Compass Family Update

March 26, 2015

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First grade took a trip to Gowanus yesterday as part of their integrated unit of study on living systems. They visited the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Gowanus Studio Space, and Build It Green.

Family Conferences Are On March 26th and 27th

Students will be dismissed at noon on March 26th and 27th to allow teachers to have time to meet with families.

YMCA Afterschool will run from noon until 6pm on March 26th and 27th.

We will also provide childcare for Compass students and siblings during Family Conferences. Please bring your child/children to the "Fun Zone" in the Community Room when you come for your meeting. A Compass staff person will be there to supervise.

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Next Week is Compass Spirit Week!

We are excited to announce the first ever Compass Spirit Week will be taking place the week of March 30-April 2.

What is Compass Spirit Week?

Compass Spirit Week is a celebratory week to show our Compass Spirit and dress up in student-selected themes for each day.

Why Spirit Week?

The purpose of spirit week is to bring the Compass Community together in support of our school. The week serves to get students and staff involved, excited, and working cooperatively and united on a common goal.

How will it work?

We asked each class to select one of our themes for the week...and the winning themes were:

  • Monday 3/30: Pajama Day. Wear your coziest pajamas to school on Monday!
  • Tuesday 3/31: Costume Day. Choose a favorite costume to wear on Tuesday!
  • Wednesday 4/1: Favorite Color Day. Wear as much of your favorite color as possible on Wednesday!
  • Thursday 4/2: Dress Up Day. Dress up in your fanciest outfit to wear on Thursday!

If your child would like to participate in Compass Spirit Week, they can dress up in the theme for each day (instead of wearing their Compass T-Shirts) !

We can't wait to see all of the Compass Spirit in our community!

Sustainability Committee Meeting

Monday, March 30th, 7-8pm

300 Adelphi St


Snacks and children are welcome :)

We will discuss the Eco Fair and share ideas for planning green infrastructure. Sustainability examples:

  • School gardens and green spaces
  • Recycling and composting
  • Living Things (pets and plants)
  • Rain harvesting
  • Beautification
  • Fundraising
  • Community partners
  • Field trips

Please join us to be a founding member of our Sustainability Program and help build a sustainable vision here at Compass Charter School.

Please email Kirsten at if you have any questions.

Buy Your Compass Dance Photo Booth Pictures!

Relive the fun of the Compass Dance through this amazing collection of Photo Booth pictures!

Please visit the link below to purchase the Compass Dance Photo Booth pictures:​

$2 for a digital download of a photo

$2 for a printed 4 x 6 photo

$4 for a printed 5 x7 photo

$6 for a printed 8 x 10 photo

*Printed photos will also incur a small shipping costs

All proceeds will go towards supporting Compass Arts programming!

Did You Fill Out the Annual DoE Survey?

Last week, Todd sent you all an email about this year's Parent Survey for the DoE. Please take the time to fill it out. We need 100% participation. You can fill the survey out online here: Check your email for your personal access code. You can also fill out the survey in the Main Office if you prefer. Our deadline is March 23. Thank you for your support.

Our Donors Choose Project for the Sustainabilty Studio Was Funded!

Thank you so much for spreading the word and supporting this project. New materials will be arriving in the Sustainability Studio in the coming weeks. We will now have materials for aquaponics, additional science materials, and a sustainability-focused library. This is very exciting!

Scholastic Reading Club Books Have Arrived

The books have arrived and will be sent home with your child on Monday or Tuesday. Please contact Brooke if you have any questions about your oder.

Laundry Coop

Thanks for signing up to help with the Laundry Coop. We have a couple of spots still available before Spring Break as well as lots of spots for later in the school year. Please sign up if you have access to laundry. Thanks!

Please click here to sign up for a laundry shift. Thank you!!

Help Stock The Compass Kitchen

The Compass kitchen is up and running! The Oak Class made French toast last week with Pascale's husband and both kindergarten classes will bake with Brooke this week or next week. We are still in need of a few more supplies for our cooking projects. Please let us know if you have anything to send our way or if you are able to purchase any of the needed supplies.

Here's the link to sign up:


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.

School Pictures Available for Ordering

Compass School Pictures are available for purchase through the end of March! Instructions for purchasing your child's school pictures on Smugmug were sent home via e-mail and hard copy.

Please contact Amanda (, 347-677-3243) if you need assistance accessing or purchasing your child's school pictures.

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....

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Snack Information: Please Read

Snack Prep Duties

Thanks to everyone who has helped with snack prep so far! Looking ahead to March, please let us know if there are any times you are free to help out by signing up here If you can’t or don’t want to sign up online please email directly.

We need volunteers Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Starting around 1:15 in the Community Room, prepping and delivering snack takes less than 1/2 hour, and if you can stay a little longer to help wash the plates that’s a bonus. We appreciate your help!

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!


In order to provide snack to our students each day, we need to collect Snack Dues from each family once a month. The average cost of snack for each child is $10 a month. We ask that you contribute what you can, between $5 and $20 a month. If you are able to sponsor the cost of snack for another child, we would greatly appreciate it.

How to Send Snack Dues

Electronic Way to Send Snack Dues: 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. Must have a debit card). 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 (

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 send Snack Dues: 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 Snack Dues on the front.

One last note:
When using Square Cash or a check, please note for which month(s), i.e. “March Snack Dues" in the memo for our record keeping purposes.

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! *Please note date change!

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.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

So Kind

We created an online registry using So Kind for items and services we need around the school. Many of the items we are looking for can be used. Please take a look and let us know if you can help out with anything on the list. Thanks!

The web address of your registry is

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Compass Charter School

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