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The Week Ending 12/23/14

Polaris Star

Happy Holidays!

Show Choir

Show Choir

 

Core Value – Diversity/Acceptance

Students in Mrs. Rainey’s class completed a mini-project during the last week.  They worked in pairs to research ‘celebrations around the world’ that occur around this time of year. These included: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Eid-al Adha and Chinese New Year. The students presented some information about each at Morning Gathering on Tuesday. Later in the day, we were able to view their projects displayed in their classroom. This was a perfect segue from our Core Value of Kindness/Caring to January’s Core Value of Diversity and Acceptance.

I would like to invite any parent, grandparent or student to visit our classrooms during January to share information about their culture, customs, special holidays or history.  Please contact Jen if you are interested.

We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength – Jimmy Carter

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Ms. Haynes Share Day 

Students in Ms. Haynes class have been studying the 1700’s. To correspond with that, they wrote and filmed a play re-enacting the signing of the Declaration of Independence which we watched at Morning Gathering on Monday.

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Bollards

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) Civic Action Fund has launched an online fundraiser for our playground safety needs, specifically for the safety bollards! They have pledged to contribute $1,200 in matching funds. About $800 has been raised so far so we still have a ways to go.

Car Accident 9-30-13

http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/make-our-play-space-safe-/272921

Please also share this link today or tomorrow on your facebook pages, twitter, etc!

You can also visit their facebook page to share the link https://www.facebook.com/NHLiberty

Re-Enrollment/Admission 2015 -2016

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 on the 5th.  If you know of any new families interested in applying, they are required to attended an information session.  These will be held on:

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

 

Announcements

  • We need 15-20 long-sleeve button down shirts or smocks for art class

  • There is no school December 24th – January 4th

Gingerbread Houses

Primary students had a great time decorating gingerbread houses on Monday.  We also had an adorable visitor – Mrs. Fesh’s son Alex! The children were as excited to meet him as they were to make their houses. Thank you to the volunteers that assisted.

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Star Students

This week’s students that showed caring and kindness were:  Ayla, Emma, Evan, Lasya, Torrey, Tazha and Tia. Nice job!

 

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PEF News

The PEF is still collecting shoes, so feel free to bring in gently used shoes if you or your child get new ones for the holidays. It’s a way for us to raise funds without asking anyone to spend money!

ENRICHMENT NEWS:

The following enrichments will begin in January:

MC Escher (begins Jan. 7th): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17_kJaSN-Y6KD_gC8GC2jj4z1RXNVaQNkZnIsE5FgFB8/viewform

Guitar (begins Jan 8th): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CR43mRuHqfJK_aAkVhhoagQCyP3Km4haoXsa58Ieoh4/edit#

Spring Show Choir(begins Jan 5th):  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bE1Z9PzNFOEDCcvw-MYMmG6yhuLMeFzsFmD9Yj8hNVs/edit#

Violin Update:

We anticipate that the violin lessons will begin in January at the time originally planned on Thursday afternoon.

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

Ski Program at McIntyre:

The McIntyre ski program is coming up after the Holiday Break.  The 6-Week Session begins Jan. 7th and runs from 1:30-3:30 PM on Wednesdays.  Registration is now closed.

The Week Ending 12/19/14

Polaris Star

Core Value – Kindness

Joe, from Mrs. Rainey’s class shared some kindness resources with Mrs. M this week.  On Tuesday, we read the advice below:

“The Paradoxical Commandments”

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”

Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

On Wednesday, we watched a great video called The Kindness Boomerang – Pay it Forward. You can view it here. It emphasizes doing something kind for someone with no expectation of it being returned. On Thursday, students watched the Welch’s family’s WMUR interview. On the first night of Hanukkah, Jonas found out that the presents he had donated for a Wounded Warrior’s family Christmas had been stolen. What wasn’t reported in the story was that as this was happening, those children were burying their grandfather. While was happened is tragic, there has been such a wonderful outpouring of support that really exemplifies the meaning of kindness. Thank you Jonas!

 

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  Holiday Help 

Thanks to your generosity, we are able to help three families have a joyful holiday experience. Volunteers from Mrs. Rainey’s and Ms. Haynes helped wrap them. Thank you everyone and thank you Kathy Burtram for connecting us with these families and delivering the gifts!

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Bollards

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) Civic Action Fund has launched an online fundraiser for our playground safety needs, specifically for the safety bollards! They have pledged to contribute $1,200 in matching funds. About $800 has been raised so far so we still have a ways to go.

Car Accident 9-30-13

http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/make-our-play-space-safe-/272921

Please also share this link today or tomorrow on your facebook pages, twitter, etc!

