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The Compass 02-05-2021

Calendar:

Feb 10:  Re-enrollment begins
Feb 12: Campus Closed, Staff Professional Day
Feb 15:  Campus Closed, President's Day
Feb 15: Summer Camp Registration Opens for Current TCH Students
Feb 24: Junior High Human Growth and Development parent night, 6 p.m. via Zoom, see below
Mar 1: Re-Enrollment Forms and Deposits Due
Mar 2: Summer Camp Registration Opens for Alumni

Looking Ahead:

Mar 8: Tuition Assistance Application closes
Mar 8-12:  Parent Teacher Conferences, Info coming soon
Mar 12: Campus Closed, Conferences
Mar 15: Summer Camp Registration Opens for All Others
Mar 29-Apr 2: Spring Break, see below

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. 

Points of Interest:

The Children's House Blog 
Freedom and Limits
By Nadine Elmgren
Joyful learners abound in every classroom at The Children’s House. You can see students happily skipping across the room, some fiercely engaged in their work, while others banter over the nuisances of their more...

Other Notes:

 

NEW! Spring Break Childcare 
Thank you for your feedback on our survey. Spring Break childcare will be provided. If you have already told us you will be participating, Kim will confirm your schedule directly with you. If you did not respond to the survey that you needed childcare and find in the next couple of weeks that it becomes necessary for your family, please reach out to Kim Gallagher, kim@traversechildrenshouse.org for availability.

NEW! Family Fun Challenges
We are all hopeful for a more normal time when we can gather and get to know all of the members of our school community better. But until we can do that safely, CHiPA is proposing some Family Fun Challenges that we can share on The Children’s House Community Facebook page.  

Our first challenge will be to build a snowman and share a photo or two! With all of the snow in the forecast, we thought this would be a good activity to start with. And...go! Future challenges will be posted in the Compass and on the TCH Community Facebook page.

Jr High Student Business
Hello TCH families!
We are continuing our TCH Organics business which was started last year. We are still figuring out what products to sell, but we have decided on selling lettuce and basil for now. We may add radishes in the near future. We will let you know when we make any further decisions. If you are interested in learning more about our business, email us and we will get back to you on any questions you may have:  xoa.thelen@tchlearners.org

PadletSharing our Gratitude
Please take a moment to read what others have shared on our Gratitude Padlet. To add your gratitude, just click on the + button in the lower right corner of the Padlet.

Parent Business Directory
With the harsh economic impact of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to support TCH family-owned restaurants and businesses. Visit our 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.  

COVID-19 Resources
TCH COVID-19 webpage with link to updated Phase 4-5 protocol

Updated February 1 - See the most updated Epidemic Order Infographic here

Update: Masks must sufficiently cover noses and mouths and be made of at least two layers and tightly woven. Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted.

Gym Use Update: Thanks to a well-connected parent, we were able to purchase a large air purifier for the gym at an affordable price!

When the indoor youth sports restriction was lifted on January 16, we proceeded with our gym rentals for two local volleyball groups. One group uses our gym on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and the other uses it on Saturday mornings. As with every decision we’ve made this year, renting the gym to these two groups was thoroughly vetted of its COVID impact on our school. Dr. Edgren determined that this posed minimal risk to our community. We’ve also ensured that both groups are following all MDHHS guidelines on masking and group size.

TCH Inclement Weather Policy:
TCH Administration determines school delays and closings with the assistance of 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 7:00 a.m. Please note that TCH will not automatically follow the closure decisions of TCAPS and NMC.

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. 

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

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Learning Opportunities for Adults:

Coming Up: 

Jr. High Human Growth and Development Parent Night
Feb 24 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
We will be hosting a parent meeting with Carrie Ullery-Smith for those interested in learning more about the human growth and development curriculum the students will be learning. A link to join us on Zoom will be emailed to all Junior High parents.

For all Montessori Up Close faculty presentations, recordings of past presentations, and other recommended resources, please visit our Parent Ed webpage in the Parent Portal.

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Created on Friday, February 5, 2021