Issue: #16 January 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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Happy New Year from the TRCS Family!

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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!

Open Small Groups:
Northlake Baptist Church is offering a few "Free Market Groups" that our TRCS Family is invited to attend. 
  • Rekindle is a group for married couples of all ages led by Jana Schmutz.
  • Cross Fix Garage is led by Bill Hall. In this group, Bill will be gathers a team to learn the basics of car repair while serving those in need.
  • Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University classes will also be announced in February so stay tuned!
For more information and a complete list of groups open, please call Amy Brudi at Northlake Baptist Church at 360-423-3805.

 A Few Dates to Remember:

January 20: Elementary Spirit Day - TRCS Spirit
January 23: 5th - 12th Grade Parent Meeting with Axis at 7:00pm at High
    School Campus
January 30:  Records Day - No Students
January 30: Elementary - Districts Spelling Bee at Camas Christian School
February 1:  Elementary Early Release
February 17: Elementary Spirit Day - Back to the Future Day
February 20:  President's Day - No School
Axis is Coming to our High School!
Attention Parents of 5th -12th Graders!!

This year we are excited to host 3 wonderful young adults from Axis to visit our students!
Parents of 5th-12th graders are encouraged to attend the Parent Night on Monday the 23rd at 7:00pm at our High School campus. The topic will be Sex, Drugs, College, and Jesus. The Axis team will be speaking on disciplining the lives of young people. In this parent presentation, the Axis team will look at how pop culture, media, and society and subversively influencing younger generations toward unbiblical and destructive views of these topics. They will also discuss what Jesus has to say about each of these controversial topics, as well as how to move discipleship away from the control of media and back to the family and church.

There is also a basketball game on the same night that you are welcome to attend as well!
Administrator's Message

When I get the chance, I like to take a walk through all of our classrooms at TRCS.  From the littlest faces in the infant room, to the 3rd grade kids churning out burpees in the elementary gym, to the high school students debating a point in Bible class - this school is producing an amazing service for so many families.  Every day our students are loved and truly known.  Every day our students get to hear the message of loving God and loving others repeated through every subject.  It's a gift to be part of this community.
                Enrollment time is coming up in March, but I'm already fielding calls from prospective parents for the 2017-18 school year.  Overall enrollment is growing on both campuses.  In fact, we have four new students (at this count) enrolling at the semester break!  Some classes are currently very close to full (1st grade, 2nd grade, 10th grade, 12th grade), so that means we may be implementing waiting lists this coming year.  We're hoping the introduction of automatic re-enrollment and online application will help current parents secure their spaces with much less trouble.
                Of course, February is also the month that our school board sets tuition for the coming year.  I know for many families, the tuition figure presents a significant challenge toward attending TRCS.  Thanks to many generous donors, we have had a very successful year in raising for our tuition assistance and Chenoweth scholarship.  Our goal is to never turn families away - but we do not offer "free rides."  Every family at TRCS is making an investment in this community, and our board doesn't take the responsibility of setting that tuition number lightly. 
This year, the finance committee of the board is preparing a strategic financial plan with specific goals to accomplish with tuition dollars.  The primary goal is to raise full-time staff salaries.  The secondary goal will be to provide funding for additional improvements to programs and campuses, all of which will be shared with you next month.  However, I'd like to share a couple of statistics with you that will underline what a great investment TRCS really is:
  • Nearly 90% of TRCS graduates go directly to college or the military.  They are inspired and prepared to "impact the world for Christ."
  • Of ACSI accredited private Christian schools in the United States, the average tuition ranges in 2014-15 were from $5,074 to $11,500 (Resolve 2014 Financial Health Survey).  We work hard to remain on the more affordable end of this spectrum, but still hire certified, trained, passionate teaching staff.
  • Our school days are longer and more rigorous than state requirements with more instructional seat hours and a rich program.
Our hope is that paying tuition will feel less like a sacrifice and more like an investment in the educational and spiritual strength of your children.  It's why we continue to "excel still more" (1 Thes. 4:10) in all of our endeavors here at the school, and God has been blessing the efforts!  Thank you for being a part of these exciting times at TRCS! 

A Message From the Early Learning Center
Debra Zandi

Dearest Families and Friends,  
It is hard to believe that I am writing my last newsletter article for Three Rivers Christian School after serving in this beloved ministry for 34 years.  
In reflecting over my years at the school, I can fully see and acknowledge the calling that has been from our Lord and it is he who continues to lead us, in this marvelous journey of life!  I have been blessed by working in an educational ministry that has included remarkable, exceptional children, families, staff, friends, administrators, board members, community pastors, agency leaders and fellow educators!  It has been my privilege to have served in this capacity and I will always be changed and thankful for each and every one of you!  
The Hebrew word for praising God means "to celebrate His perfections."  I have been blessed in my life to bear witness to children and families who celebrate well!  Grateful hearts, joyful attitudes and praising spirits!     
It is my prayer that our paths cross frequently and that you and yours be blessed with His abiding love, joy and peace.  
A recent, lasting memory as a child yelled across the gym,
Mrs. Zandi, we will love you forever... and I will you...
"I will exalt you, my God and King; I will praise your name for ever and ever !" Psalm 145:2-3
Principal's Message
Elementary School Update
Jeanne Nortness
Elem. Principal

