Our first information session is next Monday, December 9th at 6:30pm. If you know of any families that are interested in Polaris, please have them email Liz Putnam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 634-0034 to RSVP.
Pennies for Patients
We raised over $761 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help kids in their battle with those diseases. When I shared this with the campaign manager at the LLS this was her reply: “I have schools of 1200+ who only brought in $80 for the whole school. All of you should be very, very, VERY proud!!!!” I am very proud of our students and their kindness and caring for others.
Caring and Kindness
Speaking of kindness and caring, this is the Core Value we will be focusing on during the month of December. This week we began sitting in a large circle during our morning gathering so that we could have discussion about kindness and empathy. We talked about how one small act of kindness can have a big impact. Students also shared acts of kindness they had noticed at school.
To correspond with this, Polaris is helping a family that has no money for presents this holiday season. A single father with 10 kids and one grandchild is in need. Each of our classrooms has adopted two family members. If you can, please donate a gift or cash and we will purchase gifts/gift cards. The deadline is December 16th. Teachers will be sending out further details about the family members they have ‘adopted.’ All the kids are of average size and correspond to their age (i.e. a 3 year old would wear a 3T).
I read these words from Nelson Mandela at morning gathering today: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Polaris Star Students
This week’s star students were chosen for the acts of kindness they showed during the week. We have so many caring students it was hard to choose! They were: Aram, Calvin, Julia, Matti, Maru and Myleigh. In addition, Ms. Murdock-Smith gave special recognition to Marx and Ryzek when they noticed the second floor bathroom had water and paper towels all over the floor and they cleaned it up.
- As many of you are probably aware, a strong stomach bug has been coursing through our school. We have been busily disinfecting and reviewing good hygiene with the children. While it is unfortunate to have so many students sick, it provides an opportunity to review our policies about illness and attendance.* Students need to be symptom and fever free (below 100 degrees) without the aid of medication for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
* If your child is going to be absent, please email email@example.com or call 603-634-0034 to notify us of the absence. Attendance is accurately checked and recorded for each classroom on a daily basis. We need to account for your child’s whereabouts to ensure their safety.
* We need a written confirmation of your child’s absence. If you are unable to email the attendance address above, please send a written note explaining the reason for their absence when they return to school.
- There is going to be just one staff person at the curb for drop off in the mornings so we have more staff to supervise the students inside. The curbside staff person will shuttle kids inside in small groups. If there is no one at the curb, please DO NOT let your child out of the car. Thank you!
- We are lucky to have a group of highly dedicated parents who help our school in countless ways, including contributing time to the PEF, serving pizza, helping our teachers, monitoring recess and lunch, and maintaining our facilities. We are so grateful for this help, yet their is a lot that still needs to be done and we can’t depend on the same group to do it all. If you haven’t found a way to help, please check out all of the opportunities on the volunteer page of our website. It has been revised and improved to be easier for you. Because volunteers are critical for operating Polaris, we ask every family to commit at least 10 hours a year toward making children’s experience at 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.
Did you know that Polaris students can get a Manchester library card even if you live in a different town? You simply need to accompany your child, show an ID and state that children are Polaris Students. I can also print a paper student ID card for you to take with you to prove they are a student here. Contact Jen if you would like an ID.
Pats Peak Ski Program
The Polaris Ski Program is beginning January 8; Wednesdays at 2:30.
Pats would like us to do 100% online registrations. The User Name is Polaris, the password is student. It is case sensitive. The P is uppercase and student is all lowercase.
This program is a really great way to spend the grey Wednesdays of January. We had a lot of fun last year and hope even more kids will take advantage of the program this year! For more information, contact Jen Stylianos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Coffee Get Together
The next Family Coffee Get-Together is this Saturday, December 7th, 10:00am at the Panera Bread off South Willow St. in Manchester.
Please come and enjoy the songs our Show Choir students have been working hard to learn: some traditional Christmas songs and an assortment of songs from Annie, Oliver!, and The Sound of Music. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
Thursday, December 19th, 6:00pm, Manchester Library Auditorium, 405 Pine St., Manchester
The next PEF monthly meeting will be Monday, December 16th at 7:00pm. In January, the monthly meetings will be moving to the third Thursday of the month.
Recycle your shoes!
We’ve teamed up with ShoeBox Recycling to recycle shoes. Bring in gently used, still wearable shoes for collection. The shoes get sent to micro businesses in developing countries for sale in second hand markets and the PEF gets a donation for every box of shoes we sent in. The shoes stay out of landfills, small merchants get helped, and we get a donation: everybody wins! You don’t have to just bring your own shoes, feel free to collect shoes from friends and family as well. The collection box will be at the base of the rear stairs. We’ll be sending in the shoes in January. Please Click Here to see the flyer for information about what shoes they do and do not accept.
The PEF needs a Vice President!
The PEF is looking for a new Vice President. The VP takes over if the President cannot do their job, and also writes thank-you notes to donors, but the most important job of the VP is becoming the president at the end of the current President’s term. Please consider taking a leadership role with the PEF, and contact Sarah Shor with any questions or concerns.
Fundraising Committee Meeting
The Fundraising Committee will be meeting next Friday, the 13th, at 1:00 at the school.
Hannaford Helps Schools
Hannaford Helps Schools was a program that ran at area stores between September 1 and December 1. This program gave “school dollars” for purchasing participating products. Thank you to those who have already submitted their “dollars” – every bit helps! If you have any “dollar” certificates still at home from purchases prior to Dec. 1, please turn them in to the office no later than Wednesday, December 11 so they can be processed and submitted to the store by the deadline.