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Week Ending 3/10/17

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From the Board

The Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday, April 3rd at 5pm. As the meeting will focus on the particulars of our lease renewal terms, most of the session will be held in non-public. Members of the public are still welcome to attend, but will not be able to participate in the closed portion of the meeting. 

At the March Board of Trustees, two new “Ad hoc” (temporary) committees were established. As most of the work involved in both committees will be done online, (and reported in person for discussion at public Board meetings,) interested members of the public should contact the Board of Trustees serving on each committee for further information. 

One such committee will be assisting our Co-Directors with some of the Charter Renewal paperwork.  Anyone having questions, comments, or suggestions about the work of this committee should contact Jill Cane or Susan Hartford, the two BoT members. 

The second “Ad hoc” committee is one reviewing current job descriptions and contracts for staff, teachers and administrators prior to our annual budget review. Again, anyone having questions, comments, or suggestions, should contact BoT members Jill Cane, Ali Nakip, or Elizabeth Velez. 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Monday, April 17th, at 6pm. at that time, we’ll be starting our discussions of the budget for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Also, the Board of Trustees is planning the next Open Forum on Education and Curriculum at Polaris Charter School, April 5th  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!

School Calendar Changes

Due to the number of snow days we have had thus far, we will need to add hours to our school year. Originally, our last day was scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th. Our last day is now Friday, June 16th. We will still have conferences on Wednesday June 14th beginning at 1:30 and then on Monday, June 19th. In addition, we will have a FULL day of school on Wednesday, May 24th. Hopefully we will not have any more severe winter weather!

Learning Celebrations

We had two amazing Learning Celebrations that demonstrated the incredible work that students have done while studying Physical Science. Pictures speak a thousand words:






















Star Students

Congratulations to our very responsible students! Great job: Alice, Jolie, Jonas, Julian, Maryam, Nathan, Tricia and Yousif.

Box Tops

Please save your Box Tops! The check for our school’s earnings for the last submission period (March 2, 2016 – November 1, 2016) was $502.40. This is an amazing fundraiser where EVERYONE in our school community can make a difference. 

Exciting Opportunity

Hi,

My name is Jenn Dowding and I’m an associate casting producer for a television production company in Los Angeles.  We’re putting together a new game show for NBC featuring super-smart kids, age 8-13.

The categories of questions will fall into three categories: mental math, spelling, and memorization. They will be competing to win money towards a college fund.

I wanted to reach out to see if you might work with any kids in the age range who might be interested.  Please feel free to share my contact info with parents of interested children.  I also attached a digital flyer if you’re willing to share it with parents and other educators in your network. Anyone who is interested in applying may visit geniusjrcasting.com.

Thanks so much! 

PEF News

All parents are invited to our next PEF Meeting on Monday, April 3rd 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. We have very full agenda with many items to vote upon and would like to hear your voice.  Please attend if you are able.

ART of Drama Enrichment Class.  A new four-week art session begins on Tuesday, April 11th!  Does your student have a flair for the dramatic? Do they imagine being another creature, frolicking to places only in their minds? Help them bring their imagination to life with this four-week study.  We will begin with a character sketch the same way fashion and character designers do.  During week two we will build the body of the costume.  The third week we will focus on the head and in the final week we will use make-up!  Supplies are provided, but limited.  If you have fabric and yarn scraps we could use, please bring them to the first class.  It will give the students more variety.  $68/student (Min 10 Students)  To sign up, please use this link: The Art of Drama Sign up

Fundraising Committee Meeting– The Fundraising Committee will be meeting at Panera in Bedford at 6:30pm on March 27th to plan out the remaining fundraising events for the year.  Events include the very popular Read-a-thon, possibly a community yard sale, penny drives and more.  All are welcome.

North Star Dance Committee– If you are interested in helping to plan the upcoming North Star Dance on April the 8th, please contact pef@polarischarterschool.org.   The Theme this year is Candyland.  There will be face painting, balloon animals, a DJ, professional photography, and an array of fun games to play.
And of course the fabulous decorations and food.  We aren’t sure who is going to have more fun…the children or the adults!

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!

Box Tops- We will be having a Box Top for Education campaign for Polaris throughout the end of the school year.  Please be saving your Box Tops.  Stay tuned for more information on sending them in.  Thank you.

