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Week Ending 1/23/15

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Re-Enrollment-DEADLINE TODAY

The deadline for re-enrolling/enrolling your child(ren) is January 23rd, 2015. You must do so by logging in to our student information system (SIS) and clicking on re-enroll. You will also be able to add a sibling during this process.  A Polaris Application must be downloaded at the end of the online process and completed for new students only. Family’s usernames and passwords for accessing the SIS were emailed separately on Thursday.  The re-enrollment form can be found at https://app.sycamoreeducation.com/enroll.php?schoolid=2024 (click). Instructions can be viewed here.

 

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Sky

A sparrow’s egg is as blue as the sky

the mama says hi with a big “chirp chirp!!”

but when they hatch their beauty

blows away with the wind their egg goes away to the sky

Sky

-Calvin

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Information Session

The information session scheduled for Saturday, January 24th has been cancelled due to the expected snow storm.  It has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 1st at 1:00 pm. If you know of any families that are interested in Polaris, please have them email Liz Putnam at e.putnam@polarischarterschool.org or call the office at 634-0034 to RSVP.  Attendance at an Information Session is mandatory for new families. If your child is interested in being a Tour Guide also let Liz know.

Diversity/Acceptance

While most of us are familiar with the “I Have a Dream” portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech given at the March on Washington, at Tuesday’s Morning Gathering we read a part that preceded that:

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” (http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm)

The children broke out in spontaneous applause afterward.  On Wednesday, we watched a song/video called “Everyone is Different” by Lanny Sherwin. Take a moment to listen to it here. On Thursday, we discussed the difference between tolerance and acceptance. So often, we hear tolerance go hand in hand with diversity. Tolerating someone or something is to endure continued subjection to something or to allow the existence, presence, practice or act without interference. Acceptance, however, it to regard favorably or to come to recognize an opinion, explanation, etc. as valid. Would you tolerate an apology or accept one? We hope that at Polaris we have created a culture of acceptance of one another.

Our celebration of diversity extended into our classrooms as well this week. Primary students did an activity on Thinking Differently Together. They were read the same set of instructions but each student interpreted them differently.

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Mrs. Fesh’s class brainstormed different foods that match various skin colors.  They then drew a picture of themselves as that item or holding that item.

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Mrs. Vlasich’s Class Share

Students in Mrs. V’s class gave a presentation about Martin Luther King Jr. at Friday’s Morning Gathering.  Each student thought of a word to describe Dr. King. Some of those were: Courageous, Lover of Peace and Leader. Student also created their own “I Have a Dream” poster. Some of the children’s dreams included finding a cure for cancer and ending violence.

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Mariposa Museum

Did you know about the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, NH?  Its mission is to bring the rich diversity of world cultures to New England. Through education programs, exhibits, performances and workshops, they provide a unique place for children, seniors and adults to celebrate our common humanity.

The Mariposa is a passport to the world. Their hands-on approach encourages people to explore the world through all their senses. With a special focus on children and education, they use art and everyday objects, folklore and mythology, traditions and stories to broaden awareness of both the differences and common ground between cultures.  You can find more information by clicking here.

 

Star Students

Our students from last week were recognized on Monday for their actions that showed acceptance.  Way to go Bea, Caedan, Dory, Hafsa, Izzy, Jonas, Liam and Raden.

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Mind Challenge Game Show

MIND CHALLENGE, is a new competition series that will test the mental agility of the nation’s smartest children, aged 7 -12. Young brainiacs from across the country are invited to sign up:  applicants will need to be highly gifted academically, with significant IQ scores and abilities well above their grade level. The competition will be celebratory and supportive, showcasing great young minds and their exceptional abilities. Regional qualifiers will be held across the country this summer, with successful contestants progressing to a prestigious grand final in the nation’s capital. The winner of the competition will be named “America’s Junior Mind Challenge Champion 2015” and be awarded a monetary prize to assist in future academic endeavors. We welcome math whizzes, junior chess champions, advanced coders or cryptologists; budding scientists or doctors, ace spellers to come join this academic adventure.

Emmy nominated producers Shed Media, creators of  ‘Supernanny’ and ‘Who Do You think you Are? have teamed up with a major broadcast network to bring you Mind Challenge!

This initial casting phase will only last a few more weeks, so parents who are potentially interested or have questions, are encouraged to email Jess ASAP at: jansary@shedmedia.com.

PEF News

Information about the Read-a-Thon went home with students yesterday or today, so ask your child to show you the form. We hope that avid readers will share their love of reading with classmates and friends, and reluctant readers will be inspired to explore the wonderful worlds available through books!

Upcoming Events:

Dine Out at Skinny’s – There are two days left – today and tomorrow (Thursday, January 22 through Saturday, January 24 – just mention the PEF when you order) http://www.skinnyspizzeria.com/

Game Night – Sunday, February 8th, 1:00-4:00

Double Feature Movie Night – Saturday, March 21st, 2:30 -7 PM

PEF Auction – Friday, April 10, 6:30 to 11:30

TIME TO GET EXCITED FOR THE UPCOMING READ-A-THON!

The third annual Polaris Read-a-Thon will be from February 2nd to 15th. Packets will be going home today.

To get you started, we polled the kids to come up with a list of favorite books to recommend. If you want to buy some of these books, go to http://astore.amazon.com/polariseducat-20.

For more information, go to www.polariseducationalfoundation.org/read.

Meetings – for the rest of the school year (all at 7 PM at the school):

Thursday 02/19
Friday 03/20
Thursday 04/16
Friday 05/15
The June meeting date is TBD.

 

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