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The Week Ending 12/19/14

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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!



  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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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


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.



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

  • There is no school December 24th – January 5th
  • 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!


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


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!


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!

Giving Tuesday

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