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Week Ending 3/13/15

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HB563

IT PASSED! The House voted to pass HB563 which brings hope that the much needed increase in funding for charter will occur.  Our students receive 45% of the average spent for other public school students. In the last 6 years, as spending has increased locally for the other public school students, the amount for charter students fell to only 40%. As amended, HB 563 adds the CPI to the $2,000 or an increase of $36 per student for 2016-17 (FY2016). For 2017-18 (FY2017), the amount per charter student increases by $1,036 and will be increased by CPI going forward. Now this will head to the Senate for a vote in June. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write or call their representative and/or show their support at the state house.

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Destination Imagination 

Destination Imagination challenges took place this weekend. The Primary and Intermediate teams did a wonderful job! The Intermediate DI team is going to State tournament!  Congratulations to: AJ, Finn, Devansh, Xavier, Charlotte, Daniel and Nikosia (Primary team pictured below).

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Pi Day

Miss Haynes’ class celebrated Pi Day of the Century this week. As part of their celebration, they watched a few short videos to learn about the history of Pi and to learn what pi really is. (Pi=circumference/diameter). They then went around the classroom looking for circles to measure the circumference and diameter of so that they could calculate pi and see how close they could get to it. The group that got the closest came out with 3.1575. The class also had a contest to see who could memorize the most digits of pi. Alex won by memorizing 26 digits! Lastly, they ended their celebration by making Pi Day shirts and having their friends sign them.

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Responsibility

We got off to a late start on Tuesday so we spent a little time talking about responsible behavior in the Gathering Room. On Wednesday, we read a story called The Big Eraser. In it, a younger girl was struggling with mistakes she made in math as well as a bigger mistakes in life. She had a a large eraser that she could use to erase math errors and reflected how it would be nice if she could use it when she knocked over a picture frame and broke it. We talked about how we all mistakes and several students shared some of their personal examples. We cannot erase mistakes however we can take responsibility for them and make up for it.

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I asked Mrs. Rainey to do an activity that she had done in her class with all students at Morning Gathering.  Using a ball of yarn, students held it and then threw it to another student creating a pretty web design. After, Mrs. Rainey had the students drop their end one at a time. It created a jumbled mess. The point of the exercise was to demonstrate that when we all work together, we create something good.  However, one one or more of do not hold up our part, it effects everyone.

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Fisher Cat’s Game

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

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 home run 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

Hello!

My name is Keleigh Thompson and I recently became the art teacher at Polaris Charter School and I am so excited to get to know your child through the arts! I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you, and give you a direct way of contacting me should you ever need to. 

I studied for five years at the New Hampshire Institute of Art right here in Manchester and earned my degree in Ceramics and K-12 Art Education. I’ve wanted to teach since I was young- my mother teaches and I always admired how much she cared about her students and cared about helping them become the best they could be, and I hope that I can do the same here at Polaris. 

In my free time I enjoy sewing, learning about computers, and discovering new artwork, especially pottery. I love learning new things, and I know that for every bit I hope to teach your child, they will also teach me! 

I am thrilled to have joined the Polaris community and would like to do everything I can to make my classroom a safe, comfortable, encouraging environment where your child feels like they can be creative and express their individuality while learning essential life skills such as problem solving. If ever you have any thoughts, concerns, or would just like to check in, please do not hesitate to reach out! My goal is to guide your child in a way that fits their individual learning style, and I am always open to your input and ideas. 

If you ever need to reach me, please send an email to k.thompson@polarischarterschool.org. You can also call the school at (603) 634-0034 to leave a message at the school for me which I will pick up the next Tuesday or Thursday I am at the school.I am also available for meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays before 10:30 am and after 3:00 pm. If you would ever like to meet and those times do not work, please let me know and we can discuss other options!

If you feel like you would like to donate something to our art room we love recycled items! Plastic or glass containers from things like pampers wipes, jars of jelly, cereal, cottage cheese, coffee, Tide, baby food, country crock butter, yogurt, etc are really useful for storing art supplies! Check out this awesome Pinterest search- it will give you a good idea of how we can use what you might normally throw away!

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If you ever want to send something in with your child, Tuesdays and Thursdays are best because they can bring it right to the art room and I will be there, but they can also stop by the art room on another day and leave any containers you would like to donate somewhere on the side of the room.

I’m so excited to get to know your your child over the course of this year! Again, please get in touch if you have any concerns, questions, or just want to say hello!

Have a wonderful evening!

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
  • There will be a FULL day of school on Wednesday, April 15th

WILD New Hampshire Day 

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions. Come browse exhibits from environmental and conservation organizations throughout the state. See live animals, big fish and trained falcons. Try your hand at archery, casting, fly-tying and B-B gun shooting. Watch retriever dogs in action. Get creative with hands-on craft activities for the kids. N.H. Department of Environmental Services staff will be on hand to help you discover new trends in recycling, environmental protection and energy-efficient hybrid vehicles. This event is set for Saturday, April 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. Watch for more details about Discover WILD New Hampshire Day at www.wildnh.com.

Star Students

Our responsible start students were recognized on Monday. Great job: Alex, Annika, Johnny, Josie, Lexi, Manny and Skylar!

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PEF News

READ-A-THON

The Read-a-Thon prizes went home on Tuesday.  Check backpacks and pockets if you haven’t seen them.  If you’re having trouble with the flashlight, unscrew the top and remove the tab that’s blocking the batteries.

AUCTION CHILD CARE

The YMCA is offering a “Parents’ Night Out” at Polaris during our Auction on April 10th.  You can drop kids off starting at 6:00, and pick them up by 11:00.  The cost is $30 for the first child, and $15 for each sibling.  We need 5 families to sign up in order to run it.  Payment is due with sign-up and must be in by Friday April 3rd.  Send a check to school with a note stating it’s for the Parents’ Night Out and the names of the children who will attend.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Game and Movie Night: Saturday, March 21st, 2:30 to 7 PM. Bring a “picnic” dinner for your family; the PEF will have popcorn and drinks for sale. Games are at 2:30, and the Lego movie will be shown around 5.

AUCTION 

Friday, April 10th, 6:30 PM Tickets are $25 each. Adults only. You can send in a check payable to the PEF, or pay for auction tickets online from the auction page. polariseducationalfoundation.org/auction

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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