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Week Ending 11/04/16

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From the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees would like to thank all of the participants in Thursday evening’s Open Forum.  We heard many thoughtful suggestions for our facility in both the short-term and the long-term. In next week’s newsletter, we will provide readers with a summary of the discussion and our follow-up plans, which will be based on the notes from the small group exercise and the feedback forms.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, November 15th at 6PM.  On the agenda is an update on the Facility Goals, (including a report from the Open Forum,) and a beginning discussion of the Finance Goals from the Strategic Plan.  Meetings of the Board of Trustees are always open to the public.

Shire Sharing

Polaris is again teaming up with Shire Sharing to bring Thanksgiving dinners to families in our Community who may other wise go without.

Whether you can donate time, food or money, there are a lot of ways to help!

We will be holding a food drive at Polaris where kids can bring in items to donate through November 18th. This is a great way for kids to feel involved and have a sense of helping.

Students and families are invited to help out at the warehouse on South Willow assembling donation baskets. The address is 377 South Willow and it starts at 10am on Saturday Nov 19th. Information can be found at shiresharing.org/volunteer and at shiresharing.org/donate

Also, Shire Sharing is now an official 501c3 charity, which means that donations are tax-deductible!

Here is the list of desired items:

  • 1-pound bags of lentils, split green peas (dry)
  • 9-inch pie shells
  • Bread or cornbread mixes 
  • Small bottles of vegetable oil
  • Canned veggies – 15 oz size – green beans, peas, corn preferred
  • Small jars of turkey gravy
  • Boxed stuffing mixes
  • Jars or cans of cranberry sauce
  • French’s Fried Onions or equivalent
  • Cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Filling or equivalent
  • Evaporated milk

Core Value – Citizenship

Here is a candidate that we can all get behind! View Kid President’s video about how we can change the world by clicking here.


This week, the intermediate classes were fortunate to have two visitors from SNHU come in and teach coding to our students. Students worked in teams to code a Star Wars game. Not only did students learn more about coding and computer science, but teamwork as well. 



Mrs.Rainey’s class has been learning all about archeology. Their classroom has become a dig site and students are working in teams and excavating Ancient Egyptian artifacts. After excavating, they are cataloging the artifacts and then they will be organizing and analyzing the artifacts to draw conclusions about what life was like for the people who lived at this site. 


Star Students

Congratulations Ella S., Evan, Maru, Jamari, Mohammed, Ryenn, Sarah and Vivianna.


Items Needed

We need donations of Cheerios for students who forget their snack/lunch.


  • Board Meeting November 15th
  • No School November 23rd, 24th and 25th
  • #Giving Tuesday November 29th
  • If there is a delayed opening for the Manchester School District on a Wednesday, Polaris Charter School will be closed.
  • 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 News

After School Enrichments

Parents, please take the Enrichment survey below. It only takes a few minutes and will help us to plan the Winter and Spring terms!

Enrichment Survey

We are actively looking for parent volunteers to run enrichment courses. If you have a skill you’d like to share with the students at Polaris please email us at pefenrichment@gmail.com. Some ideas that have been suggested in the past are sewing, astronomy, and programming, but all ideas are welcome!

The Sustainable Artist: Making Art From Trash Registration

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!

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. However, each order is customized and can take up to 14 days to process and complete.  We recommend you make all holiday orders at least 20 days in advance.  The store has available special custom options including shirts that say Polaris Mom, Grandma, Uncle or Dad will make a great gift for the holidays! Order any time:


Pizza Ordering Reminder– Please use the order forms.  If for some reason you are not able to use the form, it is very important that you include your child’s NAME, CLASS, and # of pizza slices with the money that you turn in.  Otherwise, your order may not be placed correctly and your child is likely to be disappointed. Thank you!

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

  • PEF Meeting– December 5th 7pm at Polaris
  • Game Night– January 14th
  • Polaris Auction!!! – March 11th

Giving Tuesday

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