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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!


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:


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


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


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.


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!




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.


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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Giving Tuesday

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