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Newsletter 2014-2015



June Newsletter

posted May 29, 2015, 2:44 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated May 29, 2015, 3:37 PM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • May 30 - Deadline for 2015-16 Registration
  • August 11 - Back to School Open House
  • August 13 - First Day of School

Registration

All current students must be registered by May 30th in order to retain their seat in the school. This is NOT a new practice, however, the registration is being held earlier this year. The earlier registration is due to the fact that we are trying to fill so many openings with the expansion of a third class at every grade level K-6 and a fourth class in grade 7.

Perfect Attendance

If your child has had perfect attendance this school year (hasn’t missed a single day for any reason), they will receive a certificate on Monday and a breakfast treat first thing in the morning on Tuesday.

Last Day of School

The last day of school is an early release day, three hours. There will be NO lunch (or sack lunch) served. Students will receive their Yearbooks (if ordered). Students who didn’t order a yearbook will be allowed to create an autograph book.

K-6: 9:00-12:00 (the PM Kindergarten class will attend the AM session to make up the missed day before Christmas break. No Kindergarten for the AM class)

7-11: 7:40-11:00

2015-16 School Year

Mark your calendars for August 11, 2015. This will be our Back to School Open House. The K-6 open house will be held from 3:00-5:00 at the Cherry Lane Campus and the 7-12 open house will be held from 4:00-6:00 at the Tech Lane Campus.

Please see the attached 2015-16 school calendar (with the A/B day schedule) for more details.

New Bus Routes

Please be aware that we will be adding two more buses to our routes for the 2015-16 school year. Therefore, the routes will be completely changed from this school year. New routes will be posted to our website the week before school begins.

Class Lists

Class lists/assignments will be posted in the window of the gymnasium at the Cherry Lane Campus once all of our open seats have been filled. This will likely be the week of June 14th.

Class Supplies

Class supply lists will be posted on our school website by the middle of July.

May Newsletter

posted May 3, 2015, 6:36 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated May 6, 2015, 9:45 AM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest: 

  • May 4 – CC, SOM & Aim High Assembly
  • May 12 & 15– Drama Class Performances, Cherry Lane Campus 7:00PM
  • May 14 – Board Meeting and Elections, 6:00PM
  • May 16 - Father-Daughter Dance, Cherry Lane Campus 6:00PM
  • May 18 & 19 – Returning and New Student Registration for 2015-16 School Year
  • May 23 – Graduation
  • May 28 – Band Concert
  • June 3 – Last Day of School, shortened schedule

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week, May 4-8, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please let our amazing teachers know how much you appreciate all that they do!

Mother’s Day Flowers

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. Show mom how much you appreciate her by purchasing a small bouquet of carnations for her while supporting our science department. Additionally, since it is teacher appreciation week, you could purchase flowers for your child's teacher(s) too! See attached order form.

Board Elections

The May board meeting is also our annual board elections. Please plan to arrive a few minutes prior to the meeting in order to cast your vote.

Father-Daughter Dance

Come join our first annual father-daughter dance. This is a wonderful way to show your daughter how special she is to you! See attached flyer for more information.

Returning and New Student Registration for 2015-16

In order to expedite the process and create class lists for teachers before the school year begins, we are going to conduct registration for the 2015-16 school year BEFORE the end of this school year. This should also eliminate the problem of families being out of town on vacation in early August. Please mark your calendars to attend registration for the 2015-16 school year either on Monday, May 18 or Tuesday, May 19.

Last Day of School

The last day of school is a shortened day, three hours. There will be NO lunch (or sack lunch) served. Students will receive their Yearbooks (if ordered). Students who didn’t order a yearbook will be allowed to create an autograph book.

K-6: 9:00-12:00 (the PM Kindergarten class will attend the AM session to make up the missed day before Christmas break. No Kindergarten for the AM class)

7-11: 7:40-11:00

Sports Boosters Update

Thank you to all who participated in the Shoot n Serve-a-thon.  If your student has not yet turned in all their money, please get that in ASAP.