You can also visit their facebook page to share the link https://www.facebook.com/NHLiberty

Re-Enrollment/Admission 2015 -2016

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 on the 5th.  If you know of any new families interested in applying, they are required to attended an information session.  These will be held on:

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

 

Announcements

  • We need 15-20 long-sleeve button down shirts or smocks for art class

  • There is no school December 24th – January 5th
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  • Thank you everyone for cooperating with out drop off/pick up policy

 

My Mistake!

I was not here on November 24th to pass out star student certificates.  Mr. Lawton did and I forgot to put it in the next newsletter (we didn’t have one the week of Thanksgiving since it was a two day week). My sincere apologies! The students recognized for their citizenship from November 17th – 21st were: Annika, Hafsa, Leo, Matthew, Spencer, Talia and Ethan A. (not pictured). Great job!

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Star Students

This week’s students that really exemplified kindness were:  Alanna, Amana, Charlotte, Colton, Gaby and Lolo. Way to go!

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From the Art Room

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In art class this week we watched a movie called Wallace and Gromit, The Wrong Trousers–in part to kick off the new school theme of How Things Work and–to observe and enjoy some very creative clay-mation and story-telling!

You may be familiar with Nick Park, the creator of this film and a few other adventures of Wallace and Gromit. If you or your child are interested in finding out more on the making of the film, try this interview with creator of Wallace and Gromit film

A list of other fun movies of this duo link.  A Grand Day Out was the first.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

from Miss Jeanne

Mandarin Chinese Paradise

Dear Parents,

Happy Holidays!

Talking about holidays, the students at our school are learning words in Christmas and Hanukkah.  They are also reviewing some useful phrases that they have been learning by doing activities with their fellow students.  Ask them what they learned this week!

Have a good weekend!

Ms. Wong

 

PEF News

The new location and date for the Winter Show Choir Performance is Manchester Public Library, Main Branch at 7:00 on Monday December 22nd.

The PEF is still collecting shoes, so feel free to bring in gently used shoes if you or your child get new ones for the holidays. It’s a way for us to raise funds without asking anyone to spend money!

ENRICHMENT NEWS:

Registration is ongoing for the following activites:

MC Escher (begins Jan. 7th): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17_kJaSN-Y6KD_gC8GC2jj4z1RXNVaQNkZnIsE5FgFB8/viewform

Guitar (begins Jan 8th):  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CR43mRuHqfJK_aAkVhhoagQCyP3Km4haoXsa58Ieoh4/edit#

Spring Show Choir(begins Jan 5th):  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bE1Z9PzNFOEDCcvw-MYMmG6yhuLMeFzsFmD9Yj8hNVs/edit#

Violin Update:

We anticipate that the violin lessons will begin in January at the time originally planned on Thursday afternoon.

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

Ski Program at McIntyre:

The McIntyre ski program is coming up after the Holiday Break.  The 6-Week Session begins Jan. 7th and runs from 1:30-3:30 PM on Wednesdays.  Registration is now closed.

Enjoy the weekend!

The Week Ending 12/12/14

Polaris Star

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Introducing Star Child! Jayme Putnam found a company called Budsies that brings art to life.  They were able to create our little mascot from a picture.  Its so awesome!  Thank you Jayme.

Learning Celebration

The school-wide learning celebration took place on Wednesday, December 10th. As you can see from the photos, students were SO excited to show off all of their hard work. Thank you to everyone who came and showed their support. A special thank you to the students and teachers who worked so hard!

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Bake Sale – Thank You!

Thank you for letting us have a very successful bake sale here. We couldn’t have done it without your help. We made about $ 150 dollars that will be donated to the Manchester Animal Shelter. We really want to thank you for your help.

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Thank you!

Sincerely,

Hafsa, Alyssa, Charlotte, Courtney, and Joe

 

Bye!!!

 

Funding for Bollards!

We must raise the money to purchase the bollards. Today the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) Civic Action Fund is launching an online fundraiser for our playground safety needs, specifically for the safety bollards! They have pledged to contribute $1,200 in matching funds.

Car Accident 9-30-13

Please click the link below to donate to the effort here & now as your contribution (up to $1200) will be doubled!!

http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/make-our-play-space-safe-/272921

Please also share this link today or tomorrow on your facebook pages, twitter, etc!

You can also visit their facebook page to share the link https://www.facebook.com/NHLiberty

We are well on our way to making our play space joyful and safer for our kids and with your help  we will reach our goal!

