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The Week Ending 10/31/14

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Low Cost Internet Available

The deadline for the Free and Reduced Lunch application has been extended until Wednesday, November 5th.  Title I money is the largest single federal funding source for education. This supplemental funding aims to meet the needs of at risk and low-income students. It can be used for hiring teachers, providing tutoring, increasing parental involvement, professional development and purchasing materials and supplies.

Students are considered low-income if they qualify for a Free or Reduced Lunch.  Although Polaris Charter School does not offer a school lunch program, we still need parents to submit a Free and Reduced Lunch application in order to receive this funding.

In addition, those families who qualify for the Free and Reduced School Lunch Program are eligible for low-cost Internet access from Comcast. This includes:

  • Fast home Internet for just $9.95 a month + tax
  • No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fee
  • A computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax
  • Access to free Internet training – online, in print and in classroom
  • For more information go to: http://www.internetessentialspartner.com/

Please review the application here and complete it if your family meets the income guidelines. Place your completed application in a sealed envelope and address it to Jennifer Murdock-Smith. Your information will be kept CONFIDENTIAL. The deadline has been extended to November 3rd.

Thank you!


Halloween/Fall Dress Up

Polaris staff and students celebrated Halloween/Fall Dress Up on Wednesday, October 29th. We all had a fabulous time.  We especially appreciated all of the creative, healthy snacks that parents sent in.  While the students were very excited, they were also very well-behaved.  A special thank you to the parent volunteers who helped make the day such a success.

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    Come see your friends perform THIS WEEKEND in the Polaris Fall Show Choir Performance!
    Where: Bedford Old Town Hall,10 Meetinghouse Rd, Bedford NH 03110
    When: November 1st 2014 7:00pm

  • We are looking for donations of color paper, white boards and dry erase markers for children to use during indoor recess
  • Upcoming event that you might be interested in:What: NH TechFest
    When: Saturday 11.01.2014 9AM-3PM
    Where: Nahsua North High School (10 Chuck Druding Drive Nashua, NH 03063)
    Admission is free



Core Value – Friendship

On Tuesday we reviewed Superflex© Takes on Rock Brain and the Team of Unthinkables…A New Beginning© by Stephanie Madrigal. I was very pleased with how well students remembered about the Team of Unthinkables©.  We will be doing more activities to develop strategies for overcoming “Rock Brain” and soon we will take on “Glass Man!”

We also watched a video about friendship soup.  Ask your child if they remember the ingredients.


Mrs. Post’s Class Share Day

Mrs. Post’s class performed several skits where students acted out scenarios where they demonstrated what being a good friend looks like:


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What Comes Next?

Many parents have asked us about options for their child when it is time to move on from Polaris.  Mrs. Putnam has compiled a list of possible options following 5th or 6th grade.  You can click here to view it.


Star Students

Our “friendly” Star Students from last week were recognized on Monday for their acts of friendship. Way to go Allie, Emmy, Izzy, Liam, Manny, Serena and Torrey!


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STEM in Mrs. Rainey’s Class

We have been learning a lot about matter over the last few weeks. This week students conducted a lab about Measuring Matter! Students worked in groups to practice measuring with graduated cylinders and drawing conclusions about their data.

On Wednesday, students were given 50 marshmallows and 50 tooth picks and were given the challenge of creating the tallest structure. Everyone did a great job!

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Chinese Language Paradise

Dear Parents,

Guess what we learned this week?  Yes, Halloween words in Chinese! The kids had fun learning how to say them.  Some think they are funny sounding. We also played some activities in reviewing numbers from 1 to 10. The kids loved the games! Please ask them how to say candies, ghosts, pumpkins and so on when going out to Trick or Treat.

Thank you!

Ms. Wong


PEF News

Enrichment Pick-Ups

Please be sure to communicate with the enrichment chaperone and sign your child out when you pick up from an enrichment program.


Check backpacks for a for a Scrip flyer over the next couple of days. We’re putting in our big pre-holiday order. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! You can use cards as gifts, or use them as money to shop on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

You can order via the enclosed order form, or you can order online at shopwithscrip.com. Now’s a great time to sign up for the PrestoPay program to make Scrip shopping easy and instant! Contact Daniela De Los Reyes (danielareyes@comcast.net) for more information.

Orders are due November 14th, and cards will be delivered before Thanksgiving!

Enrichment Sign-Ups

Pottery Painting with Time to Clay has expanded to 2 rooms on Nov. 19th, so we can accommodate 7 more students. We will reopen this registration Sat., Nov. 1st at noon. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16lLRjNnwyj8Xe0XmZpZb3LweM6JkEu3HvTjGobpVEAI/closedform

McIntyre Ski & Snowboard Registration link:


Program begins Jan. 7. Info Session & rental fittings coming soon!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Nov 5 – Thanksgiving Pot Luck at 5 PM, at Polaris.

Friday, November 21 – Monthly PEF meeting, 7 PM at Polaris.

Saturday, Nov 22 – Community Service Project with Shire Sharing, 10:30 AM at Polaris.

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