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Week Ending 10/30/15

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National School Lunch Program

Title I money is the largest single federal funding source for education. This supplemental funding aims to meet the needs of at risk and low-income students. It can be used for hiring teachers, providing tutoring, increasing parental involvement, professional development and purchasing materials and supplies.

Students are considered low-income if they qualify for the National School Lunch Program. Although Polaris Charter School does not provide lunch, we still can receive this funding.

In addition, those families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program are eligible for low-cost Internet access from Comcast. This includes:

  • Fast home Internet for just $9.95 a month + tax
  • No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fee
  • A computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax
  • Access to free Internet training – online, in print and in classroom

For more information go to: http://www.internetessentialspartner.com/

The instructions can be downloaded here. Even if you have completed one in the past, a new one must be done. Place your completed application in a sealed envelope and address it to Jennifer Murdock-Smith. Your information will be kept CONFIDENTIAL. The deadline has been extended until November 3rd. Thank you.

Field Trip

This week, Mrs. Rainey and Ms.Perham’s class went on a field trip to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH. Students got to experience a time travel workshop and tour of the living history museum. One group, learned more about archaeology and got to become archaeologists as they searched for artifacts. The other group learned about the 18th century cooking. They learned about food preservation and how people living at the time cooked food on a hearth. Everyone enjoyed learning about the different ingredients used during this time period and the sugar cookies they made. On the tour, students got to talk to explore over 200 years of history by exploring the different houses at Strawbery Banke. They got to speak with role players, who allowed them to learn even more about the houses and time periods. Thank you to the chaperones and everyone who made this learning experience possible!

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Core Value – Fairness

We started this week’s discussion of Fairness by reading scenarios and giving a thumbs up if the circumstances were fair or a thumbs down if they were not. Some examples: you take a soccer ball out to recess so you can decide who can play with it (fair), you don’t know the answer to a question on an assessment so your friend gives you the answer (unfair). There were two examples that prompted some discussion. The first was you let your friend cut in front of you in a long line to buy tickets for a concert. A couple of younger students felt that this was fair because they were being a good friend but the feelings of others need to be considered as well. The other example that stirred some debate was your older brother has a later bedtime than you.

Since we will be moving on to a new Core Value next week, we reviewed the ones we have covered so far and reflected on what lessons stood out the most to students.

 

Read A Thon

The Read-a-Thon packets went home on October 28th, coinciding with Book Character Dress Up Day.  The Read-a-Thon is designed to encourage our students to read and build literacy skills, while raising money for the school’s emergency fund.

During the Read-a-Thon period, November 9th – 22nd, we’re asking every child to read at least 30 minutes a day outside of class and record their reading time.  Students can also ask family and friends to sponsor their reading efforts and support the school.  

  • Every child who participates gets a certificate.
  • Every child who reads at least 420 minutes over two weeks gets a prize.
  • Every child who raises at least $30 will receive up to 30% of the total they raise in the form of Barnes & Noble gift cards to buy books of their choice.

Thank you Elizabeth Abundez-Owen for coming in Wednesday morning to speak to the the children about it and generating enthusiasm.

Book Character Dress Up Day

On Wednesday, we celebrated Book Character Dress Up Day. Students and staff alike participated in the fun! Classes got together with their buddies and did some activities as well.

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Star Students

Congratulations to Andrew R., Andrew V., David, Ella S., Matthew, Nadia and Sophia for being chosen as Star Students!

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Wolf

WOLF

By: Talia 

He stalks his prey.
Eyes red with fury.
Never knowing
why.
His coat
flowing
tail in the air
teeth bared
muscles rippling.
Only one word comes to mind

WOLF

Yet I stand there
paralyzed
me, and all my fears.
Feeling
not scared
not even a bit intimidated.
Facing this creature
and feeling
not hate
but love.
For this
huge creature
has changed
my LIFE.

I take a step, and something changes
Some great creature stirring in my heart.
I feel it.
A place in myself I have never been before,

Stirring, Awakening
I feel small, but I know I am strong.
My creature stirs just below the surface, ready to erupt
The wolf’s eyes blaze, staring deep into my soul
Yet I am unafraid

I take one step, then another
I feel some great bond between this wolf and I
A great power links us, holding us together
Like two chained animals, both ready to break free
Yet still we wait muscles tensed, waiting.

