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The Compass 02-28-2020


Mar 2:  Re-enrollment period ends, summer program open to returning summer families, info here
Mar 4:  CHiPA meeting, 8:30
Mar 3-7:  Montessori Model United Nations, New York City, 6th years
Mar 9-13:  Free BATA rides to and from TCH, see below
Mar 9:  Gala meeting, 8:30
Mar 9:  Tuition Assistance Applications due, FAST closes
Mar 9, 11, 13:  Human Growth & Development for Upper Elementary
Mar 16-20:  Parent-Teacher Conferences, info below

Looking Ahead:

Mar 26:  Upper Elementary Theater performance, 6:00 pm
Mar 30-April 3:  Spring Break, complimentary childcare by reservation, sign up here
Apr 8:  CHiPA Meeting, 8:30
Apr 9:
  School Year 2020-21 Tuition Agreements due
Apr 10:   Poetry Jam, 10:45
Apr 10:  Spring Dance for 6-8th grade students
Apr 16:  Talent Show, 1:15 
Apr 20- 22:  Hearing and Vision Screening
Apr 24 :  Annual Gala - Twilight in the Tropics, see below
Apr 27-May 1:  Junior High trip to Chicago
Apr 27:  Miriam Pico performance, 10:45

Extracurricular Activities:

Contact Julie Boss, TCH parent and Extracurricular Athletic Coordinator at (248) 535-1713 or at boss.julie4boys@yahoo.com with questions or ideas. Details on sports, clubs, and after school programs can be found on our extracurricular page

Points of Interest:

The Children's House Blog
Lettuce Explain..., by Kristina Weidenfeller
Maybe you’ve seen the glow of the greenhouse in the morning, maybe you’ve seen students running around with lettuce at carline, or maybe you are already a valued TCH Organics customer... more...

Other Notes:

BATA: Try it free of charge!
During the week of March 9 - 13, we will be offering FREE bus rides to and from school. Parents are welcome to ride along in the morning to better understand how it works. During that week, we will be driving parents back to their cars in the morning. To learn more about how to use this special bus service for our school, visit our BATA page

Summer 2020
This is it! Starting Monday March 2nd, summer registration opens up to TCH alumni. This means the spots will fill up fast, so register this weekend to ensure you get yours! Sign up today!

Spring Break Childcare
2020 Spring Break is March 30 – April 3. Childcare is offered all week for your children according to their contracted schedules at no extra cost. Reservations for spring break care must be completed by March 6th so we can arrange for adequate staffing. Please indicate if you plan to use fewer days than what is indicated in your contract. Early Care and Friend's Club for primary and elementary may be ordered as usual through boonli. Please note that we will not be able to take reservations after March 8th. Questions regarding spring break care should be directed to Colleen Christensen. Use this link to register.

Spring Dance: April 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Barn
We are planning a middle school dance. We will be accepting the following items

  • Flowers of any color
  • Any finger food
  • Lemonade or punch
  • Compostable plates, cups and napkins
  • Spring decorations
  • French Macarons 

All of these items are not required but deeply appreciated! All items are accepted the week of the dance. 6th to 8th year students are invited and they are allowed to bring friends from other schools in their age group. The dance will be chaperoned by teachers, no parent chaperones are needed. Parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th years will receive an Evite. RSVP before spring break!
~From, Lilah and Ava, 6th years

Parent Teacher Conferences, March 16-20
Sign-ups for parent teacher conferences are now underway. Click here to view the options for conference times with your child’s guide and to sign up. Complimentary childcare is provided for enrolled students during Thursday night conferences. Please contact your child’s teacher or the front desk with any questions at 929-9325.

Annual Gala

Annual Gala Twilight in the Tropics: April 24, 6 - 11 p.m.
Be part of the celebration! To make your reservations, become a sponsor, and donate items to the live and silent auctions, visit our event website.

$25,000 Grand Prize Raffle
The raffle will be drawn the night of the gala with a second prize of $1,500 cash and an Apple Watch as the third prize. Tickets are $100 or 3 for $250. Drop off ticket stubs and payment at the front desk. Need more tickets to sell? Call (231) 929-9325. Maximum of 750 tickets will be sold - odds are good! Raffle license #R55811.
Sarah Davis, TCH Parent and Volunteer Raffle Coordinator

 Inclement Weather Information

Sing up with RemindTCH Administration determines school delays and closings with the assistance of local law enforcement officer Tom Flitton, and 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 at 7:00 a.m. Please note that TCH will not automatically follow the closure policies of TCAPS and NMC as it has in the past.

In addition to an email alerting you about school closings and delays, we will be adding notifications 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. If you have any trouble with 81010, you can try texting @hg6c3f2 to (231) 638-5530. The class is titled TCH Parent Community. If you have questions about the Remind app, let us know and we will do our best to help you.  If you signed up last year for these notifications, you do not need to re-register.

Something I Noticed:

“I always love and appreciate Alison Breithaupt's willingness and enthusiasm to plan and host a President's Day assembly.  This year was as fun and engaging as ever!”

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Created on Thursday, February 27, 2020