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Week Ending 5/30/14

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Annual Surveys

20140530_103055The deadline for completing our annual survey is Wednesday, June 7th!Please help us!  Your responses are confidential.  We need to learn what we are doing well and where we can improve.  If you have more than one child attending Polaris, please complete a survey for each one.  It should only take a few minutes of your time.  You can access it by clicking here.

We also need your feedback on the PEF and the activities that have been held. Please complete this survey as well by clicking here. Thank you!

Courage/Determination

We started Tuesday morning off with a challenge.  Each student was given two toothpicks and a mini marshmallow. They then had three minutes to find a way for the toothpicks to support the marshmallow without it touching the floor.  No further instructions were given. One option was to work with a partner and combine resources.  Another was to break the toothpicks in half to provide a base for support.  We had an ooey, gooey mess at the end in some cases however many students persevered and found a solution to the challenge.

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On Wednesday we played the song the “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.  To have the eye of the tiger means you have to have dedication to what you want to accomplish and you pursue your goal relentlessly.

Rising up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

Thursday we talked about Maya Angelou.  She overcame considerable adversity when she was very young to become an accomplished, writer, poet and actress.  I read part of her poem “I Rise.”

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

 

Star Students

This week’s star students who showed courage and determination were: Aram (not pictured) Crosby, Emmett, Georgia, Marx and Nevaeh.  Congratulations!

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Courage may be the most important of all virtues, because without it one cannot practice any other virtue with consistency

-Maya Angelou

Announcements

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Extracting Iron From Cereal in Ms. Verrill’s Class

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, June 2nd: Volunteer appreciation breakfast
Wednesday June 4th: Staff appreciation brunch
Thursday, June 5th: Primary classes field trip
Tuesday, June 10th: Field day
Wednesday June 11th: Full day of school
Monday, June 16th: Last day of school/Early release/P/T/S Conference
Tuesday, June 17th: P/T/S Conference

DONATIONS

A big thank you to families who continue to donate supplies to the school!! Your generosity is needed, noted, and appreciated. For those who have not yet been able to help, below is a list of items we continue to need:

* Paper plates
* 9 oz paper cups
* White copy paper
* Dry erase markers
* AA or AAA batteries

LOST AND FOUND

The end of the year is coming fast and we want to be sure that everyone goes home with all of their belongings.  In an effort to help students locate items in the Lost and Found, we have been hanging them on a clothesline in the gathering room.  Please remind your children to check this clothesline each day.  Some have found things they didn’t know were missing!  Also, feel free to come by and check for yourselves.  Items not claimed by the last day of school will be donated.

PEF News

STAFF APPRECIATION

The staff appreciation is on Wednesday June 4th. You can sign-up to help here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084FAFAE229-staff1

JUNE MEETING

Friday, June 13th at 7:00.

Simple Machines

Miss Haynes’ class has been exploring physics, engineering, and simple machines over the last few months, and to tie all the concepts together, each child got to design and build their own compound machine. A compound machine is composed of several simple machines strung together to perform a task. Some examples of the tasks being performed by the compound machines built by the students are turning on a lightbulb, flinging a ball, and bulldozing rocks.

Most students are still on the building phase. They are learning how to use different tools, adapt and change their ideas, and maybe most importantly, be persistent! They are realizing that designing and building things requires a lot of trial and error as well as problem solving skills. There are also been a large amount of collaboration as students decided to help each other with the building process. What an amazing group of talented young inventors we have!

 

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Week Ending 5/25/14

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Annual Surveys

photo 3Please help us! As Polaris Charter School plans for our third year of operation, it is very important that we get your input.  You can share your views by completing our survey.  Your responses are confidential but you may share your name if you’d like.  We need to learn what we are doing well and where we can improve.  If you have more than one child attending Polaris, please complete a survey for each child.  It should only take a few minutes of your time.  You can access it by clicking here.

We also need your feedback on the PEF and the activities that have been held. Please complete this survey as well by clicking here. Thank you!

