Compass Family Update

January 9th, 2016

What's happening at Compass this week?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM: FSC Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

  • 8:30AM-10:00AM: Tour for Prospective Families

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

  • 8:20AM: Join us in the gym for Community Gathering

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

  • Chestnut Class (Third Grade) Field Visit to New York Historical Society

Friday, January 13th, 2017

  • Tulip Class (Third Grade) Field Visit to New York Historical Society

Monday, January 16th, 2017

  • Martin Luther King, Jr Day: School Closed

From the Co-Directors

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We were so happy to see all of the children last Thursday and we are now back in the swing of things after the vacation. Our teachers are implementing the interactive learning structures and strategies we learned during our two additional days of Responsive Classroom training. Our facilitator will be back later in the school year for another day of follow up training and we have already booked additional training for the staff for next summer. We're looking forward to continuing to strengthen our school culture and climate. Let us know if you have any question about this work.


Brooke, Michelle, and Todd

Outdoor Play and Gear for the Winter Months

We play outside twice a day in almost all weather and we believe this outdoor play is crucial to our children's development.* We go out when there is snow on the ground and when the temperature is quite low.

We recommend the following winter gear for outdoor play:

  • A warm winter coat
  • Layers underneath coat
  • Waterproof mittens
  • Snow boots
  • Hat or other warm headgear that covers head and ears
  • Scarf
  • Snowpants or an extra pair of sweatpants to put on before going out

*For more in depth information about winter gear, take a look at the first article below.

Our Community Closet has some extra winter gear that is ready to be passed on to Compass kids. Please make an appointment or send a list with your child if you need anything.

If you have any extras of the items listed above and would like to donate, please drop them off in the Co-Directors' Office and they will be put to good use.

*The only exception to playing outdoors twice a day in the winter is for children who have a doctor's note that excuses them from playing outdoors when the temperature is below 32 degrees.

Updates from the Studios

Sustainability Update from Kirsten

Check out Kirsten's most recent blog post about the Fossil Museum created by our third graders. If you're in the building soon, check out the student work outside the Sustainability Studio.

Visual Arts Update from Suzanne

Happy New Year!

Please help us in welcoming Gordi, our new student teacher (photo below). She is a graduate Art and Design Education Major who will be with kindergarten, first, and third grades Monday through Thursday through May.

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Order Your School Pictures! Deadline for ordering is 2/28/17

School photos are ready for purchase! Thank you to Compass parent and photographer, Lucy Schaeffer, for donating her time to our School Photo Fundraiser.

You should have received an email with instructions for how to order photos. If you have questions about how to order, please email our Photo Volunteer, Alex, at

School Pictures are available for purchase through February 28th. Please place your orders by this date. Thanks!

Save the Date: FSC Winter Fling

Save the date for the FSC's Winter Fling! Live music and entertainment and an awesome silent auction! February 10, 7pm- 10:30pm. More details to follow soon!

Our Healthy School Fund: January

If you have not already contributed to the Healthy School Fund for September and October, please do so as soon as possible. We ask that you contribute $30 per child per month. Directions for payment are listed below. Please let us know if you have questions. If you need support in making contributions to the Healthy School Fund, please let us know and we will do our best to support you.


Various ways you can make payments to Compass (for the Healthy Snack Fund, t-shirts, school lunches) include:

Snack Menu

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2016-2017 School Year Calendar

The calendar for the 2016-2017 school year was emailed to families before the school year ended. This calendar can also be accessed on the public calendar on our website.

Click HERE to access our public Compass calendar.

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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