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Sept 24 - Upper Elementary Picnic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Silver Lake Recreation Area
Sept 26 - Parent Education, 6:00 p.m., Learning to Love Books with Tara, info below
Sept. 29 - Miriam Pico Performance, 10:30 a.m.
Sept 29 - Extended Day Field Trip to the Botanic Garden, 1:00 p.m., info here
Oct 1 - Fall Harvest Festival, Noon-2:30 PM at TCH
Oct 5 - Parent Education (topic change), Toileting : How to Prepare for this Exciting Process! 6:00 p.m., info below
Oct. 6 - Levi Britton Performance, 10:30 a.m.
Oct 11 - Parent Education, Your Three and Four Year Old, 4:00 p.m., info below
Oct 13 - Extended Day Field Trip to the Butterfly House, 1:30-3:15 p.m.
Oct 15 - Jr. High Picnic, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Timbers
Oct 16 - Picture Day for Primary - Jr High, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Oct 17 - Picture Day for Nido-YCC (Date change!), 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Oct 17 - CHiPA Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Oct 18 - Parent Visiting Day, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Primary, Elementary, JH)
Oct 19 - Parent Education, Responsible Parenting in an Anxious World w/ Anthony Wilgus, 6:00 p.m., info here
Oct 20 - Faculty/Staff Professional Day, Campus Closed

Looking Ahead:

Oct 26 - Parent Education, "That's Not My Kid!" How to Cope with the Onslaught of Hormones, 6:00 p.m., info here
Oct 31 - Pumpkin Fun Day
Oct 31-Nov 3 - Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov 1 - Daffodil Day
Nov 8 - Parent Education, How to Support Your Child’s Musical Development - Amanda Igra
Nov 10 - Holiday Art Market, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Nov 11 - Holiday Art Market, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Nov 11 - Shop Your Community Day
Nov 11 - Horizon Book Day
Nov 15 - CHiPA Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Nov 21 - Classroom Harvest Feasts
Nov 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break, Campus Closed

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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. 


  • 2nd-3rd Grade Girls' Basketball:  The late fee is waived so if your daughter is interested, please call LEAP and register.  Practice is 9/20,9/25,10/2,10/4 after school until 5:00. There will be more practices once the game schedule is set.
  • 4th-6th Grade Co-Ed Cross Country:  Your athlete can still join! Practice is Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-4:45. There is an also an optional practice on Fridays.
  • Music Together Classes at TCH beginning Sept 16, info here
  • Fall Cross Country 4th, 5th, 6th years,  Click here

Other Notes:

Learning to Love Books, September 26th, 6:00 p.m.
TCH Reading Specialist, Tara Hochstetler, is passionate about reading and has inspired many students to share her excitement. Come hear Tara’s enthusiastic approach to nurturing your child’s love of books. She wholeheartedly believes that once you love books THEN you learn to read. She is eager to share the magic of the process.  Child care is available for enrolled children 3 years and older by advanced reservation by calling 231-929-9325 or email learn@traversechildrenshouse.org.

The 6th Graders Fundraisers
The 6th grade class of 2017-2018 would like to announce their two Montessori Model United Nations (M.M.U.N.) fundraising businesses:

  • The can drive and the bake sale. The can drive will be open Friday’s at morning carline from 8:00 to 8:30 Make sure to bring can and bottles that are redeemable.
  • The bake sale will run on special events (Harvest Festival, Parents visiting day, Holiday sing along etc.)  It will usually be located in the lobby and we will be selling cookies, drinks, cupcakes, and… chocolate covered pretzels.

We will see you at the Harvest Festival on October 1st.

The 6th grade class hopes that as many people as possible will participate in the business this year. All of the money will go towards this year M.M.U.N. New York trip. Thank you!


Sunday, October 1st from 12:00-2:30pm on the campus of The Children's House!

Feast Planned and Prepared by our TCH Students!

  • 12:00 am Welcome
  • 12:15-1:15 Feast is served!
  • 1:00-2:30 Games, Crafts and more...

