From the Directors
Summer is officially over and the with the start of fall, our reading and math groups are in full swing. Classes also began “buddy time.” This is when a primary and intermediate classroom join together and work in pairs on an activity. It is so wonderful to walk through the classroom when this is happening. The older students really love their leadership role and the younger kids look up to the “big kids.” For example, Mrs. Dudley’s class and Mrs. Vlasich’s class read the book “The Best Part of Me” by Wendy Ewald. They then worked on a writing task where they listed the parts they liked most about themselves.
Remember, Polaris has entered the Kris Wine Art of Education Contest again. We have won several thousand dollars in previous years to support art at Polaris. Please use the link below or go to their Facebook page. You do not have to be on Facebook to participate. Enter the zip code 03102 to vote for us
You can vote once per day and so can your family members. Please spread the word!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Core Value – Friendship
We diverted from the topic of friendship at Tuesday’s Morning Gathering to discuss Gathering Room expectations, particularly as it relates to noise level. I have noticed more and more students sitting with their hands over their ears or in tears in the morning. At dismissal it has been extremely difficult for staff and the children to hear names being called for pick up. We discussed this as a school community and we have been working to implement using “whisper voices.” We want kids to come together as a whole and enjoy their time together but 112 students all talking loudly in a room with bad acoustics does not work.
Wednesday we listened to the song “You‘ve Got a Friend In Me” by Randy Newman. You might remember it from the movie Toy Story. This is one verse:
You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
You got troubles and I got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together, we can see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
On Thursday we did an activity that illustrated using filters in social situations. I placed a coffee filter filled with a scoop of dirt in a cup and then poured water over it. The filter prevented the large chucks of dirt and rocks from getting into the water. What does this have to do with social skills? We cannot always control the thoughts our brains has but we can work to control (filter) what we say and how we say it. For example, “you’re annoying” can be expressed as “please stop that.”
Miss Haynes’ class has been working on developing a classroom community in which everyone is respectful of each other by being polite listeners and by keeping the volume low. Each day the class has the opportunity to earn points by doing this. Their points are added to their goal chart each day so that they can track how many points they have. The class met their goal of 94 points and earned a Comfy Reading Day. They spent the day Wednesday relaxing, building forts, and reading.
Congratulations to Hafsa, Jael, Julia, Julian, Lexi, Lucas and Raden for being such great friends during the last week!
Pegasus Class Share
Ms. Gilbert’s class decided that they wanted to build ships in honor of friend”ship” (get it?). They then worked together on an acrostic poem:
F – Forgiving
R – Respect each other
I – Include and Inspire each other
E – Entertain
N – Never hurt each other and be Nice
D – Do nice things
S – Smile
H – Have fun
I – Its always in your heart
We REALLY need Toner for our Brother MFC-7860DW printers!
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.
- Pizza Friday will begin October 2nd. Orders must be received by Thursday at noon
- 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
Show everyone that you are part of the Polaris Community! Spirit wear goes on sale next week! Check your students’ backpacks Monday or Tuesday for order forms.
Save the date! The 4th Annual Polaris Charter School Silent Auction will be March 12, 2015. Mark your calendars and get ready for a night of dinner, live music, dancing, bidding and fun!
There are still envelopes left in the 100 Envelopes fundraiser for the emergency facilities and maintenance fund. If the amounts remaining are too high, consider teaming up with your friends and family to fill one. Every envelope counts! Contact Ali Ferriero at Ali.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to pick your envelope.
Check out the Polaris Educational Foundation Facebook group, it is a great place to get fast answers to important questions like “I’ve lost all of the paperwork, when is picture day again?” Its sister site Friends of Polaris is a great group to add your friends and family who might be interested in following school events, or in volunteering or donating to the PEF.
- 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