

Debra Zandi Early Learning & Child Development Center

I would like to share some exciting news! Three Rivers Christian Early Learning Center is participating in Early Achievers, Washington's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) administered by the Department of Early Learning. As an Early Achievers participant, we are demonstrating our commitment to offering high- quality child care and promoting school readiness.

You might be wondering - what is a QRIS? A QRIS is a process for supporting and rewarding child care providers for providing high-quality care. More than 25 states have a statewide QRIS and Washington began implementing our system July 2012. Similar to a hotel rating, participating child care facilities are assigned a rating based on observed quality. The Early Achievers quality standards look at what we know is good for children and will help them get ready for school - things like our activities and curriculum, how we work with families, and how we interact with children. As a participant, we will get resources to help our program including coaching, training, and scholarships.

Family engagement is an important part of Early Achievers. You can help support our participation by asking questions, providing feedback and staying involved. We will share our rating once it has been assigned and provide more information as needed.

If you still have questions or want more information about Early Achievers, please do not hesitate by giving me a call at 423-4510. I look forward to our continued partnership as we build the foundation of a lifetime of learning for the Success of your child!
~ Academically Excellent ~ Joyfully Christian ~ Culturally Relevant ~

Principal's Message

This month teachers have been preparing for the TerraNova 3 Standardized Assessments.  Students began preparing as well.  Most of our efforts are familiarizing students with testing format and language so students have the best opportunity to show their growth. The TerraNova 3 assesses Reading, Mathematics, Language, Science, Social Studies, and Bible knowledge.  We also give a cognitive skills and abilities assessment called InView, in grades 2-12.  This assessment is composed of five parts: verbal reasoning- words and context, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning.

By administering these assessments, we will be able to see student growth from one year to the next.  It also give the staff information to evaluate teaching strategies and curriculum.  We should have results by the end of May or early June.

Parents can help their student with encouragement, a good breakfast, and a good night's sleep.  

Randy Lemiere
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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