Pavo’s Class Share

Pavo class shared their classroom constitution with us on Friday. They drafted it to ensure that fairness is practiced class.  Following that, they sang “This Land is Your Land” and showed us the sign language for it. We then all sang and signed the song together.

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Community Giving

Dear Parents,

We are going to host a movie night on the 7th of November to raise money for the Webster House. There will be a G movie (Finding Nemo 5:30 to 7:00) and a PG movie (Maleficent 7:30 to 9:00) in the Polaris basement. Bring an old toy or game (in good condition) and get a free baked good.

Sincerely,

Christian,Dory, Gabby, Gus, Haya, Mayla, Nikosia and Sophia

Reminders

  • Please remember to pack a snack for your child on pizza Friday’s
  • Polaris will receive $1 for every reusable blue Good Karma bag sold at the Hannaford store on Mast Rd. in Goffstown
  • The Manchester School District is changing their schools’ hours at the end of November.  This does NOT impact Polaris.  Our hours will remain the same.

PEF News

Next Tuesday, November 3rd, at 8:30am, we are meeting at Panera Bread, 7 Colby Court, Bedford, NH 03110, for coffee and chat. Won’t you join us and get to know your fellow Polaris Parents? Little ones are more than welcome as well. 

Once again, this year, the PEF will be hosting a Thanksgiving potluck to be held in the school basement. Last year’s event was loads of fun, so we hope you can make it. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with other families and to socialize with those we already know. Since we come from so many diverse NH towns, we have few chances to connect. This is a great one.

On Saturday, November 14th, at 5pm, come over to 100 Coolige Ave., share some delicious food, play some games, relax and chat. We will have activities for the kids while the parents do boring things, like talk to one another. 😉 Maybe a rousing game of “Charades”, parents vs. children is in order. No matter, it will be a blast, so mark your calendar.

Watch for the volunteer sheet to be posted the first week of November, and please RSVP.

 

Week Ending 10/23/15

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Please Vote!

There is only one week left in the Kris Wine contest. Please vote!! At press time we were in sixth place but if we all vote, we have the potential to earn more money to directly support art at Polaris.

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Core Value – Fairness

Ten pennies, two nickels and a dime look different, they are different sizes different weights but they all have the same value. This is true of people as well. We look different on the outside but we are of equal value and deserve to be treated fairly.

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Every now and then, something comes up where we divert from our discussion of the month’s Core Value. This occurred on Wednesday. A mystery student has been leaving folded paper airplanes around the school that contain a positive, motivational note. One such example is pictured below and I wanted to make sure that all students heard it.

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Star Students

Fairness abounds at Polaris! Congratulations to Bree, Christian, Ella, Finn, Johnny, Maru and Maryam.

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Dorado’s Class Share

The children in Mrs. Dudley’s class worked on a special reader’s theater this week. The purpose was twofold. It helped challenge the kids to read in the way they speak. It also illustrated the idea of fairness. The play was based on the Three Little Pigs but it had some twists. Hopefully they can share those with you!

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Community Giving

Dear Parents,

We are doing a drive to help New Horizons in Manchester, NH. We are going to make a drive where you can donate food and other items on New Horizon’s wishlist to help homeless people in our community. We are starting the drive, October 26 and donations end on November 19.  We are doing it at Polaris. So you can send your donations in with your child. Donations will be stored in Mrs. Rainey’s room. Please contact Mrs. Rainey at a.rainey@polarischarterschool.org, if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us out!

Sincerely,

Mohammed, Manny, Daniel, Nathan, Chandler, Ephrim and  Adam

Reminders

  • Please remember to pack a snack for your child on pizza Friday’s
  • Polaris will receive $1 for every reusable blue Good Karma bag sold at the Hannaford store on Mast Rd. in Goffstown
  • 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
  • The Manchester School District is changing their schools’ hours at the end of November.  This does NOT impact Polaris.  Our hours will remain the same.  

