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The Compass 09-25-2020

Calendar:

Oct 2: Spirit Friday! Show your school spirit by wearing TCH logo gear
Oct 6: Building Anti-Racist Anti-Biased Families, 6:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom, see below
Oct 7: CHiPA meeting, 9am via Zoom
Oct 9: Spirit Friday!
Oct 9: Montessori 101, (required for all new families) 11am via Zoom, see below
Oct 12: 4th Year Students visit Leelanau Outdoor Center
Oct. 14: School picture Day
Oct 16: Campus Closed, Staff Professional Day
Oct 20: Montessori Up Close, 9 a.m. via Zoom, see below
Oct 23: Spirit Friday!
Oct 27: Montessori Up Close, 11 a.m. via Zoom, see below

Looking Ahead:

Oct 30: Pumpkin Fun Day & Spirit Friday!
Nov 2-6: Parent Teacher Conferences, info coming soon
Nov 6: Campus Closed, Parent/Teacher Conferences
Nov 12 - 14: Shop Your Community Days, see below
Nov. 24: Harvest Feasts in Classrooms
Nov. 25-Nov. 27: Campus Closed: Thanksgiving Break

Extracurricular Activities:

Each year, our Elementary and Junior High students look forward to participating on The Children’s House cross country, basketball, and track teams. Keeping our children learning in school is our number one priority. Because we are doing our best to keep our classroom cohorts separate during the school day, we are postponing the start of sports teams. When the time is right, we will send an informational email and survey to parents to gauge interest and availability to coach.

Points of Interest

Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Education is Montessori
By Michele Shane
Maria Montessori taught us to believe in the potential and value of every child. As Montessorians, it is our intention to provide an environment where children and adults alike are seen more…

Other Notes:

 

New Information on COVID-19 in Children
The CDC recently revised COVID-19 symptoms in children and information for parents. When monitoring for symptoms everyday before coming to school, please pay particular attention to:

  • Fever (temperature 100.4 °F or higher)
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for a child with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, see if there is a change from their usual cough)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

We’ve updated our quick reference guides if you’d like to reprint.

Shop Your Community Days
Support The Children’s House and our Traverse City downtown merchants during Shop Your Community Days, November 12-14. Three days allows shoppers to spread out and stay safe. We are one of only 30 nonprofits invited to participate this year. Even during difficult times, merchants will be donating 5% of every sale - be sure to select The Children’s House at checkout.  

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.

Pest Management
As part of the Montessori Children's House pest management system, it may be necessary to occasionally apply a pesticide. You have the right to be informed prior to any pesticide application made to the school grounds and buildings.  Advance notice of applications will be posted at the entrance to the school and posted on the school's web site. You are also entitled to receive notification by first-class mail three days prior to the application . Please use this link for more information about this process and contact Kim Gallagher at kim@traversechildrenshouse.org for more information.

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

Amazon Smile -  You Shop. Amazon Gives.
AmazonSmile customers can now support The Children's House Montessori School of Traverse City in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Learning Opportunities for Adults:

Building Anti-Biased Anti-Racist Families
Britt HawthorneOctober 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm with Britt Hawthorne via Zoom
When we commit to collectively talking about fairness, equality, and justice with young children, we begin to envision a world in which not only children but all people are treated with dignity; free from the burden of unfair assumptions based on a single characteristic. It becomes a world where we actively challenge racism and bias each and every day. The goals of this family and community presentation are to dismantle the color-blind assumption and prepare children to work toward justice. This presentation shares concrete ways families can support their children’s developing racial and ethnic identities. Families learn how to empower their children, affirm their numerous identities, and accept differences.

Montessori 101 - required for all new families
October 9, 11 a.m. with Michele Shane via Zoom
Join Michele for an introduction to the history, culture, and mission of our school and gain a deeper appreciation for the Montessori method of learning. This is required for all families who are new to our school - if you’re not new but would like a refresher, you are also welcome. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to all families closer to the date. 

Montessori Up Close
This series of presentations by our faculty will take place via Zoom. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for details! 

  • October 20 at 9 a.m. - for families with Primary-aged children. 
  • October 27 at 11 a.m. - for families with children under the age of three.

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Created on Thursday, September 24, 2020