Compass Family Update

February 1, 2016

Upcoming Important Dates

Please mark your calendar with the following information:

Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Mark Morris Dance Session #1 for First Grade
  • Studio in a School Session #1 for Second Grade and Kindergarten

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • 8:30AM-9:30M: School Tour for Prospective Families

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Brian returns to the Maple Class! Yay!
  • 8:20AM-9:00AM: Community Gathering in the Gym
  • 6:00-7:30 Family School Collaborative Meeting in the Community Room (food and childcare provided, food and mingling from 6:00-6:30, meeting from 6:30-7:30)

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Friday, February 5th, 2016

  • Oak Field Trip to the Transit Museum
  • Pine (Half Group) Field Trip to Brooklyn Museum

Monday, February 8th, 2016

  • No school in observance of Lunar New Year


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Last Call to Purchase this Year's School Pictures!

Visit to purchase your child's school pictures for thisschool year. The last day to purchase pictures is Wednesday, February 10th. Pictures will not be available after that time.

If you have any ordering questions or would like to request a discounted rate, please contact Amanda at or 347-677-3243.

Coffee With The Co-Directors

Please join us on February 24th at 9:00AM (right after Community Gathering) for our next Coffee with the Co-Directors. Bring your own coffee to the Meeting Room (Room 408) for an hour of conversation about our school. We invite you to submit questions and/or topics ahead of time to help guide our conversations. You may email questions directly to Brooke ( or fill out a question form and drop it in the Inquiry Box outside the Co-Directors' Office.

The purpose of these conversations is to provide a space for parents and the Co-Directors to engage in purposeful dialogue surrounding our progressive, inquiry-based approach to education.

We hope you will join us as often as your schedule allows. And, as always, please remember that our doors are always open. If you have immediate questions or concerns, please reach out to set up a meeting.

Here are the Coffee with the Co-Directors dates for the remainder of the school year:

February 24th, 9:00AM

March 18th, 8:30AM

April 21st, 8:30AM

May 24th, 8:30AM

June 23rd, 8:30AM

February Coffee with the Co-Directors

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 9-10am

Compass Meeting Room (Room 408)

Please join us after Community Gathering for our February Coffee with the Co-Directors.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Interesting Events and Articles

Below are a few articles we have read recently and found interesting. Please feel free to send articles that you think the parent community would be interested in reading and they will be included in future updates. Articles can be sent to Brooke ( Thanks!

This article is really interesting, but S'more won't let me embed NY Times articles.

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fee for February

Thank you to the families who have already contributed to our Healthy School Fund (formerly called the Student Activity Fee). Please see the info below.

The cost of our snack service along with a laundry service for our reusable rags and towels, and biannual lice checks is approximately $15-$20 a month per child. We kindly ask that you contribute to our Healthy School Fund/Student Activity Fund on a monthly or yearly basis. Please contribute what you can. If you are unable to contribute at this time, please let us know and we will support you. Your child will not be excluded. If you are able to sponsor another child for a month or the entire school year, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

How to Contribute to the Healthy School Fund

Electronic Way to Send Money: Thanks to a recommendation from two parents, we have found a free and easy way to transfer money from one account to another. We want to make it easy for you to make monthly payments for snacks, future t-shirt purchases, and whatever other costs that may come up. The application is similar to Paypal, only free and easier to use. It is called Square Cash (click on the left side of the webpage for a short video on how it works and enter your cell phone on the right to get a text giving you $1 and a link to get started). After you get the text, all you need to do is enter your debit card information, download the app and type your email address. You are now ready to make and receive payments. To send Compass money, press "Send", select an amount and send the money to Todd's email address ( "Cash" also allows you to receive money from others as well. It is an easy for you to pay a babysitter or for a friend to pay you back some money they owe you.

If you would like to know how you can set up a recurring, monthly payment from your Citibank or Chase account, email Todd.

Non-electronic way to contribute to our Healthy School Fund: If you are not able to use Square Cash or are not comfortable using an electronic system, please send cash or a check (Made to Compass Charter School) in an envelope with your child's name and Healthy School Fund on the front.

One last note:

When using Square Cash or a check, please write "Healthy School Fund" in the memo for our record keeping purposes.

Thank you!

This Week's Snack Menu

There was a mistake on the snack menu this week from Red Rabbit. I will send the updated menu soon.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Here is the link to the breakfast and lunch menus:

We offer breakfast to all children who arrive on the school bus or are dropped off before 7:45am. Breakfast is free to all NYC school children.

You may choose to send a lunch from home or have your child eat school lunch. School lunch is free for children who qualify for free or reduced price lunch and costs $1.75. You do not need to inform us that your child will be eating school lunch. We charge families on a periodic basis throughout the school year.

From the Family School Collaborative (FSC)

Please join us for our first Family School Collaborative meeting of 2016!

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Family School Collaborative Kick Off Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 6-7:30pm

Compass Community Room

We hope you will join us for our first Family School Collaborative meeting of 2016. Food and childcare will be provided.

Please come to learn more about the initiatives for the remainder of this school year and to share your thoughts.

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Takeout for Compass with R&D Foods on Tuesday, 2/9

"TAKEOUT FOR COMPASS" Dinner Fundraiser!!!

WHERE: R&D Foods, 602 Vanderbilt Ave, btw Prospect Pl & St. Marks Ave

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9 ALL DAY


See Compass FB page for more details, and, if you would like to pick it up with your child at Compass, preorder a delicious chicken dinner for 2, 4 or 6 people by this Friday, Feb. 5th.

Make a night of it and dine together with another Compass family in your neighborhood. Tell your friends and neighbors!

We're still collecting Box Tops and they are now on Annie's Products

We are still collecting Box Tops for Education. The next shipment of Box Tops will be sent in in March. Please continue to bring your Box Tops and put them in the collection boxes outside each classroom. More products have been added to the Box Tops Program, including all of the Annie's products.

Click HERE to sign up to help us win 10,000 or 1,000 Box Tops for our school.

FSC Amazon Store and Amazon Associates Program

We are participating in Amazon Associates as an easy way to raise money for our Family School Collaborative Programming and Initiatives (such as our arts program and afterschool program). We invite you to use the link on our website when making Amazon purchases. We will receive between 6-8% of all purchases made through our link. Thanks!

Here's the link to use when shopping on Amazon:

Here is the link to our FSC Amazon store where you can view and purchase the recommended books, toys, and games. The suggestions are a combination of parent suggestions and school administration suggestions. Using our Amazon Store is a great way to take care of your regular shopping and support the FSC at the same time (the FSC will earn up to 7% of purchased items).

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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