Compass Family Update

September 15, 2014

Student Work from the First 7 Days of School

This Week's News:

  • Last Wednesday, we held our first Compass Community Gathering in the gym. We sang Jambo, I Had a Rooster, and This Pretty Planet together as an entire school community. It was absolutely lovely! We will continue this tradition each week and we will open this event up to families in the coming weeks.
  • The Arts Committee met last night to work on the plans for our Fall Arts Festival. If you are interested in helping out, please email Brooke. We need many more helpers!
  • We had our first fire drill today. All of the classes practiced getting outside safely. Everyone did a great job and now everyone knows what to do if we ever have a real emergency. We will have many more drills throughout the school year.
  • Kirsten, our Sustainability Coordinator, is back to work after her bike accident! We are so glad she is back and she is thrilled to be working with the kids each day.

Please Save the Day for the Fall Arts Festival!

Saturday, Oct. 18th, 11am-3pm

300 Adelphi St


Please join us for our first ever Fall Arts Festival! We will have pumpkin painting, face painting, arts and crafts, a giant tag sale, and a bouncy house. It will be tons of fun!

Parent Email List

We would like to share the names and email addresses of all parents with other parents within our school community. Many of you have asked how to get in touch with other parents to set up playdates and we have not shared email addresses because we have not asked for your permission. Please email Brooke if you do NOT want to be included in the parent contact list. We will send this information out next week, so please let her know by Friday, September 19, 2014.

We have also set up a parent listserv that will be open very soon. We are working on setting up the norms and expectations for using the listserv. We will have more information soon. If you would like to help with the listserv set up and norms, please let us know. Thanks!

Fall Footwear and our Uniform Policy

Thank you to everyone for making sure your child is in their Compass shirt each day. Please remember to send your child to school in sneakers on a daily basis. We do a lot of walking up and down the stairs and playing outside and sneakers are the safest option for the little feet at Compass. We will also begin to take more community walks and trips and we want to make sure everyone is comfortable and safe. Thanks!

Parent Helpers Needed This Week

Are you really good at putting Ikea furniture together?

Are you a whiz at the copy machine?

Do you have a car and the ability to pick up heavy things?

We are looking for a few parent helpers to help us build a three bookshelves and a chair from Ikea. We also need a helper or two to make copies of an upcoming literacy assessment and the posters for the Fall Arts Festival. We also need a person with a car to pick up a donation of soil from Prospect Heights. If you are free this at all this week, please let us know. We will be at school until 6pm each day and until 9pm on Thursday evening due to a late meeting. Thank you! We appreciate your help!

Family School Collaborative is Starting!

We are going to officially begin our Family School Collaborative this month. Please join us as we form this collaborative to help make our school as amazing as possible. The monthly meeting dates are listed below.

September 23rd, 6pm

October 21st, 6pm

November 18th, 6pm

December 16th, 6pm

January 20th, 6pm

February 24th, 6pm

March 24th, 6pm

April 21st, 6pm

May 19th, 6pm

June 16th, 6pm

Small Project on Donors Choose

We have one small project posted on Donors Choose and it only needs $144 to be fully funded. It's for another set of books for our Shared Library. Please send the link along to anyone you know who may want to help get this project funded.

Here is the link:

Demographic Information for New York State

When many of you enrolled in April, we believed that you were only permitted to select one description. In fact, you are allowed to select more than one. We want to make sure that all of you get a chance to select what makes you feel most comfortable. If you would like to add to your selections, please do so with this form. If you do not change anything by Monday, September 22, we will use what you originally filled out. Thanks.

How does Department of Education Food Services work?

A few of you have asked how the DoE's Office of SchoolFood goes about charging families for meals. SchoolFood charges Compass for all meals that are consumed by students who do not qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. On a monthly basis, we will, in turn, be sending home a bill to families who owe us money for those meals. Lunches cost $1.75 a meal. Breakfast served at 7:30 in the morning and the supper served during after school are free. It is crucial that students arrive before 7:40 to have time to eat breakfast and be ready for the start of school at 8AM. New York City schools do not serve pork ever.

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