Issue: #13 October 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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With the rainy weather lately, it is apparent that the school year has started and fall is here!

Just a few reminders:

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

 A Few Dates to Remember:

October 5: Student Council paperwork due
October 28: ACSI Accreditation Day!! No School
October 31: Picture Day!
November 1: No hot lunch
November 2: Early Release
November 3-4: ACSI Conference - No School
November 8: Student Council Election Day
November 11: Veteran's Day - No School
November 14-19: Scholastic Book Fair
November 17: Picture Retakes
November 19: Christmas Shopping Festival

Administrator's Message
 'Twas the Night Before Accreditation!

                  For the staff at TRCS, this week feels a little bit like the week before Christmas.  For the last several years, we've been anticipating the visit from our Accreditation Team.  From October 23rd to October 26th, they'll be here on our campuses reviewing all of the work we've done to "prove our mettle," as my Grandmother used to say.

                What does this mean?  TRCS has had a solid history of providing excellent academics that prepare almost 90% of our students to enter college.  We've produced young adults who are actively prepared to "impact the world for Christ," like our mission states.  However, this accreditation process will help us prove to the world outside of our immediate school community that we really ARE a quality resource for education. 

                To describe this process in simpler terms, accrediting organizations provide a list of areas that your school must prove their ability in according to different standards.  We're using the "REACH 2.0" standards through the Association of Christian Schools International, as well as the "AdvancEd" protocol.  "REACH 2.0" consists of eight "Standards," each of which have anywhere from five to eighteen "indicators" of success.  They are:
Standard 1:  Philosophy & Foundations
Standard 2:  Governance & Executive Leadership
Standard 3:  Home & Community Relations, Student Services
Standard 4:  Personnel
Standard 5:  Instructional Programs & Resources
Standard 6:  Student Care
Standard 7:  Character, Values & Spiritual Formation of Students
Standard 8:  Continuous School Improvement Plan

The team that visits our school is comprised of administrators from other  private schools in the Northwest region.  They review the hundreds of evidence documents we've compiled, tour our facilities, visit our community members, and at the end, they'll report their findings.  These findings include not only our areas of success, but also our opportunities for improvement.  (Accreditation for schools is a regular cycle which we will revisit every five years to maintain our status as an accredited school.)

                After the exit report, they'll make a recommendation to the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and, God willing, our accreditation will be official shortly after that!  In celebration for all of the work our staff has put in to this process, we've declared October 28th a K-12 school holiday this year!  Our amazing staff deserve it for all of the extra work they've poured into this process of "organizational sanctification!"

                Please keep us in your prayers next week - and stay tuned for the final results!

Erin Hart
TRCS Administrator

A Message From the Early Learning Center
Debra Zandi
"Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His marvelous deeds and devoutly praise them!" Psalm 105:2
It is with a thankful heart, that we have the privilege of teaching and nurturing over 320 children this season.  God's great provision is evident and we are thankful!  Rooms are full, tours given, sounds of joyful children are filling hallways and the love of Jesus abounds!
Thank You Families and TRCS Community for your continued support of our Early Learning Center environment through enrichment classes- specialized programing, Early Achievers and Longview Early Education Pilot Assessments.  You and your children are invaluable and we honor you!      
Staff will be attending a Professional Early Learning Conference held at Lower Columbia College focusing on Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Early Learning Collaboration and Education.  It will be an excellent opportunity to network within our educational community to build and strengthen relationship between early education teachers and early learning professionals. 
New bark chips have been delivered and dispersed under fall zones on all playgrounds which meet the safety standards for playgrounds in Washington State for children.  The improvement of those areas adds to an ongoing commitment of providing a safe environment for our children in every area of our facility.
Upon receiving such positive feedback and inquiries recently regarding our Warm Hearts ~ Warm Hands outreach; we have decided to once again collect small winter items for our area children.  These items will include: sweaters, small blankets, gloves, hats, mittens, books and boxes of hot chocolate.  Will you join us in giving a blessing to the children of God?  All items may be left in our main hall by the front desk area or we would be happy to pick up your donation by calling our office at 423-4510. 
Praising Him for You and Yours!
               Debra Zandi, Executive Director

Principal's Message
Ecuador Missions Update

Some of the goals of TRCS is to make our education culturally relevant to students and have them grow deep, spiritual roots.  That is why we are moving in the direction of mission work with our students.  During the last week of March, we will have our first Missions Week.  Twenty students and six  parents/staff members are signed up for an Ecuador missions trip.  Cost is approximately $2,000 a person.  TRCS will have a few fundraisers to help, but most of the fundraising efforts come from the students' families.  If anyone would like to help with finances, please give me a call at 636-1600.  We are trying to organize a missions trip for 8th-10th graders as well.

Randy Lemiere

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."

Athletic Director's Message
I can't believe we are already talking Fall athletic playoffs!

tim carns
The Cross Country team has their Central league championship event on 10/20. Followed by Districts on 10/29 and State on 11/5.

Make sure to follow our team, as we have some spectacular young runners. I fully expect over the next four years that our XC team, under a great coach - Kevin Rentner, will set some new running records at TRC. 

The varsity girls volleyball team again finds themselves in first place in the Columbia Valley League. Round one of Districts start on 11/1. Round two is on 11/5 and State is 11/11-12. I know our girls have their focus on another trip to State in Yakima. 

Finally, remember High School basketball starts on 11/14. The middle school boys, 6th-8th, start on 11/3. We will not be having a middle school girls team. Eighth grade girls interested in playing will be moving up to the High School team. Please remember to have all forms and an updated physical turned in before the first practice. Forms are on the school website and are required to be turned in to be eligible to practice. 


Tim Carns
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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?