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Smarter Balanced Assessment

During May 4th – 8th from approximately 9:00 am to 10:30 am, we will be administering the Smarter Balanced assessment with our students in grades 3 through 6. This replaces the English language arts/literacy (ELA) and Math NECAP exam (4th graders will still take the Science NECAP in May). Both the ELA and Math test consists of two components: a computer adaptive assessment that adjusts according to the student’s responses and a performance task allow students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in response to complex, real world problems (also taken on the computer but not adaptive).

In preparation, we ask that you work with us to ensure that your child(ren) are ready to do their best. Please make every effort to ensure your child is present and on time to school, they get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast.

To learn more about the Smarter Balanced assessment go to: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Smarter-Balanced-Parents-Factsheet.pdf


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Ms. Haynes is looking for more students to enroll in her enrichment programs this summer so please tell your family and friends. The sessions that will be offered are:

  • Creative Writing/Story Telling
  • Computer Programming
  • Art
  • Engineering
  • Musical Theater

For more information click here.  To register click here.

Trustworthiness

This week we focused on trustworthy people.  We learned about Miep Gies who helped Anne Frank and her family when the German army, under Adolf Hitler’s command, invaded Holland and attempted to kill all of Europe’s Jews. The Frank family decided to hide in a secret annex and they trusted Gies with their lives. For more than two years, Gies did the shopping for the eight people that were hiding in spite of the danger to her and her family.

We also talked about a Native American woman named Sacagawea.  President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corps of Discovery to explore the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase. When they arrived at what is now North Dakota, they needed to communicate with the Native Americans there. Sacagawea became the only woman part of the expedition and the group trusted her to be their interpreter.

We ended the week by talking about people that we can trust around us. Students recognized that policemen/women, firefighters, family, teachers and friends are trustworthy. But is it okay to trust everyone? At first the answer was yes so then we talked about being careful with stangers.

Star Students

The students that were recognized for their trustworthiness this week were: Andrew, Courtney, Dominick, Ephrim, Evan, Finn and Jordan. Way to go!!

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Donations

Classrooms and offices are all running low on supplies. We would greatly appreciate any donations that families are willing to send.  Bring them to the office and we will distribute to the places that need them most. Thank you!

  • Clorox wipes 
  • Paper Towels

Ms. Haynes’s Class Share

This week Ms. Haynes class related this trimester’s theme of “Journey’s and Cycles” to going on a journey of happiness. We talked about our goals, ambitions, and desires and came to the conclusion that they all came down to one thing – doing what makes us happy. We created individual cards, each with a word that portrays something that makes us happy. We then talked about what makes us happy as a class. We found that all of the things that were mentioned revolved around being together and fostering friendships with one another, so we decorated letters to spell out the word “friendships.” 

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Ms. Hayne’s class also had buddy time with Ms. Gilbert’s class. They read them the book they wrote and had published. Her students then answered questions and talked about the writing process, especially regarding revision.

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Best Wishes to Mrs. Dudley!

Today was Mrs. Dudley’s last day before beginning her maternity leave. Mike Solis will be teaching her class for the rest of the school year. We look forward to meeting Quin!

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Reminders

  • There is no school April 27th – May 3rd
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  • The last day of school for students is June 12th. Parent/Teacher/Student conferences will be held Wednesday afternoon on June 10th and Monday June 15th.
  • We are now taking applications for our 2015-2016 wait list. The application can be found on our website under the Admissions tab

 

PEF News

The PEF Annual Meeting is on Friday, May 15th (7 PM at the school). All parents and Polaris staff are automatically members of the PEF and are welcome to come vote for new PEF Board members. Anyone interested in getting more involved at Polaris by taking on a position in the PEF should contact Brianna (pef@polarischarterschool.org) for descriptions of open positions.

Auction Update!

The 3rd Annual Auction raised nearly $5,000 for the PlaySpace Improvement Campaign!

Week Ending 4/17/15

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Auction!!

The auction hosted by the PEF was successful and fun! Thank you to everyone who came and supported us and thank you to our donors.

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Ms. Haynes is looking for more students to enroll in her enrichment programs this summer so please tell your family and friends. The sessions that will be offered are:

  • Creative Writing/Story Telling
  • Computer Programming
  • Art
  • Engineering
  • Musical Theater

For more information click here.  To register click here.

Trustworthiness

This week we talked about trustworthiness at school and how important it is for learning. Students expect that teachers and school staff will be honest and reliable. Teachers and staff hope that students will be loyal to their school. Each classroom has established a classroom constitution or code of conduct. By following what is expected of them, students show trustworthiness. This extends outside our school as well. We discussed how when we are on a field trip, the same rules apply.

This week we also watched a clip from the movie The Jungle Book about trust.

Star Students

The students that were recognized for their trustworthiness this week were: Bindhi, Jeff, Juju, Julian, Mikail, Nevaeh, and Wren. Congratulations to all of you!

