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.
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Enjoy your long weekend!
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.
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”
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!
Last week’s star students were recognized on Monday for their friendly deeds. Congratulations to: Calvin, Dory, Jordan, Mara, Mark, Molly and Tania.
Ms. Haynes class asked if they could present a special star teacher award so she was honored as well.
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.
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.
- There is no school on Monday, October 12th
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.