Issue: #17 February 2017
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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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Parents, Keep an Eye Out for School  Su rveys  
The TRCS admin team will be sending out an email blast with our annual Family Satisfaction Survey link. Please take time to fill our this survey as it helps us serve families better every year. ELC parents will also be receiving a survey to fill out.

Open House:
Please join us on the evening of March 23rd for our annual Elementary and Early Learning Open House. We will have our classrooms and offices open from 6:30-8:30 PM. This event gives parents time to meet teachers for next year and see any projects students have prepared for Open House Night.

 A Few Dates to Remember:

March 20:  Jog-A-Thon Meeting (call for Melissa Peabody for more info)
March 23: Open enrollment and Open House
March 24 - 31: Please be praying for our mission teams as they are in
Ecuador and New Orleans. 
April 3 - 7: Spring Break! No School
April 11 - 13: Eagles Got Talent: Auditions after school in the elementary

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Administrator's Message
Fresh Air, Green Thumbs, Happy Hearts: Help Dream for the TRCS Learning Farm

Last weekend, the TRCS Board met with the administrative team for our annual retreat.  I've worked here for nearly 8 years, and for me, this was one of the most exciting, forward-looking planning sessions we've had at our school.  God has blessed us immensely with more students, new inspirations, and fresh provision.
                One of our upcoming projects has to do with a blessing that we were given many years ago:  land.  Our elementary and ELC campus sits on considerable acreage at the north end of the lake - and additional land was once purchased to build an adjacent high school.  Now, however, we have an excellent high school facility nearby - and we still have a lot of great land!
                We've realized that there's immense potential in what we're sitting on.  We are uniquely positioned to offer programs to our students that celebrate God's world with hands-on learning.  We have acreage, a barn which we've recently remodeled (paint and windows are coming this summer), and hundreds of young hands waiting to learn.  Consider these statistics related to children and the time they spend outdoors:
  • Today, kids 8-18 years old devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes using entertainment media in a typical day (more than 53 hours a week). (Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • In a typical week, only 6% of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own. (Children & Nature Network, 2008)
  • Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and show better concentration.(Burdette and Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg et al., 2007)
                Last year we launched a new middle school/high school elective called "Fish and Wildlife," which ended up being one of our most popular electives ever!  Our students crave connection with the natural world - and we think that we can continue to enrich our science programs (and maybe launch new electives like "Farm and Urban Gardening") by developing these spaces. 

                I'd like to share more with you about this growing plan for our outdoor spaces, and I'm seeking skilled folks from our great TRCS families to help develop the plan for the TRCS Learning Farm. 
Here's what we're looking for:
  • Heavy equipment and operators to help us level and till the land, preparing for planting and path building. 
  • Skilled gardeners to help the High School Missions team launch a "Fall Fest" Pumpkin Patch, where they'll sell pumpkins to raise funds for missions.
  • Urban farmers, who might be able to help us develop some great ideas to teach kids while producing food (like a small chicken coop that can be maintained by our elementary programs).
I've got some more EXCITING NEWS to share - but I'm going to wait and announce it during a "TRCS Learning Farm Dream Meeting" on Monday, April 17th from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Fireside Room.  If this subject excites you, will you set aside the time to join us as we make plans for the future?  If you have ideas or questions before then, feel free to email me at, or call me at 423-4510, x. 302.
 As the saying goes, "many hands make light work," and this is one more way we can fulfill our vision of being the school of choice of the Lower Columbia Region!

In His grace,

Erin Hart, TRCS Administrator
A Message From the Early Learning Center
James Murphy
ELC Director

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first full month at the Early Learning Center. It has been great getting to know our amazing staff and see their dedication to the children in action. Our administrative team was able to fill some much needed positions in all of the departments, so if you happen to see some new faces around the campus stop and say hello. Sally Reinke is our new co-lead preschool teacher; she has 18 years of experience in the classroom and has her educational background in Early Childhood Development. Karen Williams is also very experienced and educated having worked at Head Start in Vancouver for the past 20 years. Most importantly both of these ladies are full of joy and excitement which has a very positive effect on the children and families we serve. Also Emily Arnold and Ty Morrison are filling important roles as assistant teachers. Both of them are adapting well to the team and bring a lot of youthful energy to the classroom. Our school is very blessed to have them here. We are looking forward to many good years and memories with our new staff members!

Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30-8:30 is our annual Open House night. If you are considering enrolling your child in the Early Learning Center for next fall, I encourage you to stop by for a visit. This is a great time to meet your child's upcoming teacher and get a tour of their classroom. Keep in mind that open enrollment begins March 23rd and classroom space fills up very quickly!

My encouraging verse for this month is very fitting for the weather we have been having. Hosea 6:3 tells us, "Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth (NIV)." This verse is a powerful reminder to us in the Great Northwest, for just as the winter and spring rains drop continually, the LORD will also come to us if we press on to acknowledge him. So take heart in the midst of our rainy season, God is using it for his glory and as a reminder to us about his abiding presence.


Jim Murphy, Director Early Learning Center

Principal's Message
Elementary School Update
Jeanne Nortness
Elem. Principal

I wish you could have seen it!  You would be so proud.  Eighteen of our students (1st-5th) recently performed their speeches at Somerset Retirement Home.  They were polite, self-controlled, and they appeared to be quite at ease in meeting the elderly people in the audience.  Our students were prepared.  They knew their speeches well.  As I watched (with a certain bit of "parental pride") I reflected on the value of the speech meet.  This student activity provides students a chance to learn the value of the words we say and the way in which they're said.  It's exciting to see students grow in poise and stage presence as they communicate and entertain.  (You can see pictures from this event in our office hallway.)

Artwork is popping up in classrooms, students are working to put in those final touches on projects, and critters are finding new homes.  It's the beginning of spring and we're getting ready for our Open House!  Thursday, March 23 from 6:30p - 8:30pm you're invited to see student work and visit with our wonderful teachers.  It's also the perfect opportunity to invite other families to get familiar with our staff and school.  

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

At the high school this month we have been blessed to hear several great chapel talks. We have heard how we can be anchored in Christ, to lean on him in our brokenness, and to love one another. We are focusing on what it looks like to be all in for Christ. They have been asked, when life shakes and pulls on them what fruit is coming off? Is it the fruit of the spirit? I have been blessed with the opportunity to witness students taking leaps of faith in their walk with Christ. They are truly becoming prepared to impact the world for Him!

Our missions groups are all gearing up for their work. The local group will be serving to help honor and support the elementary campus, Love Inc., and Parks and Recreation during the week of 3/27 to 3/31. The Ecuador team will be doing construction work and will be leaving on Friday 3/24. The New Orleans team will be leaving 3/26 and will be doing a variety of tasks including working with the homeless. Please have our entire student body and leaders in your prayers. Matthew 28:19 calls us to share the gospel with all people and Matthew 9:27 tells us "the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few". I am encouraged to see this generation show the willingness to love and serve others.

At the high school we have been blessed with 2 new eighth grade students. God continues to provide more and more hearts to reach, and we praise him for it.

We hosted the Tackling the Tough Stuff Reboot on February 25th. The event was well attended with over 200 local teachers, parents, and students attending the in depth training. The material covered suicide, depression, self-injury, narcissism, and pornography. The content was very informative and took a look at all these issues with a biblically based approach to dealing with them.

Tennis has now begun for our female athletes. The first event is a tournament on Friday 3/17/17 and Saturday 3/18/17 at the Mint Valley tennis courts. Go Eagles!

Athletic Director's Message

tim carns
It was another eventful year in winter sports. On the Boys Varsity team Three Rivers had three all league players: Wyatt Richards, Nate Duscha and Ryan Ransom. Ryan was also selected as Washington State Athlete of the week. Ryan broke the Three Rivers Christian single game scoring record by knocking down 33 points against Firm Foundation. 

The TRC girls team had four selected to all league: Selena Carns, Hannah Cathcart, Charity Tevis and Kelsy Johnson. Olivia Cathcart was voted " Columbia Valley Most Valuable Player." The girls finished third place at District and fell one game short of being at State in the final 16. It was the best finish ever for a TRC girls basketball team. 

The TRC cross country runners were #1 in the State for G.P.A. making them State Academic Champions. What a great achievement. Congratulations to all our wonderful athletes! Go Eagles!

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