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The Week Ending 12/5/14

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 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!

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