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Week Ending 2/20/15

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Drop Off/Pick Up

For parents that carpool:

  • Please do NOT exit your vehicle on Coolidge Ave.  If your child needs help with coats, back packs, buckling, etc. or some TLC, please park on Cartier St. and walk them in/pick them up. If you need to talk to a staff member, please make an appointment to do so at a time other than drop off/pick up. Many of our families are under pressure to get to work in the morning or drop off/pick up another child at school and since driving around the car in front is hazardous, they are having to wait extra time.
  • Please be aware that there may be times when we might need to waive cars around. There have been instances where cars have broken down, a child was sick, etc. Also the extreme amount of snow is causing car lines to move slower and we are making every effort to move things along as quickly as possible.

The safety of our families, students and staff is our utmost concern and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

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Featured Writer

Different
Important
Variety
Everyone
Real
Seperate
Incredible
Talents
Years

– Finn

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Respect

On Tuesday we watched a music video created by a fourth grade class – “Its Called Respect!” In it they acted out different scenarios that showed a lack of respect.  You can view it here. After, I asked students what disrespectful situations they noticed.

On Wednesday I read a story about about a brother and sister who both had journals that they wrote in.  One day the brother noticed that his sister had left hers out and he was very tempted to read it.  He thought about it though and he knew he would be upset if she did that to him so he chose not to. We related this to student’s work on the computers. Sometimes a person will forget to log out and we should respect their privacy. On Thursday, students listed to the song “Respect” by Train.  A portion of the lyrics are:

Everybody needs a little
Everybody needs a little
Everybody needs a little respect
Everybody needs a little time
Everybody needs a little respect
Everybody needs a little time
Everybody
Everybody got to have someone

Ms. Gilbert’s Share Day

This month’s monthly core value is “respect” so this week we talked about the things student’s have seen in school, at home, in the car, etc that they feel are disrespectful. We displayed our responses to the statement “It really bugs me when…” onto a bumble bee cut-out that we’ll hang in our classroom. We also wrote on our bugs something we could do or say if we see someone else displaying the disrespectful action that we chose. 

The primary classrooms have been learning about the 6 simple machines during science. In our classroom we built a replica of an Archimedes Screw for one of our hands-on activities, so we decided to demonstrate it to the rest of the school. An Archimedes Screw helps lift water from a low area to a higher area and is a useful tool for crop irrigation. We used plastic tubing for our replica and wrapped it around a container using a screw-like design. When you turn the container water is scooped up into the tubing and slowly travels through the tubing and comes out the other end. 

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Reminders

  • There is no school next week, February 23rd – March 1st. Have a wonderful break!
  • The Learning Celebration has been rescheduled and is now on March 25th.  Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be on Friday 3/27 and after school on Wednesday April 1st
  • There will be no school on March 13th as staff are attending the annual New Hampshire Public Charter School Association Best Practices Conference

National Convention

This week, Mrs. Rainey’s class worked on preparing for the national convention. We learned about the events that go on at an actual national convention. Candidates for president and vice president wrote speeches. Then we had refreshments and students met with the candidates to talk about their stance on the issues. Skylar was a reporter and had a question/answer session with these candidates. 

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Star Students

Our star students that really showed respect were Charlotte, Johnny, Matthew, Maverick, Raden, Tyler and Wren.  Nice job!

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PEF News

Did you know that you can track your volunteering hours online? If you are doing Polaris volunteer work at home, or if you volunteer at the school and forget to log your hours, you may use this link to record your hours: http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/volunteer-hours/. Please record your hours online, or in the log at the school, but do not record the same volunteering hours on both.

Game and Movie Night – Saturday, March 21st, 2:30 to 7 PM. We have changed this event to include the game night which was cancelled due to snow. Details will be included in future newsletters.

3rd Annual Auction – Friday, April 10th, 6:30 to 11:30 at The Yard. This is an adult only event. You can view the invitation here {Jen, will you add a link to the invite?}

PEF meetings for the rest of the school year (all at 7 PM at the school):

Friday 03/20

Thursday 04/16

Friday 05/15

June meeting – date TBD.

Week Ending 2/13/15

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Drop Off/Pick Up

In order to ensure everyone’s safety, I would like to remind everyone to:

  • Please use your hazard lights when waiting to pick up/drop off your children
  • Please have the placard with your name displayed.
  • Please do not leave your car.  A staff person will assist you children with getting in on the passenger side of your vehicle
  • DO NOT pass the car in front of you.  It is very difficult to see and passing space in very limited due to all of the snow.

