Compass Family Update
December 8, 2014
Debbie Meier Visited Compass!
Kindergarten Block Building
A first grader shares a story from her life and answers questions from her teachers and classmates to help her revise to add more details.
Two kindergarteners from the Maple Class partner read The Three Bears during Reading Workshop. Both kindergarten classes are studying Emergent Storybooks and later this month they will put on puppet shows to show what they have learned.
All four classes have started guided reading groups. These are very small groups that are tailored to meet the needs of the children in the group. This is a photo from the very first guided reading group in the Oak Class.
The first graders interviewed Compass staff members to learn more about each of the spaces in our school. This child from the Elm Class interviewed Brooke to learn more about the Community Room.
Two first graders play a "No Peeking" Blind Sort during Word Study time. This routine helps the children build their understanding of letter sounds and patterns in words.
Two first graders share their writing with one another and ask each other questions to prompt revisions. Ask your child what he or she is working on in Writing Workshop.
Fundraiser Thank You
We were thrilled to see so many of you at our fundraiser just before the Thanksgiving break. Thank you for coming out and for making the event a true community gathering. We would like to especially thank all of the volunteers who helped to make the event a reality and Co-Chairs, Christine McQuade (Elm parent) and Sara Dima (Oak parent). Finally, check out the new video that Oak parent, Pere Duignan, made for the event and for our website. Let us know what you think.
Sibling Applicants for 2015-2016?
As we begin our recruitment work for the next school year, we want to remind you that your children get first preference at Compass. If you have a child who will be applying to Compass for the 2015-2016 school year, please email Todd (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their name and grade for next year. According to New York City policy, children turning five in 2015 must enter kindergarten in the '15-'16 school year.
We Want Your Help Recruiting Families To Apply To Compass
As you know, we have been committed to providing our learning environment to a student body that reflects the diversity in our community. We are eager to connect with the Directors and the families from your children's previous pre-schools, day-cares, and schools. We would also like to connect with your churches and other community organizations you think would be open to introducing us to families in the area. Please email Todd (email@example.com) and Arian (firstname.lastname@example.org) with contact information for your child's previous schools. Let us know if you would be willing to speak with families about Compass. Thank you for your help!
Sponsor-A-Family Gift Drive
Use of Our Entrance Doors
To increase safety, the DoE has been installing door alarms at various school entrances and exits across the city. Our entrance will have an alarm installed soon, making now a perfect time to remind you that unless a Compass employee or a Security Agent is at our entrance, you should never exit or enter through those doors. Todd stays at our entrance until 8:15 every morning. If you leave the school after that time, you must use the 300 Adelphi entrance. Thank you for helping us keep the building as safe as possible for the students in all three schools.
Compass Listserv Reminder
In October, we created a listserv for families to communicate with one another about activities and needs within our community. Currently, 65 families are using it. We encourage you to sign up, if you have not already. You can read the Guidelines and sign up for the listserv here.
Reminder: We Are A Nut Free School
Ideas for Community Gathering?
Also, if you haven't joined us for a Community Gathering yet, please join us at 8:15am this Wednesday for our first very special visiting performer!
Snack Prep Helpers Needed in December!
We need more December volunteers to help set up and clean up snack everyday but Wednesdays. Starting around 1:15, prepping and delivery snack takes less than 1/2 hour, and if you can stay a little longer to help wash the plates that’s a bonus! Please go here http://bit.ly/15XEdjY to see available days. We appreciate your help!
Brrr...We Need to Bundle Up!
Lost and Found
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 www.sokindregistry.org/4023
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Compass Charter School
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