Compass Family Update

March 21st, 2016

Upcoming Important Dates

Please mark your calendar with the following information:

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

  • 8:30AM-9:30AM: School Tour for Prospective Families

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

  • 8:20AM: Please join us in the gym for Community Gathering (Keep an eye out for some parent information regarding Community Gathering)

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Friday, March 25th, 2016

  • NO SCHOOL: Good Friday

Monday, March 28th, 2016

  • 6:50PM: Compass Board Meeting (Room 408)

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

  • 12:00PM Dismissal for Students
  • Family Conferences from 1:00PM-8:00PM

Friday, April 1st, 2016

  • 12:00PM Dismissal for Students
  • Family Conferences from 1:00PM-6:00PM


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Thanks for joining us for the 2nd Annual Compass Family Dance!

We had a great time at the dance on Saturday evening. We had approximately 100 families participate in our dance this year! It was great to see all of the kids and families enjoying themselves on the dance floor and at the photo booth. We also had some costumes that really were out of this world!

Special thanks to our family members who planned, organized, and decorated for the dance. We appreciate your help in creating such a memorable event! Thank you!

Look for an email from the FSC about photo booth photos for sale later this week! The FSC Co-Chairs are getting everything set up on SmugMug.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Info

Thank you to those of you who attended our CSA workshop on Friday afternoon! A number of people have signed up for veggie shares for this growing season. Please feel free to share with your friends and neighbors as we help to bring local produce to Brooklyn this summer. See below for more info for how to sign up.

Think you might be interested in having a local vegetable share this summer with pick-up right at Compass?

We are partnering with the 607 CSA for the growing season. Compass will be a pick up point for weekly or biweekly vegetable shares.

Click here to sign up. Choose Fort Greene/Compass Charter School as your pick up.

Please feel free to email with any questions you have. Anna knows one of the farmers and is helping to organize the CSA partnership.

*Please note. This is not a fundraiser. We are simply trying to bring more fresh produce to our community and connect with farmers. This is also in line with our mission of sustainability and community building. Tianna, one of the farmers, will also be leading workshops with some of our students this spring as we restart our Farm Stand (with support from Slow Food NYC).

Stay up to date with the Compass happenings with our new public calendar on our website!

We have lots of great things happening around the school and we know it's hard to stay on top of it all. We now have a public school calendar on our website. Check this calendar for info regarding special events, field trips, school closings, half days, and school closings.

Click here to see the public calendar. We recommend bookmarking this page.

Do you use Amazon? Please help support Compass with your everyday purchases!

The Compass FSC has been using the Amazon Affiliate program as a fundraiser for about a year. This is an easy way for us to continually raise money for our initiatives and programs such as Studio in a School, Mark Morris dance residencies, afterschool scholarships, parent programming, and community support.

If you are an Amazon user, please bookmark our affiliate link and use it to make you amazon purchases. We will receive between 6-8% of all purchases made using the link.

The link can be found on the FSC page on our website:

Children's Book Donations

Many parents have reached out to ask if we would like books that their children are ready to pass on. We would love your book donations! Thank you for thinking of us!

Please leave book donations next to Brooke's desk and we will add them to our library. Thank you!

Coffee With The Co-Directors

Bring your own coffee to the Meeting Room (Room 408) for an hour of conversation about our school. We invite you to submit questions and/or topics ahead of time to help guide our conversations. You may email questions directly to Brooke ( or fill out a question form and drop it in the Inquiry Box outside the Co-Directors' Office.

The purpose of these conversations is to provide a space for parents and the Co-Directors to engage in purposeful dialogue surrounding our progressive, inquiry-based approach to education.

We hope you will join us as often as your schedule allows. And, as always, please remember that our doors are always open. If you have immediate questions or concerns, please reach out to set up a meeting.

Here are the Coffee with the Co-Directors dates for the remainder of the school year:

April 21st, 8:30AM

May 24th, 8:30AM

June 23rd, 8:30AM

Interesting Events and Articles

Below are a few articles we have read recently and found interesting. Please feel free to send articles that you think the parent community would be interested in reading and they will be included in future updates. Articles can be sent to Brooke ( Thanks!

Mo Willems Exhibit at NY Historical Society

S'more doesn't allow links to NY Times, but if you didn't see this article yet about Mo Willems and his work being on display at NY Historical Society, it's worth a look:

Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fee for March

Thank you to the families who have already contributed to our Healthy School Fund (formerly called the Student Activity Fee). Please see the info below.

The cost of our snack service along with a laundry service for our reusable rags and towels, and biannual lice checks is approximately $15-$20 a month per child. We kindly ask that you contribute to our Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fund on a monthly or yearly basis. Please contribute what you can. If you are unable to contribute at this time, please let us know and we will support you. Your child will not be excluded. If you are able to sponsor another child for a month or the entire school year, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

How to Contribute to the Healthy School Fund

Electronic Way to Send Money: Thanks to a recommendation from two parents, we have found a free and easy way to transfer money from one account to another. We want to make it easy for you to make monthly payments for snacks, future t-shirt purchases, and whatever other costs that may come up. The application is similar to Paypal, only free and easier to use. It is called Square Cash (click on the left side of the webpage for a short video on how it works and enter your cell phone on the right to get a text giving you $1 and a link to get started). After you get the text, all you need to do is enter your debit card information, download the app and type your email address. You are now ready to make and receive payments. To send Compass money, press "Send", select an amount and send the money to Todd's email address ( "Cash" also allows you to receive money from others as well. It is an easy for you to pay a babysitter or for a friend to pay you back some money they owe you.

If you would like to know how you can set up a recurring, monthly payment from your Citibank or Chase account, email Todd.

Non-electronic way to contribute to our Healthy School Fund: If you are not able to use Square Cash or are not comfortable using an electronic system, please send cash or a check (Made to Compass Charter School) in an envelope with your child's name and Healthy School Fund on the front.

One last note:

When using Square Cash or a check, please write "Healthy School Fund" in the memo for our record keeping purposes.

Thank you!

This Week's Snack Menu

Please see below for this week's snack menu.

Children with food allergies receive a different snack that is packaged separately from other foods. We do not serve food with nuts, but some of our snacks have gluten and/or dairy and alternatives are offered to children with allergies and sensitivities.

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Here is the link to the breakfast and lunch menus:

We offer breakfast to all children who arrive on the school bus or are dropped off before 7:45am. Breakfast is free to all NYC school children.

You may choose to send a lunch from home or have your child eat school lunch. School lunch is free for children who qualify for free or reduced price lunch and costs $1.75. You do not need to inform us that your child will be eating school lunch. We charge families on a periodic basis throughout the school year.

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Feel free to reach out anytime with questions or to catch up. Our contact info is listed below.

Brooke Peters, Co-Director of Curriculum and Instruction

718-310-3588, extension 503

Michelle Healy, Co-Director of Curriculum and Instruction

718-310-3588, extension 504

Todd Sutler, Co-Director of Strategic Development

718-310-3588, extension 501