Issue: #15 December 2016
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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.  

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Merry Christmas from the TRCS Family!

Christmas is coming and snow may be around the corner.  Take a minute and review our inclement weather policy by clicking here.

Parenting Classes Resume in January:

Also, join us this year for a set of wonderful parenting classes taught by Pastor Mark Schmutz and his wife Jana Schmutz from Northlake Baptist Church. Click here for a schedule. And sign up online here!

Snowflake Cookie Orders:
Order snowflake cookies for your family and friends for Christmas and support the TRCS High School Mission Team trip to Ecuador! These cookies will come individually bagged, ready for eating or freezing for the holidays!

The team will be baking on Monday, December 19th - and cookies will be ready for pick-up between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. at Northlake Baptist Church, 2614 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview, or delivery that after-noon.

Cookies are $1 each or $12/dozen. Delivery is an additional $3 charge within Longview/Kelso city limits. Please fill out the order form here!Checks may be made payable to Three Rivers Christian School (Memo: Ecuador Team).

Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

 A Few Dates to Remember:

December 9:  Elementary Christmas Feast
December 15:  Pre-K Christmas Program, Mrs. Noel, 10:00 a.m.
December 15:  Pre-K Christmas Program, Mrs. Stagner, 1:00 p.m.
December 16:  Pre-K Christmas Program, Mrs. Ford, 10:30 a.m.
December 16:  3's Family Christmas Program, 1:00 p.m.
December 16:  Early Release, K-12 Programs
December 23 & 26:  ELC Closed for Christmas Holiday
December 19 - January 3:  Christmas Break, No K-12 School

Playground Install is COMPLETE!

 THANK YOU to the many donors who made the extension of our elementary playground equipment possible!  What a blessing!  The kids LOVE the new equipment.  

Administrator's Message
 Getting Through vs. Finding Joy
Like many parents, I'm often guilty of this line of thinking:  "As soon as I get through the holidays, I can get this done and that done.  And then I can finally relax."  Somehow, in our quest to become adults and do grown-up things, we forget that the Christmas season is not something to "get through."

                I believe that God made the time period of childhood because it gives us so many lessons on His relationship with us.  When you spend time with kids, you quickly remember what pure joy looks like - as well as uninhibited frustration.  As a parent, you quickly understand the concept of unconditional love - the same love God has for us. 

Working in a school, we always joke that during this time of year, emotions are turned up to the maximum level:  happiness, excitement, sadness.  (And that's just the staff!  J)  While the joys of the season can serve as "distractions" from regular school work, they also serve as reminders that the day-to-day things of this world are not all we were created for.  We serve a God who loves to celebrate, and our children naturally understand that.

                This is the time of year when we have the Christmas program, the Christmas Feast, the parade, the craft fair, parties, office and classroom decorations, special parent gifts - and that's just what's happening at school!  At home, kids can instantly dial in to parental stress.  They know that mom and dad are dealing with visiting family, squeezed gift-buying budgets, stratospheric levels of cooking and wrapping, all of which is coated with the veneer of twinkling Christmas lights and keepsake ornaments.

                It's a lot. 

                The good news is that the reason for Christmas frees us from worry by helping us focus on what really matters.  I love the Message translation of Matthew 11:28-30:
"Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me.  Get away with me and you'll recover your life.  I'll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you'll learn how to live freely and lightly." 

                I have to tell myself this as much as anyone else:  this Christmas, feel free to take a step off of the Christmas culture merry-go-round.  If you hear yourself trying to "get through," stop what you're doing, sit down, and remember that this is a celebration of the One who came to free us from our messes.  This is His celebration, and he wants us to learn those "unforced rhythms of grace" this season.  He wants us to remember that child-like joy.  If they're stressing you out, the cookies can wait.  The dinner can be less fancy.  Childhood is just a short time.  They probably won't remember all the presents, but they'll always remember if we were smiling while we celebrated Christ's birth.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!  I wish you a restful, joyful, Jesus-filled holiday!
Mrs. Hart
TRCS Administrator
A Message From the Early Learning Center
Debra Zandi