Upcoming Sports Camps

Volleyball: Flyers can be found under the Athletic Tab on the school website

Elementary camp (incoming 4-6th grades) - Tues, May 5th – Fri, May 8th; 4-5:30pm

Middle School (incoming 7-8th grades) - Tues, May 5th – Fri, May 8th; 5:30-7pm

High School (incoming 9-12th grades) - Mon, June 8-Thurs, June 11; 6-9pm

Basketball: Please watch for camp flyers for basketball, they will be posted on the Athletic tab on the school website.

Elementary camp (incoming 4-6th)

Girls - Tues, May 12-Fri, May 18; 4:00-5:30

Boys - Tues, May 19-Fri, May 22; 4:00-5:30

Please watch for upcoming info on middle school and/or high school basketball.

Idaho Youth Ranch Donation Box

Don't forget to drop all your gently used clothing and household items in the Idaho Youth Ranch Box in the front parking lot at the Cherry Lane campus.  See the attached flyer for more details regarding the Spring Cleaning Challenge.

Drama Class Performances
--Tuesday, May 12th @ 7:00 pm in the Cherry Lane Campus Auditorium
10-12th Grade Drama Class will perform an original one-act play--written by the students in the class--titled The Bermuda Triangle.

--Friday, May 15th @ 7:00 pm in the Cherry Lance Campus Auditorium
8th-9th Grade Drama Class will perform The Actor Games.

April Newsletter

posted Apr 5, 2015, 8:02 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Apr 6, 2015, 11:46 AM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest: 

  • April 6 – May 8 – SBAC Testing 3rd – 10th
  • April 8 – Booster Meeting and Elections 5:30 PM, *CLC
  • April 9 – School Board Meeting 6:00 PM, CLC
  • April 10 – Read-a-thon Celebration, 3:45 CLC
  • April 14 – PFA Meeting 3:45 PM, CLC
  • April 14 – CWI Dual Credit Informational Meeting 6:30 PM, *TLC
  • April 17 – High School Shoot/Serve-a-thon, CLC
  • April 23 – School Lottery, CLC
  • April 23 – National Honor Society Induction, 6:30 PM, TLC
  • April 25 – High School Prom, CLC
  • April 28 – High School Informational Meeting, 6:30 PM, TLC
  • May 1 – Senior Projects and Teacher In-service, No School K-11
  • May 18 & 19 – Registration for 2015-16 School Year

*CLC = Cherry Lane Campus

*TLC = Tech Lane Campus

Statewide Testing

When we return from break, students will begin SBAC testing. Please be proactive and help your child establish an “I can do it” attitude. Success on this assessment will depend mainly on attitude and persistence. Our school is evaluated and held accountable based on our student’s performance. There is no such thing as “opting out” of the assessment as we are required by law to complete the assessment and meet the participation standards. Thank you in advance for helping us meet the States requirement for ALL public schools.

Junior High Lockers

All 7th & 8th students will be assigned a locker during the first week back from break. Students will not be allowed to carry around a backpack now that lockers are available to them. Food shouldn't be stored in the lockers other than a lunch/snack brought to be eaten the same day. Students will have access to lockers before school, during lunch, at break, and after school.

Booster Board Elections

Our Booster Board supports the school’s athletic program. This coming Wednesday is the annual elections for the Booster Board. If you have any interest in being on the Booster Board, please plan to attend this meeting.

School Board Elections

May is the annual school board elections for any open seats on our school board. If you are interested in serving on the school board, please visit the school website to download an application. All families have voting rights for school board officers, please plan to attend the May school board meeting in order to vote.

Read-a-thon Celebration

All students who participated in the read-a-thon during spring break by collecting sponsors, are welcome to attend the read-a-thon celebration after school on Friday. April 10.

Dress Code Review

Since the weather will be getting warmer, this is a good time to remind your child of the dress code expectations. You may want to check and see that the shorts or skirts worn early in the school year still fit before your child chooses to wear the same outfit this spring.

