Compass Family Update

January 23rd, 2016

What's happening at Compass this week?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

  • Tulip Class (3rd Grade) Field Visit to Brooklyn Historical Society
  • 8:30AM: Prospective Family Tour

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

  • 8:20AM: Join us in the gym for Community Gathering
  • January Birthday Celebration at Community Gathering

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

  • 8:20-9:20: Meet and Greet with Campbell, new Maple Co-Teacher in the Community Room (Coffee will be provided)
  • 4:30PM-5:30PM: Meet and Greet with Adjowah, new Tulip Co-Teacher in the Community Room
  • Tulip Class (Third Grade) Field Visit to the Schenck Homes at Brooklyn Museum

Friday, January 27th, 2017

  • Chestnut Class (Third Grade) Field Visit to the Schenck Homes at Brooklyn Museum

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

  • Vision Screenings for kindergarten and first grade students

Please Welcome Campbell to the Maple Class!

Campbell Kennedy, Maple Class (Kindergarten) Co-Teacher

A lifetime love of learning and sharing guided Campbell Kennedy to the Maple Class in 2017. Originally from Washington. DC, Campbell has had a passion to teach ever since he was 5 years old and realized that Indiana Jones was a teacher. He has developed a passion for integrating the arts in all forms in his teaching style, whether it is using drawings to talk about students homes or short plays to describe addition and subtraction. He is a graduate of Adelphi University, where he attained his B.A. in History and received his M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of the District of Columbia.

Outside of the classroom Campbell enjoys a variety of geeky pursuits. He is also a foodie at heart and will try any meal at least once. He enjoys cooking with his wife Cristen Kennedy and playing with their cat Solomon.

From the Co-Directors

Meet and Greet with Campbell, New Maple Co-Teacher

On Thursday morning, we will host a meet and greet with Campbell, our new Maple co-teacher and Compass team member. Please come to the Community Room at 8:20 for an informal question and answer session with Campbell. We are so excited for everyone to meet him. Coffee will be provided!

Volunteers Needed

We are in the process of upgrading our OT/PT Room and Guided Reading Library. We recently ordered 5 shelves from IKEA that are awaiting assembly. If you are able to come by to help, please let us know. We appreciate you!

Kindergarten Applications for 2017-2018

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next fall, please apply online. Applications are due by April 1st, but it helps us to know how many siblings will be attending Compass next school year. We get a lot of questions from new families applying for kindergarten and we would like to be able to share an approximate number of open seats. Siblings of currently enrolled students receive priority in admission, but only if the application is completed by April 1st. We are looking forward to more siblings joining Compass in the fall. If you have questions, please let us know.

Accessing the Compass Public Calendar

The link to access our Compass Public Calendar has moved! Please bookmark this page to stay up to date with Compass events, school closings, and field trips.

*You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the calendar.

Book Swap Drop off is Now Open

Clean up your at home library for the Compass Book Swap!

As part of this year's literacy week, January 30- Feb. 4, the FSC is facilitating a book swap of gently used Children's books. All Compass students will have a chance to "shop" for a free used children's book during Literacy Week.

Please bring gently used children's books appropriate for ages K-3rd Grade to the Book Drop Box outside the Co-Directors Office now through January 27th.

Thanks in advance for your donations

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Join us for the Compass Winter Fling! Tickets Available Now!

Winter Fling Fundraiser & Silent Auction

Date: Friday. February 10th

Time: 7:00-10:30

Location: C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn

This adults-only party at the fun Bed-Stuy bar C'mon Everybody features great DJs and live performances from Compass parents, tacos from local favorite Chilo's, and can't-pass-em-up auction items! It was our BIGGEST fundraiser last year, bringing in over $12,000 that went to support after school scholarships, the building of our Compass Community Closet, incredible partnerships with Mark Morris, the New Victory Theater, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and additional art, music, and science room supplies, among other things. Plus, it was a lot of fun! Come on out, strike up a conversation with that parent you see every morning in the hallways but never have the chance to speak to, listen to some amazing music, and have a great time while supporting Compass!

Purchase Tickets -> link to:

$15- general admission

$35 - I'm feeling kinda generous ticket

$50 - I'm feeling extremely generous ticket

Operations Updates

Vision Screening for K and 1 on January 31

Department of Health staff will be on site on January 31st to do vision screenings for Kindergarten and 1st grades. You will receive a follow up letter only if your child fails the vision test.

Funds for Meals Eaten & Healthy School Fund

Please look out for emails and a letter backpacked home with updated amounts due for meals eaten at school and the Healthy School Fund (for November- December). When making electronic payment, please make sure to note your student's name and what you are paying for.

Reminder of Late Arrival Procedures

The arrival window every morning is 7:45- 8AM. Arrivals after 8AM are considered late. If you arrive between 8 and 9AM, you must sign in at the security desk and bring your child up to the 4th floor and to class. If you arrive after 9AM, please sign in at the Compass Main Office (room 431), get a late pass and bring your child and the late pass to the classroom. Signing in at the security desk/ Main Office ensures that the Main Office is able to adjust your child's official record to show that he/she was in fact present for the day.

Reminder of Early Pick Up Procedures

We understand that there will be occasions that you need to pick your child up from school early. If you need to pick your child up from school earlier than 3:45 (or 12:45 on Wednesdays), you must first sign him/her out by coming to the Compass Main Office (Room 431). Main Office staff will give you a pass to give to your child's teachers. Teachers will not release children in their room without seeing this pass!

Updates from the Studios

Visual Arts Update from Suzanne

Hi Families,

The visual art studio has been busy in 2017!

Ask your children :

K: how to use scissors to cut shapes from paper (triangle, rectangle, square, round shapes) and what "scissor safety" is

1: about tracing our whole bodies in the hallway

2: to identify mirror and radial symmetry in art and the world

3: how to make a quick animation with paper and tape

Some new photos and videos are up on the compass visual art ig @



Sustainability Studio Update from Kirsten

Please take a look at the Sustainability Studio blog for the most recent updates from Kirsten.

Order Your School Pictures! Deadline for ordering is 2/28/17

School photos are ready for purchase! Thank you to Compass parent and photographer, Lucy Schaeffer, for donating her time to our School Photo Fundraiser.

You should have received an email with instructions for how to order photos. If you have questions about how to order, please email our Photo Volunteer, Alex, at

School Pictures are available for purchase through February 28th. Please place your orders by this date. Thanks!

Our Healthy School Fund: January

If you have not already contributed to the Healthy School Fund for September and October, please do so as soon as possible. We ask that you contribute $30 per child per month. Directions for payment are listed below. Please let us know if you have questions. If you need support in making contributions to the Healthy School Fund, please let us know and we will do our best to support you.


Various ways you can make payments to Compass (for the Healthy Snack Fund, t-shirts, school lunches) include:

Snack Menu

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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.

*Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the calendar. We update this often with events such as field trips and FSC events for families.

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Compass Public Calendar

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