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Week Ending 10/21/16

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Core Value – Respect

We tacked the issue of gossip and rumors and how disrespectful and hurtful that is to others. We first defined what each are. A rumor is a piece of information or a story that is not verified; the person telling it does not know if it’s true or false. Gossip can be true, false or a rumor. It is idle talk about the personal or private lives of others. Three volunteers helped demonstrate what can happen when you spread rumors or gossip. I poured a glitter into the first student’s hand. The object was to pass ALL of the glitter to the next person without dropping any or leaving any left on their hand. As you can imagine, this was impossible and glitter was everywhere. This is what happens to our words. Once we speak them they have been heard and they cannot be erased.


We also discussed the similarities between glitter and gossip. Its messy, stick around, attracts attention and makes a person look bad.


STAR Students

Congratulation to our Respectful students! Way to go: Allie, Amadu, Crosby, Irelyn, Ephrim, Joey and Teagan B.


Weather Station

A weather station was recently installed on Polaris’s roof. Ms. V’s and Ms. Perham’s classes have a display in their room so they can graph temperature, precipitation, wind speed and air pressure. They also made their own barometers and thermometers to compare their homemade versions to the computerized one.


Important Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Oct 26th: Book Character Dress Up Day. NOTE – We do not celebrate Halloween. We celebrate by representing our favorite books! 

Friday, November 11th – No School

Wednesday, Dec 7th:  6-7pm  Primary Learning Celebration

*Thursday, Dec 8th: 6-7pm Intermediate Learning Celebration. Note that this is a change we have made to our school calendar. 

Pavo Class Share

At Friday’s Morning Gathering, Ms. V read the book “What Do You Do With a Problem” by Kobi Ymada. It is about a child struggling with worry about dealing with a problem and what do do about it. Should he ignore it? The more he worried, the bigger it became. He finally mustered the courage to face it and discovered how capable he really was. “Every problem has an opportunity for something good. You just have to look for it.”

Pavo students then shared how they viewed problems and what they would do to solve them.


A Message From the NH Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Many of you have seen the recent ads airing against Massachusetts charter schools and have expressed concern.  The NH Alliance for Public Charter Schools has written a letter to share with you. You can view it by clicking here.

The New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a non-profit, 501c3 organization working to support public charter schools in our state.  The Alliance has created a secure, online form that allows charter school supporters to receive important news & updates during the legislative session.  If you are interested in receiving these updates, you can find add yourself to the list via the following link: https://nhcharterschools.wildapricot.org/stay-informed

PEF News

PEF Autumn Potluck- Bring a dish and join us for a specia autumn pot luck!  This is a great way to connect with the Polaris community and for kids to try new foods.  Please sign up and let us know what you are bringing and let us know if you can volunteer to help.  Sign up at: https://wejoinin.com/sheets/owqsp

As always, anyone who you consider as part of the family during weekend dinners are welcome to join us!

School Spirit Wear– School Spirit Wear is now available on line. Choose sizes from toddler to 5X. This year’s selection includes great customization options as well as new options such as coffee mugs and winter hats. There is no deadline to order. The school store is here year round. Special custom options including shirts that say Polaris Mom, Grandma, Uncle or Dad will make a great gift for the holidays! Order any time:


Pennies For Polaris:

Once again we are asking families to dig under their seats and collect change for Polaris. As we face delays in realizing the dream playground, the PEF has recognized that for many students the classroom is their playground. We are collecting funds to fit the following new In School Enrichment mission.  Funding will be given to both individual teachers and to school wide enrichments.  The Penny drive will continue until November 7th.

The PEF In School Enrichment Mission: To enhance the classroom experience with real world, hands on interactions by providing special resources to the classroom or to the school population at large. Enrichments are intended to broaden the scope of learning, engage children in ways that reach beyond the daily classroom routines.  In school enrichment might include visitors, field trips, enhancement of short term projects with extraordinary materials and resources-(purchased or leased) to support a teacher led project. Projects, visitors and facilitators associated with the in school enrichment mission can support the current curriculum or offer an educational or team building diversion from the daily school routine. While there is no set time restrictions on how long an In-School enrichment program will last, Polaris in school enrichments are not intended to be long term capital expenditures or school supply drives.

School Photos

School photo proofs by Hayward Photography went home last week.  Orders must be placed by October 24, 2016 in order to receive free shipping and be sent to the school.

After School Enrichments

There is still space available in some of our enrichments.

Pokémon Club: (Starts 10/31) Students who sign up will be given a deck as part of sign up their sign up costs.  (Parents: please note Pokemon Club will not be allowing the trading of cards in this session. It may be considered in future sessions if participants do well with following the rules of the game.)

The Sustainable Artist: Making Art from Trash ($68)  (Starts 11/21): This class needs more participants in order to run. Registration will not be closed at this time in order to allow more students to sign up.

Please use the following link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIoIfhS2YHb3v8ALupDtCZCK_0hVmqTjIqCj_mOMB6zUEe3A/viewform?usp=send_form

Destination Imagination ($170) : Registration has re-opened for students in grades 3 – 5 as we will be running two teams.  The 17 week session begins on November 10th.  In addition to the overall challenge the team selects to work on for the end competition, full will be had weekly with instant challenges.  For example, the team might build a structure that is as tall as possible that will support a baseball – with only these materials.  12 toothpicks, 5 Mailing Labels, 6 Coffee Stirrers, 3 Pieces of Paper, 2 Pencils, 3 Paper Clips, 1 Glove, 1 Plastic Bag.

Registration opens on Saturday, Oct 22nd for students in 3rd to 5th grade. Please use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2_PIflfu0xCB6oSYfL3aX0quSxQgFSasZqUVz61Npuihq2Q/viewform?usp=send_form

As a reminder, all enrichments over $100 can be paid for in 2 installments. Additionally, Enrichment Scholarship is available upon request. Please contact The Enrichment Team at pefenrichment@gmail.com for questions or to enroll!

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

  • PEF Meeting– November 10th 7pm at Polaris
  • Autumn Potluck– November 5th @ 3pm at Polaris. A wonderful shared meal Polaris Families
  • Polaris Auction!!! – March 11th




Giving Tuesday

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