Quick Reminders of Dress Code - Shorts and skirts need to hit mid-thigh in the front AND the back of the leg (this is true for boys and girls in K-12). Tanks need to go to the end of the shoulder with no bra-straps exposed. Boys shouldn't wear the tanks with large wide-open sleeves that expose the chest unless they wear a T-shirt underneath. Shear tops need to have a tank underneath that meets the tank top expectations and covers all undergarment straps. Thank you for your support of the dress code expectations.

Character Trait of the Month

Integrity is the character trait for the month of April. In order to develop a school culture based on positive character traits, it is helpful to have parents and families who reinforce positive character at home.

High School Informational Meeting

This meeting is for all current 8th grade parents and students as well as any new parent/student who has applied to attend our high school program. We will discuss the high school academic program including dual credit opportunities. We will explain graduation requirements and the one-to-one device program. If you are unsure if your child will attend Compass Honors High school, this is a great opportunity to have your questions answered in order to help you in the decision making process.

Registration for 2015-16

In order to expedite the process and create class lists for teachers before the school year begins, we are going to conduct registration for the 2015-16 school year BEFORE the end of this school year. This should also eliminate the problem of families being out of town on vacation. Please mark your calendars to attend registration for the 2015-16 school year either on Monday, May 18 or Tuesday, May 19.

March Newsletter

posted Mar 1, 2015, 1:25 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 1:37 PM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • March 2 – CC, SOM, & Aim High Assemblies
  • March 2 – 20 – Measured Progress Testing 3rd-8th
  • March 6 - 4th - 8th Grade Shoot-n-Serve-a-thon @ 6:00pm CLC Gym
  • March 9 – Middle School track begins
  • March 13 – End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 13 – High School Dance
  • March 17 – Grade Book Up to Date
  • March 19 & 20 – Book Fair
  • March 19 & 20 – Student Led Conferences
  • March 19 – 31 – Read-a-thon
  • March 21 – April 5 – Spring Break
  • April 6 – May 8 – SBAC Testing 3rd – 10th
  • April 8 - General Booster Meeting (Elections)
  • April 10 – Read-a-thon Celebration 3:45 CLC
  • April ? – High School Shoot/Server-a-thon (date TBD)

Book Fair & Read-a-thon

The annual book fair will take place during our student led conferences. The book fair will be held in the commons area outside of the auditorium on March 19th & 20th from 9:00-7:00. The Jr. and Sr. High book fair is “virtual,” students will receive flyers to order books online. We will receive books for the school library and teacher classrooms based on the number of book sales. 

The book fair is the kick-off to the read-a-thon that runs through spring break. The NHS is sponsoring the read-a-thon with proceeds going to the John Fearey Scholarship Fund. Flyers for the read-a-thon will be sent home with students the week of March 9th.

Congratulations

To all of our boys and girls Middle School and High School Basketball teams for making it into their post season tournaments and having great seasons!

Shoot-n-Serve-a-thon

Friday, March 6 at 6pm - Elementary/Middle School Shoot-n-Serve - a- thon.  Come support the Athletic Department by participating in this event and helping keep our program strong.  This is a great opportunity to earn your sports fees or camp fees for free.  See the details on the attached flyer.  Food will be served for a small cost. 

Middle School Track

Monday, March 9 - First day of Middle School Track.  Participation forms can be found on the Compass website, and due by the first day of practice.  Fees for middle school sports is $100 and required prior to the first meet.  A parent meeting will be set following the start of practices.  Watch for further details.

Student Led Conferences

The format for Student Led Conferences includes parents and students (1st—12th grade) coming to the conference together. Each student will present their progress report, work samples and reflection sheet to their parents. Parents are encouraged to ask questions of their child to gather additional information regarding their child’s progress. The teacher will be available for questions, however, the teacher will not meet individually with parents. If a parent feels there is a need to speak in more detail with the classroom teacher, a separate meeting can be requested of the teacher during Student Led Conferences and scheduled at a later date. For further information on times and locations, please see that attached flyer.

Booster Board Elections

April 8 is a general meeting of the Booster Board and Board Elections. If you are interested in serving on the Booster Board, please plan to attend this meeting. You are also encouraged to attend the Shoot-n-serve-a-thon and see our amazing Booster Board members in action!

