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The Compass 10-23-2020

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New Message from Michele:

Calendar:

Oct 23: Spirit Friday!
Oct 27: Montessori Up Close, 11 a.m. via Zoom, see below
Oct 30: Pumpkin Fun Day & Spirit Friday!
Oct 30: Montessori Up Close, 11 a.m. via Zoom, see below
Nov 2:  Daffodil Day, see below
Nov 4:  Picture Re-Take Day
Nov 4: CHiPA meeting, 9:00 a.m. via zoom
Nov 5 & 6: Parent Teacher Conferences, info below
Nov 6: Campus Closed, Parent/Teacher Conferences, See below

Nov 9 - 14: Horizon Books Days, see below
Nov 12:  Karen Circle Luncheon, 12:00 via Zoom, details here
Nov 13: Montessori Up Close, 11 a.m. via Zoom, see below
Nov 13:  Spirit Friday
Nov 12 - 14: Shop Your Community Days, see below

Looking Ahead:

Nov 20:  Spirit Friday
Nov. 24: Harvest Feasts in Classrooms
Nov. 25-Nov. 27: Campus Closed: Thanksgiving Break
Dec 2: CHiPA meeting, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom
Dec 4:  Spirit Friday
Dec 11: Spirit Friday
Dec 18: Spirit Friday
Dec 21-Jan 1:  Winter Break, campus closed

Extracurricular Activities:

The Children’s House encourages participation in outdoor sports this school year. We plan to have a track team in the spring depending on the league status. In the meantime, we will share opportunities for winter activities such as Nordic and alpine skiing and snowboarding at Crystal Mountain, Mt. Holiday, Grand Traverse Ski Club at Hickory Hills, and VASA Ski Club. 

Points of Interest:

The Children's House Blog  
Fostering Independence
By Megan Andrews
In a Montessori environment, the goal for children at any age is independence. Dr. Maria Montessori envisioned a world where we live in harmony and are mutually reliant on one another. more...

Other Notes:

 

Parent Teacher Conferences - Sign Up Here
Nov 5 & 6
Conferences are an important connection point for your child’s guide and you to have a conversation about your child at school. In order to conduct conferences safely, all conferences will be conducted on Zoom. After the sign-up period, your child’s guide will send you a link to your conference. If you do not have Zoom capabilities, please contact us and we will help make a conference accessible for you. Your child’s guide looks forward to connecting with you. Please make sure you sign up, and come prepared with any questions you might have about your child’s school experience. 

Fall Work Bee
Typically at this time of year, we invite adults to work with students to clean up the campus grounds on a specific day. This year, you are invited to help out independently. Please see this sign-up sheet for a list of jobs to choose from. Please sign up by adding your name, availability in the next two weeks, and phone number. Steve Maas or DiAnn Service will reach out to you to confirm a time and explain the project. Thank you for your time and energy to help keep our campus beautiful!

Soup for Dinner - place order by Sunday
Many parents have lamented not being able to eat the amazing school food that is served at the annual Fall Harvest Festival. Lament no more! Now you can bring home soup and bread made fresh at school every Friday. Each order costs $30 and includes 40 ounces of soup and four pieces of slipper bread or other side served that day. For details and to sign up, click here.

Horizon Books Days - Nov. 9 - 14
Horizon Books is once again collaborating with TCH to host our annual book sale! This is an opportunity to enrich your child's classroom library. You may choose a book (or books) to purchase from a basket of books that have been pre-selected by your child’s guide. Be sure to complete and stick a nameplate to the inside cover of the books you purchase and they will be delivered to your child's classroom for all of the children to enjoy. A percentage of all sales throughout the week will benefit The Children's House - even gift certificates! Thanks for stopping by or calling Horizon Books Monday through Saturday, November 9 - 14.

Shop Your Community Days - Nov. 12 - 14
Support The Children’s House and our Traverse City downtown merchants during Shop Your Community Days, November 12-14. Three days allows shoppers to spread out and stay safe. We are one of only 30 nonprofits invited to participate this year. Even during difficult times, merchants will be donating 5% of every sale - be sure to select The Children’s House at checkout.  

Daffodil Day - Nov. 2
Daffodil Day occurs every November when we plant bulbs in memory of former parent Dr. Karen Gilhooly and former students Sierra Fetterolf, Anna Maas, and Rowan Sanford. Parents are welcome to stop by during the day to plant a bulb.

Parent Business Directory
Did you know there is a directory of TCH family-owned businesses in the Parent Portal? If you own a business and are not listed, please let us know by completing this Google form.  With the harsh economic impact of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to support TCH family-owned businesses. 

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.

Learning Opportunities for Adults:

Montessori Up Close
This series of presentations by our faculty will take place via Zoom. See our Parent Ed webpage for details.

  • October 27 at 11 a.m. - for families with children under the age of three.
  • October 30 at 11 a.m. - for families with children in kindergarten and elementary.
  • November 13 at 11 a.m. - for families with infants and young toddlers.

Recordings:
Montessori 101 with Michele Shane: Zoom recording
Anti-bias at Home with Britt Hawthorne:  Zoom recording  (Access Passcode: !XaE8233)
Fostering Independence with Megan Andrews:  Zoom recording

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Created on Thursday, October 22, 2020