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Week Ending 6/12/15

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Last Day

Our last day of school began with Ethan F. giving a wonderful speech where talked about how everyone has overcome obstacles. He thanked his classmates for their influence and encouraged them to reach for their dreams.

We then announced that Mrs. Mathieu would not be returning to her position next year. The good news is that she hopes to found a middle school that will be an option for Polaris students!

Finally, we recognized our students who are moving on to middle school next year. We presented them with a Certificate of Advancement and a small token that will always remind them to “shine bright.” It is very hard to say good-bye to these wonderful kids.

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Music Show

On Monday, June 8th, the Intermediate classes put on a Music show at our morning gathering.  Angelica Rosenthal, our music teacher, had each class pick a song from a musical and they choreographed a dance routine to go along with it. We had so much fun watching it and it was obvious that the students had a great time performing.

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Student Appreciation Picnic

On Wednesday, we all went to the park for a morning of fun and games. Each teacher ran a station with a game they had organized and classes rotated to each one. We saw a lot of collaboration and cooperation! We ended the time with a picnic lunch and popsicles. Thank you teachers, students and volunteers for a wonderful day!

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YMCA

After-School Care Program:  The YMCA is taking registrations for next year.  If you intend to use their program next year, please sign up a.s.a.p.  As before, they need a minimum number of families to sign-up for them to be able to hold the program at Polaris.  Packets are available at Polaris and at the main YMCA branch at 30 Mechanic Street, Manchester, NH 03101.  You can pick one up during by our front door during Conferences on Monday, June 15th.  More information is attached.

 

YMCA SCHOOLS OUT INFORMATION

Our Hours:  Afterschool; Dismissal – 6:00PM

Weekly Rates:

Enrollment

Weekly Rate

Full Time (4-5 days)

$70

Part Time (3 days)

$61

*can include early release Wednesdays

 

1 day

$22

Early Release Program

$10

*Wednesdays from 12:50PM – 2:50PM

 

Registration Fee:  There is an annual $30 registration fee per child

School Age Child Care Discount: There is a $5 discount for each additional child enrolled (full time program)

School Vacation Days: Child care is provided at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester when the Manchester School District is not in session from 7:00AM – 6:00PM for an additional fee.

Snow Days: Child care is provided at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester when the Manchester School District is not in session from 8:00AM – 6:00PM for an additional fee.

School Age Child Care Director: Nicole Burke | (p)603.232.8670 | (e)nburke@graniteymca.org

YMCA Child Care State Assistance Contact: Lisa Larocque | (p)603.232.8665 | (e)LLarocque@graniteymca.org

Billing Inquiries: Dawn Richardson | (p)603.232.8609 | (e)drichardson@graniteymca.org

 

Star Students

This week’s star students recognized for various Core Values they have demonstrated. Congratulations to: Corey, Courtney, Eric, Ethan, Joshy, Mohammed and Nevaeh.

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Ms. Gilbert also recognized her whole class for their hard work and determination for finishing their projects for the learning celebration.

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Reminder

  • 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.
  • Our Back-To-School Celebration will be held on Sat., August 29th at 3pm.  It’s a great time for your child to meet classmates, their teacher, and see their classroom.  This will also be when you will have your Parent/Student/Teacher Conference.  This is a mini-conference that will last approximately 10 minutes.
  • Our first day of school is Wednesday, September 2nd.

PEF News

Last night, elections were held for PEF positions for the 2015-2016 school year. Join us in welcoming new and returning board members and committee chairs. 

Members at Large:  Abby Pierson and Ellie White

Committee Chairs:  Events Co-Chairs: Jayme Putnam and Martha Pepek co-chair

Enrichment Chair: Tara Veit 

Fundraising Chair: Ali Ferrio 

Volunteer Chair:  Daniela

Board:

Treasurer: Sarah Shor

Secretary: Karyn Misenheimer 

Vice-President: Melanie Currier 

Co-Presidents: Amanda Bouldin and Althea Dubravsky 

The PEF will continue to meet monthly over the summer. Meeting dates for July and August are not yet set – the newly elected board will be planning dates soon. Notification of meeting dates will be via email.

Thank you volunteers! On behalf of the PEF, we would like to express our gratitude to all those who volunteered for Polaris and the PEF this school year. You each played an important part, whether you volunteered in the classroom, took home projects, chaperoned enrichment programs, helped at events, or took on one of the many other volunteer positions. Thank you, and have a wonderful summer! ~ Brianna Sargent Merrill and Ali Ferriero, PEF Co-Presidents, 2014-2015 school year

June Gathering at the Dumais Home

Bonfire, backyard games, stories. The Dumais will provide the meat, but are asking for potluck for buns, paper goods, sides, drinks. Email pef@polarischarterschool.org if you need contact info for the Dumais family.

Week Ending 6/05/15

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Deadline For Year End Surveys

Please take a minute to fill out the school survey as well as the PEF survey. I hope to have everyone’s responses by June 10th. We really want to hear your opinions on what we are doing well and where we can improve. Comments are especially helpful. Thank you!

Polaris Charter School Survey

PEF Survey

Learning Celebration

Our third trimester’s study of Journeys and Cycles culminated in a wonderful celebration Wednesday evening. Students presented projects on topics such as the Underground Railroad, Route 66 and cells. There were plays, songs and many items on display. One classroom was even transformed into an ocean full of sea creatures. It is always wonderful to see how excited the children are to share what they have learned.

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Lost and Found

Our lost and found table is spilling over with items. Please remind your child to check for items they left behind. Anything still here at the end of the school year will be donated to charity.

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Star Students

This week’s star students recognized for their perseverance were: Bindi, Charlotte, Devansh, Gaby, Julia, Myleigh, Spencer and Talia. Great job!

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Mrs. Fesh’s Class Share

Each of Mrs. Fesh’s students chose one of their Journeys & Cycles projects to share with everyone.  These included Route 66 Scrapbooks, Personal Journey sunglasses posters, and 3D butterfly life cycles.  Then 3 students taught all Polaris students a new song that Izzy created called the Bobby Pin song.

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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

  • 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, Tara and Abby are 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 – TOMORROW – 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/

June Gathering at the Dumais Home

Bonfire, backyard games, stories. The Dumais will provide the meat, but are asking for potluck for buns, paper goods, sides, drinks. Email pef@polarischarterschool.org if you need contact info for the Dumais family.