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Week Ending 10/25/13

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Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

photoThere will be no school on November 5th as parent-student-teacher conferences will be held.  There are also conference times available after early dismissal on November 6th.  An online sign-up form was emailed by teachers this week.  Here is the link again:  http://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/gtbnp.  Remember that your child should attend the conference as well.  Please make every effort to leave younger children at home.

At conferences, there will be sign-up sheets for upcoming school/PEF events. As charter school funding is so low, we need families to volunteer time so our school can function well.  We realize many of you work and are not available during the school day however there are opportunities to help that can be done from home or on an evening or weekend.  Documenting the involvement of our families also makes it possible to apply for grants.  We would appreciate it if every family committed to volunteering 10 hours a year toward making the children’s experience at Polaris the best it can be!  Please sign up to help at conferences!

Star Students

Polaris Star Students

Polaris Star Students

Congratulations to Ayla, Emma, Katie, Emmett, Jennifer and Spencer who were selected as this week’s star students for their contributions to their classroom community.

Substitute Position

We are looking for additional substitute teachers/educational assistants. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of recommendation to Liz Putnam at e.putnam@polarischarterschool.org or mail them to 100 Coolidge Ave, Mancheter, NH 03102.  You must have completed two years of college to sub for teachers. A high school diploma is required to sub for educational assistants.

PEF News

photo 1Dine Out Night:

Our first Dine Out night will be at Pizza Hut on South Willow St., on Tuesday October 29th. Click here to print out the coupon.  Be sure to show it so that the PEF gets 20% off your purchases. Print as many coupons as you can and ask friends and family to join us!

Next Enrichment:  Yoga

photo 2Sign up begins Monday night.

Music Lessons

On Tuesday after school, you and your child(ren)  will have an opportunity to ‘meet the instrument.’  This is a good opportunity to try out their options.

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Reminders

  • Please make every effort to send in healthy snacks lunches and beverages with students.
  • A form was emailed this afternoon.  Starting October 31st, pizza orders can be made monthly.
  • We have a large pile of items in the lost and found.

Week Ending 10/18/13

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Anti-Bullying Education Continued

photoThe three intermediate classes convened to continue discussion of maintaining a positive school climate.  They talked about name calling and how it impacts others and reflected on behavior that is appropriate and inappropriate.  They also discussed tattling versus telling and how it is important to tell an adult at school if something has happened that makes a student feel bad.

NECAPs

NECAPs are over!  Several kids do have to make up a test if they were absent so if your child missed a day, please make every effort to have them at school next week.

Visits

Your children might mention seeing some new faces at school in the coming weeks.  Word about our school has spread throughout the education community.  Educators from other schools are interested in observing our practices and learning about our program.  Next Friday, two teachers from the Guilford School District will be observing in our classrooms.  In addition, our professional development for teachers continues next Thursday when Ms. Petzold and Ms. Haynes visit an award winning elementary school to observe Responsive Classroom practices.  The Responsive Classroom approach emphasizes that optimal learning will take place when children’s social/emotional as well as academic needs are met.  When positive behavior is continually taught, modeled and reinforced it promotes kind behavior and reduces discipline problems.  Ms. Petzold and Ms. Haynes will share what they learn with the rest of the staff.

Playground Fence

2013-10-17_10-59-30_901Our fence is now fixed and everyone has enjoyed being able to get outside for recess again.  We were fortunate that the weather was beautiful!

Polaris Star Students

POLARIS STAR STUDENTS

photoCongratulations to  Liam, Juju, Finn, Caeden, Talia, and Serena for being selected as this week’s star students.  They all showed what it meant to  be a helpful member of their classroom community.

Special recognition was given to Corey for his contribution to our school community.

