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Week Ending 3/06/15

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Lottery for 2015-2016

The lottery for the 2015-2016 school year was held on March 6th.  We were delighted to have Frank Mulgrew, President of Mount Washington College, draw the numbers.  The results are pictured below:

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How Things Work

This week, primary students rotated classes and have been learning about body systems to prepare for Friday’s field trip to the Montshire Museum. They used play dough that they made to make sculptures of the brain and they made simulated lungs with balloons, straws and a bottle.

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During the month of March, we will be focusing on the Core Value of Responsibility.  We started by defining what it means and discussing some synonyms. We next talked about examples of how to show it. Some of the thoughts students shared were: clean up after yourself, pick up trash, help with chores at home, listen when someone is talking and if someone lets you borrow something of theirs take care of it. On Thursday we watched a short documentary about kids and responsibility. You can view it here. Ms. Haynes will do her class share on Monday since the Primary classes went on a field trip so on Friday we played a guessing game that revealed a quote:



Fisher Cat’s Game

Full Day on Wednesday, April 15th to be a Homerun!

It is always a difficult to think about adding on time to make up for snow days. We do not have exact date of the end of school,  but do anticipate some make up time to be required. We found a very fun way to make up some of those hours that we think will be a homerun with Polaris students!

Polaris Charter School has accepted the opportunity to attend the Fisher Cats Educational Day baseball game on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  (We’ve already placed the order for sunshine!)   

Tickets and bussing will be provided courtesy of Youk’s Kids (Foundation of Kevin Youkilis, former Red Sox player).  The game time is at 10:35 and school on April 15, 2015 will be a FULL DAY in order to take in all the day has to offer.  Teachers will be provided with curriculum materials that meet common core standards to integrate the day into their learning plans. The day will include: An exhibit from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Mad Science, a Petting Zoo, Educational messages on the Videoboard, opportunities for students and teachers to participate in on field activities, AND more

Please mark your calendar: April 15, 2015 as a FULL day of school.  Save the date if you might be willing to chaperone (teachers will contact you with more details closer to the event.) Students will pack their own lunch and get to eat at the ballpark!

Please note:  if you are signed up for extended care will be responsible for your regular payments even though the school day has been extended. This is part of the contract agreement with the YMCA. YMCA Staff will spend this time organizing for fun spring activities on behalf of Polaris students. We hope you agree the value of a tear free snow day make up hours in a fun, team-centered, enriching environment free of other charges while your kids are in good hands is priceless!  

(Special thanks to Jayme Putnam for coordinating this!!!!)

Art Room News

Looking ahead:  

Visiting Fiber Artist, Cheryl Holbert is scheduled for late March and April!

Despite the interruptions of a few snow days, over the last few weeks the intermediate students have become block-print-makers.  Learning by doing, they cut into lino-blocks after transferring design (mirror image).  They have gotten the hang of braying the ink and now see the results of the whole process on paper! They were industrious and absorbed in their work. I am reasonably confident that given the tools, they can make it all happen again.  

The primary students got into watercolors, having new “pans” of assorted colors for each individual on one lesson, and a wax-resist and aqua for another.  I celebrated their creativity as they did these!  I love seeing the creative and varied outcomes.

I have enjoyed exploring art with the students at Polaris. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your sons and daughters! I have learned as much as they, in different ways.  I am excited at beginning my new position at the Currier’s Art Center….the Museum and the Center are two of my favorite places! 

For students interested in more Art, you might want to take a look at the many great classes offered at the Art Center this spring and summer.  Maybe I will see you there!

Keep exploring, experimenting and discovering in Art!


  • Our Lost and Found has swollen to include 2 overflowing bins of hats, mittens, boots, snow pants, sweatshirts, books, and water bottles among other items. Please encourage your child to look through the collection for lost items or stop by yourself and take a look.  Any unclaimed items will be donated at the end of next week, Thursday 3/12.
  • 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
  • There will be a FULL day of school on Wednesday, April 15th

Breakthrough Manchester

Breakthrough Manchester is now actively recruiting sixth grade applicants for their tuition-free, three-year, challenging academic summer program.

Breakthrough is intended to provide bright, motivated students who live within Manchester city limits with the chance to prevent summer slide and enter high school fully prepared to succeed in rigorous college preparatory coursework and eventually matriculate to a four-year college.

They are especially interested in reaching out to students who:

– are eligible for free or reduced lunch (low to moderate income)

– will be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college or university in the US

– come from a single parent household or live with relatives or guardians

– speak a language other than English at home

– represent a racial or ethnic minority that is underrepresented on college campuses

For more information, please go to: 

http://www.breakthroughmanchester.org/our-students/admission/ (includes the link to the application document)

http://www.breakthroughmanchester.org/our-students/a-sneak-peek-at-a-breakthrough-summer/ (includes a link to a “sneak peek” video as well as the schedule of the Breakthrough summer session and the schedule of a typical summer day)

Or contact Becky Berk, Phone: 603-641-9426

Star Students

Our start students from the week before break were recognized on Monday for their respectful behavior.  Congratulations to: Amana, Eric, Juju, Leo, Lily, Madison, Eric and Teagan!

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PEF News


The Read-a-Thon was very successful.  Thank you to everyone who participated, and who donated.  Here are some results:

Our kids read 51,767 minutes, or nearly 863 hours!

Our total donation amount was $4868, and after the cost of the prizes, we netted $3265 for the PlaySpace fund!

Miss Gilbert’s kids read the most of any primary class, and Miss Haynes’ kids read the most of the intermediate classes.

Prizes will be handed out next week.

Thank you again!

AUCTION – Friday, April 10th, 6:30 PM

Invitations for the Auction went home in backpacks this week . Please join us for a really fun night! There will be dinner, dancing, and a live band.  There’s a partial list of donated items that will be available at the auction on the PEF Web site atpolariseducationalfoundation.org/auction.

You can now pay for auction tickets online from the auction page as well. polariseducationalfoundation.org/auction

If you have questions about the event, contact Auction RSVP@polarischarterschool.org


Registration for spring instrument lessons and Tynker will open on Saturday, March 7th at noon.

Guitar Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zrW3Dq6_kPon4JITihTT6VW3hPu7_wtnBrnGYImgnSM/viewform

Tynker with Miss Brianna and Miss Colleen

8-Week Session -3:05-4:00 PM Fridays Apr. 10, 17, 24, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

Does your child love to play video games? He or she can learn to Program with Tynker! Each student will be taken through a series of lessons on the computer and then given time to create their own programs. What is Tynker? Tynker is the easiest way for kids in elementary and middle school to learn programming and computational thinking skills. Learning is intuitive and interactive with the visual drag-n-drop coding that eliminates syntax. Tynker’s goal is to provide every child with a solid foundation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) thinking abilities to prepare them for 21st century degrees and careers.

$40/student (min. 5, max. 12)

Tynker Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PomlrpBtUZiqdIrGi10FHmyzQSiJJqPsAIIVW2dIBHw/viewform


Game and Movie Night – Saturday, March 21st, 2:30 to 7 PM. Bring a “picnic” dinner, and the PEF will have popcorn and drinks for sale.

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.

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