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Week Ending 9/16/16

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School Rules!

This is was an exciting week as we established our school wide rules. Two delegates from each class met with me on Monday. They presented the rules that they and their classmates had established. We read them aloud and wrote them on a white board. When looking at the 41 rules that were shared, we could see that some were the same or similar and we were able to group them accordingly. We ended up with five rules that will help Polaris students be S.T.A.R.S. They are:

Show responsibility
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Always try your best
Respect ourself, others and the environment around you
Stay Safe, in control and have fun

We then presented them to the rest of the school at Morning Gathering on Tuesday. It was a really exciting time and something that we will continue to celebrate.

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Next will focus on what each rule looks like and sounds like. We began with Stay Safe, in control and have fun.

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Pegasus Class Share

Last week, the Pegasus classroom read The Day the Crayons Quit. An important message we learned from reading this book was to “think outside the crayon box”- sometimes the most beautiful things in our world are unexpected and uniquely designed. Students were challenged to draw a picture of an object or an item in nature and color it using a different color than they normally would. We then wrote a sentence about our picture. We hope by doing this activity that we will apply this way of thinking as we complete projects in our classroom for the rest of the school year.  

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Math Groups

Intermediate students began working in their math groups this week. Students completed assessments that provided the team with information that helped determine where they are best suited for this unit of math. Each teacher focuses on one or two instructional levels, so your child might be in a different classroom for this time. Prior to every math unit, students will be pre-assessed so they are placed appropriately. Primary teachers worked on assessing their students this week and they will begin their math groups next week.

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PEF News

Pizza Fridays will be returning to Polaris soon.  Be on the look out next week for communication from the PEF for more details!

The PEF would like to remind families that we are now allowing families the option of breaking up payments into half for those enrichments that are over $100.  Half of the cost of the enrichment would be due before the enrichment begins and the 2nd half would be due at the half way point of the enrichment.  For those interested in this option, please, let our Treasurer, Colleen Vignale know (her email is below).

We also have available a scholarship of up to $50 per family per year for financial need. If the cost of enrichment is a struggle and you need some assistance please contact Colleen Vignale at colleenlvig@gmail.com. There is one single point of contact for all enrichment scholarships for your privacy. Please keep in mind that scholarships are limited to a budgeted amount per semester and are provided on good faith of need.

There is still space available in some of our enrichments.  Several are beginning next week so:

Primary Music and Intermediate Music have been combined to ONE class (starts 9/28):  Everyone who has already registered is guaranteed a space. Registration is still open

Engineering FUNdamentals (Delayed Start- New Start date of 10/4): This course needs quite a few more participants in order to run. It is in danger of not being run and registration will be left open to allow more students to sign up.

Intermediate Music: This class was combined with Primary Music.

Pokémon Club: This course has enough participants to run and everyone who has already registered is guaranteed a spot if it runs.  As this program has not reached its maximum capacity, registration will not be closed at this time.

Lego Club (Starts 10/29): This course has enough participants to run and everyone who has already registered is guaranteed a spot if it runs.  As this program has not reached its maximum capacity, registration will not be closed at this time.

Destination Imagination (Starts 10/29): All students who received a space in the program by random lottery have been notified. If you missed signing up, or have a student who changed their mind, please reply to this email with your child’s name, and class information. There has been some interest expressed in running a second team for this Enrichment, However, in order to have a 2nd team, we would need additional parent volunteers.

Hip Hop (Starts 9/30): This course has enough participants to run and everyone who has already registered is guaranteed a spot if it runs.  As this program has not reached its maximum capacity, registration will not be closed at this time.

The Sustainable Artist: Making Art from Trash (Starts 11/21): This class needs more participants in order to run. It is in danger of not being able to run. Registration will not be closed at this time in order to allow more students to sign up.

Illustration: Literature & Art, Best Friends Forever (Starts 9/26: This course has enough participants to run and everyone who has already registered is guaranteed a spot if it runs.  As this program has not reached its maximum capacity, registration will not be closed at this time.

Please don’t hesitate to contact The Enrichment Team at pefenrichment@gmail.com for questions or clarifications!

Below, you can find some important dates for your School Calendar:

  • Fall Enrichment’s Begin- Week of Sept 26th
  • PEF Meeting– October 3rd 7pm at Polaris
  • Movie Night – October 7th @ 6pm at Polaris.  Join us for a family-friendly movie and popcorn!
  • Autumn Potluck– November 5th @ 3pm at Polaris. A wonderful shared meal Polaris Families
  • Polaris Auction!!! – March 11th

 

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