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Week Ending 12/18/15

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 Read-a-Thon

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Read-a-Thon!  Sixty-nine kids participated, which is almost 62% of our students.  They read a total of 54,274 minutes, which is the equivalent of 904.5 hours, or  37.7 days.  Over $4700 was raised, and after we give out prizes, we’ll have $3170 for the school’s emergency fund. Certificates, prizes and gift cards were awarded and sent home in children’s backpacks on Thursday, December 17th. 

Mrs. Rainey’s class read 11,522 minutes which was the highest of the intermediate classes while Miss Gilbert’s class totaled the most for primary at 8396 and she also had the most participants for a class.

Core Value – Caring/Kindness
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We read the following scenario this week:

Jordan and Trevor had been good friends since preschool. Their parents were friends and they often visited each other and spent long weekends together. In the second grade, they were in different classes but they still played together during recess and after school. Towards the middle of the year, Trevor started to become friends with Jeremy. During recess he tried to play with both Jordan and Jeremy but it was complicated for all three of them to be together. Gradually, Trevor started playing in a different part of the playground from Jordan and he and Jeremy would hide if Trevor came looking for them. One day they hid in a large tunnel near the climber when Jordan came looking for them. Trevor watched Jordan as he looked for him and called his name. When Trevor peeked out from the end of the tunnel, he saw Jordan quickly wipe a tear from his eye, hoping no one would notice. Students discussed:

How did Jordan feel?
How did Trevor feel?
What would you do if you were Trevor?
What would you do if you were Jordan?
Would it be easy for Jordan to accept an apology from Trevor?

We also recalled the video the Boomerang Effect that we have watched in the past. A third grade class created their own kindness boomerang movie that we viewed. You can watch it here.

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”

-Rachel Scott

Star Students

This week’s kind and caring students were: Bree (not pictured) Cole, Colton, Gaby, Lily, Maru and Nevaeh. Kudos!

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Mrs. Vlasich also recognized her entire class for the kindness and cooperation they showed while preparing for their Learning Celebration presentation.

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Holiday Giving

The items that we have collected for needy will be picked up on Monday December 21st so there is still time to donate! We are still in need of the following items:

Boys size 12/14 snow pants
Mickey Mouse or cars/trucks for a 3 year old
Boys size 4T pants and shirts
Soap
Shampoo/conditioner
Toothbrushes
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Sponges/dish soap

Thank you for your help!

Reminders

  • Polaris will receive $1 for every reusable blue Good Karma bag sold at the Hannaford store on Mast Rd. in Goffstown
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  • There is no school December 24th – January 3rd

PEF News

Box Tops

Don’t forget to clip and send in your Box Tops! Although submissions usually occur twice per year there is a lot of trimming and bundling that occurs before they get submitted, so the PEF accepts them year round.

Volunteers

Volunteers with availability to go to the school to be in a shortlist in the event of staff being shorthanded

Volunteers for the auction
Classroom volunteers

Please contact Volunteers Coordinator at danielareyes@comcast.net for more details

PEF Meeting

Don’t forget the next Polaris Educational Foundation meeting is at Polaris on Friday December 18th, at 7pm. Parent/teacher organizations are important at every school, but even more so at a small school like Polaris. Come to the meeting to find out all the great ways you can get involved in your children’s Polaris experience!

Week Ending 12/11/15

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The Cane Library

We had a special presentation where we dedicated our school library to Dr. Jill Cane. Dr. Cane was Polaris Charter School’s founding director for our first year. Susan Hartford, founder and board member recounted her many contributions to opening our school. She laid the ground work for what we are today and we could not have accomplished what we have without her. Thank you Dr. Cane!
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Learning Celebration

This trimester we have focused on Community and we came together as one to celebrate students’ accomplishments on Wednesday evening. Families were able to view writing samples, artwork, projects and several classrooms put on presentations. We were able to learn about such things as westward expansion in the 1800’s, helpers in our community, important individuals who have contributed to our community and about our New Hampshire community.

