Pine Class News

February 8

Welcome Jessica!

We have hired a teacher to take over Anna's role during her maternity leave. Please welcome Jessica Marisa Hollins to the Pine Class and the Compass Community. Her bio is her below:


Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jessica has always been a risk taker. She was a member of the first graduating class at the Queens School of Inquiry, an early college school associated with Queens College, and member of the first class of a semester-long science and leadership school for 10th grade girls, located on the coast of Maine.

Jessica is a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s Inclusive Elementary and Special Education teacher preparation program. Although Jessica loved her teaching experiences in Central New York, she seized the opportunity to participate in the Bridge to the City program for her student teaching, working in both East Harlem and Brooklyn.

Through all of her experiences, she’s realized that she learns best through discovery and risk-taking, and wants to help children realize the benefits of taking their own risks and exploring possibilities. She looks forward to taking her first step in her career path by joining the Compass community.



Art - Studio in A School

We are so happy to have Sara from Studio in a School back with us to implement our visual arts program. While most children know Sara from 1st Grade, this last fall we had classes from Mark Morris Dance Company rather than visual arts. This second semester we will have a visual arts program that comprises 10 - 14 sessions. Sara teaches formal techniques and then allows students to experiment and explore within the medium. We've started with printmaking. Sara described printmaking as the practice of making a mark that can be copied and repeated. Children used wooden and plastic pieces dipped in paint as the tools for their printmaking. After some exploration, we hope to use printmaking to produce artistic maps of New York State later this Spring - picture a student making repeated prints of symbols like trees to show where the forests are.

Project Time

Lenape Materials Exploration

Students are exploring some of the materials and ideas that were important in the Lenape way of life. They are weaving, making pottery, making dolls and accessories with corn husks and birch bark, and modeling longhouses in the block area.
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Project Brooklyn 400 Years Ago

We are making a model of what Brooklyn looked like 400 years ago, when the Lenape lived here. Groups of students are making the following physical features: freshwater, coastline, wetlands and forests.
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Historical Perspective

We visited the Coney Island exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum to gain a historical perspective of Brooklyn. The exhibit shows art from Coney Island and art representing people's experience of the park from the last 150 years.
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Math

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Children are working with the open number line to model their computations in problem solving. The number line also serves as a model for visualizing the top of situation in the problem. For example, after looking at his number line for modeling how many blocks someone walked to get from 16th street to 34th street, Oliver said, "It's kind of confusing because the answer is in the middle!"


Try working on this at home. You probably quiz your child on math facts like 6 + 2 = 8 or 8 - 2 = 6. How about asking them the following:


  • If I have 6 apples could you give me to make 8?
  • If I had 8 apples and I lost some, how many did I lose to make 6?
  • 6 and how many more makes 8?
  • 6 + ___ = 8

Classroom Life

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Involving children in an important process.
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Organization!
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Note-taking!