Compass Family Update

September 12, 2016

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Upcoming Important Dates and Events

Monday, September 12th

  • Eid-al-Adha: School Closed

Tuesday, September 13th

Wednesday, September 14th

  • 8:20AM: First Community Gathering of the school year (Students and Compass Staff Only)
  • First Wednesday Half Day for Professional Development (1:00PM Dismissal)

Thursday, October 13th

  • 6:00PM-8:00PM: Curriculum Night


Dear Families,

Thank you to all of you for helping to make the first week of school a great one! Your children have arrived at school each day with big smiles and stories to share. It warms our hearts to be back in session and to have all of our new and returning students join us each day. Year three is off to an amazing start!

We have lots of information to share with all of you and you will receive most of this information in a weekly newsletter we call the Family Update. We send it out every Monday. Please take a few minutes to read through the information each week and let us know if you have questions. If your family would prefer a paper copy of the newsletter each week, please let Brooke ( know and we will send one home with your child. Also, please let us know if notice that a family member is missing from our email list.

Social Emotional Learning

This week, each class focused on community building building, playing name games, and learning routines for the new school year. We draw much of our approach to the beginning of the school year from Responsive Classroom's First Six Weeks of School and Caring School Community. We are implementing both Caring School Community and Responsive Classroom this year as we focus on Social Emotional Learning. Social Emotional Learning in school can help children grow in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional skills
  • Attitudes about themselves, others, and school
  • Social and classroom behavior
  • Conduct problems such as classroom misbehavior and aggression
  • Emotional distress such as stress and depression
  • Achievement test scores and school grades, including an 11-percentile-point gain in academic achievement

Special Classes in the Studios

All classes visited the three studios: visual arts, music, and sustainability. These were short introductory sessions and full sessions will begin this week. The week of September 19th, our second and third graders will begin weekly dance classes with teachers and a musician from Mark Morris Dance Group . These classes will continue through January. Kindergarten and first grade will attend weekly dance classes in the spring.

Community Gathering

Our first Community Gathering of the school year will be this coming Wednesday morning at 8:20AM. Our tradition since our founding year has been to have students and Compass staff at the first two Community Gatherings. We invite you all to join us for our weekly community building ritual beginning Wednesday, September 28th. Community Gathering lasts from 8:20AM-9:00AM each week and takes place in the gym on the first floor of the school building.

Thank you for joining us for year three! We're looking forward to our work together this year.

Brooke, Michelle, and Todd

Save the Date: Curriculum Night

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 6-8pm

300 Adelphi Street


Compass Curriculum Night is an evening dedicated to sharing our approach to teaching and learning at our school. Our teachers will provide an outline of our curricular plans for the year as well as reflections from the first few weeks of school. There will also be time to ask questions.

Curriculum Night is an important event and we request to have at least one person from each child's family present to learn more about our curriculum and expectations for the children at our school. Please let us know if you have any questions.

We will meet in the auditorium from 6:00-6:30 as an entire school community and then families will disperse to the classrooms for curriculum presentations by the teachers.

Childcare will be provided. Children can be dropped off for childcare beginning at 5:45pm.

Update Your Family's Information

Please take the time to fill out this form so that we can update your child's records and plans for this school year.

This form serves as an annual check-in regarding important information (medical, emergency contacts, bussing) that we would like to update every year. You have all filled some of this information out for enrollment and may have even occasionally updated this information verbally or via email. This form will allow us to more easily maintain and input your child's records in our new student information system, PowerSchool.

Compass Uniform Policy: Spotlight on Shoes

Children at Compass are expected to wear sneakers or other closed toe supportive shoes to school each day. Please do not send your child to school in sandals. If you have specific questions about our uniform policy or need assistance with school uniforms, please let us know.

School Contact List: Opt Out Option and Date for Sharing Updated List

Each year we share a contact list with all families. This list includes the name of each child and their parent/guardian contact info (name, phone number, email address). This is a tool that can be helpful for getting in touch with the parents of other children in your child's class or friends in another class. Many families use this information to set up play dates, to share childcare with one another, and to plan class events.

We will share the contact list on Monday, September 19th. If you do NOT want your contact information shared with the Compass community, please email Brooke ( by September 18th.

Food Services

Every year, the DoE asks us to ask our families to fill out the Food Services application even if you have no intention of using Food Services. Please take five minutes to fill out this form, as this information about our community's demographics could help us with raising money for the school.

Administering Medication at School - Original Documentation Required

Important Reminder that medication of any kind can only be administered once an ORIGINAL COPY OF the DOE's Medical Administration Form (MAF) has been completed and accepted by the school nurse each year. Until that document is accepted by the nurse, Compass, nor the nurse will not administer medication. You can get a copy of the appropriate form (options 1, 2, or, 3 depending on the need) here.

No DoE-Bussing on Columbus and Veterans Day

Looking ahead to October and November, please mark your calendars and plan for the fact that there are no DoE yellow busses provided on Monday, October 10 and Friday, November 11. Unfortunately, you will be expected to get your child to school through other means. We apologize for this inconvenience.

2016-2017 School Year Calendar

The calendar for the 2016-2017 school year was emailed to families before the school year ended. This calendar can also be accessed on the public calendar on our website.

Click HERE to access our public Compass calendar.

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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