Courage/Determination

Ms. Sargent shared a story about one of her former students named Sam on Monday. He was diagnosed with cancer in 5th grade and he had recurrences in 6th and 7th grade as well. She recently learned that he was losing his battle with his disease. Despite every obstacle he faced, he smiled and was kind to others. In a recent oratorical competition, one of his peers revealed that he was very nervous about recently becoming diagnosed with diabetes. He said when going to his treatments, he would see Sam and his positive outlook on life eased his nerves. He has been the epitome of our core value of courage and determination.

photoOn Tuesday we discussed three types of behavior: aggressive, passive and assertive.  Aggressive behavior is hurtful to someone else.  Passive behavior is avoiding the problem and letting someone else be disrespectful to you. We should strive toward demonstrating assertive behavior. When we are assertive, we let others know our needs and wants while at the same time considering the needs and wants of others. We do this by using “I messages.” For example, “I have a problem that I need to talk to you about.  When you do ______, I feel ______.”  When we deal with conflict in this manner it is a solution focused respectful way of letting another know how you feel.

We read some more examples of “famous failures” on Wednesday. For example, Dr. Suess’s book was rejected by publishers 23 times.  The 24th time, his book went on to sell six million copies. Babe Ruth held the record for number of home runs for many years.  He also struck out more times than any other baseball player!

photo 4For Thursday’s lesson, an egg was placed in the middle of a glass of uncooked rice.  The egg represents an individual and the rice the crowd.  Each time the “egg” stood up and refused to go along with teasing, excluding, lying, etc. the rim was tapped.  Gradually the egg rose above the rice.  It takes courage to do the right thing when those around you are not.  We need to be like the egg and rise to the top.

Show Choir Performance

Mrs. Cormier and our Show Choir students performed their wonderful show for us! We enjoyed hearing songs from Oliver and Mary Poppins.  Several kids in the audience even joined in on some of the tunes.  The students did an amazing job.  Thank you Mrs. Cormier and Show Choir!

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Star Students

Ava, Chandler, Emmy, Jonas, Jennifer, Lexi and Nathan were his week’s star students who showed courage and determination. Great job!

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Announcements

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, May 26th: No school
Wednesday, May 28: Full day of school
Monday, June 2nd: Volunteer appreciation breakfast
Wednesday June 4th: Staff appreciation brunch
Thursday, June 5th: Primary classes field trip
Tuesday, June 10th: Field day
Wednesday June 11th: Full day of school
Monday, June 16th: Last day of school/Early release/P/T/S Conference
Tuesday, June 17th: P/T/S Conference

DONATIONS

A big thank you to families who continue to donate supplies to the school!! Your generosity is needed, noted, and appreciated.  For those who have not yet been able to help, below is a list of items we continue to need:

* Paper towels
* Paper plates
* 9 oz paper cups
* Boxes of paper clips
* White copy paper
* Dry erase markers
* Kitchen trash bags (13 gallon)
* AA or AAA batteries

PEF News

NEW PEF BOARD FOR 2014-15

Thank you to everyone who came to last night’s PEF meeting, and to everyone who volunteered!  The board for the 2014-2015 school year will be:

Co-Presidents: Ali Ferriero and Brianna Merrill
Vice President: Nancy Dumais
Secretary: Karyn Misenheimer
Treasurer: Meyrick Mancebo
Events Committee Chair: Jayme Putnam
Enrichment Committee Co-Chairs: Arielle Welch and Thuy Mancebo
Fundraising Committee Chair: Sarah Shor
Volunteer Coordinator: Daniela De Los Reyes
Members at Large: Ellie White and Lisa Zonfrillo

JUNE MEETING

Friday, June 13th at 7:00.  This is when the new board will take the the helm.

Science and Poetry

This week students in Ms. Sargent’s class worked on completing their informational brochures and poetry. We had a gallery walk, so that students could share their work and get feedback from their peers!

