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Week Ending 4/25/14

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Enjoy Your Vacation!!


NH Opera 

photo 4Opera NH came to Polaris on Tuesday, April 22nd to perform Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck.  Our music teacher, Jane Cormier is involved with Opera NH and brought this fantastic show to us.  Before the show, they gave a short workshop about what an opera is.  The students and staff of Polaris would like to thank Opera NH for their wonderful performance!!


We kicked Monday off by discussing the purpose behind Spirit Week which is to celebrate Polaris Charter School’s mission to be united and work as a team.

Since it was 80’s day on Tuesday, we talked about significant historical events that occurred during the decade. For example, Mount St. Helen’s erupted and Rubik’s cube and post-it notes were introduced in 1980, the first woman was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1981, the first artificial heart transplant occurred and CD’s came out in 1982, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space and camcorders and mobile phones became available,  Apple Macintosh launched in 1985 and the cold war ended when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

smashed-shatter-broken-chicken-eggOn Wednesday, student volunteers passed around a raw egg.  They handled it so delicately and carefully that it was returned to me unbroken.  Afterward, I threw it on floor where it splattered.  The point of the exercise was to illustrate that just like we treat an egg carefully, we also should treat each other’s feelings that way.

We did an activity on Thursday with student volunteers and a hula hoop.  The children joined hands and formed a circle. One pair of students released hands and reached through the hula hoop before joining hands again.  The objective was to pass the hoop around the circle without letting go of hands and without moving from position.  It required them to use teamwork to accomplish it.  The point of our spirit week is to really display our commitment to working together as a team.

Polaris Star Students

This week’s star students who demonstrated trustworthiness were: Andrew, Ayla, Evan, Liam, Maverick and Peter.  Also honored this week was Ms. Haynes class (Fofi is also featured with her award from last week).

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The science NECAP exam will be administered to 4th grade students only on May 6th, May 7th, and May 13th.  The testing will occur in the morning and last about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Please make every effort to have your child arrive to school on time and be sure that they have a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast.


Due to school cancellations, we have some hours that we need to make up at the end of the school year.  Wednesday, May 28 will be a full day of school. Please note that Wednesday, June 11 was already scheduled as a full day of school. The last day of school will be Monday, June 16 and it will be an early release day ending at 12:50. Parent/Teacher Student conferences will be held Monday afternoon and on Tuesday, June 17th.


Our lost an found is overflowing with coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, water bottles, etc.  We encourage the children to look through the Lost and Found for their items, but we also ask that parents make time to look through and claim items that have been lost over the winter.  Thank you!


Thank you to those who donated items during the week!  We could still use donations of the following:

  • Tissues
  • White copy paper
  • Clorox wipes
  • Kitchen trash bags (13 gallon)
  • AA or AAA batteries


School will be closed from April 28th – May 5th for spring vacation.

PEF News


The PEF Annual Meeting in May is coming up fast.  We need a whole lot of new blood and help for next year. We’re looking for a new President, Vice President, Events Committee Chair, and Enrichment Committee Chair. Please contact Sarah for more information.


We are raffling off a pair of Red Sox tickets again this year.  The game is July 18th and tickets are $5 each.  The winner will be drawn at the Pancake Brunch on May 18th.  To buy tickets or for more information, go to http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/raffle/.  Please send this out to as many people as you can!


Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 18th!  The PEF will be hosting a Sunday Brunch at Milly’s Tavern.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/290278561122164/?ref=4 for details.


Our annual auction fundraiser will have a bunch of great items in it.  It will open online on May 1st, and go for two weeks.  A few items will be held over for bidding at the Brunch event.  Go to http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/get-involved/fundraising/auction/ to see a list of current items.

CHESS WIZARDS: SUMMER CHESS CAMP The PEF is hosting a chess camp this summer at Polaris, provided by Chess Wizards.  It will be offered for two separate sessions: June 23rd – June 27th or July 14th – July 18th, with half-day or full-day options.  The children will participate in an array of games and activities throughout the day. Each child will receive a chess board, a trophy, and a Chess Wizards t-shirt.  Find out more or register at www.chesswizards.com or by phone at 866-949-4386.

School Spirit

We showed a lot of Polaris Pride during our school spirit week! It was so much fun to see the inventive outfits the children (and staff) wore.

Crazy Hair/Hat Day:

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80’s Day:

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School Colors/School Gear Day:

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Backwards Day:

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PJ Day:


Giving Tuesday

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