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A Message from the Compass School Council President, Rachel Axelson

Dear Compass Community,

On behalf of The Compass School Council, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am honored to be elected as president for a second year on Compass’ Council, the school’s governing body. This is my third year serving on the council, along with a dedicated group of parents, Compass educators, and outside community members. My daughter Madeline is a Discoverer, and her younger sister Evie has just started as an Explorer – and boy is she excited to be here!

Compass is already off to an exciting start: Back to School Night was last Wednesday, our Clark Farms Harvest Festival is this coming Friday, and our Vision Event is just around the corner!  We are fortunate that our children have the opportunity to grow in such a caring, engaged environment and we have many opportunities for you to offer your time and talents to contribute to this vibrant community.

Many hands make light work and I encourage you to participate in anyway you are able. Each of the following committees meets once a month to ensure the smooth operation of our school.  If there are committees that align with your interests, passions, or areas of expertise, please consider joining them!

 Committees are list below with their first meeting time, a brief description, and the contact information for the committee chair. In addition, all are welcome at council meetings, held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback.


Rachel Axelson

Council President


P.S. All of the meetings dates and times are kept current on the calendar on Compass’s webpage: http://compassschool.org/calendars/

Next Council meeting – Tuesday, October 10 at 6:00pm

Development Committee – Thursday, September 28 at 3:45pm

The Development Committee is responsible for ensuring that the goals of the school are achieved and funded. Grant writing, fundraising, and other fiscal monitoring takes place in this Committee setting.

Michelle Salisbury counciltreasurer@compassschool.org

Physical Environment/Site Committee – September 25 at 3:30pm

The Physical Environment Committee deals with the physical plant of the school including any and all aspects of program implementation. Collecting recyclable materials, maintenance of the ecological environment, maintenance of the school facility and/or any special physical needs of teachers, students and staff as related to projects and curriculum.

Evan Preisser preisser@uri.edu

Learning Committee – Thursday, September 28 at 3:15pm

The Learning Committee is responsible for shaping and monitoring curriculum. The board of this committee will be comprised of faculty members as well as parents with special interests and applicable skill and training in the area of development in any of the learning areas.

Heather Chatterley hchatterley@compassschool.org

Policy Committee – Monday, October 2 at 3:15pm

The Policy Committee ensures that Compass is in compliance with regulations regarding the operation of our school.

Nicole Salaun nsalaun@compassschool.org

Health & Safety / Farm – Thursday, October 12 at 3:15pm

The Health, Safety and Wellness Committee/Farm Launch regularly assesses our school’s attention to the well-being of our students, as well as with facilitating year 2 of the Compass School Farm initiative.

Christine Heart-Skaggs cmhsk69@gmail.com

Please sign up for one or more of our  Council Committees and / or our Compass Co-Op.  Sign up for committees here

Rachel Axelson

Council President