February Newsletter

posted Feb 1, 2015, 7:02 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 9:32 AM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest: 

  • February 2 – CCC, SOM, & Aim High Award Assemblies
  • February 4 – Elementary School Tour, 9:30-10:30
  • February - 5, 7, 10, 12 Varsity Girls District Basketball TBA
  • February 6 – Last Day for Box Tops
  • February 7 – 100th Day Pancake Breakfast Feed, 8:30-10:30am
  • February 10 -  Boys MS basketball at Compass 4:00
  • February 12 -  Boys MS basketball at Compass 4:00
  • February 12 -  Booster meeting for upcoming Shoot and serve-a-thon at 3:00 at the Cherry Lane Campus. (Room D106)
  • February 12 – Compass School Board Meeting
  • February 13 – Class Group (including sports teams) and Individual Personality Pictures
  • February 13 – High School Dance
  • February 14 - JV Boys Basketball Tournament TBA
  • February 16 - Presidents Day, No School
  • February 19 - Boys MS basketball at Compass 4:00
  • February 17, 19, 21, 24 - Varsity Boys Basketball District Tournament TBA
  • March 6 - Shoot and Serve-a-thon @ 6:00pm Cherry Lane Gym

100th Day of School Celebration

It’s almost here, our 10th annual pancake breakfast to celebrate our 100th day of school on February 7th. The pre-order form is attached.

Our Kindergartners have been working hard since the first day of school learning to count to 100 and tallying each day of school attended. It is a BIG deal to them when we reach the 100th day of school. Since we have a saying at Compass that goes, “We teach seniors in Kindergarten,” we all join in this fun celebration with a pancake feed.

Additionally, several grade levels and our band students will be performing throughout the event.

You DON’T want to miss this!

Character Counts

Our character focus this month is on Trustworthiness and Honesty.

Box Top Competition

This coming Friday, February 6 is the last day to bring in your box tops for the purpose of the class competition. See attached flier.

 

Shoot and Serve-a-thon

This event is the main fundraiser for the booster budget each year and the athletic program is dependent upon the fundraiser to operate the following year. We encourage everyone who has a current athlete or a future athlete to come join us in planning this year's shoot and serve-a-thon for Mar. 6 (Many hands make for light work).

January Newsletter

posted Jan 5, 2015, 8:58 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 9:35 PM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • January 8 – School Board Meeting, 6:00pm
  • January 13 – Parent Faculty Advocates Meeting (every parent is part of the PFA), 4:00pm
  • January 19 – National Human Rights Day, No School
  • January 20 - Booster Club Meeting, 5:30pm
  • January 26-30 – National School Choice Week
  • January 27 – Rally for School Choice on State Capitol Steps, 12:00pm
  • February 7 – 100th Day Pancake Breakfast Feed, 8:30-10:30am
  • February 13 – Class Group and Individual Personality Pictures

Happy New Year!

Basketball

Middle School Boys (6-8) tryouts are Jan. 7-9 from 3-4:30 in the Cherry Lane Campus Gym.  A parent meeting will be scheduled once the teams have been announced.  Make sure your athlete brings the appropriate clothes and shoes to change into for practice.

The high school boys and girls basketball seasons are under way. Check the school’s events calendar for game times and locations. Our “home gym” for high school games is the Sawtooth Middle School Gym. https://sites.google.com/a/compasscharter.org/cpcs/athletics

Boosters

The next general meeting for the booster club (all sports) is Jan. 20 from 5:30-7:00 in the cafeteria at the Cherry Lane campus.  Please help your booster club support the athletic programs.

National School Choice Week

To celebrate choice in education, the 3rd and 4th grade students will be attending an event in Boise sponsored by the Idaho Charter School Network on January 27th. The students will March to the State Capitol Building to participate in a school choice rally on the steps of the capitol at 12:00.

Congratulations

The 4th and 5th grade students put on a great performance at the Nampa Civic Center on Wednesday, December 17th in front of a crowd of approximately 600 people. Way to go!

A special note from Mrs. Choate to the 4th & 5th grade parents: “You've got some awesome kids and I enjoy working with them immensely! 

