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The Week Ending 11/21/14

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Re-Enrollment/Admission 2015 -2016

 

For Existing Families:

Re-enrollment at Polaris for next school year will begin January 5th.  The deadline to complete the online re-enrollment process will be January 23rd.  Additional instructions will be emailed in December.

For New Families:

There are three admissions requirements:

  • 1st:  Parents must attend an Information Session
  • 2nd: Parents and student applicant must attend a Family Appointment after their application is complete. Family appointments must be held by February 2oth.
  • 3rd: The application (both online and paperwork portions) must be complete and submitted by Fri, Feb 13th

Age Requirements:  Polaris enrolls children between the ages of 6 and 11.  The student applicant must be at least 6 years old by September 30th.  A student can turn 12 years old during the school year. Polaris does not offer kindergarten.

 

Information Sessions:  Like the Family Appt, applicants must also attend one Information Session!  It is an admissions requirement. Please RSVP. Last year we had to cancel one due to snow.

  • December:
    • Mon 8th (6:30pm)
  • January:
    • Wed 14th (6:30pm)
    • Sat 24th (10am)
  • February:
    • Sun 1st (1pm) – Alternate Date. In case of previous cancellation.

 

Two-Part Application Deadline:  Fri, Feb 13th

Family Appt Deadline:  Fri, Feb 20th – Family Appt is a required part of the application process.

Lottery:  Friday, March 6th

Polaris Will Notify Lottery Winners by:  Evening of Sat, March 7th

Lottery Winners must “enroll” by:  March 13th

 

Our two-part application will not be available online until January 5, 2015.   Please note that the application includes two parts:

  1. The electronic portion in which, using the link on our admissions page, information is filled in on the computer.
  2. The paper portion that must be completed and returned to Polaris.

 

Welcome Miss Jeanne!

We are pleased to introduce our new art teacher, Jeanne Neverisky.  Miss Jeanne is glad to share her rediscovered love of art with the students at Polaris. Miss Jeanne earned her BFA in Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, then–after raising three sons and while working Amherst, NH/Souhegan school districts—she went back to school to earn a master’s in education for school counseling at Rivier College in 2011. After some work at Souhegan using those new skills, Miss Jeanne made the time to rekindle her interest in art at the Currier Museum of Art and the Currier’s Art Center.

Learning painting anew has led to many realizations, among them that making art involves many senses and honing of abilities. Among them: keen observation, exploring and innovation, investigation, perception and feeling, self-discipline, hand-eye coordination, communication of ideas, creativity, discovery, discipline….. each of these are valuable to more than those who will label themselves as “artists”. Our young people will use these skills increasingly in our new and changing world!

Miss Jeanne’s family includes three grown sons (one living in Seattle, WA, one in Irvine, CA, and one in Milford, NH), her husband Mike and their faithful mini-goldendoodle, Tika. She enjoys area hikes with Tika, Mike, and friends on many days. And, when travel and time permit, time with her “boys” is very special!

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Announcements

  • PLEASE make sure that your child bring appropriate clothing for playing outside. We take the children outside if the temperature is above 20 degrees.
  • There will be no After-school care on Wednesday, Nov 26th due to the Thanksgiving holiday
  • The first trimester Learning Celebration will take place on Wednesday, December 10th at 5:30pm
  • The Parent/Student Handbook has been revised and updated.  You can find it here.

 

Cancellation/Delays

As winter weather is approaching, this is a good time to review Polaris Charter School’s school cancellation/delay policy.  Our school follows the Manchester School District’s weather-related decisions;  if they are closed/delayed we are too.  Cancellations or delays will be announced before 6:30 a.m. on the following radio and TV stations:

WZID-FM (95.7)                     WMLL-FM (96.5)

WGIR-AM (610) & FM (101.1)         WMUR-TV Channel 9

We also typically send an email and post it on the PEF Facebook page.  On occasion, Polaris may make an independent weather-related decision, as our students come from many towns and cities in New Hampshire. In such instances, the radio and TV stations mentioned above will carry any special announcements for Polaris Charter School. Parents are encouraged to use their own discretion in commuting on days with snow or icy conditions. If you decide that travel conditions are too hazardous, whether or not school has been delayed or cancelled, your child(ren) will be given an excused absence. If Polaris is in session, weather-related absences should still be called in to the School Office and followed up with a written excuse, signed by the parent/ guardian.

