The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School


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The Pathfinder eNews: Monday, January 15th, 2018

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  • WINTER PPA Meeting | Tuesday, January 16th

  • January 19th - Records Day | NO School

  • High School 101 | Thursday, Jan. 25

  • High School Fair | Wednesday, January 31

  • Winter Festival | Saturday, February 3rd

  • ARRIVAL  - Tardy Slips/Doctor's Visits, Upstairs access road

  • Professor Qwbli's Cardboard Challenge

  • Ski Club

  • Upcoming Athletic Events



Tuesday, January 16th


Brew - Back Tables


January 19th - Records Day - NO School



High School 101 | Thursday, January 25

We invite our middle school students to join recent graduates of Pathfinder who attend schools all over our region (TC West, TC Central, Interlochen, The Leelanau School and more) to learn about the transition from Pathfinder to High School. Discover what you need to know from students who have been in your shoes. Parents are also invited to sit with Alumni parents to discuss the transition from a parent's eyes.

All 6th-8th graders are encouraged to attend.

Duncan's Portable

Thursday, January 25



Alumni and Current Parents encouraged to attend with their students

Questions? Please contact Gwen Davis (


High School Fair | Wednesday, January 31

6:30 - 8pm

Pathfinder School Gym

11930 S. West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City

As a school of choice region, any 8th grader can pick which high school they would like to attend from a variety of options: public, private, parochial and even boarding school. We invite you and your child to explore your child’s options at our annual High School Fair. Speak with representatives from area public, independent and parochial schools in addition to in-state and out-of-state boarding schools. Learn about AP classes, SciMaTech application deadlines, sports, registration dates, admissions requirements and more. FREE. Open to the public.


Winter Festival | Saturday, February 3rd

11am - 1:30pm

Pathfinder Campus

All Ages Welcome


A time honored tradition at Pathfinder School, we invite both current families and their friends to join us for a day of WINTER FUN around our wonderful campus. Enjoy S’Mores, a “Soup/Chili Off” where you can vote for your favorites, sledding and, of course, the 2nd annual Parent Sled Pull in the Parking Lot. This fun filled, family-friendly day is a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon. If you are interested in volunteering, please look for the sign up sheet in the Main Office.


TO ALL FAMILIES BRINGING SOUP - please drop off in the Gym in a crock pot. If you have an extra extension cord or surge breaker, please bring as well. LABEL everything you bring including your ladles. We also ask that all chefs please provide a list of ingredients to be displayed in front of your crock pot. The winning recipe will be published in the e-news for all parents to enjoy. Winner will also receive the GOLDEN LADLE.


ARRIVAL  - Tardy Slips/Doctor's Visits, Upstairs access road

Parents please make sure to call the Main Office (231.995.3800) or email ( when your child will not be attending school due to an illness or when your child will be late to school. IF your students arrives after 8:15am, she/he will need to stop in the Main Office and fill out a tardy slip.


Please stop in the Main Office to sign your student out. We also love getting a call/email to the main office (231.995.3800 or ahead of time so that we can have your student ready. When returning to campus, please stop in the Main Office and sign him back in.



We ask that parents do not use the driveway to access the upper classrooms unless there is a medical need to do so. We have an active campus with students often outside of their classroom and we need to ensure safety. This is also a one way road and needs to be monitored. IF you need to drive up, PLEASE call or stop in the main office FIRST. Thank you!


Professor Qwbli's Cardboard Challenge


The Imagination Foundation, Makedo, Newton's Road & Professor Qwbli's have teamed up to support The Pathfinder School!

The Imagination Foundation, Makedo, Newton's Road & Professor Qwbli's have teamed up to create Professor Qwbli's Cardboard Challenge, where kids will learn a host of 21st-century skills and attitudes, like critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork. It's an opportunity for kids to let their imaginations run wild, explore their passions and discover new ideas.


90% of the proceeds from Professor Qwbli's Cardboard Challenge will be used to bring new 3D printers, classroom tech & professional development to the students and teachers of The Pathfinder School! PLEASE SHARE! Learn more:


MUST WATCH: What can a cardboard box do?



Please mark your calendars -- NO SKI CLUB on January 12th and February 2nd.



  • Elementary boys basketball practices are underway. Practices are on Wednesday and Friday 4:00 - 5:30.