Please remember that we rely on your help to keep our school running smoothly. We ask that each family give 10 hours of time. It does not need to be during the school day. There are things that can be done from home. Please contact Michelle Mathieu for more information.
- There is no school on Monday
School Pictures: Proofs from picture day were sent home today. Please send your order, with payment, by next Friday, October 17. Check in with Sarah Shor (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
- Fun Opportunity: New England Reptile Expo
Next Show: Sunday, October 12 10:00 am-4:00 pm
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
A Request From the School Library
We have more books than we can shelve, so we don’t need big donations right now. BUT we have some great series that are incomplete. The missing books are listed in a spreadsheet. If anyone has copies of these books in good condition that you’re willing to donate to the school, please add your name to the spreadsheet in the donation column. We only need one copy of each because there’s no room for more. Thanks!
Core Value – Friendship
Look at the picture below. What do you see – the young lady or the old lady? Which did you see first? On Tuesday we talked about how we each have a different way of looking at things. Just because we see different things does not mean that one is right or wrong. It is OK for friends to have different points of view.
On Wednesday, we played a music video of the song Count on Me by Bruno Mars. It is a wonderful friendship song and it had the kids singing along. You can play it here.
On Thursday we talked about how words can hurt. To illustrate, I read some statements that I have heard said by students over the past couple of weeks. “I asked to play with them but they said no,” “a group of kids formed an alliance but I wasn’t asked to join” were two examples. Each time I read a statement, I ripped off a piece of a construction paper heart until it was in pieces on the floor. Words cause damage and hurt another (and it breaks my heart when I see a student sad).
Mrs. Dudley’s Class Shares
Students in Mrs. Dudley’s class shared what they have been working on at Morning Gathering. Some shared their name story, others read an acrostic poem they wrote using their name while others read a story that they wrote.
Our Star Students were announced on Monday. Congratulations to Ava, Ayla, Gus, Julia, Lolo, Sophia and Wren for showing what great friends they are!
Art Class News
Pablo Picasso is the featured artist of the month for October. This week students were introduced to Cubism.
In Cubism, objects are broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form using many geometric shapes. Students made “Picasso Pumpkins” where they created not only the classic Jack o’ Lantern image, but also a distorted Jack o lantern using Cubist technique. It was quite an interesting pumpkin patch we created!
Mandarin Chinese Corner
We are learning numbers from 1 to 10 and focused on 1 to 5 this week. Besides learning the numbers verbally, we also played a few memory games to reinforce learning. Your students were great in those games and enjoyed them very much.
Please send in two folders with pockets inside to Chinese class if you have not had a chance to do so.
Have a great weekend!
Comfy Reading Day
Last week, Miss Haynes’ class earned a comfy reading day by earning points when they were polite listeners. Students wore their pj’s, brought in stuffed animals, blankets, and pillows, built forts, and spent some quality time reading!
Monthly PEF meeting: Thursday, October 16 at 7 PM.
We are in need of some volunteers for the dance. Volunteer opportunities include refreshments, parent and child decorating, and someone with a sound system who is willing to play music. Please sign up via the volunteer sign up sheet: http://vols.pt/P1DePY
Save the date: The Annual Polaris Thanksgiving Pot Luck will be at 5 PM on Saturday, November 14, 2014. If anyone has any fun ideas to keep kids engaged before and after the meal we would love your input. Please e-mail Jayme Putnam at email@example.com. We are also working on setting up a food drive and the opportunity for families to engage in community service during that weekend with Shire Share. Shire Share will deliver approximately 1,300 Thanksgiving meals this year to those in need.
Music Lessons Update:
Manchester Community Music School may be able to offer lessons for these instruments at the following times:
1. Trumpet (for Intermediate students) Thursdays at 3:00
2. Clarinet Wednesdays at 4:00
3. Piano (for up to 5 children) at MCMS piano lab www.mcmusicschool.org (Parents would have to transport their own children to the music school for piano.)
If you are interested in one of these possibilities, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration goes live at 12:00 NOON on Sat., Oct. 11th for the following program:
Intermediate Destination Imagination (DI):
Registration is still available for Primary DI Try-It day (Tuesday, November 4; there is no cost for this one-day session):
Thuy Mancebo will be processing your registrations and tuition payments. After you register online and have received a confirmation e-mail, please remember to send in payment with your child. Please mark the envelopes with “PEF Enrichment” and place them in your child’s Communication Folder so it will go to the office. Thank you.
Financial Assistance is available and confidential; contact Thuy Mancebo at email@example.com. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE EVEN IF YOU ARE REQUESTING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. YOU DO NOT NEED TO WAIT FOR APPROVAL. WE CAN ALWAYS WORK OUT SOMETHING REASONABLE!\
Please remember: Students who wish to participate in Enrichment Programs must complete and return a signed Student Behavior Contract for PEF Enrichment Activities. This can be found on page 15 of the Enrichment Brochure. If you misplaced your brochure, it is now available via the Enrichment page on the PEF website: http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/enrichment/