If there is a delayed opening for the Manchester School District on a Wednesday, Polaris Charter School will be closed.

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Core Value – Citizenship

This week, we focused on digital citizenship.  Good digital citizens do not share their computer passwords with others, they do not email/instant message with people they do not know (and if they get an unusual email they should tell their teacher or parent) and they visit only appropriate websites.  They also do not share personal information such as name, address, school, etc.  When communicating via electronics, good digital citizens respect others, communicate kindly and tell an adult if someone is being hurtful or unkind. We also discussed plagerism. It is not ok to copy information off of a website without either citing a reference and quoting or rephrasing in your own words.  There is a great song that emphasizes these points and you can play it here.

This week I also read another book in the Superflex series in each classroom.  The Unthinkable we focused on this time was Glassman.  Glassman invades our brains and has us have huge upset reactions to things. Some strategies we can use to defeat Glassman are: determining if a problem is big, medium or small and have the corresponding reaction, calming our bodies by taking a deep breath and tensing our muscles and then relaxing and positive self talk.

Bake Sale

Hello parents of Polaris kids! Hafsa, Alyssa, Charlotte, and Courtney are doing a bake sale at the Learning Celebration on December 10th to donate to the animal shelter. You can donate money or donate items. For a wish list, please see the link below. We will have these food items available:

Gluten free cookies- $ 1.25,

Regular cookies- $ 1.00,

Cupcakes- $ 1.00,

Bottles of water- 25 cents,

Lemonade- 50 cents,

And popcorn- 50 cents.

We hope you can come to buy some of the things we offer, thanks!

 

http://www.manchesteranimalshelter.org/donate/

 

 

Mrs. Dudley’s Share Day

Mrs. Dudley’s class wrote stories opposite of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Rob Lieber.  Their stories were about a wonderful, amazing day. Torrey, Rosie and Myleigh shared theirs on Friday.

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Shea, Madison, Raden, Annika, and Mohammad shared their Tagxedo.  Their classmates each picked three words to describe them which they used.

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Sophia and Sarah wrote about their names

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While Bindhi and Ryleigh wrote poems about themselves.

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Star Students

Our star students who were good citizens last week were recognized on Monday. Congratulations to: Daniel, Jeffrey, Joshy, Maliha, Molly, Nathan and Ryleigh.

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Book Buddies 

This week Mrs. Rainey’s and Mrs. Fesh’s class created All About Me Books! Students met with their book buddies and created a book with pages about their family, favorite color, pets and many more.

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Mandarin Chinese Class/Paradise

Hi Parents,

This week we are learning Thanksgiving words and the kids are excited to know how to call turkey, pumpkin pies and apple pies and others in Chinese.  Have them tell you all about it!  They also learned how to write turkey in Chinese characters too! We are going to do a project on Thanksgiving next Tuesday, November 25th.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ms. Wong

PEF News

Upcoming events:

Community service day (filling Thanksgiving food bags) is TOMORROW, Saturday, November 22 ~ 10:30 AM at the school.

The PEF meeting scheduled for tonight has been CANCELLED.

Spring Auction:
Did you hear that there is a committee for the Spring Auction and some of ways you can help are right from home??? Well, it’s true. This year we are working hard to make the Spring Auction a truly unique and spectacular event. To do that we need YOU! If you are interested in helping in any way let me know. Also if you are just an idea kind of person I would LOVE to hear your ideas for the event. – Kathy Burtram (To contact Kathy, email someone from the PEF board and we’ll get you in touch with her.)

Nature’s Vision Fundraiser

The PEF is running a fundraiser with Nature’s Vision, catalogs went home in backpacks today. The Nature’s Vision catalog features over 150 items to choose from and includes something for everyone. Nature’s Vision donates to environmental organizations that are dedicated to protecting the Rainforest, preserving nature and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards making our Play Space safer.

Orders are due December 1st.

