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This page highlights the events happening at The Children's House that are open to parents and families to participate in throughout the year. These events are great ways to become more connected with what is happening at school. See you there!

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Tuesday, Sept. 5: Drop-off times, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Tears & Cheers

For parents and guardians
This informal gathering on first day of school is a great way to connect and reconnect with parents. Join us for coffee and pastries to celebrate the beginning of the year. Tears and cheers are welcome!

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Thursday, Sept. 7: 6:00-8:00 PM

Back to School Parent Meeting

Mandatory for all parents, faculty, and staff
Required for all TCH parents and guardians to connect as a community. Classroom guides will explain the upcoming year program, expectations, and special events. No childcare available. 

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Saturday, Sept. 16: 10:00 AM - Noon

International Coastal Cleanup Day

For the entire TCH community
Let's work together to clean up a local beach! Bring the whole family for this fun and rewarding CHIPA community service event. Please bring your own work gloves and drinking water. Don't forget to dress in your Children's House spirit wear! Sign up here and meet at Bryant Park this Saturday! 

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Sunday, Oct. 8: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fall Festival

For the entire TCH community
This fall gathering is our opportunity to share with families the highlights of our Earth to Table program! The harvest of our campus gardens is shared in a meal together while families also enjoy crafts and games. Thank you to everyone who donated pumpkins

Bring your own plates, bowls, cups, silverware, and napkins to help make this a Zero Waste Event!

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Friday, October 20

Grounds Work Bee

For the entire TCH community
Many hands make light work! You can help keep our campus beautiful by signing up now.

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Friday, Oct. 27: 8:00-9:00 AM

Coffee & Connect

For parents and guardians 
After you go through carline and park, join us for coffee in the front courtyard. This is a great time to connect with parents - we hope you’ll have a few minutes to stop by and catch up! Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring your own mug. 

We will move inside the community room if the weather is too uncomfortable. Babies or toddlers at home? Bring them along for a playdate!

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Thursday, Nov. 2

Daffodil Day

For the entire TCH community
Daffodil Day occurs every November when we plant bulbs in memory of former students Sierra Fetterolf, Anna Maas, and Rowan Sanford. Children plant bulbs with their classrooms. Adults are welcome to stop by the front desk at any time throughout the day to get a bulb to plant on campus. 

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Thursday, Nov. 9: Noon-1 PM

Karen Circle Luncheon

For 2022 members of the Karen Circle
In 2005, a group of women came together for lunch and formed the Karen Circle. The Karen Circle was named after Dr. Karen Gilhooly who was a mother, physician, and involved parent at The Children’s House. Each member of the Karen Circle makes a $1,000 gift to The Children’s House. When these gifts are combined, the result has a truly transformational impact on our school. For more information, visit our Karen Circle page

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Saturday, Nov. 11

Horizon Books Day

For the entire TCH community
Horizon Books will host our annual book fair AND give a percentage of all sales that day directly to The Children’s House - even when you purchase gift certificates! Stop by our table at Horizon Books to purchase pre-selected books for your child’s classroom. This annual book sale helps build our school library and collection of books in each classroom. 

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Saturday, Nov. 11

Shop Your Community Day

For the entire TCH community
Support The Children’s House on Saturday, November 11 just by shopping in Downtown TC! For every purchase you make at participating stores, 15% of the sale will be donated to the nonprofit of your choice - please select The Children’s House when you check-out! We were selected as one of the 30 non-profits because we consistently have one of the highest donation amounts at the end of the day. Let’s keep this trend going! 

Learn more on the downtowntc.com

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Thursday, Nov. 16: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Parent Night at Loco Boys Brewing Company

For parents and guardians
This is a fun night of socializing with Children's House and Compass Junior High parents, hosted by Loco Boys Brewing Company. First drink and appetizers on us. We hope to see you there! 

RSVP here

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Friday, Dec. 15: 11:30 AM

Seasonal Sing

For the entire TCH community
This is a time-honored tradition on the final day of school prior to winter break. Families and friends gather to sing a variety of festive songs from many cultures celebrating this wonderful time of year. Campus closes immediately following the event, no Friend's Club.

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Friday, Jan. 26: 8:00-9:00 AM

Coffee & Connect

For parents and guardians
After you go through carline and park, join us for coffee in the front courtyard. This is a great time to connect with parents - we hope you’ll have a few minutes to stop by and catch up! Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring your own mug.

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Saturday, Feb. 3: CANCELLED due to weather 

Sledding Party

For the entire TCH community

Join us on February 3 for a fun morning of sledding at Twin Lakes Park. Warm up by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate.
(As part of our Green School initiative, please bring your own mug!) Thank you to CHiPA for organizing this community event!

We are inviting families with our youngest children (Nido, YCC, and Primary) to arrive at 10 a.m. Families with children in Elementary and Junior High are invited to arrive at 11 a.m. to allow our youngest children a safe time to sled first. Indoor bathrooms available.

