Compass Family Update

November 30, 2015

Upcoming Important Dates

Please mark your calendar with the following information:

Wednesday, 12/2: Second Grade Field Trip to see The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center

*Second Graders will arrive back to school at 2pm and will need to be picked up at school as the bus will leave at 1pm for our early dismissal day. Please let us know if you need help making arrangements to pick up your child. Thanks for making this work so our children can attend this special performance.


Wednesday, 12/2, 8:20-9:00AM: Join us in the gym for Community Gathering


Thursday, 12/3: Celebrate Compass Event at BRIC House

*There will be no after school on Thursday due to the Celebrate Compass Event.

FROM THE CO-DIRECTORS

Celebrate Compass is This Thursday (12/3)!

We are very excited to celebrate Compass Charter School with new and old friends this Thursday. If you have not gotten your ticket yet, you can do so here. The discounted ticket price for Compass Families is available by using the code "compassfamily". If you nee a free ticket, please let Todd know and he will put you on the guest list.


Last year, we were thrilled with how many families joined us to celebrate what we had accomplished after only a few months of being open. Twelve months later, and we have even more to be proud of. While fundraising is a goal, it is most important that as many families as possible join us.


We know that there are a number of events and emails about events that are discussed at our school. We are grateful to be a part of an organization that has such involved families and offers so many different ways for people to engage with our community. Please join us for a celebration of this special community that is still very new and growing. Thank you for all of your support thus far.

Scholastic Reading Club Orders Due on 12/4

We are participating in Scholastic Reading Club again this year. Please remember to place your Reading Club orders by December 4th!


You can shop and submit your order online. Every purchase you make earns FREE Books and educational supplies for our classrooms.


Ordering Info:

Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub

One-Time Class Activation Code: NX93R


If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:

- VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub

- ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (NX93R)

- SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs

- SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

- All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

SAVE THE DATE FOR CELEBRATE COMPASS: December 3, 2015 @ BRIC HOUSE

You should have all received an invite to our 2nd annual fundraiser, Celebrate Compass. We’ll be back at the BRIC House for a second time this year, and we’ve got big things in the works. A few notes:


1. We still need volunteers for the event, especially with helping to solicit restaurants to donate food and helping out on the night of the event. Please email liza.vadnai@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer.


2. This is a community event - we want 100% participation. Above all, we want everyone there! There is a discount code for families if the price is a concern. Our goal is for EVERYONE to attend. If you want to purchase tickets at a discounted price, the code is: compassfamily


3. Please share the invite widely! Invite community supporters, family, friends that like a good party and anyone else that would feel good about supporting our school.


4. Buy your tickets here now and spread the word!

What We're Reading

Below are a few articles we have read recently and found interesting. Please feel free to send articles that you think the parent community would be interested in reading and they will be included in future updates. Articles can be sent to Brooke (brooke@brooklyncompass.org). Thanks!

Coffee With The Co-Directors

Thank you to the Compass parents who attended this month's Coffee with the Co-Directors.


We invite you to join us as we continue Coffee with the Co-Directors as a monthly event.


The purpose of these conversations is to provide a space for parents and the Co-Directors to engage in purposeful dialogue surrounding our progressive, inquiry-based approach to education.


We invite you to submit questions and/or topics ahead of time to help guide our conversations. You may email questions directly to Brooke (brooke@brooklyncompass.org) or fill out a question form and drop it in the Inquiry Box outside the Co-Directors' Office.


We hope you will join us as often as your schedule allows. And, as always, please remember that our doors are always open. If you have immediate questions or concerns, please reach out to set up a meeting.


With gratitude,

Brooke, Michelle, and Todd

December Coffee with the Co-Directors

Monday, Dec. 14th, 8:30-9:30am

Compass Community Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fee for November/December

Thank you to the families who have already contributed to our Healthy School Fund (formerly called the Student Activity Fee). Please see the info below.


The cost of our snack service along with a laundry service for our reusable rags and towels, and biannual lice checks is approximately $15-$20 a month per child. We kindly ask that you contribute to our Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fund on a monthly or yearly basis. Please contribute what you can. If you are unable to contribute at this time, please let us know and we will support you. Your child will not be excluded. If you are able to sponsor another child for a month or the entire school year, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



How to Contribute to the Healthy School Fund


Electronic Way to Send Money: Thanks to a recommendation from two parents, we have found a free and easy way to transfer money from one account to another. We want to make it easy for you to make monthly payments for snacks, future t-shirt purchases, and whatever other costs that may come up. The application is similar to Paypal, only free and easier to use. It is called 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). 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 (todd@brooklyncompass.org). "Cash" also allows you to receive money from others as well. It is an easy for you to pay a babysitter or for a friend to pay you back some money they owe you.

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 contribute to our Healthy School Fund: 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 Healthy School Fund on the front.


One last note:

When using Square Cash or a check, please write "Healthy School Fund" in the memo for our record keeping purposes.


Thank you!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Here is the link to the breakfast and lunch menus:

http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/schoolfood/menusdailydisplay.aspx


We offer breakfast to all children who arrive on the school bus or are dropped off before 7:45am. Breakfast is free to all NYC school children.


You may choose to send a lunch from home or have your child eat school lunch. School lunch is free for children who qualify for free or reduced price lunch and costs $1.75. You do not need to inform us that your child will be eating school lunch. We charge families on a periodic basis throughout the school year.

Red Rabbit Snack Menu for this Week

The snack menu for this week is below.


Please remember that all children with food allergies receive a special snack each day. It comes separately packaged and labeled and is not listed on the menu.

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From the Family School Collaborative (FSC)

Easy ways to help our school raise money for special initiatives

Amazon

We are participating in Amazon Associates as an easy way to raise money for our Family School Collaborative Programming and Initiatives (such as our arts program and afterschool program). We invite you to use the link on our website when making Amazon purchases. We will receive between 6-8% of all purchases made through our link. Thanks!


Here's the link to use when shopping on Amazon:

http://brooklyncompass.org/family-school-collaborative/


Box Tops

Please continue to save Box Tops and our Coordinators will send in another shipment on March 1st. We're hoping our next collection can raise even more money for our Family School Collaborative Programming and Initiatives. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and they quickly add up to real cash for our school! We have a goal of $50 for the next cycle. Can you help?


For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including our school’s progress, visit www.BTFE.com. Participating products: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products

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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

brooke@brooklyncompass.org

718-310-3588, extension 503



Michelle Healy, Co-Director of Curriculum and Instruction

michelle@brooklyncompass.org

718-310-3588, extension 504



Todd Sutler, Co-Director of Strategic Development

todd@brooklyncompass.org

718-310-3588, extension 501