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Week Ending 5/29/15

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Year End Surveys

At the end of every year, Polaris Charter School and our PEF want to hear your opinions on what we are doing well and where we can improve. It is important to have your voice heard.  Please take a minute to fill out BOTH surveys. For the Polaris school survey, please fill out one for each child who attends here. Thank you!

Polaris Charter School Survey

PEF Survey

Staff Appreciation Lunch

Polaris staff enjoyed a delicious lunch thanks to our wonderful parents. They set up a classroom decorated with posters made by students as well as tables decorated with table cloths and pretty flowers (and even grown up chairs!). We put business aside for a time and enjoyed some relaxing social time as a staff. Thank you so much!

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Perseverance

This week, we read a short story about a boy who noticed a blade of grass growing between the baseboard and floor of a porch and reflected on the strength it had to grow in such an unusual place. Later that day as he was struggling with his math homework and wanted to give up, he thought of that blade of grass and kept pushing himself. We all have times when we feel we are not good at something but we just need to keep trying!

On Thursday, we had a friendly competition at Morning Gathering to see who had the most determination. Everyone held a cube of ice in their hand and the challenge was to see who would be able to hold on to it until it melted. Students could not switch hands or use any other means to melt it. The trick to melting it the fastest was to hold it as tightly as possible which was also the most difficult to do. No one gave up and Amana’s melted the fastest.

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Star Students

Our students recognized for persevering at Polaris were: Bindhi, Haya, Joey, Maverick, Taya, Temperance and Wren.

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Mr. Solis’s Class Share

The children held up the Route 66 inspired signs/ pictures/models that they made this week during project time. They sang along with and did a line dance to the song “Route 66”. They then shared their projects and explained what they were and how they related to route 66.

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Look For Library Books

The end of the year is coming up fast,  so now’s the time to think about returning books to the school library. Most, but not all of our books have a sticker on the back that says “Property of Polaris Charter School Library.”  If you find other books at your house that you don’t recognize as belonging to your household, please ask your kids if they came from the school library.

If you’d like to add to our library, please take a look at the library book wish list here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g7RXRi1jrq0TIza3V3Fxu-wHUJaZ4S2zfUQ9A4o2zfM/edit?usp=sharing

Donations

In an attempt to streamline the donation process for families and for the school, we have set up wish lists on the websites for NE Paper & Supply and Amazon.com. Follow the links below to see the items we need.  You can order online and they will ship directly to the school.  In addition, Polaris will get money back from both sites. NE Paper & Supply will give us 10% credit for every item ordered.  Amazon.com gives us 0.5% towards Polaris on every order placed through Amazon Smile.  You can increase the benefits even more by ordering an Amazon card through the SCRIP program. Thank you to everyone who supports our school! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Michelle Mathieu in the Front Office at 603-634-0034.

http://www.shop.nepaper.com/Polaris-Charter-School_c61.htm

http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1Y9FACXN60SS6

Reminder

  • The Learning Celebration is next Wednesday June 3rd at 5:30 pm
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  • We be having a Student Appreciation Picnic on June 10th at the park (rain date June 11th).  More details to follow.
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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

June PEF Meeting – Thursday, June 11th, 7 PM at the school

We will hold elections for the 2015-2016 PEF Board, Thursday June 11th at 7:00, as we now have volunteers for every PEF Board position!

But that doesn’t mean we don’t need YOU! We still need committee members and volunteers.  The Board can’t do it on their own. Bring your ideas, tell us about your skills, interests and talents. Together we can make next year the best PEF year yet!

Enrichment

In order to run the after school enrichment program next year, the PEF is looking for an individual who will volunteer to keep things running smoothly during the school year. Arielle is willing to do most of the planning over the summer, and put together a brochure. For more details on this opportunity, email Brianna and Ali at pef@polarischarterschool.org. Without a volunteer for this crucial role, there will not be Enrichment programs for the 2015-2016 school year.

End of Year Picnic – Saturday, June 6th noon to 4:00pm at Elm Brook Park (Rain date June 7th)

Details can be found here, or on the Facebook page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/471130476385484/

Shoes

The PEF is collecting shoes until the evening of Wednesday, June 3rd (Learning Celebration night). Click here for the list of acceptable items. This is a fundraiser, so if you’re cleaning out closets and find shoes included on the list, bring them to Polaris!

Week Ending 5/22/15

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Volunteer Brunch

The staff hosted a brunch Thursday to thank our amazing volunteers for all they do to help our school. We know there are lots of you that have helped throughout the year that were not able to make it but we want you to know how much we appreciate you. We could not do what we do without our volunteers.

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look through a window I see outside
look through glass I see outside
but as I look through you I see greatness
look through a window I see beyond
look through glass I see beyond
but as I look through you I see potential

by Calvin

Perseverance

Students persevered with testing this week as fourth grade students completed the Science NECAP exam. Make up exams will be given next week.

