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Week Ending 9/11/15

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Back to School

We kicked off the new school year with our annual “Back to School Celebration” hosted by our Parent Educational Foundation (PEF). It was during this time that we also had our first parent/teacher/student conferences. It was so wonderful to see our returning students and their families as well as to meet our new ones!

Our first week went extremely well. The children have made friends and have settled in to the school routines.  It was music to my heart when a new primary student was sad at pick up today because he wanted “to have a sleep over” at Polaris and several other students agreed (does it get better than that?).

We are going to have a great year!!

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From Our Board Chair

Dear Polaris Families,

My name is Dellie Champagne and I am the new chair of the Polaris Board of Trustees.  I want to welcome you all to the 2015-2016 school year.  I also want to let you know that the board meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Polaris.  You are all invited to attend.  We welcome your comments at all of our meetings.  Please know that if you are unable to attend, we do post the minutes on the Polaris website. 

I am sorry I did not get a chance to see you on August 29th, but I do look forward to seeing you at other events throughout the coming school year. 

Sincerely yours,

Dellie Champagne

Important Information!

We are still experiencing some problems that impact everyone’s safety at drop off and pick up. We understand that many of you have other kids you are transporting, work responsibilities, etc. No one will be able to fulfill them if there is an accident or injury. It is DANGEROUS to pull around someone that is dropping off/picking up in front of you. We had an accident last year and we do not want to experience another one.

  • Make sure your hazard lights are on
  • Have the name placard in your windshield and keep it there until students enter/leave your vehicle
  • DO NOT go around the car in front of you at pick up/drop off unless the person on duty signals you
  • DO NOT park in the parking lot between 8:00 – 8:20 and after 2:30 to drop off or pick up your child(ren). If you need to escort them, please park on Cartier St. and use the door on that side
  • DO NOT leave your vehicle. Have your children use the passenger side door
  • Doing a U-TURN when exiting care line puts yourself and others at risk.  Please do not.
The number of families in car line has grown each year and we have worked VERY hard to minimize wait times while ensuring the safety of our students, family and staff. Also keep in mind that we have many students that still use car seats and need a few extra seconds to buckle. Let’s all work together!

Core Value – Friendship

Each month, we focus on a Core Value as part of our social-emotional curriculum during Morning Gathering. Throughout September we will be discussing friendship. On Tuesday we brainstormed what qualities make a good friend. Students felt that the most important qualities were being kind, helping on another and including others. On Wednesday we listened to a reading of the book “One” by Kathryn Otoshi. It is a story about a bully and how one person can stand up and make a difference and everyone counts.  You can listen to it here. On Thursday we discussed making and keeping friends and reviewed tips such as be a good listener, be honest and do your share.

Ms. Haynes and Ms. V’s class also gathered together this week and read the book “Confessions of a Former Bully” by Trudy Ludwig. After they made posters showing strategies for how to deal with bullying, how to be a good friend and how to be bystander hero.

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United Way Donation

We want to give special thanks to Vanessa and her team at the United Way (and thank you to parent Julie Harris for recommending us!).  One of the social responsibility causes that they supported this quarter was school supply drives and they organized one for Polaris. Vanessa delivered three large bags of items the week before school started and spent time touring and learning about our school.

In addition, United Way has annual giving campaign and Vanessa has designated Polaris as a recipient of her donation and is hoping get others involved as well.  Donations are deducted from their paychecks and distributed to non-profits like us. We have also discussed collaborating with Vanessa on a project to give to back to our community – what a wonderful partnership and opportunity!  

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Pavo Class Share

Every Friday, one of our classrooms shares something that they worked on during their week and this week was Mrs. Vlasich’s turn. Her students worked on setting individual goals for themselves that they shared with us. Many said that they strive to be a good role model for the younger students and they want to get faster with math facts. The Pavo class also set two larger goals 1) share their learning with others and 2) walk quietly in the hallway and not disrupt other classes.

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Donations

We are looking for the following items:

Paper cups

Plastic spoons

Toner for Brother MFC-7860DW

Hand soap refills – (on the NE Paper website)

Masking tape – 1 1/2 or 2 in wide rolls

You can order online using the links below 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.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nancy Sherwood 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

Upcoming Events

  • Although Manchester School District is closed on Tuesday September 15th, Polaris has school that day
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  • Picture day is October 6th
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  • There is no school on Monday, October 12th
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  • On Wednesday, October 28th we will be having a school “dress up as your favorite book character day.” Students are encouraged to use their creativity and create their costume

PEF News

The next PEF meeting is Thursday, September 17th at 7:00pm.

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