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Week Ending 9/18/15

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From the Directors

The new school year is off to a great start!  Teachers and students have been very busy.  Students have been assessed and math groups have been created. Primary students also had the opportunity to use our online literacy program called Lexia. We are also adding a program called Reflex math that they will use in addition to Dreambox. Intermediate students have begun using IXL for language arts as well as Reflex math.

During classroom meetings, there has much discussion of community and what it means a good friend. It’s wonderful getting to know each of your children.  We find it a joy being in our building each day and experiencing the happiness and excitement all around us. One great aspect of being part of a small community is that we can get to know each of our students’ parents too.  We welcome your calls and emails, and would love to see you volunteering in our building during the school day. 

We are excited to announce that Dr. Jill Cane and Susan Hartford have joined our Board of Trustees.  Susan is a co-founder and Dr. Cane has been involved with Polaris since before we were approved by the Department of Education Board of Ed.   Both were essential in writing the charter and in contributing to the successes that we have had as a charter school.


Core Value – Friendship

We spent this week discussing some things we should do to show that we are a good friend. On Tuesday we discussed personal space. There are four different kinds: seeing space, hearing space, property space and body space. Seeing space is keeping items at the expected distance for people to view them. Hearing space is using the appropriate volume, talking when expected and not saying the same thing over and over. Giving property space is not touching other people’s things unless they give you permission. Finally, body space is staying in your own bubble and not intruding on someone else. The hard part about this is that people’s bubble size changes with different situations, different people and at different ages. We want to be space protectors and not space invaders. Wednesday we watched a video of “Kid President” on 20 Things You Say More Often that you can view here. Hafsa and Gaby led Morning Gathering on Thursday, and talked about friendship and community. They worked together during recess making two posters for my office. They interviewed students and asked “what does community mean to you?” and “what does friendship mean two you?” that they showed.





To build on our trimester theme of “Community,” Mrs. Dudley’s class read the story “Two Bad Ants” by Chris Van Allsburg.  It is the story of two ants that did not follow their nature of working together for the benefit of the whole community and what resulted. They have also been studying ants for science. They then did an exercise where students worked in pairs to bring a piece of spaghetti across the room. The ones who were successful communicated well and worked cooperatively which is what we strive for in our school community.


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Star Students

We recognized this year’s first Star Students on Monday. Every week, a student is selected from each class who went above and beyond exhibiting that month’s Core Value. This week’s students who showed what a good friend they are were: Evan, Maliha, Mayla, Spencer, Sirus, Temperance and Torrey. Way to go!



Vela Class Share

Each student shared three qualities that they bring to their classroom community. Examples include: kind, smart, funny, creative, friendly, happy and nice. They then read their good-bye poem to us.




Thank you to the anonymous donor who sent us the 5 oz paper cups we needed! We are still looking for the following items:

8 oz 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.



Upcoming Event

  • Picture day is October 6th
  • There is no school on Monday, October 12th
  • 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

Upcoming Enrichments:

  • September 28th to December 11th from 3:05-4:00 – Show Choir
  • October 1st to November 19th from 3:05-4:00 – Dr. Tapp’s Arithmetic Playground
  • October 7th to October 28th from 3:05-4:00 – Wildlife Along the River Program with Amoskeag Fishways
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