Enrichment News:

Ski & Snowboard program at McIntyre Ski Area

This 6-Week Session begins Jan. 7th and runs from 1:30-3:30 PM on Wednesdays.

Let’s carpool! To coordinate rides across Manchester, please contact Melanie Currier at Melanie.currier@gmail.com.

Sign up soon! McIntyre fittings for students needing rentals will be after school on Wed., Dec. 3rd. It will only take a few minutes per child.

Registration deadline is Dec. 5th. Click here to register & pay online. https://www.mcintyreskiarea.com/snowsports/registration

If you are requesting financial assistance through the PEF, please complete a paper registration form at McIntyre. Please contact Thuy Mancebo for financial assistance at Thuymancebo@gmail.com.

The Week Ending 11/14/14

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After Care

The YMCA is taking over our after-school care program AT Polaris.  If you were enrolled with New Morning, you must enroll with Y to continue after November 25th.  If you are interested, but haven’t received an enrollment packet please contact Liz Putnam.  Registrations were due this Friday, Nov 14th but if you are late contact Liz.

The YMCA does not offer pay-as-you-use service.  You must pay weekly for the Enrollment program that you register for.  For families registered with the Y program at Polaris, you can use Snow Day care at their Manchester site.  Vacation Camps are also offered. For more information click here.

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Announcements

  • There will be no After-school care on Wednesday, Nov 26th due to the Thanksgiving holiday
  • The first trimester Learning Celebration will take place on Wednesday, December 10th at 5:30pm
  • The Parent/Student Handbook has been revised and updated.  You can find it here.

 

Cancellation/Delays

As winter weather is approaching, this is a good time to review Polaris Charter School’s school cancellation/delay policy.  Our school follows the Manchester School District’s weather-related decisions;  if they are closed/delayed we are too.  Cancellations or delays will be announced before 6:30 a.m. on the following radio and TV stations:

WZID-FM (95.7)                     WMLL-FM (96.5)

WGIR-AM (610) & FM (101.1)         WMUR-TV Channel 9

We also typically send an email and post it on the PEF Facebook page.  On occasion, Polaris may make an independent weather-related decision, as our students come from many towns and cities in New Hampshire. In such instances, the radio and TV stations mentioned above will carry any special announcements for Polaris Charter School. Parents are encouraged to use their own discretion in commuting on days with snow or icy conditions. If you decide that travel conditions are too hazardous, whether or not school has been delayed or cancelled, your child(ren) will be given an excused absence. If Polaris is in session, weather-related absences should still be called in to the School Office and followed up with a written excuse, signed by the parent/ guardian.

If there is a delayed opening for the Manchester School District on a Wednesday, Polaris Charter School will be closed.

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Core Value – Citizenship

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Veterans Day holiday and thank you to all that have served! During morning gathering this week we learned some of the history behind Veterans Day.

Veterans Day Assembly

Sargent Keith Johnson, a Polaris parent, and another soldier visited our Intermediate classes on Monday for a Veterans Day assembly. Various items such as a Humvee, body armor, field packs and MRE’s were available for touch and try. Students were taught how to do a formation, how to say ‘yes’ the army way and and that military time is based on a 24 hour clock. The presentation was very interactive and the kids were able to learn about the army, what soldiers do and ask questions. There was even a push up contest where Joe narrowly edged out Maverick for the most. All the students were also given t-shirts. Thank you Sargent Johnson for your time and your service.

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Mrs. Vlasich’s Class Share Day

Mrs. V’s class created a wonderful flag decorated with pictures from our Veterans Day assembly that they unfurled at Morning Gathering.  They then read a cinquain poem they they wrote:

Soldiers

Brave, Loyal

Protecting, Helping, Saluting

Keeping Our Nation Free

Patriots

Thank You Veterans

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Star Students

Our star students who were good citizens last week were recognized on Monday. Congratulations to: Andrew, Evan, Haya, Jennifer, Jordan, Lilly, Natalie and Teagan.

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Ski and Snowboard Program

On Monday morning, morning Miss Arielle engaged the children in a presentation to get them excited about the upcoming Ski & Snowboard Program at McIntyre on Wednesday afternoons beginning in January. Registration is already open via the McIntyre website (see link below). There will be holding an informational meeting at Polaris at 7:00 PM next Monday, Nov. 17 for any families with questions. This will also be a good time to begin to coordinate rides across Manchester. It’s really just 5 minutes away!

