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The Compass 09-18-2020

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New Message from Michele:

Calendar:

Sept 18: Blood Drive, details below
Sept 21: Spirit wear order deadline, see below

Looking Ahead:

Oct 6: Building Anti-Biased Anti-Racist Families, 6:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom, see below
Oct 7:  CHiPA meeting, 9:00am via zoom
Oct 9: Montessori 101, 11am via Zoom, see below

Oct 12:  
4th Year Students visit Leelanau Outdoor Center
Oct 14:  School Picture Day
Oct 16:  Campus Closed, Staff Professional Day
Oct 20: Montessori Up Close, 9 a.m. via Zoom, see below
Nov 6:  Campus Closed, Parent/Teacher Conferences

New Faces/New Roles:

Please visit our Faculty and Support Staff page and our Specialist page to view who is new to the TCH community.

Extracurricular Activities:

Each year, our Elementary and Junior High students look forward to participating on The Children’s House cross country, basketball, and track teams. Keeping our children learning in school is our number one priority. Because we are doing our best to keep our classroom cohorts separate during the school day, we are postponing the start of sports teams. When the time is right, we will send an informational email and survey to parents to gauge interest and availability to coach.

Points of Interest

Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Education is Montessori
By Michele Shane
Maria Montessori taught us to believe in the potential and value of every child. As Montessorians, it is our intention to provide an environment where children and adults alike are seen more…

Other Notes:

 

Back to School Reminders
Our Back to School webpage is still the best place to find links to everything you need to know about this school year. From ordering lunches to opting in for text messages, visit: https://www.traversechildrenshouse.org/backtoschool.asp

Blood Drive
TCH is happy to help our neighbors across the street and host Traverse City West Senior High's Fall Blood Drive on September 18th from 4-8PM in the gym. Click here for more details! All donors get a complimentary COVID-19 antibody test.

TCH Community Pledge
As a member of The Children’s House community, we must all do our part to keep our children, staff, and families safe and healthy during this pandemic. We’ve written a Community Pledge and ask that your family takes this pledge seriously. Please read and sign it now by logging into Family Access and clicking on School Forms Online.

School Spirit!
Let’s show our school spirit by wearing TCH logo gear every Friday. Our updated fall 2020 collection has been added to our online Spirit Wear Store. Place your order by Monday, September 21 at 11:59 p.m.

Sign up for Text Alerts
In addition to an email alerting you about school closings and delays, we notify parents by text message 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. The class is titled TCH Parent Community.

Pest Management
As part of the Montessori Children's House pest management system, it may be necessary to occasionally apply a pesticide. You have the right to be informed prior to any pesticide application made to the school grounds and buildings.  Advance notice of applications will be posted at the entrance to the school and posted on the school's web site. You are also entitled to receive notification by first-class mail three days prior to the application . Please use this link for more information about this process and contact Kim Gallagher at kim@traversechildrenshouse.org for more information.

Facebook Community Page
Join our Facebook group, The Children’s House Community, to share ideas, swap/sell items, and connect with other families.

Amazon Smile -  You Shop. Amazon Gives.
AmazonSmile customers can now support The Children's House Montessori School of Traverse City in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Learning Opportunities for Adults:

Building Anti-Biased Anti-Racist Families
October 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm with Britt Hawthorne via Zoom
When we commit to collectively talking about fairness, equality, and justice with young children, we begin to envision a world in which not only children but all people are treated with dignity; free from the burden of unfair assumptions based on a single characteristic. It becomes a world where we actively challenge racism and bias each and every day. The goals of this family and community presentation are to dismantle the color-blind assumption and prepare children to work toward justice. This presentation shares concrete ways families can support their children’s developing racial and ethnic identities. Families learn how to empower their children, affirm their numerous identities, and accept differences.

Montessori 101 - required for all new families
October 9, 11 a.m. with Michele Shane via Zoom
Join Michele for an introduction to the history, culture, and mission of our school and gain a deeper appreciation for the Montessori method of learning. This is required for all families who are new to our school - if you’re not new but would like a refresher, you are also welcome. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to all families closer to the date.

Montessori Up Close
This is a series of presentations by our faculty via Zoom. The first will be presented on October 20 at 9 a.m. by our Primary faculty and geared toward families with Primary-aged children. Stay tuned for details

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Created on Friday, September 18, 2020