Compass Family Update

April 20, 2015

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We had our first Family Sustainability Workshop on Monday. We had a big crowd and we made seed balls, fabric bags, and signs. Kirsten also provided families with a calendar of sustainable things to do at home. Thanks to everyone for participating!

Compass Farm Stand Is Coming Soon!

We recently received a grant from Urban Harvest (part of Slow Food NYC) and we will start our own Compass Farm Stand in the next couple of weeks. The grant has provided us with money to purchase a tent, tables, scale, and the initial produce to sell.

Our first graders recently launched a Community Study and they are working on setting up the farm stand and making plans for advertising, organizing, and pricing. We are still working out the final details with Slow Food and our farmer and we should have a start date soon. The farm stand will be open on Wednesdays around dismissal time.

Keep an eye out for signs and materials coming soon! We hope you will visit the Compass Farm Stand when it's open!

Also, thank you to Anna (First Grade Teacher) for taking the lead on this project. We appreciate your help!

Laundry Coop Help Needed for May and June

We have drastically reduced our consumption of paper towels in the past few months! Kids (and adults too) are now reaching for reusable towels and rags to clean tables for snack and lunch and to clean up any water spills throughout the day.

Thanks to all of the families who signed up to take a laundry shift or two so far. April is now covered thanks to your help! We still have spots available for May and June. Please sign up if you are able to help. Thanks so much!

Here's the link:

News from the Family School Collaborative

The Family School Collaborative is our Compass parent group. It's much like a PTA at other schools. The FSC meets monthly at our school and has four co-chairs (2 parents and 2 staff members). If you would like to join this parent group, please join us for our next meeting.

More info about the FSC can be found here.

Compass Eco Fair

Saturday, June 6th, 11am-4pm

300 Adelphi St


This will be a great event for children and adults and is open to the community. We will have several eco-crafts, play areas, music, a flea market, and food. Please save the date! More info to come.

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Materials Needed for the Eco Fair

We are planning for lots of amazing, nature inspired crafts and activities for the eco fair. We are looking for some materials. If you have any of the following or are able to save them, please do. You can drop all materials off to Kirsten in the Sustainability Studio. We will accept donations until early June. Thanks!!

Things we need:

  • Empty and Clean Plastic Bottles (1 liter seltzer bottles or 2 liter soda bottles)
  • Corks (from wine or champagne bottles)
  • Pine Cones
  • Empty Glass Jars (any and all sizes from jelly, pickles, spaghetti sauce, baby food, etc)
  • Empty Glass or Plastic Bottles with or without Trigger Sprays (from cleaning supplies, vinegar, etc)
  • Birdseed
  • Potting Soil
  • Large Cardboard Boxes (from refrigerators, appliances, cabinets, etc)

Magic Show!

Saturday, April 25th, 4-6pm

300 Adelphi St



We are planning a MAGIC SHOW for Compass students and their families on SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 4-6pm in the cafeteria

We will be coordinating a pot luck dinner as well.

This is a FREE event!!!

We hope to see you there!

More information to come....

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Family School Collaborative (FSC) News:

Mark your calendars...our next FSC meeting is scheduled for Thursday 4/23 from 7-8 PM. Pizza and childcare will be provided. This will be a very important meeting where we make some big decisions about the future of our FSC...please join us!

If you have a specific idea or project that you would like the FSC to focus on next year, please plan to present it at this meeting. This presentation, or proposal, does not have to be overly formal, but just basic information about the idea, the goal, and any cost/needs associated with the idea. At the end of the meeting we will ask everyone to vote or prioritize what is most important to them. The results will inform how the FSC spends its efforts and funds going forward. Please e-mail a summary of your proposal to by 4/16.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at!

-FSC Co-Chairs

April FSC Meeting!

Thursday, April 23rd, 7-8pm

300 Adelphi St


Remaining FSC Meeting Dates: 2014-15 School Year

Friday, 5/8; 8:15-9:15 AM

Thursday, 6/4; 7:00-8:00 PM

Childcare and pizza for children will be provided at all evening FSC meetings.

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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