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Week Ending 4/22/16

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  Charter School Organizations Merge

New Hampshire Charter School Organizations Announce Merger

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Center for Innovative Schools (NHCIS) and the New Hampshire Public Charter School Association (NHPCSA), have announced the merger of their two organizations, effective today.

“For years, our groups have worked together to increase the quality and quantity of public education options available to New Hampshire students”, said Matora Fiorey, Board Chair NHPCSA.

“This alliance will enable us to share the experience and expertise of our current charter schools, with the passion and drive of a new generation of charter school applicants”, said Matt Southerton, Co-Founder & Director NHCIS.
The new organization will be called the New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NHAPCS).
Southerton will become the President and CEO of the new organization. “This is the natural next step in a movement committed to increasing education options for all children and providing parents and students the opportunity to find a public school that best serves their needs.”
Fiorey will become the new organization’s Board Chair. “I am thrilled that weare creating one efficient entity that will support charter schools from conception to fully functioning mature schools. The Alliance will be a valuable resource for anyone looking for information about New Hampshire public charter schools.”
The New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools, is a non-profit organization. Our members are committed to increasing public education options for all children, through the creation of high-quality public charter schools, and to helping these schools reach higher levels of student performance.

Opera NH 

We were treated to performances by Opera NH.  The mission of this program is to provide a cultural and educational opportunity to New Hampshire school-aged children, at no cost to them or their schools. The goals of the program are to:

  • Expose children to opera, an art form that is often under-emphasized in school curricula.
  • Demonstrate the interaction of vocal and instrumental music, storytelling, acting, dance, language arts, and other educational subjects within the context
  • Provide children with an opportunity to see and hear live opera.
  • Encourage children to participate in operas.

After singing a sampling of songs from several different operas, the singers answered children’s questions and boy did they have some good ones!



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This week we completed an acrostic poem with the word “trust.” We also listed to the Truth song again since the kids loved it so much when we played it two weeks ago.



Star Students

Our trustworthy students this week were: Gus, Kayla, Lasya, Lucas, Nadia, Talia and Toby. Way to go!


 Dorado Class Share

Students in Mrs. Dudley’s class brightened up our school library by decorating the wall with their favorite book character. The walls are now adorned with the likes of Harry Potter, Jack and Annie, Geronimo Stilton and the ever popular Pikachu.

They then demonstrated the engineering experiment that they did last week. Even though it did not quite go as planned, we learned that cylinders are a stronger support that any thing with corners as those are weak spots. That is why columns in homes, under bridges, etc. are shaped that way.



Buddy Time

The last few weeks Mrs. Fesh and Mrs. Rainey’s class have been talking about ecosystems and the food chains and food webs that exist in these ecosystems. Our book buddies worked together to learn more about the food chains of a specific animal. They created a paper chain to show each step of the food chain. We shared these this week and discussed the different biomes and which animals live in each biome.


Ms. Haynes and Ms. Gilbert’s class also gathered and read with their book buddies:


PEF News

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

The PEF will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at the school on Wednesday, May 4th after school. Look for the sign up sheet for food, drinks, and paper goods in your email shortly!

Board and Committee Vacancies

Although you may run for any position on the PEF, we currently have no one to running for the following positions: Vice President, Secretary, Fundraising Chair, Enrichment Chair, and Volunteer Chair. This potentially means we will have no means of fundraising for the school next year, no after school enrichments, and no one to coordinate volunteers for the teachers. Several of these positions will be vacated due to the 2 year term limit. Please contact us with any questions you might have about these positions at pef@polarischarterschool.org!

Final PEF Meeting

Due to being scheduled to occur on the same day as the last day of school, we voted last night to change our final meeting to Thursday, June 9th, at 7pm. Next month’s meeting is still set to occur on May 19th.

Week Ending 4/15/16

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  Smarter Balanced Assessment

Smarter Balanced testing has been completed with the exception of a handful to students who need to finish a section or two. We did experience some issues with internet service that were resolved by logging in and logging back out again. The students were incredibly patient and they worked hard. Results will be available sometime next Fall. In May, students in fourth grade will take the Science NECAP. More information will follow.

While the majority of students were doing the Smarter Balanced Assessment, others met in other classes to continue work as well as do some collaborative activities. For example, students in Mrs. Dudley’s class made towers of various shapes (rectangle, triangle and cylinder) and determined which worked best to hold the most books. The cylinder held the most – 38 books!


Discover Wild NH Day

This event is set for Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. Admission is free. Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions. Browse exhibits presented by more than 60 outdoor and conservation organizations from throughout the state. See live animals, big fish and trained falcons. Try your hand at archery, casting, fly-tying and air rifle. Watch retriever dogs in action. Get creative with hands-on craft activities for the kids. Plus, check out the latest hunting and fishing gear and gadgets. For more information go to http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/events/dwnh.html.

Star Students

Students who exemplified how trustworthy they are were honored Monday. Nice job: Alanna, Alex, Ephrim, Evan, Maya, Nevaeh and Yoni. Nice job!



 Pavo Class Share

Mrs. V’s class has been learning the song “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. They sung it for us at Morning Gathering on Friday.



