Compass Back to School Update

August 25, 2016


We're looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Welcome to Year 3 at Compass! Our staff is back to work and we are in the midst of our Staff Summer Institute where we're preparing for the school year ahead. We're setting our intentions for the school year, building community amongst our staff, and planning curriculum. Later this week and next week, our staff will spend a lot of time preparing the classrooms and spaces in our school. We're working to create a welcoming, inclusive, and calming school environment. We'll try to post some updates on Instagram and Facebook to give you all a sneak peek.

We will officially launch Compass Year Three at our Back to School Party in Fort Greene Park from 5-7PM on Wednesday, August 31st. We hope to see you and your family there!


Brooke, Michelle, and Todd


Upcoming Important Dates and Events

Wednesday, August 31st

Tuesday, September 6th

  • First Day of School (12:00PM Dismissal)

Wednesday, September 7th

  • Half Day for all students (12:00PM Dismissal)

Thursday, September 8th

  • Half Day for all students (12:00PM Dismissal)

Friday, September 9th

  • Half Day for all students (12:00PM Dismissal)

Monday, September 12th

  • Eid-al-Adha: School Closed

Save the Date: Back to School Party in Fort Greene Park

Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 5-7pm

Washington Park

Brooklyn, NY

It's time for our annual Back to School Party and Pot Luck Dinner in Fort Greene Park! Bring your whole family to meet new Compass staff, talk to your child's teachers, and get to know other Compass families.

We will meet at Fort Greene Park. Please follow these directions to find us. We will meet in the same place we had our End of Year Celebration and Summer Family Gathering.

If you are coming from Dekalb, enter the park at Fort Greene Place and walk up the hill. You will eventually see us to your right. If you are entering from the Myrtle side, walk down St. Edwards (bordering the west side of the park) until it ends at Willoughby. Enter the park by walking up the stairs and go up the hill. You should eventually see us to your left.

If you can't find us, please call one of the Co-Directors:

Brooke's cell: 347-677-2294

Michelle's cell: 347-677-3400

Todd's cell: 917-747-8075

Please sign up to bring something to the Back to School Party and Pot Luck Dinner

We're looking forward to seeing all of you on August 31st for our Back to School Party and Pot Luck Dinner. Please click HERE to sign up to bring a dish and/or help out at the event. Thanks for your contribution!

Class Placement

All children entering first grade will loop. This means that they will be in the same class and with the same teachers. The class names remain the same (Beech and Ginkgo). We did not send an email to returning first grade families as there are no changes to class placement. We have a few new first graders joining us and class placement information was sent to these families.

Class placement information was emailed to all families with children in kindergarten, second grade, and third grade. If you did not receive an email with your child's class placement, please let us know.

Here is a list of the names of the classes and the teachers in each class:

Kindergarten Classes

Maple Class: Brian and Sara Scott

Oak Class: Hannah and Julian

First Grade Classes

Beech Class: Madeleine and Rasha

Ginkgo Class: Marissa and Rosie

Second Grade Classes

Pine Class: Paul and Jessica

Elm Class: Teressa and Shawn

Third Grade Classes

Tulip Class: Katie and Chiara

Chestnut Class: Drew and Lorna

LAST Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, Sep. 8th, 4-6pm

Compass Charter School Community Room

We have met with most of our incoming kindergarten families for Kindergarten Orientation. We will have one last Kindergarten Orientation session on September 8th from 4PM-6PM. If you have not yet attended an orientation session, please plan to join us on this day. All kindergarten families (new and returning families) are required to attend Kindergarten Orientation. Childcare will be provided.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Food Services

Every year, the DoE asks us to ask our families to fill out the Food Services application even if you have no intention of using Food Services. Please take five minutes to fill out this form, as this information about our community's demographics could help us with raising money for the school.

T-Shirts and other Compass Gear

If you would like to pick up some Compass t-shirts before the beginning of the school year, email Todd ( and Chelsea ( to tell them the number of shirts you want (color and size). They will prepare your order so that you can pick it up from Room 431 by 4pm on the following day. We have shirts in a variety of colors (pink, red, forest green, light blue, navy blue, maroon, white, black, yellow, orange, light charcoal gray, green, and others) but cannot promise that your child’s preferred colors are available in their size. Short sleeve shirts sell for $8. Long sleeve are $10. Hoodies are $25. We will bring a small amount of shirts to the picnic next week.

