From the Board of Trustees
The Polaris adult community of parents, staff, and friends is invited to an Open Forum with the Board of Trustees to be held on November 10th, from 7-8:30 PM. This is the first of what we hope will be a series of discussions between the Board of Trustees and the community we serve.
Our initial Open Forums will focus on the Board’s Strategic Plan, which was created to set goals to work on over the next year. At the Forum on November 10th, we will start by sharing and asking for your input on the goals we are considering for the school Facility.
The Board of Trustees is very interested in hearing your ideas and suggestions related to the many important issues facing Polaris Charter School. The PEF has kindly moved up and reduced their meeting time (to 6:30-7:00pm) on November 10th to increase the likelihood of parents and staff being able to attending both meetings. Watch for an e-mail coming from the new Board of Trustees Chair, Jill Cane, with more detail.
We look forward to hearing your voices on November 10th!
Polaris Charter School is now signed up as a recipient for donations solicited online through the Giving Tuesday website. (https://www.givingtuesday.org/) Please tell your friends and neighbors to check out this site to benefit our school!
Core Value – Respect
This week, we learned the Respect Poem. It has hand motions that go along with it that you can view here.
I will value other people and I never will forget
that even though we’re different
I can still show you respect.
I will always use good manners
I’ll be careful what I say
I will treat others with dignity
in how I live each day
My character is what will make a leader out of me
So next time crew let’s say it more enthusiastically!
Book Character Dress Up Day
On Wednesday, we celebrated Book Character Dress Up Day. Students and staff alike participated in the fun! Classes got together with their buddies and did some activities as well.
Miss Haynes and Mrs. Rainey’s class went on a field trip to America’s Stonehenge in Salem, NH. They got to take a tour of the archaeological site and learned about the civilization that lived here. Students also got to take part in an archaeological dig, where they dug for pottery, polished stones and other artifacts.
Congratulations to Damian, David, Emma, Kenneth, Madison, Mikail, Solana and Sophia for being chosen as Star Students!
As winter weather is approaching, this is a good time to review Polaris Charter School’s school cancellation/delay policy. Our school follows the Manchester School District’s weather-related decisions; if they are closed/delayed we are too. Cancellations or delays will be announced before 6:30 a.m. on the following radio and TV stations:
WZID-FM (95.7) WMLL-FM (96.5)
WGIR-AM (610) & FM (101.1) WMUR-TV Channel 9
We also typically send an email and post it on the PEF Facebook page. On occasion, Polaris may make an independent weather-related decision, as our students come from many towns and cities in New Hampshire. In such instances, the radio and TV stations mentioned above will carry any special announcements for Polaris Charter School. Parents are encouraged to use their own discretion in commuting on days with snow or icy conditions. If you decide that travel conditions are too hazardous, whether or not school has been delayed or cancelled, your child(ren) will be given an excused absence. If Polaris is in session, weather-related absences should still be called in to the School Office and followed up with a written excuse, signed by the parent/ guardian.
If there is a delayed opening for the Manchester School District on a Wednesday, Polaris Charter School will be closed.
Recess will be held outdoors unless it is actively precipitating or the “Feel’s Like” temperature is below 20 degrees F. Due to our limited staff, we cannot keep children inside when they are not dressed appropriately. We ask parents to ensure that their child comes to school dressed for the weather conditions, including appropriate coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats, etc. Please label all clothing with your child’s name.
Dorado’s Class Share
Mrs. Dudley’s shared what they have been working on with their Wampanoag studies. They showed their wigwam, explained the 3 sisters (the planting of corn, beans, and squash in a single mound or bed) and compared how we have many similarities to the Wampanoags.
This week the STEM class was turned into a catapult firing range. The students put their catapults to the test by trying to hit the drum we had set out on the floor. Some of the students had this down and were able to get their marshmallows into an inverted drum that had a 5 inch opening. It was great to see the students be able to apply their knowledge of their catapult in their accuracy and repeated shots. The students were able to take their catapults home so they could share with others what they had done. Ms. Rainey’s class will do their catapult testing next week since they were out on a field trip this week. Ms. Perham’s class went the extra mile and documented how far each marshmallow went on the rainbow carpet squares.
Good Luck Ms. Meli
This was Ms. Meli’s last week at Polaris. She has embarked a new adventure, moving to Colorado and obtaining a long-term sub teaching position. We wish her the best of luck with this transition. We have hired a new Educational Assistant. Loren Robidas will begin on Monday. Welcome to the Polaris community Loren!
- There is no school Friday November 11th
- Board Meeting November 15th
- No School November 23rd, 24th and 25th
- 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.
PEF Autumn Potluck- Bring a dish and join us for a special 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!
PEF Meeting Change!! PEF Meeting will now be on Thursday, November 10th from 6:30 – 7:00pm to accommodate the Polaris Board of Trustee’s Community Forum (7-8:30pm) regarding The Strategic Plan and the goals for the Polaris Facility (the building). Both the PEF and the Board of Trustees need to hear your voice and it is for this reason the PEF moved/shortened the PEF meeting. We strongly encourage all parents to attend the meetings on this evening.
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.
After School Enrichments
There is still space available in some of our enrichments.
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 is open on for students in 3rd to 5th grade. Only a few 3 student slots remain. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to enroll!
Below, you can find some important dates for your School Calendar:
- PEF Meeting– November 10th 6:30pm at Polaris
- Board of Trustees Community Forum: Strategic Plan and the Polaris Facility: November 10th 7- 8:30pm at Polaris
- Autumn Potluck– November 5th @ 3pm at Polaris. A wonderful shared meal Polaris Families
- Polaris Auction!!! – March 11th