This week, in Science, we conducted experiments to determine which liquids best dissolve sugar.

We also writer’s share which we have once a month. It gives students a great opportunity to let others hear their work.

 

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Week Ending 5/16/14

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Annual Parent Surveys

As Polaris Charter School plans for our third year of operation, it is very important that we get your feedback.  Please share your views by completing this online survey.  Your responses are confidential but you may share your name if you’d like.  We need everyone’s input in order for us to learn what we are doing well and where we can improve.  If you have more than one child attending Polaris, please complete a survey for each child.  It should only take a few minutes of your time.  You can access it by clicking here.

We also need your feedback on the PEF and the activities that have been held.  Please complete this survey as well by clicking here. Thank you!

Courage/Determination

On Monday we read several examples of scenarios where students decided which action was courageous and which was foolish. On Tuesday, we discussed several famous individuals who “failed” at something but with determination and courage, they rose above and succeeded.  For example, did you know that Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination” and for “having no original ideas” and that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team?

We watched a short video about Susan B. Anthony on Wednesday. She was another example of a person who showed great courage and determination. She founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, and she was tireless in her efforts to secure women’s right to vote.  She went so far as to vote illegally in a presidential election and was arrested for her “crime.”  She was also an advocate for equal rights for all.

At Thursday’s gathering we talked a little bit about Hitler and the Nazi party’s quest to create a “perfect race” and the courage displayed by individuals who tried to help those in jeopardy.  We then read the following poem:

Because

They first came for the Communist and I didn’t speak up
Because I wasn’t a a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak up
Because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up
Because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up
Because I wasn’t a Catholic.
Then they came for me
And by that time there was no one left to speak up.

Martin Niemöller

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Mrs. Dudley’s Students Writing Plays About Courage

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Mrs. Dudley’s Students Writing Plays About Courage

Star Students

This week’s star students who showed courage and determination were: Daniel, Darby, Juju, Maya, Sebastian and Shea. Great job!

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Announcements

MAKE UP HOURS

Mark your calendars! 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.

SHOW CHOIR

Show Choir will be presenting Oliver! on Thursday, May 22nd 6:30-7:30pm at the Manchester Library Auditorium – 405 Pine St., Manchester.

DONATIONS

A big thank you to families who continue to donate supplies to the school!!  Your generosity is needed, noted, and appreciated.  For those who have not yet been able to help, below is a list of items we continue to need:

* Paper towels
* Paper plates
* 9 oz paper cups
* Boxes of paper clips
* White copy paper
* Dry erase markers
* Kitchen trash bags (13 gallon)
* AA or AAA batteries

PEF News

FAMILY BRUNCH

The Family Brunch is this Sunday, 11-1.  Come celebrate the last blast of the year with your kids and their friends!  And make new friends while welcoming the new families to our community.  See the flyer here for more info.

LAST CHANCE FOR THE AUCTION and RAFFLE TICKETS

The online auction closes at 10am on Sunday and the silent items will be closed at the Brunch.  The Winner of the Red Sox tickets will be drawn on Sunday as well.  Please check out some of the amazing items we have available.  And spread the word!

www.charityauctionorganizer.com/auction/pef

 www.charityauctionorganizer.com/auction/pef

NEW PEF BOARD FOR 2014-15

Thank you to everyone who came to last night’s PEF meeting, and to everyone who volunteered!  The board for the 2014-2015 school year will be:

Co-Presidents: Ali Ferriero and Brianna Merrill
Vice President: Nancy Dumais
Secretary: Karyn Misenheimer
Treasurer: Meyrick Mancebo
Events Committee Chair: Jayme Putnam
Enrichment Committee Co-Chairs: Arielle Welch and Thuy Mancebo
Fundraising Committee Chair: Sarah Shor
Volunteer Coordinator: TBD
Members at Large: Ellie White and Lisa Zonfrillo

Primary Happenings

Thanks to your donations, Ms. Petzold’s class now has a new listening center!  As you can see, students are already enjoying it.