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Donations

Classrooms and offices are all running low on supplies. We would greatly appreciate any donations that families are willing to send.  Bring them to the office and we will distribute to the places that need them most. Thank you!

  • Germ-killing Wipes (i.e. Clorox)
  • Germ-killing Spray (i.e. Lysol)
  • Paper Towels
  • Sunscreen Lotion – not spray (for class backpacks)
  • Healthy Snacks (anything but pretzels)

Fisher Cats Educational Day

Polaris Charter School students attended the Fisher Cats Educational Day baseball game on Wednesday.  Tickets and busing were provided by the Youk’s Kids Foundation (Foundation of Kevin Youkilis, former Red Sox player).  Our students listened well and represented Polaris well. They were able to visit a petting zoo and some science stations. Thank you for those that chaperoned. 

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Ms. Gilbert’s Class

This week Ms. Gilbert’s students learned about the water cycle to go along with this trimester’s theme of Journey’s and Cycles. They put on a skit demonstrating the process. Some students were a pool of water, one was the sun, others were droplets than became a cloud and some were precipitation. They also wrote a song that they taught us at Morning Gathering.

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Best Wishes to Mrs. Post!

Today was Mrs. Post’s last day before beginning her maternity leave. She will leave her students in the capable hands of our Ed Assistant Mari Twitchell. We look forward to receiving news of baby boy Post’s arrival and wish Meredith, Eric and big sister Stella much happiness!

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Reminders

  • The last day of school for students is June 12th. Parent/Teacher/Student conferences will be held Wednesday afternoon on June 10th and Monday June 15th.
  • We are now taking applications for our 2015-2016 wait list. The application can be found on our website under the Admissions tab

 

Art

Weaver Cheryl Holbert has been working with the students during art.  They have been enjoying the experience that our Kris Wine grant has provided us.  Thank you to everyone who voted in the Facebook Kris Wine contest! 

PEF News

An End-of-Year event is being planned; watch the newsletter for a date and location next week.

The 3rd Annual Polaris Auction was really fun, and brought in money for the PlaySpace Improvement Fund. The total amount raised will be announced soon!

The PEF has board positions available for 2015-2016. Contact Brianna and Ali at pef@polarischarterschool to learn more. Voting takes place at the May PEF meeting, 05/15, at 7 PM at the school. Consider taking this opportunity to support Polaris by joining the PEF board!

PEF meetings (all at 7 PM at the school):

Friday 05/15

June meeting – date TBD

Week Ending 4/03/15

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Auction!!

Thank to all who came out and supported Polaris students tonight. Our PEF did such an amazing job!

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Registration for the summer programs  that Ms. Haynes is running is open. There are five week long sessions offered:

  • Creative Writing/Story Telling
  • Computer Programming
  • Art
  • Engineering
  • Musical Theater

For more information click here. Share with your friends and family as it is open to the public! To register click here.

Trustworthiness

On Tuesday, student volunteers created a circle of “trust.” They passes a ball around from person to person. Students were removed one at a time. As a team, we all rely on each other. When someone “drops the ball” they show they cannot be trusted and the group does not function as well. We also read an Aesop fable this week called the Fox and the Crow. A fable is a story that has a moral or teaches a lesson. In this one, it is “do not trust flatterers.” We also discussed honesty as it related to trustworthiness. You cannot be a trustworthy person if you lie. Hiding the truth is deceitful and this is also dishonest. Not telling the whole truth is lying by omission. When we can be trusted to tell the truth we gradually earn more responsibility.

 

Star Students

Our trustworthy star students were: Ayla, Emma, Ethan, Gus, Lexi, Mohammed, Molly, Talia and Xavier. Super job!

 

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Fisher Cats

Polaris Charter School will be attending the Fisher Cats Educational Day baseball game next Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Tickets and busing 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 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!  

 

Mrs. Fesh’s Class

Students in Mrs. Fesh’s class have been busy! They recently did science experiments with Peeps, they earned a comfy reading day and today was their class share day.

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As part of Journeys & Cycles, Mrs. Fesh’s class has been learning about how some animals, called oviparous animals, hatch from eggs. Today they shared their projects called “What’s Inside the Egg?” Students read the clues they wrote about a particular oviparous animal and then called on audience members to guess which animal it was.

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Reminders

  • We are now taking applications for our 2015-2016 wait list. The application can be found on our website under the Admissions tab

  • There will be a FULL day of school on Wednesday, April 15th  so staff and students can attend the Fisher Cats Educational Day baseball game

PEF News

Wild Things! The Birds and Beasts of JJ Audubon and Others

Four artful studio sessions that focuses on JJ Audubon and other artists who were and are inspired by animals and birds in their natural environments.  These animals’ ability to integrate and camouflage themselves into their surroundings ensured their continued existence. The artists in this program understood that, and this was/is a critical aspect of their art.  This program is inspired by the exhibition From Birds to Beasts: Audubon’s Last Great Adventure on view at the Currier Museum of Art from May 23 – August 30, 2015. Featured artists are: JJ Audubon, David Bates and William Zorach.

