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Alumni Newsletter 2023-24

The Children's House and Compass Montessori Junior High

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Long Lake Campus gets an upgrade

The next time you visit The Children’s House, you will notice a major change in the Primary playground. The climber has finally been replaced! The old climber had been a much-loved part of recess for 20+ years. Now, children have a beautiful new space to explore every day. 

Sincerely,
Renee Hintz (Isaac 2008-16 and Anika 2011-23)
Director of Advancement

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Alumni Section & Limited Edition Graphic T-shirt and Poster

We hope you do visit. Perhaps representing the new alumni section at our annual Dance of the Cosmos - the Nebulae! Speaking of the Dance of the Cosmos, Brad Kik (artist and current Children’s House parent), created an artwork that depicts this beautiful community event and is now for sale as a poster and as a graphic t-shirt. Visit our online spirit wear store to purchase apparel or place an order for your limited edition screen printed poster here

TCH Spirit Wear Store     Buy the Poster

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Calling all Children’s House Alumni!
We’d love to reconnect with our former students. We are so curious about what you are doing now and want to recognize your accomplishments by sharing your stories. Please complete the Alumni Form and encourage former classmates to do the same. Thank you, we can’t wait to hear from you!

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Compass Montessori Junior High Park Street Campus downtown Traverse City

The All New Park Street Campus

In November 2023, after a seven-month renovation of our Park Street Campus in downtown Traverse City, 7th and 8th-year students moved into a reimagined environment, distinctly prepared to support them and our Montessori approach to learning.

Check it out!


You're Invited!

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Compass Junior High is hosting the Fresh Coast Quarterly Club

Thursday, February 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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. 

RSVP for Fresh Coast Quarterly Club


Other upcoming events: 

Bright Futures Gala  |  Friday, April 19: 6:00 p.m.   Learn More
8th Year Graduation  |  Wednesday, June 5: 6:00 p.m.  Learn More
Dance of the Cosmos  |  Friday, June 7: 11:00 a.m.  Learn More


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From the Blog

The Evolution of Guiding

by Alison Breithaupt

Being an educator for the past 27 years at The Children's House has taught me a lot about children, parents, and the influence of our changing world on education. First, I want to reflect on the positive changes I have witnessed. Parents are much more involved in their child's education. They are taking more of a stand in what they want for their child educationally. 

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Classroom Highlights

Compass Junior High: Building Community

In Junior High, the focus is social.  It isn’t a choice, it just is what it is. “Social” is the work of third plane development. Adolescents are yearning to be with their peers; making them highly motivated to  learn how best to do it. As with any learning experience, it is fraught with missteps, mistakes, and misunderstandings.  To support, and guide the process, we design the curriculum and environment intentionally to provide a variety of voices, models, and experiences that supply the opportunities to learn about people of the past, and the present, and how those communities functioned, function, or failed. We meet people of different backgrounds and life experiences, and listen to their stories. We examine others, and then we examine ourselves through reflection, group discussions, and conflict resolution.  

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Volunteer Opportunities

Fill out the Volunteer Interest form!

Alumni are welcome to participate in our school through a number of volunteer activities. Let us know what you're interested in by filling out this form.

Volunteer Interest Form

Join our staff! The Children's House Montessori Independent School is hiring

We're Hiring!

Director of Donor Relations

We're hiring for a newly created position, a Director of Donor Relations. We encourage you to read more about this professional opportunity by reviewing the job description. 

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