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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.”
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About NHAPCS
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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Shop and Earn Money

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Polaris Charter School.

Use the link below:

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fbrowse.html%3Fnode%3D502659011&ein=45-3814187

Thank you for your participation in the AmazonSmile program.

Trustworthiness

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.

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Star Students

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

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 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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