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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.



  • 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.



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.


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:


Brave, Loyal

Protecting, Helping, Saluting

Keeping Our Nation Free


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

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