PEF News

We are ramping up for the 4th Annual Polaris Charter School Silent Auction, March 12, 2015, and we need your help! Stay tuned for announcements regarding Auction Committee meetings and requests for volunteers.

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.ferriero@gmail.com with questions or to pick your envelope.

Kris Wine’s Art of Education is a program designed to help support the arts in schools. This program has helped support art education at Polaris, so please don’t forget to vote daily, and remind your friends and family as well.

 

Week Ending 10/16/15

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Exciting News!

The “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag Program represents a partnership
between Hannaford Supermarkets and area nonprofits. Their goal is to make our community an even better place to live and work by helping the environment as well as a local cause. Polaris has been chosen as a recipient of this opportunity! From October 15th through December 31st, Polaris will receive $1 for every reusable blue Good Karma bag sold at the Hannaford store on Mast Rd. in Goffstown. This is not just those bought by Polaris supporters – it includes everyone!

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This is in addition to the Hannaford Helps Schools program where the purchase of participating items results in a $3 donation. Please remember to send in your Hannaford Helps slip from whatever Hannaford you shop at.

Core Value – Fairness

This week we read a short story about a girl who didn’t think it was fair that some people are homeless and hungry. She wished that there was a law that everyone has food and shelter. Since that wasn’t in her control, her mom pointed out things she could do in the meantime to help. They donated groceries to a local homeless shelter, they had a car wash and bake sale to raise money. They also prepared Thanksgiving dinner and served it at the shelter.  Polaris has been asked to be involved in something similar called Shire Sharing. It was started by parent Amanda Bouldin as a way to honor her late father. It’s main goal is to raise funds to purchase food for families at Thanksgiving. This year, their goal is to feed 500 families. You can donate, shop for food and/or volunteer to assemble the bags that will be delivered. You can get more information at http://www.shiresharing.org or you can search for Shire Sharing on Facebook.

Several groups of students at Polaris agree that hunger and homelessness is not fair and have committed to community service projects in order to help. Lexi and Skylar asked to share their’s at Thursday’s Morning Gathering. They are going to be doing Wicked Fit Run on Saturday, October 31st at Rollins Park in Concord, NH. You can donate or join them on the walk to chase away homelessness.

 

Star Students

This week we began recognizing those student who exemplified our Core Value of Fairness. Congratulation to: Andrea, Emma, Katie, Manny, Max, Taya and Ryenn!

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Sculptor’s Class Share

Students in Mrs. Rainey’s class chose to do  service projects to make a difference in the community. One group is learning more about The Webster House and is doing a drive for stuffed animals and games to donate to the children there. The other group has been learning about New Horizons. They are doing a drive to donate items on New Horizons’ wish list. More information will be coming home this week. For our share each student wrote about why they chose to do this service project and why it’s important to them.

This trimester Mrs. Rainey’s class is also taking part in a Science simulation. They have been studying the impact humans have on the environment and possible solutions to reduce these impacts. Students are divided up into four groups and each focuses on a different area of human impact. The Resource Rescuers are learning about different types of renewable and non-renewable resources and how these resources impact the environment. They will also be creating a model of the effects of two of these resources and developing a presentation to share with a panel of students. The Agriculture Activists and Industry Investigators are finding out the impacts that agriculture and industry have on  lakes, rivers, streams, vegetation, air and space. They will also be creating a model to share with the panel and an expository piece that will share their findings. Lastly, the Hazard Hunters are researching various hazards and whether they are predictable or not. In addition, they will be finding out the locations these have occurred and the frequency. They will be presenting a map with their findings and a persuasive essay.

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Box Tops

Send in your Box Tops this week!  Though Box Tops are collected throughout the school year, they can only be submitted twice per year, and the Fall deadline is fast approaching.     Please send in any Box Tops by Friday, October 23rd to get them into the Fall submission packet.   Then keep on clipping to start our submission for the Spring submission deadline.  

Announcements

  • The next Board meeting is October 20th at 6:00 pm
  • 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

  • The Manchester School District is changing their schools’ hours at the end of November.  This does NOT impact Polaris.  Our hours will remain the same.  