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Student Safety

On Monday, November 17th at 5:30 PM in the Aldermanic Chambers (3rd floor of City Hall) Polaris parents’ request for play space protection is on the agenda for the Public Safety, Health & Traffic meeting. The meeting is open to the public so please consider attending to show your support.

PEF News

Please note: The PEF meeting for November has been cancelled due to scheduling issues and the holiday.

Upcoming events:

Saturday, November 15, 5 PM:
Thanksgiving Pot Luck at Polaris. If you have not signed up for a dish or to volunteer but plan to do so: http://vols.pt/EsfrtP. We could use a good estimated headcount so we have enough chairs, tables and paper goods!

Monday, November 17th:
Informational meeting about Skiing & Snowboarding Enrichment will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, Nov. 17th at Polaris for any families with questions. This will also be a good time to begin to coordinate rides across Manchester. McIntyre Ski Area is just 5 minutes away!

The 6-Week Session begins Jan. 7th and runs from 1:30-3:30 PM on Wednesdays.

Registration is already open here: https://www.mcintyreskiarea.com/snowsports/registration

Saturday, November 22, 10:30 AM:
Community Service Project: We are still actively collecting food for Shire Sharing. We have a great crew set up to bag and deliver but more help is welcome! The more food we have the more we can bag.The food drop off is located in the stairwell outside the gathering room.

Spring Auction:
Did you hear that there is a committee for the Spring Auction and some of ways you can help are right from home??? Well, it’s true. This year we are working hard to make the Spring Auction a truly unique and spectacular event. To do that we need YOU! If you are interested in helping in any way let me know. Also if you are just an idea kind of person I would LOVE to hear your ideas for the event. – Kathy Burtram (To contact Kathy, email someone from the PEF board and we’ll get you in touch with her.)

Nature’s Vision Fundraiser

The PEF is running a fundraiser with Nature’s Vision, catalogs went home in backpacks today. The Nature’s Vision catalog features over 150 items to choose from and includes something for everyone. Nature’s Vision donates to environmental organizations that are dedicated to protecting the Rainforest, preserving nature and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards making our Play Space safer.

Orders are due December 1st.

Enrichment News:

Violin Update:
We are very close to being able to make an announcement about when violin lessons will start.  We are still ironing out the details.  If your child wanted to participate, but you did not originally sign up, please do so here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iHCsgIL-UqOllK_S6P2FWpHkRWxptQmFMlJ9k11Xy7g/edit

Homemade Cosmetics:
Still has 6 spots.  Does your child want to join? Register them here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UbOjEXkeDGUrHkXpwebYZjdy0FpeuENPGONjdvxgxfA/edit

The Week Ending 11/07/14

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After Care

We have two promising options for having after care AT Polaris once New Morning is finished.  Liz Putnam is working out the final details and information will hopefully be available next week.

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Announcements

  • There will be no After-school care on Wednesday, Nov 26th due to the Thanksgiving holiday

  • There is no school next Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day
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  • Has been revised and updated.  You can find it here.

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Core Value – Citizenship

What does citizenship mean?  That is what we began discussing on Tuesday.  We talked about how as citizens, we have certain rights and responsibilities and one of them is voting. We also defined what citizenship is.  In encompasses many different qualities but it boils down to the right to have rights. On Wednesday we talked about the process of becoming a citizen. One way is to apply for Naturalization. These individuals also need to take a test and we reviewed some of the questions on the test. On Thursday we listed to the song “They’re Coming to America” by Neil Diamond.

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Mrs. Post’s Class Discussing Acts of Citizenship

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Mrs. Rainey’s Class Share Day

Joseph, Juju, Skylar and Charlotte shared their friendship venn diagrams. Students partnered up and discussed their similarities and differences, which were shown in the venn digram.

Tia, Haya and Alyssa shared a graph that went along with our Who Am I Unit. Students developed questions to interview their family to learn more about their families history. They all found out the countries that their ancestors came from and created a graph to display the data that was collected.

