The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School

Letter from Coach Belanger

A letter for our 2018-2019 Families from Coach Belinda Belanger

Dear Pathfinder Parents,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! School starts in just a few weeks and therefore our Fall athletics will be quickly following.  Overall, the goal of our athletic program at The Pathfinder School is to provide a safe environment for students to try new things, learn what it means to be committed to a team, and grow in their athletic knowledge and experience!

This year we are seeing lots of new changes/additions to our Fall athletic offerings. The biggest change is that students in 6th grade will have the option of moving up to Middle School sports or staying at the Elementary level.  When registering them please make sure they are registered for the correct level that they want to compete at.   
Students may opt to participate in Cross Country held at Pathfinder.  We will have both Middle School(6th-8th) and Elementary(3rd-6th) teams.  This year will be the first year that we are offering Cross Country at the 3rd grade level. Students in 6th grade must decide if they want to participate at the Middle School level (2 miles) or Elementary level (1 mile).  Practice will start on 9/8 following dismissal in the Gym.  Middle School meets will be held on Tuesdays with Elementary meets being on Thursdays. 

We will continue our partnership with Traverse City Christian School.  This year they will be adding in the addition of Co-Ed Soccer (start date TBD).  Girls volleyball will also be offered.  You must register with both Pathfinder and TC Christian.  To register with TC Christian  please visit and click on "register online." Payments for athletics are due the first day of school along with all athletic physicals. Please turn these into the Pathfinder office directly.  


We have partnered with Lake Leelanau Rowing Club to offer a 5 week rowing program.  It will be $75 for the season with practices being once a week.  We are still working out the details on the times but it will either be Friday after school orSaturday morning.  The boat holds 9 students.  Due to this we will need a minimum of 9 students to offer this program and would need another 9 to offer a second boat.  This will be a first come on registration so please sign up quickly to hold your spot. 

Coach Kristen Wilson with Leelanau Tennis will be joining us again for this great 5 week program offered to students in 3rd-6th grade.  Practices will be held on Wednesdays starting the second week of school. .  *** We will have a winter tennis program for k-2nd.***

--- Elementary students may participate in both Cross Country and Tennis ---


Without parent volunteers we wouldn't be able to have our programs be a success. Please contact me if  you are interested in coaching Elementary Cross Country and/or any of our other Winter/Spring sports.


Feel free to communicate with me about any questions or concerns you might have throughout the year.  

Middle School Athletics = $ 90

Middle School Rowing = $75

Elementary Cross Country = $40

Elementary Tennis = More info to come

Norte = More info to come


*** All Middle School athletes must turn in an up to date Sports Physical ***



Belinda Belanger

P.E. Teacher/Athletic Coordinator
The Pathfinder School