Compass Family Update

May 16, 2016

What's happening this week?

Please mark your calendar with the following information:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

  • 8:20AM: Please join us in the gym for Community Gathering
  • 11:00AM-1:00PM: Compass Kid-Run Farm Stand


Calling the school between 7:45AM and after 4:00PM

Our office staff works from 8AM until 4PM each school day. This is helpful during the school day, but can be tricky when urgent bussing or pick up issues happen. In order to help you all get in touch with us at least one Co-Director will be in the Co-Directors' Office from 7:45AM-8:00AM and from 4:00PM-6:00PM. If you have an urgent need to speak to someone at school during these times, please call Todd's extension at (718) 310-3588 extension 501 and one of the Co-Directors will answer.

Below are some reasons you may need to get in touch with a Co-Director before or after school:

  • Bussing problems
  • Late pickup

If your communication is not urgent, please call the main office during school hours or email the Co-Directors to set up a meeting. If you have any questions about this practice, please let us know.

May All-School FSC Meeting

Tuesday, May 17th, 6pm


Please join us for the last FSC meeting of the school year. We will be discussing our programming and fundraising priorities for the 2016-2017 school year. We will also discuss the upcoming Talent Show and Eco Fair.

Our community is growing so much that we are moving our FSC meetings to the school cafeteria. We will meet there at 6PM and childcare will be provided at another room nearby.

Click HERE to see the agenda for the May FSC Meeting.

Compass 2nd Annual Eco Fair

Saturday, June 4th, 11am

300 Adelphi Street


Our annual Eco Fair is coming up in less than a month! This will be a fun and family-friendly event with lots of great activities, music, and a tag sale! This event is open to the public so please invite your family, friends, and neighbors!

This year each class will plan and organize an activity table for the Eco Fair. If you are interested in getting involved in your child's class activity table, please reach out to your class parents.

There are also many, many ways to be involved in the Eco Fair. Please click HERE to sign up for other volunteer opportunities.

In Need of Recycled Materials for the Eco Fair

We are looking for recycled materials for our Eco Fair activity tables and to restock our materials room. If you have any of the following, please place them in the "Recycled Materials Bin" in the Community Room.

  • Bottle caps
  • corks
  • wooden chopsticks
  • cardboard tubes
  • small cardboard boxes

Tag Sale Donations

It's time to unleash your inner Marie Kondo and clean out your closets and cabinets! If you have any gently used, clean, clothing, shoes, books, toys, housewares, etc, please bring them to the Ronald Edmonds Play Yard (aka the Compass play ground) the morning of the Eco Fair (June 4th). We accept adult, kid, and baby items.

Compass Talent Show

Saturday, June 11th, 2-4pm


The first Compass Talent Show will be held in June. Please mark your calendars for this fun, kid-run event. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Compass Kid-Run Farm Stand is Back for the Spring!

Big image

Farm Stand Produce For This Week

The Compass Farm Stand will be open from 11:00AM-1:00PM on Wednesdays. Please send a few dollars and a shopping bag with your child or stop by to purchase fresh produce.

Kirsten will be working the the kids at the Farm Stand since Anna is out on parental leave. Please let Kirsten know if you are able to come by to help with the stand on a Wednesday. Her email is Thanks!

This Week's Produce:

Crispin Apples LynOaken Orchards - Medina, NY

Jonagold Apples LynOaken Orchards - Medina, NY

Asparagus Sorbello Farms - Woolwich Twp, NJ

Tomatoes - Dagele Brothers Produce - Florida, NY

Potatoes - Dagele Brothers Produce - Florida, NY

Portabello - Primordia Mushroom Farm - Lenhartsville, PA

Broccoli Rabe - Marolda Farms - Vineland, NJ

Carrots - Orange - Dagele Brothers Produce - Florida, NY

Collard Greens - Marolda Farms - Vineland, NJ

**If you have extra plastic shopping bags at home, please consider donating them to the farm stand. They are helpful for getting fresh produce home safely. Please drop off in the Sustainability Studio. Thanks!

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:

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!

Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fee for May

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

This week's snack menu is below.

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.

Big image

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.

Compass Charter School

Follow us on Instagram @brooklyn_compass

Compass Public Calendar

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