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Jan 21 - Martin Luther King Day - campus closed
Jan 23
- Swimming lessons - Sandra's class, bus leaves at 8:30 am
Jan 23 - 6th year can drive
Jan 24
- Moving up to Lower Elementary Parent Meeting, 4:00 pm
Jan 25
- Swimming lessons - Nadine's class bus leaves at 8:30 am
Jan 25 -
Extended Day field trip to the Conservation District, 12:30-2:30 
Jan 28 - Gala meeting, 8:30 am in the community room
Jan 30 - Moving up to Extended Day parent meeting, 4:00 pm
Jan 30 - Swimming lessons - Sandra's class, bus leaves at 8:30 am
Feb 1 - Swimming lessons - Nadine's class bus leaves at 8:30 am
Feb 1 - Tuition assistance applications available
Feb 2 - School Carnival, 3:00-5:00 pm, see below
Feb 6 - CHiPA meeting, 8:30 am
Feb 11 - Gala Meeting, 8:30 am
Feb 11 - 100th day of school, Lower Elementary event
Feb 11 - Battle of the Books Mock Battle, 3:30 pm
Feb 12-16 - 6th years trip to MMUN
Feb 14 - Enrollment begins for summer 2019 and fall 2019-2020 for current families
Feb 15 - Teacher appreciation luncheon
Feb 15 - 
Staff Records Day, campus closed
Feb 18 - President’s Day, campus closed

Looking Ahead:

Feb 21 - President’s Day Assembly, 10:45 am
Feb 21 -
Parent Visiting Day - primary, elementary, junior high, 8:30-9:30 am
Feb 25 - Gala meeting, 8:30 am
Feb 25-
March 1 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Mar 1 - Re-enrollment deadline
Mar 8 - Gala
Mar 11 -
Tuition assistance application deadline
Mar 21 - Upper Elementary Theater Performance, 2:00 pm for students, 6:00 pm for parents
Mar 25-29 -
Spring Break, childcare (no extra fees) available by reservation

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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, TCH parent and Extracurricular Athletic Coordinator at (248) 535-1713 or at  boss.julie4boys@yahoo.com  with questions, comments or ideas. 

4th & 5th Grade Boys’ Basketball - Info here

Music Together Classes:  New session for family drumming begins January 19.  Classes take place at TCH and are open to families with babies through age 5.  Click here for more info.

A Message from Jessica Sullivan, Board Chair:

The Children’s House board of directors (“Board”) last met on Friday, January 11, 2019. The Board discussed Colleen’s recent retirement announcement. As a Board, succession planning is an item we constantly address. We are fortunate to have an excellent well trained administration tuned in to the school’s mission and strategic plan. The Board is very excited for Colleen to enjoy her much deserved retirement and are very confident in the future plans. Speaking of succession planning, in 2019 we’re set to have three board director terms expire. At the January board meeting we approved the appointment of three new board directors:

  • Peter Starkel (former TCH parent and owner of Fun Advisors focused on brand and strategy development)
  • Carolyn Purcell (TCH parent and Engagement Events Manager at Interlochen)
  • Julie Boss (former educator and TCH parent)

Please join me in welcoming our three new directors.

Finally, a reminder The Gala is Friday, March 8th. Please be sure to get your event and raffle tickets.
Our next meeting will be March 15th.

Other Notes:

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2019-2020 School Year
Applications for the tuition assistance program for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted February 1st-March 11th. Make arrangement to complete your applications and tax returns in advance of the tuition assistance application deadline. Completed tax returns must be uploaded to FAST by the March 11th deadline in order for your application to be considered complete. A detailed overview of the application process can be found on The Children's House website under the School/Admission/Tuition Assistance tab (click here). Please contact Sheri Novak in the business office with any questions.

Winter Carnival - Save the Date!
This year’s school carnival will be on Saturday, February 2 from 3 - 5 p.m. Get excited! Be on the lookout for an email with parent volunteer opportunities including set-up, carnival games, and clean-up. Your child will bring home an invitation redeemable at the event for additional prize tickets!
-Amy Gollan, TCH parent, and Norie Warnke, Carnival Coordinators.

TCH Family-Owned Business Directory
In an effort to support our school community, we are developing a directory to feature businesses owned by TCH families. If you work for a company and would like to be included, I will make sure that you receive information about our corporate sponsorship opportunities that include this listing as a benefit.  Please complete this simple online form. Thanks for helping us support each other!

Renee Hintz, Director of Advancement and TCH Parent

Inclement Weather Policy (Change in policy this year)

remindfinal.jpgAttention Verizon Users:
Verizon has changed their terms of service with the app Remind that we use for snow day notification. If you are a Verizon user and want to continue receiving messages, download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge.

TCH Administration determines school delays and closings with the assistance of local law enforcement officer Tom Flitton, and TCH outdoor services provider, Chris Danbrook. Parents will receive an email by 7:00 a.m. (or earlier if possible) notifying them of the delay or closure. The information will also be posted on the school’s website 7:00 a.m. Please note that TCH will not automatically follow the closure policies of TCAPS and NMC as it has in the past.

This year, in addition to an email alerting you about school closings and delays, we will be adding notifications via Remind. Simply download the remind app to your mobile device and set up an account. Then, Text @hg6c3f2 to the number 81010. You will receive a welcome text from Remind. If you have any trouble with 81010, you can try texting @hg6c3f2 to (231) 638-5530. The class is titled TCH Parent Community.

If you have questions about the Remind app, let us know and we will do our best to help you.

This page last updated on 1/18/2019.

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