Compass Family Update

July 28, 2014

Please Help Beautify Our Space on Saturday!

We just found out that we're going to be able to access to the school building this Saturday, 8/2 from 8am until 4pm. We are planning the first of a few work days to get the space ready for our students in the fall. We recognize this is last minute and many of you may be busy, but if you are free please come join us. If you can't make this one, please know that will be many more opportunities to help in the future!

Please take a look at the list below and email Brooke ( if you are able to come and help with any of the jobs. We need approximately 20 helpers as well as some tools, painting supplies, and water/snacks. Please email Brooke by Thursday, 7/31 and we will send a confirmation email to you on Friday, 8/1. Thank you!

Below is a list of items we need for our workday. If you have any of these items and are willing to let us borrow them, please let us know.

  • Painting Supplies (rollers, brushes, paint trays, tarps, scrapers)
  • Electric Sander

Donations Needed for the Work Day. These can be dropped off at the school on Saturday morning.

  • 2-3 Cases of Bottled Water
  • Snacks for Volunteers

Below are the Tasks/Work Shifts available for Saturday. Please let us know if you are able to come and help with any of these.

  • Classroom Painters (Need 10-12 helpers)
  • Shelf and Sink/Countertop Cleaners (Need 3-4 helpers)
  • Shelf Sanders (Need 3-4 helpers)
  • Project Manager for Shelf Repair (This person will be responsible for taking the lead on fixing the built in shelving in the classrooms by finalizing the list of materials needed, picking up needed materials, and installing shelf repairs.
  • Shelf Project Helpers (1-2 helpers needed to assist with the shelf project)

Thank you!

Compass Arts Committee

Are you interested in joining our Arts Committee?

Compass parent, Heather Maxon, has been working with us to bring the arts into our school. She took the lead on writing a grant that will cover part of the cost of bringing a visual arts teaching artist to our school this year. If we are awarded the grant, we will also received $1000 worth of art supplies for the school.

Heather is going to continue to help infuse the arts into our school by forming an Arts Committee. This committee will meet regularly to help ensure that we are integrating the arts into our curriculum and that we have arts materials and training for all of our teachers. The committee will also work to ensure that your children have access to arts classes throughout their time at Compass. If you are interested in joining this committee, please email Heather at

Have you completed the School Food Form?

Compass has now been added to the Department of Education's School Food program.

The Department of Education asks that all families enter in their information, even if they do not intend to eat school food. Certain state funding depends on having ALL FAMILIES fill out this information. We need everyone to apply for School Food even if you do not intend to use it for your child.

Please click the link and complete the information as soon as possible as this will impact our funding. Please make sure to choose Compass Charter School 84K789.

Here is the link to the application:

As of yet the DOE has not informed us how to keep track of your submissions. Please email our summer fellow, Sam, once you have completed the form. Her email address is Thank you!

What We're Reading This Week:

Below are some articles we have found interesting since our last update. Feel free to send us any articles you would like to share and we will include them in our next update.

Also, we share many articles from our Twitter feed. Please follow us if you aren't already.

Disclaimer: We are not endorsing anything in these articles. We are simply sharing them because we thought you might like to read them.

Needs Assessment for Founding Families

Thanks to all of the families who completed this survey! If you have recently joined the Compass community, please complete the following survey so we can better understand your needs for the upcoming year. Thank you!

Compass Charter School

Feel free to reach out anytime with questions or to catch up. Our contact info is listed below.

Our office at the Charter Center: 212-437-8372

Brooke Peters, Co-Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Michelle Healy, Co-Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Todd Sutler, Co-Director of Strategic Development