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The Compass 02-19-2021

New Message from Michele:


Feb 10 - Mar 1:  Re-enroll for 2021-2022 school year
Feb 24: Parent Info Night: Junior High Human Growth and Development, 6 p.m. via Zoom, info here
Feb 24: Parent Info Night: Upper El Human Growth and Development, 7 p.m. via Zoom, info here
Feb 24: ISACS Webinar: Talking with Children About Race, info here
Mar 1:
 Re-Enrollment Forms and Deposits Due
Mar 1, 3 & 5: Upper El Human Growth and Development
Mar 2: Summer Camp Registration Opens for Alumni
Mar 3: CHiPA, 9 a.m. via Zoom, info here

Mar 3: ISACS Webinar: Parenting in a Pandemic, info here

Mar 4: TCH Parent Book Club at 8 p.m., info here
Mar 4:  Parent Meeting:  Covid-19 and a healthy spring break, see below
Mar 8: Tuition Assistance Application closes
Mar 8, 9 & 11: Junior High Human Growth and Development
Mar 8-12:  Parent Teacher Conferences, see below
Mar 10: ISACS Webinar: Managing Anxiety, Stress & Parenting Under COVID-19, info here
Mar 12: Campus Closed for Conferences
Mar 15: Summer Camp Registration Opens for All Others

Looking Ahead:

Mar 29-Apr 2: Spring Break
Apr 7:  CHiPA meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Apr 8:  Signed Tuition Agreements for 2021/2022 school year due
Apr 8:  Appeals for Tuition Assistance due
Apr 15:  Upper Elementary Theatre performance

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. Visit our extracurricular webpage to learn more. 

New Faces/New Roles

Melissa Waterstripe
Melissa Waterstripe

Points of Interest:

Montessori and the Multi-Aged Classroom
By Karin Church
When our daughter joined The Children’s House at sixteen months, one of the biggest takeaways from our initial visit was how very capable she already was at this young age and more...

Other Notes:


Parent Meeting: COVID-19 protocol reminders for a healthy spring break
Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m., via Zoom
The purpose of this meeting is to provide a clear outline for our COVID-19 school community expectations, answer parent questions, and provide guidance for a safe and healthy spring break. To submit a question, please complete this Google form.

Parent Teacher Conferences - Sign Up Here
March 8-12
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.

Family Fun Challenges
We are all hopeful for a more normal time when we can gather and get to know all of the members of our school community better. But until we can do that safely, CHiPA is proposing some Family Fun Challenges that we can share on The Children’s House Community Facebook page.  

The current Family Fun Challenge is to play a board or card game together! We all need new ideas for games to play. Snap a photo and share on the TCH Community Facebook page!

PadletSharing our Gratitude
Please take a moment to read what others have shared on our Gratitude Padlet. To add your gratitude, just click on the + button in the lower right corner of the Padlet.

Parent Business Directory
With the harsh economic impact of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to support TCH family-owned restaurants and businesses. Visit our 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.  

COVID-19 Resources
TCH COVID-19 webpage with link to Phase 4-5 protocol, updated February 19, 2021. Included are changes to our quarantine requirements regarding air travel and post-vaccine COVID-19 exposure. 

Updated February 1 - See the most updated Epidemic Order Infographic here

TCH Inclement Weather Policy:
TCH Administration determines school delays and closings with the assistance of TCH outdoor services provider, Chris Danbrook. Parents will receive an email by 7:00 a.m. (or earlier if possible) notifying them of the delay or closure. The information will also be posted on the school’s website 7:00 a.m. Please note that TCH will not automatically follow the closure decisions of TCAPS and NMC.

Sign up for text alerts:  In addition to an email alerting you about school closings and delays, we notify parents by text message via Remind. Simply download the Remind app to your mobile device and set up an account. Then, Text @hg6c3f2 to the number 81010. You will receive a welcome text from Remind. The class is titled TCH Parent Community. 

Facebook Community Page
Join our Facebook group, The Children’s House Community, to share ideas, swap/sell items, and connect with other families.

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Learning Opportunities for Adults:

Coming Up: 

NEW! ISACS Parent Series
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Feb 24; Mar 3 & 10
We are happy to extend this benefit of being an ISACS school to our parent community. We hope you will take advantage of this series with pertinent parenting topics on Executive Function, Talking with Children about Race, Parenting in a Pandemic, and Managing Anxiety. For more information and to sign up, visit our Parent Ed webpage

Parent Info Night: Human Growth and Development
Feb 24 via Zoom
Junior High Parents @ 6:00 p.m.
Upper El Parents @ 7:00 p.m.
We will be hosting a parent meeting with Carrie Ullery Smith for those interested in learning more about the human growth and development curriculum the students will be learning. A link to join us on Zoom will be emailed to all Junior High and Upper El parents. 

TCH Parent Book Club
March 4 at 8 p.m.
We will continue our TCH Parent "Book Club" by watching the webinar What It Means to be Black in White Spaces with Julie Lythcott-Haims. All are welcome. A Zoom link will be sent to all parents. To watch the webinar, follow the instructions on our Parent Ed webpage. 

For all Montessori Up Close faculty presentations, recordings of past presentations, and other recommended resources, please visit our Parent Ed webpage in the Parent Portal.

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