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Week Ending 2/17/17

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From the Board 

Due to some scheduling conflicts, our Board Meetings have been moved to the 3rd Monday of the month. The next meeting will be on Monday, February 20th at 6:00pm.

Also, we the Open Forum that was planned for this past Wednesday was postponed due to weather concerns. It will be rescheduled for a later date to be determined.

Welcome Ryan!

Ryan is a Litchfield high school student who is working on his senior project and decided that he was really interested in volunteering at Polaris. His parents suspected something was a little different about him when he taught himself multiplication in first grade and asked questions about condensation and photosynthesis in second. In third grade his standardized testing results placed him at the 11.8 grade level. Since then, he has been identified as exceptionally gifted. Yet he would be the first to tell you that school has not gone smoothly for him. He attended a regular public school and they were not able to accommodate his needs at that time. He moved on to a math/science based charter school that was more rigorous but homework completion was a significant part of his grade.  He learned things rapidly, aced tests but failed classes because he did not do the homework as he had already mastered the concepts.

These are just a few of the challenges that gifted children face. We are very grateful to Ryan for being so open about his experience and sharing it with our school community. He will be a valuable resource for our gifted students. He will come to one of our Wednesday professional development meetings where he will share more of his experiences give our staff the opportunity to gain more insight on gifted learners.


This was the scene in Wednesday’s car pick up line. Please make every effort to wait until there is open space in front of parked cars before moving up in line. When cars are double parked, through traffic must cross into the path of oncoming traffic. This almost resulted in an accident.



Core Value – Fairness

We FINALLY had an opportunity to discuss February’s Core Value of Fairness. We began by talking about ways we show it.


Next we did an activity that demonstrated that fair is not always equal. Student volunteers were given a post it with an “injury” on it that they read such as broken leg, headache, etc. I gave each student a band-aid on their hand. They all got the same thing and were treated equally but was that what they really needed? Everyone’s needs are different and fairness ensures that those needs are met.


The following day we reviewed this concept and we also talked about the following quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:


Star Students

The following students were recently honored for demonstrating one of our Core Values. Congratulations to: Andrew, Ellie, Emmy, Julian, Katie, Toby and Oliver.


Dorado Class Share

Student’s in Mrs. Dudley’s class shared a fun science experiment. They used four different sized plastic bottles and filled each with the same amount of vinegar and then added an equal amount of baking soda. The reaction formed a gas which expanded into the balloon. We made prediction about what would happen and then watched as each balloon filled. We were able to conclude that the smallest water bottle created the largest balloon. Ask your child if they can explain why!



Welcome Mrs. Bresnahan

Lori Bresnahan has joined the Polaris team as an educational assistant at the intermediate level.  She has a lot of teaching experience, as a classroom teacher, certified for Kindergarten to grade 8, and as a certified reading and writing specialist.  She has even taught art and music, and worked with Navajo children in New Mexico!   She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Plymouth State College, her M.Ed. in Foundations of Learning from Antioch Graduate School, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Literacy from University of New England.  She has also taught courses at the college level on how to teach literacy, and literacy assessment.  She is very happy to be back working with elementary aged students!

She lives in Webster with her husband, two cats, and a few aquarium fish.  When not at school, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, gardening, watching birds, listening to music, and, of course, reading.

Physical Science

Our trimester theme of Physical Science is well underway and many exciting things are being examined. Some classes have begun constructing Rube Goldberg machines. Students have also explored the scientific method and have conducted experiments such as making butter and examining the optimal type of water for growing crystals.



PEF News

All parents are invited to our next PEF Meeting on Thursday, March 9th 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.

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

The Auction Committee would like to thank those who have sent in contributions for the Auction baskets and for the Auction itself.  It is not too late if you have not had the opportunity to send in your family’s contribution to donate $10 to aid the Auction Committee in purchasing the remaining items.  Funds can be sent in to your child’s teacher and/or Ms. Sherwood in the front office.  You can also make a donation online by visiting https://polariseducationalfoundation.org/ and clicking on the “Donate Now” button. (Please “add a note” feature to indicate it is for the Auction. Thank you.)

More information about the Silent Auction or to order your tickets for the Gala, please visit our Reach For The Stars Silent Auction Gala Website

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

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!


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

  • Next PEF Meeting– March 9th -7pm at Polaris
  • Polaris Auction!!! – March 11th




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