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The Week Ending 9/12/14

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Special Visitor 

On Monday, Jim Rubens, candidate for U.S. Senate visited our school once again. Although it was the day before the primary, he took the time to greet some students as well as answer some questions (and they had good ones!).  Mr. Ruben was previously a New Hampshire state senator and he authored the legislation that has allowed charter schools to exist here and we are grateful for that.

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Core Value – Community

At this week’s morning gathering, we discussed more about community.  On Tuesday, we listened to the song Lets Work Together by Canned Heat.  You can play it here.  On Wednesday, we did an activity aimed at getting to know each other better.  I asked questions and students stood up if the answer was ‘yes.’  One thing we learned is that there are quite a few students who speak more than one language!  We also acknowledged students who had summer birthdays.  On Thursday, we watched a short video on what a school community is that you can view here.  One new thing that we have added this year is that every Friday, one classroom will share something about their week.  This Friday, several students in Mrs. Post’s shared their bio poems with us and they were wonderful!

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  Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

To demonstrate community, Polaris will be hosting a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive to benefit the Somersworth branch of the program End 68 Hours of Hunger. This is a private, non-profit organization that helps feed local, food-insecure students. No one gets paid and 100% of all donations goes towards buying food. There are approximately 68 hours between when students receive their free lunch at school on Fridays and their free breakfast at school on Mondays. This program supplies students, who would otherwise go hungry, with enough food to make it through those 68 hours. The Somersworth branch alone feeds over 100 students every weekend.

To help support End 68 Hours of Hunger, Polaris will be hosting a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive from September 15-26. Each classroom will have a box to collect peanut butter and jelly. It is very important that these items be in plastic containers, not glass, and the peanut butter should be the smaller sized containers. (Also, please be sure to check the expiration dates.)

For more information about the program End 68 Hours of Hunger you can visit end68hoursofhunger.org or go to the Facebook page “End 68 Hours of Hunger Somersworth.”

Star Students

Last week’s Star Students were recognized on Monday for their contribution toward creating their classroom community.  Congratulation to: D’caury, Ethan, Josie, Julian, Maya, Rosie and Talia.

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Reminders for Parents

  • If would like us to be able to give your children over the counter medication such as cough drops and Tylenol, we must have a signed permission form.  If you need another copy, please contact Michelle Mathieu.
  • Please remember to update your child’s information in our Student Information System ESPECIALLY if your child has any medical conditions or allergies.  Your family’s username and password was emailed to you.  This is also where you can access your child’s classroom directory. If you need it resent, please contact Jennifer Murdock-Smith.
  • If you are picking up your child(ren) by car, please have your name placard displayed on the right side of your dashboard or visor and leave it displayed until your child gets in the vehicle.  If you need extras please contact Michelle Mathieu.

School Picture Day

School Picture Day is on Wednesday, September 24th. Information forms went home this week. Please check you child’s backpack if you have not seen the form.

Additional information:

1) Parents will be able to select from a choice of several proofs.

2) Sibling photos are available. If you have more than one child attending Polaris, and would like sibling photos, please make arrangements with the Polaris office.

3) Photos will be taken outdoors, weather permitting.

4) Solid colors or clothing with small print are recommended by the photography company. Avoid overly bright colors.

Please Help

photo 1Our Mandarin Chinese Desiree Wong teacher needs some supplies. Can you please help?

  • Dry Erase markers
  • 3 packs – color pencils
  • 3 packs – crayons
  • Eraser tops
  • Manual pencil sharpeners
  • 18 – school scissors
  • Transparent tape refills
  • Tissue Paper
  • Blank CDs
  • Post its
  • Staples
  • Small Brown paper bags
  • Yarns: brown, gold, black, red


 Art This Week

This week in Mrs. Rose’s art class, the  students created color wheels using primary, secondary, and tertiary colors ( third order colors like yellowish green). They were also introduced to Roy G. Biv. In case you haven’t been introduced to Roy before, he is actually an Acronym to help us remember the colors of the rainbow. R for red, O for orange, Y for yellow, G for green, B for blue, I for indigo, and V for violet. Here’s a fun science fact: Rainbows are created by both reflection and refraction (bending) of light in water droplets in the atmosphere, which results in a spectrum of light appearing. 

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PEF News

Spirit Wear is back! Click here to view. Order forms  were sent home with students this week and can also be found here, and are due on Thursday, September 18th. New this year – custom paracord items made by Polaris parent Ric Dumais.

Pizza Fridays will begin next week! Orders for pizza should be sent to the school by Thursday each week. Pizza is $1.50 per slice, and water is $1 per bottle. The order form is here has four orders per page to save paper. If you don’t have an order form to send in, please send a note with the payment. Envelopes should be labeled “Pizza” so that they are easy to sort in the office. Monthly ordering is not yet available, so please order one week at a time.

Volunteers – don’t forget to complete your background check process and turn in all 3 forms to the school office before you are scheduled to begin volunteering. If you have not started the process, all the forms [http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/get-involved/volunteer/] are available on the PEF website.

The PEF monthly meeting will be held on Friday, September 19th at 7 PM.

The joint Event and Fundraising Committee meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00.

Buddy Time

Students in Mrs. Dudley’s and Mrs. Post’s class joined and read International Dot Day by Peter H. Reynolds.  The book challenges students to “make their mark.” After they read the story, an Intermediate student and a Primary student were paired and they spent some time learning two things about each other. Following that, students used dots of paint and wax paper to make a beautiful stained glass project.

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