Staff Update

Monday, October 19th - Friday, October 23rd

Week at a Glance

Monday, October 19th

  • Michelle Out

Tuesday, October 20th

  • Tentative Maple Trip to the Whitney Museum

Wednesday, October 21st

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

Thursday, October 22nd

  • Arian Out

Friday, October 23rd

  • Madeleine, Marissa, and Teressa at VTS Year 1 Training

Saturday, October 23rd

12 PM - 4 PM: Fall Arts Festival!

This Week's Events

Building Open on Saturday, 10/17

We have a permit approved for working in our school from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM this Saturday. Feel free to come in and do work in your classroom or join in on jazzing up your Compass shirt! If you are planning on coming in, please let Brooke know via email or text. Also, if you are asked at the front security desk why you are here, please tell them that you are participating in the workshop from 10:00 - 2:30.

Wednesday Planning and Professional Development

1:15 - 1:30: Staff Check-in (All Staff)

1:30 - 2:15: Kindergarten CST

  • Second grade and first grade have prep time
  • Operations staff has independent work time

2:15 - 4:15: Studio in a School Arts Session with Sara Wolfe (All Staff)

  • As part of her residency, Sara does one professional development session per cycle with educators. In this session, Sara will discuss a technique or a practice to encourage arts-based experiences and arts integration in the classroom. We will also make some art together.

4:15 - 5:15: Integrated Unit Planning Time

To find tentative agendas for the next couple of Wednesdays, click here.

Fall Arts Festival

The Fall Arts Festival is happening next weekend! If you are free, please volunteer by signing up here or stop by to say hello and participate in painting pumpkins, tie-dying and bleach penning Compass shirts, face painting, eating baked goods, and much more.

Post Fall Arts Fest Hang-Out

Saturday, Oct. 24th, 5:30pm

Michelle's House, 745 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Hi All,

I will be hosting a post-Fall Arts Fest hang out on Saturday, October 24th. Whether you are attending, volunteering, or neither, feel free to stop by! We will start around 5:30ish (depending on how clean-up goes). There will be snacks and we will fire up our grill one last time and cook some veggies, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs. There also may be some Halloween candy because why not? I will also have some bottles of wine, beer, and both fizzy and regular water, but feel free to bring other drinks if there is something that you want specifically.

If you are planning to come, RSVP so I can figure out how much food to get. Feel free to invite a friend, family members(including kids) or significant other!

Once you get to my place, instead of ringing the buzzer, come around the side alley on the right-hand side of the house to the backyard.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Coaching and Planning Schedules in the Coming Weeks

Brooke and Michelle will be switching there schedules to do cycle-based coaching in each grade. They are finalizing their cycles now and will be in touch with grade level teams about which units they will be pushing in for throughout the school year. Stay tuned!


To Anna- Thank you for meeting with us to support students in the Elm Class. We are truly all in this together. - Shawn

To Teressa- Thank you for taking on our first second grade field trip. We are looking forward to spending the day exploring Prospect Park. - Shawn

Interesting Events and Reads

Schools are Now Teaching Kids- and Their Parents- How to Deal with Stress by Rachel Pomerance Berl

  • An interesting article about mindfulness in schools

The Elephant in the Classroom by Jennifer Burns Stillman

  • navigating, managing and capitalizing on diversity in schools