Compass Family Update

September 21st, 2015

Upcoming Important Dates

Please mark your calendars with the following information

Wednesday, 9/23: School Closed for Yom Kippur

Thursday, 9/24: School Closed for Eid al-Adha

Wednesday, 9/30: Compass Curriculum Night

10/1: School-wide Lice Check with Licenders

Saturday, 10/3: Compass Fall Arts Festival

Monday, 10/5: First day of Studio in a School Visual Arts Classes for Kindergarten and First Grade and first day of Mark Morris Dance Group Classes for Second Grade

Wednesday, 10/7: Families are invited to join us for our weekly Community Gathering in the gym from 8:20am until 9:00am on 10/7 and every Wednesday morning throughout the school year

Compass Curriculum Night

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 6-8pm

Auditorium and Compass Classrooms

Please join us for our Second Annual Compass Curriculum Night! We will all gather in the auditorium at 6pm to share updates and announcements for this school year. After a short presentation, families will spend time in their child's classroom learning about the curricular plans for this school year.

Please use the link below to RSVP:

Fall Arts Festival

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 11am-4pm

Camel Park

Our Second Annual Fall Arts Festival is coming up! Please save the date for a day filled with arts activities and fall fun. All proceeds will benefit our arts programming for this school year, including our partnerships with Studio in a School and Mark Morris Dance Group. More info about this event and volunteer opportunities will be sent out this week.

Here is the Facebook event page:

If you are a Facebook user, please join the event on Facebook and share it with your networks. We would love to get lots of community members at the event. Thanks!

Coffee With The Co-Directors

We invite you to join us as we continue Coffee with the Co-Directors as a monthly event.

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 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.

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.

With gratitude,

Brooke, Michelle, and Todd

October Coffee with the Co-Directors

Friday, Oct. 9th, 8:30-9:30am

Compass Community Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

November Coffee with the Co-Directors

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 8:30-9:30am

Compass Community Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

December Coffee with the Co-Directors

Monday, Dec. 14th, 8:30-9:30am

Compass Community Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

School Updates and Information

Lunch Room Helpers

Please see the info below from Compass parent and Healthy School Food Committee Co-Chair, Leigh Kader.


Hello wonderful Compass Families!

Welcome back and hope everyone is settling into the school groove. Please sign up to help our little ones through the lunch line if you ever have daytime hours free, and stay through the following half hour recess period too!

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 12:50-1:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, lunch is served from 10:10-10:45 am

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

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.

The more parents we have helping the better because it frees up staff to continue important school work. Maybe you can only come now and then, or perhaps you can commit to a specific day per week? Every little bit is so appreciated. Thanks!

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.

Here is the link to the breakfast and lunch menu for this month:

Red Rabbit Snack Menu for this Week

The snack menu for this week is below. Please remember that all children with food allergies receive a special snack each day. It comes separately packaged and labeled and it not listed on the menu.
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Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fee

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!

Class Contact Lists

Please use the link below to access our Public Compass Class Contact Lists. If you notice any errors or any missing information, please contact Brooke (

This list can be helpful for setting up class events and playdates. We will continue to update the list throughout the school year, so please reference it before planning class events.

Compass Listserv

Information about how to join the Compass Listserv was sent out by Todd in the past weeks. Please email Todd ( if you did not receive the listserv information. We recommend that all families join the listserv to stay up to date on community events.

Interested in volunteering at school?

Thank you to the family members who helped out with book stamping and other tasks this week! We appreciate you! Thanks to your help all of the classrooms now have their new classroom libraries!

We still have volunteer opportunities available. If you find yourself with some extra time in the coming weeks, we are in need of some help as we set up our Shared Library, work on the Community Room, and organize our new Materials Room. Please email Brooke ( if you are able to help out.

Here are some tasks we need help with:

  • Putting four IKEA bookshelves together (or even just one of them)
  • Stamping new books for our Shared Library
  • Organizing cooking materials in Community Room
  • Organizing arts and classroom materials in The Materials Room

Thank you so much! We appreciate your help!

Compass Wish List

We have many new supplies and materials available for your children this school year. There are a few things we are still looking for. If you are able to contribute any of the following, please bring them to school on the first days of school. We appreciate your help!

  • Extra Rest Mats for Kindergarten Classrooms (This could be your child's rest mat from last year or one that is purchased and donated to a kindergarten child.)
  • Crib Sheets (These fit perfectly on rest mats and we always need extras in case of accidents or forgotten blankets and sheets. These can be used or new.)
  • Small Blankets (We always need extra blankets for sick children, to create cozy spaces in classrooms, and in case of forgotten rest blankets and sheets. These can be used or new.)
  • Indoor Plants of All Shapes and Sizes (We are looking to add as many plants as possible to our school to provide a natural aesthetic and to improve the indoor air quality. We appreciate any plant donations from your own home, starts from plants from your home, or newly purchased plants.)
  • Small Lamps or White Holiday Lights (Our teachers are are looking to add some soft light to their classrooms. If you have any small lamps or white holiday lights that you are not using, we would appreciate them.)
  • Clean and Empty Spray Bottles (These can be from cleaning supplies you are finished using. We will reuse these bottles for our homemade Compass Cleaner to keep our classrooms and spaces clean throughout the school year.)
  • Baskets of All Shapes and Sizes (We have a lot of things to store in our spaces. If you have any gently used woven baskets, we would appreciate them.)

Compass Charter School

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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