Star Students

Our students recognized for persevering at Polaris were: Allie, Emmy, Gus, Sarah, Sebastian, Xavier and Yoni. Great job!

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Mrs. Vlasich’s Class Share

Students in Ms. V’s class have been studying the ocean and the creatures that live in it. They realized how important it is to take care of it so they designed their own slogans for keeping the trash out of the ocean. One example was: If you drink it don’t sink it by Taya.

 

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Look For Library Books

The end of the year is coming up fast,  so now’s the time to think about returning books to the school library. Most, but not all of our books have a sticker on the back that says “Property of Polaris Charter School Library.”  If you find other books at your house that you don’t recognize as belonging to your household, please ask your kids if they came from the school library.

If you’d like to add to our library, please take a look at the library book wish list here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g7RXRi1jrq0TIza3V3Fxu-wHUJaZ4S2zfUQ9A4o2zfM/edit?usp=sharing

Donations

In an attempt to streamline the donation process for families and for the school, we have set up wish lists on the websites for NE Paper & Supply and Amazon.com. Follow the links below to see the items we need.  You can order online and they will ship directly to the school.  In addition, Polaris will get money back from both sites. NE Paper & Supply will give us 10% credit for every item ordered.  Amazon.com gives us 0.5% towards Polaris on every order placed through Amazon Smile.  You can increase the benefits even more by ordering an Amazon card through the SCRIP program. Thank you to everyone who supports our school! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Michelle Mathieu in the Front Office at 603-634-0034.

http://www.shop.nepaper.com/Polaris-Charter-School_c61.htm

http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1Y9FACXN60SS6

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Reminders

  • There is no school May 25th on Memorial Day
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  • The next Learning Celebration is June 3rd
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  • We be having a School Picnic on June 10th at the park (rain date June 11th).  More details to follow.
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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

Annual Meeting

The PEF held its annual meeting last Friday, May 15th. At the time of the meeting we were unable to hold elections for the PEF Board due to a lack of volunteers. We are very excited to announce that we will be able to hold elections at the next meeting, Thursday June 11th at 7:00, as we now have volunteers for every PEF Board position!

But that doesn’t mean we don’t need YOU! We still need committee members and volunteers.  The Board can’t do it on their own. Bring your ideas, tell us about your skills, interests and talents. Together we can make next year the best PEF year yet!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Let’s thank the amazing staff and teachers of Polaris for their influence in our children’s lives! The luncheon will take place in Mrs. Fesh’s room. Dietary restrictions are described in the sign up sheet: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/8566420840104. The teachers will have their meeting during the luncheon, so Polaris parents will set up, deliver food, and clean up, but will not be joining the group. Email pef@polarischarterschool.org with questions.

Parent Coffee – Thursday, May 28th, after drop off, at Chez Vachon

Are you getting as antsy for the end of school as the kids are? Join other parents on Thursday, May 28th after drop off and share during parent coffee/breakfast. As always parents with young children are welcome to bring them along. The back room at Chez Vachon is scheduled for us and they are happy to do separate checks. There should be ample parking. This is a great opportunity for new parents to the school to get their feet wet!

Thank you to Polaris Teachers and Staff

The Volunteer Appreciation Brunch was delicious, and a relaxed time to spend with other Polaris parents, as well as the teachers and staff. Thank you!

End of Year Picnic

Details can be found here, or on the Facebook page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/471130476385484/

Week Ending 5/15/15

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Science NECAP

On May 19th, 20th and 21st, fourth grade students will take the Science NECAP exam. The test sessions will be from 9:00 – 10:30. Please make every effort to have your child here and on time.

Art with Ms. Thompson

Art with Ms. Thompson

HB563

The New Hampshire Senate voted to pass a bill to increase charter funding in a 14-10 vote, but tabled the bill for consideration in the Senate budget proposal. The bill would increase the state grant for each pupil in public chartered school, except online-only schools, by $1,000 a year starting July 1, 2017 which we greatly need. You can read what this means here.

Perseverance

This week we watched a video of Kid President’s pep talk to go out into the world and be awesome and make a difference in this world. I encourage you to view this here.  The following day we watched a news interview featuring Robby Novak aka “Kid President.” What many do not know is that Robby has osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bones disease. He has had more than 70 broken bones, 13 surgeries and has steel rods in both legs. It spite of these challenges, he has positive attitude and does not let them get in the way of celebrating life. You can watch the interview here. When we had our discussion on Thursday, you could really tell that his story made a big impact on the students.

Star Students

Our Star Students this week showed tremendous perseverance. Great job: Cal, Lasya, Lolo, Raden, Sirus and Tazha.

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Mrs. Twitchell’s Class Share

Students in Mrs. Twitchell’s class have been learning about cells this week. They made a poster, a 3D model and made a rap about organelles.

