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Week Ending 11/13/15

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Strategic Planning Survey

As Polaris Charter School enters our 4th year, we are launching our Strategic Planning Process.  We are fortunate to be working with Gene Galvano, from SCORE guiding us with this process. SCORE is a volunteer organization of mostly retirees who mentor small businesses, nonprofits, new businesses. Gene previously was in charge of long range planning for Digital and then owned his own software company. He is also on the board at Pace Career Academy and is thus familiar with the challenges charter schools face. He had developed a survey to get our thoughts, input and perspective on how well we have been doing as a school, board and community agency. The survey is anonymous and the results will be shared in the aggregate with the Board of Trustees. Please be candid in your responses to help us move forward in providing a quality education for our current students as well as those in the future.

Please complete the survey by November 15th. The survey should take about 10 minutes.  You can access it at:


Shire Sharing

Polaris is again teaming up with Shire Sharing to bring Thanksgiving dinners to families in our Community who may other wise go without. $20 is enough to sponsor one family.

Whether you can donate time, food or money, there are a lot of ways to help!

We will be holding a food drive at Polaris where kids can bring in items to donate through November 19th.

This is a great way for kids to feel involved and have a sense of helping.

On November 12th, we had a special visitor helping us “duck” hunger by collecting donations at drop off.


We will also need volunteers to help on:

November 21st for about an hour to help pack the bags with the food.

November 22nd we will need people to get the food to the departure location, help pass out food to those delivering and people to help deliver.

It’s so great for the kids to see the process from beginning to end so please consider anywhere you are able to help.

This is the list for food requests…

Vegetable oil or other cooking oil
Rolls of foil ($1 at dollar tree)
Aluminum pans for turkeys ($1 at dollar tree)
Stuffing mix (just add water is ideal)
Turkey gravy
Mashed potato mix
All kinds of canned veggies
Bread or cornbread mix
Cranberry sauce
French’s fried onions
Cream of mushroom soup
Pie crusts

Other food donations are accepted as well. Cash can be brought to the office or you can donate online at shiresharing.org. Sorry no checks at this time.

If you can help with any volunteer times please contact Kara @ mollyryan123@gmail.com, on Facebook at Kara Kainu Hewett or by phone 603-505-2200.

Hannaford Fundraiser

The “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag Program represents a partnership between Hannaford Supermarkets and area nonprofits.  Polaris is receiving $1 for every reusable blue Good Karma bag sold at the Hannaford store on Mast Rd. in Goffstown.  To view our earnings click  http://hannaford.bags4mycause.com/local-community-impact/. So far we have earned $21. 

Core Value – Citizenship

On Tuesday we discussed Veteran’s Day. This holiday is always celebrated on November 11th and it is when we acknowledge soldiers both living and dead for their role in protecting us. We then sang and signed “This Land is Your Land.”  Most of know the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” but on Thursday we read the entire song that Francis Scott Key wrote in 1812:

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner—O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Talia then led us in singing the first verse together.


We REALLY need:

Toner for our Brother MFC-7860DW printers!

Snacks for kids who forget their’s



Please donate if you can.

Star Students

We honored some exceptional citizens on Monday. Congratulations to: Ayla, Chandler, Jonas, Mikail, Noah, Skylar, Sophia and Viveanna!



Pegasus Class Share

Student’s in Miss Gilbert’s class did skits acting out various scenarios where there was a “bad” citizen and a “good citizen.”

Students tried to guess which scene a group was acting out.

Community Giving

Christian, Dory, Gabby, Gus, Haya, Mayla, Nikosia and Sophia in Mrs. Rainey’s class hosted a movie night on the 7th of November to donate money and games for the Webster House, a group home for children. They sold baked goods and took donations they were excited that they raised over $300 for their cause!


  • The Board of Trustees is conducting a Public Hearing Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 6:00 PM. The purpose of the hearing is to receive feedback from parents regarding the use of audio and video recording in the classroom. Please join us.

  • Calvin and Andrew will be having another bake on Friday, November 20th. All proceeds will go to Polaris.
  • There is no school November 25th, 26th and 27th due to Thanksgiving

  • 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


Don’t forget, the Read-A-Thon reading period started on Monday, November 9th. Please remind your student (or help them) to track their reading minutes every day from 11/9 -11/22.  Whether they have received pledges or not, the minutes count towards individual and classroom prizes.


The Auction planning is in full swing, but there are still plenty of opportunities for you to help! Please email Ali Ferriero,ali.ferriero@gmail.com, if you would like to join the Auction Committee. We need as much help as possible to make this year’s auction the best one yet. Stay tuned for details on all the volunteer opportunities available!!

100 Envelopes Fundraiser

There are still envelopes left in the 100 Envelopes fundraiser for the emergency facilities and maintenance fund. 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.

Thanksgiving Potluck

Don’t forget about the Thanksgiving Potluck on Saturday, November 14th, at 5pm. The sign up list for food and volunteers is below: 


November PEF Meeting

Thursday, November 19 at 7:00pm

Polaris Charter School

Giving Tuesday

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