PEF News

We are ramping up for the 4th Annual Polaris Charter School Silent Auction, March 12, 2015, and we need your help! Stay tuned for announcements regarding Auction Committee meetings and requests for volunteers.

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.ferriero@gmail.com with questions or to pick your envelope.

Please don’t forget to clip and turn in your Box Tops for Education. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for Polaris.

Kris Wine’s Art of Education is a program designed to help support the arts in schools. This program has helped support art education at Polaris, so please don’t forget to vote daily, and remind your friends and family as well.

 

Week Ending 10/9/15

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From the Directors

Fall weather has come and what a beautiful season it is!  We have had a wonderful week at Polaris full of learning and fun.  It has been exciting to walk through the classrooms and see the start to our students’ projects.  They work on some big and some mini-projects simultaneously through-out the year.  As you know, Polaris Charter School uses the teaching method of Project Based Learning, or PBL, to help our students learn better.  A project motivates them to gain knowledge, and they remember it longer. Projects give students the chance to apply the skills they learn in school to personally relevant and real-world situations. Our students also learn skills in PBL such as how to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, manage their time and make presentations. These skills will help your child  succeed in the future, both in school and in the working world.

 Don’t forget to vote for Kris Wine: http://voteforthearts.com/ 

Enjoy your long weekend!

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Congratulations Kayla

As I shared last Friday, Kayla was a poster contest winner for human rights in NH. On Wednesday afternoon, Kayla, Ms. Perham and her parents attended an awards ceremony to honor her accomplishment.

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Core Value – Fairness

This month we are going to be focusing on fairness. We began by brainstorming what it means to be fair. Some of the ideas were: be honest, take turns, you talk and then give someone else a chance to, include others and treat others how you want to be treated. One thing fair does not mean is equal. Equal means exactly alike. We are all different so one person’s needs is not the same as another’s.

We did an activity at Wednesday’s Morning Gathering. I placed a fresh egg in a clear glass of water which sunk to the bottom. This is how we feel when we are treated unfairly. Students agreed that they would feel sad or mad and at the bottom of things. I removed the egg and set it aside. We again discussed ways we show fairness. After each example, I added a spoonful of salt to the water and stirred it. When the egg was placed back in the glass it now floated! The egg was held up by the environment surrounding it. Like the egg, we are lifted up when those around us treat us fairly.

On Thursday, we listened to the Fairness song. You can listen to the full version here.

“I just wanna to be fair
I wanna be honest
Follow all the rules
That is just what I do”

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Science

In Science the Pavo Class is exploring the properies of matter and what causes matter to change. Each student dissolved sugar in boiling water, creating a super-saturated solution. As the water cools it cannot continue to hold the sugar in liquid form. The sugar will start to crystalize and attach to a string we have placed in the solution, hopefully, making rock candy!

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Star Students

Last week’s star students were recognized on Monday for their friendly deeds. Congratulations to: Calvin, Dory, Jordan, Mara, Mark, Molly and Tania.

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Ms. Haynes class asked if they could present a special star teacher award so she was honored as well.

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Perseus’s Class Share

Ms. Perham’s class has been reading the Littles book series and on Friday they presented a slide show featuring the habitats that they worked together to build for them. Then they each shared what teamwork means to them.

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Hannaford Helps Schools

Polaris is participating in the Hannaford Helps Schools program. Every time you shop and purchase 4 participating items you receive $3 that can be donated to any schools of your choice. We are registered at the Hanover St. location, however, if you receive a Hannaford Helps slip at any checkout location please send it into Polaris.  We will bring them to the correct Hannaford and receive the donation.

Announcements

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  • There is no school on Monday, October 12th
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  • The next Board meeting is October 20th at 6:00 pm
  • 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

  • The Manchester School District is changing their schools’ hours at the end of November.  This does NOT impact Polaris.  Our hours will remain the same.  

PEF News

Show everyone that you are part of the Polaris Community! Spirit wear orders are due back by Wednesday, October 14th. Don’t miss out!

We are ramping up for the 4th Annual Polaris Charter School Silent Auction, March 12, 2015, and we need your help! Stay tuned for announcements regarding Auction Committee meetings and requests for volunteers.