PEF News

Game / Movie Night

Please come join us for games and a movie next Saturday, October 19th.  From 4:00 – 6:00 will be game night, pizza will be available at 6:00 and we’ll be showing the Lorax starting at 6:30.
Gamewright games has sent us a ton of games for your families to come and play.  We’re going to need some volunteers to become “Game Gurus,” Folks who can learn the games ahead of time and help players figure them out at the event.  We’ll also have some games for sale, and the teachers will have wish lists of games they’d like for their classrooms.
The game playing and the movie are free, pizza and other food will be available in exchange for donations.

Dine Out Night:

Our first Dine Out night will be at Pizza Hut on South Willow St., on Tuesday October 29th.  Click here to print out the coupon.  Be sure to show it so that the PEF gets 20% off your purchases.  Print as many coupons as you can and ask friends and family to join us!

Spirit Wear:

Order forms for Spirit Wear were sent out this week.  Show your Polaris Pride by purchasing a t-shirt, sweatshirt, pants, tote bag or hat.  These items make great gift ideas as well.  Please remember to indicate whether you are ordering child or adult sizes (or both!)  Orders are due by October 24th.

Week Ending 10/11/13

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NECAPs

NECAP testing has proceeded smoothly.  We will have our last math session next Tuesday from 9:15-10:45 and on Wednesday and Thursday 5th graders will take the Writing test from 10:00-11:30.  Please make every effort to have your child attend school. All tests need to be completed by October 23rd. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help take the children to the park after testing.  Ninety minutes is a long time to sit quietly and the kids have really needed that time to expend some energy.

Day of Unity

IMG_1239Morning Gathering on Wednesday  was a sea of orange.  Polaris students and staff came together as a community to show that we stand united against bullying. Did you know that in 88% of bullying incidents there are bystanders. In 90% of these incidences when the bystander speaks up, the bullying stops.

Polaris Star Students

Polaris Star Students

Polaris Star Students

Congratulations to Marx Burtram, Shea Champman, Mayla Dumais, Natalie Mellina, Giuliana Normandin and Allison Turcotte for being selected as this week’s star students.  They all showed what it meant to  be a helpful member of their classroom community.

Welcome Mrs. Mathieu

Michelle Mathieu

Michelle Mathieu

Michelle Mathieu is thrilled to join Polaris Charter School as Administrative Assistant.  She earned her Bachelor’s in Environmental Conservation and her Master’s in Education at the University of New Hampshire.  She began her professional life as an 8th-grade science teacher.  After a period of travel, Ms. Mathieu entered the business world as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant in a fast paced sales office.  While stepping outside the professional world to raise her children, Ms. Mathieu ran her own business teaching music and creative movement classes to young children throughout south-central NH.  Now, she is excited to weave this varied background together to benefit the entire Polaris community.  Outside work, Ms. Mathieu loves to spend time “hanging out” with her husband and two daughters, Julianna and Sarah.

Playground Fence

2013-10-09_10-57-24_578We have been told that the fence company will be here “early next week” to make the needed repairs.  We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Donation

Teachers are hoping to purchase educational apps for their classroom iPads.  Please consider donating an iTunes gift card!

Reminders

  • No school on Monday in observation of Columbus Day
  • Pizza orders are due on Thursday by noon
  • School Pictures are on Friday, October 18th.  There will not be retakes.

PEF News

Game / Movie Night

Please come join us for games and a movie next Saturday, October 19th.  From 4:00 – 6:00 will be game night, pizza will be available at 6:00 and we’ll be showing the Lorax starting at 6:30.
Gamewright games has sent us a ton of games for your families to come and play.  We’re going to need some volunteers to become “Game Gurus,” Folks who can learn the games ahead of time and help players figure them out at the event.  We’ll also have some games for sale, and the teachers will have wish lists of games they’d like for their classrooms.
The playing and the movie are free, pizza and other food will be available in exchange for donations.

Gift Bazaar:

IMG_2783The 2nd Annual North Star Gift Bazaar was very successful!  Thank you to all the vendors and all the attendees who came and helped us raise money to help support our school.
The raffles were won by parents Paul DeGregorio and  Kim Hebert, grandparent Ann Misenheimer, and one of our vendors.