 

Re-Enrollment/Admission 2015 -2016

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.  If you know of any new families interested in applying, they are required to attended an information session.  These will be held on:

  • December:
    • Mon 15th (6:30pm)
  • January:
    • Wed 14th (6:30pm)
    • Sat 24th (10am)
  • February:
    • Sun 1st (1pm) – Alternate Date. In case of previous cancellation.

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Announcements

  • We need 15-20 long-sleeve button down shirts or smocks for art class

  • Parent/Teacher Student Conferences are on Wednesday, December 17th after school and on Friday, December 19th. There will be NO SCHOOL on the 19th.  The Y will be running Wednesday afternoon but not on Friday.

 

  Holiday Help 

Three families need our help to have a joyful holiday experience.  Items that are still needed are:  a toaster, pots and pans, food/toiletries, diapers (size 4,5,6), Market Basket gift cards, Target gift cards, a stand up jewelry box, winter clothes, board games and an ipod shuffle. Teachers sent out information about age and sizes.  If you have any questions and would like to donate any of these items please contact Jen Murdock-Smith.  The deadline is Monday, December 15th.

 

Core Value – Kindness

Tuesday at Morning Gathering, we listed to a song/watched a video on being kind. You can view it here. On Wednesday, we read a poem about kindness.

Star Students

This week’s students that really exemplified kindness were:

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Gallery Walk

Mrs. Post and Mrs. Rainey’s class celebrated student’s learning by having a gallery walk. They were given the opportunity to view one another’s work and give them positive feedback and constructive criticism.

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Ms. Gilbert’s Class Share Day

Ms. Gilbert’s class brainstormed and came up with a list of random acts of kindness that people can show every day. Each student read their idea and then students acted out scenarios such as allowing someone to join in a game and picking up trash.  Nice job!

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Mandarin Chinese Paradise

Dear Parents,

Your children are in the process of learning and combining vocabulary with phrases more and more every week.  We are finishing up some of the vocabulary on colors this week and we also learned two different phrases to converse with each other on the topic of colors. Please ask your children about them. Some of them have also had fun being me – the teacher- standing up in front of the class and conversing with their classmates!  Have a great weekend.

Ms. Wong

 

PEF News

Nature’s Vision items should be coming home with students today, Friday, December 12th.

The PEF is still collecting shoes, so feel free to bring in gently used shoes if you or your child get new ones for the holidays. It’s a way for us to raise funds without asking anyone to spend money!

PEF meeting: Thursday, December 18th, 7 PM at the school.

ENRICHMENT NEWS:

Registration is ongoing for the following activites:

MC Escher (begins Jan. 7th): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17_kJaSN-Y6KD_gC8GC2jj4z1RXNVaQNkZnIsE5FgFB8/viewform

Guitar (begins Jan 8th):  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CR43mRuHqfJK_aAkVhhoagQCyP3Km4haoXsa58Ieoh4/edit#

Spring Show Choir(begins Jan 5th):  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bE1Z9PzNFOEDCcvw-MYMmG6yhuLMeFzsFmD9Yj8hNVs/edit#

I am working on finalizing the details on the new location and date for the Winter Show Choir Performance and will release those details as soon as I know them.

Violin Update:

We anticipate that the violin lessons will begin in January at the time originally planned on Thursday afternoon.

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

Ski Program at McIntyre:

The McIntyre ski program is coming up after the Holiday Break.  The 6-Week Session begins Jan. 7th and runs from 1:30-3:30 PM on Wednesdays.  Registration is now closed.

Enjoy the weekend!

Abby Pierson

The Week Ending 12/5/14

Polaris Star

 Drop off/Pick Up

Starting Monday, Dec. 8th, we must strictly enforce the following policies from the handbook.  Parents are not allowed to enter the parking lot to drop-off or pick-up their child.  Please park on Coolidge Ave or Cartier St and walk your child into the front office. Children will no longer be admitted to the building without an accompanying adult.  Should a child be left at the door, we will call you to come back and sign them in.

An additional safety measure that clearly has to be taken:  Parents will no longer be allowed to come into the school to dismiss their child during pick-up time.  If you cannot participate in the car line procedures, you must arrive before 2:30pm to pick up your child.

Today, two parents’ vehicles almost hit a vehicle in our parking lot.  Another vehicle also almost hit one of our students!  During our snow-day, a parent dropped a child off at our closed building and nearly drove off. (A CASA employee stopped them to tell them that we were closed).  Parents dropping off and picking up students at our front door have become a safety hazard. We want to assure the safety of our students, families, staff and neighbors. Thank you for your assistance.