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Thursday, February 15: 2:00 PM 

Talent Show

For the entire TCH community
Dancing, singing, comedy skits and more make for an exciting and energetic experience shared by the entire school. Families are invited to enjoy a wide range of performances by our Elementary students.

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Thursday, February 15: 5pm – 7pm

Compass Junior High hosts Fresh Coast Quarterly Club

Who: Public event co-hosted by Creative Coast
Where: Compass Montessori Junior High, 101 N Park St, Traverse City, MI 49684, USA

Fresh Coast Quarterly Club meetups are an opportunity to gather in a welcoming space with other people living in the Grand Traverse Region, as well as being a great way for remote workers and newcomers to the region to get plugged into a network, meet new people, and learn about one of the most vibrant arts & culture communities in Michigan, the Midwest, and beyond. Each Fresh Coast Quarterly Club showcases an entrepreneur or a business who have made Traverse City their home, and who have brought with them exciting new ideas, interests, inspirations, and innovations. 

The Fresh Coast Quarterly Club is hosted at a different location each time, is free to attend, and is open to all.

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Friday, Feb. 23: 8:00-9:00 AM 

Coffee & Connect

For parents and guardians 
After you go through carline and park, join us for coffee in the front courtyard. This is a great time to connect with parents - we hope you’ll have a few minutes to stop by and catch up! Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring your own mug.

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Thursday, March 21: 2:00 PM 

UE & JH Theater Week Performance

For the entire TCH community
Join us for a fun theater performance in the Barn put on by the Upper Elementary and Junior High!

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Friday, April 19: 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Bright Futures Gala

For the entire TCH community, tickets required
This is the biggest event of the year, with proceeds benefiting our Bright Futures Fund. Thanks to a strong team of parent volunteers, this party is a celebration of reaching our annual fundraising goal. The evening includes sponsorship opportunities, door prizes, fine dining, live music, and special presentations. Our Bright Futures Fund supports our school - the people and the physical space - now and well into the future. Make your pledge today and celebrate with us in April! See event details here.

Make your pledge today

Event details

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Saturday, April 27: 10:00 AM to Noon

TART Trail Clean Up

All families are invited to join Student Council on Saturday, April 27 to do some spring cleaning along the TART trail. Location TBD. Bring water and wear gloves and your Children’s House spirit wear.  

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Wednesday, May 1: 10:45 AM

May Day Celebration

For students and staff, Kindergarten families are also invited
We welcome spring with our May Day celebration! The kindergartners dance around the maypole and we sing together. Kindergarteners play a special role in this event, so families of kindergarteners are welcome to attend.

After School Theater Workshop at The Children's House

May 16 - 18

Theater Workshop Performances

For the entire TCH community

Back by popular demand, Jaime Janiszewski will be working on another production with our young thespians this year! The play is The Enchanted Bookshop by Todd Wallinger. Up to 28 TCH students will participate as actors and stage crew. Learn more about the After School Theater Workshop

May 16* – School Performance

May 17 and 18* @ 6 pm OR 7 pm for friends and family performance

*Dates are subject to change

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Friday, May 17

Grounds Work Bee

For the entire TCH community
Many hands make light work! You can help keep our campus beautiful by signing up now.  

Sign up now

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Thursday, May 23: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Junior High Grandparents and Special Friends Day

For Junior High student's grandparents and special friends
This is a special day for grandparents and special friends to visit the Junior High campus and spend time with their adolescent grandchildren.

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Friday, May 24: 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

For Children's House student's grandparents and special friends
This is a heartwarming day when grandparents and special friends come to TCH to spend time in the classrooms. Visitors are treated to a musical performance, campus tours and time spent in the classroom with their grandchildren. This is one of the best “feel good” events of the year! 

Volunteers are needed, sign up today!

Grandparents Day 2023 Photo Gallery

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Tuesday, June 4: 5:00 PM

Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony

For families of the kindergarteners
A celebration of students moving from one Plane of Development up to the next. 

Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony 2023 Photo Gallery

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Tuesday, June 4: 6:30 PM 

6th Year Moving Up Ceremony

For families of the 6th year students
A celebration of students moving from one Plane of Development up to the next.

6th Year Moving Up Ceremony 2023 Photo Gallery

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Wednesday, June 5: 6:00 PM

8th Year Graduation

For families of the 8th year students and the entire TCH community
A ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of our 8th year graduates.

Graduation Ceremony 2023 Photo Gallery

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Friday, June 7: 11:00 AM

Dance of the Cosmos

For the entire TCH community
This tradition at TCH has been in place since the school was founded in 1984. The students shine in this celebration: a recognition of the importance of each of them in our community. Also recognized are the children who have completed the third year of their classroom cycle.

Dance of the Cosmos 2023 Photo Gallery