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Gallery Walk

While our Learning Celebration was wonderful, Thursday morning was even better. Students were able to share their work with one another. First, Primary students visited the Intermediate classrooms where they were able to view projects and ask questions. Everyone was excited and they learned so much from each other. For example, Mark’s community helper project was about fireman and he was able to see Mohammed and Lucas’s project demonstrating firefighting in the 1800’s. After the Primary classes were done, Intermediate students took turns visiting each other’s classrooms. It is difficult to convey what a joyful morning it was. 

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Core Value – Caring/Kindness

This week, we read about 11 year old Taylor Meehan. He and his mother volunteer making sandwiches for the homeless at a shelter. On a snowy night in January, he noticed a man shuffling in shoes that were too small and were falling apart. He took off his own socks and shoes and gave them to him. Students also created an acrostic poem using the word caring. They came up with some great qualities that show people you care.

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Star Students

Our Star Students who showed Caring/Kindness last week were: Calvin, Crosby, Emma, Julian, Madison and Teagan. Mrs. Rainey also recognized the group that held a food/supply drive for New Horizons. Great job Adam, Chandler, Daniel, Manny, Mohammed and Nathan.

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*Note – last week’s star student was Joshy not Noah.

Holiday Giving

One again, we have adopted two families to assist during the holiday season. Each classroom has one person that they are buying for. They are as follows:

Family 1

Ms. Haynes – 40 year old Female

pants- 11 jeans
shirt- xl (hoodies)
shoes- size 4 kids, Nike
bra 36DD, hoodies, winter jacket XL

Mrs. Dudley – 12 year old boy

pants- 12/14
shirt- large
shoes- size 6 (adidas)
child 1: erector set, science kit, legos, hats, gloves, snowpants

Mrs. Rainey – 7 year old female

pants- 7
shirt- 7
shoes- 1.5 girls
child 2: arts & crafts, drawing kit, hat, gloves, coat, snowpants

 

General Needs & Wants For Family
soap, shampoo, conditioner
Just for me hair milk (detangler for little girl)
soft toothbrushes (3)
toilet paper, deodorant
Pots and pans
plate sets and silverware set
gift card to purchase books for their kindle
King sized flannel sheet set
queen sized flannel sheet set
twin sized flannel sheet set

Family 2

Jen/Liz/Anyone – 32 year old female

pants- 24 women
shirt- 3x
shoes 11 (12 if boots)

Ms. Gilbert – 7 year old boy

pants- 10/12
shirt- 10/12
shoes- 3 wide
legos, minecraft

Mrs. Vlasich – 6 year old girl

pants- 5T
shirt- 5T
shoes- 10
Frozen, Barbies

Ms. Perham – 3 year old girl

pants- 4T
shirt- 4T
shoes- 8
Minnie Mouse and baby dolls

Ms. Meli – 3 year old boy

pants- 4T
shirt- 4T
shoes-9
Mickey Mouse and cars/trucks

 

General Needs & Wants For Family
Basic household needs: laundry detergent, dish soap,
sponges, toilet paper, paper towels.
Market Basket gift card
Wal-Mart Gift Card

 

Bake Sale

Ayla and Allie organized a bake sale at the Learning Celebration to raise money to purchase new pajamas for the pediatric unit at Concord Hospital. Andrew and Calvin graciously volunteered to help bake items for them to sell. Their goal was $60 but they raised $233! Not only did the girls do an amazing job, all four kids showed great kindness and teamwork!

Reminders

  • Polaris will receive $1 for every reusable blue Good Karma bag sold at the Hannaford store on Mast Rd. in Goffstown
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  • Our first trimester Learning Celebration is December 9th
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  • Parent/teacher/student conferences are on December 16th and 18th.

School Needs

9 – 12 oz paper cups

Plastic spoons

Ziplock bags – gallon size

Rolls of Paper towels

PEF News

Box Tops

Don’t forget to clip and send in your Box Tops! Although submissions usually occur twice per year there is a lot of trimming and bundling that occurs before they get submitted, so the PEF accepts them year round.