I hope you enjoyed the venue as much as I.  It was great to see ALL of the special parts performed on stage this year!  AND you guys raised $578.14 in donations which almost paid for the rental of the Civic Center!  Way to go!!!”

Builders Club

Our 6th grade Builders Club's final service opportunity for the semester took place Thursday, December 18th, after school at the Meridian Food Bank. It was voluntary, and 9 students participated which was awesome!

100th Day of School Celebration

Mark your calendars for the 10th annual pancake breakfast to celebrate our 100th day of school on February 7th.

Our Kindergartners have been working hard since the first day of school learning to count to 100 and tallying each day of school attended. It is a BIG deal to them when we reach the 100th day of school. Since we have a saying at Compass that goes, “We teach seniors in Kindergarten,” we all join in this fun celebration with a pancake feed. This year there will be a pancake eating contest you won’t want to miss!

Welcome New Staff

The Compass Board approved three new staff contracts. Please welcome:

Anne Allen – she will be teaching secondary drama during the second semester. Anne also teaches theater, humanities and film with CWI and BSU.

Kathaleen Cromwell – she will be teaching secondary computer classes second semester in order to free up Mr. Cordero so he can continue with his IT responsibilities. Kathaleen has a secondary English certification and is working on her Masters in Educational Technology. She looks forward to collaborating with teachers on cross-curricular goals.

Teri Malatt – she is a paraprofessional working with our secondary IEP students. Teri worked for a few years as an EA at North Star. Her two sons were enrolled at Compass this fall, therefore, she applied for a position at Compass and we were fortunate to bring her on board.

December Newsletter

posted Nov 28, 2014, 7:27 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Dec 1, 2014, 4:59 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • December 5 – Family Math and Game Night/Family Portraits
  • December 5 – High School Dance
  • December 9 – Band Concert, CLC Auditorium, 7:00
  • December 11 – School Board Meeting, 6:00
  • December 13 - High School Drama Performance, CLC Auditorium, 6:00
  • December 15 – CCC, SOM, & Aim High Assemblies
  • December 17 – 4th & 5th Grade Christmas Concert, Nampa Civic Center, 7:00

Family Math and Game Night

Our second annual Family Math/Game Night is coming up on Friday, December 5, 2014.  On this night you can look forward to math games for all ages K-6, silent auction, snacks for sale, friendly family competition (this year we will play Wittzle Pro).

Family Portraits

Family pictures will be taken by Dorian for you to use on Christmas Cards or for Christmas gifts!

Farmway Village

Twenty-two high school students and three Compass staff participated in the third annual service project at Farmway Village in Caldwell on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving break. The students are assigned actual hard labor jobs to complete and they give it their best effort! Very proud of our students!

Boys and Girls Basketball

Middle School girls and High School boys and girls basketball is underway. Please come out and support our teams! Middle School home games are played at the Cherry Lane Campus. High School home games are played at Sawtooth Middle School. Check our school website athletics page for game schedules. https://sites.google.com/a/compasscharter.org/cpcs/athletics/basketball

Teaching Positions

We are looking for two part-time teaching positions. A computer teacher for 7th-9th grade and a drama teacher for 7th-12th grade. If you or anyone you know is qualified, please have them contact Mrs. Trudeau at ktrudeau@compasscharter.org.

Compass Families in Need

Every Christmas season, the Compass community comes together to help Compass families in need. While there are many worthy causes to contribute to during this season, we don’t have to look very far to find those who need our support. If you would like to help a Compass family, please send a donation in an envelope marked, “Compass Families” to either school office. If you or a Compass family you know is in need of support, please email Mrs. Trudeau at ktrudeau@compasscharter.org

Early Release

Friday, December 19th is an early release day. The 7th-12th will attend classes from 7:40-10:45. K-6th will attend classes from 9:00-12:00. There will be NO afternoon Kindergarten. The afternoon Kindergarten class will make up the day on the last day of school by attending the AM session.