What a delight it was to see students back to school after Christmas vacation!  Then, what a delight it was to see them after more snow days.  I know I speak for our entire staff.  We love our students and miss being with them when we're out for vacations (or snow days).  
Speaking of snow days--the beauty of the last few weeks has been amazing!  I loved pondering the brilliance of fresh snow and was reminded of the amazing way God sees us--forgiven; pure and spotless as snow.  The glitter of the snow in the light made me smile, too.  A special radiance is present in a believer's countenance, and it's like the glittery ice crystals in the light.  If you're not too busy, take a moment to reflect on this verse.
Isaiah 1:18 - "Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord.  "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."
What a wonderful savior we have!
We just completed spelling bees at the school level.  Here are the results.
Finalists for 1st grade were Elsie Carlson, Keybenzi Gallegos, Connor Hanson, Carlie Mickens, Emma Moore, and Abby Verbrugge.  Abby (1st place) and Connor (2nd place) will compete in the district spelling bee.
In 2nd grade the finalists were Samuel Bentson, Micah Coffee, Gracie Cowan, RJ Cruz, Jeremiah Montanez, and Grace Takko.  Samuel (1st place) and Jeremiah (2nd place) will represent us at district.
3rd grade finalists were Travis Delepine, Andersen Finnell, Kody Greer, Kylie Killett, and Victoria Miranda.  Travis (1st place) and Anderson (2nd place) will continue at the district competition.
Our 4th grade finalists were Amelia Borek, Harry Eugenis, Jana Knapp, Hannah Larson, Sara Mittleider, Claire Shepardson, and Titus Wright.  Amelia (1st place) and Sara (2nd place) continue in the competition.
5th grade finalists were Jake Beck, Shyann Brockmueller, Ruby Hart, Ailie Jimenez, Jolie McGaughan, and Carson Shipman.  Ailie (1st place) and Ruby (2nd place) will go on to compete at district.
In the 6th grade top spellers were Abby Bennett, Keira Davis, Alex Howerton, Gabriel Royce, and Anna Joy Tevis.  Gabriel (1st place) and Alex (2nd place) will represent us at the district spelling bee.
7th grade finalists were Kyler Davis, Noah Kloppman, Mabrie Richards, Cole Shipman, and Braden Wallace.  Cole (1st place) and Braden (2nd place) go on to compete at the district level.
All these wonderful spellers are to be congratulated.  Way to go guys and girls!
Our next student competition is the National Geographic Bee for 4th through 8th graders.  Teachers hold the preliminary competition in classrooms, and the top scorer from each class and the next top five scorers from grades 4-8 will compete next Thursday afternoon.
Teachers are already encouraging students to learn a selection for the speech meet.  Classroom competition will be held in mid February, and we host the district speech meet on the afternoon of March 1.  We will likely need lots of volunteers, so please let us know if you can help.
Chess Club has started!  Close to 70 students are eagerly engaged in learning the game and honing their strategies and tactics.  Although we separate into four different rooms, we would love to have extra help.  Even if you don't think you're very good at the game, we can still put you to work.  
As you can tell we have a lot going on right now.  And those are all in addition to the great learning activities, projects, and reports going on in the classrooms.  These are prime months of the school-year for learning and growing.  As I visit classrooms I'm thrilled by the wonderful things happening in classes.  I see caring teachers gently leading your children in varied activities.  I see students wanting to share their work, kind words and smiles.  I watch as young ones decide it would be better to play and have fun with a friend rather than continue in conflict.  This is a good place.  Thank you for allowing us the privilege of working with your young people.

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
This past few weeks has been a crazy mix of weather for our area. It has caused a bit of trouble for our plans and schedules but I am reminded of how beautiful it is also.  I woke up one morning to see my yard covered in snow. It hadn't been touched and was very smooth on top. All the grass and mud covered in a perfect white blanket. God provides such a beautiful illustration of what he does for our love with this physical display. Isaiah 1:18 "...Though your sins are like scarlet, they  shall be as white as snow..." The snow and ice may have caused some minor issues with our plans and intentions, but it is beautiful when it has first fallen and is shining in the sun.
The high school is getting ready again to host the 5th-7th grade as they join us for the AXIS group on January 23rd and 24th. We will have great and practical learning for our students on how to live with their faith in modern culture. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and we are excited to take part.
The end of first semester is rapidly approaching. We only have nine days of instruction left before official grades are posted to transcripts. It is a great time to check with your child to see how they are doing and encourage them to finish strong.
On the mission front, we have started weekly meetings for the Ecuador group as they prepare for their trip. We will be taking some time each week to learn about the history of Ecuador, food, culture, traditions, and much more. The New Orleans group has started meeting and have set up initial fundraising ideas.

God Bless!
Athletic Director's Message
" Oh the weather outside is frightful inside it's so......."
tim carns
It is easy to see what is happening outside but how are things on the inside ? This has been one of the most challenging starts to a new year in a long time. As I spend daily time with the Lord He keeps me in check to stay "delightful" on the inside. When God saw the small shepherd boy David He passed over all the externals of David's more qualified brother's. God did this because He saw the one thing that mattered...the inside of David's heart. It is easy to look at the externals in others and be quick to pass judgment, but remember whether you are being judged or caught in the trap of judging God always see's your heart. " Above all else guard your heart for it is the well spring of life." Blessings and Happy New Year.

Come on out and support TRCS Basketball games. 
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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?