A Christmas of Warm Blessings ~ The Early Learning Center continues to collect hats, scarves, mittens, small blankets, and boxes of hot chocolate for our annual Christmas community outreach project to benefit children of Cowlitz County.  Please feel free to come to the main hall and hang items of your choice on the Christmas trees and bless the life of a child!
Christmas Programs ~ May we rejoice and gather before the manger as we celebrate our dear Saviors' birth. Christmas programs, Songs of Christmas and Family Gatherings are filling the halls and classrooms of our ELC as we continue our month of December.  Please contact the front desk of the Early Learning Center at 423-4510 for further information of times, dates and locations.
Oh Come, Let Us Adore Him~ Christ the Lord!
Merry Christmas TRCS Family...  
Principal's Message
Elementary School Update

Jeanne Nortness
Elem. Principal
The beautiful sights, savory sounds, luscious smells, and sweet tastes of Christmas are all around us, but here at TRCS we also enjoy the true feelings of Christmas--the warmth of God's love for all mankind through the gift of Jesus, the Messiah.  May you also experience His warmth during this special time of the year and beyond.

What joy we experienced the last few days before Christmas vacation!  If you were able to attend the Christmas program, you understand what I mean.  Here at Three Rivers we enjoy the privilege of experiencing a Christmas program with Christ as the theme.  Mrs. Johnson puts together a program with just the right mix of music--a little fun, a little humor, and a lot of beautiful worship, and  our students performed beautifully.  The 4th and 5th graders also took part of the Christmas program on the road to the seniors at Somerset.  

After the Christmas break students will have many opportunities to grow.  Chess club for first through seventh graders begins after school on Wednesday, January 11.  Our annual spelling bee for first through seventh graders will take place the second week in January with the district competition on January 30.  Fourth through seventh graders have an opportunity to participate in the National Geographic Bee.  This is the same competition Alex Trebek hosts at the national level.  The ACSI speech meet is the next competition (in February).  For the speech meet, students memorize a passage (Scripture, poem, etc.) and perform it from memory.  This competition, which gives all students an opportunity to shine, is one of our favorites, and we get to host the district competition right here on March 1.  We will be looking for helpers (judges, tallying people, ribbon makers, etc.), so let us know if you are interested in helping.

May God bless you with all of His riches this Christmas.

Jeanne Nortness

Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

Principal's Message
High School Update

Brice Richards
HS Principal
Merry Christmas! With some of the crazy weather the past week Christmas break will soon be upon us. Let us all remember the reason for the season. In doing so let us "go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation." (Mark 16:15)
As I sit here writing this I am reminded we are already halfway done with second quarter. This means when we return in January there are only 18 school days until the first semester ends, and official grades are posted to transcripts. The staff is encouraging students to enjoy their break, but come back rested and ready to finish strong.
Teachers have continued to work in trainings on cross curricular integration. We really want to see critical thinking occurring in the classrooms on a daily basis.  We also want them understand the biblical integration for all subject matter, and how it is relevant to their walk with Christ.
On the missions front, the Ecuador students are finishing cleaning out the barn on the elementary campus to host a future Prom in. The Christmas cookie sale fundraiser will take place on December 19th. Presale of cookies is currently underway for $1 per cookie or $12 a dozen. The New Orleans trip for grades 8 through 10 now has 4 adults and 12 students signed up for the trip.

God Bless!

Brice Richards

Athletic Director's Message
Moving from Fall to Winter Sports

tim carns
The changing of seasons has arrived , from Fall to Winter, rain to snow and volleyball to basketball, change is here. Seasonal change is one of the things I love most about living in the Northwest. It keeps things exciting and new. Much like the weather, athletics at Three Rivers is experiencing some wonderful change.           
  For the first time in the history of TRCS we have five basketball teams and a fantastic group of cheerleaders. TRC has a JV boys and girls team. Varsity boys and girls team and starting on January 3, a middle school boys team.

 I fully expect the boys and girls varsity teams will win our league and advance well into the playoffs. TRC is blessed to have great coaches who continue to challenge and elevate our athletes to be the best they can be. Please be sure to check the schedules on the TRC athletic website for all game times and basketball information. Come on out to game nights and support your EAGLES. Have a Merry Christmas and wonderful new year. 

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This is EFFORTLESS Fundraising!
If you're not already doing it, take a minute to change your internet search window to default to , 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?