Staff Update

Monday, September 28th - Friday, October 2nd

Week and a Glance

Monday, September 28th

  • Kirsten Out (Substitute will cover)
  • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Jazz Up You Compass T-Shirt Session
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Compass Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 29th

  • Amanda at Mandated Reporter Training

Wednesday, September 30th

  • 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM: Wednesday Planning and PD
  • 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM: Dinner provided on Compass
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Curriculum Night

Thursday, October 1st

  • Sunshine Committee donations are due
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: School-wide Lice Check

Friday October 2nd

Saturday, October 3rd

  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Compass Fall Arts Festival!

This Week's Events

Wednesday Planning and Professional Development Schedule

1:15 - 1:45: Staff Check - in and Writing to Reflect Introduction

  • We will introduce the practice of writing notebooks as a way to record our reflections from the week

1:45 -3:45: CST Framework Discussion

  • Elizabeth will lead a session on the structures and practices of Child Study Team.

3:45- 4:00: Timeline Share (any volunteers? Email Michelle!)

4:00 - 5:15: Prepare for Curriculum Night

  • We will have a quick question and answer session from 4:00 - 4:15 and then you will have an hour to prepare.

School-Wide Lice Check on Thursday, October 1st

LiceEnders will be coming to check our students for lice from 9AM - 12 PM. We will set them up in the community room and they will check multiple students at once. The check should take 15 - 20 minutes per class, but we've budgeted a little bit of extra time since it's our first professional lice check. If things move quickly, be prepared to come a little earlier or a little later (hopefully we can move so quickly that we avoid the recess/snack block. We will go by the schedule below:

9:15 - 9:45: Beech Class

9:45 - 10:00: Gingko Class

10:00 - 10 30: Maple Class

10:30 - 11:00: Oak Class

11:00 - 11:30: Elm Class

11:30 - 12:00: Pine Class

Curriculum Night on Wednesday, 9/30

Curriculum night is next Wednesday. We will take some time to talk through materials and talk about math and literacy in grade level planning meetings on Monday and Tuesday. We will have additional time to prep on Wednesday afternoon to get everything ready. If you have any of the questions in the meantime, please let us know.

Sunshine Committee Dues

If you are planning to donate money to the Sunshine Committee fund this year, please give $35 to Amanda by Thursday, October 1st. This will determine what we can celebrate this year and will help us to give recognition to people in our community.

You can give $35 to Amanda via cash/check/venmo (search


Fall Arts Festival This weekend!

The Fall Arts Festival is next weekend! This event will be held in the yard at our school on October 3rd from 12 PM - 4 PM. It is a fun carnival-like event with lots of different arts-based stations, such as pumpkin painting, tie dye, and weaving, as well as a bake sale and tag sale. The proceeds raised at the Fall Arts Festival goes to arts programming at the school.

If you would like to volunteer for a job at the Fall Arts Festival, you can sign up here:

PEN Conference School Visit on Thursday, October 8th

As many of you know the Progressive Education Network is hosting its biannual conference in New York City (10/8-10/10). The conference is being hosted by Manhattan Country School. MCS has pulled in educators from across the city to help them plan the three days. PEN invited us to host a site-visit on Thursday 10/8. We are looking for one or two people to lead one special session in the afternoon and for people to join the visitors for a casual conversation during lunch (provided by PEN). Let us know if you are interested in participating. Other details include:

  • Morning tour and conversation with school leaders.
  • Classroom Observations (can be guided or free flowing).
  • ** Lunch conversation with some Compass staff and administrators.
  • ** One Afternoon Special Learning Session/Place-Based Experience
    • This session (90-150 minutes) is meant to share something about how our community approaches learning. It can be anything and need not be intensely planned.
    • PEN thinks a place-based experience in our community garden would be a great idea. Other ideas for workshops include but are certainly not limited to: Music at Compass, Mindfulness, our philosophy of Education for Sustainability, Community Gathering

Appreciations and Interesting Reads/Events

If you have an appreciation or an article/event to share, please send it to Michelle ( by Wednesday evening. Thanks!


CONGRATS Kirsten! Here's to many years of love and happiness to you and Pearson.

-Michelle (and everybody)

Interesting Events and Reads


Atlantic Antic, Sunday, September 27th

Atlantic Avenue between 4th Ave. and Hicks St.

This is a very fun community event that is highly recommended by many staff members!

THE ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC™, presented by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), is oldest and largest street festival in New York City! On this beautiful autumn day in Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic™ brings together hundreds of thousands of people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun!

The Atlantic Antic™ is a living tribute to the myriad of heritages that coexist in Brooklyn. Spanning four neighborhoods (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn) from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Atlantic Antic™ brings together people from all ages and diverse backgrounds to celebrate in the heart of Brooklyn! From start to finish, Atlantic Avenue is transformed into a sea of entertainment offering something for everyone.

Materials for the Arts' Arts Integration: Creativity in the Classroom, Tuesday, September 29th

Bring your friends, family and colleagues for a night of teacher appreciation.

Arts Integration: Creativity in the Classroom features artwork by New York City public school teachers who participated in MFTA's ASPDP Summer 2015 Workshop Series with Master Teaching Artist Joy Suarez.


When: Tuesday, September 29, at 6 p.m.

Where: The MFTA Gallery

33-00 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City

Cost: Free!

Light Refreshments Served



Race and Class Collide in a Plan for Two Brooklyn Schools

  • This article is about the response to the new public school zoning for district 13. Recently, the zone for P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights has shifted to ease up on the overcrowding that's happened in the school, rezoning the Dumbo neighborhood for P.S. 307.

How Awareness of Cultural Differences can Help Underachieving Students

  • An excerpt from Memory at Work in the Classroom: Strategies to Help Underachieving Students that discusses how knowing learning practices of different cultures of the students in the classroom can help children to feel more comfortable and perform better in class.

Welcome to the World's First Elementary School with Standing Desks for Every Student

  • A school makes the decision to change all of their sitting desks to standing ones after a successful pilot year in one classroom.