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Week Ending 9/27/13

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Welcome Mrs. Christine Fulford!

Mrs. Christine Fulford

Mrs. Christine Fulford

Mrs. Christine Fulford has joined us as an Educational Leader and Consultant. Mrs. Fulford comes to us from SERESC, one of the leading educational consulting companies in the Northeast. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership and is currently pursuing her CAGS in Leadership and Curriculum Assessment. While Ms. Fulford’s face may be new to our students, she has been a friend to Polaris since our founding. She has served on the school’s Academic Excellence Committee, has assisted our teachers and former Directors with our computer learning programs, and recently completed training with our staff on “twice exceptional” students. Mrs. Fulford was also part of the first two years at VLACS and was previously a teacher of mathematics at the Academy for Science and Design.

 

Missing Money?

A significant amount of money was found in one of our classrooms.  Please contact us at 634-0034 if you think it might belong to you or your child.

Polaris Star Students

Polaris Star Students

Polaris Star Students

Congratulations to Maliha Ahmad, Ethan Dudley, Connor Duggan, Lasya Chavadam, Jesse Clough, Crosby Nolan and Andrew Veit for being selected as this week’s Polaris Star Students!

Reminders for Parents

  • Guest Reader

    Guest Reader

    At pick-up/drop off, please do not go around cars that are parked with their hazards on.  There have been several near collisions when a car is trying to pull out and another is going around.  It also makes it difficult for the thru traffic, particularly in the morning.  Please be aware if there are cars waiting behind you and pull up as quickly as you can.
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  • If there is no adult at the curb at drop off, please do not let your children out of their cars.  Occasionally, only one staff member will be available to escort children into school.  We try to keep the size of groups reasonable for safety reasons.  We will return to the curb as quickly as possible so please be patient with us.zzzz
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  • Next Saturday, October 5th from 1:00-4:00 is our 2nd Annual North Star Gift Bazaar.  There will be crafts to make and take, unique gifts to purchase and a fire truck will be visiting.z
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  • We are participating in the Hannaford Helps Schools program. From September 1 to December 1, 2013, purchase participating products in the , and you’ll earn “school dollars” that we can use to purchase whatever we need most! Every store will grant an additional $1,000 to the school in their area that earns the most money. BUY 4 PARTICIPATING PRODUCTS and receive 3 school dollars at the register. Send the school dollars in to school.

Playground News

Visiting with Pancake

Visiting with Pancake

Beginning on October 3rd, work will begin on the first stage of our playground development.   The dirt is going to be removed and wood chips will be installed.  We will be unable to have outdoor recess Thursday and Friday.

Original Works Art

We are pleased to announce that during the month of October 2013 we will be running the Original Works Program at Polaris Charter School.

In business since 1989, Original Works is the #1 art based fundraising company in the country, and currently works with thousands of schools and hundreds of thousands of students each year.

Through the Original Works program, each child will have the opportunity to have their very own artwork reproduced onto a variety of high quality products. The products range from magnets, mugs and mouse pads, to ceramic tiles, t-shirts, note cards and nearly two dozen other products.

Friendship Math

Friendship Math

Each child is eligible to participate in this wonderful program. The children will do their project during Art class on the 3rd and 10th of October.  Once the artwork is created, parents and children will have the opportunity to select which product or products they would like to feature their artwork. The program is designed to encourage creativity and student self-esteem. The resulting products make unique gifts that are practical for any season or occasion.

Complete details on the program will be sent home shortly. Proceeds from the program will be used to help fund the playground and field trips. For more information on Original Works please visit their website at http://www.originalworks.com

The Week Ending 9/20/13

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New Staff

It is a pleasure to introduce some wonderful new staff members who have joined our Polaris community.  Shelly Duggan and Lisa Vlasich are our Educational Assistants.  Shelly works with our Intermediate teachers and students while Lisa is with our Primary group.  Their presence allows for greater ability to work with students individually or in small groups.  In addition, their familiarity with classroom routines will allow for consistency when teachers are absent.

Also joining us this year are two new Specialist teachers.  Ian Feller is our Physical Education and Jane Cormier is our Music Teacher.  Please take a moment to get to know them better by  clicking here.

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Polaris Stars of the Week

Polaris Stars of the Week

Today, seven more students were recognized for going above and beyond to be a good friend.  Congratulations to:  Ryzek Chretien, Maya Clough, Ephrim Kolias, Maverick Landry, Ryleigh Mahoney, Matthew Mancebo, and Spencer Whiting. Way to go!

School Wide Project

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Friendship Rainbow

All of our Polaris students traced their hand and the rainbow we created is on display for all to admire.  The purpose of the project was to illustrate that each student is a very important part of our school and that our hands joined together in friendship creates something beautiful.