November Newsletter

posted Nov 2, 2014, 10:59 AM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Nov 3, 2014, 9:36 PM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • November 3 - CCC, SOM & Aim High Assemblies
  • November 7 – PFA Meeting, 4:00
  • November 7 – Family Math and Game Night & Family Portraits
  • November 11 – Veterans Day, No School
  • November 13 – School Board Meeting, 6:00
  • November 24-28 – Thanksgiving Break, No School

Booster Information

November 3, High School Girls Basketball is starting.  Check the athletic calendar for times.

November 5, Parent meeting for both boys and girls high school basketball @ 6:45 at the Cherry Lane campus.

November 12, General Booster Meeting at the Cherry Lane Campus cafeteria, 5:30-6:00.

November 14, High School Boys Basketball starts.  Check the athletic calendar for times.

https://sites.google.com/a/compasscharter.org/cpcs/athletics

The weather has changed and if you find yourself going through clothes and household goods to clean out for the cooler weather, please consider donating your gently used items to the Idaho Youth Ranch red donation hut in the front parking lot. 

Mention you are from Compass when you go out to eat at Pinnacle Grill and Sports Bar and they will donate 10% of the cost of your meal back to the Athletic Department at Compass.

Family Math and Game Night

Our second annual Family Math/Game Night is coming up on November 7, 2014.  On this night you can look forward to math games for all ages K-6, silent auction, snacks for sale, friendly family competition (this year we will play Wittzle Pro).

Family Portraits

Family pictures will be taken by Dorian for you to use on Christmas Cards or for Christmas gifts!

Student Led Conferences

The students worked hard to prepare their portfolios and presentations. We hope those who attended conferences enjoyed listening to their child(ren) take ownership of their own learning.

If you were unable to attend conferences, the materials in the portfolio will be sent home with your child. Please allow your child to present the information to you at home. If you have any questions regarding your child’s work or progress report, feel free to contact the teacher via email.

Thank You!

The teachers would like to pass along a great big “Thank You!” We really appreciate Christy Reese for organizing conference meals/snacks and all of those parents who contributed to the meals/snacks. 

October Newsletter

posted Sep 30, 2014, 9:06 AM by Kelly Trudeau

Special Points of Interest: 

  • October 2 - Submit all Boxtops 
  • October 6 – Monthly Award Assemblies for 1st-12th
  • October 7 – Parent Faculty Advocate meeting, 4:00pm (see attached agenda)
  • October 9 – School Board meeting, 6:00pm
  • October 13-17 – Fall Break
  • October 28 – Individual student picture retake day and Senior Tux & Drape
  • October 30 & 31– Student-led Conferences

Fall Break

October 13-17 is our week long fall break. Enjoy!

Picture Retakes

If your child missed pictures or if you weren't happy with the quality of your child’s pictures the first time around, there is another opportunity for pictures to be taken on October 28th. Our senior tux and drape pictures will also be taken on this day. 

Student Led Conferences

October 30th and 31st is Student Led Conferences. October 30th is a regular school day with conferences held after school. October 31st there is no school with conferences being held during the day. Please see the attached flyer for further details (times and locations).

National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

Congratulations to Emily Smith, Compass Honors High School senior, for being recognized as a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools plan in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.” (NMSC spokesperson)

Boxtops for Education

Please look through your Boxtops for Education and send in now any that will expire before May 15th, 2015.  Boxtops will be sent off soon, so please send them to the school before Oct. 2nd.  We have a lot of bonus ones that expire Oct 14, make sure you don't have any of these sitting at home. 

Thanks to everyone who has already contributed - we have nearly $200 dollars’ worth to submit so far!

September Newsletter

posted Aug 28, 2014, 12:09 AM by Jeniffer Murphy   [ updated Aug 29, 2014, 8:19 AM ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • September 1 – Labor Day, no school
  • September 4 – K-6 Parent Orientation, 7:00
  • September 9 - Parent Faculty Advocate Mtg., 4:00
  • September 11 - School Board Meeting, 6:00
  • September 12 – Individual Student and Staff Pictures
  • September 26 – High School Dance
  • September 27 – School Carnival
Bus Routes
The Compass Board of Directors has approved the acquisition of a fourth bus. With the addition of a fourth bus, Brown Bus Co. and School Administration are looking in to the possibility of moving he 6th grade to the elementary schedule (9:00-3:45). However, we must have an accurate count of the 6th grade students currently riding the bus. The last thing we want to do is change the 6th grade schedule and then learn that we don't have enough bus space even with the fourth bus. Therefore, this week, the bus drivers are taking counts of the 6th grade students on each route in order to determine an average for each route each day. We will inform families via email as soon as there has been a decision about the 6th grade schedule and when the new routes are ready. The change will NOT take place next week.

