Compass Family Update

June 8, 2015

Highlights from the Eco Fair

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A kindergartener blowing the boat he made at the Toy Boat Station.
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A first grader and his mom showing off their flora crown and face painting.
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A kindergartener checks out her face painting.
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Two kindergarteners thinking about their next experiences in the Natural Play Space.
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The mud kitchen in the Natural Play Space provided hours of fun and messy play!
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A kindergartener modeling her eco fashion ensemble.
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The Plant Sale had many options including basil, tomatoes, cosmos, thyme, and lavender.

End of Year Celebration: Picnic in Fort Greene Park

Our inaugural year is coming to a close in just a few short weeks. We invite you to join us for a picnic pizza dinner in Fort Greene Park from 5pm-7pm on Thursday, June 25th. This event is free for all Compass children and their families. We will provide pizza, fruit, and drinks to all as our thank you gift for trusting us with your children this year.


Please use this link to view the invitation and RSVP:

https://www.smore.com/k9xgj-compass-end-of-year-picnic


We hope to see you there! We're looking forward to celebrating with all of you!

Please bring a blanket and outdoor toys.

Family Conferences: June 18th and 19th (12pm dismissal)

We will dismiss at noon on June 18th and 19th for Family Conferences. You should have received a sign up from your child's teachers. Please sign up for an end of year conference time. Childcare will be provided during conferences.

12pm Dismissal on June 26th (Last day of school)

We will dismiss at noon on June 26th. This will be our last day of the 2014-2015 school year.

Snack and Lunch Dues

Thanks to all for sending in your monthly snack dues. We notice that many families still have snack dues to pay for all of part of the school year. We will also let you know if you owe for any lunch fees for the end of the school year.


Todd and Chelsea are looking at the lists from the year and will be in touch with you directly regarding if you have a balance. We accept cash, check, square, or Chase Quickpay. Please let us know if you have questions. Thanks!

Last Scholastic Reading Club Order of the Year Due on 6/10

Our last Scholastic Reading Club order for the school year is due on June 10th. You should have received an email last week with the link. The info is copied below as well.


Reading Club Order Due Date: June 10

Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub

One-Time Class Activation Code: NX93R


This is a great way to stock up on inexpensive books for summer reading. We have made several recommendations on our Scholastic page. Feel free to reach out if you would like more specific book recommendations for your child.

Farm Stand on Wednesday from 11am-2pm! Please stop by or send money with your child to purchase fresh produce. Thanks!

Take a look at the produce list for this week's Compass Farm Stand. All classes will visit the farm stand and will have a chance to purchase produce. Please sent money and a reusable bag with your child. Also, if you have any recipes to share for the following produce, please send them to Anna (anna@brooklyncompass.org). Thanks!


June 10th Produce

Apples - Empire, LynOaken Orchards - Medina, NY

Apples - Jonagold, LynOaken Orchards - Medina, NY

Strawberries

Beets - ORGANIC, Gold, with tops, Marolda Farms - Vineland, NJ

Radishes - Watermelon, Satur Farms - Cutchogue, NY

Summer Squash - Yellow Cassaday Farms - Monroeville, NJ

Zucchini - Green, 1/2 bushel Woolwich Twp, NJ

Bok Choi - Baby,Cutchogue, NY

Dandelion Greens Marolda Farms - Vineland, NJ

Kale - Baby Red Russian, Cutchogue, NY

Swiss Chard - Red Marolda Farms - Vineland, NJ

Only THREE More Farm Stands This Year: Can You Volunteer?

Thanks again to everyone who helped last week and those of you who have asked to help this week! It's going to be a lot of fun.


Here's a link to the VolunteerSpot sign-up:

http://vols.pt/xK1ULN


Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


We learned a little more about what we need to make this work last week so the slots are below and there's more detailed info in the description on VolunteerSpot. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


Also, if anyone has any baskets you don't want that we could put veggies in for the stand send them our way!


Happy Spring!

Anna


Compass Farm Stand Helpers:

10:00 -11:15 - Farm Stand set-up (2-3 people) - meet the veggie delivery person, stay with the veggie boxes until stand starts, help carry stuff downstairs, help set-up tent etc.


11:00 - 12:15 Farm Stand Helper (2 people) - bring one group of kids upstairs and bring down the next group, support the kids when needed, bathroom trips if needed


12:00 - 1:30 Farm Stand Clean-up (2-3 people) - bring one group of kids upstairs and bring down the next group, support the kids when needed, bathroom trips if needed, help put away tent, tables, and veggies, help carry things upstairs

Thank you to our Laundry Helpers this year! We will have a laundry service next year!

Thanks to all of you for helping with laundry this school year! We are very appreciative for your help with washing all of our towels and rags. We use very few paper towels now and we're saving trees! Whoo hoo!


Good news! We are going to use a laundry service beginning next year since we will have more kids and more laundry. We got a quote from a laundry pick up service and will be moving forward with it in September. Thank you for helping us get started with reusable cleaning materials this year!

SNACK INFO: Only 1 more snack volunteer needed this year, snack service coming next year, and thank you to all of our snack helpers!

Only 1 more day of snack help needed!

There is only 1 more day of help needed for snack. If you have some time to help out on Thursday, June 25th, please sign up using the link below. Thanks!

http://vols.pt/8DhMN9


Snack service for next year!

Next year we will use a food vendor (most likely Red Rabbit) for our snack service and the snacks will be prepared at the Red Rabbit facility and brought to Compass ready to serve each day. Red Rabbit is a nut free facility and they are also able to make special snacks for our children with food allergies. Using a food vendor will help to reduce the amount of time and energy needed from our families and staff.


Thank you to our snack volunteers!

Thanks so much to all of our snack volunteers! We know it's been a huge commitment for many of you to come in and help out in the middle of the day. We are so grateful for all of your help with chopping, peeling, plating, delivering, and washing! You have helped to ensure our children had a healthy and filling snack each day to keep them going throughout the school day.

Also, a very special thank you to Leigh Kader (Pine Parent) for being our Snack Organizer this year. She took the lead on ordering snack from Fresh Direct each week, organizing snack volunteers, and even popping in on days with no snack helpers.

Snack and Lunch Dues

With the end of the school year approaching, Todd will be in touch with families about any snack and lunch dues that are still owed. If you already know how much you owe, please feel free to send payment to the Main Office (via Cash, Check, Money Order, Chase Quick Pay & Square Cash).


Square Cash 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 way for you to pay for Compass t-shirts or for a friend to pay you back some money they owe you.

Did you complete the After School Application for 2015-2016?

Please complete the After School Application for 2015-2016 so we can get an accurate number for enrollment for next year. We are excited to have Kids Orbit as an option for your children. We know that The Y offered a discounted price this year and would have cost at least $72 a week this fall.


Here's the link to the application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WrEJppEMT52HcpvRYL8ks8oS-YRHZMlW39TEetR6ESc/viewform


Please feel free to contact Todd if you have any questions. Many thanks to all members of the Committee for their efforts.

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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

brooke@brooklyncompass.org

718-310-3588, extension 503



Michelle Healy, Co-Director of Curriculum and Instruction

michelle@brooklyncompass.org

718-310-3588, extension 504



Todd Sutler, Co-Director of Strategic Development

todd@brooklyncompass.org

718-310-3588, extension 501