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Week Ending 2/3/17

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Open Forum

The Board of Trustees is planning the next Open Forum on Education and Curriculum at Polaris Charter School, February 15th  at 7:00 PM. Staff will present some of the initiatives that have been undertaken in response to YOUR feedback. Parents will also have a chance to ask questions about the Polaris curriculum and give input regarding communication and support for learning outside of school. We hope to see you there!

Core Value – Acceptance/Diversity

This week we watched a two part musical video of Dr. Seuss’s book The Sneetches. The Sneetches is a story about two groups that differ in the fact that some have stars on their bellies and some do not. The Star-Belly Sneetches viewed themselves as better than those without and would not allow them to share their things nor participate in the their activities. This resulted in the Plain-Belly Sneetches feeling sad and left out. Then along came Sylvester McMonkey McBean with a special machine that allowed the Plain-Belly Sneetches to add stars to their bellies. Now everyone looked the same. This angered the Star-Belly Sneetches, so they in turn had their stars removed. This continued on and on until they realized that no one could remember who was who. At the end, some had three stars, some had six, some had them on their front and some had them on their back. They realized it did not matter and that they could all be together and be friends.

I assigned students the “homework” of thinking about why I might have shown them this movie and what it might mean.


On Thursday at Morning Gathering, we had a very meaningful discussion about what students learned from the story. Johnny mentioned how this reminded him of our discussion about Martin Luther King Jr. when white people were treated better. We observed that we all have differences. Some people have short hair, some have long. Some people wear glasses while others do not.  Some speak other languages, are different religions and different colors. Polaris is a wonderfully diverse community that comes together and celebrates that every day!

Star Students

The following students were recognized for their acts of acceptance: Elli, Gwen, Guili, Jared, Madison, Sydney and Tula. Great job!


Sculptor Class Share

Mrs. Rainey’s class has been learning about Rube Goldberg Machines, forces and simple machines. You may be wondering what a Rube Goldberg Machine is? It is a machine that is meant to complete a simple task in a complicated way. Students have been working on creating blue prints for their machines and many have started building. We are looking forward to testing and modifying our machines!


Exercise and Fun in PE 

One of the PE activities in Ms. Butterfield’s class that our students really enjoy is the cardiovascular exercises they do along with Coach Pirillo’s videos. Intermediate students have also learned to check their heart rate.



PEF News

All parents are invited to our next PEF Meeting on Monday, Feb 6th at 7pm at the school.  Every parent, guardian, teacher, administrator and Polaris Board of Trustee are members of the Polaris Educational Foundation. We encourage all Polaris community members to attend these meetings.

Pizza Ordering– 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 and if the pizza is Gluten Free (GF) 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!

Enrichment –  We thank you for your patience as the PEF has worked to plan the 2017 enrichment options. While changing insurance requirements and chaperone availability delayed these offerings, we are now ready to go and looking forward to a great year! Please click to view the Enrichment Brochure here.

5th Annual Polaris Charter School Auction Gala: Reach for the Stars

The Auction Committee needs your help! We are asking all parents to help contribute cash or items for the auction raffle baskets. We have created lists to make it easy. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044faba72ca1f49-raffle

Please sign-up as soon as possible. We need all sign-ups complete by February 10th. Items can be brought to the school anytime, now through February 17th. Please send your donation(s) in with your student.  If you are not able to buy an item for the baskets, you can also send in $10 and the Auction Committee can purchase remaining items. They can drop the donation off with Mrs. Sherwood in her office or give their donation to their teacher. If possible, please label your item with your name and Attn: PEF Auction

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ali.ferriero@gmail.com.

More information about the Silent Auction Gala.

What: An evening of dinner, music, dancing and a silent auction.

When: March 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Where: The Executive Court Banquet Hall. 1199 Mammoth Rd, Manchester, NH

Why: All proceeds will be used for Polaris teachers to transform ordinary classroom experiences into extraordinary.

Who: The Polaris Community, friends and family

How: We need EVERYONE’S help to make this event happen. We need volunteers, item donations, cash donations and the support of the entire community.

The Annual Auction Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year. As this event has grown, we have been able to greatly reduce the number of fundraisers we hold each year. Help us continue to make this event as successful as possible.

Questions? Email PEFauction@polarischarterschool.org

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

  • Next PEF Meeting– Feb 6th -7pm at Polaris
  • Polaris Auction!!! – March 11th

Sign-Ups for Spring Enrichments begin on Feb 6th


Giving Tuesday

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