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Playground Safety Update

City officials are reconsidering our request to add bollards at the corner of Cartier and Kelly Street to protect our children playing outside.  Last year, a vehicle crashed through that corner. Luckily, recess had just ended and no one was hurt. Thank you Camila Miranda for your tireless efforts to get permission from the city to place the bollards.

Funding for Bollards!

We must raise the money to purchase the bollards. Today the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) Civic Action Fund is launching an online fundraiser for our playground safety needs, specifically for the safety bollards! They have pledged to contribute $1,200 in matching funds.

Please click the link below to donate to the effort here & now as your contribution (up to $1200) will be doubled!!

http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/make-our-play-space-safe-/272921

Please also share this link today or tomorrow on your facebook pages, twitter, etc!

You can also visit their facebook page to share the link https://www.facebook.com/NHLiberty

We are well on our way to making our play space joyful and safer for our kids and with your help  we will reach our goal!

 

Re-Enrollment/Admission 2015 -2016

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.  If you know of any new families interested in applying, they are required to attended an information session.  These will be held on:

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

 

Announcements

  • The first trimester Learning Celebration will take place on Wednesday, December 10th at 5:30pm
  • Parent/Teacher Student Conferences are on Wednesday, December 17th after school and on Friday, December 19th. There will be NO SCHOOL on the 19th.  The Y will be running Wednesday afternoon but not on Friday.

 

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!

 

Core Value – Kindness

Our Core Value for the month of December is Kindness.  On Monday, we defined it and brainstormed a list of synonyms. These are characteristics that we friends need to show each other as well as staff. On Thursday, students listened to Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World and discussed why that song related to kindness.

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To correspond with this, Polaris has adopted three families to assist this holiday season as well as Marguerite’s Place.  If you can, please donate a gift or gift cards. The deadline is December 15th. Teachers will be sending out further details about the family members they have ‘adopted.’

Mrs. Fesh’s Class Share Day

Students in Mrs. Fesh’s class performed the “Days of the Week” song at Morning Gathering.  They also shared their class constitution.

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Star Students

Due to the Thanksgiving break, we rolled that week into this one and star students will be recognized next Monday.

 

Mandarin Chinese Paradise

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  I had to stay in a hotel for two days last Thursday and Friday.  That was a different kind of Thanksgiving! This week our students are learning some colors and learned a phrase to say “I like X color.”  Next week, we are continuing to learn more colors and may be able to converse a few phrases with their fellow students from what we have learned so far. Have a good weekend!

Ms. Wong

 

PEF News

Enrichment News

Hello, everyone!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Break.  Some of you even got to enjoy an extended power outage.  How fun!

This is a big weekend for Enrichment sign ups, so please read closely.  Sign up forms will open at noon on Saturday, 12/6.

MC Escher with the Currier Museum of Art:

4-Week Session -1:15-2:30 PM Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28

Artworks! in Schools is a creative arts program consisting of four weeks of multi-media art classes drawn from the core class offerings of the in-house programs for children at the Currier Museum of Art. The theme for the winter offering at Polaris is MC Escher! http://www.currier.org/

$75/student (min. 6, max. 12)

Link to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17_kJaSN-Y6KD_gC8GC2jj4z1RXNVaQNkZnIsE5FgFB8/viewform?usp=send_form

“Spring” Rehearsals for Show Choir:

Jan. 5, 12, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, Mar. 2; Performance tentatively scheduled for Mar. 5

Show Choir will offer students the opportunity to learn about music and stage performance techniques with classes on reading music and learning how to sing and perform with confidence and enjoyment. Each Session will conclude with an evening performance.

$56/student per session

Link to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bE1Z9PzNFOEDCcvw-MYMmG6yhuLMeFzsFmD9Yj8hNVs/viewform?usp=send_form

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.
We anticipate the lessons will begin in January at the time originally planned on Thursday afternoon.

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

New Session of Guitar:

Winter – Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, Mar. 5, 12, 19.

Guidelines for Families:

For students to be successful in learning to play an instrument, the student is required to practice a minimum of 5 days a week at home. Practice time would depend on the age and ability of the child. The most novice student would begin with a minimum of 10 minutes of practice time, 5 days during the week. Students should attend lessons, every week, with their instrument in good working order, music and/or lesson book and other required materials indicated by the teacher. http://mcmusicschool.org/

$135/student for 10 weeks (per group min. 2, max. 4)

Link to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Rr3c7zga820slLM5haas9Yh17SXSozPOzfm5kw6_KIk/edit#

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

If you have any questions about the enrichment schedule, please consult the Enrichment Brochure first, then email any questions to ahpierson487@gmail.com.  Thank you!