 

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Snacks and Medications

With Spring comes busy schedules and allergy season. We have had a noticeable increase in the number of kids coming to the office looking for food, either because they forgot their lunch or because there wasn’t enough food to hold them over through the day. Mrs. Mathieu has also had several regular visitors to the office lately for Ricola drops and Tums. While we care for the health and comfort of our students, we also struggle with the expense of maintaining our supply of snacks and medications so that we have them for the students who unexpectedly need them on a rare occasion. We ask that you talk with your child(ren) about the purpose of our food and medical supplies and discuss any instances when they may have needed supplies.  If there is a regular need, we encourage you to send a personal supply that can be accessed when your child needs it.  If you have any questions about what they school is able to provide, feel free to contact Michelle Mathieu in the Front Office at 634-0034 or m.mathieu@polarischarterschool.org.

Donations

We thank those who have donated supplies in the past couple of weeks.  We thankfully now have a large supply of wipes and tissues.  We are still in need of the following items:

* Extra large Bandaids (1 3/4 x 4 inches)

* Sun Screen Lotion (please no spray)

* Smart Food, Cheez-Its, Kettle Corn or other similar snacks 

* Paper Towels

* Magic Erasers

Spanish

This week in Spanish, students worked on Todo Sobra Mi (All About Me) papers.

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Reminders

  • There is no school May 25th on Memorial Day
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  • The next Learning Celebration is June 3rd
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  • We be having a School Picnic on June 10th at the park (rain date June 11th).  More details to follow.
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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

Annual Meeting

The PEF Annual Meeting is tonight. Refreshments at 6:30, meeting at 7. At the end of the meeting we will be voting on a new PEF Board and Committee Chairs.

At this time, we need more volunteers for key positions to have a full PEF next year.  Not having a full board could mean NO events and NO enrichment classes.

If you have any interest in being part of the PEF next year, please join us at the meeting. 

June Event

Save the date – Polaris Community Gathering Noon to 4 PM June 6th (rain date June 7th). Elm Brook Park, Contoocook. (Check out http://www.nhstateparks.com/hopev.html) Bring your own picnic. Entrance Fee – $1.00 per person, up to $4.00 maximum per vehicle. There is no fee for children 12 and under. A Fee of $3.00 is charged for boat launching. Elm Brook is really nice, with a beach area, playground, horseshoe pits, a field for frisbee/sports, and trails for walking/hiking. email Brianna with questions (pef@polarischarterschool.org). The lake is great for canoeing/kayaking if you are willing to pay the boat launch fee.

 

Week Ending 4/24/15

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To Teach is to Touch a Life Forever

 

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Smarter Balanced Assessment

This week we administered our Smarter Balanced assessment. Like most schools, we did experience some glitches such as the test freezing and the kids having to log back in again. I was incredibly impressed with how patient our students were and how diligently they worked. I also observed that students were glad to have a computer based assessment replace the old paper-pencil format. Several even enjoyed it! Most students were able to finish all four segments of the assessment this week. Those that were absent or still need to finish a section will continue to work next week.

HB563

The Senate vote to increase charter school funding has been postponed until next week. Please take a minute to contact your senator. Thank you to those who attended Thursday’s rally so our voices could be heard. Our ability to retain our amazing staff really depends on this!!

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Perseverance

Our Core Value for the month of May is Perseverance. When prompted, students noted that it means to keep trying, stick with it, be determined and work hard. I commended them for their perseverance during testing. We also read a story about a man named Monty Roberts. His father was a horse trainer and they moved from ranch to ranch often so his school was always being interrupted. One day, his teacher asked students to write a paper about what they wanted to be. Monty wrote a seven page paper about his plan to own a horse ranch. The teacher gave him an “F” because he felt it was unrealistic since he came from a family with no resources. The teacher offered to let him rewrite the paper with a more realistic plan. After thinking about it, Monty told his teacher “keep the F and I will keep my dream.” He went on to own a 200 acre ranch. With perseverance you can achieve your dreams.

 

Star Students

We recognized our star students from the week before spring vacation on Monday. Congratulations to: Alanna, Dory, Liam, Jeff, and Jonas.

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In addition, Mrs. Dudley rewarded her whole class noting that she trusts them to do well with Mr. Solis for the rest of the school year.

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Babies!

Congratulations to Mrs. Dudley and Mrs. Post on the birth of their sons. Mrs. Dudley’s son Quin was born on April 29th and Mrs Post’s son Greyson was born on May 1st.

 

Reminders

  • There is no school May 25th on Memorial Day
  • The next Learning Celebration is June 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

Mrs. Fesh's Class Looking at Rock Cycles

Mrs. Fesh’s Class Looking at Rock Cycles

PEF News

The PEF Annual Meeting is on Friday, May 15, at 7 PM at the school. Please join us!

Polaris has some great teachers! Have you expressed your appreciation to your child’s teacher lately? May I encourage you to take a moment in the next few days to thank your child’s teacher for his/her hard work?

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