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Thursdays: Dec 10, 2020 and Jan 7, Jan 21, and Feb 4, 2021 at 8 p.m.
TCH Parent Book Club
To continue our anti-bias, anti-racist education and work as a school community, please join us in a school-wide parent book club. We will start by reading This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell. (This book is written for children and young adults so you may want to read it as a family.) You can purchase this book locally through Horizon Books. Parents are invited to join us via Zoom to discuss the four sections of this book. Please let us know if you plan to participate on any of these dates by completing this Google form.


January 12, 2021
Junior High Virtual Open House
For families with children in their 6th year of elementary.


January 19, 2021
Mid-Year Parent Orientation with Michele Shane, Head of School
For families with children who are starting school mid-year.

January 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
Montessori Up Close: The Elementary Years
For families of kindergartners.


January 27, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
Montessori Up Close: The Kindergarten Year with the Primary Faculty
For families with Primary age children not yet in Kindergarten.


Montessori Up Close Recordings

Montessori 101 with Michele Shane, Head of School
Required for all new families
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. 
Zoom recording

Fostering Independence with Megan Andrews, Primary Guide
For families with children ages 2.5 to 5 years
Zoom recording

Toilet Independence with Jenny Lamble and Jeanette Kania, YCC Guides
For families with children under the age of three
Zoom recording

Assessment with Sandra Besselsen, Elementary Guide
For families with kindergarten and elementary age children
Zoom recording


Healthy Sleep Habits with Britny Tollstam, Nido Guide
For families with infants and young toddlers.
Zoom recording

Recommended Resources:

For articles and videos on the Montessori approach to learning, visit

What It Means to be Black in White Spaces with Julie Lythcott-Haims
Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult” and “Real American" shares her personal experiences of being black and biracial in America, and how her experiences have and continue to shape her life.
To access the recording of this webinar:

  • Visit and select “RECORDED WEBINARS” in the left hand column.
  • Scroll towards the bottom of the page to the “PASSWORD PROTECTED WEBINARS” section.
  • Select “ISACS/CAIS/NYSAIS Webinar with Julie Lythcott-Haims” to reveal the 12/1 webinar, which is now available for viewing.
  • Select “12/1/20 - What It Means to be Black in White Spaces” with Julie Lythcott-Haims.
  • Password: This recording is available via Zoom which requires you to enter the following password to view the recorded webinar: spaces$2020 (all lowercase).
  • The recording will be available until February 28, 2021.

Identifying Child Abuse
Our staff participated in a virtual training with the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center on November 18 because it is important for all of us to understand signs of abuse, use proper terminology with students, and know how to respond if a child is talking to you about an experience they have had. Please refer to this handout that was presented during the training. 

britt.jpgBuilding Anti-Biased Anti-Racist Families
October 6 with Britt Hawthorne
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. 
Zoom recording (Access Passcode: !XaE8233) 

Recommended Reading

Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents, by Maren Schmidt

Together With Montessori, by Cam Gordon

Montessori Madness, by Trevor Eissler 

Paula Lillard has written multiple books on Montessori, which are also recommended.

While not Montessori specific, these parenting books align well with our approach: 

Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims