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Week Ending 1/24/14

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Important Announcements

  • IMG_20140122_112102_680The deadline for re-enrolling/enrolling your child(ren) is Monday January 27th, 2014.  You must do so by logging in to our student information system (SIS) and clicking on re-enroll. Family’s usernames and passwords for accessing the SIS were emailed separately.  The re-enrollment form can be found at app.sycamoreeducation.com/enroll.php?schoolID=2024 and instructions are available here.  If you need any assistance, contact Liz or Jen.
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  • PLPs were sent out this week.  Please remember to return a signed copy to your child’s teacher.
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  • Please remember to send in pictures/magazine cuttings that illustrate your child’s culture/heritage/interests. Every student will be making a flag and they will be displayed in the gathering room on Wednesday January 29th.
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  • Originally, Polaris was having school on Monday February 17th (President’s Day).  The Manchester School District is not open that day and school busses will not be running.  Because of this as well as some extra hours built into our calendar, we will be closed on President’s Day.

Information Session

Our next information sessions are on Saturday, January 25th at 10:00am and 1:00pm.  If you know of any families that are interested in Polaris, please have them email Liz Putnam at e.putnam@polarischarterschool.org or call the office at 634-0034 to RSVP.  Attendance at an Information Session is mandatory for new families.

Leave No Trace

On Tuesday, Leave No Trace trainers visited each classroom to provide a hands-on workshop designed to teach children how to reduce environmental impact in the outdoors.

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Tolerance/Diversity

photo 2This week at morning gathering we talked about diversity. On Tuesday, students watched the section of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech and we talked about the inequalities that existed that he was trying change.  On Wednesday we discussed the characteristics of a good leader as demonstrated by MLK Jr.  On Thursday we talked about other types of diversity in addition to race, with particular focus on the ones that cannot be seen.  For instance some people have challenges with attention, some have autism or anxiety and depression. We need to be kind and understanding of others.

Polaris Star Students

photo 1This week’s students that were honored for showing tolerance/diversity were: Ayla, Ephrim, Finn,Lucas, Marx and Peter.

PEF News

Spirit Wear Round II
The order forms for the second round of Spirit Wear orders are going out. Check your in-box over the weekend, and your child’s backpack on Monday. We have a short turn-around time, and orders will be due next Friday, January 31st.

The items available this time will be fleece.  We have vests, pullovers, full zip jackets, and hats.  Everything is available in navy blue, or pink.

A Big thank you to Polaris parent Saverna Ahmad, whose company will be doing the embroidery, and providing the items to us at cost. Thank you Saverna!

Enrichment
Sign up for the two latest enrichment offerings, Sculpture for kids, or Programming with Tynker.

The Sculpture sign-up is at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qns6i-f_Ob2-sELB2-JwC_z69AFlBT8nWZHwOC7CZIM/viewform

The Tynker sign-up is at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10Me2z8KPqLz6pf0vCZn5c_Rg6nCIGYSib-ZuRj8N9ng/viewform

Dine Out at Texas Roadhouse
Our next dine-out night is Tuesday February 25th, at the Texas Roadhouse on South Willow St. in Manchester. Our Red Sox ticket raffle will kick off that night.  If you are available to help sell raffle tickets at the restaurant, please contact Kathy Burtram.

Fundraising Committee Meeting
The fundraising committee will be meeting this coming Monday, the 27th, at 7:00 at the school.
Karaoke Dance
Our Karaoke Dance is coming coming up on Friday February 7th.  Keep an eye on your in-box for the sign-up to help out.
Auction
Start getting excited for our spring auction!  The online auction will start at the beginning of May, culminating in a silent auction at our Pancake Breakfast in mid-May.  Check out the items we’ve had donated already at: http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/get-involved/fundraising/auction/

Buddy Time

Students in Ms. Petzold’s and Ms. Haynes class got together for Buddy Time on Friday.  Students worked in pairs and made a Venn diagram that compared their similarities and their differences.
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Speaking of buddies, Mrs. Post’s class wrote a persuasive letter to the PEF requesting to purchase a “buddy bench” for the playground.  Its purpose would be to give students a place to go on the playground if they were feeling down or alone.  The hope would be that other students would join them and help them feel better.  The request was approved by the PEF and the playground committee and should be installed soon!
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