Montessori Sun Times Summer 2015 : Page 1

A newsletter for The Children’s House community in Traverse City · Summer 2015 www.traversechildrenshouse.org A Strategic Plan in Action For too many organizations, strategic plans tend to garner enthusiasm and support in their inception, but soon find their unfor-Michele Shane tunate fate Head of School gathering dust on a shelf somewhere. The Chil-dren’s House Board of Directors is taking great strides to ensure that our plan, completed spring 2015, becomes the focal point of our work going forward. During the process of creating “Strategic Direction 2015” we gathered significant input from our community, including a survey of parents, faculty, staff and administrators, to bring to light the most important goals to put our school’s mission into action: “The Children’s House prepares a Montessori learning environment that supports and respects the development of each unique child and nurtures them to become independent, curious, confident, lifelong learners who strive to contribute to their communities and the greater world.” So where are we now? Our seven goal plan, each with its own set of strategies, is an ambitious one. Each strategy must include a plan for how we will be “worked.” Fortunately, with the strong engagement of our community, several of the strategies have been set in motion. Here are some of the highlights: Culture • Communicating with parents is an important priority at TCH. It is strength of partner-ships with families that is one of the qualities that make TCH thrive. In the upcoming year, we will bring back a variation of “Talking Points” in The Compass regularly. Talking points are a brief description of life in your child’s classroom that give you an opportunity to have conversa-tions about school. Or, for our younger students, the ability for families to hear some highlights from their days if they aren’t yet able to communicate it to you themselves! • This year, Nadine Elmgren will be coordinating our “Community Education” series again with an emphasis on our Montessori meth-odology and philosophy. Look for the calendar coming to you soon. TCH staff looks forward to sharing Montessori wisdom with you! Approach • We continue to encourage our staff to attend professional development opportunities to be lifelong learners along with the children. Infant-Toddler (I/T) teachers and assistants will be attending workshops in Chicago this summer. In October, the workshop’s leader, Sarah Moudry, will be coming to TCH to work with our entire I-T staff. Mindfulness expert, Metta McGarvey, of Harvard University, will visit during our opening work week to start us all off for a year of presence and awareness. • Our Jr. High program will be in its second year, expanding our group. This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the adolescent through rigorous academic work bal-anced with opportunity for each student to own their education through student-initiated projects in science, economics, humanities, art, music and occupations. Sustainability • TCH Finance committee continues to work diligently in creating a long-term business model to ensure our high quality Montessori education lasts for many years to come. This work has included assessing the need for space in our elementary program, Jr. High and enrichment programs, offering appropriate tuition assistance for our families who qualify, and raising hourly pay. It is an exciting time in the life of The Children’s House. We look forward to an upcoming year of dedication to maintaining our highest quality education, guided by Strategic Direction 2015, always holding our mission as a beacon. Upcoming School Dates: Summer-Fall Calendar September 8 Student Orientation Day September 8 Tears and Cheers September 9 Full schedules begin September 24 New Parent Orienta-tion, Montessori 101 6:00pm October 11 Fall Harvest Festival October 15 School Picture Day October 16 Faculty Retreat, Campus Closed October 21 Parent Visiting Day Primary & Lower El 8:30am November 3-6 Parent Teacher Conferences November 13-14 Holiday Art Market November 14 Horizon Book Day Shop Your Community November 25-27 Thanksgiving Break Campus Closed

A Strategic Plan In Action

Michele Shane

For too many organizations, strategic plans tend to garner enthusiasm and support in their inception, but soon find their unfortunate fate gathering dust on a shelf somewhere. The Children’s House Board of Directors is taking great strides to ensure that our plan, completed spring 2015, becomes the focal point of our work going forward.

During the process of creating “Strategic Direction 2015” we gathered significant input from our community, including a survey of parents, faculty, staff and administrators, to bring to light the most important goals to put our school’s mission into action:

“The Children’s House prepares a Montessori learning environment that supports and respects the development of each unique child and nurtures them to become independent, curious, confident, lifelong learners who strive to contribute to their communities and the greater world.”

So where are we now?

Our seven goal plan, each with its own set of strategies, is an ambitious one. Each strategy must include a plan for how we will be “worked.” Fortunately, with the strong engagement of our community, several of the strategies have been set in motion. Here are some of the highlights:

Culture

• Communicating with parents is an important priority at TCH. It is strength of partnerships with families that is one of the qualities that make TCH thrive. In the upcoming year, we will bring back a variation of “Talking Points” in The Compass regularly. Talking points are a brief description of life in your child’s classroom that give you an opportunity to have conversations about school. Or, for our younger students, the ability for families to hear some highlights from their days if they aren’t yet able to communicate it to you themselves!

• This year, Nadine Elmgren will be coordinating our “Community Education” series again with an emphasis on our Montessori methodology and philosophy. Look for the calendar coming to you soon. TCH staff looks forward to sharing Montessori wisdom with you!

Approach

• We continue to encourage our staff to attend professional development opportunities to be lifelong learners along with the children. Infant-Toddler (I/T) teachers and assistants will be attending workshops in Chicago this summer. In October, the workshop’s leader, Sarah Moudry, will be coming to TCH to work with our entire I-T staff. Mindfulness expert, Metta McGarvey, of Harvard University, will visit during our opening work week to start us all off for a year of presence and awareness.

• Our Jr. High program will be in its second year, expanding our group. This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the adolescent through rigorous academic work balanced with opportunity for each student to own their education through student-initiated projects in science, economics, humanities, art, music and occupations.

Sustainability

• TCH Finance committee continues to work diligently in creating a long-term business model to ensure our high quality Montessori education lasts for many years to come. This work has included assessing the need for space in our elementary program, Jr. High and enrichment programs, offering appropriate tuition assistance for our families who qualify, and raising hourly pay.

It is an exciting time in the life of The Children’s House. We look forward to an upcoming year of dedication to maintaining our highest quality education, guided by Strategic Direction 2015, always holding our mission as a beacon.

Read the full article at http://digital.zoompubs.com/article/A+Strategic+Plan+In+Action/2242529/269010/article.html.

Upcoming School Dates: Summer-Fall Calendar

September 7

Student Orientation Day

September 8

Tears and Cheers

September 9

Full schedules begin

September 24

New Parent Orientation, Montessori 101 6:00pm

October 11

Fall Harvest Festival

October 15

School Picture Day

October 16

Faculty Retreat, Campus Closed

October 21

Parent Visiting Day Primary & Lower El 8:30am

November 3-6

Parent Teacher Conferences

November 13-14

Holiday Art Market

November 14

Horizon Book Day Shop Your Community

November 25-27

Thanksgiving Break Campus Closed

Read the full article at http://digital.zoompubs.com/article/Upcoming+School+Dates%3A+Summer-Fall+Calendar/2242568/269010/article.html.

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