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Mar 27-31 - Spring Break, no classes. Prior reservations required. 
Apr 3 - Classes resume
Apr 6 - Gala Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Apr 8-14 - Screen Free Week
Apr 12 - Vision and hearing screening retest
April 14 - School Talent Show, 1:00

Looking Ahead:
Apr 20 - Gala Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Apr 27 - Gala Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
May 1 - May Pole Celebration
May 5 - Gala
May 11 - Music performance by Capital Green, 10:30 a.m.
May 18 - Elementary Research Fair
May 19 - Battle of the Books

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As always, the Google Calendar and TCH Facebook pages are a great resource for calendar dates, articles of interest, and other related posts about school "happenings." 

Extracurricular Activities:

Click here to see the Extracurricular Activities web page. Contact Julie Boss, Extracurricular Athletic Coordinator at (248) 535-1713 or at  boss.julie4boys@yahoo.com  with questions, comments or ideas. 


  • Girls on the Run - 2nd-6th grade girls. Practices will begin right after spring break on Mondays from 3:30-4:45.  When the weather warms up, practices will be from 3:30-5:50 on Mondays and Thursdays at Silver Lake Park.  Registration forms and health forms are attached, please turn in to the FRONT DESK.
  • National Writers Series, Writing for Kids - Classes available this summer for children in 3rd grade and older.  Info here.
  • 4th-6th Grade Boys & Girls Track: Season begins April 3rd with two weeks of practice Please let Julie know if you are interested in coaching or assisting.  More info here.
  • Old Towne Playhouse Young Company is having Spring Break classes as well as Spring classes for ages 5 and up. These range from storytelling to acting to singing. Please go online at http://www.oldtownplayhouse.com/young-co/classes/ for more information.

Continuing: see extracurricular page 

A message from Frank Petty, Board Chairman:
Updated 11-11-2016:  Please click here to view the most recent Board of Director's meeting summary.

Other Notes:

Jr. High Blog
Check out the "JHaps" blog for weekly student perspectives on what's happening in the TCH Jr. High.

Summer Registration
Summer registration is online through the school website for all programs.  Click here to see what is in store. http://www.traversechildrenshouse.org/summer.asp 

The Swing Set is Coming!!
Thank you to 4th year students, Isla, Nora and Lola who had an idea of fundraising for a swing set on the elementary playground, we will be adding swings this spring! The swings are set to be installed after the frost restrictions have been lifted in early May. A HUGE thank you to all of those who brought in your cans, shopped with the girls at the art market, underwrote and attended the Song of the Lakes concert, and gave funds to make this big dream a reality. What a wonderful community this is!

Tuition Assistance – Accepting applications 
The Children’s House uses an online system to facilitate tuition assistance applications. This program is called "FAST - Financial Aid for Student Tuition". It is recommended and supported by ISM - Independent School Management. This online service analyzes financial statements provided by each family and provides need-based financial aid recommendations to the school. The tuition assistance committee makes final decisions about financial awards based on these recommendations.

Tuition assistance awards are available for the Primary and Elementary educational programs only. Aid is not available for the infant/toddler program, summer session, before care or after care.

To begin the online application, click here for the FAST page. It will take you directly to the online application. Please note you will need to complete both an online application and send supporting financial documents to FAST. A complete copy of your 2016 Federal and State Tax Returns with W-2s and all supporting schedules are required for your aid application to be considered complete. A $41.00 fee is charged by FAST for their service. You will make this payment through the website.

Also, please be sure to complete your Children’s House Enrollment Form through the Children’s House Online portal and pay the $50 per child enrollment deposit. (The remaining enrollment deposit of $450 per child will be due upon acceptance of the award, if applicable.) The website will be open for applications starting February 6th, 2017. All applications for returning families must be completed by March 24, 2017.
For more information about the Tuition Assistance program, please click here.

TCAPS is Hosting a Free Screening of the Movie “Screenagers”—April 9
On Sunday, April 9, TCAPS will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary “Screenagers” at Central Grade School’s Lars Hockstad Auditorium from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (301 W. Seventh St.). The movie probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. A panel discussion will follow the movie. Learn more: www.screenagersmovie.com. Read a note from the film's director here.

March is National Reading Month!
Please join me this month in celebrating books and remembering the importance of literacy in our schools and homes. Reading is a great privilege that should not be taken for granted. Now is a great time to start a new read-aloud at home and reinforce reading as a priority for your family.

Reading aloud to your children is one of the most important ways you can help them become life-long learners. See more encouragement at: http://www.readaloud.org/why.html

Reading Together = Pleasure (and more!)

And please don't stop when your children are independent readers! Once they are reading by themselves, it's tempting to let them read alone while you clean up the kitchen or catch up on work, but children of all ages learn many important skills from listening to proficient readers. They also crave time together to snuggle up and hear a great story. Be sure to ask them about the books they're reading at school and inquire about Battle of the Books. Sometimes it's hard to know how to talk to children about friends; books can be a great place to open up conversations!

If you would like more ideas or suggestions for keeping your children engaged in literature, please call or email to set up a time to talk. I am available at TCH every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and would love to hear from you!

Good luck!
Tara Hochstetler
TCH Reading Specialist

This page last updated on 3/24/2017.

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