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

  • Next PEF MeetingApril 3rd -7pm at Polaris
  • Fundraising Committee Meeting March 27th
  • North Star Dance: April 8th 5pm

 

Week Ending 3/10/17

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Special Messages

Kylie and Maru created a special bulletin board outside of their classroom where kids can take a post-it and write an inspirational message and hopefully make someone feel good. In the one day its been up, some wonderful messages have been sent! This was such a wonderful idea!


 

Playground Sweepstakes

The link to vote and register is: http://www.togethercounts.com/healthy-playground-makeover

Core Value – Responsibility

This week we began talking about this month’s Core Value of Responsibility. Students had lots of thoughts on what it means to be responsible. We also talked about things that they have noticed others doing that showed they are responsible and then worked through some scenarios and thought about what the responsible thing to do was.  Finally, we analyzed the quote:

“I must do something” always solves more problems that “Something must be done.”
~Author Unknown

Star Students

Our Star Students who were selected before vacation were: Alex, Ayla, Cole, Ella, Ephrim, Leo, Lexi, Tricia and Tyler. Awesome job!


Pegasus Class Share

In science, Ms. Gilbert’s class has been learning about matter and identifying solids, liquids, and gases. Students worked on a project in which they picked a place that is interesting or familiar to them (beach, theme park, campground, etc.) and identified examples of solids, liquids, and gases found at this scene.  In literacy, we have been celebrating the work of Dr. Seuss this month. Earlier this week we listened to the story, “If I Ran A Zoo” and did some follow-up activities related to the book. Some students chose to share their “Create Your Own Animal” writing assignment and some chose to read their “Animal Poem” that they wrote about their favorite animal.

Upcoming Events

  • Primary Learning Celebration: 5:30 to 6:30 March 15th
  • NO SCHOOL March 17th:  Charter School Conference Day
  • Board Meeting: 6:00pm March 20th
  • Intermediate Learning Celebration: 5:30-7:30 March 22nd
  • No School for Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: March 24th
  • Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: Wednesday March 29th

PEF News

All parents are invited to our next PEF Meeting on Monday, April 3rd 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 is tomorrow March 11th at 6pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

More information about the Silent Auction 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

Functional Art After School Enrichment Class.  A new four-week art session begins on Tuesday, March 14!  The student will receive an introduction into fibers, metals and porcelain crafts over the course of the 4 week study.  All projects will be functional objects used for warmth, in the kitchen or other aspects of life. To sign up, please use this link: Functional Art Class Sign Up

Fundraising Committee Meeting– The Fundraising Committee will be meeting at Panera in Bedford at 6:30pm on March 27th to plan out the remaining fundraising events for the year.  Events include the very popular Read-a-thon, possibly a community yard sale, penny drives and more.  All are welcome.

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– April 3rd -7pm at Polaris
  • Polaris Auction!!! – March 11th
  • Fundraising Committee Meeting March 27th

 

 

Week Ending 2/24/17

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Important Information 

Our auction gala is March 11th.

Primary Learning Celebration: 5:30 to 6:30 March 15th

NO SCHOOL March 17th:  Charter School Conference Day

Board Meeting: 6:00pm March 20th

Intermediate Learning Celebration: 5:30-7:30 March 22nd

No School for Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: March 24th

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: Wednesday March 29th

 

Star Students

So many to congratulate which is awesome! Great job Gwen, Jamari, Julia, Katie, Khoi, Maya, Nadia, Noah and Oliver!

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Vela Class Share

Mrs. Fesh’s class shared a project they worked on with their buddies from Mrs. Rainey’s class.  To celebrate our 100th day of school this year which was last week they made Special 100th day monsters.  Even though they used the same directions they all came out unique, just like each of us!!

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Physical Science

We extended our study of Rube Goldberg machines by welcoming the famous expert and World Record Book holder Zach Umperovitch. He presented to our Intermediate students and then the following day, visited two classrooms and gave them assistance on their projects. It was such a special treat and we thank the PEF and Melanie Currier for coordinating it!
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In one of our Primary classes, they did an egg drop experiment where they made predictions and then measured the height that an egg soaked in vinegar could survive.

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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

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