In Science, we have been learning a lot about matter. Students learned about solids, liquids and gasses and the identifying characteristics of each. They had to choose a solid, liquid or gas and an example of one of these to create a wanted poster. Hafsa, Liam and Courtney chose to share these this week.

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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.

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Star Students

Our star students who showed what great friends they were last week are: Bea, Corey, Giuli, Juju, Julian, Myleigh, and Xavier.  Nice job!

 

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Voting in Mrs. Dudley’s Class

On Tuesday, Mrs. Dudley’s class held their own elections.  They voted on their favorite ice cream flavor, whether they thought Mrs. Dudley would have a boy or a girl, their favorite pet and which state they thought was the best.  They were also able to “write in” an answer just as can be done in political elections.

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Chinese Language Paradise

Dear Parents,

This week, the students learned a few fall words and got to write Chinese characters on maple leafs.  Please encourage them to keep practicing all the words that they have been learning.  I am collecting fortune cookie slips and want to use them in class when I have a collection of them.  Please feel free to send them in with your students whenever you can.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Wong

PEF News

Upcoming Events:

Parent coffee at Blake’s, November 14 – right after drop offs. Blake’s has two locations; we are meeting at the location on the west side of Manchester. Younger children are welcome, and the gathering will take place in a room that is conducive to children.

Food drive – we are accepting donations until Nov 22.

PEF Monthly Meeting November 14th at 7 PM

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Who’s That Bird?

Thanksgiving Pot luck November 15 at 5 PM; sign up here to help out and/or to let us know what dish you plan to bring http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/538402934083.

Community service day is November 22, 10:30 AM at the school.

Scrip:

Scrip event happening now; deadline is Nov. 14th; this is a great time to enroll in PrestoPay. For more information, or to contact Daniela, the Scrip coordinator, check out this page on the PEF website:  http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/scrip/

SPIRIT WEAR!

If you missed your chance to order Spirit Wear, we have a few items still available for purchase. All items have the Polaris logo.

–Adult Large Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt, red, $34

–Adult Large T-shirt, light blue, $15

–Adult Large Crewneck Sweatshirt, Navy Blue, $25

–Adult Large Full Zip Fleece Jacket, Navy Blue, $38

–Youth Extra Large Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt, red, $32

–Youth Large Full Zip Fleece Jacket, Charcoal Grey, $32

Contact Sarah Shor if you’d like to buy any of these items.

Enrichment News:

Enrichment Sign-Ups:

Primary DI Practice Registration opens Sat., Nov. 8th at 12:00 noon.  Here’s the link to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P_X84HNmpejZIVx6tvzotOpN3KSKL72bTHUSMqmlLko/edit

New! Enrichment Payment by credit card available though PayPal online.  (There is a small fee added to cover the cost the PEF incurs for using Paypal. It will be adjusted for each activity, as Paypal charges a percentage of the total payment.) Please wait for your confirmation e-mail, then send cash, check payable to “PEF”, or click here to pay:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SPP8SG4XP7QJ2

You can also go to the PEF website and type “Primary DI” into the search bar to find the link to the payment page or click here:

http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/primary-di-payment/.

NO WINTER SHOW CHOIR practice on Mon., Nov. 10th.  Miss Jen of Sunshine Generation had her tonsils removed yesterday! We will schedule an extra rehearsal closer to show time.  Please send her your well wishes.  Thank you.

Violin Update:

We have been in touch with several independent violin teachers. We are actively looking for someone to contract with to provide the lessons at Polaris during the times originally scheduled ~ Thursdays between 3:00 and 4:00. We did find one teacher available on Mondays at that time, but we realize there is some conflict for students who are already in Show Choir. We will update you as we have new information. Thank you for your patience.  We know the children are eager!

Note for students and parent volunteers:

Please remember that using the school classrooms for Enrichment activities is a privilege.  We must leave each room better than we found it when our activity is complete.  Each Enrichment group meeting must use a separate trash bag than the one in the trash can in the room you are meeting in.  Trash collected during the Enrichment activity must be taken out to the dumpster after the activity has finished and the room has been cleaned. Thank you!