Cost is $75/student.  Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27 from 1:15-2:30.  Registration opens tomorrow. 

PEF meetings (all at 7 PM at the school):

Thursday 04/16

Friday 05/15

June meeting – date TBD

Week Ending 4/03/15

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Last Day to RSVP for the Auction!!

Please join us for our third annual auction! The items available to bid on are better than ever. Examples include hopper passes to Disney, passes to other various attractions nearby, at two night stay on Cape Cod and even classes at Mount Washington College!  The deadline to RSVP is TODAY and the event is at The Yard, on Friday April 10th, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and this includes dinner, a live band and social time with our awesome Polaris staff 🙂

To RSVP, or more info, email auctionRSVP@polarischarterschool.org

Or click here to pay for tickets online. (Online orders have a $1 processing fee per ticket.)

See http://polariseducationalfoundation.org/get-involved/fundraising/auction/  for a list of the exciting items we’ll have available at the auction! A BIG Thank You to all the vendors who have donated!!

 

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Registration for the summer programs  that Ms. Haynes is running is open. There are five week long sessions offered: Creative Writing/Story Telling, Computer Programming, Art, Engineering and Musical Theater.  For more information click here. Share with your friends and family as it is open to the public! To register click here.

Trustworthiness

This week we wrapped up responsibility and began discussing trustworthiness. We brainstormed what it means to be trustworthy. The ideas shared were, a person is honest and tells the truth, they do what they say they are going to do, you can count on them and they keep their friend’s secret (unless its something that would hurt them or someone else). We also examined a ‘trustworthy friend kit’ which you can view below:

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Star Students

Our star students recognized for their responsibility were: Alyssa, Corey, Crosby, Ethan, Katie, Noah and Toby. Congratulations!!

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Mrs. Dudley’s Class Share

Mrs. Dudley’s class focused on Science this week.  They used vinegar and taco sauce to shine dirty pennies. They then experimented with vinegar and uncooked eggs. Each student placed an egg in a cup of vinegar. They made predictions about what would happen and noted the changes to the egg over several days. Eventually the vinegar, which is a mild acid, ate away the egg shell leaving a membrane still holding the white and yolk in place. Mohammed graciously volunteered for us to use his egg at Morning Gathering. Students were able to feel it and then from a few inches off the floor, he dropped it and it bounced twice! When dropped from a higher level it eventually broke. It was a really neat experience that shows the effect that acid has on items.

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Cozy Reading Day

Mrs. Post’s class met their listening goal so on Wednesday they earned a cozy reading day. Great job!

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Reminders

  • We are now taking applications for our 2015-2016 wait list. The application can be found on our website under the Admissions tab

  • There will be a FULL day of school on Wednesday, April 15th  so staff and students can attend the Fisher Cats Educational Day baseball game

Executive Function Family Night

We would like to thank all of the parents and students who were able to attend our third and final Executive Function Family Night hosted by the students of Southern New Hampshire University.  Everyone in attendance gave enthusiastic thumbs up for the fun games and activities that help improve response inhibition, planning, and organizational skills.  We will be offering a similar program next Fall.  We are very pleased to partner with Dr. Sarah Sarette from SNHU and will be developing this collaboration moving forward into next year.  The undergrad students LOVE Polaris and are extremely thankful for having the opportunity to work with such wonderful students.  Thanks again to everyone who attended any of the evenings and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email one of us.

What Next? 

Dear families,

Next Wednesday April 8th at 6:00 Michelle Mathieu and Kim Russell will be hosting an informal meeting in the  Polaris Gathering room about the options families have for their children following Polaris. We will be discussing current schools as well as the possibilities of opening a new charter school for ages 12 and up! Please let us know if you are able to attend and if you have information or ideas that you would like to share with other families please let us know.

Sincerely

Kim Russell and Michelle Mathieu

PEF News

Wild Things! The Birds and Beasts of JJ Audubon and Others

Four artful studio sessions that focuses on JJ Audubon and other artists who were and are inspired by animals and birds in their natural environments.  These animals’ ability to integrate and camouflage themselves into their surroundings ensured their continued existence. The artists in this program understood that, and this was/is a critical aspect of their art.  This program is inspired by the exhibition From Birds to Beasts: Audubon’s Last Great Adventure on view at the Currier Museum of Art from May 23 – August 30, 2015. Featured artists are: JJ Audubon, David Bates and William Zorach.

Cost is $75/student.  Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27 from 1:15-2:30.  Registration opens tomorrow. 

PEF meetings (all at 7 PM at the school):

Thursday 04/16

Friday 05/15

June meeting – date TBD