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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.

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