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Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) Club (7th & 8th years)

Deadline to register: September 12

Cost: Approx. $2,000 per participant

Junior High learners have a chance to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations as an extracurricular activity again this school year. Participants will travel to New York City to the MMUN conference on Tuesday, February 20, and return on Saturday, February 24, 2024. The work will be completed outside of school hours beginning in late September either at home or during our optional weekly afterschool meetings on a day of the week to be determined by the group. More information about the program is available here: https://montessori-mun.org/conference/year-long-program-plus-nyc-conference-feb-21-24-2024/

The delegates that participated last year found this work much easier than their sixth-grade year, having already completed it once. 

Registration: email Steve Maas with questions and to sign up no later than September 12, 2023, steve@traversechildrenshouse.org


Battle of the Books
4th - 5th years

Deadline to register: November 17
Season: This is a program that takes place from December until the competition in March. 

It is Battle of the Books time again! This is a great opportunity for your students to engage with others over their love of reading books! The Battle of the Books is a book-based quiz competition for fourth and fifth graders in the Grand Traverse community. Kids read incredible stories together and then experience heart-pounding moments in competition. Teams have a chance to win prizes for sportsmanship, team spirit, the most creative team name, and more.

Here is more information on important dates and details. A Zoom meeting for general information will be on November 12.

If your child is interested in participating, please let Julie Boss know by NOVEMBER 17.  If you are interested in COACHING a TEAM, please contact Julie Boss by NOVEMBER 17.

If you have any questions, please email Julie Boss at julie.boss@tchlearners.org or call her at 248-535-1713.


Battle of the Books is a great way to get children reading and being part of a team. Each team has 4-6 members and read either 5 books or 10 books. The books are chosen by The Battle of the Books committee and range from novels to graphic novels. Visit the Battle of the Books website more information. 

Coaches are needed! Please reach out to Julie Boss (248-535-1713 or at julie.boss@tchlearners.org) if your child is interested and if you are interested in coaching a team.

theater_workshop28_1.jpg Theater Workshop: 
4th - 8th years

The workshop will run April – May 2024

Back by popular demand, Jaime Janiszewski will be working on another production with your young thespians this year! 

The Enchanted Bookshop
by Todd Wallinger

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive.

Six characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store.But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.So, when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn: Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever?Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen?

Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.

Sign Up: February 1 – 28, 2024

Auditions: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 – 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Casting Posted & Emailed: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 2023

Read Through/Script Pickup: Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Rehearsals: Tuesdays & Thursdays from April 2 – May 9, 2024

Tech Week (daily rehearsal): May 11 – 16, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday rehearsal during tech week TBA).

Performances: May 16 - 18 (May 16 – school performance; May 17 and 18 evening performances for friends and family)

*Dates are subject to change
**Not all actors called for every rehearsal
***All actors and crew required for ALL tech week rehearsals and performances


Navigators Robotics Club
6th - 8th years

Navigators Robotics Club begins October 16, 2023 for 6th, 7th, and 8th-year students. With the support of Quarkmine, students will team up to design and build robots for competitions. The Robotics Club will meet once a week, after school at Compass Jr. High, with a fall session and a spring session to prepare for regional tournaments with other schools. 

Fall Fee per student: $75  (Make checks payable to The Children’s House, Memo: Navigator Robotics. Deliver payment to TCH next week.)
Coaches: We have a small group of parent coaches who will lead the sessions and guide students. We will need extra parents to help supervise throughout the season as well.
We are looking forward to an exciting Robotics program this fall!
Fall Schedule:

Monday, 10/16, 3:30-5:00 | Park Street Campus | Week Zero Introduction

Monday, 10/23, 3:30-5:00 | Park Street Campus | Teams name/colors/branding/style

Monday, 10/30, 4:00-5:30 | Park Street Campus | Kick off session w/Quarkmine

Monday, 11/6, 3:30-5:00 | Park Street Campus | Teams build robots/identity/armor

Monday, 11/13, 3:30-5:00 | The Children’s House | Duck Bowl w/Quarkmine

Monday, 11/20, 3:30-5:00 | Park Street Campus | Teams build/modify/revise

Monday, 11/27, 3:30-5:00 | Park Street Campus | CAD Workshop w/Quarkmine

Monday, 12/4, 3:30-5:00 | Park Street Campus | Teams finalize brand & weapon design

Monday, 12/11, 3:30-5:00 | The Children’s House | School Tournament w/Quarkmine



Comets Robotics Club
3rd - 5th years

Love ROBOTS? Have a passion for MAKING? Ready to dip your toe in the world of CODING? This weekly club for TCH 3rd through 5th-year learners will focus on building and coding unique robots in an after-school setting that is non-competitive, hands-on, and always fun. TCH parents, Caroline Maier and Jennifer Smith have volunteered to coach a Robotics club for younger students to share that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is accessible for all. 

The Club will meet on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

  • November 6, 13, and 27
  • December 4 and 11
  • A showcase for families and friends will be on Wednesday, December 13.

If interested, please complete this Google form. If you have questions, you can contact Jennifer or Caroline directly at nathanandjenn@mac.com or carolinekovasmaier@gmail.com. 

Fall session = 16 students max. If more than 16 students sign up, they will have the first right to participate in the spring session.


Compass Chess Club
7th - 8th years

Chess Club is back! All Compass Students, their parents, and their siblings are invited to participate. We will start this year by meeting every other Monday (with one Wednesday thrown in there) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Park Street Campus. Our autumn 2023 dates will be as follows:Monday, 9/25Monday, 10/9Monday, 10/23Wednesday 11/8Monday, 11/20Monday, 12/4

Reach out to Megan Wick, Compass Room Parent, to receive more information. 

Check out our Community Bulletin for other extracurricular offerings recommended by Children's House parents. If your student is interested in learning about other Traverse City community clubs or activities, please check out the LEAP website under Current Community Offerings.