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Week Ending 11/22/13

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Book Character Dress Up Day

On Wednesday, November 27th we are having our school-wide book character dress up day. Students are encouraged to dress up — something simple! — as a character inspired by their favorite book. For example, if they want to be Clifford The Big Red Dog — dress in red and cut out a tail from red construction paper. We will have name tags we can use as well to help clarify characters, too!

Pennies for Patients

Counting Change

It has been heartwarming to see children come to school proud of the fact they are raising money for a great cause.  Many have approached me saying they have emptied their own piggy bank to help kids fighting cancer.  An added benefit is that teachers have been incorporating money counting into a math center.  We have extended our deadline to Monday November 25th so please continue to collect spare change for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) .  So far we have raised a total of $404.63!

Cards for Soldiers

Dear Polaris Families,

My name is Lucas and I am a student in Miss Petzold’s class. I am working on a blue star project for karate class and over the past year have worked to complete 28 random acts of kindness. As one of my final acts of kindness for this project I am collecting and sending letters to soldiers that are away fighting for our freedom during the Holidays. I was hoping you and your families would help me out by making cards for me to send.

There will be a box in my classroom (Miss Petzold’s room) to put cards in. Please turn in all cards by the end of school on November 27th (the last day before Thanksgiving.) When making your cards please follow the rules below.

Card Guidelines:

  • You may make a card by hand or use a purchased card.
  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
  • Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

Thank you for your help!

2014-2015 Admission

Re-enrollment at Polaris for next school year will begin January 6th.  The deadline to complete the online re-enrollment process will be January 27th.  Additional instructions will be emailed in December. Please note that our age cut off has changed.  Children must turn six by September 30th.  If you have any questions, contact Liz Putnam.  More detailed information can be found at https://polarischarter.wordpress.com/admissions/information/

If you know of families interested in Polaris, attending one of our upcoming Information Sessions is mandatory.  The dates and times are:

  • Monday December 9th at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday January 8th at 6:30pm
  • Saturday January 25th at 10:00am and 1:00pm
  • Sunday February 2nd at 1:00pm

At the end of each session, we give prospective parents a tour of our school.  Last year, these tours were led by students with an adult helper and it was fabulous to hear about Polaris from the kid’s perspective.  We are looking for student and/or parent volunteers for this year.  The sessions last approximately 1 1/2 hours and Mrs. Putnam will direct the students.  Please contact Liz at e.putnam@polarischarterschool.org if your child is interested in helping.

Polaris Star Students

Star Students

Star Students

Six more student’s received certificates for showing good citizenship this week. Congratulations to: Ally, Bobby, Ethan, Josie, Jeffrey and Nithin!

Box Tops

We are holding a BOX TOP contest at the Polaris Charter School!  The class that turns in the most BOX TOPS by December 20th will earn an extra recess/play period and a Box Top trophy to be proudly displayed in the classroom! The winning class will be announced in the first week of January.  Our goal is to raise $1000 in free money for our school for the year.  We hope to have 100% participation, even if its just one box top per student.

Clip, save and submit all BOX TOPS for Education certificates and bonus certificates that you will find on many household and food products you already buy!  Each unexpired box top is worth 1 point (exception is bonus coupons-10 bonus box tops = 10 points) which is $.10 to the school.  So every 50 box tops turned in = 50 points = $5 to the school.

Thanks for supporting our school!  Together, we can make a big difference!  Keep clipping Box Tops and send them to school – we have two submission deadlines a year – Nov. 1 and Mar. 1 but we keep collecting all year round!

Any questions please email karynmisenheimer@gmail.com


Tinfoil Boats

Tinfoil Boats

Students in Ms. Petzold’s class set sail working in groups to make tinfoil boats designed to hold as many pennies possible. The activity worked on collaboration, critical thinking, and beginning design skills. After each group tested their first boat, they discussed which boats held the most pennies and why. The students then had the opportunity to re-design a boat with their team to try to make a design that would hold even more pennies. One boat held over 100 pennies!

PEF News

Pizza Fridays are a hit with the students!  Monthly order forms are available (click here) and are December’s is due on Thursday, December 5.  There will be 3 Pizza Fridays in December.  We are now able to accept checks, made payable to the PEF, for pizza orders. Weekly orders are still accepted.


  • We need volunteers!  Click here to view the opportunities to help us.
  • We are looking for donations of tissues and Clorox wipes for the school 

Comfy Reading Day

Students in Ms. Haynes class reached their goal for keeping classroom volume down and earned a comfy reading day! On Wednesday the classroom was transformed into a sea of ‘forts’ where students relaxed in a cozy space in their PJ’s, with pillows, stuffed animals and a book .

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