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Compass 3-18-22

Calendar:

Mar 15 - 19: 6th Year Montessori Model United Nations trip to New York City
Mar 25: Coffee & Connect, 8 - 9 a.m.
Mar 21 - 25: Upper El Theater Week, performance on Friday at 2 p.m.
Mar 28 - Apr 1: Spring Break
Apr 6: CHiPA meeting, 9 a.m. via Zoom
Apr 12: No Friends Club; ISACS All Staff Focus Group at 3:45

Looking Ahead:

Apr 19: Elementary and Junior High Talent Show, 10 a.m. 
Apr 22: Bright Futures Celebration, 6 - 9 p.m., see below
Apr 23: CHiPA TART Trail Clean Up, 10 a.m., see below
Apr 24 - 30: Junior High Industrial Revolution Trip
Apr 29: Coffee & Connect, 8 - 9 a.m.
May 2: May Day Celebration
May 4: CHiPA meeting, 9 a.m. via Zoom

In The Know:

New! Spirit Wear Store is Open!
Our apparel store is open and features a throwback design, the original Children’s House logo. Gear up for summer with a Children's House performance long sleeve with UPF 50+ protection! Place your order online by Sunday, April 3. 

New! Book Drive, April 4-8
Upper El students, Frank, Monica, and Eliott, are organizing a book drive to benefit children in foster care. We were motivated by their recent participation in Battle of the Books and want to make sure all kids have books available to read. We are collecting new and used books the week of April 4-8. Books may be placed in the entrance hall. We are hoping to collect at least 300 books which will be given to Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. If you are doing spring cleaning, please consider bringing in some books!  

CHiPA TART Trail Clean Up, April 23 at 10 a.m.
All families are invited to join CHiPA on Saturday, April 23 to do some spring cleaning along the Boardman Lake trail. Meet at the gazebo at Hull Park (behind the library on Woodmere) at 10 a.m. We will be picking up trash along the east side of the lake. Bring water and wear gloves and your Children’s House spirit wear. Sign up to let us know you will be there!

Coffee and Connect, March 25 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Parents enjoyed catching up and meeting each other last month so we decided to schedule a few more times to connect over coffee. Thanks to Roaster Jack for providing coffee and Carrie Goodreau for organizing! On March 25 and April 29 between 8 and 9 a.m., join us in the front courtyard. We look forward to seeing you! Dress for the weather and bring your own mug.

Please Provide Alternate TextBright Futures Fund Thermometer 3-18-22Bright Futures Celebration Presented by High Street Insurance Partners, April 22 at 6 p.m.
You are invited to the party we’ve all been waiting for. Join us Friday, April 22 at the Cathedral Barn to celebrate our school community, our children, and our bright future! This event is a celebration for our school community and supporters of our Bright Futures Fund.

Thank you to the 69 families that have given $49,084 so far. Our goal for the Bright Futures Fund is to raise $175,000 by April 22. Help us reach our goal before the celebration – make a gift today. To attend the event, make your reservation online

Thank You to Our Event SponsorsPresenting: High Street Insurance Partners
Gold: Bay Area Urology
Silver: Brady’s Bar, Suzanne and Jason Allen, Cass Street Ear, Nose & Throat
Bronze: BayWest Animal Clinic, Shugart Builders, Partners in Family Practice
It’s not too late to join this group of business sponsors 

Extracurriculars

TCH Sports

New! Boy’s and Girl’s Soccer
Leelanau Soccer Club is providing another opportunity for our kids to play soccer!  Boys and girls are separate teams and are determined by age. Players must have been born in or between 2010 to 2018 to participate in the 2021/2022 recreation season. If we have enough interest, we can put together a TCH team. For more information on spring sports and clubs, visit our extracurriculars page here

New! Boy’s 2nd-3rd Year Basketball
Elementary Boys Basketball is open to boys in 2nd - 5th year (this course offering is for 2nd & 3rd Years). The season begins on Monday, April 4th, 2022 and will run for approximately six weeks. Teams will practice 2-3 days a week and will begin competitions after the second week of practices. Teams will be formed at each elementary school that have enough participants registered to field a team and where a volunteer coach is available. 2nd and 3rd grade teams will be combined and divided equitably as possible. For more information on spring sports and clubs, visit our extracurriculars page here

Upcoming Games - Coed Volleyball:
Mar 22: Volleyball game at Cherry Knoll at 6:30 PM
Mar 23: Volleyball game at Westwoods at 6:00 PM

TCH Clubs

Junior High Robotics
The Children's House Junior High Robotics Club will Participate in 2022 World Championship! Read more.  For more information on spring sports and clubs, visit our extracurriculars page here

Upcoming Junior High Robotics Events:
Mar 19: Winter Water Dash at Bayshore Resort at 12 p.m.
883 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
10 Northwest Michigan robotics teams qualified for World Championship. Winter Water Dash promotes robotics awareness on the last day of winter. Free to attend, donations encouraged. Visit winterwaterdash.com for more details. 
Contact Ryan Adams for sponsorship opportunities and more information. 

COVID-19 status at The Children's House as of 3/18/2022

0 Student COVID positive

0 Staff COVID positive

0 Students or staff quarantined due to exposure 

TCH COVID-19 webpage with link to the TCH protocol was last updated on February 24, 2022.

TCH Blog:

Role of the Guide
By Karin Church
Why do Montessori schools use the term “guide” instead of “teacher” and how is a guide’s role different from what may be expected of a traditional teacher? Word choice matters and Continue Reading...

Quick Links:

Inclement Weather Policy: visit our Policies and Procedures webpage.

Vaccine Appointments and Information: Grand Traverse Health Department and the Benzie Leelanau Health Department

Sharing our Gratitude: Gratitude Padlet.

Parent Business Directory: Visit our directory of TCH family-owned businesses.

Facebook Community Page:  Share ideas, swap/sell items, and connect with other families.

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Created on Thursday, March 17, 2022