We recently made our first big order of t-shirts in size child-large. How time flies.

Compass Uniform Policy

As you prepare for the first days of school, please keep our uniform policy in mind.

Children are expected to wear a Compass t-shirt each day along with comfortable bottoms (shorts, skirts, leggings, sweat pants, jeans). Please dress your child in comfortable clothing that allows for movement and that can get dirty. We spend a lot of time outside and do a lot of messy projects.

Children should wear sneakers or other closed toe supportive shoes to school each day. Please do not send your child to school in sandals. If you have specific questions about our uniform policy, please let us know.

If you need assistance with school uniforms, please let us know.

Administering Medication at School - Original Documentation Required

Important Reminder that medication of any kind can only be administered once an ORIGINAL COPY OF the DOE's Medical Administration Form (MAF) has been completed and accepted by the school nurse each year. Until that document is accepted by the nurse, Compass, nor the nurse will not administer medication. You can get a copy of the appropriate form (options 1, 2, or, 3 depending on the need) here.


If you plan to or are thinking about using DoE-provided bussing this year, please read the following. Every year, we let you know that the DoE will be sending us bus routes and times at the very end of August. Unfortunately, we do not think this year will be any different. We hope to send you pick-up and drop-off times by the middle of next week. They should certainly get it to us by the end of the week at the latest.

No DoE-Bussing on Columbus and Veterans Day

Looking ahead to October and November, please mark your calendars and plan for the fact that there are no DoE yellow busses provided on Monday, October 10 and Friday, November 11.

Unfortunately, you will be expected to get your child to school through other means. We apologize for this inconvenience.

For Returning Families: Read this if you want to OPT OUT of receiving Instant Messaging for Important School Reminders

We signed up for Remind last year in order to make it easier for us to communicate urgent, important, and time-sensitive updates. Those families who used it, appreciated it. Our new families have all opted in to using Remind. We are adding all returning families to Remind this year. If you do not want to be added, click here. Please note that we do not intend to text families frequently - only with important updates and reminders that we think you will need to receive.

Kids Orbit After School Program: Sign Up and Financial Aid Application

Our wonderful after school program from last year, Kids Orbit, is returning this year. It is conveniently located right at school and very competitively priced. Each day, kids engage in activities including art and crafts, story time, supervised reading time, outdoor play (weather permitting), and board games. A light snack is provided. The counselors are warm, attentive, and wonderful.

Enrichment classes are included for all students enrolled! Classes last year included chess, soccer, yoga, karate, drama, dance, and science!

Care is provided five days a week, from the end of the school day until6:00pm! (Please note that Kids Orbit does not operate the first or last weeks of the school year.)

They also provide care for all the half days during the year, for an extra fee.

More information on enrollment and pricing can be found in the attached flier!

Additional information and enrollment forms are here:

Also see the FSC page:

Financial Aid is available. Our Family School Collaborative's After School Committee has put together its first Financial Aid Application for families in need of financial support. Please read and complete it here by Tuesday, August 30.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions at or, or contact Todd Sutler at

All the best, Erin (mom to Zadie, 2nd grader)

Please Return Adopted Plants to Compass

Thanks to all of you for fostering Compass plants this summer. The building is open from 8AM-6PM and you are welcome to drop the plants off anytime. We are collecting all of the plants in the Sustainability Studio. We plan to repot all plants before the start of the school year, so we kindly ask that you bring the plants back as soon as possible. Thank you!

School Supplies for 2016-2017

Please take a look HERE on our website for a listing of the required and recommended school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year. We do not require traditional school supplies, but ask that you bring a few supplies for your child and that you contribute monthly to our Healthy School Fund. More info about the Healthy School Fund will come in future Family Updates. We ask that families contribute what they can each month to help offset the costs of our snack program, laundry, and lice checks.

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