Compass Family Update

January 30th, 2017

What's happening at Compass this week?

It's BOOKS WEEK at Compass!

Monday, January 30, 2017

  • 8:30AM-12:30PM: Book Fair Preview (All classes will visit the Book Fair to preview the books.)
  • 7:00PM: Compass Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

  • 7:45AM-10:00AM: Book Fair Open for book purchasing (closed during Community Gathering)
  • 8:20AM: Join us in the gym for Community Gathering

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

  • 7:45AM-9:00AM: Book Fair Open for book purchasing
  • 8:30AM-12:30PM: FIRST Compass Book Swap
  • 8:30AM-10:00AM: Tour for Prospective Families

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

  • 2:00PM-4:00PM: Compass Book Fair (in the school cafeteria)
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This week is Books Week!

We will be celebrating our collective love of literacy all week long.

We need some help with these events, so please sign up here–

Books Week:

Book Fair:

Just a few of the things happening during school hours:

Kids/families will be able to purchase books for themselves and the school each morning Tuesday-Friday.

The prices for books start at 3.99. If children bring money from home, it should be in an envelope to keep it safe.

There will be a free book swap on Friday. All classes will visit the swap table and each child will be able to get 1 book.

Children will be making books together with their buddies. They will also be writing book reviews of their favorite books that we will display on Saturday.

On Saturday, we will have our third annual COMPASS BOOK FAIR:

It’s a fun-filled, dress-up-as-your -favorite-book-character event.

This year you will not only be able to purchase books for yourself and the school, there will be loads of fun, book-related arts, crafts and other activities that are all FREE.

Saturday, Feb 4th 2-4 in the Cafeteria.

If you have any questions, you can email me.

Dawn (mom to Tulip student Trixie)

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Book Swap Drop off is Open Until Friday

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

As part of this year's BOOKS 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 February 3rd.

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

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Ordering School Photos This Year? Deadline is 2/28

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!

From the Co-Directors

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.

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!

Our Healthy School Fund: January/February

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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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