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Compass 4-15-22

New Message from Michele:

Calendar:

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., sign up below
Apr 24 - 30: Junior High Industrial Revolution Trip to Philadelphia 
Apr 29: Coffee & Connect, 8 - 9 a.m.
May 3: May Day Celebration
May 4: CHiPA meeting, 9 a.m. via Zoom
May 6: 1st - 5th Year students, DeYoung Natural Area Field Trip 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
May 6: 6th Year and Jr. High, Earth Day Outing

Looking Ahead:

May 20: Grounds Work Bee, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., see below
May 26: Kindergarten field trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes
May 27: Grandparents Day, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., school closes at 11:30, see below
May 30: No School, Memorial Day
May 31 - June 3: Junior High Backpacking Trip
June 1 - 3: Upper El camping trip
June 1 - 3: 3rd Year trip to Leelanau Outdoor Center
June 2 - 3: 1st and 2nd Years trip to Leelanau Outdoor Center
June 7: Moving Up Ceremonies, Kindergarten, and 6th-year students
June 8: Graduation
June 10: Dance of the Cosmos, 11 a.m., campus closes after the event

In The Know:

New! Thank You for the Books
Dear Families who donated books, thank you!! Because of your donations, we collected 675 books to give to kids in foster care. Sincerely, Frank, Monica, and Elliot

New! Kids for Kindness
Kids for Kindness is doing a drive for Ukraine. The drive will start on April 18th and go through April 29th. All of the items will be given to the Slavic Evangelical Church who will then give it to Ukraine. Thank you, Ava, Gwennie, Mason, Olivia, Cole, and Natalie

Items needed: dried or canned food, common medications such as Ibuprofen (please leave medicine at the front desk), diapers and wipes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner 

Wanted! Ellipticals, Stationary Bicycles, Treadmills for new Jr. High campus
If you have a used, but fully functional piece of equipment that is just taking up space, the Jr. High would be happy to take it off your hands. E-Mail: treenen@traversechildrenshouse.org if you have something in mind. Thank you!

Grandparents Day, May 27
Mark your calendars! On May 27, we will be hosting our 18th annual Grandparents and Special Friends of that Generation Day. If you would like to have your child's grandparents or special friends invited to attend, login to Family Access in the parent portal to update your family info. Click on the grandparents tab to update names and addresses. Be sure to check the box that indicates that you would like them to be invited to Grandparent’s Day. We will not send an invitation if this box is not checked. Invitations will be mailed in early May, so please complete this information by April 25. If you have questions, please contact Marty Miklos at martin@traversechildrenshouse.org.

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!

Grounds Work Bee, May 20, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Many hands make light work! You can help keep our campus beautiful by signing up now and showing up on May 20. We need help with the following: remove vines, add limbs and logs to the playground, spread wood chips, plant, and transplant trees, remove autumn olive and mulberry, and more! 

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Bright Futures Celebration Presented by High Street Insurance Partners, April 22 at 6 p.m.
We're just one week from 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!  What to expect at the event:

  • Snappy casual attire
  • Sparkling reception sponsored by Mawby
  • Dinner by The Cooks’ House
  • Open bar (including beer from The Workshop Brewing Company and wine from Verterra Winery)
  • Ice cream from Moomers and coffee by Roaster Jack
  • Classroom project auction
  • The Future is Bright wall - share your hopes, dreams and words of wisdom for our children!
  • Special videos featuring our children
  • Door prizes! 
  • Live music by Chris Sterr and his band The Pocket!
  • A paddle raise (if we haven’t yet reached our fundraising goal!)
  • All at the stunning Cathedral Barn at the Historic Barns Park

Please help us reach our fundraising goal – make a gift today. To attend the event, make your reservation online. Limited tickets remain. Sign up to volunteer to help pull off this event!

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

Presenting: High Street Insurance Partners
Gold: Bay Area Urology, Rehmann
Silver: Brady’s Bar, Suzanne and Jason Allen, Cass Street Ear, Nose & Throat, Nathan & Jennifer Smith, Koala Insulation, isee Communications, GR Auto Gallery of Traverse City
Bronze: BayWest Animal Clinic, Chad Beers DDSFarm Club, Danbrook Adams Raymond, TNT Electrical SystemsShugart Builders, Partners in Family Practice, Bonek Insurance Agency, Dharamsala TC, Schrader & Associates, TBA Credit Union, Sustainable Landscapes, Thirlby Clinic, and Crystal Lake Health Center
It’s not too late to join this group of business sponsors

Extracurriculars

TCH Sports
For more information on spring sports and clubs, visit our extracurriculars page here.

4th-6th Grade Track
Dates: 4/4-5/19
Meets: 4/19-5/19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at SEAS from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Practice:  4/4-4/18: Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays:  3:30pm-5:00pm at TCH
4/25-5/19: Practice will only be on Mondays with meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cost:  $45.00 
Forms:  Being passed out at school and are available at the front desk at the end of the week

7th-8th Grade Track
Through LEAP.  The deadline to join is Friday, March 25th. Practice is dependent on which Middle School they choose to do track. Questions: contact Julie Boss at boss.julie4boys@yahoo.com.

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

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

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:
May 7-11: VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, TX

COVID-19 status at The Children's House as of 4/15/2022

1 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  March,19 2022.

TCH Blog:

Supporting Montessori at Home
by Jeanette Kania
One of the goals, when we prepare our classroom environments for the children, is to make it like a second home for them. We observe our learners so we can design Continue Reading...

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Created on Friday, April 15, 2022