Donations

  • We need spare clothes for students ages 9-12.  We have plenty for the younger students.
  • We could use Ricola cough drops and children’s Tums

Inclined Planes

Students in Mrs. Fesh’s class made inclined planes on Friday. They showed such creativity!

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Reminders

  • The Learning Celebration has been rescheduled and is now on March 25th.  Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be on Friday 3/27 and after school on Wednesday April 1st
  • We do have school on Monday, February 16th
  • There will be no school on March 13th as staff are attending the annual New Hampshire Public Charter School Association Best Practices Conference
  • Please use your own discretion regarding your children’s attendance at school when the weather is poor.  The late arrival/absence will be excused. Many of our students ride the Manchester buses (which is why we do our best to match Manchester’s schedule whenever possible).  If Polaris delayed when Manchester was not delayed those students would not have bus transport to school.

A New Math Tool

Mrs. Rainey and Ms. Haynes were both awarded a one year grant that will give all of our intermediate students access to a game based math facts program called Reflex Math. It helps students learn their math facts in a fun and interactive way and feedback from students has been very positive.


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Healthy Hattrick

Polaris Charter School is participating in the Monarchs/NHAHPERD Healthy Hat Trick Program sponsored by New Hampshire Healthy Families. The program focuses on growing physical fitness and healthy eating habits in our schools while also recognizing students and schools who go above and beyond in the areas of fitness and nutrition.

You can view more information here.

All of our students will receive a Certificate of Achievement and a free ticket to one of the selected Monarchs Healthy Hat Trick games.

Buddy Time

Ms. Haynes and Ms. Gilbert’s classes got together this week to make mailboxes to collect their Valentine’s. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Chinese Paradise

Dear Parents,

Thank you again for your generous donations of some Chinese New Year Items that our classes need to prepare for our celebration and learning on the big even for the Chinese People.  Due to the inclement weather the last few weeks, we are still collecting the following items for donations: Chinese fans, red table cloths, clear liquid glue, lanterns and glitter (red and gold colors).

We are planning to have our presentation and celebration in the month of March due to snow days.  The exact date will be determined and announced through the school’s newsletter.

This week, the student are also learning some words about Valentine’s Day such as “I love Dad, I love Mom and I love chocolates.”

Stay warm!

Ms. Wong

Star Students

Star Students were recognized on Wednesday for the respect that they showed. Students in Ms. Haynes class arranged for a special “star teacher” award for her as well! Congratulations to: Bindhi, Ephrim, Haya, Maru, Ryan, Sebastain, Taya and Ms. Haynes 🙂

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PEF News

READ-A-THON FINAL STRETCH!!

Keep reading and recording minutes read through Sunday. Stuck inside because of another blizzard?  Great time to catch up on your reading!  Donations and packets are due next Friday, the 20th. Friends and family can make online sponsorship donations at www.polarisducationalfoundation.org/read

AUCTION!!

The Auction invitations are printed and ready to be sent!  If you know of family members, friends, or local business people who might be interested in coming, please send their names and addresses to Sarah Shor.  

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for April 10th at 6:30 at The Yard!  We’ve received some amazing donations for the auction this year, and we’ll be sharing some of them with you over the next few weeks. Rye Airfield Skatepark for two, including equipment rental; McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, admission for two; admission for two to the Salem (Massachusetts) Witch Museum. More exciting auction items will be listed here next week!

Enrichment: 

Painting Party enrichment registration opens tomorrow at noon. 

Painting Party with Beck’s Art Express Single Day -1:15-2:30 PM Wed., Mar. 18th Come create a beautiful painting of a bird in the moonlight! The teacher will work with you step by step to create this beautiful painting and learn the basics of how to handle and control the paint as well as blending. http://www.artsexpressnh.com/ $10/student $3.00 materials fee. (min. 5, max. 12)

 

Upcoming Events:

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

PEF 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.

Week Ending 2/06/15

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School Choice/State House Visit

Last Friday, our Intermediate classes had the opportunity to attend a School Choice event and then tour the State House. Students also were able to meet Governor Hassan which rarely happens during school tours. I heard from many that our kids were very well behaved!

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More Simple Machines 

The Primary classes all worked together on Thursday building an inclined plane with paper, tape, scissors and paper towel rolls that would allow a marble to pass through. They were very excited and did a fantastic job.

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Respect

February’s Core Value is Respect and we began discussing it on Wednesday. Respect includes how you feel about someone and how you treat them. We then talked about ways we show respect. Some of the ways students came up with were: showing someone you care, giving them personal space, no hitting or yelling and following the rules.

