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Week Ending 11/8/13

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photoDuring the month of November, we will be focusing on the Core Value of citizenship.  On Monday, we discussed the rights that citizens have as well as what our responsibilities are. At Wednesday’s Morning Gathering we talked about the Pledge of Allegiance and what words like republic, indivisible and liberty mean.  We recite it every day and hopefully students now have a deeper understanding of what it means.  As Veteran’s Day is on Monday, our discussion at Thursday’s Gathering was surrounding our service men and women. We read a story about a teacher named Martha Cothren who removed all the desks in her classroom and then had them returned by veterans at the end of the day to illustrate that they are the ones who have sacrificed and protected our freedom to get an education and be able to sit at desks/tables.  The students were wonderful listeners and made great contributions to our discussion!

Pennies for Patients

To correspond with Citizenship month, this week we kicked off a service project.  Each child was given a box to collect spare change that will be donated to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) .  In 2012, approximately 12,000 new cancer cases occurred among children age 0-14.  Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and adolescents under age 20 and it causes more deaths than any other cancer in this age group. The LLS uses the funds raised to conduct research for treatment as well as to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Please help if you can!

We Need Your Help!

As a charter school, our funding is quite low.  We depend on our family community volunteering their time so our school can function well and accomplish all of our goals.  We realize that many of you work and are not available during the school day, however there are many opportunities to help on an evening or weekend or from home.  In addition to helping our school function at its best, every hour volunteered and documented can be used to show community support when we apply for grants.  This can make a big difference in award decisions.

Because volunteering is so important to Polaris, we ask every family to commit at least 10 hours a year toward making our children’s experience at Polaris the best it can be!

Click here to view the opportunities to help us.

If you need more information about volunteering, contact PEF  Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Coffey, or call Polaris Charter School Administrative Assistant, Michelle Mathieu at 603-634-0034.

Upcoming Work Day

On Saturday from 1:30-4:00 we will have a Work Day at Polaris.  Please come help us clean/organize the furnace room, unpack and distributing chairs and  assemble and install shelving.  After, you can have a meal and relax at the Thanksgiving Potluck dinner!

Polaris Star Students

photoThis week’s star students who demonstrated good citizenship are: Alanna, Alex, Daniel, Chloe, Raden and Tamlyn. Congratulations!

Ham Radio Operator

We have opportunity to possibly win a grant to start a ham radio club.   If you or someone you know has an operators license please contact Liz Putnam at e.putnam@polarischarterschool.org

PEF News

Thanksgiving Potluck

The Thanksgiving Potluck is coming up on Saturday November 16th from 5:00-8:00. Come share a meal and make new friends!

We have a big week coming up!

PHOTOS: The school photo proofs are in.  You should be receiving your proofs in your child’s backpack.  You pick which shot (or shots) you like best and what prints you want.  Please return the proofs and your order in the envelopes provided.  The orders are due by next Thursday, the 14th.

ART: The Original Works art fundraiser samples are in.  You’ll be receiving a packet in your child’s backpack.  The packet includes a preview magnet, a brochure, and an order form.  You can order any of the items shown with your child’s artwork on it.  If you want to keep the magnets, they cost $6 each.  If you do not want to purchase the magnet, please send it back in with your child.  The orders for this are also due next Thursday November 14th.

SCRIP: Scrip order forms went out last week.  We are planning an order that will get cards back in time for Black Friday.  Please think about using Scrip for the Holiday shopping you plan to do as well as giving cards for holiday gifts.  Gift cards also make great teacher presents!  You can also order online at shopwithscrip.com, and use our code number 4885D78934971.  Scrip orders are due next Thursday as well.

Next Meeting

The next PEF Monthly meeting will be Monday November 18th at 7:00

Missing email messages: Some folks have expressed concerned that they’re not getting all the messages about important stuff.  From now on, all messages from members of the PEF Executive Board will be coming from PEF@polarischarterschool.org.  This includes messages about events, enrichments, meetings, and volunteering.  Please make sure that this address is in your accepted senders list.


  • There will be no school on Monday, November 11th in recognition of Veteran’s Day
  • Please remember to sign up and volunteer.  We are asking for each family to contribute 10 hours this year (though many of you have done WAY more!)
  • Please look through the lost and found while you are at school

Kris Wine

The results are in and Polaris has won $2000 to put toward our art program!  Thank you everyone who voted.

Intermediate Learning Celebration

Students in Ms. Haynes, Mrs. Post’s and Ms. Sargent’s class had a learning celebration to showcase their first projects.  They used the essential question “How has early American history affected your life today?” to guide their work.  Students used their own interests in areas such as science, sports, music, art and various mediums to illustrate the influence of history on today. There were posters, powerpoint presentations, plays, puppets and more. As you can see from the photos, the students were very engaged and excited to share their projects with others.IMG_1348IMG_1349IMG_1351IMG_1352IMG_1354IMG_1355IMG_1358IMG_1359IMG_1360IMG_1361IMG_1362IMG_1365IMG_1367IMG_1369IMG_1373IMG_1375IMG_1379IMG_1380IMG_1381IMG_1388IMG_1394


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