Staff Update

Monday, April 11th - Friday, April 15th

Week at a Glance

Monday, April 11th

  • Beech Class Field Trip to Battery Urban Farm
  • Ginkgo Class Field Trip to Brooklyn Grange
  • Brooke leaves at 3:30 PM

6:00 - 7:00: FSC Workshop: Making Space as a Parent led by Dr. Meg Poe (Jojo in Pine's Mom) at Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.

Tuesday, April 12th

  • Oak Class Field Trip to the Clinton Hill Library

Wednesday, April 13th

1:15 - 5:15: Grade Level Planning and Professional Development

Thursday, April 14th

  • Oak Class Field Trip to Battery Urban Farm

Friday, April 15th

  • Vision Screenings for Kindergarten and First Grade

This Week's Events

Vision Screenings

On Friday, the Dept. of Health will conduct vision screenings between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM for kindergarten and first grade students. The screenings should take about a half hour per class. Please take a look at the tentative schedule below and let us know if there are any conflicts with the timing for your class as soon as possible.

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Beech Class

9:00 - 9:30 AM: Ginkgo Class

9:30 - 10:00 AM: Maple Class

10:00 - 10:30 AM: Oak Class

Hall Passes

Due to some issues with the beads used for the new passes, there's been a delay in the creation of all of the passes for the classrooms.

2 bathroom passes will be handed out to each class on Monday morning. The bathroom passes will be on blue strings and have the name of the class in beads.

There are not yet bathroom passes for music and sustainability, but they should be coming shortly once some more beads arrive.

2 non-bathroom passes for the hallways will be given to each class soon. The non-bathroom passes will have the classroom name and be on brown laces.


Staff Happy Hour

Monday, April 18th, 5-7pm

733 Fulton Street


Come join us for happy hour on Monday, April 18th! This will be the first opportunity for our current staff to meet new staff members joining us for the 2016-2017 school year.

We will go to Black Forest on Fulton around 5:00 PM. Partners/significant others/kids are invited as well.

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Spirit Week is Coming

Compass Spirit Week will be from April 18th - April 22nd! This practice is a tradition in which kids wear fun outfits related to a theme of the day to school to show their Compass pride. Each day, we have kids come around to tally how many people wear outfits, and the tallies help to raise the level on the "Compass Spirit-O-Meter" posted out in the hallway. Last year, we had so much spirit that the thermometer overflowed (you can tell why from the pictures).

Kids are voting on themes for Spirit Week at lunch time on Monday. Some of the themes to vote on are costume day, favorite color day, dress up (fancy) day, career day, and pajama day. By Tuesday, we will let you know the final themes so that you can help kids with costumes and begin planning your own outfits.

During exploration this week, it would be great to set up a "Spirit Week Crafting" station so that kids can make theme-related outfits and/or accessories. We will gather some materials to have available to classes once the themes are decided and distribute as well.

During Spirit Week, kids are not required to wear Compass shirts, but are still required to have appropriate footwear and wear clothing choices that allow movement.

Go Bags

As the weather gets nicer and we're going on more trips, please check your classroom go-bags before going on field trips and let us know if you need restocking of supplies like band-aids, tissues, etc.

Interesting Events and Reads


Habana Outpost Earth Day Expo 2016

April 16th

All Day

757 Fulton St.

Celebrate the re-opening of Habana Outpost with their annual Earth Day Expo! There will be workshops, activities for kids, and good food. The event is free.


Teachers Say Untimed Tests Leave Some Students Exhausted, but Others Confident by Fabiola Cineas

At High Schools Just Miles Apart, a World of Difference in College Paths by Neena Satija and Matthew Watkins

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered by Susan Dynarski

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges by Katrina Schwartz