Volunteer help is needed - Donate pumpkins and/or other materials or volunteer time during the event (set-up, clean-up, face painting, craft monitoring, etc.). Contact Carrine Pomaranski at cmmpomaranski@gmail.com or (248)921-0985 if you would like to help. We need you!!

Please RSVP by email to learn@traversechildrenshouse.org by Monday, September 25th at 5pm. We need to know how many people are coming so that we know how much food to prepare! Donations will be accepted at the door.  We look forward to seeing you!

Toileting : How to Prepare for this Exciting Process! - Nido/YCC Faculty, October 5th, 6 p.m.
Guaranteed to be a helpful evening, full of tips from the Pros. No doubt about it, it’s a topic on everyone's list!  Child care is available for enrolled children 3 years and older by advanced reservation by calling 231-929-9325 or email learn@traversechildrenshouse.org.

Your Three and Four Year Olds- Primary Faculty, October 11th, 4 p.m.
Parents, you will be invited to read a book from the Gesell Institute Series and come together to discuss it as a group. Rather than listening to a presentation, you will follow a Book Club format with leading questions from the guides. This very informative text is certain to enlighten you about the developmental stages your child is or will soon be experiencing.  Child care is available for enrolled children 3 years and older by advanced reservation by calling 231-929-9325 or email learn@traversechildrenshouse.org.

Help Needed

Britny's Nido class is in need of some sewing help with tablecloths.  If you can assist, please contact her at Britny@traversechildrenshouse.org .

Horizon Book Day

Saturday, November 11 is our annual Horizon Books Day! We’re seeking volunteers to help out at the Horizon Bookstore throughout the day in two hour shifts. Volunteers will greet TCH families and guide them to baskets of books that teachers have selected. This book sale is a wonderful opportunity for our community to build and renew our classroom libraries, and TCH also benefits from a percentage of store sales that day. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Karen Libby at karen.libby@interlochen.org

Horizon Books Day is also an opportunity for our community to celebrate reading! This year’s window display theme is “Fall into Reading,” where we’ll capture our community’s favorite book titles and great experiences with books. Parents, if you would like to share some reading experiences, email your answers to these questions and any additional comments to me at karen.libby@interlochen.org. “What book did you “fall” in love with when you read it?” “What book do you like to read before you “fall” asleep at night?” and any other cozy thoughts about reading and fall. Students and teachers will answer these questions in their classrooms.

The Children’s House Community Meal Train
For the fifth straight year, we are excited to continue The Children’s House (TCH) Community Meal Train. This group of volunteers provides meals to other TCH families on an as needed basis for such events as a new baby, bereavement, illness, hospitalization, etc. If this sounds like the thing for you, please join us! How often you choose to participate is up to you and there is NO COOKING REQUIRED. The meal can be from ANY kitchen, not just yours (roasted chickens from Meijer or pre-made quiches from Oryana would be just as appreciated.) You don’t have to be a chef to give something that will make a difference to a family in need. If you would like to sign-up provide much-appreciated meals, contact Alicia Walker (mom to Kellyn, Graham and Niels Walker-Hundley), at alicia.walker@alum.dartmouth.org.

KNOW A FAMILY WHO MAY NEED A MEAL TRAIN? If you know someone who may be in need of a series of meals, please do not hesitate to let your room parent, guide or Alicia know. ANYONE may ask to have a meal train organized for ANYONE else in the TCH community, be it for themselves or for someone else. Please let us support you.

Need-to-Know Information at Your Fingertips:
Be sure to check out the parent tab on our website for the following important information and postings:

  • Parent Handbook (your guide to school policies and procedures)
  • Family Calendar
  • Forms (health, medication, pest management notification)
  • Illness Policy
  • Immunization Policy
  • Safety Drills
  • Daily Schedules

Questions about this information should be directed to Colleen Christensen, Director of Operations colleen@traversechildrenshouse.org

This page last updated on 9/22/2017.

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