PEF News


Although Boxtops only issues a check twice per year, our wonderful BoxTops Coordinator has to trim them all and add them to sheets, which takes quite a while. So if you have a bunch taking up space send ’em on in!


We’re excited to announce that we have a volunteer for at least one position which will be vacated this year, thanks to the wonderful folks who’ve stepped up. If you are still interested but haven’t gotten around to inquiring, we still have several openings to be filled. We’re excited to hear new ideas!

Week Ending 4/08/16

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  Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be administered Monday April 11th – Friday April15th. After Morning Gathering, the children will have a snack and then test until approximately 10:45. Please make every effort to have your child(ren) here and on time. If you have any questions contact Jen.


Core Value – Trustworthiness

During the month of April we will be discussing Trustworthiness. We began by discussing what it means. We also listened to The Truth Song. The students enjoyed it so much that several asked me to send them the link to it and they would like to play it again. You can listen to it here. Then we read the following quote:

Trust is like the air we breathe. When it’s present, nobody really notices. But when it’s absent, everybody notices. -Warren Buffet



Star Students

Our responsible star students from last week were honored on Monday. Congratulations to: Akshay, Ayla, Bindhi, Ella, Katie, Lolo, Mikail and Jared.


 Sculptor Class Share

In Mrs. Rainey’s class, we are hard at work on many projects that relate to our trimester theme of Ecosystems! In Science, we are building terrariums and will be observing them for growth and changes. Prior to building these, we learned all about the different steps of the water cycle. Students created comic strips to show their understanding of this important concept. We are also learning about national parks and their importance. Students have created their own travel agency and are making brochures, websites or poster boards to convince us to visit a national park of their choice.


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Christian and Jared’s Terrariums



Manny’s Comic Strip



Mohammed’s Comic Strip

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Nikosia’s National Park Website

PEF News

Volunteers Needed

We are in desperate need for parents to sit on the Polaris Educational Foundation Board for next year. Elections occur next month, and we’ll be needing parents to fill most positions. Some current members of the board have children who will be leaving, some have filled their positions for the maximum 2 years. These positions are more crucial to the day-to-day operations of your children’s school than at a traditional public school, as the PEF fills in gaps in the budget due to the decreased funding a charter school receives. Without these positions being filled our ability to fund things like an emergency fund, teacher education, and a playground fund will be negatively impacted. Please consider running by yourself, or running with a friend to share a position on the board!


Yoga still needs 5 more students to run:


You! Are the Artist still needs 2 more students to run:


First Aid still has room:



Week Ending 4/01/16

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  Smarter Balanced Assessment

Our students in “grades” 3rd – 6th will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment that is required by the state.  We anticipate that we will begin testing on Monday April 11th. Students will likely be tested in two hour sessions over the course of four to five days. The Smarter Balanced test consists of an English/Language Arts portion and a Math portion. Within each of those subjects, there are two type of tests, a computer adaptive test (CAT) and a performance task (PT). The CAT asks one question at a time and adjusts the difficulty according to students’ answers. The English/Language Arts PT is a writing task administered where students read articles related to a topic and answer open ended questions. They are also asked to write a longer piece that requires them to use the five steps in the writing process. The math PT is a multi-step, real-world math problem. More information can be found here: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/ If you have any questions, contact Jen. A very special thanks to Preston Moulton for his help in configuring our chrome books in preparation for this!!

Pavo Class Learning Celebration

The Pavo Class had their Learning Celebration on a different date and you can see from the crowd why we may need to schedule things at different times in the future. We were treated to a play focused on America gaining independence from Britain. We “met” many historical figures such as  George Washington, Betsey Ross, King George and Paul Revere. We were also treated to songs and then a display of students work in the classroom.


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Core Value – Responsibility


 Perseus Class Share

Earlier this year, we listened to the anthem of Peter Paul and Mary titled “If I Had a Hammer.” Ms. Perham’s class wrote out the versus and we practiced singing the song together. Our hope is that we can expand the choices for our morning song and this is a great message!


PEF News

North Star Dance

  • The dance is from 6pm until 9pm at the school downstairs in the Gathering Room.
  • There will be a photographer to take pictures of the event and the children with their North Stars and a craft table, so there is more to do than just dancing.
  • Siblings are welcome to attend the dance!
  • The sign up sheet is up and can be found HERE
  • For those who might not know – there is no cost to attend this community-building event. Snacks and drinks are available during the event on a pay-by-donation basis (no set prices).

Parents’ Coffee

Come meet and mingle with other parents this Wednesday, April 6th,  at Panera on South Willow, after drop off.


Engineering FUNdamentals is closed! If you registered for it before registration closed your student got in. Apologies about the delay in emails, I’m hoping to get one sent out this weekend.

The following classes need more people to register in order to run:

Yoga- 7 more kids needed!


Currier Art- 2 more kids needed


First Aid has enough registrants to run, but still has space:


Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to fill open positions on our Executive Board and Committees this coming school year. These positions are crucial to the support of the staff and our school, and are currently in danger of remaining vacant.

Without volunteers we will be unable to run our wonderful enrichments (those emails and forms don’t create themselves!), organize in-class volunteers when the teachers need them, or those great fundraising programs that support things like teacher development and scholarships for enrichments. Please contact us today to learn more about these important roles at