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.ferriero@gmail.com with questions or to pick your envelope.

Please don’t forget to clip and turn in your Box Tops for Education. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for Polaris.

Kris Wine’s Art of Education is a program designed to help support the arts in schools. This program has helped support art education at Polaris, so please don’t forget to vote daily, and remind your friends and family as well.

 

Week Ending 10/2/15

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From the Directors

It has been another busy week here at Polaris. Many classes began brainstorming project ideas and are now in the planning stages. Our primary classes also enjoyed a visit by Sydney’s dad SFC Johnson. He talked about some of his army experiences, the places he has been and the students were able to examine some equipment. Ask your child how they say ‘yes’ in the army!

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We would like to give a special thanks to Mara. She found $.41 and she donated it to Polaris. It was very thoughtful!

Please remember to vote everyday for Polaris in the Kris Wine Art of Education Contest. We have slipped from fourth to fifth place. This is a great opportunity 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 your birthday and then the zip code 03102 to vote for us 

http://voteforthearts.com/ 

Spread the word!  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Congratulations Kayla

To commemorate The New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights 50th anniversary, they held two contests, one essay and one poster.  The theme of the poster contest was “Celebrating Diversity in our Community.” There were entries from all over the state and it was announced that Kayla in Ms. Perham’s class won the poster contest for her age group. We are so proud of her!

Core Value – Friendship

What is the purpose of an umbrella? Of course it helps keep us dry but it also provides protection. We are good friends when we keep others under our protection. We listened to the song “Umbrella” by Marie Digby  that illustrates this. The chorus is:

When the sun shines
We shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
That I’ll always be your friend
Took an oath
I’mma stick it out to the end
Now that’s it rainin’ more than ever
Know that we still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh
Under my umbrella
Ella ella eh eh eh

At Wednesday’s gathering, students were presented with two wrapped presents. One was wrapped in bright, shiny wrapping paper with a pretty bow while the other was sloppily wrapped in tissue paper. Students picked which box they would choose to open. The majority chose the pretty box. Julian and Lilyana volunteered to each on wrap a box. Inside the pretty box was rocks and dirt and inside the messy box were M & Ms. Everyone immediately made the connection that when making friends, it does not matter what we look like on the outside it is what is inside that counts. We just need to take the steps to get to know each other.

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Maliha shared a wonderful poem that she had written about friendship on Thursday. It reads:

Friendship Poem
By Maliha

Friendship is very strong
Sometimes with friends you don’t get along,
Some people have best friends,
Some people do not,
Some people are witnesses when best friends have fought.
Friendship is love,
Friendship is warm,
Sometimes friendship can be held on a farm!
Chickens, horses, cows and dogs,
They’re all friends even with the hogs!
Friendship is amazing to have,
Sometimes when you don’t you feel really sad 😦
Friendships at home,
Friendships at school,
Friendship is everywhere including the pool.
Nobody’s perfect,
Nobody’s bad
Sometimes you’re happy and sometimes you’re mad!
Friends are honest, caring and kind.
Sometimes for people friends are hard to find.
Lots of people do not have friends
But here at Polaris the love never ends.

 

Community

Ms. Perham’s class has been reading “The Littles” series by John Peterson. They worked in groups of four to design habitats for the Littles. Everyone shared their ideas, made compromises and worked together to create something wonderful.

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Star Students

We honored our star students on Monday. Congratulations to: Bindhi, Ethan, Gus, Izzy, Leo, Samarth and Sarah!

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Hydra Class Share

A-T-O-Ms – that was the theme of Ms. Haynes class share. They have been learning about the building blocks of living organisms. Atoms, molecules, tissue, organs, organ systems and organisms. They made up as song to the tune of YMCA to help them remember those parts.

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Donations

We REALLY need Toner for our Brother MFC-7860DW printers!

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

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

Upcoming Event

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  • Picture day is October 6th
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  • There is no school on Monday, October 12th
  • The next Board meeting is October 20th at 6:00 pm
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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

Orders for Spirit wear goes were sent home this week! Check your students’ backpacks for order forms.

Vote for Polaris in the Kris Wine Competition

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