Compass Family Update

January 11, 2016

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The Compass community enjoying The Lego Movie at Movie Night last Saturday!

Upcoming Important Dates

Please mark your calendar with the following information:

Monday, January 11th, 2016

  • Studio in a School Planning Meetings (Visual Arts Sessions will begin for kindergarten and second grade on 1/25)

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

  • 8:30AM-9:30M: Coffee with the Co-Directors in the Meeting Room

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

  • 8:20AM-9:00AM: Please join us for Community Gathering in the Gym
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM: Mark Morris Dance Residency Planning Meeting with First Grade Team (Dance Classes begin for first grade on 1/25)

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

  • Visual Thinking Strategies Observation Day (All classes will have a VTS lesson and teachers will receive feedback from our VTS facilitator.)
  • Maple and Oak field trip to PetSmart for Living Systems Study and to get a class pet
  • Pine field trip to the Museum of the City of New York for Mannahatta Workshop

Friday, January 15th, 2016

  • 8:00AM-12:00PM: Duke University Visit
  • Elm field trip to the Museum of the City of New York for Mannahatta Workshop
  • Pine (half class) field trip to Brooklyn Museum to Coney Island Exhibit

Monday, January 18th, 2016

  • School is closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Our Winter Weather Policy

Now that it's finally getting cold out, we wanted to reach out to you to let you know our policies regarding indoor and outdoor recess and school closings.

School Closing

As mentioned in our Family Handbook, we follow the DoE's closing policy. You can find the DoE's plans on their website ( as well as local news sites. We encourage you to register to Notify NYC to get important updates on emergency and other city services..

Indoor and Outdoor Recess Policy

We believe that it is crucial for children to be physically active during their day. Opportunities to play and exercise help all people to stretch their muscles, clear their heads, and better focus on the many tasks they are given each day.

With these beliefs in mind and a commitment to putting your child’s safety first, we use our discretion when deciding whether to have outdoor recess or not. There are numerous factors that impact our decision to hold indoor recess including: heavy rain, blizzard, ice on the playground or play yard, and severe wind chill. Barring these conditions, or any other that is similarly dangerous, we will be going outside for recess.

As with every policy, there are exceptions to the rule. If your child has specific health conditions (e.g. severe asthma), we will provide coverage indoors during recess. A doctor’s note explaining the need for a child to stay indoors for recess is required for such coverage. The doctor’s note should state the specific environment (e.g. below freezing) in which your child cannot go outside to ensure that we have complete clarity and that your child has access to as much outdoor time as possible.

Children should come dressed in appropriate clothing for the weather. Such attire includes winter jacket, scarf, hat, boots, snow pants (or a second pair of pants) for cold weather and rain boots, lighter jackets, etc for wet and rainy weather. Children and families should feel free to utilize the spaces in their cubbies for their gear and can leave them at school. Also, please let us know if you need help securing warm weather gear for your child.

Finally, the lost and found box (currently in the Main Office) has a number of pieces of winter gear that some of you are currently missing. Come in for a visit and take a look!

Coffee With The Co-Directors

Please join us for our January Coffee with the Co-Directors. Bring your own coffee to the Meeting Room (Room 408) for an hour of conversation about our school.

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 ( 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.

Here are the Coffee with the Co-Directors dates for the remainder of the school year:

January 12th, 8:30AM

February 24th, 9:00AM

March 18th, 8:30AM

April 21st, 8:30AM

May 24th, 8:30AM

June 23rd, 8:30AM

With gratitude,

Brooke, Michelle, and Todd

January Coffee with the Co-Directors

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 8:30-9:30am

Compass Meeting Room (Room 408)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Interesting Events and Articles

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 ( Thanks!

Also, some members of the Compass staff are attending an event at Brooklyn New School on January 19th about early childhood reform and the need for play in the early years. The info is below if you would like to join us.

Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fee for January

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 ( "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!

This Week's Snack Menu

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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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Here is the link to the breakfast and lunch menus:

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.

From the Family School Collaborative (FSC)

Thank you for coming to our first ever Movie Night!

We had a great turn out at school on Saturday for our first ever Movie Night. The Lego Movie was shown to the kids and they enjoyed popcorn with their movie.

Thank you to outgoing FSC Co-Chair Dana Parchi for organizing the event.

If you have suggestions for how to make this event even more successful in the future, please email the FSC (

We're still collecting Box Tops and they are now on Annie's Products

We are still collecting Box Tops for Education. The next shipment of Box Tops will be sent in in March. Please continue to bring your Box Tops and put them in the collection boxes outside each classroom. More products have been added to the Box Tops Program, including all of the Annie's products.

Click HERE to sign up to help us win 10,000 or 1,000 Box Tops for our school.

FSC Amazon Store and Amazon Associates Program

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:

Here is the link to our FSC Amazon store where you can view and purchase the recommended books, toys, and games. The suggestions are a combination of parent suggestions and school administration suggestions. Using our Amazon Store is a great way to take care of your regular shopping and support the FSC at the same time (the FSC will earn up to 7% of purchased items).

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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