 

Reminders

  • We do have school on Monday, February 16th
  • There will be no school on March 13th as staff are attending the annual New Hampshire Public Charter School Association Best Practices Conference
  • Please use your own discretion regarding your children’s attendance at school when the weather is poor.  The late arrival/absence will be excused. Many of our students ride the Manchester buses (which is why we do our best to match Manchester’s schedule whenever possible).  If Polaris delayed when Manchester was not delayed those students would not have bus transport to school.

Mrs. Fesh’s Class Share

Mrs. Fesh’s class shared about how the primary classes got together on Thursday to build inclined planes.  Each student worked with someone they had not worked with before.  Then each of her students read a sentence they had written about why they were unique and special.  Molly talked about her idea to create blank puzzle pieces which everyone in the class decorated, and then put together to show how we are all different, yet fit together perfectly!!

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How Government Works

Student in Mrs. Rainey’s class have been working hard learning about how the federal government. First, we started by learning about the three branches of government that were developed in The Constitution. We talked about who is in each branch, the terms they serve and what their job is. We also talked about checks and balances. Then students got to choose a role in the federal government that they wanted to have. In small groups they researched the process for having this role in the federal government. Students created posters to teach others about these processes. Then, those who ran for President, Vice President, Senate and House of Representative were responsible for filling out actual candidiate paperwork. We even got these notarized! They also got personal checks and were responsible for writing a check to their town hall. Next, instead of doing political parties, students chose three issues to be for or against. The three issues they chose are: bringing electronics to school, optional outdoor recess and homework.Then came the speech writing. We learned about elements of effective speech writing and all positions were responsible for writing a speech. The President, VP, Senate and House gave their speeches to the class before we had a primary election. The students know that the VP is chosen at the National Convention, but we chose to have VP’s give their speeches now so that Presidential candidiates could start considering a running mate. The last few weeks, we have been focused on campaigning. We watched “Sunshine” an ad for Charlie Crist and “In a box” an ad for Darius Foster. We talked about important elements of campaign speeches. Students are now working on scripts for campaign ads and once they are completed and approved by me, they are working on filming these ads. These ads will be played before our national convention, debates and general election.

In the coming weeks, we will have a national convention, where the presidential candidates will choose a running mate. From there, we will have debates and a general election. After that, Supreme Court Justices and Cabinet members will be appointed by the president and approved by the senate. Once we have our government formed, then we will go to work on trying to pass a bill on one of our issues. 

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Chinese Paradise

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those parents who are generous in supporting our Chinese New Year projects/presentation in donating items to our classes.  I am still in need of the following items:

-8 red table clothes (can be plastic)
-Chinese fans
-Red art/craft papers
-Fortune cookies
-CLEAR liquid glue (Elmer’s glue)

This week, some of our classes are learning a Chinese New Year son and they are doing great on it.

Stay safe!

Ms. Wong

Art Room

In our printmaking exploration, we will be doing some collagraphs.  The older students will be making linoleum block carvings, at some point before or after.

Collagraphs are a very creative medium that can be done on at all ages and levels–simply or intricately. The results and process involve learning by doing and experimenting!

We will be looking to gather a variety of textures to glue on to our boards. Anything that can be glued to mat board, and is approximately 1/8″ thick, is usable. 

Examples are: 

string, cardboard (I have this small textured version), felt cleaners, rice, lentils, some laces and rick-rack, paperclips, sponge, flat pebbles, bottle caps, buttons, papers, twigs, grasses, plastic building/decorating discards such that can be cut and have texture…you get the idea.  As long as it is safe for us to cut with scissors and can be glued down–nothing sharp.  

Please send in ASAP and we will get going when we have enough. I am saving scraps of foam and other art materials as well. 

Thank you,

Miss Jeanne

Star Students

Since last week was so short, we did not hand out star student certificates.

 

PEF News

GameWright Game Night is this Sunday from 1 to 4 PM at the school. Come hang out with Polaris friends, and try out some new games! The Polaris Destination Imagination team will be having a bake sale during the event to raise money for Manchester soup kitchens.

Read-a-Thon continues until February 15th. Funds are due February 20th. The primary goal of the Read-a-Thon is to encourage reading; fundraising is the secondary goal. There will be prizes for the class with the highest total number of minutes read! http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/read/

3rd Annual Auction: Friday, April 10th, 6:30 PM at The Yard

Local and regional businesses have donated auction items that are sure to pique your interest! The PEF will begin revealing some of the items in this space over the coming weeks.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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.