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Classes have also started their deeper exploration of Museum of Science Concepts during project time with learning about math in real life, butterflies and life cycles, and the human body.  Students applied math when they used fractions following a recipe and as well as studying economics by buying and selling goods.

 

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Week Ending 5/09/14

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Courage/Determination

Our Core Value for the month of May is Courage/Determination.  On Monday we learned that courage is not the absence of fear but rather facing the fear and doing the right thing even if it is hard.

Tuesday, students shared a time when they showed courage.  Getting up on stage for a performance, playing sports and telling the truth were all examples that were discussed.  We agreed that it felt GREAT after.

US_Marshals_with_Young_Ruby_Bridges_on_School_StepsWe listed to the Courage Song on Wednesday.  “I stand up for what I believe is right.  I’m not afraid of what others might think. I’m so happy being who I am.”  You can play the rest of the song here.

Thursday we watched a short video about Ruby Bridges. We discussed afterward the courage that it took this six year old girl of color to to be the first to attend an all white school. There was so much protest over this that Ruby had to be escorted to and from school by U.S. Marshalls. Her bravery paved the way for schools to become integrated.

Thanks to Ms. Haynes and Ms. Petzold’s class, we learned a fun new song on Friday.  It integrated movement with singing and it was a lot of fun!

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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Nelson Mandela

Polaris Star Students

This week’s star students who showed courage were: Alanna, Bobby, Emma, Gaby, Maru, Mayla and Sirus. Great job!

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Announcements

SCIENCE NECAP

The last day of the science NECAP exam will be administered to 4th grade students only on May 13th.  The testing will occur in the morning and last about 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.

MAKE UP HOURS

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.

SHOW CHOIR

Show Choir will be presenting Oliver! on Thursday, May 22nd 6:30-7:30pm at the Manchester Library Auditorium – 405 Pine St., Manchester.

PIZZA ORDERS

There is no need to do a monthly order in June, so please send in rest-of-the-year orders next week if you usually order monthly. If you already paid for May, no worries – feel free to pay for the two weeks in June at any time. Email briannaanddwayn@gmail.com with questions. Beginning with next Friday, May 16, there are 5 pizza Fridays remaining this school year.  Click here for the form.

BRICK FAIR

Do your kids love Legos?  BrickFair NE 2014 is at the Radisson Hotel Manchester this weekend!  May 10th & May 11th from 11am -4pm.  www.brickfair.com

DONATIONS

A big thank you to families who continue to donate supplies to the school!!  Your generosity is needed, noted, and appreciated.  For those who have not yet been able to help, below is a list of items we continue to need:

* Paper towels
* Paper plates
* 9 oz paper cups
* Boxes of paper clips
* White copy paper
* Dry erase markers
* Kitchen trash bags (13 gallon)
* AA or AAA batteries

PEF News

NEW PEF BOARD MEMBERS

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.

RED SOX RAFFLE

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!

PEF BRUNCH

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.

ANNUAL AUCTION

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.

From Ms. Sargent’s Class

photoThis week, the intermediate classes were fortunate enough to have Curtis Duggan from ASD join us and teach some students all about computer programming. Many kids were so excited to be able to explore this topic more!

photoIn Ms. Sargent’s class, students began conducting their science experiments. Gus and Ryzek have been doing an experiment about different liquids and their effects on teeth. To simulate teeth, they have been using egg shells. Throughout the week, they have already seen drastic changes on many of their eggs.

photoWe also have been working on metaphors and similes. To practice this, students sketched a favorite character or person and then had to write phrases about them using multiple metaphors and similes.

Bill Duncan

Thank you to parents who contacted your Executive Councilor to ask them not to support Bill Duncan’s nomination to the NH. Board of Education.  Unfortunately, the vote was divided by party lines.  The two Republicans voted against his nomination and the three Democrats voted for his nomination.  Despite this outcome, your involvement was extremely important to the future of charter schools in NH.