Dine Out Night:

Our first Dine Out night will be at Pizza Hut on South Willow St., on Tuesday October 29th.  Stay tuned for more information.

The Week Ending 10/4/13

NECAP Exam

Beginning on October 7th, 2013 Polaris students in grades 3 through 6 will participate in The New England Common Assessment Program – NECAP.  The fall NECAP tests in reading, mathematics, and writing (5th grade only) were designed to measure your child’s progress in meeting NH’s grade level expectations (GLEs) and recent alignment to the Common Core State Standards.  The GLEs and Common Core Standards define knowledge and skills a student should have proficiency in by the end of each school year.  The grade 4 test, for example, will measure what a student should know and be able to do after completing grade. 3  The reading and mathematics tests include multiple choice, short answer, and constructed response questions.  The writing test includes multiple choice and constructed response questions, and a single extended writing prompt.  A constructed response question requires students to show their work and/or explain their reasoning.

photoTest results will be available at the end of January 2014.  Should you like more information on NECAP please visit NH’s Department of Education at the link below:  http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/assessment/necap/index.htm

Additionally, if you would like to review sample questions with your child, following is a link to the practice test items:  http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/assessment/necap/practice.htm

Please encourage your child to take the tests seriously and to give his or her best effort.  You can also help your child prepare for the assessment by making sure that she or he is rested  and has had a good breakfast before heading off to school.  They will have their snack just prior to testing so please pack a healthy one.  Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the testing period.

Our testing schedule is as follows:

Date Test Time
October 7, 2013 Reading 9:15-10:45
October 8, 2013 Reading 9:15-10:45
October 9, 2013 Reading 9:15-10:45
October 10, 2013 Math 9:15-10:45
October 11, 2013 Math 9:15-10:45
October 15, 2013 Math 9:15-10:45
October 16, 2013 Writing (5th Grade Only) 10:00-11:30
October 17, 2013 Writing (5th Grade Only) 10:00-11:30

 

October’s Core Value:  Community

This month we are discussing the Core Value of Community.  Students  are a part of many different communities such as their classroom, the school and the town they live in.  Next week, we are going to come together as a school community against bullying.  We will be discussing bullying at morning Gathering as well as in our classrooms. To show that we are taking a stand against bullying, we will be celebrating a Day of Unity on October 9th.  On that day, please have your your child wear orange.

Polaris Star Students

Polaris Star Students

Polaris Star Students

Five students were individually recognized for going above and beyond as a member of their classroom community.  Congratulations to:  Ava Campbell, Julia Falco, Gus Ewald, Tazha Rashid and Tyler Varao!

Star Community Members

Star Community Members

A special classroom award was given to Ms. Verrill students.  This week, we welcomed Nithin and Rithika to Polaris.  Ms. Verrill noticed absolutely everyone doing their part to help them out, giving computer assistance, offering to be their buddy and showing them how to do centers throughout the day.

North Star Gift Bazaar

Saturday October 5th from 1:00-4:00 is our North Star Gift Bazaar.  There will be vendors, art activities for the kids to make and take, fire trucks and ice-cream!  This event is open to the public and we hope it will be a great fundraiser for our school playground!  We hope to see you there!

Maglocks Have Arrived!

We are now able to unlock our exterior doors from the office.  Simply ring the bell and when someone in the office pick up the phone, identify who you are.  We will then unlock the door.  You must come down stairs and check in at the office.  A special thank you to our board member Jim Aguiar for all of your work with getting this done!

Playground

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Before

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After

The first phase of our playground renovation is complete.  We now have wood chips installed and the base of an old lamp pole has been removed!

Kris Wine

Polaris  has fallen from 5th to 7th place in our Kris Wine fundraiser for art education. We can vote for Polaris every day until October 31st.   Please help us move back up the ranks by voting for Polaris Charter School.  Click here.  Then enter the zip code 03102 in the grey box, hit enter and when the red pin appear on the map click on it.  Then just click vote for this school.  Please share this link with as many people as you can!