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September Newsletter

posted Sep 1, 2015, 9:40 AM by Kelly Trudeau

Special Points of Interest: 

  • September 7 - Labor Day, NO School
  • September 8-11 – Computers for Kids Collection
  • September 11 - Individual Student Pictures. Student ID Cards
  • September 14 - Student of the Month and Aim High Award Assemblies
  • September 18 - 1st-3rd Grade Character Counts Assembly
  • September 25 - 4th-6th Grade Character Counts Assembly
  • September 25 - High School Dance, TLC
  • September 26 - School Carnival, CLC
Pictures
Students should be bringing home picture envelopes. You will be able to pre-order individual pictures if desired. All students will have their picture taken for the purpose of a student ID card.

School Picnic
Our first annual event was a success. Thank you to those who attended and especially to those who volunteered!

Eagle Scout Computer Drive
Tucker Gibbons, a Compass student and a Boy Scout,  is doing a computer drive for his Eagle Scout Project.
 
Please drop off your used/old computers at either the Compass Elementary Campus (auditorium) or the Compass Secondary Campus (Cafeteria area) the week of September 8-11, 2015, between 9:00-4:00.
 
The following items are accepted:
Any Computers--all ages
Monitors
Printers/Scanners
Cords
Phones--home or mobile
DVD/VCR players
Misc Computer Parts
Mice, Keyboards, Speakers
 
We will take the computers to Computers for Kids- a non-profit organization that gives computers to children. They will erase all information off your computers. They also recycle the computers.
 
You can also drop your used computers off at Computers for Kids, 8540 W. Elisa St. Boise ID 83709, or call them at 208-345-0346. If you take your used computers there, please attach this email to the computer.
 
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PERSONAL INFORMATION ON YOUR COMPUTER, COMPUTERS FOR KIDS ERASES ALL INFORMATION ON THE COMPUTERS.

Compass Yearbook Pictures
Parents, please send yearbook@compasscharter.org your school event pictures throughout the year. You are one of our only resources for K-6 yearbook pictures. Thank you in advance for your help!

School Carnival
Mark your calendars for September 26 from 1:00-4:00, our next school event. This year the theme is “Out of This World.” There will be many fun games and yummy food.
 
Annual Events
Please see the attached annual events calendar. We make an effort to host a monthly event for the purpose of bringing Compass families together. These events also help the various groups in the school raise necessary funds. Thank you in advance for your support!

Box Tops
Compass collects Box Tops and Labels for Education. Please collect these at home and send them to the school with your student. It helps if you cut the box tops/labels and check for the expiration date. There is a bonus for Pepperidge and Campbell UPCs right now with 2 P and 3 C we can get 50 points(not cents) - ten times the usual amount, but that is ending soon. We use points and dollars from these programs to purchase playground equipment.

Parent Pick-up Elementary
Parents, please create a vehicle sign to place on your dashboard in order to make parent pick-up run a little faster and smoother. The sign should include the last names and grades of the students you are picking up. Please make the letters large and easy to read from a distance. Thank you for your help!

Volunteer Phenomena
Did you know that the larger an organization becomes, the fewer volunteers it receives? This seems weird since there are more people to help! The phenomena has to do with everyone thinking, “They don’t need me to help, someone else will volunteer.” This assumption would seem likely but if we are ALL assuming this, then NO ONE is volunteering. 

An article in The Non-profit Times, February 2014 states, “Statistics by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show volunteering is at a 10-year low.” At Compass we have seen this trend as well. This same article discusses some of the benefits of volunteering – 
“Volunteering is a core American value. Our research has found that large numbers of Americans — more than 1 in 4 — regularly volunteer in their communities, and this rate has stayed relatively stable over the past 12 years,” said CNCS Spokeswoman Samantha Jo Warfield. “Volunteers provide enormous social and economic value to our communities and country. By giving back, volunteers gain new skills, expand professional networks, stay connected to their community, and experience physical and mental health benefits. As the federal agency dedicated to this issue, we hope to find ways for all Americans to get involved in service.”
At Compass there are many ways to get involved from helping in a classroom, helping with an event, serving in the cafeteria, serving on a Board Committee, or getting involved with the Athletic Booster Club. Now that you know it is good for your health :-), we hope to see you volunteer! 

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Kelly Trudeau,
Sep 1, 2015, 5:58 PM
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