On Tuesday, seven administrators and teachers from Greenland School District visited Polaris in hopes of obtaining ideas for implementing project based learning in their schools. They toured and observed each classroom and asked teachers as well as students questions. The children were eager to share what they were working on. This is the feedback we received afterward from Assistant Superintendent Kelli Killen:
I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful visit to Polaris that the SAU 50 team had today. It was so nice to see personalized and project based learning in action. The team was impressed with the communication from students about their learning and their work. All the staff were very welcoming and gracious in giving time for our questions. We came away with many ideas and information to assist us as we start this journey.
Warm regards to all,
Core Value – Acceptance/Diversity
On Tuesday, we learned what an anthem is and we read and then listened to the lyrics of If I Had a Hammer by Peter, Paul and Mary.
If I had a hammer
I’d hammer in the morning
I’d hammer in the evening
All over this land
I’d hammer out danger
I’d hammer out a warning
I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.
This song became the anthem for the Civil Rights movement with its message of justice and freedom.
We also did an exercise on perspective. We viewed the image below and students shared what they saw. Some saw some really interesting things. The point is that we having different points of view about matters a time but we can listen and accept other’s ideas (do you see the bald figure or the one with hair standing on end?).
Finally, we read a book about a boy whose sister had muscular dystrophy and needed a wheelchair. Often, her needs made him late for hockey which really made him angry. That is until he fell and broke his arm and couldn’t do somethings for himself anymore. It helped him understand what things were like for her and he gained even greater respect for her.
This week’s Star Students that were recognized for showing acceptance were: Andrew R., Gus, Julia, Max, Molly, Ryan and Sebastian. Congratulations!
Hydra Class Share
Miss Haynes’ class shared a few different things this week. One thing they shared were their “ideas to make the world a better place” which they came up with after reading a picture book on Martin Luther King Jr as well as the book What Do You Do With An Idea. Other students shared their writing prompts that they worked on this week in which they had to create a story and write it in two different characters’ perspectives. Lastly, some students shared the science work they did on the Bohr’s Model of atoms. They picked an element from the periodic table and drew it on a piece of paper using the Bohr’s Model. They learned how the atomic number is the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons that the atom has, the protons and neutrons are located in the nucleus, and the electrons are split up among different electron shells.
As a result of Allie and Ayla’s bake sale at the Learning Celebration, they were able to purchase and donate 34 pair of pajammas and 4 pair of underwear to the Pediatric unit at Concord Hospital.
- The next Information Sessions is:
o Saturday, February 6th at 1pm
If you know of anyone who might be interested in Polaris, please pass the word!
- Don’t forget to send in pizza money before noon on Thursdays.
- Check our lost and found – we have many coats, gloves, sweatshirts, etc. Please do your best to label your children’s outerwear and lunch boxes.
We are looking for a volunteer (or volunteers) to continue the electronic cataloguing of our library. The wonderful parent that has been keeping track is leaving next year, and we are hoping to train someone to take it over, preferably long-term. Contact Daniela at email@example.com
We are actively looking for a Co-Chair for the Events committee and a Chair for the Enrichment committee. All parents/guardians are automatically members of the PEF and are free to join any of the committees of the PEF: Events, Volunteering, Fundraising, and Enrichment. You do not have to be a committee chair to help out, but just providing support would be a great help. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the committee chairs to find out more information.
Please only send in orders/payments for pizza weekly or monthly. Our great pizza program is run by several parents who volunteer here at Polaris. It takes a lot of time and effort to organize those pizza orders, and the volunteer who organizes the orders is only set up to receive orders monthly or weekly.
Also, we will no longer be offering water for pizza orders, effective after this week.
The PEF meeting schedule for the rest of the school year are ;Feb 19, Mar 17, Apr 22 andMay 19. They are always at 7pm at school (alternating Thursday and Friday).