Reminders for Parents

  • If your child is going to be absent or if there is a change to drop off/pick up please email attendance@polarischarterschool.org.  You are welcome to email their teacher as well but if you only email the teacher and they are absent we will not get the information.

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    Math Center

  • We have several fundraisers going on and they only require a few seconds at your computer to earn money for our school.  Click here to view
  • If you had a 4th grade student who took the science NECAP at Polaris last spring, their results went home in their folders today.

Pizza is Coming Soon!

imageLast year we offered pizza and water for sale at lunch time.  The kids loved the pizza, parents loved a day without having to make a lunch and it was a great fundraiser for our school.  Many of you have asked if we planned to do this again and the answer is yes! As of now, we plan to begin the week of September 30th.  More information will follow.

PEF News

The North Star Gift Bazaar is coming up on Saturday October 5th.  There’ll be vendors, a bake sale, and a chance to buy crafts made by our own Polaris students.  There will be a crafting area for kids to make their own crafts and take them with them, and the Fire Department will be there with a couple of trucks for the kids to check out.  We need lots of help to run the Bazaar from both kids and adults, so please check out tinyurl.com/giftbazaar to sign up!
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The Fundraising Committee will be meeting to finish the final Bazaar planning on Friday, September 27th at 1:00 at the school.  Everyone is welcome!
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Student Lead Reading

Student Lead Reading

Speaking of fundraising, I get asked often what we’re raising funds for.  You may not know that the State of New Hampshire funds charter schools at less than half the rate of district schools.  We have a 3 year start-up grant for things like furniture, computers, and curriculum materials, but after that three year period, there’s no extra funds to update or replace these things.  One of the jobs of the PEF is to fill in the holes between what the state gives us to run the school, and what it actually costs to keep the school going.  We’re fundraising now to provide a stable future for our school.

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There are so many ways to help support our school, some (like scrip) won’t cost you any more money than you’re already spending.  Some, like our new North American Power program (http://napower.com/PEF) will actually save you money!  Check out all our exciting Fundraisers at http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/get-involved/fundraising/.

There’s so much coming up this fall, please keep checking the Web site often! http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/

The Week Ending 9/13/13

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A New Year Begins

Polaris Star Students of the Week

Polaris Star Students of the Week

As I observed our students in their classrooms and at recess, it doesn’t seem possible that we have only been in school for about a week.  Friendships have been rekindled and new ones have been formed.  It’s very fitting that friendship is the Core Value that we are highlighting during the month of September.  This is one of the ways we implement our social-emotional curriculum.  We have talked about friendship at our morning Gathering and there has been discussion and activities in our classrooms.  Today, we recognized some students that really went above and beyond to be a good friend this week.  Congratulations to  Sophia Biondollilo, Sebastian Dudley, Wren Chretien, Gabby Falco, Delaney Root, Evan Veit and Lucas Wing!

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Thank You!

Games at Indoor Recess

Games at Indoor Recess

Our 2013-2014 school year has gotten off to a great start.  This is large part due to the many volunteers who helped out in our building over the summer to assist with making Polaris Charter School shine bright (literally!).  The entire 2nd floor was renovated to ready additional classrooms, acoustic tiles were installed in our Gathering Room to reduce noise, as well as many other projects too numerous to mention.  In addition, we have received donations of copy paper and other school supplies.  We rely heavily on volunteers to help with things that many other schools receive funding for. There are many opportunities to volunteer.  Please contact Melissa Coffey to find out how you can help.

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Reminders for Parents

  • Playground Fun

    Playground Fun

    Please put your child’s name on their coats, sweaters, etc. if possible.  We already have quite a lost and found accumulating.

  • We are now signed up for Target’s Take Charge of Education Program.  To register your red card, go to www.target.com/tcoe.  Our school ID is 153368.

 

  • Shop at Hannaford and earn 3 school dollars for every 4 participating products that you purchase.  Deposit your school dollars in the Polaris Charter School office.  The program runs through December 1, 2013.  For more information, go to www.Hannaford.com/hha.

Help us earn money for our playground just by shopping!

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Upcoming Events

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Circle Time with Ms. Petzold

North Star Gift Bazaar – October 5th – If your child is interested in making a craft to sell, please contact either Kathy Burtram or Melissa Coffey.

Currier Art Enrichment 1:15 – 2:15 Wednesday, September 18th

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Meeting with Ms. Verrill

Meeting with Ms. Verrill

PEF News

This coming Monday, the 16th is a big day for the PEF
  • “ThankScriping Day” on https://www.shopwithscrip.com/.  Some of the biggest donations they’ve ever offered on ScripNow purchases.
  • Destination Imagination information session at 6:15.
  • September’s PEF meeting at 7:00