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The Compass 10-30-2002

New Message from Michele:


Oct 30: Pumpkin Fun Day & Spirit Friday!
Oct 30: Montessori Up Close, 11 a.m. via Zoom, see below
Nov 2:  Daffodil Day, see below
Nov 4:  Picture Retake Day
Nov 4: CHiPA meeting, 9:00 a.m. via zoom
Nov 5: MMUN 6th year Can Drive, info below
Nov 5 & 6: Parent Teacher Conferences, via Zoom, info below
Nov 6: Campus Closed

Nov 9 - 14: Horizon Books Days, see below
Nov 12:  Karen Circle Luncheon, 12:00 via Zoom, details here
Nov 13: Montessori Up Close, 11 a.m. via Zoom, see below
Nov 13:  Spirit Friday & Can Drive
Nov 12 - 14: Shop Your Community Days, see below
Nov 16: Spirit Wear Order Deadline, order now
Nov 20:  Spirit Friday & Can Drive
Nov. 24: Harvest Feasts in Classrooms
Nov. 24: Crystal Mountain School Ski Program, deadline to sign up

Nov. 25-Nov. 27: Campus Closed: Thanksgiving Break

Looking Ahead:

Dec 2: CHiPA meeting, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom
Dec 10: TCH Parent Book Club, see below
Dec 21-Jan 1:  Winter Break, campus closed

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

Jack Lankford

Jack Lankford
Permanent Sub

Jaime Janiszewski

Jaime Janiszewski
Nido Support

Points of Interest: 

The Children's House Blog  
Fostering Independence
By Megan Andrews
In a Montessori environment, the goal for children at any age is independence. Dr. Maria Montessori envisioned a world where we live in harmony and are mutually reliant on one another. more...

Other Notes:


Parent Teacher Conferences - Sign Up Here
Nov 5 & 6
Conferences will take place via Zoom, therefore drop-in childcare will not be available. Out of respect for your child, it is best if they are not present during the conference. Prior to your scheduled conference, your child’s guide will email a link to join them on Zoom. If you do not have Zoom capabilities, please call the front desk and we will help make the 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. 

Fall Work Bee
Typically at this time of year, we invite adults to work with students to clean up the campus grounds on a specific day. This year, you are invited to help out independently. Please see this sign-up sheet for a list of jobs to choose from. Please sign up by adding your name, availability in the next two weeks, and phone number. Steve Maas or DiAnn Service will reach out to you to confirm a time and explain the project. Thank you for your time and energy to help keep our campus beautiful!

MMUN 6th Year Returnable Can Drive
Hello Children's House families,
The 2020-21 6th graders would like to inform you all that, starting Thursday November 5th, the 6th graders will be raising money for all of our MMUN (Montessori Model United Nations) costs by means of a can drive. The can drive will be open every Friday at morning and afternoon carline, unless noted otherwise on the carline advertisement sign. We will usually  be collecting cans on Fridays, but the day will vary throughout the year. We will be accepting returnable, clean, and empty aluminum, plastic, and glass beverage bottles and cans. 

Thank you so much for supporting our MMUN project this year,
-The 6th graders of 2020-21 

Soup for Dinner - place order by Sunday
Many parents have lamented not being able to eat the amazing school food that is served at the annual Fall Harvest Festival. Lament no more! Now you can bring home soup and bread made fresh at school every Friday. Each order costs $30 and includes 40 ounces of soup and four pieces of slipper bread or other side served that day. For details and to sign up, click here.

Horizon Books Days - Nov. 9 - 14
Horizon Books  is collaborating with TCH to host our annual book sale. This is an opportunity to enrich your child's classroom library. You may purchase books that have been pre-selected by your child’s guide. (Look for the green baskets at the back of the store.) Be sure to complete a nameplate for each book you purchase and they will be delivered to your child's classroom for all of the children to enjoy. Or, you may purchase a gift certificate for your classroom over the phone rather than selecting specific books. A percentage of all sales throughout the week will benefit The Children's House - even gift certificates! Thanks for stopping by or calling Horizon Books, Monday through Saturday, November 9 - 14.

Shop Your Community Days - Nov. 12 - 14
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.  

Daffodil Day - Nov. 2
Daffodil Day occurs every November when we plant bulbs in memory of former parent Dr. Karen Gilhooly and former students Sierra Fetterolf, Anna Maas, and Rowan Sanford. Parents are welcome to stop by during the day to plant a bulb.

Parent Business Directory
Did you know there is a 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.  With the harsh economic impact of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to support TCH family-owned businesses. 

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.

Learning Opportunities for Adults:

Launching Social Justice Webpage
Our Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist committee, with the guidance of Britt Hawthorne, has compiled resources for families. Take a look: traversechildrenshouse.org/justice.asp.

TCH Parent Book Club
Dec 10, Jan 7, Jan 21, and Feb 4 at 8 p.m. via Zoom
To continue our anti-bias, anti-racist education and work as a school community, please join us in a school-wide parent book club. We will start by reading “This Book is Anti-Racist” by Tiffany Jewell. (This book is written for children and young adults so you may want to read it as a family.) You can purchase this book locally through Horizon Books. Parents are invited to join us via Zoom to discuss the four sections of this book. Please let us know if you plan to participate by completing this Google form.

Montessori Up Close
This series of presentations by our faculty will take place via Zoom. See our Parent Ed webpage for details.

  • November 13 at 11 a.m. - for families with infants and young toddlers.

Montessori 101 with Michele Shane: Zoom recording
Anti-bias at Home with Britt Hawthorne:  Zoom recording  (Access Passcode: !XaE8233)
Fostering Independence with Megan Andrews:  Zoom recording
Assessment in a Montessori Classroom with Sandra Besselsen:  Zoom recording

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