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Waypoints 2-23-24

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Calendar: 

Re-enrollment and summer registration is open through March 1: traversechildrenshouse.org/reenroll.asp
Feb 26: No School for 6th years only
Feb 26-Mar 8: Elementary Parent Visiting Days, scheduled visits  
Feb 27: Human Growth & Development Parent Night with Carrie Ullery-Smith on Zoom:
Elementary Parents 7 p.m.; Jr. High Parents 8 p.m.

New! Feb 29: Kindergarten Field Trip to the Boardman Nature Center, 9:30-12:30
Rescheduled Feb 29: Montessori Up Close: The Montessori Toddler, 4-5:15 at The Children's House, details here

Mar 1: Re-enrollment and summer registration and deposits are due
Mar 1: Coffee with Britny Tollstam: Talking to Youth About Heated Topics, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room at The Children's House, details here
Mar 4: Tuition Assistance applications are due
March 4-8: Human Growth and Development, Upper El and Junior High
Mar 5: Growing Up in Public: Milestones of Growing Up in the Digital Age, 7:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom, registration is required, details here
Mar 6: CHiPA meeting, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., in the Community Room or via Zoom, details here
Mar 8: Elementary Maple Syrup Field Trip
Mar 13-21: Theater Week, Upper El and Junior High
Mar 14-15: Conferences
Mar 15: No School, Conferences 
Mar 21: Theater Performance, Upper El and Junior High, 2 p.m., All school assembly, parents welcome! details here
Mar 22: Coffee with Britny Tollstam: Growing Up in Public: Milestones of Growing Up in the Digital Age, details here
Mar 25-29: Spring Break, Campus Closed

 Look further ahead… 

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In the Know:

Compass Montessori Junior High fosters capable, compassionate, resilient teenagers who are curious about themselves, and the world around them. Watch our new video and visit compassjuniorhigh.org to learn more.

New! Time to Order Lunch
View the March lunch menu to see the new vegetarian options and order!

New Employment Opportunity!
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 on our Employment webpage

Compass Junior High Art Show at TADL Woodmere 
Our Identity-themed art show has moved to the Woodmere library branch. Student work includes painting, poetry, and clay tiles and heads, complemented by writing. Our art will be in the display cases near the audio/visual department on the first floor now through March 1.

Dance of the Cosmos PosterDance of the Cosmos Limited Edition poster
Thanks to Brad Kik, artist, and current Children’s House parent, we have a "Dance of the Cosmos" limited edition poster this year! The artwork commemorates our beautiful community celebration that takes place on the last day of school. This 40-year-long tradition stars our Kindergarteners as planets and comets in our solar system and every other student as other parts of our universe. Posters can be purchased through this Google form. Only 50 posters are available, order today!

Weekly Gratitude
“I really appreciate the delicious lunches that our kitchen staff works so hard on. The lunch they put together for our staff day was a wonderful treat!”

Bright Futures Gala 2024: A Wish for the FutureOur Bright Futures Fund supports our school - the people and the physical space - now and well into the future. This school year, our goal is for 100% of our families, staff, and board members to participate. 

You can help us meet this goal by making your pledge today and then celebrating with us at our Bright Futures Gala, A Wish for the Future, at The Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park! Make your pledge today

A Wish for the Future
Save the Date: Friday, April 19, 2024
Sponsor the event  |  Make reservations to attend  |  Give an item for a door prize

Extracurriculars:

New! Middle School Track (7th-8th years) - Register by March 15!
Middle School Track starts on April 1 and is open to 7th-8th graders.  ALL Compass athletes MUST run at West Middle School due to our co-op with TCAPS.  For more information and registration, visit the LEAP website.  

Updated! Boys Basketball (2nd-3rd years)- Register by March 15!
This season will start in April. We will need a coach for this team. Please contact Julie Boss if interested. Learn more and register on the LEAP website

Montessori Junior High students participating in Robotics Club

Updated! Navigators Robotics Club (6th-8th years) - Sign up by February 27!
We are getting ready to launch our Spring Sessions of Robotics for 6th-8th years. The season starts March 4 and practices will be hosted at Compass from 3:30-5:00 on Mondays. Please let us know if you (or your student) will be joining the Spring Session before February 27th. We are not planning to charge a fee for those who participated in the fall.  Learn more and sign up here.

Montessori students participating in afterschool theater workshopAfter School Theater Workshop (4th-8th years) - Sign up by February 28!
Back by popular demand, Jaime Janiszewski will be working on another production with your young thespians this year! The workshop will run April – May with rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students 4th-8th grade may sign up from February 1 – 28. Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 12 from 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm. There are 23 acting roles and 5 production roles. Learn more and sign up here

 

Boys and Girls Track (4th-6th years)
Track is open to all 4th-6th graders. Practice will start during the week of 4/2. Meets will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School. Meets will start on 4/16 and end on 5/9. Please look for registration in early March. We will need coaches for track. Please reach out to Julie Boss (julie.boss@tchlearners.org; (248) 535-1713) if you are interested in coaching or assisting.

Athletics    Afterschool Programs

Blog:

Vimeo thumbnail of Compass Junior High's trip to the SouthFrom Slavery to Civil Rights: A Trip to the South
by Kristina Weidenfeller
Last week marks the third time we have traveled to Georgia and Alabama for our “Civil War to Civil Rights” Workshop.  Each visit is a unique, one-time experience that is shaped by geography, location hours, restaurant hours, and special events in the area, not to mention the personalities and interests of twenty-three young people. Continue Reading...

Community Bulletin:

New! National Writers Series and Tilt Think are holding improv classes at the Alluvion for kids grades 5 - 8. For more info and to register visit nationalwritersseries.org.

Baseball Registration is now open for Traverse City Little League. Learn more.

Pit Spitters Reading Club - The Pit Spitters are offering two FREE tickets in exchange for completing 30 days of reading (Kindergarten - 8th grade).  Learn more.

Community Bulletin

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