Parent Orientation
The parent orientation night is for both new and returning parents. This is an opportunity to meet your child's teacher as well as learn about the exciting changes and events going on at Compass. This is an evening for parents so we ask that you arrange for children to stay at home. We look forward to meeting you!

School Board Meeting
Our regular school board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm in the school auditorium. Our Board Chair, Mike Adolf, sends out a letter to school families a few days in advance of the meeting highlighting the upcoming agenda topics. Attending school board meetings is an excellent way to stay informed. 

School Carnival
The school carnival will be held at the end of September. There will be music performances by several grade levels, sports games, and yummy food. Watch for more information to come out regarding this family fun event!

School Spiritwear
Order your Compass spiritwear now!  Check out our embroidered track jackets and warm hoodies for fall and winter!  Long and short sleeved t-shirts are available too of course.  Hurry! Orders are due Friday, September 5th!! See the attached order forms and pictures of the spiritwear.  Please turn your orders into your child's teacher or the school office at either Compass location. (Checks payable to CPCS)

Parent Faculty Advocates (PFA)
As a parent of the school you are automatically a member of the PFA. We encourage all parents who are interested to attend our monthly PFA meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm. The PFA is a support system for our teachers, students, and families. Come find out how you can help! (See attached agenda)

Pictures and Videos
When you are shooting pictures or video at any Compass event, we would like a copy for our Broadcasting and Yearbook departments. You can email/Google Drive/Dropbox your pictures to yearbook@compasscharter.org or email/Google Drive/Dropbox your videos to aviatortv@compasscharter.org.

School Pictures
School pictures are coming up in just a couple of weeks. Every student will have an individual picture taken for both the school yearbook and Student ID cards. If you want to order a school picture you will need to fill out the order form winch will be sent home a few days prior to picture day and return it to the school with your child along with the proper payment.

Annual Events Calendar
There are a variety of groups that operate within a school system. Each group has desires and needs which require volunteers as well as funds. At Compass, we strive to involve families without creating a stress or burden on the family. The idea behind the events is to provide an opportunity for families to be involved and get to know each other. While most events are also fundraisers, they are a choice, therefore contributing to the fundraisers isn’t required. (See attached events calendar)

Exiting the Cherry Lane Campus Parking Lot
Some concerns have been brought up regarding our new crossing at Cherry Lane. The concerns include:

The parents turning left out of Compass after picking up/dropping off the kids. They are not looking towards the crosswalk as they turn left and it is extremely dangerous.

The morning sun making it difficult for drivers to see the children and the signal. This will become a bigger issue as the season changes.

The parents waving the children on without checking to see if the lane next to them is clear as well. Just because the parent is stopped doesn't mean the car next to them will be.

Possible Solutions:

Parents only turn right going out of the parking lot and find a location down the road to turn around if necessary.

Parent volunteers help students cross for 15 minutes before school and 15 minutes after school. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Mrs. Trudeau a
t ktrudeau@compasscharter.org.


Pick-up and Drop-off at Tech Lane Campus
We received a phone call from the manager at Western Electronics (our new "neighbors" at the Tech Lane Building). The manager expressed several concerns, the first of which is that some parents are picking up and dropping off in their kids in the Western Electronics parking lot. Also, bike riders are using the sidewalks, however they aren't pausing at the driveways, but just shooting out in front of the cars. Parents are also dropping off and picking up on Tech Lane. These are concerns because Western Electronics has industrial traffic and large trucks due to the fact that they are a manufacturing plant. Please follow the traffic flow map and pick up and drop off your children in the designated areas only. Thank you for helping us keep your children safe while at school!

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