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.
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!
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 and reviewing the End-of-Year Teacher-Parent-Board Survey to see if any questions or statements should be revised before the survey is disseminated this year. Public comment is reserved for the start of each Board of Trustee Meeting although members of the public are always welcome to attend the open sessions of the Board of Trustee meetings in their entirety.
Smarter Balanced Assessment
The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be administered Monday April 10th – Friday April 14th. After Morning Gathering, the children will have a snack and then test until approximately 10:30. Please make every effort to have your child(ren) here and on time. If you have any questions contact Jen.
Police Drill Practice
Mrs. Putnam has been working with Officer Linstad from the Manchester Police Department on updating Polaris’s safety procedures. One of those is a Lockdown . On Thursday, Officer Linstad walked us through a lockdown drill. He first visited each classroom and explained that just like we have fire drills, we have police drills to keep students and staff safe. In every classroom, there is a picture (or two) of our school mascot (star child). In the event that a lockdown is called, students know to immediately, SILENTLY walk to where they see the picture. There they should sit silently and wait for a police officer to enter the classroom. After we conducted the drill, Officer Linstad and staff debriefed with students. Things went very smoothly and Officer Linstad said we did a great job. We identified a couple of areas where improvement is needed and Officer Linstad will visit again in the future to conduct another drill.
- No school April 24th – April 28th
- Science NECAP testing for 4th grade will be May 9th – May 11th
- We will have a FULL day of school on Wednesday, May 24th.
- No school May 29th
- Charter Renewal visit is on Wednesday May 31st
- Intermediate Learning Celebration is June 7th
- Primary Learning Celebration is June 8th
- Our last day is now Friday, June 16th.
- Conferences are on Wednesday June 14th beginning at 1:30 and on Monday, June 19th.
We wrapped our discussion of our Core Value of Responsibility this week. We listened to an audio read of Dr. Seuss’ book Horton Hatches the Egg. Despite the many obstacles Horton faced he followed through with his promise and never gave up. You can view it here.
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!”
~Dr. Seuss “Horton Hatches the Egg.
Our responsible students this week were: Colton, Daisy, Ryan, Temperance and Vivianna. Great job!
Sculptor Class Share
During our second Trimester study of Physical Science, Mrs. Rainey’s class learned about Rube Goldberg machine. A Rube Goldberg machine is a made up of several apparatus that use a chain reaction to accomplish a simple task in a very complex way. They then designed and built their own machines. They not only learned about physics. Along the way they addressed important social-emotional skills such as compromise, respect and how to handle disagreement. Students presented their work and we watched videos of their machines at work.
Reminder: the next Polaris Educational Foundation meeting is this coming Monday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM. We have a lot of important information to cover including upcoming school events, update on auction fundraising, teacher appreciation and fundraising. In addition, we will be taking a vote for several expenditures. We have updates regarding our after school enrichment program and are looking for your voice on what is important to you in regards to after school enrichment. We also want your voice on where we should appropriate funding for future fundraisers. The PEF is the Parent Teacher Organization for the school. We want your voices heard!
Also, once a family is actively enrolled for the next calendar year to Polaris Charter School they are considered a member of the PEF. If you know any new families who have enrolled in Polaris and are eager to get involved please feel free to extend an invitation.
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
North Star Dance – The North Star Dance is coming up! Hope to see your child and their ‘North Star(s)’ on Saturday, April 8th at 5pm at Polaris! This is a super fun evening for the children and the families. One of the events that truly helps create Polaris Charter School the close-knit community we share.
Pizza Ordering– Next month will be a new month (April.) If you wish to place a monthly order, please make sure to use the order forms. If for some reason you are not able to use the forms, 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.
PEF Secretary– we are seeking a Secretary for the remaining PEF meetings of this school year. –New Officers will be elected for the 2017-2018 school year in May or June of 2017. If you can help us take meeting notes until the end of the year please let us know.
Below, you can find some important dates for your School Calendar:
- Next PEF Meeting– April 3rd -7pm at Polaris
- North Star Dance: April 8th 5pm
- May 12th– Movie Night @ Polaris
- June 3rd– Polaris End-of-Year Picnic (location TBD)