Volunteers

Volunteers with availability to go to the school to be in a shortlist in the event of staff being shorthanded

Volunteers for the auction

Classroom volunteers

Please contact Volunteers Coordinator at danielareyes@comcast.net for more details

PEF Meeting

Don’t forget the next Polaris Educational Foundation meeting is at Polaris on Friday December 18th, at 7pm. Parent/teacher organizations are important at every school, but even more so at a small school like Polaris. Come to the meeting to find out all the great ways you can get involved in your children’s Polaris experience!

Week Ending 12/04/15

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Visiting Artist

For the past few weeks in Art class, Ms. Zuber has been working with students in Ms. Perham’s and Ms. Vlasich’s classes on designing logos for businesses they created for their classroom projects. With this project, they have explored graphic design, including the use of simplified pictures, colors and fonts to tell the story of their business through a logo.

On Friday, December 4th, the students met visiting artist, Neva Cole. Ms. Cole, Director of Communications at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, is the artist who designed the Polaris logo. After hearing about the process that Ms. Cole went through to design our school logo, the students each presented their work to her for valuable feedback. Throughout the presentation, Ms. Cole spoke about the evolving process of art, and how to turn “mistakes” into “happy accidents”.

The students look forward to sharing their finished logos with you at the Learning Celebration!

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Hannaford Fundraiser

Our earnings from this fundraiser are up to $60!  I know how crazy this month can be for everyone, but the Hannaford Helps blue Good Karma bag is perfect for carrying food and gifts, and they also make great presents! For every bag purchased at the Goffstown Hannaford on Mast Rd. $1 will be donated to Polaris.

Core Value – Caring/Kindness

December’s Core Value is Caring/Kindness. This week we talked about what showing it looks like and sounds like. We also watched the video to a song about random acts of kindness that you can view here.

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Star Students

Last Monday, we honored the students who were great citizens the week before Thanksgiving. Nice job: Adam, Caedan, Colton, Noah, Sebastian, Serena and Yoni.

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Perseus Class Share

Ms. Perham’s students decided to act out the Aesop Fable “The Lion and the Mouse” at Morning Gathering on Friday. In the story, the lion lets the mouse go unharmed and later, the mouse repays that act of kindness by chewing through a net and freeing the lion from hunters. They then put on a dance to the song “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers.

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Math

Miss Haynes’ math groups recently ventured outside to do a few foot races. I assure you that they were doing math! A few students were timed walking 25ft, and their times were recorded. Then everyone got a chance to run 25ft and their times were recorded as well. Next, all of the data was analyzed. They talked about how distance, rate, and time were related and wrote equations to express these relations. They then looked at the different ratios of the time it took to walk vs. the time it took to run, they compared the ratios, they performed some statistical operations like mean, median, mode, and range, and they wrote ratios to compare the different rates.

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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
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  • Our first trimester Learning Celebration is December 9th
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  • Parent/teacher/student conferences are on December 16th and 18th.

Playground Sweepstakes

We could win a $30,000 playground makeover! Anyone can enter our school’s name once per day until March 25th. See here for more details.

PEF News

Volunteer Needs

We need Emergency Volunteers- volunteers with availability to go to the school on short notice in the event of staff being shorthanded

Auction Volunteers- various tasks 

Classroom Volunteers

If you’re available to help please contact Volunteers Coordinator at danielareyes@comcast.net for more details.”

4th Annual Gala Auction

The donations have started coming in and we have over $1500 worth of items so far! This year’s auction is ramping up to be the best yet. We will be updating the website with the available items as more come in. Mark your calendars for March 12th. You won’t want to miss this!

 

Win Ski Passes or 2 Tickets to the Auction

Make sure you bring cash or your check book to the Learning Celebration next Wednesday. The PEF will be selling raffle tickets. The first place prize will be a choice of either 2 passes to Macintyre Ski Area or 2 free tickets to the Auction. The second place prize winner will receive the other prize. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Winning tickets will be drawn on Friday, December 11th. Not able to make it to the Learning Celebration? You can still purchase tickets. Contact Ali Ferriero at Alicia.ferriero@yahoo.com for more information.