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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!


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!


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

-Maya Angelou



Extracting Iron From Cereal in Ms. Verrill’s Class


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


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


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


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


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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