Valentine’s Exchange

Compass holds an annual Valentines Exchange for students, generally on the Wednesday before Valentines Day. Children enjoy creating unique, personalized shoebox-sized “mailboxes” to receive Valentines. The Valentines exchange is optional, but typically around 75 students participate. Younger siblings who are not yet taking Compass classes are also invited to participate. The exchange of Valentines takes place from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm when we have the most people at Compass. If your child takes a later class, consider dropping his/her box off earlier in the day.

The Valentines exchange is for students who are currently enrolled in Compass classes. A link to sign up for Valentines will be sent to registered winter quarter students during the 3rd week of January. Families are asked to RSVP so those students who are preparing cards know how many to make. Additional information about the exchange follows:

  • Valentines Details

    Mailbox
    Each child should create a “mailbox” to receive Valentines. They should decorate and personalize a shoebox-sized box with paper, stickers, hearts, doilies, pictures, cut-outs, etc. Encourage your child to personalize them and design a mailbox that reflects his/her interests! Cut at slot or flap in the box that is 3/4 – 1 inch wide for others to drop in Valentines. Most children chose to put their first names on their mailboxes.

    Cards
    Bring approximately 60-70 Valentines addressed to “Friend” to place in other children’s boxes. (This is a preliminary estimate based on participation in past years. Once families have signed up, you will be e-mailed with an updated count.) Your child will not necessarily know whose box is whose when passing out Valentines, so it is very difficult to have boy and girl-specific Valentines or ones addressed to specific individuals.

    Valentines can be store bought or hand-made, your choice.

    Please have your child sign the Valentines with at least his/her first name. Each family can decide if they are comfortable signing last names or other identifying information.

    Treats
    It is OK, but not required, to include candy, treats, or trinkets with the Valentines. Each family needs to communicate with their children what their own rules are for eating candy from their Valentines mailboxes. Please do not include treats with nuts. Candy and treats cannot be eaten in classrooms.

    Have fun!